The Kooks confirmed as headliners for Valley Fest near Bristol

The line-up will also include demonstrations and feasts from big name chefs

The organisers of Valley Fest, the family-friendly food and music festival at Chew Valley Lake near Bristol, have announced the first headline act for the 2023 event.

Indie giants The Kooks, best known for hits like She Moves in Her Own Way, You Don’t Love Me and the top five single Naive, will headline Saturday night.

The band is the first of many big name acts who will appear at the festival, which takes place from August 3-6 next year.

As well as music, there will be a full programme of cooking demonstrations and feasts at the eight-year-old festival, which sold out in the past two years.

Bristol chef Josh Eggleton of The Pony Chew Valley will head up the food programme.

He will bring in many of the much-loved and award-winning chefs of the South West for demonstrations. One those is Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, of Bristol restaurants Paco Tapas and Casa.

He will be behind the Friday Feast and also run a chef demonstration, sharing some of his skills and knowledge.

Luke Hasell, farmer and Valley Fest Founder says: “We’re off to a strong start and there’s still so much to come!

“There will be more headliners, Arcadia’s Alchemist Playground line-up plus our Regen programme, workshops and wellbeing classes. I can’t wait for everyone to ‘get on my land!’”.

Weekend Tickets are £155 (plus booking fee) and can be bought in instalments to spread the payment here. Tickets for the feasts will go sale in the new year.

Valley Fest is a family-friendly festival combining music and great food (photo: Ania Shrimpton)