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Our new end-of-summer event returns for a second year!

Those Pretty Wrongs performing at Septembersong
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Early Bird tickets for Septembersong 2024 now on sale!

As well as amazing music and songwriters, at Septembersong we have harmony singing workshops and songs round the campfire, yoga and meditation, talks and interviews, crafts in the ‘Old Ways’ maker space, great local food and drink, after-hours dancing, seasonal cocktails… and much more.

Located in Ipsden, near Wallingford in Oxfordshire, Braziers Park is accessible from Reading, Oxford or Goring rail stations, via the X40 Reading-Oxford bus.

Ticket price includes camping in Braziers' beautiful woodland clearing in the Chilterns. 

Not a camper? We also offer pre-pitched bell tents (with beds) or you can book a camper van spot, or even a room at Braziers House.

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What's on at Septembersong

As well as a full line-up of music, there's the OldWays Makerspace, talks and activities and lots of ways to slow down, relax and re-connect. 

We want to make sure there’s plenty to see and do, but also plenty of space, so we’ve scheduled things so that you don’t have to miss out on anything!

Keep reading for more info about the music line-up and other activities at Septembersong...

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Septembersong Music Line-Up

We will be bringing you the lineup for 2024 very soon…See below for more information about some of the amazing artists who played at Septembersong 2023 and have a listen to our Septembersong '23 Spotify playlist. 

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Having been a founding member of one of the most revered power pop bands of all time tends to be a footnote that follows you around. Yet Jody Stephens’ contribution to the pop canon goes well beyond his beginnings in Big Star, helping to refine alt-country with Golden Smog and shaping the Ardent Records legacy well into the current era. Following the outpouring of love around the documentary, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, Jody reached out to his longtime friend, producer and songwriter Luther Russell to join him for some promotional appearances. A comfortability on stage became a kinship in the studio and eventually led to two albums as Those Pretty Wrongs. Luther and Jody bounce ideas off of one another with the kind of natural symbiosis that all bands shoot to achieve. Their third album together, Holiday Camp, finds Those Pretty Wrongs crafting a record that’s autumnal, searching for solace, and yet unsettled.

Michele Stodart with illustrated birds flying around her head

We’re so excited to welcome Michele, a London-based singer-songwriter, musician, mum and lover of all things creative, and of course well-known as a member of The Magic Numbers. This show will celebrate the release of Michele’s new solo album, her third. The album is called ‘Invitation’ – it is an intimate, personal record, with songs that touch on themes of motherhood, relationships, mental health, transformation, endings and new beginnings. As Michele says, “It comes from a place of inviting in the darkness, the hard times, the sadness, anger, loss, love and grief… all of the unknown feelings that get woken up inside you. To practice staying with them, no matter how uncomfortable. To understand that they are trying to tell you something… and that ultimately it’s ok to feel these emotions, even if you can’t make any sense of them. I believe that it’s in the learning and listening that we can transform, grow, stay conscious and wholeheartedly true, open, honest with ourselves and others.”

Robyn Hitchcok in the desert with a guitar

With a career now spanning six decades, Robyn Hitchcock remains a truly one-of-a-kind artist –surrealist rock ’n’ roller, iconic troubadour, guitarist, poet, painter, performer. An unparalleled, deeply individualistic songwriter and stylist, Hitchcock has traversed myriad genres with humor, intelligence, and originality over more than thirty albums and seemingly infinite live performances. From The Soft Boys’ proto-psych-punk and The Egyptians’ Dadaist pop to solo masterpieces like 1984’s milestone I Often Dream of Trains and 1990’s Eye, Hitchcock has crafted a strikingly original oeuvre rife with sagacious observation, astringent wit, recurring marine life, mechanized rail services, cheese, Clint Eastwood, and innumerable finely drawn characters real and imagined.

