Duncan James to headline Old Town Christmas Festival

By Nick Batten on 24 November, 2022

The Old Town Christmas Festival, which is set for 27th November, has announced its headliner as music and TV star Duncan James.

The Festival, which is back after two years of lockdowns, has been expanded with a new road closure in place for the day. The road closure will allow for a fun fair on Wood Street and the stage to be moved to a new location on the top part of Victoria Road.

This headliner is the biggest celebrity to have appeared in Old Town for the Christmas event.

Duncan was born in Wiltshire and is one of the members of boy band Blue who have sold over 15 million records. They have recently reformed and are about to embark on a UK tour celebrating their 20-year anniversary.

Duncan James

The Old Town crowd may also know that Duncan is an actor, having starred on TV as Ryan Knight in Hollyoaks. Duncan’s latest foray is into the West End after having appeared in Chicago, Legally Blonde and The Rocky Horror Show.

Entertainment Director Evie Em-Jay said, “We are so excited to have Duncan James join us. The festival has been running for over 50 years but this sizeable event, with a road closure for Vic Road, is a first for us. To mark this we wanted to have a big headliner who reflects all that we are about; talent, local connection and of course a great performance. Duncan will be interviewed live on stage as well as treating us to some great tracks.”

This year’s event is bigger than ever before and as a result, has pulled in some big sponsors. The headline sponsor is Talk Talk who will be joined as sponsors by Future Planning, Los Gatos, Dominos Pizza Old Town and Deacon’s Jewellers.

The Business Association is also asking for £1 donations per person from visitors to help raise money to add to the Christmas Lights onto Victoria Road next year. 

Other live acts that are appearing on stage include Joli, a popular Wiltshire Soul singer, a specially commissioned set of Musical classics with Phoebe Maddison and Ministry of Samba’s last performance with their founder and Director Luke Winton.

The Festival will be a whole afternoon, from 12pm-6pm, of live music, the fun fair on Wood Street, food and drink stalls and other Christmas surprises. 

The event is also supported by South Swindon Parish Council which has completed extensive work to repair the existing Christmas Lights and get them put up and taken down safely. 

To book tickets please visit – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/old-town-christmas-festival-2022-tickets-445086825677