The Brentwood Festival 2014

Highlights of the 2013 Festival.

Brentwood Festival was first held in 2011. It is said to have grown out of the White Horse Music Festival. The 2011 event featured both the Boomtown Rats and Canvey Island rockers Eddie & The Hot Rods; tickets prices started from £4. This year’s event will take place from July 18-20, Friday to Sunday, and adult tickets are £20 per day or £50 for the weekend with discounts for those aged 10-17 while under 10s are admitted free (with parents of course). There are also VIP packages available.

Advertised as a festival of music, food and beer, this family friendly event will have children’s activities on site (including theatre and magic); food must be purchase on site, and of course there will be a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs.

So who is playing this year? The biggest name is Alexander O’Neal, who at 60 is now a veteran; he is currently on tour in the UK.

UB40 are the biggest homegrown name. Their biggest hits remain their first single Food For Thought and their 1983 recording of the Neil Diamond song Red Red Wine They will be supported by a late addition, Brentwood’s own Dani Clay who will be backed by The Moderators rather than her regular band. In total there will be over thirty bands on the three stages.

Highlights of last year’s event can be found on the Brentwood Festival YouTube channel. Music festivals have long been a tradition in the UK, and this new one looks like it can only grow.

[The above article was published originally May 20, 2014].

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