Atomic Festival

Atomic Festival

Sywell Aerodrome

Showcraft supply the ‘Atomic Festival’ with sound and lighting.

Atomic Festival

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A major festival bringing vintage glamour and excitement to a Northamptonshire airfield, say organisers.


IMG_1222The team behind the ATOMIC Festival are Rockabilly Rave supremo Jerry Chatabox, Miss Mary Ann and Rhythm Riot duo Robin and Colette Weathersbee.

They’re promising “exciting features not seen at other vintage events”, including an open-air drive-in movie screen, a rock’n’roller rink with central DJ booth, a ‘poodle parade’, hot rod races on the runway and a breathtaking air display by a genuine Sabre jet.

That’s on top of an international line-up of bands and DJs, covered dance floors, a vintage clothing market, classic and custom car show and dance classes.

Classic American magazine will be holding one of only seven heats of their prestigious ‘Car of the Year’ competition at ATOMIC.   And radio DJ and TV personality Mark Lamarr will be hosting one of the venues, introducing his favourite bands and playing some of his collection of records.

The festival will run for two days – the Saturday and Sunday of the May Day Bank Holiday weekend – at Sywell Aerodrome.   On-site camping will be available.

_MG_9542“We are really excited about ATOMIC,” said Robin.   “We started working on this idea two years ago and can’t wait to see it come to life.   We’ve secured the ideal venue, and are working closely with an enthusiastic team of experts.   Drawing on our own and other people’s passion, we can already feel how ATOMIC will be a unique and very special event. 

“With datelines of 1946-1962, ATOMIC will embrace the glamour and excitement of this golden era and is set to be a thrilling, all-action celebration of mid-century style.”

Between them, Jerry Chatabox and Robin & Colette have run many of the UK’s biggest 1950s events during the last 25 years, including the Rhythm Riot, Rockabilly Rave, Hot Rod Hayride, Rockin’ Ranch Parties and Jiving Jamboree, plus Maddy’s Jiving School.

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Sywell Aerodrome near Northampton already hosts its own bi-annual charity airshow and has been used as the venue for Music In Flight, which combines fly pasts with a classical concert.   The site also has an art deco hotel and an aviation museum, which opened in March this year, telling the wartime history of the site and the airmen that used it.

The airfield opened in 1928.   During the Second World War it was used as a training facility for pilots of the Tiger Moth, and later as a centre for the repair of Wellington bombers.   Extensive sheds from the time still remain on the site.

Many aerial shots for the film Battle of Britain were taken over the airport and nearby area.

1000 discounted ‘earlybird’ tickets for the ATOMIC Festival will be released soon to those who register at



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