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Hiatus Break in 2023 Announcement

Announced today ( 18th July 2023 )is the decision that 2023 will be a ‘fallow year’ for the festival. Festival Organisers Mark and Jackie Bale, have released the following statement to explain their decision.

We haven’t come to this decision lightly, but with the many uncertainties we are all experiencing right now we feel that it’s the right time for the festival to take a break in 2023.


The ever-increasing costs involved with running an event like ours has become extremely challenging during these turbulent times.  We are mindful that we must try and continue to keep presenting quality music at Watchet Festival for our customers, providing value for money whilst sticking to our budget, all whilst staying within the boundaries of the ethos of our Community Interest Company.

Furthermore, the evolving demographic of our hometown of Watchet, and the fact that more and more land around the site of the festival and beyond is being flagged up for redevelopment – potentially affecting the long-term future of the festival site itself – has been instrumental in us having to make this decision.


Taking all the above factors into account Watchet LIVE CIC will now use the next 12 months as a ‘fallow year’ to refocus and restructure, meaning sadly there won’t be a festival in 2023.


We would like to take this opportunity of sincerely thanking everyone who have continued to support the festival in the past and to the newcomers this year.  Without you, your trust and belief in what we do the festival wouldn’t and couldn’t have grown into the fabulous family friendly event that it is today with its place firmly stamped in the ever-increasing festival calendar.


Together let’s make Watchet 2022 the very best festival yet

2022-07-18T16:40:12+01:00July 18th, 2022|

All Tickets SOLD OUT

For the ninth year in a row tickets have sold out well in advance.

A re sale site has been set up via twickets for any one selling or buying unrequired tickets.

Please note:-  we only supply printed tickets NOT Email / E Tickets.

Purchased Tickets will be posted week commencing 11th July , allow 7 – 10 days for delivery.

Tickets are exchanged for wristbands on arrival , One ticket = One wristband, and are non transferable.

For full terms and conditions of purchase see the website ticket page.

2022-07-05T05:15:33+01:00June 27th, 2022|

Selling / Buying of unrequired tickets.

Advise for anyone looking to sell unrequired purchased tickets.

Please note , Watchet Festival will not allow post on our social media to combat potential scammers.

We do apologise for this but have, like a lot of events seen and witnessed post by people offering E Tickets. ( All out tickets are printed security tagged and dispatched prior to the festival , details on the festival ticket page)

Watchet Festival  have teamed up with the on line website Twickets.  This is a safe site for both seller and buyer to use as a platform to protect all parties.  Please visit the following link Twickets – Watchet Music Festival Official Fan-To-Fan Ticket Trading

Watchet Festival / Watchet LIVE CIC take no responsibility or lability on the selling of tickets not purchased direct.

If you sell your ticket prior to the dispatch date, please advise us via [email protected] of your booking confirmation number and the person you wish to re direct these tickets to.

Any questions please email [email protected]

2022-05-15T11:13:41+01:00May 15th, 2022|

Press Release Feb 2022



August 26th – 28th 2022

80’s legend Belinda Carlisle and Watchet favourites

Scouting For Girls to co-headline Friday Night.

Alabama 3, Dreadzone, Skinny Lister, Cut Capers and more also confirmed.

Two main stage headliners, and many more still to be announce 

Having enjoyed a triumphant return in 2021 after a COVID-enforced hiatus, the Queen’s Award-winning Watchet Festival will again return to its beautiful West Somerset site in 2022. With full weekend camping tickets costing less than £100, Watchet Festival remains one of the very best value festivals in the UK.
Making her debut appearance on the festival’s hallowed main stage, Friday’s headliner is none other than 80’s pop legend and recent Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, Belinda Carlisle. With a career spanning over forty years, covering stints in both the Go-Go’s (one of the most successful all female alt-bands of all time), and as a hugely successful solo artist, Belinda Carlisle will dazzle the Watchet Festival crowd with hit after hit, including the utterly iconic, ‘Heaven Is A Place On Earth’.
Returning to Watchet due to massive popular demand are Friday’s co-headliners Scouting For Girls. Scouting For Girls are responsible for a huge number of indie-pop classics such as She So Lovely’, ‘Elvis Aint Dead’ and This Ain’t a Love Song.
They’ve sold over 2,000,000 records and have been nominated for no less than four Brit Awards and an Ivor Novello.
 Also returning to Watchet after barnstorming performances in previous years are the mighty Dreadzone, the self-titled ‘Greatest Show On Earth (in tank-tops)’ aka the Bar Steward Sons Of Val Doonican; and Alabama 3, the Brixton-based ‘acid-country’ band best known for writing the legendary theme from The Sopranos.
Acts joining the always eclectic Watchet line up for the first time include Bristol’s very own hip-hop & funk infused 8-piece brass band Cut Capers who will bring the festival to a close, headlining the Udder Stage on Sunday night.
Folk-punk troubadours Skinny Lister will tear up the main stage on Saturday evening with the same blast of high octane energy that has powered them for hundreds of live shows across the UK, Europe and the US – including a prestigious slot at Coachella.
With numerous main stage acts, including both Saturday and Sunday’s major name headliners still to be announced, 2022 is gearing up to be the biggest line up in Watchet Festival’s history.
Watchet Festival is a not-for-profit family festival with amazing views of the West Somerset coastline and beyond. Three live stages host more than 100 live acts, bringing a wide range of high-calibre musical acts not normally found performing in West Somerset, at a very affordable price. Full Adult weekend camping tickets are under £100, less than half the cost of many comparable festivals.
Watchet 2022 is set to continue the festival’s tradition of completely selling out in advance. The traditional discounted early-bird release sold out in minutes, and half of the festival full capacity have been sold, this incudes 75% of the camping allocation. Campervan tickets have already sold out.
Alongside an incredible line up and a wide variety of high-quality food stalls, the extensive in-house Cider and Real Ale prices are kept as low as possible, providing one of the best-value refreshments offerings to be found at any event in the UK.
Watchet LIVE Festival will once again support a wide variety of local charities, including Elliott’s Touch, Freddie Pring Memorial Trust, and Mind Mental Health.
Watchet Live CIC, the charity behind Watchet Live Festival who run the festival on an entirely voluntary basis, are proud recipients of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service; the highest award that can be given a volunteer group in the UK.

Weekend Tickets (includes camping)

£95 (Adults 16+), £80 (Youths 13-15), £335 (Family Weekend Ticket)

Weekend Tickets (no camping)

£82.50 (Adults 16+), £70 (Youths 13-15), £275 (Family Weekend Ticket)Parking

Cars £10, Campervans SOLD out

Accompanied children 12 and under attend for free – no advance ticket required.

Tickets subject to booking fees. Buy online and full T&C’s at

For media information, Press requests , Interviews and Images please email [email protected]

2022-05-04T17:50:16+01:00February 6th, 2022|