OAK FEST music festival returns for 2024

    Accrington will come alive with the sound of music for this year's OAK FEST with pop sensation Kate Nash taking to the stage.

    Set amongst the beautiful 21.4 acre park, OAK FEST will return for its second year on the back of a hugely successful inaugural festival held in 2023 which attracted 5,000 people to Oak Hill Park and featured a line up of 13 artists.

    This year, organisers are planning to go bigger and better with the first paid ticketed format and an ambitious and exciting line up including international touring artists such as Kate Nash. The festival will welcome the British pop icon as the headlining act, on the back of the release of a brand new album and a performance at Glastonbury Festival in June. Other acts taking to the stage include Manchester legends Bez and Rowetta, local Accrington lads B55, Amsterdam indie pop powerhouse Pip Blom and New Orleans brass and 90s dance fusion band Mr Wilson’s Second Liners. 

    This year the event will take place on the 27th of July 2024 at Oak Hill Park in Accrington as visitors can enjoy a family friendly day out as Oak Hill Park is transformed into a celebration of music, culture and community. 

    The event is organised by Hyndburn Borough Council and we spoke to Lucy Dusgate, Hyndburn Head of Culture and Heritage.


    IMAGE: Lucy Dusgate - Head of Culture and Heritage for Hyndburn

    Lucy Dusgate, Head of Culture and Heritage for Hyndburn, said:

    “We couldn’t be more excited about the return of OAK FEST this July. We’re proud of the programme so far, offering great value for money and such a big and exciting programme. OAK FEST is part of a vision to make Hyndburn a place where residents can  experience some of the best culture in the UK - we want the people of Hyndburn to be proud of Accrington and all it stands for."

    "By creating a music festival that attracts established headliners, such as Kate Nash, we can also give performance opportunities to some of the incredible emerging local talent born here in Accrington. Our goal is to establish a creative eco system, where nationally recognised artists and high profile events can work together with homegrown talent that is supported by grassroots investment. We can’t wait to welcome the people of Accrington and beyond to Oak Hill Park for an amazing second year!”

    IMAGE: The main stage area of OAKFEST (Credit: OAKFEST SKIDDLE)

    Festival goers can enjoy food from a superb range of vendors, or if they’d prefer to bring picnics they are welcome.

    A free shuttle bus that runs from Accrington train station and Accrington Town Centre to the festival will be available to use for festival goers, included with their ticket.

    The organisers are also interested in speaking to vendors who wish to attend the event, they can email culture@hyndburnleisure.co.uk

    Tickets for OAK FEST are available to purchase here: https://www.skiddle.com/festivals/oak-fest/

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