Securing the future of Towersey Festival

by Towersey Festival in Middle Claydon, England, United Kingdom

Securing the future of Towersey Festival


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Help secure the future of Towersey Festival following its postponement to 2021 due to the global Covid-19 crisis.

by Towersey Festival in Middle Claydon, England, United Kingdom

The response to our Crowdfunder and to Home-Made Towersey has been absolutely amazing. Huge thank-you to everyone that has supported us throughout this challenging year. 

However, we still have quite a way to go. The basic ongoing costs of maintaining Towersey Festival, even in a year with no festival, are around £120k  ...... so with the Crowdfunder donations and some Arts Council Funding we are making progress towards our target but I'm sure you can see we still need more help!

The Home-Made Towersey content will remain available on our website and on Youtube for a while yet so feel free to have another Towersey day or just dip in and out as you choose.

And if you find yourself in a position to donate a little more it would be much appreciated. 

We are currently gathering more exciting rewards and hope to be back with those later in the year so watch this space. 

With your support we hope we can all get together again at Towersey Festival next year and that the festival can remain the beautiful, independent event it has always been. 


Towersey Festival is a totally independent festival and the oldest in the country.  It is still family run and is Not for Profit.

When the Festival makes a profit (which is not as often as you might think) we put it back into the Festival and support artists and local organisations.

 We save funds when we can for a rainy day but due to Covid-19 we have had to postpone our 2020 event to 2021 and wiping out an entire year is not something we could ever be ready for.

We had already spent considerable amounts of money on deposits, production and marketing costs which we will not be able to recoup.

The postponement has had a substantial financial impact on the Festival which will leave us going into 2021 with a significant deficit, which may take several years to clear, if we can get through the next few years.

The postponement of Towersey Festival and many others this summer also has a knock-on impact   on the wider community of artists and traders. By working to secure the future of the festival we are also able to offer hope to affected artists, that work will return next year and directly support some of them financially too.

Thank-you for your support.  We will all be back together in another lovelier world soon.

Stay safe and be kind xx


The festival was started back in 1965 by Denis Manners (The Granddad of the Current Director, Joe) in his back garden in the Oxfordshire village of Towersey. It is the oldest independent festival in the UK. We support music, community and sustainability. 

Towersey is an authentic independent festival with an amazing community spirit. It’s an exciting, inspiring, relaxing and homely place where you can see a line-up of top musicians and artists as well as discover new music, learn new skills and experience new things. It’s a festival for everyone, from small kids to grandparents, a place you can create family memories together. And from the moment you arrive you will feel part of the bigger Towersey family.

Towersey will always be a folk and roots festival with one foot firmly in our proud history and foundations and one excitedly in the future of festivals and music.

We aim to bring you an experience which will live with you forever, provide you with life-long friends and ensure there is nowhere else in the world you would rather be on the August Bank Holiday!

The Economics:

  • To date, Towersey Festival has paid over £2 million in fees to Artists.
  • We employ over 120 artists and bands every year
  • Every year over a quarter of our overall expenditure is dedicated to artists, performers and workshop leaders
  • Towersey Festival has raised (or helped to raise) over half a million pounds for charities, artists organisations and local community groups.
  • We have spent over £4 million with event industry suppliers and spend around half of our expenditure on production
  • UK Music Festivals contribute over £2.5 Billion to the UK economy
  • Towersey alone contributes around £2.5 Million through customer and festival spending
  • Towersey 2020 operating costs to date are over £120’000 (this is the minimum that one cancelled year will cost) This includes marketing spend, deposits, overheads and staff.

Most important of all… Towersey Festival has introduced music, art and culture to over 5000 people annually for 55 years.  Spreading happiness, well-being and the importance of tradition and art.


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