The Music Barn Festival was set up with the intention of raising money for a local palliative care hospice, the Cransley Hospice. Charitable donation is still at the heart of their organisation and they donate to a range of local charities via the profit from the bar sales – so please give generously!!
The festival features a wide variety of music and activities, featuring some established acts rubbing shoulders with unsigned bands, from a broad spectrum of musical genres. At the event, you could hear a great Ska band or an up-and-coming folk singer, an old skool hip hop DJ or head to the Steelyard for some upfront house music. You can be as busy or as chilled as you want to be!
The festival has grown every year with better acts, facilities, and activities. Although 2020 was a barren year for festivals across the country, they are planning an even bigger year for 2021 so why not get involved!
The Music Barn Festival is centered around 2 disused agricultural barns with several acres of farmland surrounding it, a totally unique setting. Within this beautiful rustic scene, the event itself is intimate and friendly; four stages provide a diverse range of music; food caterers handpicked by the MB team cook up some truly mouth-watering fare; locally sourced ales and ciders help lubricate the proceedings while street performers entertain you; and most importantly your camping site is in close proximity to the arenas meaning you don’t have to walk too far at the end of the day.
The Music Barn Festival is held on private farmland in deepest East Northamptonshire. The impact of the festival on both the local surroundings and its impact on the broader environment is incredibly important to the organisers. For the past few years, they have looked closely at improving their environmental conservation efforts and continue to make changes to become a carbon-neutral festival. Here are some of their initiatives:
Tickets for Trees initiative. In 2020 the organisers planted a tree for every ticket that was bought in 2019, which offset their annual carbon output. Although they are a small event with a relatively small impact on the global climate, they still want to do their bit. In 2021 they will repeat the process and so they hope to be to have a positive impact on the local and global environment.
Reusable cup scheme. In 2018 the organisers introduced a reusable cup scheme which drastically reduced the amount of single use plastic cups they are sending to landfill. Guests buy one of the Music Barn reusable cups at the start of the event and return to the bar or drinking water station to fill up throughout the event. At the end of the event, guests could then keep the cups (for the next event) or put them in one of the recycling points. The scheme will continue in 2021.
Drinking Water. The festival is striving to reduce its single-use plastics. One of the biggest users of plastic bottles is spring water suppliers. To this end, they have installed a drinking water standpipe in the meadow. It is clearly signposted and free to use.
With their ecological initiatives and their charitable focus, varied musical content, and diverse crowd, the organisers are proud of their intimate event. Join them on the 3rd of July and see what all the fuss is about!
The Beat / Too Many Ts / Ouse Valley Singles Club / The Franklys / The Keepers / The Scribes / DJ OP1 / Madame Electrifie / 1905 Project / FAERS / DJD / Eclectic Ballroom / SHOMBO / Stacy James / Shombo / Aldous Pinch / Toy Beats / Promised Land / Lunaxis / The Fed Sisters / The Aiden Pryor Band / Jacob Braithwaite
Music Barn Festival information & FAQs
Skiddle guarantee that we have the lowest booking fees available for Music Barn Festival tickets. We are an official primary ticket outlet and all tickets are processed and dispatched by Skiddle direct to you. All our tickets are sold at face value and originate directly from the event organiser.
How much are tickets?
Day tickets are £25 each. Camping or caravan tickets are £30
I have lost my tickets. Can you replace them?
If you have eTickets, they can be resent to you (but check your spam folders first). Like any other box office or ticket agency, we cannot replace lost paper tickets.
Is it possible to get a refund on my ticket?
We cannot refund unwanted tickets.
Will tickets be available on the gate?
The Music Barn festival does not reserve any tickets for sale on the gate so if they sell out before the weekend, they will not be available on the gate. If tickets sell out Music Barn will announce it on the website and socials.
What happens If I bought a ticket and cannot attend?
Unfortunately, we can’t issue you with a refund if you can’t make the event due to work commitments or if your mates have dropped out. In these circumstances, we advise passing on your tickets privately to avoid losing out on the money spent.
Refunds can only be offered if the event is cancelled or postponed, as agreed upon purchase. Should the event be cancelled due to Covid 19 restriction, the event will be postponed to a new date either later in the year or to 2022. All tickets will be automatically held over to the new date and a refund will be offered at that time if you can not attend the new date.
