During the last couple of years, the village of Braunton in Devon has become host to one of the UK’s newest music festivals in the south west.
It all started when a small group of friends in Braunton got together to decide what to do for their friend Amy Newton’s birthday who was about to turn 40.
Amy is a well-known musician in Braunton and has been in the music business for some time as a gifted guitarist and singer/songwriter, so they knew that whatever they did to celebrate her birthday, it needed to be music related.
Also the owner of Saunton Road Studios, Amy manages the studio with her partner Simon Murfet who is also a musician. Based in the heart of Braunton village, this independent bespoke music facility offers digital and analogue recording, right through to mixing and mastering, and at the weekend the studio turns into a live music venue putting on some of the best local bands around. The studio has attracted names such as Elkie Brooks and those who have performed live include Billy Bragg, Gary Stringer and Jack Bessant from Reef with most nights being a complete sell out.
So, with this in mind, it was decided that a gig would be the most fitting for Amy’s 40th birthday. But where would it be? In a field somewhere? But with the good old British weather to think about, it might be a bit of a ‘wash out’. How about hiring a marquee to hold it in? And so the planning continued and the ‘On the Road Festival’ was born.
Now in its third year, what started as an idea for a 40th birthday, soon turned out to be bigger than just a gig in a field. Amy and her team at Saunton Road Studios have dedicated a great deal of time and effort to attract families to the festival by providing exciting and free activities for children of all ages. But for music fans and budding young musicians there is also a Kids Rock Tent, in which children of any age or ability can have a taste of what it’s like to perform in front of an audience and play an instrument.
The festival ethos is to not only provide a value for money festival that everyone can enjoy, but to celebrate and promote local bands in the area and to showcase the talent that is on offer.
Attracting many other musicians and bands from all over the country, the festival also promotes other local businesses and has an array of stalls selling locally sourced food to suit all tastes, clothing and gifts and of course, two stages of music throughout the festival and a dance tent for those who just want to boogie!
Running from 30th August to 1st September, the festival has something to offer day and night. And if the weather is warm, Saunton beach is just a stone’s throw away.
Camping is available nearby and tickets can be purchased per night or for the entire weekend.
This year’s line-up has already been confirmed including;
Shake The Geek
The Barefoot Bandit
Plus many more….
Tickets can be purchased at www.ontheroadmusicfest.co.uk or at Saunton Road Studios, Braunton.
Photography By Emma Painter