Manton is set to rock once again

Preparations are well under way for the second Mantonfest, which will take place in the village of Manton on Saturday.

From openers New Quay at noon, to Straight Six, who will end the lineup at 10.30pm, there is a wealth of musical talent on show.

Returning to the festival is Manton singer Jo Peskett, a former student at St John’s School, Marlborough, who is taking a gap year before going to study music at university.

Another St John’s student, local saxophonist Josh Baldock, 16, will also play.

There will be a beer tent, burger and hot dog stands. Guests can also bring picnics to enjoy during the music.

Skedaddle, a band which brings together blues, jazz and soul, will also be gracing both Mantonfest and the Marlborough Jazz Festival this year.

Will Ponting, an old Malburian, and his band Empty Gestures will come from Cirencester to play.

Festival organiser Roger Grant said: “This is probably one of the best line-ups we have had and the weather is looking promising.”

This year the charities benefiting are Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Manton Village Hall Trust.

The festival will take place at the Manton Grange water meadows.

Tickets are £10 for adults, £21 for families. They can be bought in advance from Sound Knowledge or on (01672) 516235. For details, visit www.mantonfest.com

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