Daxtonbury Festival 2022
Daxtonbury is totally about the chill and the vibe. Glastonbury it ain’t! We won’t have Ed Sheeran, or Adele (but you’re welcome to play if reading this) but equally our ticket prices won’t leave you broke for the rest of the year, you won’t have to walk two miles to reach the main stage and our loos (probably) won’t overflow!
What you will get is that great festival experience but on a boutique scale. Music from a load of artists you will want to see again, a shed load of new friends and a great weekend relaxing in beautiful surroundings. Now in its 15th year, we have lovingly and carefully grown this event with numbers increasing year on year whilst retaining our central values.
Together with an exciting line-up of live music there are high quality food stalls, beer tents, a cocktail bar and a unique range of other activities such as, kids entertainment, clay pigeon shooting, air gun shooting, welly wanging, Graffiti artists, craft stalls, fire breathing, line dancing, chain saw carving and wood crafts, massage, yoga, and a fantastic charity auction. Daxtonbury is about goodwill and about giving to a good cause. We are a family looking for new members – people who will share our vision of a peaceful, family friendly event where nothing is left behind except footprints and where great memories are created.
Daxtonbury doesn’t take a profit from this event – it is all given to our nominated charities. This is only possible because everyone – organisers, volunteers, bands and backstage crews etc – give their services for free. Your help and co-operation is essential in making sure we continue to move forward – enjoy yourselves and don’t spoil the enjoyment of others. Appreciate the environment and leave it looking even better than it did when you arrived. Subscribe to our simple ethos and everyone is guaranteed to have an amazing good time.
Daxtonbury Festival takes place on private farmland near the main entrance to Santa Pod Raceway, a few miles from the village of Podington in North Bedfordshire. This is a low-key, laid-back event and we try to avoid the expense of too many overweight fences, snarling security men and unsightly guard dogs. Therefore the location is only indicated by signposts erected a few days before the festival although exact instructions are given whenever you purchase advance on-line e-ticket(s).
Using this approach we hope to deter gatecrashers and free-loaders (be aware that we do have security) and maintain the family friendly atmosphere. The site is fairly remote although we have running water and electricity. There are no shops or pubs nearby (we have our own bars and food stalls) nor cash machines so either come fully equipped or be prepared for a long walk or a short drive! There is plenty of free parking space – but please adhere to the signs and make sure cars are clear of roadways and emergency access routes.
How Daxtonbury Started
I thought for any new Daxtonburyers I should explain why I do this little festival and here it is… It’s a longish story but please grab a glass of wine or a beer and read all the way through. Chris Kelly used to work for my father Ron Miller many, many moons ago at Biggleswade Tidy Tip where he was the manager., My father used to have the contract for 6 sites including Leighton buzzard where I was the manager.
After 10 years of running the sites my father decided to leave England with his wife (my step mum) Francesca Miller and retire to the south of France – so I didn’t see my dad for a few years.
Meantime i stopped working at the sites and was setting up my business, Wold Farm Fisheries and country pursuits which Chris used to come and help out with every Thursday and Friday – his days off from his site. Me and Chris became great friends and spent lots of time together working on the farm and socialising together. Any one that knew him will know he was the biggest joker in the world and he enjoyed a good drink!
I could tell you so many stories of him which would have you in tears of laughter. Chris’s favourite saying was “That’s the type of guy that I am” and what a guy he was.!!!! I feel very privileged and honoured to of known this amazing guy and I would want his memory to live on forever.
Going back to when my father left England to start his adventures in France – as I said I never saw him for a few years and we were very close – so when my dad said he was coming back for a few days me and Chris decided to throw a little surprise party for him – just a few of his close friends maybe 30 people in the woods at Wold Farm. It was a great day and dad really enjoyed it so did me and Chris! So the following year we done it again – had a small clay pigeon shoot in the woods – and after the shoot a few beers and a BBQ with some of our friends.
Then the year after I brought the field that you guys know “the festival field” and we had it on there. Chris knew Vinnie from the Workshop Boys and asked them to come and play, along with Paul Wiseman and Karl, so we got a marquee and had a bit of a party and invited friends.
A few of my friends set up a Facebook page called Daxtonbury hence the name has stuck……Daxtonbury Festival.
The year after we done the same thing but said people they could come and camp over. We had a scream and it got really messy in a good way.
The following year we had really bad news – Chris had got cancer and passed away – so I decided to carry on what me and Chris had started and invite our friends and they could invite their friends so we advertised it through friends of friends and charged people to come through the gate to raise money for local charities and always a cancer related charity.
I really wish my wife Kat and my son Alfie and my two girls Ronnie and Scarlet and our new addition Bailey could have met this amazing man and also you guys – I promise you one thing – he will always be with us in the the bar as this is where my dear friend is laid to rest with his dog in a beautiful oak casket hidden in the ceiling of what you guys know as The Love Boat!
Hence if you read the plaque above the bar you will understand the meaning.
Before this tipple hits your belly raise your glass to the great Chris Kelly!
But it actually isn’t the end I will
every year put on some sort of show in memory of my dearest friend Chris Kelly ❤️
First Line Up Announcement!
More To Follow…
Some old friends and some new names! The first release of artists performing at ‘The Best Three Day Party In Bedfordshire’. Get you tickets now – and remember all profits our profits go to cancer charities.
STRAY, THE HOT ONE TWO, TALK IN CODE, 4TH LABYRINTH, ROADHOUSE, ORANGE CLOCKS, SAVING AMY, EASYDREAD & BAND ON THE ROOF
IS THE FESTIVAL LEGAL?
DO I HAVE TO PAY TO CAMP?
WE ONLY CHARGE FOR CAMPER VANS AND CARAVANS. WEEKEND AND DAY TICKETS ALLOWS YOU TO SLEEP OVERNIGHT IN A TENT BUT DAY TICKET HOLDERS MUST BE OFF-SITE BY 10.00AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.
HOW CAN I PAY FOR TICKETS ON THE DAY?
IS THERE A CASH MACHINE ON SITE SO I CAN WITHDRAW CASH?
DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR CHILDREN?
I AM 14 YEARS OLD, WILL I BE ALLOWED ENTRY INTO THE FESTIVAL WITHOUT AN ADULT?
MY TICKETS HAVEN’T ARRIVED, WHAT SHALL I DO?
DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR PARKING?
CAN I TAKE ALCOHOL INTO THE ARENA?
IS THERE FOOD AVAILABLE?
WHAT IS YOUR DRUG POLICY?
DO YOU ALLOW DOGS ON THE SITE?
CAN I ENTER AND EXIT THE FESTIVAL SITE THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND?
DO YOU HAVE MEDICAL FACILITIES/FIRST AIDERS ON SITE?
IS DAXTONBURY SUITABLE FOR DISABLED PERSONS?
HOW DO I APPLY TO PLAY AT DAXTONBURY?
• ARTIST NAME AND CONTACT DETAILS (PHONE AND EMAIL)
• BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF TYPE OF MUSIC PLAYED
• LINK TO PERFORMANCE VIDEO (PREFERABLY LIVE)
• LINKS TO SOUNDCLOUD, BANDCAMP OR SIMILAR MUSIC SITES
• WEBSITE OR FACEBOOK LINKS (IF YOU HAVE ONE)
• AVAILABLE DATES