Top bands lined up for new Ragley Hall music festival

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A STRING of top acts are set to perform at a brand new music festival which will make its debut at Ragley Hall later this month.

Bands such as 80s’ synth-pop legends ABC, the Magic Numbers, The Hoosiers, Toploader and Dodgy will be appearing at Camper Calling, which takes place on the August Bank Holiday weekend from Friday, 26th August, to Sunday, 28th August.

Also on the bill will be Alcester’s Jack Blackman.

The event will also feature 40 other live bands and tribute acts, a foraging walk, theatre, street food, campfire tales and an Aüguztfest German beer festival, complete with an oompah band.

Children will find lots to keep them entertained, with circus shows, hulahoop lessons and

Martin Fry, of ABC.
Martin Fry, of ABC.

ukulele workshops, along with Ragley’s adventure playground. The stately home’s lake will host a range of water sports activities, which will be free of charge to anyone camping at the event for the weekend.

Organisers say that the festival will offer something for everyone who has a love of live music and camping.

They hope to establish the event as the Midlands’ finest family-friendly boutique music festival.

Shelley Bond, the events director of the team behind the festival, said: “We’ll be taking over Ragley Hall for a weekend of amazing music from over 40 amazing bands, as well as introducing you to new talent on our ‘freshly squeezed’ stage. “Plus with family entertainment, lakeside watersports, adventure playgrounds, loads of activities and craft workshops and some seriously tasty street food and drink, you will be as busy or as chilled out as you choose.”

Camper Calling is a new venture by the same team that stages the Camper Jam festival for VW camper van fans at Weston Park, in Shropshire.

The full line-up:

Friday, 26th August

  • Dodgy
  • The Magic Numbers
  • Mused
  • Willie and the Bandits
  • BOMBS
  • The Future Dub Project
  • Plastic Pantomime

Saturday, 27th August

  • ABC
  • The Hooisers
  • Toploader
  • By the Rivers
  • UK Foo Fighters
  • The Carnabys
  • Will and the People
  • Jack Blackman
  • Backbeat Soundsystem

Sunday, 28th August

  • Barbarella’s Bang Bang
  • Buffalo Brothers
  • The Undercover Hippy
  • Lazy Habits
  • Soley Mourning

For tickets see www.campercalling.com