How much does it cost to camp overnight?
Please feel free to bring your tent or campervan to the event and use the designated area. Camping tickets are available. Please see ticket section.
Please note there is no overnight security at the event. The music barn cannot be held responsible for your welfare after the event closes at 2am.
Can i bring fold-up chairs, wind breaks or gazebos?
Fold up chairs are permissible but after dark when the arenas are at their busiest, they request that they are removed. Wind shields or gazebos cannot be brought into the festival arena.
Can i bring my children?
The event is an 18+ only event.
Do I need a ticket?
Yes. Please purchase a ticket beforehand.
Can I bring my own food and alcohol?
This is a charity event with profits from the bar and food sales going to the designated charity. For this reason, the organisers ask that you do not bring your own drink into the event area. You are only harming the charity - and that ain't cool! There are several house bars serving a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. There are also a number of great caterers who are handpicked by the music barn to provide you with some fantastic festival food. There are plenty of options including vegan and vegetarian food.
Is the event held for charity?
All profits go to a locally based charities including palliative care hospice called the Cransley hospice in Kettering, the homeless charity safe until daylight and Cranford village hall trust.
Is there parking?
There is plenty of off-road parking and cars can be left overnight. Parking at the event is free. Please bear in mind though that the car park is not attended and so all cars are left at the drivers own discretion. The music barn cannot be held responsible for any damage or theft to that vehicle.
Can I bring my dog?
Loud music, crowds of people and animals don’t really mix. Please leave the pooches at home.
Do I need wellies?
The event is held across 2 barns with concrete flooring along with some outside space for seating and relaxing. Unless the weather is really poor you won't need wellies, however, sturdy shoes would be advisable if you want to have a good dance!
Are there any cash machines or will you take credit cards at the bar?
There are no atms at the venue. However, card payments will be accepted at the drinks token booth and some of the food traders. Please bring plenty of cash to be safe!
Upon entry to the site you will be given a wrist band that will allow you re-entry to the site. Please look after this wristband as you won’t be served drinks or food if you don’t have one!
Entry & security
There will be friendly gate security staff, who will be there to assist with the smooth running of the event. However, they run a strict eviction policy with abusive, violent or aggressive customers evicted from the site immediately.
these items are allowed
•Cigarettes and e-cigarettes - smoking and vaping is only permitted in outside areas.
•Blankets or folding chairs.
•Hand bags and back packs; however, bags will be inspected upon entry.
•Wet weather clothing; however, please note that there is no coat check
these items are prohibited
The following items should be left at home:
•Drugs - including legal highs and nitrous oxide balloons.
•Alcohol - please don't bring in alcohol to the venue.
•Fire making kits or bbqs
•Knives, blades or other dangerous weapons
Disabled Access Information
Are there any concessions for the disabled?
On proof of disability at the box office, The Music Barn will provide a carer with a free entry to the event. This is limited to one carer for disabled persons over the age of 18 for festival entry only and does not include camping or campervan passes. Where it is imperative that a second carer is necessary to accompany the disabled person, documentation to that effect must be presented to the Music Barn to email@example.com
All carer passes are provided at the discretion of the MB staff following receipt of an acceptable form of proof of disability.
Acceptable forms of proof of disability are:
Eligibility for Middle or Higher rate DLA (for care or mobility)
Receipt of enhanced rate PIP.
A disabled parking badge, disabled railcard or any concession other than those listed above is not valid.
How accessible is the site for the disabled?
Almost all the site has good disabled access. Disabled toilet facilities are available for the festival.
Travelling to/from the festival
The Music Barn has strong transport links being located next to the A14 allowing easy access to the M1 to the West and the A1 to the East.
Train Services are excellent with a fast service from Kettering Train station South to Bedford and London and North to Leicester and Nottingham. There is a regular day time bus service which runs between Kettering and Cranford, however, there is no night bus.
The site can be reached by taxi. Please contact the chosen taxi firms KLM and Premier Taxis prior to the event to ensure pickup.
Parking. There is a large area of parking on-site and the venue has good disabled access.
Please act responsibly and ensure you have a designated driver or have pre-booked a taxi. Designated taxi companies have been informed about the event location. Just ask for the Music Barn, Cranford Road, Kettering, NN14 4AA
The nearby market town of Kettering has several large hotels and B&Bs for overnight stays.
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