Line Up for 2018 Kingsdon Festival

Read the review of the 2018 Festival in the Kingsdon Chronicle

Kingsdon Chronicle August 2018

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Old Dogz New Trix – Friday 24th August 2018 –  6:00pm – 11:30pm

The Old Dogz are a bunch of ex-pro musicians who came together for a one-off 60’s charity gig. Their performance was so successful that they decided to stay together and continue playing the music they love. That was in 1996, and they are still going strong.

Based in Somerset, the guys have played all over the UK and abroad. Both individually and together they have performed with many well-known bands including The Rolling Stones, The Searchers, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Tremeloes, Marmalade and Vanity Fair.

Read more about Old Dogz New Trix on their website

Saturday 25th August 2018

Kingsdon Festival Fete

Including Punch & Judy, face painting by Sam Holgate, eBikes from eSpokes, craft stalls, entertainments, vintage vehicles, BBQ, cream teas, tombola, raffle, best dressed trouser competition, licensed bar etc.

The line up is building up quickly please check back for the latest updates…

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Kingsdon Fete Stalls and Attractions (work in progress, more to come and possible changes)

Kingsdon Chronicle Festival Supplement

A special supplement edition of the Kingsdon Chronicle with all the times and vents in one place.

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Kingsdon Festival Big Band

Saturday 25th August – Evening

Dancing, BBQ and licensed bar. – Kingsdon Festival Big Band from 7:30pm

The Kingsdon Festival Big Band reforms every year for the Kingsdon festival. Comprising of talented professional musicians all with distinquished musical CVs and performance track records.

The band members have played with some of the best artists and venues in the music industry. From the Royal Albert Hall, O2, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, not to mention Covent Garden, tours with the Rat Pack, Tom Jones, Andrea Bocelli, Shirley Bassey, Led Zeppelin, Barabera Strisand, Pink Floyd, West End musicals, film soundtracks (Gladiator, Lord of the Rings). Found out more about this amazing line up by clicking here

At the festival the Kingsdon Big Band will play a repertoire of popular big band and swing numbers including Glen Miller’s “In The Mood” and Little Brown Jug”; Dave Brubeck’s”Take Five”; Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon” and “Watermelon Man”; Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock” and Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish” all arranged to get you on your feet or at the very least get your feet tapping.

Fronting the band is Heather Wensley. Heather’s a professional vocalist taking time out from her own band “The Heather Wensley Quartet” to make a guest appearance at the Kingsdon Festival.

The Kingsdon Big Band


Sunday 26th August 2018

Morning Songs of Praise in the Festival Marquee

As part of the Village Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the annual ‘Songs of Praise’ will take place on the Sunday (11am) in the Marquee on the village green.

You are all warmly invited to choose a hymn to be sung in the service that may have special meaning for you or perhaps you might just very much like

If you could let me know, I will try to include it in the Order of Service for the day.

Contact: Chris Taylor eMail or 01935 841402

Sunday Afternoon 26th August 2018 – Village Picnic and Fun Dog Show

Licensed Bar from 12:00pm

BBQ from 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Sunday Evening 26th August 2018

The Jo Burt Experience

Live Music, dancing, BBQ and licensed bar.

Jo Burt is an English songwriter, storyteller, singer and guitar player possibly best known for his incredible history working with musical legends such as Freddie Mercury, The Troggs and Black Sabbath over the past 40 years.

The last few years have seen Jo making a name in his own right with his project The Jo Burt Experience. Originally created as a songwriting development tool, in the last 3 years the band have become an outstanding live act playing festivals and venues around the UK, Europe and North America.

Find out more from the band’s website

Calling all Stall Holders!

Bookings now being taken for the Kingsdon Festival Fete.

For more information please contacts Susan either by email or telephone 01935 841056 mobile 07770 958530

Kingsdon Festival Weekend could have a new competition to replace the ‘Scarecrow Competition’

‘The best dressed trouser competition’ Only a woman could come up with such a novel idea – Nice one Babs Conway

Kingsdon Festival 2017

Registering for the dog show including waggiest tail, handsome boy, most like the owner or handler and musical sits.

The Kingsdon Festival is a very popular annual, three day event held over the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

The format of the festival consists of three evenings of music and dancing (Friday to Sunday) to live rock, blues, pop and swing bands (featuring Kingsdons’ very own festival band), a raffle, the village fete on Saturday plus songs of praise on a Sunday morning followed by a fun but nonetheless competitive dog show in the afternoon .

To keep everyone fed and watered throughout the festival weekend a BBQ featuring local raised produce and a licensed bar are organised and run by volunteers from the village.

The village fete attracts arts and crafts from a wide area, displays of vintage cars and tractors, pony rides, local societies, local produce, local charities, amusements stalls and, of course, cream teas.

Top prizes in the raffle this year (2017)  included a flight for three over Kingsdon and a locally made quilt plus many other prizes.

The organisation of the festival runs throughout the year and the Kingsdon Festival Committee welcomes enquiries from sponsors and exhibitors.

Read the 2017 Festival report in the Kingsdon Chronicle

Kingsdon Chronicle August 2017
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More photos from the festival….