Guilfest still going strong at 20
The ultimate Guilfest preview including Spotify playlist
Chris Eustace on 07 July 2011
Oh you know, a bit of everything...
Everything? Really? I know a festival you might be interested in!
I doubt anywhere could cater for my eclectic tastes...
How about a festival that sees a mind-blowing Saturday night headline clash between Razorlight, Peter Andre and Skindred?
Where Gallows, Kate Rusby and N-Dubz are all on the bill? Where you could see James Blunt and Cerebral Ballzy on the same day? Roger Daltrey doing Who classics while Funeral for a Friend fans shake their fringes a few stages away? Plus, by the time the festival’s on Sunday Dance headliner DJ Fresh comes on he may well have had a Number One single with ‘Louder’.
Right, okay, now my brain hurts. What planet is this thing being held on?
Stoke Park in Guildford, actually. It’s Guilfest’s 20th anniversary, and with nine stages taking in pop, rock, punk, dance, folk, comedy and loads more, the festival’s famous laid-back atmosphere may even be stirred up with the crazy combinations this year’s line-up offers.
So who would you recommend?
Well, how about:
Public Image Ltd.
John Lydon’s seminal post-punk outfit are back on the scene, slipping in almost unnoticed as headliners on the Good Time Guide stage on Sunday night. With Lydon as cantankerous as ever, you can be sure it won’t stay that way for long.
They might claim ‘Music Is Dead’, but then the Exeter four-piece then do their best to make it sound as vital as possible, fusing hardcore with old time rock n’ roll – “Black Flag meets Chuck Berry,” anyone?
Dubstep’s latest stars, with ‘Are You Ready’ and ‘Guilt’ set to rule festival dance tents the world over this summer. Someone better tell Daltrey the bass is coming.
Delivering one of the singles of the year in ‘Traktor’, Wretch has bounded through the door opened by Dizzee and Tinie, taking up residence in the Top 10 with a series of catchy hip-pop tunes. The languid yin to Tinie Tempah’s energetic yang, there’ll still be hands in the air for this.
Turning Guilfest into a juke joint for the duration of their set, VT will bring a bit of old-school testifying, charismatic soul to proceedings. Their appearance on Later...With Jools Holland sent Twitter into meltdown, so God only knows what they’ll do live and in the flesh.
All that and N-Dubz?!
Yep, here’s the VF Guilfest Spotify playlist to prove it.
How much are the tickets?
Adult weekend tickets with camping are £120, and on sale now.
Click here to buy Guilfest tickets.
Anything else? Come on! I want to keep playing!
Erasure or UK Subs? Echo & The Bunnymen or Bare Noize? Sonic Boom Six or The Saw Doctors?