The Blockheads Announced as New Friday Night Headliners at Towersey Festival



The Blockheads Announced as New Friday Night Headliners at Towersey Festival



Towersey Festival, the UK’s longest-running, independent music, arts and culture festival is thrilled to announce that the legendary punk-funk band, The Blockheadswill now headline the event on Friday 25th August at Claydon Estate near Buckingham.

Over 12 areas, including four stages of the finest music, festival-goers are in for a treat as The Blockheads join the lineup in addition to Frank Turner (Saturday 26th) and The Divine Comedy (Sunday 27th).

The Blockheads, whose catalogue of hit singles includes the No.1 chart topper ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’, ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful, Pt 3’ and ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’, replace the previously announced headliners, The Proclaimers, who are no longer able to perform due to Charlie Reid being unwell.

Towersey Festival Director, Joe Heap commented“We are delighted to welcome back this iconic band and thrilled they could jump in at such short notice. We wish Charlie well and are of course sad not to see them at Towersey, but the Friday line up is bolstered by one of the best live bands on the scene.”



Originally formed in 1977 by the late Ian Dury, The Blockheads have continued to captivate crowds for over 40 years with their punk-funk sound and poetic lyricism. Chaz Jankel – who co-wrote the bulk of the tracks on Ian’s first album, ‘New Boots and Panties’ – has kept the flame burning since Ian’s passing along with two other original members, Micky Gallagher on keyboards and John Turnbull on guitar.

The band is completed by drummer John Roberts, Dave Lewis on sax, Nathan King who joined from Level 42 and the most recent addition, Manchester music producer and ex-Rik Mayall scriptwriter Mike Bennett on vocals.

Over four days from Friday 25th to Monday 28th August, the 59th edition of Towersey has so much in store for the bank holiday weekend. It’s a chance to step into a different world of music, comedy, dance, activities, workshops, creativity, camping, and a whole lot of fun.

Only a limited number of tickets are available. Day tickets cost just £60 for an adult and £40 for young persons aged 5 – 17 yrs. Weekend tickets are priced at just £180 (adult) and £100 (5 – 17 yrs). Kids under 5 are always free. 

For campers, they can enjoy an abundance of facilities with glamping also available. A four-day camping pitch starts from £25 or for those wanting to lay their head down for just one night, a one-day night-camping pitch is also available.

For anyone interested in a life-affirming festival experience, full of incredible talent in music, arts, and culture, and with welcoming community vibes, visit to purchase tickets and download the programme to see all the jewels that the Towersey Festival crown has to offer.