Scintillating line-up for Stony Live Festival

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‘A cornucopia of colour and scintillating sounds’ will rain down on Stony Stratford this weekend – at the launch of the 16th annual StonyLive! Festival.

Readers of GO! will be long acquainted with the nine-day lively affair, which seeps into every crevice of the pretty old town – from the many pubs and halls to the streets themselves...heck, even the allotments are in on the vibe!

Annual successes including the Family Barn Dance, Riverside Fair and the Classic Car and Motorcycle Rally are all back, but there will be lots of newbie events to engage with.

Kids of all ages will love the Great Creature Caper, happening on Saturday at York House Centre between 10am and 4pm, for example.

Artist Jonny Boatfield will be leading the free arts workshops for families.

Pop along, make mystical creatures out of cardboard boxes and similar items, and then when your majestic creature is done and dusted, you’ll get to race them!

There is clog dancing on Saturday too, with the Stony Steppers bringing noisy feet and engaging dance to the High Street.

We couldn’t possibly bring you the full programme of events ready to spill across the town in the coming days though – because there are more than 70 different shows, gigs, walks and activities lined up.

Live music is at the very core of this StonyLive! just as it always has been – taking over watering-holes, eateries and church spaces all over town.

From the blues and jazz of The Hounds (catch them on a Thursday night at The Fox & Hounds) to chamber music celebrating the 250th anniversary of the death of French composer Rameau.

Or would you rather bluegrass, bell ringers, an evening of Dylan deliveries or New Orleans Jazz?

StonyLive! has it all and a barrow-load more, and there are lots of opportunities for you to get in on the act, with a clutch of Open Mic nights all over the town.

Forget the Pet Shop Boys, StonyLive! has the Pipe Shop Boyz, and stand-up comedians courtesy of The Comedy Cow, and Stony Stratford in Bloom walks, and Jacobean songs, and films, and...wait a minute, you need to hit the website for the full, comprehensive listing:

> Copies of the printed brochure are also available at various outlets throughout Stony Stratford.