Bragg, Bays, and more for Wychwood

United Kingdom United Kingdom | | 04 January 2006

Wychwood Festival returns for its second year at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire, from 2-4 June 2006.

Bands just confirmed to the weekend's bill include Billy Bragg, The Bays, Aberfeldy, Chris Difford, The Handsome Family and Lisa McGibbon.

Virtual Festivals has also learnt that The Guillemots, Amadou & Mariam, 3 Daft Monkeys, Field Music, and Peatbog Faeries are on the verge of agreeing to play the eclectic event.

This Is Seb Clarke and Seth Lakeman had both confirmed previously. Click here for the full lineup.

Wychwood willl also feature cinema, comedy, and some sound ethical happenings with Greenpeace, Oxfam, Stop The War Coalition, The Environmental Investigation Agency, Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth all involved. 

Organisers have pledged to make donations to these causes once the festival becomes profitable, which is usually after about three or four years. However, following a successful first year, 4,000 has already gone to Oxfam.

Despite 2006 being only the second year for Wychwood, its name comes from an ancient gathering that used to take part in the ancient Wychwood Forest which once covered the whole of West Oxfordshire. Up until the 1850s, around 40,000 would gather for a local festival until the landed gentry land owners stopped them coming onto his land so that he could sell oaks to the navy. Organisers hope to return the festival to Wychwood Forest one day in the future.

A number of limited tickets are currently available, priced 72 for adult weekend camping or 63 (11-18 year olds with camping). Under 11s are free.

Click here to buy now.

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