Joining previously announced Main Stage headliners
The Boomtown Rats, Kool & The Gang and The Human League

Sham 69 by Dod Morrison

GuilFest organisers are delighted to announce that Sham 69, with their ORIGINAL LINE UP, featuring the founding members of the band, legendary Jimmy Pursey, Dave Parsons and Dave Tregunna, will be headlining The Vive Le Rock Punk Stage on Friday 18th July.  Sham 69 are quite simply one of the most famous punk bands of all time, producing a stream of hits during the golden era of punk including ‘Hurry Up Harry’, ‘Angels with Dirty Faces’ and ‘If The Kids are United’.  As they originally hail from Hersham, this show will be one chance to see the band close to their home turf.  A unique opportunity not to be missed!

The Buzzcocks by Dod Morrison

Punk legends Buzzcocks return to GuilFest to headline The Vive Le Rock Punk Stage on Saturday 19th July.  Famous for classic tracks ‘Orgasm Addict’, ‘Harmony In My Head’, and of course the punk anthem ‘Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)’, Buzzcocks have been cited as inspiration by a wide variety of acts including REM, Nirvana and Green Day and can quite rightly lay claim to being one of the most influential bands of the Punk era.  Expect this band to tear the roof off The Vive Le Rock Stage.

Ruts DC

Reggae Punk rockers Ruts D.C. are confirmed to headline The Vive Le Rock Punk Stage on Sunday 20th July.  Reformed in 2008 after nearly 30 years, Ruts D.C. are best known for their highly regarded 1978 single ‘In a Rut’, an instant classic that received regular airplay on the late John Peel’s legendary Radio 1 show, but have also had numerous UK top 40 hits including ‘Babylon Burning’, ‘Something That I Said’ and ‘Staring at The Rudeboys’.  Ruts D.C. are sure to close The Vive Le Rock stage in style.

In the coming weeks the GuilFest line up will continue to grow with over 200 live acts and DJs performing on 7 stages across the festival site, including the now legendary Big Cheese Rock Cave, The Acoustic Lounge and our two unsigned LiveClub stages. 

Don’t forget that it isn’t just about the music at GuilFest! All over the site you can find excellent entertainment such as the brilliant Theatre Tent, featuring a wealth of diverse theatrical productions all weekend long.  The Cosmic Comedy Tent also returns this year with a fabulous yet to be announced line up of some of the best comedians in the business.

For the night owls, Farmer Giles' Barn Dance, La Discothèque, The Funky End Dance Tent, and the brand new Spaced Inn will keep you revelling ‘til the early hours. All this, as well as the massive 150ft beer tent, cocktail bars, food and drink from around the world, craft and clothes stalls, impromptu street theatre performances and much more besides!

Consistently nominated as the UK's Best Family Festival, GuilFest has, as you would expect, a fabulous Kidzone for your young ones to enjoy - featuring a brilliant children's theatre, face painting, fun rides, games, and costume making, culminating in a wonderful procession across the festival site on Sunday.

For visitors that want to experience GuilFest in style, for the first time ever in the festival’s history a very limited number of VIP tickets will be available to the public – These will allow access to a backstage area with posh loos, and a special bar for exclusive aftershow parties! You never know who you might see around there!

Tickets available now at special early bird prices from the website, or from Seetickets on 08712301106 Be sure to visit for full details or keep an eye on the official Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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