The Big Feastival have added more music and a host of chefs to their line-up for 2024.
Smith's guitarist Johnny Marr, Jax Jones, 86TVs, Ministry of Sound Classical and Circa Waves will all appear on the main stage, while Raymond Blanc, Jack Stein, Andi & Miquita Oliver and Cherish Finden will be cooking in The Big Kitchen.
On top of that, there will also be, as always, lots of incredible street food, heaps for families and comedy, including James and Clair Buckley recording a special live episode of their podcast.
Snow Patrol, Becky Hill, Scouting For Girls, Natasha Bedingfield and Kate Nash will all be playing over the Bank Holiday weekend.
The festival will take place on Alex James' Farm just outside Kingham from 23rd - 25th August.
Full the full line-ups and tickets, visit thebigfeastival.com
Cheltenham Jazz Festival will return this spring featuring some of the biggest names from the worlds of jazz, soul, blues, pop and beyond. One of Europe’s biggest jazz festivals with over 55,000 music fans in attendance across the week, 2024’s event will take place from Wednesday May 1 to Monday May 6 incorporating a carefully curated mix of international jazz icons, up-and-coming new artists, unique one-off performances, world premieres, masterclasses, family-friendly shows, industry talks, free events and lots more.
With a cross-generational theme that brings together jazz legends with the very latest new artists, the Festival will play host to a string of world-class artists including the legendary 100 million-selling US vocalist Dionne Warwick; Grammy-winning singer Gregory Porter – who will perform twice at the Festival, in a very special solo show and a collaboration with Blues House of Fame inductee Bettye LaVette and the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra; English dance-pop star Sophie Ellis-Bextor, whose 2001 hit song Murder On The Dancefloor recently made a return to the Top 10 following its inclusion in cult film Saltburn; multi-platinum-selling reggae royalty UB40, who’ll perform a career spanning set; powerhouse South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo; the distinctive, soulful singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti; electronica/trip hop pioneers Morcheeba; Fun Lovin' Criminals frontman and BBC 6 Music presenter Huey Morgan; and acid jazz and funk group the Brand New Heavies who’ll be joined onstage by players from the London Concert Orchestra. In a major tribute to British blues, a luminary of the scene, Robert Plant, will also perform a set with Saving Grace feat. Suzi Dian that mixes his latest music with old favourites.
The Festival will once again host the most exciting and revered artists from across the contemporary jazz scene including New York collective Snarky Puppy, US piano giant Brad Mehldau, one of the most celebrated British jazz musicians of all time Courtney Pine - who’ll be marking his 60th birthday with a special edition of his Caribbean themed, dance-inducing House of Legends project - Grammy-nominated American trumpeter Theo Croker, genre-defying Scottish multi-instrumentalist and producer corto.alto, the hotly tipped saxophonist and bandleader Lakecia Benjamin, New Zealand-Australian singer-songwriter Jordan Rakei, and a double bill featuring 10-piece afro-jazz outfit Nubiyan Twist and West Africa’s iconic dance band Orchestra Baobab.
Dedicated to making a positive contribution to the ongoing music festival gender divide, Cheltenham Jazz Festival is signed up to the Keychange programme and aims for an equal gender balance across the breadth of its line-up. This year’s programme is notable for its a huge array of boundary-pushing female vocalists including Malian singer and guitarist Fatoumata Diawara, MOBO award-winning Zara McFarlane, the bold Newcastle-born singer songwriter Nadine Shah, much-loved UK singer and broadcaster Clare Teal, multi-Grammy Award-winning Dee Dee Bridgewater, distinguished singer and actress Elaine Delmar, rising jazz/soul star CHERISE, Brit jazz mainstay Liane Carroll, one of America’s finest vocal talents Bettye Lavette, the multi-talented Allysha Joy, and one of the all-time great jazz singers Norma Winstone. The Festival’s commitment to talent development is at the centre of the programme, with this year’s annual Showcase event featuring rising stars Amahla and Ruta Di.
2024 will also see the return of the Parabola Arts Centre programme, which is dedicated to new, innovative music from around the world. Gracing the stage this year will be British saxophonist Trish Clowes performing alongside US trumpeter Dave Douglas, rising Brit jazz pianist Sultan Stevenson, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Nikki Yeoh together present “Speechmik Ex-Ploration”, free jazz virtuoso Charlotte Keeffe, and Mercury Music Prize nominee Kit Downes who will perform a special set with Norma Winstone.
