New faces and old favourites at Keynsham Music Festival 2016

Published on: 04 Mar 2016

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March 2016

Keynsham Music Festival organisers are fine-tuning the final line-up of this year’s event, listening to enough hopeful acts to fill the bill three times over, they estimate.

The event will once again be spreading out into venues across town in the week leading up to the big day in the Memorial Park on Sunday, July 3.

One of the biggest changes to the schedule will be when the Bristol Fantasy Orchestra – complete with wigs, strange outfits and unusual repertoire ranging from Morricone to Jimi Hendrix – stand in for Saturday night Gala Concert regulars Keynsham Orchestra.

Another new development will be at Grounded in the High Street, where the team are hoping to host their own stage during the weekend.

Keynsham Choir Festival is returning on the Friday night after two years to provide a warm-up for the weekend, while there will also be the chance later that evening to catch Cinema in the Park.

Suggestions for a musical film to show on the night are being taken on Keynsham Music Festival’s Facebook page and on the Streetlife website.

It’s not all about the music, with Keynsham Action Network hosting talks by two thought-provoking speakers on the Friday.

Former theologian and author of Capitalism’s Toxic Assumptions – Redefining Next Generation Economics Eve Poole offers her thoughts on a healthier system, while writer and film-maker Kate Rawles discusses the concept of Outdoor Philosophy in thinking about the environment and draws on her experience of cycling the length of the Rocky Mountains from Texas to Alaska.

After its debut last year, the Saturday Folk Festival will be “bigger and better”, organisers promise, with events in the park and around the town.

The festival will also be welcoming ArtSpace, the pop-up art gallery and shop that appeared in Keynsham’s Market Walk at Christmas, for an installation sponsored by St Monica Trust, which will be working with local artists at its care home development at Somerdale.

The music festival is also waiting to hear if its bid for charitable company status has been successful, which could help meet the annual £60,000 cost of putting on the event.

“Many new doors will be open to us, especially trust funds who specialise in music and arts, but who only award funds to registered charities,” says association secretary John Aldridge.

To keep up to date with the festival as it takes shape, visit or follow Keynsham Music Festival on Facebook.

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