2018 is the first official and opening year for Venture Festival. Our primary aim is to reach expectations to a level exceeding that which will make you guys (our Venture Fest originals) return year after year.
Line - up
We are extremely proud to share with you the artists that we have for our opening year.
Headlining for us will be WiDE AWAKE !
Below you will find all the supporting acts with a short synopsis and links to their music where applicable.
Each performer selected has been investigated by us and we believe that most of them are going places beyond Venture festival
On the Saturday and Sunday we will have our singer song writers and bands performing in the day on our Glastonbury stage, then a short break for boozy top ups and food followed by our DJs at night.
You can show our artists your support by liking, following and subscribing to their social media platforms.
Our Saturday headline are WiDE AWAKE! This DJ duo defy genre by mixing songs from popular genres into a format which can be understood only when spectating.
Cream fields, Mixmag, DJmag top 100.
Based in York, Amy is a multi instrumentalist singer-songwriter whose music blends acoustic and electronic styles. From pop and indie to trap and house, she draws from a range of wide influences to create pop with an alternative flare. With her debut album ‘Twelve’, Amy will increasingly be making her stamp on the music world, through live performances and social media.
Thieves of Liberty
Thieves of Liberty are a female-fronted rock band from the North East that started out performing covers in their local area but have begun to focus on original material, with a unique blend of driving rhythms, intricate guitar work and captivating vocals giving their material an upbeat, high tempo rock sound, as can be heard on their single ‘Wearing You Out’ and their EP of the same name.
Camden Rocks Festival, Fake Festival (3 years)
Point Blank are a 6 piece band established in Watford in 2013. They regularly play local gigs as well as having a slot on their local radio station. The type of genre they play is unique, playing hard rock accompanied with an EMX. Expect heavy, high energy songs fused with electronic music.
Currently residing in Newcastle, Greek man and singer – songwriter Michael Kay is finding inspiration in the North as he’s trying to break into the industry with his first EP. He loves acoustic sounds and he is usually performing either solo, or in a trio. His is mainly influenced by pop and alternative musicians such as John Mayer, Kasabian, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Stereophonics and many more.
Supported Gabrielle Aplin.
The Indigo Project
Part Time Miserables
Leeds based, 5 piece indie band. Loud guitar focused music with lots of riffs and 3 part harmonised vocals. Bringing influences together from rock and pop in music that is both catchy and fun to listen to.
Leeds & Reading Festival, Millennium Square, O2 Academy.
Part Time Miserables are 3 piece band based in York. With a unique heavy blend of Grungy/Punk Rock, live shows are filled with rowdy and electrifying antics with songs that keep the audience on their feet. Debut 4 track EP will be released in the coming month.
DJ AARCADE brings an element of fun to the party with his remixed and mashed up hits Dj set’s. With a good mix of current chart and throwback tunes, there’s surely something for everyone. Be sure to check out his latest mix’s to get a taste of what to expect.
PreDrinkDJs, Soho rooms.
Jason is a crate digging vinyl junkie from Cheltenham. He has been DJing since the mid 90s with an eclectic taste in dance music. Mainly playing house and break beat but not afraid to throw anything from disco to dubstep if the mood is right, you are bound to hear something you have never heard before.
Penny Riviera is a kiwi singer/songwriter based in London who writes musical observations on life and pop culture! Often compared to a young Debbie Harry due to her looks and charisma on stage, her unique striking voice surprises and holds audiences captivated. Penny sings with humour, honesty and fragility and relates to her audience like they were here closest friends. Her songs are inspired by personal life experiences and observations of the triumphs and tribulations she observes around her. Tipped as a rising star in the UK Americana scene, she is one to watch!
Hard Rock Cafe, Mahiki, The Bedford, The Islington.
Derby local, George Marshman, is a young fresh talent, with a passion for dance music.
His live sets vary from slow melodic house rhythms, to upbeat jumpy tech tracks, and even delving into the dark and deep side of minimal tech.
Spending a lot of time in clubs such as Stealth, Mint Warehouse and music festivals, George has picked up techniques and methods used to deliver a set to suit the time and the crowd.
We are a north-easterly based band outputting a conglomerate of funk, rock, and psychedelic, with a light dusting of uni-v.
We started up in March 2015 and a few successful jams. We’ve played in the Teesside area, building a good fan base and planting seeds. We’ve also played in Leeds, Newcastle, Durham, Sunderland and Berwick upon Tweed. After the release of our first studio album, The Everglades, we plan to spread our wings a little more.
The Watershed was founded in 2016, a four nutter band specialising in alt rock. Trying to break boundaries in live music, they go above and beyond to create an atmosphere. If that doesn’t get you going, the drummer usually gets topless (he is what we call a beautiful man). The Watershed are “mad excited” to be playing this summer breaking their Venture Virginities but thoroughly look for to popping the ol’ cherry.
Canny Fringe Festival.
Based in Derby/Nottingham, Elliot Klein’s music is a blend of edgy acoustic and electronic pop, with influences coming from a wide range of musical genres. Currently recording his debut EP, he is on the way to making a huge mark in the music industry with his revolutionary sound.
