KITE is a new festival of music and ideas that takes place at Kirtlington Park in Kidlington, just north of Oxford city. KITE Festival 2023, the second edition, will take place from 09 to 11 June 2023.
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.
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.
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.
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. Campervans and live-in vehicles are welcome at KITE – if you’re lucky enough to have one.
Music: Main Stage / Heavenly Presents / Bloom / Skylark Social
Main Stage: Hot Chip / Suede / Candi Staton
Heavenly Presents: Baxter Dury / Sofia Kourtesis / Sarathy Korwar / Mauskovic Dance Band / Decius / Lynks / Raw Silk / David Holmes
Ideas: The Forum / The Town Hall / The Pod / Tortoise Newsroom
Live podcasts: Talk Art with Russell Tovey and Rob Diament / The Breakup Monologues with Rosie Wilby / My Time Capsule with Mike Fenton Stevens /
HOAXED Live with Alexi Mostrous
Heavenly Presents: Dylan Jones / Max Porter / Miki Berenyi
Comedy: Alistair Green / Toussaint Douglass / Josh Berry / Shazia Mirza/ Kiri Pritchard McLean
And many more to be announced
Please see important ticketing information below.
Early bird tickets for KITE Festival 2023 now on sale.
Tickets are available to buy through See Tickets via the book tickets 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.
KITE Festival opening hours are as follows
KITE Festival travel information
KITE will take place at Kite Festival (Blue Gate), Kirtlington Park, Akeman Street, Kidlington, OX5 3JL.
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.
The nearest stations to KITE are Bicester (Bicester Village/ Bicester North) and Oxford Parkway.
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.
There is an area near the festival’s entrance for cyclists to lock up their bikes free of charge.
Yes. There is onsite parking available at KITE. 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 you cannot stay in a vehicle overnight in the car park.
Camping ticket holders will be able to re-enter the festival any time, by showing their wristbands. All other ticket types will only be entitled to enter once per day into the festival.
Camping ticket holders can bring a reasonable amount of food and drink for personal consumption to the campsite only. No food or drink can be taken into the main festival arena.
However, you are allowed sealed bottles of water up to 750ml, and empty unsealed bottles can be brought in to be refilled at water points. No glass is permitted anywhere on site, including in campervans or caravans.