Nestled in the heart of the stunning Gloucestershire countryside, Witcombe Festival has become an annual August Bank Holiday sensation, rapidly gaining recognition as one of the UK’s most exciting and independent music festivals.
A 10 Year Journey Through Music Excellence
Over the years, Witcombe Festival has played host to an impressive lineup of both British and international music icons, captivating audiences with unforgettable performances. From the magnetic energy of Sean Paul to the soulful melodies of Rag’n’Bone Man, the electrifying beats of Chase and Status to the smooth sounds of Craig David, and the infectious rhythms of Bugzy Malone to the dynamic sets by Rudimental, this festival has consistently delivered memorable moments. Other featured acts include: Sigala, Bru-C, Tinie Tempah, Dizzee Rascal, Annie Mac, John Newman, Plan B, Faithless, Joel Corry, Andy C, Sigma, Ella Eyre, Example, Raye and Basement Jaxx to name a few.
The Humble Origins
But how did it all begin? Rewind to 2012 when founder Joe Pointon embarked on a journey into the world of cider-making, crafting his own organic cider, aptly named “Pointon’s Cider.” Realising that his cider production had exceeded his personal consumption, Joe had a brilliant idea – to throw a massive party!
The inaugural Witcombe Festival made its debut at Witcombe Cricket Club. It featured a single small marquee, a stage, an array of ciders, a few local bands, and X-factor finalist Kitty Brucknell headlining the event. With around 200 attendees, Witcombe Cider Festival came to life.
A Festival That Keeps Growing
Fast forward to 2023, and Witcombe Festival has transformed into a spectacular gathering that draws over 25,000 festivalgoers throughout the weekend. The event’s growth prompted a rebranding in 2020, dropping the word ‘cider’ from its name to become the Witcombe Festival we know today. In 2018, a new, larger home in Brockworth was chosen to accommodate the ever-expanding Witcombe family.
Despite its remarkable expansion, Witcombe Festival remains deeply connected to its roots – a celebration of music and cider.
2023: A Year to Remember
The 2023 festival was nothing short of extraordinary. Enthusiastic crowds defied the weather and the cost of living crisis, culminating in a grand Sunday finale that will be etched in the festival’s history.
Looking Ahead to 2024
The Witcombe Festival team is diligently working to enhance the small details that make this weekend extraordinary. While the lineup for 2024 is scheduled to be unveiled at the end of February, thrilling stars are already on their way to Gloucester in August, promising an unforgettable experience.
In the Words our founder
“Witcombe Festival is a family and friends run event with an ambition to put the biggest smiles on faces we can. Making August Bank Holiday something we can all look forward to!”Joe Pointon, Founder of Witcombe Festival. @joepointoncider