Annie Keating performing with her band

A staple of the contemporary Americana scene, Annie Keating writes and sings like a woman who knows deep down that heartache is the price of hope, and she can make us believe — in that way that only the best artists can — that all of it is worth the cost. Talent spotted by BBC Radio‘s Bob Harris with the release of her breakthrough album, “Belmont” in 2008, Keating has been growing in stature and reputation ever since with each of the ten studio album and EP releases to date, drawing formidable comparisons to artists including Lucinda Williams and John Prine along the way. Annie Keating’s new release “HARD FROST” is another superb collaboration between songwriter Annie Keating and brilliant guitarist/producer Teddy Kumpel, who last produced the 15 song “Bristol County Tides” album in 2021. On this new album, Keating shows her range and depth, with no two songs sounding alike, ranging from raucous rock to tender acoustic storytelling. Performing as The Annie Keating Band, the line-up will feature Scott Warman on double/electric bass, rising star Joe Coombs on electric/acoustic/slide guitars (who has played internationally Grammy nominated songwriter Yola, Robert Vincent, Lynne Hanson and the Steady Habits) and Jamie Dawson on drums (also a member of the Steady Habits as well as The Dreaming Spires.) Photo credit: John Morgan

Rj McKendree playing a guitar

In 1968 a Californian musician blows through a West Country village where he writes a set of haunting songs that will earn him a group of obsessive fans and a cult following. The set of eleven songs form the album Wallflower. The Californian is RJ McKendree, created by the best-selling author Tom Cox from his novel Villager, brought to life by musician Will Twynham (Dimorphodons). Villager, Tom Cox’s thirteenth book and debut novel synthesises his passion for music, nature and folklore into a psychedelic and enthralling exploration of village life and the countryside that sustains it. Wallflower is a dreamlike, poetic record that reaches through time, rich with metaphor from landscape, soil and rock. Drawing on outsider blues, psychedelia, and the early folk rock scenes of both the US and UK, Wallflower possesses an expansive feel that sometimes turns dark, dense and murky, leaning into the ritual and folkloric mysteries that lurk on the edge of a Dartmoor-esque landscape. Will Twynham – aka Dimorphodons, aka RJ McKendree – is a visionary multi-instrumentalist, guitar builder, and producer with production credits including Mary Epworth’s acclaimed album Dream Life, featuring the BBC 6 Music-playlisted single ‘Black Doe’. The debut Dimorphodons album will be released in 2023.

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Matthew Caws in a black hooded coat standing in the middle of a town street

Matthew Caws has been the lead singer/guitarist of the New York based group Nada Surf for twenty five years. He’s consistently toured the world with the band during this time, but only on rare occasions has he taken the stage solo to perform their catalogue of melodic, soulful pop songs. Matthew is also one half of Minor Alps, along with Juliana Hatfield, who released their debut album ‘Get There’ in 2013.

My Girl the River singing into a microphone whilst playing guitar

My Girl The River is American singer/songwriter Kris Wilkinson Hughes. Sometimes with husband & bassist, Joe, Kris paints pictures of life in the American south, explores complex human experiences and isn’t afraid to share her vulnerability or truth. Cardinal in the Snow, produced by Neilson Hubbard (Emily Scott Robinson, Mary Gauthier), received 8/10 from AmericanaUK. ‘Nashville meets southern gothic’, ‘a voice like sugared espresso’.

Kate Ellis singing into a microphone with her guitar

Born In Louisiana, Kate Ellis uses melancholy Folk/Americana to conduct fearless soul-searching. A journalist for the Observer described hauntingly beautiful songs, Americana UK gave her latest album Spirals 9/10 calling it “An irrefutable, unquestionable joy” while Folk Radio UK noted it was “Beguilingly sung, melodic, warm, tender, open and insightful in its vortex of emotions – an early contender for the year’s best-of lists.” BBC Radio’s Ralph McClean recently said: “Kate Ellis’s beautiful album Spirals is absolutely brilliant, the Louisiana-born singer-songwriter really has something very special going on.”

The ARC Songwriters singing and playing guitars

Septembersong 2023 Spotify Playlist

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Old Ways Makerspace

Our ‘Old Ways’ maker space aims to showcase some almost-lost skills and technologies, from apple-pressing to carving letters in stone, in some cases with the chance to take part yourself, or just to watch the crafts-folk at work.  Have a look at some of what took place in 2023....

People putting chopped up apples into a scratter

Apple pressing

Apple Pressing

Jar of different preserved food items

Preserving

Will cutting out the Septembersong logo in stone

Stone carving

Stone Carving

3 of the Thames Valley Dowser Group

Dowsing with the Thames Valley Dowsers

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Re-connection

Start each day with ways to connect to yourself, the environment and one another, like yoga, meditation and singing groups.

In 2023, Dr Selen Atasoy talked about links between harmonics, nature, brain and consciousness, Dr Tom Oliver talked from his book, The Self Delusion, which brings to life the overwhelming evidence contradicting the perception we have of ourselves as independent beings, and we also heard from our own resident ecologist, Hugh Warwick, host of the Kindling talks at WOOD, whose works include Linescapes: Remapping and Reconnecting Britain’s Fragmented Wildlife.

