Whispering Bob Harris’ New Festival! – Under The Apple Tree Roots Festival

WBBC and WhisperingBobTV are delighted to announce the launch of a brand new music festival curated by legendary broadcaster ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris. This exciting two-day roots music festival will be held at Silverstone Woodlands over the May Spring bank holiday weekend 27th to 29th May and will bring together a plethora of different genres across four stages.


With names everyone will have heard of and many new up-coming artists to explore, one thing is certain – if you have enjoyed Bob’s radio shows you know you can trust him to guide you along familiar and unfamiliar roads knowing you will love what you hear and see.

Some of the artists appearing at the inaugural festival will include Sam Palladio, The Lake Poets and Ethan Johns on Friday, Danny & The Champions Of The World, Liam Bailey, Boo Hewerdine and Thea Gilmore on Saturday and Keston Cobblers’ Club, Judith Owen, Nell Bryden, Martyn Joseph and Ward Thomas on Sunday, with many more acts to be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for the festival will go on sale at 1pm on Wednesday 20th January 2016.

Campsites will open at 2pm on Friday 27th May for weekend ticket holders and remain open until 12pm on Monday 30th May allowing all festival goers to take advantage of a leisurely departure.

The choice of site and the facilities on offer mean that the weather will have little chance to spoil the enjoyment. The audience can take in performances from major artists in the 5,000 capacity main stage marquee, or head to the smaller on site pub – ‘The Tree Stump Inn’ – to enjoy pints of Whispering Bob ale and acoustic performances supported by AMA-UK.

Fans will even be able to experience Nashville without leaving the festival site. Inspired by Music City’s renowned Bluebird Café, UTAT Roots will also host a special songwriters’ ‘In-The-Round’ stage, curated by Chris Difford where audiences can experience the techniques behind penning songs from some of the world’s greatest writers. “I’m thrilled to be asked to curate a writers stage at the festival” said Chris, “to feel part of this experience, the birth of something very special, is a deep honour.”

Crowds will certainly not go hungry either- esteemed chef Nigel Barden (as heard on the Simon Mayo show) will be providing his own artisan menu of delicious meals and snacks for all festival-goers. Speaking about the festival, Nigel said “I look forward to serving up a food & drink offering which will be as interesting, eclectic & artisan as the amazing line up of musicians they have gathered together for the inaugural festival.

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Hosted by ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris
27th-29th May, Silverstone Woodlands