This Lotto Winner is Holding a Music Festival in His Back Garden!

EuroMillions jackpot winner Adrian Bayford has had some ups and downs since he and his ex-wife won a monster £148 million prize back in 2012. Since then, Bayford has moved into a stunning, Grade II-listed mansion worth £6 million… but he’s also been through a divorce and another messy breakup. Thankfully for Adrian, things seem to be on the up again – the lotto winner is holding a music festival in the grounds of his country estate this summer, in what could well go down as one of the most extravagant lotto winner’s expenditures of all time!

Source: The Mirror

Bayford is offering up the grounds of his mansion to the Cambridge Rock Festival, previous instalments of which have included performances by big names including The Stranglers, of “Golden Brown” and “Peaches” fame. In return for playing the host, Bayford will is set to receive some free publicity for his music company. Around 3,000 fans are expected to attend – so it’s a good job there’s plenty of room in the lotto winner’s garden.

The festival’s organiser, Dave Roberts, told The Mirror: “I know Adrian would like to do lots of things with his estate and that’s great, he’s a lovely fellow, and absolutely into his music.

“He has come to us with his love of music so the two knitted together.”

Which bands could Bayford book for over a million?

The line-up for Cambridge Rock Festival has yet to be announced, but if its host decides to step forward and pay for his favourite act to play, pretty much any popstar or rock band on Earth would be on the table.

Gig fees for the most successful artists tend to level out in the low millions. That’s definitely more than enough money for an evening’s work, but would be easily in reach for the mega-rich. There’s no indication that Bayford actually intends to pay for any extra-special musicians to appear at the event, but let’s take a look at some of the big names he could book if he saw fit…

Madonna – $1million+

The Queen of Pop is still as cool as they come… and also one of the most expensive musical acts to book in the world. Madonna never takes the stage for less than $1 million – a completely justifiable price, considering her back catalogue includes such smash hits as “Vogue”, “Like a Virgin”, “Beautiful Stranger” and “Don’t Tell Me”.

Justin Bieber – $1million+

We’ll never quite understand why anybody would want to blow over a million euros on an evening with Justin Bieber, but clearly there are plenty of people out there who feel differently. Call yourself a true belieber? Then save up that seven-figure fee for a performance from the starlet himself!

Foo Fighters – $500k+

Amazing! For half the price of a Justin Bieber gig, you could buy yourself a performance from one of the biggest rock bands of the 21st Century. Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters bandmates have well and truly stepped out of the shadow of Grohl’s former band Nirvana to become rock legends in their own right.

Justin Timberlake – $1million+

Prefer your music a little smoother? Like your Justins a little more talented? Step forward Justin Timberlake! The ex-NSYNC heart-throb has been keeping relatively quiet of late – but he can still command gig fees in excess of $1 million. Ask any of his band-members past or present, Timberlake is a truly talented artist with one heck of a voice. Fun fact: some of the song’s off Timberlake’s smash-hit album Justified were originally written for Michael Jackson!

Taylor Swift – $1 million+

Prefer your music a little smoother? Like your Justins a little more talented? Step forward Justin Timberlake! The ex-NSYNC heart-throb has been keeping relatively quiet of late – but he can still command gig fees in excess of $1 million. Ask any of his band-members past or present, Timberlake is a truly talented artist with one heck of a voice. Fun fact: some of the song’s off Timberlake’s smash-hit album Justified were originally written for Michael Jackson!

Kelis – $30k+

Sometimes the world just doesn’t make any sense. Kelis was one of the biggest and best pop stars of the noughties (remember “Milkshake”, “Trick Me”, “Millionaire”?), so it seems unbelievable that she’s now so much cheaper than the rest of our acts to book. Maybe you don’t need to be a multi-millionaire to book the ultimate garden party gig after all! There are only a handful of artists on Earth who command seven-figure gig fees, so there’s still hope for those of us who haven’t won a jackpot yet!

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