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Somerton Music & Arts Festival 4th – 11th July 2020

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April 2020

It is with great sadness that the Somerton Music & Arts Festival Committee have made the very difficult decision to postpone by one year the 2020 Festival.  This is a decision which we have not taken lightly; however, the health and safety of our audience, artists, traders, crew and community is always our first priority.

The events that will no longer be taking place this year are: the Art & Photography Exhibition at the end of May, all town events between the 4th and 10th of July and Somerstock on Saturday 11th July.

But we will be back, and are already planning for a full Festival in 2021.

Details on how you can carry forward your Somerstock 2020 tickets to our “Somerstock Rebooted” in 2021 will be available shortly; or alternatively, if you wish to obtain a refund for tickets already purchased, information will be posted both here and on the Somerstock website as soon as refund arrangements are complete.

We hope that by autumn the situation will have improved to allow Oktoberfest to take place as planned in the Edgar Hall on Saturday 10th October. 

We look forward to seeing you all again for Somerton Music and Arts Festival 2021. In the meantime, from everyone here at Somerton Music & Arts Festival – stay safe, stay at home and stay well.

Cliff Bassett

Chair – Somerton Music and Arts Festival Committee

March 2020

Somerton Business & Trade Association are the sponsors of the Free Festival Programme which will be available from Saturday 6th June, the day event tickets go on sale from the Festival Ticket Office in Somerton Library.

We still have a small number of events which are looking for a sponsor, see our Sponsors Page, but the festival organising committee are very grateful for all the offers of support we have already received. Thank you to all the individuals and businesses which are sponsoring events during the Art & Photography Exhibition, the week of Arts Festival; and, of course, our closing event Somerstock.  To get a preview of most of the bands appearing at Somerstock take a look at our Somerstock Lineup Page. Don’t forget that Early Bird Tickets end this month and prices rise to the standard price on April Fool’s Day!

Fun Day is back in 2020 with a new look and lots of opportunities for the whole community to be involved. Look out for announcements on our Facebook Page this month about what will be happening on Sunday 5th July.

Now Old News – but you can still look back at what has already been announced!

February 2020

Our FREE Festival Programme will be available from the beginning of June and this year we are pleased to announce that it will be sponsored by Somerton Business & Trade Association.

We have now added a page for Sponsorship which you can find in the Menu. Big thank you to all the individuals and companies who are supporting us by sponsoring events during our Festival; including the Art & Photography Exhibition, the Festival Programme and Somerstock.

We had been expecting to introduce dance company Motionhouse to our Somerstock event this year; however, due to unforeseen circumstances they are no longer available on the 11th July. They will instead now be performing the previous Sunday (5th July) as part of our Festival Community Fun Day. With the popularity of BBC’s The Greatest Dancer we are sure that this contemporary dance company will be worth coming to see at our free community event.

January 2020

Information about the planned workshops during the week of the Art and Photography Exhibition can be found here.

Somerton Music & Arts Festival is a community festival organised entirely by an unpaid voluntary committee. The success of all the events that are organised as part of the Festival depend to a large extent on the sponsorship which helps to fund our events. Much of this sponsorship comes from our business community as well as a small number of individual and family sponsors.  Click here to find out about sponsorship opportunities for SMAF 2020.

SMAF has updated its privacy policy and terms and conditions for our events. Click here to view.

Following the enormous success of our very first SMAF Somerstock in 2019 the question on everybody’s lips was “Will they do it again next year?”  Well by now it’s obvious the answer was yes!

The committee have been hard at work for the last three months putting together the programme for Somerton Music and Arts Festival and Somerstock in 2020. We learned a lot from our first Somerstock and, except for a few minor tweaks, will be building on what was an overwhelmingly successful event to make it even better!

Entry forms and conditions of entry for the 2020 Art & Photography Plus Exhibition are now available from the Art Exhibition Plus link.

Early in the new year we’ll be announcing the events that make up all of Somerton Music & Arts Festival in 2020. As usual we will be offering a varied programme of concerts, performances and talks in both St Michael’s Church and the Parish Rooms during SMAF 2020.

Tickets for Somerstock at our early bird prices are now on sale; with tickets for other Festival events becoming available later in 2020.

December 2019

Tickets for Somerstock at the early bird prices are available now for cash or by cheque at our Somerton Ticket Point in Palmer Snell during normal opening times. They make an amazing gift for Christmas!

Our Palmer Snell Ticket Point can only accept cash or cheque, but don’t worry as there’s a cashpoint at the nearby TSB. Can’t get into Somerton, live too far away or prefer to use a card? Then you need to use our secure ticket portal. Click Here.

November 2019

Somerstock Headliners – The Christians – have been confirmed to play at our Family Friendly Music Festival in a day on Saturday 11th July 2020.  Their first five singles all made the Top 40 in Britain, and their debut album The Christians (1987) entered the UK Albums Chart at number 2.  It eventually sold over a million copies. The highest-placed single from this album was “Ideal World”, which reached number 14 in the UK Singles Chart.

In 1988, they released a cover of the Isley Brothers’ “Harvest for the World”, with all proceeds going to charity. The video for the track was an animation, created by four leading animation companies, including Aardman Animations. The video won several awards, and the single reached number 8 in the UK singles chart, their sixth consecutive British Top 40 hit.

The Summer Festival starts on Saturday 4th July with a Concert of Two Choirs. Our local Mid Wessex Singers will open the event with a selection of music from their repertoire, with perhaps some acknowledgment of American Independence Day.  The Renewal Gospel Choir from Bristol will perform the second half of the evening following the interval. We are excited to be welcoming both choirs to the beautiful Parish Church of St Michael’s, which will provide the venue for a number of events during Festival week.

See our SMAF Programme Information Page for details of the rest of the Festival week.

The Festival ends with Somerstock, our “Family Music Festival in a Day” at Somerton Recreation Ground on Saturday 11th July.  See our Somerstock 2020 Page for all information as it is confirmed.

October 2019

Bookings now being made for performers at SMAF and Somerstock 2020. We should be making our first announcements before the end of the month. Festival 2020 is going to be a great one!

September 2019

The 2020 Somerton Music and Arts Festival begins on Saturday 23rd May with the start of the annual SMAF Art & Photography Exhibition in the Parish Rooms. Following the success in 2019 of the workshops and events held during the exhibition these will take place once again in 2020.

The July Festival week starts on Saturday 4th with a “Two Choirs” Concert in St Michael’s Church followed on Sunday 5th with Somerton’s annual Festival Family Fun Day at the Sports and Recreation Ground.

The following week will be packed with daytime and evening events, with something for everyone!

Once again the Festival culminates in Somerstock, our very own Festival of Music in a Day on Saturday 11th July.