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Valley Fest announces today that Travis will no longer be performing at the event this year, which is held between 30 July and 1 August.

Due to the ongoing travel and quarantine regulations, as well as the cancellation and postponement of a number of other UK and European festivals and concerts, Travis are unable to perform at Valley Fest or any other UK shows in 2021.

Travis are greatly disappointed to be unable to tour this year and are in the process of rescheduling their July and August 2021 tour dates into 2022.

Texas will now headline Friday. Perfectly placed to get the festival off to a flying start, the band have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide in their thirty-year career. Valley Fest is one of the very few opportunities to see them play this year.

On the back of a hugely successful career - Texas has a new album out: Hi which will be their 10th album. The previous one, Jump On Board, released in 2017 - debuted in the top 10 in most countries in Europe.  They have had thirteen top-ten singles on the UK Singles Chart, three number one albums and eight UK top ten albums on the UK Albums Chart, as well as being an Ivor Novello award winner.

Luke Hasell, Valley Fest Founder saysTexas will be a huge hit as they’ve had such an incredible career – playing stadiums, arena tours and huge festivals such as Glastonbury. We’re so delighted that our crowd will be able to see them up close!

Even in usual times line-ups can change and Covid-19 has thrown so much up into the air. Of course, we know how disappointed Travis fans are going to be and we hope to welcome them back again in years to come.”  

As well as huge headliners such as Deacon Blue and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, the weekend also showcases the region’s finest produce: from charcuterie to cheddars and ciders to sausages. And the consistently biggest crowd pleaser of all: the view. Edged by the rolling Mendip hills, Chew Valley Lake provides the sparkling backdrop.

Live acts

Now in its sixth year, Valley Fest’s line up has always included some big names as well as plenty of rising stars.  For 2021, My BABY, The Allergies, The Blockheads, The Snuts, Toploader, The Cuban Brothers, Beans on Toast and Oh My God! It’s the Church are on the bill. The full line up is on the website:

The best-tasting music festival

Over the weekend you can see: Great British Bake Off stars Chetna Makan and Briony May Williams; Josh Eggleton from Michelin-Starred Pony and Trap, Rob Howell from Root Bristol as well as chef and author, Olia Hercules, named Observer Food Monthly’s Rising Star of 2015.

Additionally, Tom Hunt, author of Eating for Pleasure, People & Planet, is on the bill along with TV’s Andy Clarke who will be highlighting some stunning ethical drinks producers. Not forgetting ‘Queen of the Bean’ food writer and chef, Jenny Chandler, who will be showing how kids can make easy dishes at home.

New for this year: a live-fire stage! Showcasing the best ingredients from Wales and the South West, with plenty of laughs and delicious tasters to boot. The line up includes Sam Evans and Shauna Guinn from Hang Fire Southern Kitchen and chef Henry Eldon of The Cauldron Restaurant. Plus eco-chef and UN World Food Programme Ambassador, Arthur Potts Dawson.

Expect treats, beats and plenty to eat with lots of Somerset style and sizzle. From feasts to more street food than you can shake a stick at, there will be something to tickle everyone’s taste buds and suit every budget.

Lazy lakeside lushness

Valley Fest takes place in one large meadow making it perfect for first-time festival goers and families of all ages. People often remark how easy it is to get around – no long hikes across fields or hours of losing your friends. In fact, part of Valley Fest’s appeal is the lazy lakeside vibe. Not only that, you can drop in on poetry, storytelling and comedy sessions.

An ethical ecoparty

The festival is held on an organic farm so looking after the land is part of its DNA. Whether that’s through talks on soil health, wildlife-friendly gardening, farm tours or via panel discussions on regenerative farming, there is a host of fascinating and progressive topics to choose from. The festival was founded by Luke Hasell, an organic farmer who inherited the land after his parents suddenly passed.

Expect hedge-to-hedge Somerset sparkle and plenty of nonsense with a spectacular soundtrack.

Adult weekend tickets are currently £175 (plus booking fee)  
When these run out tier 5 tickets will be priced at £195.
Should the event not go ahead, ticket holders will be offered a rollover to 2022 or refunded.

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