Check back soon to see what 2024 will hold!

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Dr Selen Atasoy giving a talk
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event photos by Fyrefly Studios

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Location

Braziers Park Camp Field, Ipsden,

 Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 6AN

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Opening Times

Doors open Friday 6th September (3pm)

Music ends Sunday 8th September (9pm)

3 nights camping included with weekend ticket, same-night included with day tickets.

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Getting here

Braziers Park Camp Field, Ipsden, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 6AN

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BUS: Braziers Park is served by the X40 Thames Travel service connecting to Oxford, Wallingford and Reading. The Braziers Lane stop is a request stop so ask the driver, and it’s a 5 minute walk to the festival site from the stop. Take care if crossing the busy A4074. You should be able to see the yellow AA signs and other event signage.

TRAIN: It’s best to go to Reading station and then catch theX40 bus to Braziers Park, as these buses run from just outside the station. Goring & Streatley Station is around 40-60 minutes walk with steep hills and no buses- occasionally taxis.

To catch a bus from Reading railway station, leave the station at the main entrance, cross the road opposite and make your way to bus stop EB. The bus takes approximately 30-35 minutes.

There is a £20 (weekend) parking charge.

Single day parking is a flat rate of £10. 

Parking can be paid in advance.

Why not try Liftshare? 

Liftshare is free to use and helps people who are going to the same place connect to share lifts. There is a dedicated Liftshare Community for people attending festivals.

https://liftshare.com/uk/community/festival

A limited number of camper van passes are available.

You will require a separate camper van ticket – available from the ticket page. 

Camper vans will be sited in the main field.

Staying here

3 nights camping in the beautiful surrounds of Braziers Park, Oxfordshire, is included with your weekend ticket, same-night included with day tickets.

We need to keep an emergency access lane through the campsite, and also to make sure there is room for everyone to camp; please pitch your tent sensibly and co-operate with any requests from our friendly campsite stewards. 

We regret that no gazebos are allowed in the campsite. 

For your safety the campsite is monitored 24 hours.

Luxury bell tents for 2 - 4 people are available to hire from our friends at Beautiful-Bells.co.uk.

Your tent will be ready and waiting for you on your arrival at the festival!

Includes:

5m cream canvas bell tent furnished with flooring, rug, cushions, mirror, bedside tables, LED lanterns, fairy lights and REAL plants. 

Beds and mattresses -  each single comes with additional memory foam topper, duvet with cover, fitted sheet, 2 pillows with cases and additional blankets.

Bell tents can be booked when purchasing tickets for the event.

Our wood-fired showers will be running throughout the weekend. 

A limited number of rooms can be booked in Braziers Park house.

Please contact Braziers Park directly to book – 01491 680 221.

Welfare and accessiblity

Children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Children under the age of 16 must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.

Children aged 13-17 need to have a Teen ticket. 

Children 2 and under need to have a Child ticket.

Children under the age of 2 go free but we do ask that you include them in your purchase so we know who's coming. 

We kindly ask that all children under 13 wear wristbands with the phone number of their parent or guardian These wristbands will be provided when you arrive at the main entrance to the festival.

We have accessible parking, camping and toilet facilities.

A discounted ticket is available for carers accompanying a child/children with a disability or if you’re a carer accompanying an adult or teen with a disability. 

Please contact us for further details.

Please report any issues or concerns to Festival HQ.  Someone in our team will be able to direct you to the help you need. 

FAQs

We’re sorry but dogs must stay at home. This field is used for grazing when we are not here.

Open fires are not allowed. You are warmly invited to sit around the main campfire from dusk ‘til late. 

You can have a raised BBQ for cooking purposes only. This needs to be raised off the ground and leave no trace when you go home. 

All the toilets are composting. Don't knock it until you try it!  

Here's what people have to say about them:

"..much more environmentally friendly and much nicer to use." -Laura M.

"It proves that you don't have to go to the loo in a horrible plastic box that smells awful."- Sam I.

"Some of the nicest loos on a festival site that I've ever used!" -George U.

You sure can!  

Applications for volunteer stewards are now open. 

Please email info@woodfestival.com

Food Stalls and Trading at Septembersong

If you sell ethically sourced, fairly traded, traceable goods in environmentally friendly packaging and would like to trade at Septembersong, please get in touch!

woodfestivaltraders@hotmail.com

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