GuilFest – The award winning family festival is celebrating its 21st anniversary on 13th-15th July 2012, and with only a month to go until the event the wonderfully eclectic line up is nearing completion!

The first day of the festival, Friday 13th July, has a distinctly 80’s and classics theme this year.   Headed up by the legendary Jools Holland with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, featuring vocal talent from Fine Young Cannibals frontman, Roland Gift; the day also has performances from ABC, Heaven 17, The Straits, newly confirmed The Doors Alive (easily the finest Doors tribute band around!), The South, (performing classic hits such as “A Little Time”) and cult punk band Buzzcocks

Saturday 14th July really is party day this year.  A superb mix of fantastic acts all over the festival, topped by the amazing Olly Murs headlining the Main Stage! Tulisa, Jimmy Cliff, Cher Lloyd, Republica, Bjorn Again, Gary Numan, Tim Minchin, Bastille, The Beat, Skindred, Andy C, Brookes Brothers and many more will ensure that there really is something for everyone, and the festival is firing on all cylinders for what will definitely be one heck of party!  It’s guaranteed to be a day of fun not to be missed!

On Sunday 15th July, the Main Stage plays host to some brilliant 70’s classics with a headline performance from the one and only Bryan Ferry, supported by disco legends CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, Candi Staton and one of the real originators of rock and roll, Alvin Stardust! The Good Time Guide stage on the other hand has more of a 90’s theme, with headliners Ash supported by Dodgy and The Wonderstuff (acoustic).  

Elsewhere on the site throughout the weekend you can also catch a truly eclectic line up of StooShe, The Undertones, The Wurzels, The Beat, Kids In Glass Houses, Young Guns, Sub Focus (DJ set), Black Spiders, Rubberbandits, Benga, Friction, Levi Roots, Sigma, The Skints, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer and even the fattest Take That tribute act around, Take Fat! This is just a small snapshot of what is on offer however, for full details see the GuilFest official website –

GuilFest is also home to arguably the best festival children’s area in the UK – The Kidzone.  The Kidzone is aimed solely at under 12’s and has a wealth of activities and entertainment on offer including children’s theatre, circus workshops, refreshments, amazingly talented performers, balloon makers, fun rides, face painting, costume making and much more besides.  The weekend culminates in the annual themed parade around the festival on Sunday, where kids get a chance to show off what they’ve been making.  As well as all of this you can expect VIP guest appearances from well known children’s icons Postman Pat on Saturday 14th July, and Zak and Panzee from The ZingZillas on Sunday 15th July.

Remember GuilFest is about so much more than just music!  With an amazing comedy line up in the eFestivals Cosmic Comedy Lounge, featuring Jarred Christmas, Mitch Benn and Simon Evans amongst scores of others; the brilliant Man in the Moon Theatre tent, with its biggest line up to date of everything from Cabaret to Shakespeare - as well as brilliant attractions such as The GuilFest Vintage Fayre, The Acoustic Lounge, La Discotheque, Farmer Giles Barndance, The Eden People’s GuilFest Gallery, and The Plantation Zone, and arts and craft exhibitions, food and drink from around the world, cocktail bars, real ale bars, boutique camping and a wonderfully relaxed family friendly vibe.

Don’t forget that right next door to the festival is Guildford Lido – Guildford’s 50 metre outdoor swimming pool.  Many festival goers visit for a swim or a sunbathe and use the showers in the morning, heading back to the festival for when the bands start at midday!

Tickets prices range from £35 - £135, with Under 12’s going completely free (as long as they are accompanied by an adult) and reduced fares for Under 16’s. Tickets are available from – make sure you get them quick though, organisers are happy to announce that this is one of the fastest selling years ever!  Be sure not to miss out!

The festival sees the return of the Vive Le Rock Stage, after a triumphant debut at the festival last year, with a stellar line-up including headliners the Buzzcocks, The Beat and The Undertones, as well as VLR-friendly bands, old and new, including The Skints, TV Smith, Dragster, The Ramonas, Tyrannosaurus Alan, New Town Kings, The Sex Pistols Experience and Stone Foundation.

For the full line-up, tickets and more info on the festival, head to GUILFEST.CO.UK

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