Raunds Music Festival set to return with online performances

After cancelling last year’s festival, the Raunds Music Festival is taking place digitally this year.

By David Jackson
Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 12:25 pm
Megson, one of the acts who will be performing at the Raunds Music Festival.
Megson, one of the acts who will be performing at the Raunds Music Festival.

The annual Raunds Music Festival returns next week with performances online over three days on Zoom and YouTube.

The festival, which was cancelled last year because of the coronavirus, will take place from Thursday, April 29 to Saturday, May 1, with music and entertainment starting at 8pm each night.

It would normally be held in The Saxon Hall in Raunds, but like similar events, cannot take place due to coronavirus restrictions on indoor performances.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

Jacky Bright, who helps organise the festival, said: “For a second year the boots remain in the cellar and won't grace The Saxon Hall stage over the May holiday weekend.

“Until we can enjoy music together again, we have put together a virtual festival for our loyal followers.

“We're also hoping that those who haven't yet found their way to Raunds will take this chance to join us. All events are free, but you do need to register.”

The opening night will feature the festival’s ‘song and tune’ session.

Participants will be able to sing, lead a song or just listen as hosts go ‘around the Zoom room’, inviting people to take part.

The Friday night ceilidh will see Ock’n’Dough lead viewers through different simple and fun dances.

The main festival concert on Saturday will be able to watch via YouTube and will feature a host of performers who have graced the Raunds stage in the past.

Acts include Megson, Brooks Williams, Fred's House, The Rosellys, Ruth and Sadie Price and Kevin Buxton.

People can register for any of the events through the festival website.

Each day, the organisers will send details of how to connect with Zoom and YouTube.

For more information and to register, visit https://raundsfestival.com