A NEW music festival is starting in Wallingford this summer to raise money for Crowmarsh Youth Football Club.

Crowfest, which is taking place on the Crowmarsh Recreation Ground in Benson Lane, will also double as a celebration of the club’s history before it merges with Wallingford Town AFC next year.

The event, which will take place on June 3, will be headlined by Didcot indie band, C U Tuesday, as well as singer-songwriter Adam Isaac, who featured on BBC’s The Voice in 2012, and DJ Richard Strange.

Jake Ramshaw, the club’s event lead, came up with the idea in September last year and said it could become an annual event if it goes well.

He said: “We have other fundraising events as well but because we’re merging with another club we wanted the event to also be a celebration of the last 60 to 70 years of the club.

“It’ll be a big flagship event to celebrate the history and raise some money as well. We’ve never done something like this before as our main fundraiser event is our annual football tournament which is being held on the same weekend - so it will be a busy one this year.”

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The club have also organised for the event to have a licensed bar, a barbecue, family-friendly entertainment such as a bouncy castle and other refreshment and food stalls.

“It’s going to be some good fun,” said Mr Ramshaw. “People haven’t had things to go to for the last two years.

“This is an event for people to listen to live music, have a drink and relax. It’s a long weekend as well so it’s a great start by letting your hair down with your friends and family. We’ve not set a target age as such as we’ve aimed this really for everyone.”

Richard Eltham, chairman of the football club, added: “It’s also an exciting time for us as we work on the amalgamation of the club with Wallingford Town AFC. It’s the last event for us as our own entity so it’ll be a bit of a send-off.

“It’s the first time we’ve done anything like this so it’s a bit scary holding such a large event but we’ve got an amazing events team that are pulling it all together.

“It’s a great way to have fun but also raise funs for the club so we can keep registration fees low to provide football for as many kids as possible.”

Tickets for the event, which is sponsored by Ecoscape, cost £10 for adults and £5 for children.

To buy a ticket, visit: www.crowmarshfc.co.uk

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