Blur bassist Alex James cooking up something special 

He’s appeared on TV, cooking alongside celebrity “Hell’s Kitchen” chef Gordon Ramsay. So it’s no secret that Blur bassist Alex James loves good food. But now he’s, ahem, kicking it up a notch, via Harvest, a music and culinary festival held on his rustic English farm in Kingham, over the weekend of Sept. 9 to 12.

And now that he’s got his green-light event license, he’s pulling out all the stops. The list of artists performing is reason enough to drop in — The Kooks, Athlete, The Feeling, KT Tunstall and Fat Freddy’s Drop. But renowned radio personality Jo Whiley will also be on hand, as will Guardian food critic Jay Rayner.

Which brings us to the food.

Talented chefs like Nuno Mendes, Richard Corrigan, Tom Kerridge and Yotam Otto Lenghi will be displaying their skills/wares at Harvest, as will London restaurateur Mark Hix, who’s setting up a satellite Hix At Harvest eaterie for James. The Daylesford Cookery School will run classes all weekend, and fidgety kids can stay entertained with diversions like the Witchwood School of Rock or Opera Holland Park’s production of Roald Dahl’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” James has even constructed Harvest Hotel — a huge grouping of yurts, tepees and bell tents, complete with breakfast in bed.



If you happen to be in Britain — and September is the perfect time to go — log onto www.alexjamespresentsharvest.com.

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