An independent music festival which originated in Oxfordshire has announced that this year will be it's last year of operating after 60 years.

The festival was first held in the village of Towersey but moved to nearby Thame in 2015 before moving to the Claydon Estate in Buckinghamshire in 2020.

Organisers announced the festival is coming to an end this morning (May 29). 

In a statement the organisers said: "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we have made the decision that Towersey Festival 2024 will be our last.

"Like so many other independent and grassroots festivals, we have faced too many forces outside of our control which have made it increasingly difficult to operate and survive.

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"We would not have got to 60 years without the support we’ve received from customers, supporters, partners, suppliers and funding, and for this we are truly grateful.

"We’re proud of the massive contributions Towersey has made to charities, local causes, tourism and emerging artists.

"More importantly, we believe festivals like Towersey are crucial for creating better communities and societies and for finding hope and humanity in an otherwise challenging world.

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"Our thoughts go out to the other 35 plus festivals who have already cancelled this year along with our hopes that we can collectively find a way to come back stronger one day."

Despite the festival coming to an end, organisers have promised the the four-day festival will still go ahead this year, taking place over the August bank holiday weekend from Friday 23 to Monday 26.

Organisers said Towersey 2024 will be "one hell of a party", and added: "Please make sure you join us for this final opportunity to party Towersey style."

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Organisers are asking people to "spread the word, bring your friends along to enjoy the best end of summer party".

A statement said: "If they’ve ever been or never been, they won’t want to miss it this year."

It continued: "We will continue to fight, and endeavour to find a way of continuing to realise the hopes and dreams of our grandparents and founders.

"We hope that, with the right partnerships and investors, which we are seeking now, we will be able to come back in the future with another event, but it will not be Towersey Festival anymore.

"We are so very disappointed to come to this decision and we know many of you will be too, but we hope you understand and can support us as we celebrate 60 years of music, dance, friendship and memories."