Valley Fest, the best-tasting music festival in the South West, has an outstanding line up this year: Basement Jaxx (DJ set), Razorlight and Tom Odell are headlining!!
The music festival, which takes place between 2nd - 4th August 2019 alongside Chew Valley Lake, also showcases the region’s finest produce. From charcuterie to cheddars and ciders to
sausages, it’s hedge-to-hedge Somerset style and sizzle.
Now in its fifth year, Valley Fest’s line up has always included some big names as well as
plenty of rising stars. And the consistently biggest crowd pleaser of all: the view. Chew
Valley Lake provides the sparkling backdrop that is edged by the rolling Mendip hills.
Live acts and DJ sets.
This year Nubiyan Twist, Stealing Sheep, Henge, Dutty Moonshine Big Band, The Magic
Numbers and Honeyfeet are on the bill. Valley Fest has got a much bigger DJ line up this
year. Norman Jay MBE, will be serving up some good times. There will also be a DJ set
from Leftfield plus The Nextmen are playing too,
Lazy lakeside lushness
And the consistently biggest crowd pleaser of all: the view. Part of Valley Fest’s appeal
is the lazy lakeside vibe. And artists which perfectly cater to that include Ishmael
Ensemble and Three Cane Whale, whose debut album was chosen by Cerys Matthews
as one of her Top Five Modern Folk Albums.
Food glorious food
The region’s culinary heroes and heroines will be cooking up a storm day and night in
the form of feasts. Owner of the Michelin-starred Pony and Trap, Josh Eggleton,
together with Rob Howell, Head Chef of Root, which recently won a Bib Gourmand
award, are at the helm on Saturday. They are serving a six-course feast during the
afternoon and evening. On Sunday, the Free Range Chef will be serving up 3 courses of
vegetarian sharing platters – expect a fusion of flavours from the Middle East and Italy.
Not forgetting the gorgeous boozy brunches, which will be offered by the Riverford
Field Kitchen on Saturday and the Yeo Valley Canteen on Sunday.
Valley Fest is about celebrating food in the South West and the passion of those who
produce it. Most of the fresh ingredients will be coming from the festival’s neighbours at
The Community Farm. The meat will be sourced from Luke’s farm (the land on which
the festival takes place) or Combe Farm – just down the road. In short you don’t get
much more local than that!
Regionally-sourced tapas will be served all day in the iconic tipis by The Monmouth
Table, (pictured) run by Annie Coplestone and Carlotta Paolieri. Annie has worked for
Moro, River Cottage and River Café. The Artisan Market will be stuffed with goodies.
There will be cooking demonstrations from Masterchef quarter finalist: Hope Pointing
and Elly Pear will be cooking recipes from her brand new book: Green. Huge BBQs are
scheduled too - think tractor-sized rotisseries!
A variety of talks are schedule - subjects range from veganism to body confidence.
Workshops on pickling, foraging and gardening are planned. Plus there will more street
food than you can shake a stick at. In short, there’s something to tickle everyone’s taste
Weleda will be offering Skin Food facials. Yoga, massage, meditation, mindfulness, reiki and
singing workshops are available to help rejuvenate and refresh. Plus talks on body
Much of the drive to run the festival comes from the fund raising opportunity it creates. Last
year, Valley Fest raised £14,479.15 for Teenage Cancer Trust. Luke's mother Sandra Hasell very sadly died of ovarian cancer. She had so much energy and a huge love of life - just like Luke. That is why Valley Fest wants to support teenagers through a cancer diagnosis, so that they have the best chance of thriving and also loving life. The money raised will help to
ensure that young people in the South West don’t have to face cancer alone.
Luke says: “We were so proud of our fundraising efforts last year and have got some
cracking ideas for this year. Plus I’m so excited about our line up! Basement Jaxx are going
to get the weekend off to a flying start. Razorlight are going to bring the rock’n’ roll and
Tom Odell’s showmanship is something to behold, my parents would have loved it.”
And the best bit?! Adult weekend tickets are only £125 (plus booking fee) and can be
bought from www.valleyfest.co.uk.
They are selling out in record time, so join the party while you can!
The event is perfect for food lovers, first-time festival goers, plus young and maturing
families. No long treks across site and plenty of activities for everyone. Expect hedge-to-
hedge Somerset sparkle and plenty of nonsense with a spectacular soundtrack. This is West
Country wildness at its best. Everyone is advised to arrive hungry.