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About the Ashton Keynes Festival 2020
The 2020 Festival may still be over a year away, but a few enthusiastic souls are already beginning to think about plans for what might happen.
Ideas being discussed include expanding the scope of the Festival, beyond just music and arts, to incorporate many other aspects of creativity in the village.
Possible areas include:
Food and drink
More "Ashton Keynes Shows Off" for more hobbies
Some historical and heritage aspects
An update to the Millennium Book 20 years on
Sport related activities
... and any other ideas to celebrate life in our locality.
The 2017 Festival was a HUGE success
Thanks to everyone who made it possible and go so well
Now on to planning for 2020...!
And there will be some events and other activities in between to help maintain the legacy of the whole event and build up momentum.
About the Ashton Keynes Music & Arts Festival 2017 & before
A little bit more history
The very first festival in 2005 was purely focused on music with a broad and very ambitious programme of events for such a fledgling organisation... it was touch and go at times, but it worked superbly well and unleashed a huge amount of creativity in the village.
2008 built on this momentum, continuing to focus on music and performance, establishing the event as one of the highlights in local life.
Nowadays, it is pretty much a given that it will be a great event, but that still doesn't stop the organisers from wanting to make it even better.
A major legacy of the 2005 Music Festival was the emergence of The Big Brunch Band, the Open Mic nights in The White Hart and ultimately The Barking Chickens.
In 2008 the festival grew a bit more and saw the birth of The Magnificent AK47, the singing blokes of Ashton Keynes and beyond.
In 2011 the big legacy act were The Ukey Dukes.
In 2014 we just had a very good time.
In 2017 we saw The AKsionals formed "for one night only" and still going strong and looking for more gigs!
For the 2017 event the Ashton Keynes Music & Arts Festival expanded to include other art forms, representing the wide range of interests in the village and to create a platform to showcase everyone's talents.
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