Keynsham Music Festival revives some classics for 20th anniversary

Published on: 03 Jun 2017

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Keynsham Music Festival is always evolving, introducing new elements every year – but it’s always good to see the return of some old favourites, too.

Pack a picnic and enjoy the sounds of Keynsham Orchestra as, after taking a break last year, they will be back to play the Gala Concert on Saturday, July 1, at 7.30pm in the Memorial Park. Conductor Tim Harrison and leader Andrew Rees will oversee the programme of classical favourites, which is free to watch – roll out your picnic blanket or ensure a seat in the marquee with a free ticket from Keynsham Town Council (15-17 Temple Street).

Another event is making a welcome return as organisers aim to revive Keynsham Food Festival as part of the Saturday line-up after it was cancelled last year. Expect a feast of goodies from local traders to enjoy alongside the folk and traditional dance performances and Keynsham Cars’ display of classic and vintage vehicles.

The Festival Week itself will be kicked off by local singer-songwriter Gavin Osborn, fresh from a tour of Australia and with tracks from his forthcoming album Echo Bridge – a name that will be familiar to fellow Keynsham residents. Gavin will be appearing at The Ship on Monday, June 26, from 8.30pm, the start of a week of entertainment that sees something happening every night in the run-up to the weekend.

While most of us won’t be sharing the spotlight at the festival, there will be a chance to stretch the vocal chords with Mr Music himself, Grenville Jones, who will be bringing his Welcome Choir and Good Afternoon Choir to St John’s Church on Friday, June 30, from 7.30pm, for a singalong performance.

Meanwhile, on the same night, there will be audience participation of a different kind as the festival hosts the first Strictly Come Keynsham in the Top Stage Marquee in the park. Guests will take to the dancefloor to the sound of Thornbury Swing Band featuring vocalist Charlie Atterton, while also helping to mark 40 years of twinning between Keynsham and Libourne in France. Tickets for the event, on Friday, June 30, at 7.30pm, are £10 and are available online at www.keynshamtickets.cloudvenue.co.uk/ballroominthepark  

Sunday, July 2’s main event will see six stages offering hugely varied line-ups, from R&B to brass music and electro-pop to acoustic – with plenty in between. Five of the stages will be in the Memorial Park, including the Top Stage, Abbey Stage, Community Performance Stage, Bandstand Stage and the Love Dance Stage. If you like a latte with your live music then the Grounded Garden Stage, offering acoustic music across the weekend, is the place for you.

For updates and the full line-up throughout the week, from June 26 to July 2, including the schedule for each of Sunday’s stages, see www.keynshammusicfestival.co.uk or www.facebook.com/keynshamfest

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