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Ah, gather ’round, dear friends, for a tale of last year’s splendid soiree! After a joyous sold-out affair (and a whispered “yes” to a proposal beneath the stars), the whimsical 2-day melody and merriment festivity known as the Mucky Weekender blossoms into a 3-day wonder. From Thursday 5th September to Sunday 7th September, revellers shall once again delight in the enchanting embrace of the beloved Vicarage Farm.

The 5th enchanted gathering promises five melodious stages, spanning from the rhythmic realms of Dub, Ska, Reggae, and Jungle to the groovy domains of House, Disco, Funk, and Breakbeat. To mark this new symphony of sounds and spells, the amiable host, Barry Ashworth of the Dub Pistols, invites a merry throng of 5,000 festival frolickers to a whimsical afternoon tea. Expect to share a slice of cake with Alice, the Queen of Hearts, and the ever-punctual White Rabbit, for the theme this year is the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! Dressing in fantastical finery is heartily encouraged.

Barry Ashworth

“But the fun doesn’t stop there!” proclaims Barry Ashworth with a twinkle in his eye. “We’re serving up the Mucky Mad Hatters Tea Party stage takeovers, featuring the legendary Back To Basics crew with Dave Beer and Ralph Lawson, alongside the illustrious Marshall Jefferson and the irrepressible Irvine Welsh’s Jack Said What label. Add a sprinkle of Happy Mondays’ Bez & Rowetta to the mix, and a truly magical house party is brewed!”

Curated by the indomitable Barry Ashworth, frontman of Dub Pistols, DJ, producer, festival maestro, and Patron of Tonic Music for Mental Health, the lineup is a vibrant tapestry of musical diversity. Headlining the festivities are the ska and reggae maestros, The Dualers, the electronic dance orchestrators Dutty Moonshine Big Band with their grand brass and bass ensemble, the ever-thrilling Dreadzone, the groundbreaking Junglist and revolutionary Congo Natty, house music luminary Marshall Jefferson, Drum & Bass royalty LTJ Bukem and not forgetting our very own Hobbs & Ron Mexico! They are joined by a stellar constellation of veteran artists, DJs, big stage takeovers, rising stars, and some very special guests yet to be unveiled.

So, mark the calendars and don the most eccentric attire (I’m already working on my outfits!), for the Mucky Weekender’s 5th edition promises a carnival of music, magic, and magnificent mayhem that one won’t want to miss!

It’s going to be…ENTIRELY BONKERS! So don’t hang around and cop your tickets now while you still can, they’re headed for another sell-out!

Tier 2 tickets (Tier 1 is sold out!) start at £155+BF and are available here!

Mucky Weekender 2024 flyer

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