The Festival also features a significant “… around Town” element that sees unsigned and local talent play in venues across Cheltenham, including The Wilson, John Gordons and grassroots venues the Frog and Fiddle and the Bottle of Sauce. Part of the Festival’s wider commitment to talent development and local arts scenes, performers will include Plymouth’s Joanna Cooke, Gloucestershire natives GS Collective, and sets from acts from the UK’s pioneering jazz music education and artist development organisations, Tomorrow’s Warriors Youth Ensemble and Jazz North’s Ni Maxine.
Some shows are already on sale. Tickets for the newly announced acts go on general sale on Wednesday March 6. All tickets available from cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz.
Season 3 of Clarkson's Farm will land on Amazon Prime Video on May 3rd 2024.
The hugely popular series follows Jeremy Clarkson, Kaleb Cooper and all of the Diddly Squat regulars as they tackle all the ups and downs of farming in the Cotswolds.
After facing various challenges in the previous two seasons, they will now turn their attention to buying some pigs for the farm.
Big Feastival has revealed the first names in the line-up for 2024 which will take place on 23-25 August on Alex James' Farm in Kingham.
Snow Patrol will bring the festival to an anthemic close on Sunday night, with Becky Hill headlining on Friday night.
Triple Brit Award nominee and singer songwriter Cat Burns whose single Go went viral on TikTok and climbed to number two on the UK singles chart joins the line-up. Irish singer songwriter Cian Ducrot will also grace the main stage. Coming to prominence in 2022 his single All For You was a huge TikTok sensation and his debut album Victory topped the UK Album Charts in 2023. Vocal powerhouse Ella Henderson is set to have the Feastival crowd singing along to hits including Ghost, Let’s Go Home Together and React whilst dance superstar Joel Corry whose huge tracks include Sorry, Lonely, Head & Heart, Bed and Out Out will also play. Natasha Bedingfield is sure to create a mass singalong with Unwritten and These Words whilst singer songwriter Kate Nash will thrill the crowd with Foundations amongst other iconic hits. Irish singer songwriter CMAT, modern soul and R&B performer Jalen Ngonda and Irish rockers Ash are confirmed to play alongside Indie heroes Scouting For Girls and upcoming Irish four piece The Florentinas.
Big Feastival will be announcing more music acts soon, including Saturday’s headliner.
For many, the January blues hit very hard. However, we have found some great ways to shake them off with our pick of the best events taking place around the Cotswolds throughout the month.
NEW YEAR'S DAY RACING AT CHELTENHAM
MONDAY 1ST JANUARY 2024 • CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE
Regardless of how you celebrated New Year’s Eve, there is no better way to jump into 2024 than racing on New Year’s Day at Cheltenham. Thrilling and high-quality racing action, that is sure to provide Cheltenham Festival insight, fresh air, and amazing free family entertainment.
There are seven highly-competitive races on the day with Graded and Listed contests, the racing action will blow away those New Year’s Eve cobwebs.
TOM RAVENSCROFT & DJ FOOD
FRIDAY 5TH JANUARY 2024 • DEYA BREWERY, CHELTENHAM
For their reopening night of 2024, Deya are bringing in mainstays from two British institutions you can really be proud of - BBC 6 Music and Ninja Tune!
Tom Ravenscroft is host (along with deb Grant) of 6 Music's daily New Music Fix, and one of the UK's most respected broadcasters and DJs.
DJ Food is a name that needs no introduction for Ninja Heads. With nearly 25 years of DJing experience and more than a decade serving up Food for DJs, for both Ninja and Coldcut's weekly radio show 'Solid Steel', Kev is now in the Food hot seat.
BATH v GLOUCESTER
SUNDAY 7TH JANIARY 2024 • THE REC, BATH
A West Country derby is the perfect way to start the new year.
These games are usually fierce battles with Gloucester seeking revenge from a 27-45 defeat at Kingsholm back in November.
