Midsomer Norton Music & Arts Festival

Midsomer Norton Music and Arts Festival is a free community festival celebrating local performance and creativity. It  will be held at the Town Park on 3 June 2023, 1pm-7.30pm

As well as a fantastic selection of live music in the town’s wonderful amphitheatre, away from the main stage there will be an Arts Tent with workshops, exhibitions and spray paint demo. The Midsomer Norton Craft & Gift Fayre will also be open until 3pm in the Somer Centre.

Keep reading for more information including catering options!


Band Timings

1pm – BCS
1.45pm – Club Rock
2.30pm – Gavin Osborn & The Comments Section
3.20pm – The Original Barn Finds
4pm – BCS
4.45pm – Club Rock
5.20pm – Gavin Lazarus & Cool Britania
6.30pm – The Entitled Sons
EVENT CURFEW 8pm


Meet the performers…

The Entitled Sons
This five-piece hail from Somerset, and have been steadily building a devoted following, and winning over audiences around the country. Their energetic and tuneful performances have impressed, amd they have been getting rave reviews.

The band have been going from strength to strength, and recently won the Pilton Stage competition, and will now be performing at Glastonbury Festival this year. They have been recording and releasing new original music recently, getting great reviews. 

Gavin Lazarus and Cool Britannia
Gavin Lazarus is a vastly experienced performer from Bath. With his band, The Foxes, he performs Rat Pack or Beatles hits, dinner jazz or stomping rock n’ roll. He performs solo, as a duo, a trio, quartet, and even a big band!

“My band and I specialise in vintage music from the swing era through to classic pop & rock. The sets are a lovingly curated mix of solid gold hits together with the best songs you never knew you loved!” 

Gavin and his six-piece band will be bringing us his Cool Britannia show of classic songs from the 1960s era. 

Gavin Osborn and the Comment Section
Humourous but heart-felt singer-songwriter, originally from Bedford but has resided in the Bristol/Bath area for several years. He’s performed shows with comedian Daniel Kitson and supported Belle & Sebastian. 

“Gavin Osborn writes minutely detailed, bittersweet story-songs on an acoustic guitar and sings them with a comic timing usually absent from the works of his anti-folk contemporaries. Funny and touching, Osborn walks a similar tightrope to Loudon Wainwright III” – Stewart Lee (comedian), The Sunday Times.

The Original Barn Finds
Hailing from the heart of rural Somerset, the Original Barn Finds were conceived in 2017. From modest beginnings they have grown into a much sought after act in the South West, playing to discerning audiences at small local festivals and vintage car shows, as well as well known music venues. 

Their mission is to bring joy to the masses through the medium of classic covers and the occasional original song, in a Folk/Americana/Bluegrass style. The band 0f seasoned musicians comprises guitars, bass, vocals, fiddle, mandolin and banjo, and is guaranteed to get your feet tapping and have you singing along. 

BCS (Bath College Students)
A variety of bands from Bath College will be performing at different times during the day. It is a great opportunity to see these musicians at the start of their careers.

Club Rock (Midsomer Norton School bands)
There will be several up and coming bands from Norton Hill School. They will be performing a variety of cover songs, guaranteed to delight a local crowd.


Food Village Catering

As well as all the great local High Street traders just a short walk from event, we have some fabulous catering options on site!

Smokehouse on the Hill serving up smoked chicken and pork with vegan and veggie options too.

For lighter bites and snacks there’s The Crumporium offering buttered crumpets with delicious toppings.

If you’re in the mood for Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Hog Roasts or some loaded nachos, The Roaming Deli, well known to locals, will be serving from their picturesque horse-box stall.

Grab some cakes with Pretty Baked!

If it’s chips and burgers you’re after, all aboard the Burger Bus.

The Outfield Festival team will be running a bar with Salvatore’s Ice Cream will be on site for some cooler treats. There will also be Cafe2U on site to keep everyone going with coffee throughout the day.


For the kids…

There’s inflatable fun as Bouncers are bringing a bouncy castle as well as an inflatable slide, whilst the wonderful Hayley Spiller will be on site Face Painting.


MY HIGH STREET – Explore our arts trail

In the two weeks leading up to the Festival, there will also be an arts trail on the theme of MY HIGH STREET – celebrating the wonderful shops, trades, business owners and buildings in our town. It will be on display from Friday 19 May to Friday 9 June, across dozens of High Street venues. Works will also be displayed in the Town Park as part of the festival on 3 June.

The artworks – created by Somer Valley residents at workshops in recent weeks – depict the products, people and places which make our High Street special – are all created on recycled paper carrier bags, celebrating our local history of industrial bag manufacture.

As part of the trail, we are also hosting two shopfront installations created by talented local artists. These are:

“Fantasy Shops” by Frederick Van Haaps in collaboration with local school children (Unit 14, 14 South Road, BA3 2EZ)

“My High Street” by “Emvy” Michelle Venn (Jacarandas Coffee Shop, 109 High Street, BA3 2DA)

The full map of venues can be found here: www.yourmidsomernorton.co.uk/my-high-street-arts-trail/ Check back regularly to explore the most up-to-date version!


Competition Time

There are 34 shop windows on the High Street displaying ‘paper bag’ artworks created by local people. We are challenging people to count how many bags are in each window… with a reward at the end!

You can pick up your trail checklist from outside Unit 14 (14 South Rd, BA32EZ) or simply save the below image and print your own! Bring your completed checklist to Midsomer Music Festival on 3 June and the first 50 people to complete the challenge will be gifted a FREE Midsomer Norton tote bag!


FAQs

Are there toilets on site?
Please don’t pee in the Park! There will be portaloos and a urinal block on site throughout the event. The MSN Craft & Gift Fayre in the Somer Centre will also have toilets available until 3pm.

Can we bring drink with us?
There are food and bar options available at the event, but you are welcome to bring your own refreshments. However please do not bring glass bottles on to site. Those drinking from glass bottles will be asked to decant their drink into plastic cups, and the glass removed.