Mu­sic fes­ti­val with a mag­i­cal old-school feel

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SOUNDS GOOD - by Mike Ben­nett

WYE Fayre is a mu­sic fes­ti­val with a mag­i­cal, non-com­mer­cial and old-school feel at the Withers­dane Hall, Wye in July.

Or­gan­is­ers have plans for 130 acts per­form­ing on five stages over two days to a ca­pac­ity crowd of about 7,000 peo­ple.

The pro­gramme fea­tures Mer­cury nom­i­nees, up-and-com­ing un­signed bands, and es­tab­lished in­ter­na­tional acts play­ing a great mix of folk, rock, blues, roots, Amer­i­cana, indie, elec­tron­ica, raw grooves and psychedelia.

There will also be real ale and lager, wine and cock­tail bars, food, a mar­ket­place, an al fresco record shop, an al­ter­na­tive heal­ing and ther­a­pies tent, and acres of space for free camp­ing and park­ing.

Wye Fayre 2007 is on the site of last year’s Wye Blues fes­ti­val, but this has now ex­panded the pro­gramme hence the name change.

Or­gan­is­ers in­clude some of the peo­ple from last year like Andrew Shore and Nabeil Salama, both of whom are do­ing PhDs at Wye cam­pus.

Ad­di­tions in­clude mu­sic cura- tor Will Rees, who lived in Wye as a boy, and waste man­age­ment con­sul­tant Mike Web­ster, who was born and brought up in the vil­lage and re­cently re­turned from a six-month as­sign­ment in the Solomon Is­lands.

Adult week­end tick­ets will cost £45 or £25 for a day, 13- to 17-yearolds are £15 and un­der-12s get in free if with an adult.

There are lim­ited camper van tick­ets also avail­able.

Full in­for­ma­tion on the event tak­ing place over the week­end of July 6 and 7 is avail­able on www.wye­

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