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"Plenty of pubs play host to live bands, but none can have boasted a better line up than the Barge Inn during Honeyfest" - The Sunday Times

What you missed in 2011

Welcome to Honeyfest! On April 16th 2011, a wonderful day of celebration comes to the magical Wiltshire countryside. Come and enjoy a fantastic music experience, main stream acts and breakthrough bands, performing in the intimate and laid back setting of the pubs grounds. Warning! Tickets are selling fast. Don’t miss Wiltshire’s greatest ever pub gig at the world famous Barge Inn – “the greatest pub in the universe”. Tickets can be purchased online.

Latest News: For those lucky enough to have bagged a ticket; legendary singer Damien Rice has joined the line-up. A stunning vocalist and one of the most highly acclaimed names in folk on both sides of the Atlantic.

News: 'Gabby Young & Other Animals will be unable to perform at this years Honeyfest BUT we have the brilliant Martha & Arthurs taking her place.

Featured Artists:

Damien Rice

Born on the outskirts of Dublin in the early 70's, Damien grew up in Celbridge Co. Kildare. After finishing with his first act, Juniper, Damien moved to Tuscany in 1999. He returned to Dublin a year later with a clear head, loaded with ideas; he approached his music with a new found freshness and decided to put some songs down.

In September 2001, 'The Blowers Daughter' was released, a single that became a resounding success and reached the charts Top 20. 'O' was released on February 1st 2002 and was immediately lauded by critics as mesmerising, absorbing, adventurous and emotional. Damien was nominated for Meteor Irish Music Awards and a BBC Hot Press Rock Award. In the UK, festival appearances at Glastonbury, V, Edinburgh Fringe, London Fleadh plus supports with McAlmont and Butler, Counting Crows and Kathryn Williams, have all helped established Damien as a must see live act.

The Magic Numbers

Likened to The Mamas and Papas and the summertime Beach Boys sounds of the late 1960s, The Magic Numbers’ initial song-writing efforts did capture the melodic euphoria of a west-coast American sound. Yet it could be viewed that this was way over simplistic, as they clearly seemed to aim to extol the soul of the great Stax and Motown artists and particularly in Michelle’s deep, gliding basslines also touched upon the blues-rock sounds of great live bands like The Pixies.

Formed in 2002, the band's members (made up of two sibling sets, brother and sister Gannon and likewise, the Stodarts) The Magic Numbers began touring heavily throughout London. Quickly gathering the attentions of various labels and bands such as Travis and Ed Harcourt, the band eventually signed to Heavenly records and released the highly-successful single 'Forever Lost'.

Laura Marling

2011 Brit Award Winner Laura Marling, a fantastic talent at the heart of the nu-folk music scene. Her sophisticated lyrics and skilful guitar playing, often see her compared to the young Joni Mitchel. Her songs are simple, yet complex, contemporary song writing framed in a more traditional musical background “I’m sure there are some old trad folk musicians somewhere shaking their fingers at us all, but I like it being called folk,” says Laura. “I think it’s the most appropriate way of describing it. It gives it a more communal feel than singer-songwriter, it suggests it is something shared and open.” Initially prominent within the London folk scene, she has also toured with a number of well-known indie artists in the UK. Her sound is characterised by striking melodies and poetic lyricism. Her debut album ‘Alas, I Cannot Swim’ and her second album ‘I Speak Because I Can’ have been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008 and 2010 respectively.

Marthas & Arthurs

Brought together by a love of singing soaring harmonies, the voices of Marthas & Arthurs (two girls, two boys) were forged round a campfire in the Herefordshire woods. Performing at last year's Green Man Festival and at Standon Calling Festival, Marthas & Arthurs warmed up the stage for The Magic Numbers - a performance that earned them plaudits from the BBC and resulted in them being asked on the spot to return for 2011’s festival.

Dry The River

Five young Englishmen, who deliver their tales with the diversity and raw energy, vital when attempting to draw one's self into the heart of the listener’s memory. On stage they each hold their own space, honour their own technique and self rhythm, but unite like a family and ignite an entirely captivating presence. Breathing and stretching themselves, for the passion they reveal so youthfully. Creating audio paintings, using strings, electrics, beat and a vocal range that sounds as if it were born from a cathedral.

Also featuring Battle of the Bands winners
Slagerij and Matthew Kilford.


Slagerij are a solid, high energy 3 piece stompin ska-punk act from Swindon, UK with an infectious original sound that gets the crowd involved throughout their captivating live show. Twists and turns of exciting ska riffs and powerhouse sing-along punk-rock choruses that boom through the soundsystem, will definitely move your feet and get you screaming OI! OI! OI! with a fist in the air.

Matthew Kilford

Matthew Kilford is a Swindon born singer/songwriter who currently resides in the relative serenity of the Oxfordshire countryside. With songs that highlight his extraordinary voice and skillful guitar playing, whilst retaining hooks and a unique songwriting slant, this is something far more magical than another acoustic troubadour furrowing his brow. After a handful of powerful performances, Matthew is already creating a buzz on the live circuit having supported The Low Anthem in New York plus playing with Andy Yorke, Dawn Kinnard and Seth Lakeman. He has crafted a set of tunes that possess echoes of Jeff Buckley, PJ Harvey and Joni Mitchell without actually sounding like any of them.

The Barge Inn

The Barge Inn at Honeystreet is a truly iconic institution, often cited as the unofficial world headquarters for the crop circle fraternity (affectionately known as Croppies). Open since 1810, it is situated in the heart of the Pewsey Vale, on the banks of the Kennet & Avon Canal. In keeping with its unique heritage and reputation, the Barge Inn serves an eclectic and quirky range of its own Wiltshire beers and ciders from
Honeystreet Ales.

You can visit the Barge's website at:

The Barge Inn Community Project

With pubs going out of business every day, rural communities under pressure and the Barge Inn lease for sale; one group of dedicated locals decided to take over the running of this much loved local pub. With lottery funding and as part of the BBC's Village SOS TV series, The Barge Inn Community project successfully raised money to run the pub as a social enterprise. To celebrate their success and launch the project after the pubs upcoming refurbishment, the B.I.C.P are holding Honeyfest; a brilliant day of live music from big name acts in an intimate setting.

Sandra Bhatia, Project Co-ordinator said: “We were so disappointed when the snow scuppered our earlier attempt to host Honeyfest in December 2010 to mark the 200th anniversary of the Barge Inn. The new event on 16 April promises to be very special indeed – we’ve still got these amazing acts lined up to play, but now because we’re holding it during springtime, we can also put on some other communities activities, so it will have something for everyone.”

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