SHAPARAK KHORSANDI & FRIENDS
SATURDAY 13TH JANUARY 2024 • SUNDIAL THEARTRE, CIRENCESTER
Join superstar comic Shaparak Khorsandi (Live At The Apollo, I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!) and two hilarious guests for an evening of hilarity! A rare chance to see Shaparak perform in an intimate venue.
THE SOUND OF SPRINSTEEN
SATURDAY 13TH JANUARY 2024 • EVERYMAN THEARTRE, CHELTENHAM
The Sound of Springsteen brings to the stage some of the greatest hits and deep cuts from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and continues their ever-popular tour around the UK.
THE ROCKET MAN: A TRIBUTE TO SIR ELTON JOHN
MONDAY 15TH JANUARY 2024 • EVERYMAN THEATRE, CHELTENHAM
This is the world’s favourite celebration to a musical icon. Join us as Jimmy and our amazing live band take you down the Yellow Brick Road with two hours of glorious Elton hits, including, Saturday Nights Alright, Crocodile Rock, I’m Still Standing, Philadelphia Freedom, and many, many more.
SATURDAY 20TH JANUARY 2024 • THE SUB ROOMS, STROUD
California-born but now based in Manchester, UK, Jesca Hoop is what you’d call a musician’s musician. Discovered by Tom Waits and brought on tour by Peter Gabriel to sing in his band, it was a phone call from Elbow’s Guy Garvey that saw her move to the UK. Hoop's 6 studio albums including her most recent album “Order of Romance”, produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Aldous Harding, This is the Kit), all received huge acclaim from critics and fans alike, and it’s easy to see why: Jesca Hoop is one of our most captivating singers. Her beautiful songs, rooted in the folk tradition are intricately detailed, acoustic-led pieces that teem with ideas, expertly crafted lyrics and melodies that spring from a deeply curious imagination.
SUNDAY 21ST JANUARY 2024 • COCKLEBARROW FARM, ALDSWORTH
Cocklebarrow Races is the only Heythrop Point to Point of the year and attracts people from all over the UK (and world). However, in the main, the majority of our 4,000+ visitors hail from surrounding Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Warwickshire.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO KALEB
THURSDAY 25TH - SATURDAY 27TH JANUARY 2024 • EVERYMAN THEATRE, CHELTENHAM
Kaleb Cooper, Chipping Norton’s finest celebrity farmer and Sunday Times bestselling author, who shot to fame starring in Prime Video series, Clarkson’s Farm, has decided to conquer his fear of the unknown and embark on his first ever theatre tour with The World According to Kaleb.
ROMESH RANGANATHAN: HUSTLE
FRIDAY 26TH JANUARY 2024 • CHELTENHAM TOWN HALL
After a sell-out tour in 2022, Romesh is back with his new show which examines the human condition… are people inherently good? Is charity always a positive thing? Is hustling the key to success? Or is all this a load of rubbish we’ve made up to keep people working hard for no reason.
FESTIVAL TRIALS DAY
SATURDAY 27TH JANUARY 2024 • CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE
Excitement, anticipation and expectation is building. It is the final opportunity to see the sports protagonists go out to battle on Cheltenham Racecourse’s hallowed turf before the Cheltenham Festival. What horses will catch the eye before those four days of extraordinary in March, will we see returning champions defending their crown? Whilst anything can happen in March, Festival Trials day maybe able to give us a clearer picture.
TOM DAVIS: UNDERDOG
SUNDAY 28TH JANUARY 2024 • CHELTENHAM TOWN HALL
Tom Davis is best known for hit shows King Gary, The Curse, Live at the Apollo and Murder in Successville, as well as his hugely popular podcast Wolf and Owl with Romesh Ranganathan, which has received critical acclaim and sold out live shows. Tom is also known for multiple appearances on A League of Their Own, Ranganation, Judge Romesh, and Action Team.
Cheltenham Jazz Festival is offering audiences a sneak-peak of their exciting 2024 programme, releasing tickets for six of the acts that will grace its storied stages in the spring.
Set to headline the Festival’s iconic Big Top in 2024 are singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti and pop reggae royalty UB40. Electronica pioneers Morcheeba will also take the stage.
Superstar saxophonist and former Jazz Warrior Courtney Pine and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Dee Dee Bridgewater will also make the trip to Cheltenham. And West African dance legends Orchestra Baobab will perform in a double-headline show with Afro Jazz innovators Nubiyan Twist.
