Tickets out now for Witney Music Festival 2019 with headliners Friday - Prodigy tribute band Jilted Generation and T Rex tribute act Too Rex and on the Saturday - Republica, N Trance, Dutty Moonshine Big Band and The Inflatables.
This year's VIP will include:
✔ Guaranteed entry to the Festival at any time.
✔ Your own comprehensive lounge bar (this will be larger in size than 2018).
✔ Dedicated VIP food.
✔ Waiter table service.
✔ Exclusive VIP viewing area.
✔ Private toilets.
✔ Indoor and outdoor seating.
✔ Opportunity to meet the artists and invited VIP's.
✔ Private entertainment between the acts on the main stage.
✔ Free Programme.
This is our story...
2007 was the seed and birth of the Festival in tribute to Jo Marie Foster, who suddenly past away her in sleep in November 2005 at the age of 21.
Jo loved music and actively supported the nightlife of Witney. So in honour to her, Jo's brother Stuart Foster and creative director Paul Slamin created a Festival model to bring further life to Witney venues and pubs, featuring a local band or act each night over the duration of a week. As year one passed and after being received positively, we agreed on an annual Festival during the Spring/Summer.
Derek West, being a regular focus of the music in Witney joined the team and took the reins. From there, each year we created artistic, musical and beneficial growth to the towns calendar. From being one week we expanded the involvement of more pubs, music venues and attractions whilst increasing bands/acts to 100+ and having several gigs going on at the same time.
The year of 2013 added a new branch to our ever growing music tree with our first major outdoor event situated near the centre of Witney on the Leys Recreation Ground. With the continued support of the towns sponsors and crowd, it was certainly placed on the map.
Now in our 11th year, and proudly bringing The Undertones to headline 2017 with Doctor & the Medics among many others, we've had a focus on always bringing quality music and arts to Witney. And whilst recently having From the Jam and John Coghlan's Quo, there will always be local musicians who highly feature and those that are eager to return.
With Eric, Jim & Matt being the team from 2015, they bring new life, drive and ambition into what so far has been the greatest voluntary tribute.
Our tree will always be rooted to Jo's memory and though leaves will drop, new ones will always grow.
Katie May, Jo' daughter, one day will be the Festival and continue our tree... no pressure.
Oh, and did we mention that it's free?
Bigger and better than ever!
This year there are five different festival slots for the Witney Music Festival Battle of The Bands winner.
We’ve teamed up with The Wychwood Music Festival, Tadstock Music Festival, Norlye Music Festival and Minster Lovell Beer Festival, to bring you the 2019 Battle of The Bands, back for the 4th year in row at the legendary Rocket in Witney - our local music venue and loyal sponsors.
The winning band will have the opportunity to play all five and the winners and runners up will also receive day passes for the Wychwood Festival.
Organisers from all five festivals will form part of the judging team for the final.
Places are limited so please register interest as early as possible by simply applying below.
Successful applicants will receive a place in one of the four heats which are:
Thursday 18th April
Thursday 25th April
Thursday 2nd May
Thursday 9th May
The final will be on Thursday 16th or Friday 17th May (TBC).
Don’t worry if you have applied or are thinking of applying for the main stage, or any other of the WMF events. You can apply to as many of our events as you’re interested in, and each will be considered.
We are looking for solo singers, duets or vocal groups to take part in the oX Factor!!! Whether you sing covers or originals we want to hear from you. You can perform acapela, to a backing track or bring your own instrument.
It does not matter if your experience is limited to singing along to the top 40 in your bedroom, or the local pub karaoke, we want to hear you.
The wining artist from our auditions will perform a set, just like Tom Davies did last year, immediately before our headline act Jilted Generation on Friday 14th June. Our runner up will open the entire Festival, just as Danny Mellin did.
We will be holding audtoins on Friday nights throughout March at Nortons in Witney. The final will also be held there on Friday 5th April.
The competition is open to anyone over the age of 14.
Places are limited so please register as soon as possible.
Please don’t worry if you don’t have anything recorded your application will still be considered.