Rusty Shackle

Coleford Music Festival this weekend!

A Community Festival held in the town centre of Coleford, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. 
Festival organisers and volunteers have been working in partnership with Coleford Town Council to bring this fabulous community festival back to the streets of Coleford. 
The event  will take place on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July  in the town centre and It promises to be as spectacular as ever with something to please all musical tastes and ages!  
Both days will kick off at 1pm and live music coming from four stages around the town centre throughtout each day and  featuring an eclectic mix of jazz, reggae, rockabilly, blues, folk and more with performances from musicians and artists from the local area as well as a few from a little further afield.

Saturday kicks off at the Clock Tower with the VB Samba band folowed by Five Acres High School Choir lead by Mr Yardley, Head of Music. The Film Orchestra will be performing, it is the Uk’s first amateur orchestra to play original music from films, TV & video games. Found in the Forest Youth Theatre return to the festival with their unique style of performance. This year’s outing is a piece entitled ‘The Price of Fame’ and will be their penultimate show before finishing after more than 10 years in the Forest of Dean.  

Joey The Crow, Viva La Bear & Jonah’s Lift will all be whipping audiences up to a dancing frenzy whilst Red Hot Riot will be taking the stage fresh from their first appearance at Glastonbury Festival. Pure Evil will be bringing their unique style to the main stage just before headliners Welsh indie-roots band Rusty Shackle, who have been tearing up stages around the world since 2010. Brandishing their distinct folk-roots sound and armed with an electrifying mix of rampant fiddle, scorching electric guitars, pounding drums, searing trumpet and banjo, the band have built up a devoted fanbase with their captivating live shows.Sunday promises to be a  just as exciting with performances on the Clock Tower Stage beginning with Coleford Community Choir & the Forest of Dean Area Wind Band. Small Dogs Bite, The Filthy Casuals and the Dirty Dogs all hail from the Forest of Dean & promise entertaining and energetic sets. The Strays have a unique modern sound with a vintage twist, described as No Doubt meets Imelda May, The Strays’ performance style is larger than life, interactive, and deliciously unpredictable.

Mad Apple Circus are an original blend of horn-fuelled styles, built on Ska/Hip-Hop/Jazz  and Latin grooves  nothing but the good stuff. Owing to their unique sound and energetic performances, this hard-hitting humble Bristolian nine-piece have fast become festival favourites.

Last band of the evening are The Specials Ltd who are a 9 piece band full of energy, excitement and accuracy, performing Specials favourites such as Gangsters, Too Much Too Young and Ghost Town.
The Newland street stage will feature a more laid back vibe with a mix of folk, blues, country & jazz culminating in a performance by Shooting The Crow on Saturday & whole day of Folk music presented by the Forest of Dean Folk Club on Sunday with Compost Heap & Misfit Pearl & the Oddfellows.
Coleford Music Festival has been known for promoting new young local talent & this year is no exception, check out the acoustic stage & St John Street Stage, both will feature some performances from young people & bands who have seldom before performed in front of a live audience. We also have performances from Forest Warrior, .Lila J, Ruzz Guitar’s Blues Review, Voodoo Sioux, and The Ukey Dukes & much more.
As well as live music there will be plenty of street food, including  hot pork, noodles, falafals, wraps, caribbean & spices, all to compliment the food outlets in the town centre.There will also be circus skills workshops, displays, and a festival market , the kids can be entertained by Punch & Judy & take part in some crafty activities, there may even be .one or two surprises! Anyone wishing to bring along an instrument can join in the acoustic fun with spaces available around the town centre.
The festival has been well known for getting people dancing in the streets & this year will be no exception, so come along & support this fantastic community event.Programmes are available from local shops & the Tourist Information Centre. 
This year we have been striving to become a greener festival & are pleased to announce that zero waste will go to landfill & that reusable glasses can be purchased at the event.
We respectfully ask that everyone attending please make a small donation to a festival bucket to keep music live in Coleford! Donations can also be made via our website where the full line up can also be found.