Athlete step in to headline Lakefest festival

WITH the inaugural Lakefest festival at Bredons Hardwick less than a month away, organisers say over 1,800 tickets have already been sold – and they are expecting a last-minute surge in demand.

Lakefest is taking place at Croft Farm Waterpark on Friday, May 18th, and Saturday, May 19th, with a top line-up of chart artists including Reef, EMF, Toploader, Dodgy and The Roving Crows.

The Levellers were also booked to play but have sadly had to pull out due to an injury to their fiddle player.

However, organisers are delighted to announce they have signed indie favourites Athlete to play the headline slot, vacated by The Levellers, on the Saturday.

Lee Martin, one of the organisers, said: “With only three weeks to go until the event we knew it was going to be tough and had spoken to a number of potential replacement acts.

“Athlete were the stand-out option and we are grateful to them for agreeing to play. They have a fantastic reputation for their live performances and have been one of the biggest bands of recent times. We feel honoured that they are headlining our festival.”

Lakefest follows on from the success of Croft Farm’s 2011 Cider Festival which featured The Wurzels.

Organisers have now decided to make it an annual event but on a much bigger scale. Festival-goers are promised “a quality event with great facilities, plenty of entertainment for all ages, and some great bands!”

The ticket price for adult weekend including camping is £79 but owing to public demand, the organisers have announced the release of an extremely limited number of day tickets to the event.

Day tickets are available for both dates, with just 500 for each being made available, priced at just £39 for the Friday and £44 for the Saturday.

“They are already selling like proverbial hot cakes and early purchase is strongly advised,” said Lee.

For further details on the festival, visit

Bredon Hill View has been running a competition to win a ticket to the Lakefest festival.

The question we asked was “What was Dodgy’s biggest chart hit, reaching number 4 in the charts in 1996?” The answer was Good Enough and the lucky winner was a lady from Cheltenham.

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