Music festivals on Devon moors
MUSIC comes to the moors this summer as Exmoor and Dartmoor announce music and food festival line-ups.
ACOUSTIC activist Billy Bragg heads a line-up at Chagstock Festival, one of the Westcountry's best-loved music events. Set in 45 acres of farmland on the northern edge of Dartmoor, Chagstock offers a stunning location, a diverse line-up of artists and a family-friendly atmosphere. It also showcases local music, food and entertainment. Joining Bragg will be Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman (winners of the Best Duo at BBC Folk Awards 2013), Wille And The Bandits (for a review of the band turn to page 12) and Marc O'Reilly. More acts are still due to be announced.
Chagstock Festival runs from Friday, July 19 to Saturday, July 20. Ticket details at: www.chag stock.info/buy-tickets
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BEAUTIFULLY situated within the Dartmoor National Park and on the edge of the High Moor, Moretonhampstead is a small moorland town which dates back more than 1,000 years to Saxon times. Moreton, (as the locals call it) is known for its friendliness and sense of community.
For the last four years the town has run an increasingly successful and popular event celebrating the best of local foods, drink and local arts.
Highlights this year include a food festival, a lively local history talk by historian Paul Cleave, a jumble sale of kitchen items, bread workshops, art shows, concerts by local musicians and a film festival. The festival will be opened by Michelin starred chef, Michael Caines.
The free family Moreton Festival takes place on Saturday, March 9. Details: www.moretonfestival.com
THE Simonsbath Festival in the beautiful heart of Exmoor includes colourful May Day and Midsummer's Day celebrations.
Events at the church of St Luke's include a performance by top concert pianist Helen Yorke, an evening of opera from students of the Italian academy, an all-female trumpet quartet and African, Indian and Spanish flamenco concerts.
Exmoor resident Sir Andrew Burns will reflect on his 45-year career in the Diplomatic Service. Plus, there's a presentation about farming life in the area from the 1920s to 1970s with archive film and traditional music and song.
Celebrated musician Geoff Nichols will present an evening of words and music featuring poems by Thomas Hardy, while photographer and film-maker Chris Chapman will give a talk and preview of his new film Hope Bourne – A Celebration Of Exmoor.
There will also be art exhibitions, plus a series of walks and talks.
The festival runs from Saturday, May 4 to Saturday, June 22. Details: www.simonsbathfestival.co.uk or phone Victoria Thomas on 01643 831343 or e-mail simonsbathfestiv firstname.lastname@example.org
Two Moors Festival:
TOP classical celebration, the Two Moors Festival, will span two moors, both Exmoor and Dartmoor in October.
The theme of this year's festival which runs from Thursday, October 17, to Sunday, October 27, is light.
The brochure will be available at the end of May. Concerts will stretch from Tavistock to Dunster.