The first ever BanhamFest at The Banham Barrel in Norfolk stood out because of the quality of the musicianship on offer… and the rain!

After a week in which the UK hit it’s highest ever July temperature of 38.5+°C the clouds began to roll in on Friday afternoon, by Saturday afternoon the rain settled in but failed to spoil the party in The Appleyard.  Despite the weather, BanhamFest 2020 is already being planned… watch this space: https://www.banhamfest.co.uk/

Friday’s line-up: Kaves | Bag of Cans | Mammal Not Fish | Beans on Toast

Saturday’s line-up: Just Tom & Pete | Kieran Hensey | Simon Kelsall | James Veira | Tangles | When Rivers Meet | Niamh | The High Points | Thy Last Drop | Pirate Joe & The Foreign Locals | Hayseed Dixie

(Sadly other commitments meant that I couldn’t be there to capture the BBC Introducing line up on Sunday.)

Read Grapevine Magazine’s review here.

This from organiser Brian McAllister:

Two years ago when we arrived at The Barrel it was a dream that my favourite band Hayseed Dixie would play here. I was at the front of the BanhamFest crowd at 10:30 on Saturday night in the pouring rain. I turned around and saw a sea of people dancing with huge grins on their faces. My dream has become reality.