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KITE Festival 2023

09 to 11 June 2023
Kirtlington Park
Kirtlington
OX5 3JN

KITE Festival

About KITE Festival 2023

KITE is a new festival of music and ideas taking place at Kirtlington Park in Kidlington, just north of Oxford city. KITE Festival 2023 will take place from 09 to 11 June 2023.

Music

Think era-defining icons, contemporary stars and emerging talent driving the music scene forward.

A bold line up presented across four stages. Focused on alternative music drawing from indie, folk, soul and musical traditions from around the world. Music to make you dance, to help you think and lose yourself in the moment. From intimate shows allowing you to get up close and personal with artists to open arenas where the biggest acts in the world can spread their wings.

2022 line-up*

Grace Jones / Tom Misch / Self Esteem / Saint Etienne / Mavis Staples This Is The Kit / Black Country / New Road / Confidence Man + many more

*2022 line-up is for information only. This page will be updated with 2023 line-up when it is announced.

Ideas

Think concepts big and small and the spaces to explore them.

There will be talk about the major forces shaping the world we live in, today and in the future. Together, you’ll explore answers to big questions relating to power, our planet, technology, identity, living and culture. In-depth interviews and keynotes will sit side by side with discussions and debates where you, the audience, get to have your say.

2022 line-up*

Ai Weiwei in conversation with Russell Tovey and Robert Diament / Richard Dawkins / Delia Smith / David Miliband / Jarvis Cocker / Elizabeth Day / Tina Brown / Bimini / Sweet Bobby Live + many more

*2022 line-up is for information only. This page will be updated with 2023 line-up when it is announced.

Food and drink

Follow your nose and treat yourself to some delicious street food. Sweet and savoury, meaty, gluten and dairy free, vegan and vegetarian options from all around the world. Soak up the atmosphere and get stuck in.

Camping

Kirtlington Park is KITE’s home, and it’ll become yours too for the weekend. Pitch your own tent (or have one ready pitched for you), and make yourself at home. ACampervans and live-in vehicles are welcome at KITE – if you’re lucky enough to have one.

Please see important ticketing information below.

Ticketing information

Early bird tickets for KITE Festival 2023 now on sale. Tickets are available to buy through See Tickets via the ticket page link. Tickets are non-refundable. However, if you have spare tickets, we recommend that you visit See Tickets’ Fan-to-Fan ticket marketplace where you can sell them at face value.

Opening hours

The campsite will be open to camping ticket holders from 3.00pm on Friday 10 June and close at 11.00am on Monday 13 June.

The arena will open from 5.00pm on Friday, and 10.00am on Saturday and Sunday to Weekend to camping and day ticket holders.

Car parks will be open from 2:30pm on Friday, and 9:30am on Saturday and Sunday. They need to be vacated by 11.00am on Monday 13 June.

Travel information

KITE will take place at Kite Festival (Blue Gate), Kirtlington Park, Akeman Street, Kidlington, OX5 3JL.

By car
KITE is easily accessible from the M40. Please switch off your sat nav and follow the KITE directional road signage as you approach the festival. There is onsite parking available. You can buy tickets in advance on the festival website or pay in cash when you arrive. Follow KITE signage when you arrive. Please note that you cannot park by your tent and cannot stay in a vehicle overnight in the car park.

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

By bus
There is a local bus 250 service that operates between Bicester and Oxford. This stops near the entrance to KITE. Please note that this is not a frequent service, especially at weekends.

By bike
There is an area near the festival’s entrance for cyclists to lock up their bikes free of charge.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)