Head to Napton for a cracking festival this summer

Now established as one of the music highlights of the summer in south Warwickshire, the Napton Festival will return to the hilltop village on July 11 and 12.

Laurence Jones is performing at this year's Napton Festival. Picture by Andrew Lock.
Laurence Jones is performing at this year's Napton Festival. Picture by Andrew Lock.

The headliner on the Friday will be Grace Solero, while on the Saturday, Bournemouth rockers Voodoo Vegas take the main slot.

Some different sounds will be heard from local blues rising star Laurence Jones, singer/songwriter Nina Baker, bluegrass band The Folly Brothers, Indie outfit Itamar and the folk-with-a-modern-twist musicians Brave New Storm. The full line-up consists of 16 different acts.

As well as the main stage, there will also be an alternative stage running on the Saturday afternoon, while festival-goers will be invited to enter a prize draw for a chance to win a guitar donated by Leamington music shop Presto Classical. There will also be a range of food, drink and gifts available to buy.

Nina Baker is performing at this year's Napton Festival. Picture by Andrew Lock.

Leamington music photographer Andrew Lock, who regularly reviews music shows for the Courier and Weekly News, has been a regular at the festival since it was launched in 2006. said: “I have many happy memories from these years, including heavy metal ladies Girlschool’s headline slot in 2006; the beautiful harmonies of The Air That I Breathe performed by The Hollies washing over me in 2007; and last year’s highlight, a stunning set by youthful blues maestro Laurence Jones.

“This looks like another cracking Napton Festival.”

The festival runs from 5pm to 11pm on the Friday and from noon to 11pm on the Saturday. Two-day tickets cost £18 and camping is available. The event is raising funds for the Napton Festival Trust, which provides support for musical enterprises for young people in south Warwickshire.

For further details and to book tickets, visit www.naptonfestival.co.uk

Voodoo Vegas are playing at this year's Napton Festival. Picture by Andrew Lock.