“This first release of tickets for our exciting 2024 programme reflects the Festival’s long-standing commitment to celebrating the influences of jazz across all musical genres,” says Ian George, Head of Programming for the Jazz Festival and co-CEO of parent charity Cheltenham Festivals.
“We celebrate all the genres that have jazz in their DNA by bringing the best of contemporary UK, US and European jazz to our Festival Village and across the town of Cheltenham,” he explains
“The breadth of jazz’s influence is unique. From pop to soul, blues to world music, we are always so spoiled for fantastic musicians at Cheltenham. From orchestras and big bands to club sessions and late-night jams, the Festival runs the gamut of the music – as this line-up proves!”
Jack Savoretti has appeared at Cheltenham once before, and is excited to return to a Festival he believes has a unique character. “Cheltenham Jazz Festival is one of those Festivals you always want to play, our first show there was incredible and I look forward to returning next year.”
The Festival also always looks forward to the future of the music, playing host to fresh new names and pushing the boundaries of the genre’s definition. Morcheeba’s Skye Edwards thinks this commitment to fostering the next generation is more important than ever. “We're looking forward to performing at Cheltenham. It has such a great reputation for having an eclectic mix of bands and genres. There’s a place for new talent alongside the established names which makes this a very vibrant festival for everyone!”
Tickets for the early announcement shows will be available to the public from 27 November via cheltenhamfestivals/jazz/. The full programme for Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2024 will be revealed in February.
The much-loved, multi-million-selling Australian pop group Crowded House, nine-time Grammy-winning US singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, and Mercury and Brit-nominated duo Turin Brakes, are the first acts to be announced for next summer’s Nocturne Live concert series, which returns to the 10,000-capacity UNESCO World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire from June 12th – 16th 2024. The three acts will bring the five-night series to a close on Sunday June 16th.
Crowded House and Sheryl Crow were two of the biggest artists of the ‘90s and have collectively sold over 60 million albums over the course of their careers to date. Fronted by singer and guitarist Neil Finn, Crowded House became one of Australia’s most successful exports thanks to huge international hits including Don’t Dream It’s Over, Weather With You, Fall At Your Feet, Four Seasons In One Day and many more, and Sheryl Crow, who was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, recently celebrated 30 years since the release of her hit-filled, multi-Grammy-winning debut album Tuesday Night Music Club.
Tickets and further info can be found here - www.nocturnelive.com
The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2023 has announced this year’s must-see line-up, consisting of 500+ events encompassing art and design, classic literature, current affairs, faith and philosophy, fiction, poetry and spoken word, history, memoir, food and drink and more.
From Friday 6th to Sunday 15th October, the Festival will offer visitors the opportunity to take the pulse of contemporary culture, hosting thought-provoking discussions and exploration of emerging trends across politics, culture and lifestyle. World-class novelists, incisive global thinkers, bright new voices, bold explorers and conversation-starting creators all await them this October.
