Gig Of The Week: Guilfest
WHERE: Stoke Park, Guildford
WHEN: 16-18 July
Always a popular event, although the lacking the profile of other festivals, Guilfest regularly attracts a diverse selection of acts. Now in its 19th year, this time the Classic Rock friendly bands include the following:
And So I Watch You From Afar are on the Rock Cave stage.
Hawkwind headline the Good Time Stage. Says Dave Brock of the band’s appearance: “It’s great to be playing at Guilfest at last. This is a terrific modern festival, looking to the future, but with firm old school roots… A good combination!”
Mungo Jerry and The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown are also on this stage.
Status Quo headline the main stage. Francis Rossi is obviously looking forward to it. “Guilfest is always a highlight for us. Great atmosphere and great bands. You can’t go wrong. We’re looking forward to it – see you there.”
Joining them on the main stage are 10cc and The Blockheads, while Seth Lakeman and Saint Jude are on the Good Time Stage. Guitarist Adam Green of Saint Jude is looking forward to the band’s Guilfest debut: “We’ll be starry eyed and stumbling . But we’d like to take this opportunity to thank the good people of Guildford for letting us assume the position, and we will, with everything we have at our command. So, drink, sweat and bring sun cream!”
The King Blues are top of the pile on the Rock Cave stage, joined by EaststrikeWest and Turbowolf.
There are a further five stages well, including a comedy tent and an acoustic stage. Plus The Man In The Moon Theatre Tent, with cabaret artists, plays and poetry readings, the UNISONzone, which offers intellectual debate and haranguing, a barn dance every night, a 70s disco, a workshop, canteen and the Plantation Zone, where under-18s can hang out.
New this year is the Carnivalanza Salon, where you can get your face made up, try on silly wigs and costumes, and generally make out you’re a 70s glam rocker.
It’s a genuine family festival, which plenty to keep anyone occupied for three days, Oh, and there are bars – fear not!
Find out more at www.guilfest.co.uk