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Music lovers set fair for three days of great sounds
An impressive line-up of national and international acts has been announced for a three-day music festival in Staffordshire. The Warton Music Festival, which takes place on land at Bentley Farm in Tamworth over July 19, 20 and 21, will comprise around 30 live music acts, including The Hunna as main headliners. Other big names appearing over the course of the three-day festival include the legendary frontman of The Specials, Neville Staple, with his band, plus the likes of Stone Foundation, Airways, Marquis Drive, Cosmic Ninja, Defy Theory, Black Bear Kiss, and Antartic Monkeys. The packed bill includes music of all genres, from indie to trance, rock to drum n' bass and ska to reggae, which will be performed in circus-style big tops and an outdoor main stage.

Warton Music Festival
A great line-up at Warton Music Festival


Alongside the live music will be fun and entertainment for all the family with fairground rides, food and drink and this year's new addition of live graffiti shows by artists from Tamworth's New Urban ERA (NUE). People will also be able to get musical themselves by trying their hand at a range of instruments from a local music school. The Warton Music Festival is now in its third year at its current location of the 15-acre Bentley Farm on the outskirts of the village, with the 2019 show set to be bigger and better than ever. The event was set up with the aim of providing amazing experiences at an affordable price and has continued to grow in scale and popularity from its very early days when it was held in the car park of Warton Club. It was originally set up by a group of music lovers in 2007 to raise funds for the club and quickly became a popular fixture, before later moving to Bentley Farm.

Neville Staple
Neville Staple of The Specials fame. Credit John Coles


Festival team member Chad Mercer, who has himself played in bands in the local music scene since the 1980s, said: "Our aim with this event is to surprise and delight people so they have a really good time. We just want people to have a fantastic experience and this means enjoying some brilliant live music, with good food and drink at affordable prices. We have a wartonmusicfestival.co.ukamazing line-up this year including some international acts as well as some well known regional and national bands, covering a variety of music styles. Since moving to the bigger location we've been able to offer the full festival experience with camping and glamping as well, and we are attracting some top acts which are really putting Warton Music Festival on the festival circuit map."

The Hunna
The Hunna are to headline the festival


Tickets priced 50 for adults and camping passes starting from 5 per pitch, plus glamping packages, are available by visitin wartonmusicfestival.co.uk. Depending on demand, regular courtesy shuttle buses will also be available between the festival field and surrounding areas including Atherstone, Tamworth, Polesworth, Warton and Austrey. Further information can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wartonmusicfestival
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Why? Three days of great music for all to enjoy
When: July 19 - 21
Where: Warton Music Festival, Bentley Farm, Tamworth B79 0HB
Cost: 3 day adult tickets 50
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