Wednesday 23 January 2019

Gloucestershire music festivals guide

Spanning every genre a music lover could hope for, see SoGlos's round up of this year's festivities in the Gloucestershire Music Festival guide 2018.

Whether you’re a folk fan, heavy rocker, or prefer a bit of jazz to get you moving, Gloucestershire is home to countless music festivals to suit all tastes.

Boasting line-ups showcasing stars of the music world alongside up-and-coming talent, SoGlos’s music festivals guide will help you decide on where to get your musical fix.


Guide Sponsor – Café Rene


Café Rene Rhythm and Blues Festival

Name: Café Rene Gloucester Rhythm and Blues Festival
When: Annually in July
Expect to find: A week-long showcase of the biggest and best acts in the world of rhythm and blues, taking place inside and out of one of Gloucester’s most popular live music venues, with family-friendly entertainment, and most importantly, a buzzing atmosphere. With a host of big names, the hottest up-and-coming talent, as well as a number of local favourites, 2018 is set to be bigger and better. Highlights include The Worried Men, Troy Redfern, and The Lewis Creaven Band during the week. On Saturday, see names such as Pistol Pete Wearn, The Achievers, Blackballed, and The Hot Tin Roofs; whilst Sunday features names such as Reverend Robert, The Swamp Stomp String Band, Storm Warning, and Elles Bailey.
SoGlos loves: While the festival itself is free of charge to attend, revellers to the festival can look forward to delicious food and drink – providing the final ingredients for a brilliant experience. Café Rene will be cooking up a fabulous barbecue and hog roast, along with alfresco bars, offering plenty of opportunity to enjoy a tipple or two.
For more info: See Café Rene Gloucester Rhythm and Blues Festival.
To book: Call (01452) 309340, email info@caferene.co.uk or visit caferene.co.uk directly.


Cheltenham music festivals

Name: Cheltenham Jazz Festival
When: Annually in May
Expect to find: One of the most famous Cheltenham events, the Cheltenham Jazz Festival brings world-renowned talent to town, with headliners including jazz superstars and music legends. Bringing Cheltenham alive with a host of events all across the town, the annual festival is a firm favourite with loyal fans every year.
For more information: See Cheltenham Jazz Festival.


Name: Wychwood Music Festival
When: Annually in June
Expect to find: Drawing in hordes of music fans, families and gig-goers to Cheltenham Racecourse every year, Wychwood Music Festival offers three jam-packed days of live music and entertainment. Spanning indie, folk, rock, family workshops and foodie delights, the festival offers something for everyone.
For more information: See Wychwood Music Festival.


Name: Cheltenham Music Festival
When: Annually in July
Expect to find: A definite highlight in the musical calendar, Cheltenham Music Festival sees classical concerts and orchestral performances take place at some of Cheltenham’s most glorious venues. Appealing to both veteran classical fans and new ears alike, the festival promises some outstanding entertainment.
For more information: See Cheltenham Music Festival.


Name: 2000trees Festival
When: Annually in July
Expect to find: Incredible names from rock and indie, a friendly atmosphere, scrumptious foodie treats and handcrafted ales, which has earned 2000trees Festival awards aplenty. Promising another year of stellar entertainment, hordes of music fans will return to Upcote Farm this July.
For more information: See 2000trees Festival.


Cotswold music festivals


Name: Lechlade Festival
When: Annually in May
Expect to find: Live music from some of the biggest bands, with genres covering rock, indie, reggae and more. Spread over three days, this year’s highlights include Scouting For Girls and From The Jam alongside the usual glamping, children’s entertainment and foodie delights.
For more information: See Lechlade Festival.


Name: Bledington Music Festival
When: Annually in June
Expect to find: The quaint Cotswold village of Bledington will once again come to life this June, when the three-day festival returns featuring top-class performers. This year’s highlights include performances from flautist Juliette Bausor.
For more information: See Bledington Music Festival.


Name: Forest Live
When: Annually in June
Expect to find: Featuring some of the biggest names in pop, performing live in this glorious alfresco venue, Forest Live is set to be bigger than ever in 2018. This year's acts include The Script on Thursday 14 June; Paloma Faith on Saturday 16 June and George Ezra on Sunday 17 June 2018.
For more information: See Westonbirt Arboretum.


Gloucester music festivals


Name: Carducci Festival
When: Annually in May
Expect to find: Returning to Gloucester for another year, Carducci Festival will feature a feast of sensational chamber music. With performances covering everything from quartets to local school children, the festival is set to bigger than ever.
For more information: See Carducci Festival.


Name: Barn on the Farm
When: Annually in July
Expect to find: Intimate performances by some of folk’s finest artists, across three days and several barns. With last year’s line-up including Tom Odell, the festival will be back for 2018 with must-see acts.
For more information: See Barn on the Farm.


Stroud music festivals


Name: Nibley Music Festival
When: Annually in July
Expect to find: Family-friendly and a hit year after year, Nibley Music Festival will return with live entertainment this summer. Complete with food and drink aplenty, the festival is not to be missed.
For more information: See Nibley Music Festival.


© SoGlos
Wednesday 02 January 2019

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