Guilfest - the festival nobody has heard of until now
United Kingdom | 21 May 2010
'Known primarily for its cobbled streets and ability to cram countryside and consumer heaven into a small town (yep, that's about it), Guildford very rarely finds itself in the headlines'
Known primarily for its cobbled streets and ability to cram countryside and consumer heaven into a small town (yep, that’s about it), Guildford very rarely finds itself in the headlines. However- thanks to an open field, a few tents and a sound system Reading Festival craves, this year all could change.
Slowly emerging as one of the country’s “best small festivals” (whatever that means) Guilfest is working its way up the ranks and the 2010 line-up will only assist in propelling its reputation towards that of the big boys. Very much like the Premierships ‘big four’, there’s room for a 300-pound gorilla and it has Guilfest’s name all over it.
Previous years have seen Pop Idol favourite Will Young and festival whores Pendulum grace one of the three main stages on Stoke Park, alongside Blondie, Squeeze and Charlie Simpson’s very own Fightstar. This time round and a new generation of superstars are ready to wow the 24,000 capacity crowd, bringing back some classic acts to match.
Crowned the year of the dub - Nero, Subfocus and the fantastic Chase and Status will be doing the genre justice, providing a real backbone to the festivals dance scene. Although known as a pretty relaxed atmosphere, this year’s line-up clearly caters for a diverse audience it may have never before reached. The Human League and Status Quo have been announced so no need to panic if ‘wom wom wom wom’ is not your cup of tea.
Hadouken! and Orbital are strong contenders for catch of the year, combining grime, indie and dance to end the opening night in style. Armed with daft hats and sunglasses weather regardless, N’Dubz are lined up on the Saturday alongside 2008 returnees The Blackout, upcoming rock-band Young Guns and the hotly tipped and most anticipated Futures.
Local acts The Goldtones and Stanley Blacks (who recently helped OC superstar Mischa Barton out of a spot of mechanical trouble) will also be performing across the weekend. Tinie Tempah and Just Jack complete an impressive line-up, appealing not only to local natives but far and wide. Forget the en-suite five-star hotels this summer grab a flask and come camp! Mud is more.
Don’t miss: Subfocus (Fri) Futures and The Goldtones (Sat) and Chase and Status (Sun)
More info: www.guilfest.co.uk
By Mel Lewis
Friday 21 May :
"Previous years have seen Pop Idol favourite Will Young and festival whores Pendulum grace one of the three main stages on Stoke Park, alongside Blondie, Squeeze and Charlie Simpson�s very own Fightstar."
Yeah, and last year some guy called Brian Wilson headlined Saturday night - y'know, dude who wrote "Good Vibrations", "California Girls", God Only Knows", "I Get Around" and "Surfin' USA". File under 'living legend'.