Here's the line-up:
Adele Parks • Adrian Edmonson • Alastair Campbell • Andi Oliver • Andi Osho • Andrey Kurkov • Arthur Parkinson • Audrey Magee
Bernard Cornwell • Bernie Taupin • Brian Cox
Caroline O’Donoghue • C Pam Zhang • Chris van Tulleken • Chris Packham • Claire Kilroy • Charlie Mackesy • Cleo Watson • Clive Myrie • Colin Grant
Danny Cipriani • David Baddiel • David Petraeus • David Runciman • Dawn Butler
Eleanor Catton • Elizabeth Acevedo • Elizabeth Day • Emma Dabiri • Ed Gamble • Eva Baltasar
Gaby Roslin • Ghaith Abdul-Ahad Guadalupe Nettel
Hamza Yassin • Hashi Mohamed • Henry Marsh • Holly Jackson
Ian McEwan • Inua Ellams
John Whaite • Jojo Moyes • Judy Murray • Justin Webb
Kate Mosse • Katherine Rundell • Karl Ove Knausgaard • Kelechi Okafor • Keyu Jin
Lauren Elkin • Lemn Sissay
Mary Beard • Michael Palin • Michael Rosen • Michel Roux • Mick Herron • Miquita Oliver • Musa Okwonga
Nadiya Hussain • Nandini Das • Nicola Sturgeon • Nick Frost • Nikesh Shukla • Noel Fitzpatrick
Paula Akpan • Peace Adzo Medie • Polly Toynbee
Rachel Parris • Ragnar Jónasson • Raynor Winn • Richard Curtis • Richard E Grant • Ruby Wax
Sadiq Khan • Santanu Bhattacharya • Sarah Raven • Sebastian Faulks • Shirley Ballas • Steve Backshall
Tété-Michel Kpomassie • Theresa May • Tim Peake • Timothy West • Tomiwa Owolade • Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Will Gompertz • William Hague
Yomi Adegoke • Yu Jie
Adam Rutherford • Alex Willmore • Amara Sage
Beatrice Blue • Benji Davies • Bob and Roberta Smith
David Walliams • Derek Landy • Dr Ranj
Elle McNicoll • Esme Higgs
Helen Rutter • Holly Bourne • Holly Jackson • Holly Smale
Jacqueline Wilson • Jasbinder Balan • Jennifer Killick • Joseph Coelho
Maddie Moate • Martin Brown • Matt Lucas • Maz Evans • Michelle Elman
Nadine Aisha Jassat Dapo Adeola
P.J. Holden • Paul Westmoreland • Philip Reeve
S.F. Said • Sathnam Sanghera • Sharna Jackson • Smriti Halls
For tickets and all the information, visit www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature
Work is well on the way for the summer opening of The Living Room Cinema in Chipping Norton, a community-focused boutique cinema.
With 2-screens, the film programme will be diverse, showcasing a range of popular and award-winning new releases, independent titles, family films, and under their ‘Living Room Presents’ banner, documentaries, foreign language and arthouse gems.
Summer blockbusters that our audience can look forward to will include “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” which will receive its premiere out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival next month; “Oppenheimer”, the latest mind bending thriller from Christopher Nolan; Tom Cruise in more death-defying stunts in “Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning” plus a visit to Wes Anderson’s mind in “Asteroid City” and the hotly anticipated “Barbie”, directed by Greta Gerwig and featuring an extensive all-star cast.
Newly appointed General Manager Lindsey Bowden (previously of Roundhouse, Riverside Studios and Assembly) says: “I am hugely excited to be part of this wonderful new venue for Chipping Norton which will bring such a great variety of new releases, classics and screened live performances for the community. I'm looking forward to meeting locals in our lovely cafe bar and can't wait to open our doors!”
The Living Room cinema will be accessible and inclusive with subtitled, audio described, autism friendly and parent and baby screenings.
Their Live Events series will give you the opportunity to have the best seats in the house for music concerts ranging from the legendary Andre Rieu to the visual spectacle of Coldplay, opera and ballet from the Royal Opera House and beyond, theatre from the National Theatre and the Exhibition on Screen series.
One of the highlights of the upcoming programme will be our special events and “In Conversation With” series. Special guests at our sister Liphook site have included Downton Abbey stars Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern; directors Simon Curtis (Downton Abbey: A New Era) and BAFTA-nominated Jim Archer (Brian and Charles); writer Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) and director of the NT’s ‘Good’, Dominic Cooke.
Founder and CEO, Claire Beswick says:
“As we enter the final phase of our work - the interior fit out of the cinema - I’m delighted we are now able to share some of the finer details of our offer. It is a privilege to be creating such a unique cinema experience for the community of Chipping Norton and we cannot wait to open our doors and to welcome each and every one of you.”
The cinema will be open all day and the stylish foyer will provide a versatile social space with a laid-back, modern vibe. Everyone will be welcome to visit us for morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea or join us in the evening when the cafe will transform into a vibrant, stylish cocktail and wine bar. Our friendly staff will know your name and your usual tipple, your favourite seat, and your favourite film.
The Living Room Cinema Chipping Norton will be open to all and will have a range of concession priced tickets available, in addition to both standard and premium seating. We have a membership scheme for regular patrons with a range of membership options for all tastes: from Standard Membership to our limited-edition VIP Founder Memberships, with benefits include unlimited cinema for the member and a guest, complimentary drinks, a private screening, and an invite to the launch party.