A VILLAGE's annual charity music festival is returning after two years of cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

BrightFest is returning this Saturday at the recreation ground on Mackney Lane in Brightwell-Cum-Sotwell, near Wallingford, and offers music for all tastes along with children's games and refreshments.

This year the festival is raising money for a life-saving defibrillator to be installed at the village's Jubilee Pavilion and the refurbishment of the community's Stewart Village Hall.

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Herald Series: BrightFest in 2019 (Credit: BrightFest)BrightFest in 2019 (Credit: BrightFest)

Funds are also being raised for Brightwell Pre-school and Brightwell Primary School, through money raised by a Kids Zone area, and for the Bone Cancer Charity, with cash raised at at the tea tent.

Bew this year is the Charleston Mobile Bar, whose staff have come up with a unique BrightFest cocktail called the Brightwell Bramble.

Headliners Legends Rise, a five-piece lock rock cover band, will perform with blues act The Steve Summers Band, supporting.

Herald Series: BrightFest in 2019 (Credit: BrightFest)BrightFest in 2019 (Credit: BrightFest)

Starting from 1pm, the rest of the line-up includes The Flaming Keys, Steven Winch and The Inception, Cutwater, Wilswood Buoys, Nineteeth Hour, Red Hot Chili Peppers Experience, Sam Raquel and Grohlercoaster.

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The festival was founded in 2008 by the Red Lion pub in the village and was held in the pub's car park to generate additional income.

With the festival growing year on year, it eventually moved to the Mackney Lane recreation area.

A non-profit event, it is managed by a committee elected every year.
For more information, visit: brightfest.org.uk


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This story was written by Gee Harland, she joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Gee.harland@newsquest.co.uk

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