Bassist is branching out from cheesemaking

Blur bassist Alex James is to hold a music and food festival in the grounds of his Oxfordshire estate.

James, who in recent years has become renowned as an award-winning cheesemaker, has now decided to venture into the world of festival organising. He’ll host a four-day event called Harvest from September 9-12 at his farm in Kingham, Chipping Norton.

The Independent reports that he is billing the event as set to showcase “the very best of the British food scene alongside a soundtrack of the finest bands around”.

So far KT Tunstall and Steve Earle have been confirmed to play the festival.

James said: “We’ll throw open the farm gates for Harvest this September. My family are looking forward to a celebration of all our favourite things – food, the farm and music. What more could we ask for?”

As well as music, Harvest will feature cookery master classes, pop-up restaurants, gardening workshops and a farmers’ market.

While the festival is still some way off, James is today (February 3) meeting up with his Blur bandmates, with guitarist Graham Coxon tweeting that they may “switch a tape recorder on”.