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Witcombe Festival kicks off

Witcombe Festival, one of the UK's fastest growing festivals, gets underway in Brockworth today (27th August).

The weekend's lineup includes Basement Jaxx, John Newman, Joel Corry, Annie Mac, Tinie Tempah and Nathan Evans.

It has come a long way from its village cricket club roots, where it began in 2012.

The idea for the festival - formerly Witcombe Cider Festival - came about when founder Joe Pointon started making his own cider and realised he had too much to drink alone.

The festival was born with 200 cider and music fans in a marquee, enjoying cider and watching a local X Factor contestant on stage.

The event now attracts more than 22,000 people over the weekend and, while it still serves a range of ciders, it has become much more than a cider festival.

Joe Pointer said: "Witcombe Festival is a family and friends run event with an ambition to provide a good time for everyone. Our aim is to create a festival experience with great music and great ciders, making August Bank Holiday weekend something we can all look forward to."

Organisers say Witcombe offers an experience rivalling any festival in the UK.

The festival runs until Sunday (29th August). A number of weekend and day tickets are still available.

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