Local charity to benefit from Bicester Festival

Organisers of next week’s Bicester Festival have announced the beneficiary from ticket sales of this year’s main event.

Published: Monday, 16th September 2019

Ten percent of the proceeds from Saturday evening’s ‘Roots, Rock and a whole lotta Brass’, featuring headline act Riot Jazz, will be donated directly to local community group, Bicester Food Bank.

The registered charity, who provide local people in immediate need with food and hygiene supplies, were considered a natural partner for the Bicester Festival. This year’s theme ‘Earth – gaining ground’ emphasises the need to take care of the environment, encouraging crops to grow to feed the planet.

Affiliated to the Trussell Trust, Bicester Food Bank has been operating since 2006 and has become an essential service within the town, helping almost 3500 people last year.

Janet Ray from Bicester Food Bank said; “Being part of a community event like the Bicester Festival will make a real difference to our funds heading into the winter. It’s harvest time and food should be plentiful, but we know there are many people within our community struggling to feed themselves and their families.

“We thank everyone who’s bought a ticket to Roots, Rock and a whole lotta Brass. As well as having a wonderful time, your contribution will help someone in genuine need in Bicester.”

The Bicester Festival has been organised by volunteers and community groups, including the Oxfordshire Youth Arts Partnership (OYAP), alongside Cherwell District Council with financial contributions from Bicester Village. It is the arts festival’s second year, running over three days, from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 September, with performances taking place across seven venues.

Saturday’s main event in Garth Park (21 September) invites revellers to enjoy one of the last summer evenings of the year and be entertained by three very different musical genres.

First on the bill, feet will be tapping to the country sounds of Barney Newman and his bluegrass band. Bicester rock band Backstreet Noise will be a hometown favourite, playing popular covers to get the crowds up and dancing. The headline act and third on stage are nationally acclaimed Riot Jazz. They bring together nine professional brass musicians, performing a range of party hits in an edgy and unique way.

Savoir Fare will be open to provide food and drinks throughout the evening. Festival-goers can also bring in their own picnics, as well as camp chairs and blankets.

Cherwell District Council’s lead member for health and wellbeing, Cllr Andrew McHugh said: “The packed schedule for this year’s Bicester Festival has something for everyone. Saturday night’s Roots, Rock and a whole lotta Brass brings together such varied and talented performers, all musical tastes are catered for.

“It’s extremely pleasing to know that, as well as giving residents and visitors to Bicester a wonderful evening of entertainment, the coffers of Bicester Food Bank will benefit too.”

Gates at Garth Park open at 6pm with tickets costing £10 per person or £25 for a family of four. Advance tickets can be bought at Coles Books on Crown Walk in Bicester or online at www.eventbrite.co.uk and search Bicester Festival.

For up to date information on all three days of the event, follow @BicesterFestival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.