Headlining the second annual Graze Festival – Sunday 28 August – will be one of the most danceable live bands on the planet: The Beat. Featuring Ranking Roger and his son Ranking Junior, The Beat will entertain with hits such as Mirror In The Bathroom, Stand Down Margaret and Tears Of A Clown.

The first Graze Festival was held in Twyford, near Winchester, in August 2015 as a family day of music and fine food. As well as creating an entertainment high-spot for the village and visitors, the festival also raises money for local good causes.

Joining The Beat for this second outing will be Toyah and her band. Toyah Willcox is one of the UK’s most celebrated female hit-makers as well as a popular actor. Also on the bill is the inimitable John Otway, who has a strong following in Hampshire and has played in Twyford several times.

Graze is determined to repeat the format of last year’s inaugural festival, which raised over £10,000 for local causes as well as providing a hugely popular day’s entertainment. “The feedback we received was ‘please don’t change anything, please don’t go corporate or try to expand too much’”, says co-organiser Tim Smith. With this in mind, the festival has received a licence to hold the one-day event every August Bank Holiday for the next five years on the same site, Humphreys Farm, off Hazeley Road close to Twyford.

Improvements this year include a much bigger car park immediately adjacent to the festival site, an expanded food offering and more attractions for children and teenagers. All this supports the star-studded musical line-up across two stages including local acts Flight Brigade, Polly And The Billets Doux, Lilo’s Wall, Luna Rivers and more, plus guests including Twyford’s own Twyfunk DJ set.

About Graze Festival

Graze Festival is organised by a small group of Twyford residents, to create a great day out with a wide appeal. At the first festival in 2015 more than 2000 people enjoyed music from Los Pacaminos and The Blockheads and many more. The event raised over £10,000 for local charities and fund-raising groups. The organising team run Graze Festival as a labour of love but to the highest professional standards, and has already earned a reputation which allows them to attract top bands.

For more information on the plans for Graze Festival 2016 and details of the charities which benefited in 2015, please contact Nick Seagrave, nick@grazefestival.com, 07525 023560.