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KITE Festival is a brand new festival of ideas and music for curious, inquisitive and cultural minds, taking place in Kirtlington Park for the first time in June 2022.

The three day event will feature a mix of live music, comedy and educational talks from a pioneering lineup, that not only includes the trailblazing powerhouse Grace Jones, but also the former foreign secretary David Miliband and acclaimed stand-up comedian Reginald D Hunter.

KITE festival will offer room to dance and space to think. In an age defined by the ubiquity of the internet and social media, there is a growing public appetite for knowledge, debate, and discussion. Audiences are looking for more alternative and non-musical activities at music festivals. KITE will rise to the challenge by creating a unique offering for people who are passionate, and curious by tapping into the public’s increased awareness and interest in the world around them.

Alongside its incredible music lineup that also features TLC, Tom Misch, Saint Etienne and Mavis Staples, KITE’s ideas programme will ask provocative, fundamental questions in a highly polarised world. Topics will range from the environment, society, technology, sport and political systems to identity, wealth, the arts, history, globalisation and sexuality. No stone will go unturned, and no format will be left unexplored as long-form interviews and keynotes will sit side by side with workshops and smaller group discussions, panels, debates and KITE lessons.

KITE Festival 2022 Lineup

Headliners

Grace Jones
TLC
Tom Misch

Fri 10 June 2022

Music

Nubiyan Twist / Flamingods / Mermaid Chunky / Gboyega Odbunajo / None More Records / Blow My Wig!

Sat 11 June 2022

Music

Grace Jones / Mavis Staples / Saint Etienne / Confidence Man / The Orielles / Bill Brewster / Mattiel / OneDa / Lunch Special / Plumm / Rhys Slade Jones / Jelly Cleaver / Project Dreaming / Shakara Soul

Ideas

Delia Smith / Rory Stewart on War and Justice / Elizabeth Day with Sathnam Sanghera / Jarvis Cocker / William Dalrymple & David Olusoga on The End of History / David O’Doherty / Mandu Reid on Optimism and Feminist Resistance / Jude Rogers / Jen Brister / Robin Turner: Believe in MagicJanine Harouni / Michelle de Swarte / Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton: Last Night a DJ Saved My Life / Bimini in conversation with Jack Guinness / New Citizenship Project

Sun 12 June 2022

Music

TLC / Tom Misch / This Is the Kit / Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 / Katy J Pearson / Gwenno / FRAN LOBO / Heavenly Jukebox / Amy Gadiaga / Bianca Rose / Everybody Loves to Boogie

Ideas

David Miliband on Crisis Leadership / Tina Brown on the Royal Family / George Monbiot Kicks Up a Stink / Shirley Collins / Sara Barron / Christopher Bliss / Matthew Shaw / Richard Dawkins of Defying Gravity / Armando Iannucci Let’s Rip / Julia Hobsbawm on The Future of Work / Sweet Bobby Live / Reginald D Hunter / Devi Sridhar on Pandemic Prevention

KITE Festival 2022 Tickets

Saturday, Sunday & Weekend Tickets from £54.00 (€66.46) are on sale:

Accommodation

The city of Kidlington offers a wide range of accommodation options. Book your stay for KITE Festival using the map below or visit booking.com

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The nearest stations to KITE are Bicester (Bicester Village/ Bicester North) and Oxford Parkway.

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From Oxford City Centre,Magdalen Street take the bus to Kirtlington Park (27 min journey)

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