Securing the future of Towersey Festival

by Towersey Festival in Middle Claydon, England, United Kingdom



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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

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All funds plegded will go into supporting and securing the future of Towersey Festival and our community of independent musicians.

What could you give to help secure the future of Towersey Festival?

Our crowdfunding campaign aims to help fill some of the £100k hole left in our finances due to the 2020 postponement. Pledge now and pick from a great range of exclusive rewards including t-shirts, workshops, backstage passes and onsite days.

Welcome to the Towersey Festival Crowdfunder project where you can get some amazing and exclusive packages and gifts... and at the same time help secure the future of Towersey Festival.

Sadly, due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis around the world, we have had to make a decision to postpone Towersey Festival 2020 to August 2021. 

We believe this is the right decision for our team, artists and attendees even if by the end of August it is once again possible under law. So, for the first time in our 55 years we will be postponing Towersey Festival and moving it “lock stock and barrel” to 2021.

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 wiping out an entire year is not something we could ever be ready for and there is no insurance that covers this global catastrophe for a small event like ours.

In preparation for 2020, we have already spent considerable amounts of money on deposits, production and marketing costs which we will not be able to recoup.

So, having to postpone will have a substantial financial impact, on the Festival, but also the wider community of artists and traders.

This 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.

We appreciate this is a difficult financial time for many, but we have been asked by several supporters whether they can help. So we have put together this crowdfunder with some exclusive and brilliant rewards for those in a position to support at this time. 

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.

If we achieve our target, then we will also be in a position to share funds directly with artists through festival bookings and support.

Here are just some of the brilliant rewards we have to offer:

  • We have a limited run of just 300 adult and 100 baby/children, 2020….” The one that wasn’t” T’shirts.   These will be real collectors’ items in years to come!

  • Also some lovely 2020 Wristbands for those that need them for their collection and a chance to win some artists goodies or a Glamping package.

  • Check out our exclusive “Experience days” like Circus Skills workshops, Melodeon days with some of the UK’s best players and Recording Studio days
  • A day at the site with me! We will look at site plans, walk the site, talk about how the festival works and have some lunch at Claydon Estate.
  • Or how about some Venue 65 Backstage passes for 2021? Or some super early camping passes where you can experience the last few days of the build and grab the best camping spots?
  • You can even sponsor a Stage!

We hope that you will recognise that as well as trying to support the festival …….this is about offering something exclusive and special from Towersey….in some cases something money normally can’t buy.

And by purchasing a gift or package you help us keep Towersey Festival alive!

With your support (if you have the means) Towersey Festival can remain the beautiful, independent event it has always been.  

If you can't afford to donate you can still support.

Times are tough, we are all feeling it so we understand if you can't afford to support the campaign financially. However, we do still need your support with content to keep us all going throughout the summer without a festival.

Please send us your content to share and keep spirits up. Use #towersey2020 or email to

Some examples :

  • Video and written messages of support 
  • Get creative – spell the words Towersey Festival out with everyday items from around your house, or things that remind you of Towersey. 
  • Videos - singing or dancing to your favourite Towersey artists
  • Images of your best Towersey memories

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.

We ask project owners to honour their rewards wherever possible but please note that all pledges are donations and there is no guarantee that you will receive any rewards from the project owner. Please see Crowdfunder's Terms of Use for more information regarding rewards for pledges.

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