The Stealthy Rollers
The Stealthy Rollers are a North-East based duo from Newcastle with a unique style and sound. Though defined as ‘alternative acoustic folk’ their music includes elements of a number of different genres, with inspiration taken from an array of different artists; Nina Simone, Florence Welch, Newton Faulkner, John Butler, Beyoncé, David Bowie, and Frank Turner - to name a few!
The combination of powerful, soulful vocals, with high energy fingerpicking and occasional percussive elements on guitar always makes for a lively and massively entertaining performance.
A young musician from York who was nominated for the rising star award at the York Culture awards last year.
Kitty plays a mixture of both originals and covers in a Jazzy ambient style. After being brought up on heavy metal Kitty decided to do her own stripped back version of songs like Down with the sickness by Disturbed and Toxicity by System of a down.
Fossgate festival, the little festival of music, The crescent and fibbers, fruit and humber street sesh.
Based in Lichfield/Birmingham, Guy Burns is a House Dj/Producer. He has played all over the country at some of the most popular clubs of today. Two years ago he played at Ibiza Rocks Hotel and Bar, and last summer he played after MK in Kavos. Guy had one of his tracks played on BBC introducing a few months ago and is looking at releasing his new alias and material early this year, so stay turned.
BBC introducing, MK, Ibiza rocks.
Pre Drink DJs
I'll play pretty much whatever is shouted out at me. Barbie girl? No problem, The macarena? Yeah maybe. I like to take popular songs from the U.K. charts and make them applicable to a dancing environment, usually using progressive house as a base.
Cosmic Ballroom, Social Butterfly, Soho Rooms, St James' Park, Pre Drink DJs.
Aarcade and Wedgwood come together to be the Pre Drink DJs. Combining their creative minds to deliver a set like no other. Only see one of us? Don't worry, the other is probably just getting the beers in. It makes our music sound better, well.. To us.
Chapel Farm, Wellow, Newark, Nottingham.
Guests are able to arrive from 8:00am on Saturday the 11th of August where they are welcome to pitch up and camp until the Monday morning when guests are expected to have their hangovers at work or home. Music will stop on the night of Sunday the 12th.
Venture Fest is located just off the A616 - the main road from Ollerton to Newark. Traveling South, the entrance to the festival site is located approximately 1.5 miles south of Ollerton. As soon as you pass over a hump-back railway bridge you will see a crossroads - the festival entrance is immediately after this on the left hand side.
Traveling North from Nottingham proceed along the A614 until reaching the roundabout for Ollerton (McDonalds is on your right). Turn right at the roundabout and right at the second roundabout after about a 1/4 mile - signposted the A616 Newark. Carry on down this road for approximately 1.5 miles. As soon as you pass over the a railway bridge you will see a crossroads - the entrance to festival site is immediately after this on your left.
Passing the Maypole Inn on your left, the site entrance is a left immediately after the pub.
NO CAR? NO PROBLEM.
Once tickets have been purchased and we know where everyone is traveling from, we may provide coach journeys to and from the site to ensure that all of your beautiful faces can get to us. Information on timings and pick up locations will follow soon.
The camp site is a short 5 minute walk from the car park and an even closer 30 second walk to the main stage, depending on how drunk you are. The food and merchandise stalls are also in the same area so you never have to stumble too far.
Camping is included with all ticket purchases. So whether you’re here for just one night or two, feel free to bring a tent and you’re camping gear.
Camping with a big group of friends? If there’s 20 or more of you camping together let us know and we’ll make a flag with a pole for your camp site with a customised logo!
We also have 5 Glamping tents available for purchase, more details for this will follow in the future but if you’d like to enquire send us an email at:
So music is the priority here but we’re also happy to announce several games that will be taking place from the main stage. Some of which will allow guests to WIN TICKETS to Venture festival 2019!
Each guest is also welcome to partake in the Selfie check list which can be purchased from the merchandise stall. It is a list of Selfie challenges to which the guest who can take (and show evidence to) the most from the list will WIN TICKETS to Venture festival 2019!
Food & Shops
At Venture Festival there will be 2 food stalls, 3 clothes and merchandise stalls as well as several bars to accompany our Glastonbury stage. These, along with our luxury toilet facilities should keep you all topped up with your festival needs. You can also charge your phones here!
Picture this; You’re on the verge of paralytic. You’ve lost your friends and you can’t make it to the paramedics. You’re fucked. But then... suddenly... A smell. Your saving grace. Uncle Nick has provided you with the heavenly burger you needed to keep the session going. Party on. Thanks Uncle Nick.
No this isn’t a strip club. It’s Grant’s Baps! Providing you with the pulled pork you need to pull pork. Oh dear.
TRASH NERD are a sustainable, recycled, reworked, handmade vintage stall that travel the country in search of festivals and fashionistas. They will also be selling clothing to fit this years festival themes.
Anya Clayton Design
Anya Clayton is a screen printing enthusiast who uses her sewing skills to create unique printed goods, lingerie and jewelery. Working alongside the other stalls to provide you with the themes for the festival and them some.
Looking for some souvenirs to take home to tell your mates how good a time you had?
Then look no further. Venture merch will be selling T-shirts, snapbacks, schedules and even beer pong sets. You can also find all the merchandise for your favourite bands here too.