Festival is launched

Grace Solero
Grace Solero

Three acts have been announced as among those performing at Napton Festival later this year.

The event is being held in the grounds of the village hall between Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12 and tickets are now on sale.

Laurence Jones

Laurence Jones

Sixteen acts will be performing but among the headline acts will be Grace Solero who will perform on the Friday night while Voodoo Vegas and the Laurence Jones Band will be performing on the Saturday night.

A spokesman for the festival organisers said: “We have an amazing line up of bands who obviously view the festival as a must.

Grace Solero’s music contains a raw energy. Singer and guitarist Grace possesses a visceral voice of astounding range, and a presence and poise as a performer that points to past dance and gymnastics training.

In the group she lends her name to, her star quality is matched by that of California-born, London-based lead guitarist Dan Beaulaurier, whose style displays a rare mix of technical mastery and real soul.

Headlining on the Saturday night is Voodoo Vegas, who have been performing since 2006.

It is a busy time for them as they have recently released their debut album The Rise of Jimmy Silver.

The band’s music is a guitar-driven, melody-drenched, hard rock delight.

They have gigged tirelessly on both home turf and the continent, honing their craft during regular rounds of the French, Belgian, Italian and German live circuits, and raising the musical bar still higher in support slots to standard bearers such as Glenn Hughes, Uriah Heep, The Wildhearts and Fozzy.

Also performing on the Saturday night is The Laurence Jones band which is getting positive reviews on BBC Radio 2 and Classic Rock magazine.

The band is described as a blues rock band and has played alongside some big names. Influences include Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher, Jimi Hendrix, Tony Mcphee, B.B King and Albert Collins

Among the new attractions will be an alternative stage, which will give visitors the chance to listen to a more laid back style of music.

The organisers have also worked on making the new festival stage a lot more visual.

The spokesman added: “We are allocating a limited amount of tickets for sale, please buy early to save the disappointment some people had last year finding the event sold out.”

Tickets for the festival are £18 which covers both days. Admission to under 12s is free. Camping is an additional £6 per person.

To book them, or for more information about the festival, visit www.naptonfestival.co.uk.