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May 7th 2009:
The Beat, Linda Lewis & The Rock Choir all confirmed for the fantastic, family friendly GuilFest 2009!!!

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2 tone ska revivalists The Beat are confirmed to perform on the Main Stage sponsored by University of Surrey on Sunday 12th July. Famous for three albums: I Just Can't Stop It, Wha'ppen? and Special Beat Service, and a string of singles, including "Mirror in the Bathroom", " Too Nice To Talk To", "Can't Get Used To Losing You", "Hands off She's Mine" and "All Out To Get You", The Beat Hail from working class, industrial Birmingham – appearing on the music scene in 1979 - a time of social, political and musical upheaval. Over the years the band have split and changed line ups but their energy and ability to make people dance has never diminished. Having re-established The Beat in the UK, the band has had continued success in recent years with their tours of the UK, Ireland, Europe and Australia.

Singer/songwriter and guitar player Linda Lewis is confirmed to perform her blend of soul, folk pop and reggae on the Main Stage on Saturday 11th July. It is something of a mystery that an artist as talented as Linda is not a household name in her own country, though recent collaborations with the likes of Turin Brakes, Jamiroquai, and Midfield General show how highly regarded she is by our hottest chart acts.

Linda began her music career in 1967 with pop group Ferris Wheel and achieved chart success as a solo artist in the 1970s with “Rock a doodle do” and her cover of The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in his kiss) - reaching number 6 in the UK singles charts. Over the last 40 years, Linda has released 17 albums, truly cementing herself as one of world’s true soul giants. Organisers are delighted to welcome Linda back to GuilFest.

The nationally acclaimed and well loved Rock Choir will be opening both the Main Stage and Ents24 stage this year on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July at 12-midday.

The 800 strong Rock Choir will create a spectacle of slick choreographed routines and a wall of tremendous harmony to create the opening showcase for both stages. With numbers including 'Signed Sealed Delivered', 'Love Really Hurts Without You', 'Walking on Broken Glass', 'Something Inside So Strong' 'Joyful Joyful' 'Mamma Mia' and 'Dancing in the Street' audiences will feel invigorated and on a high as they listen, dance and sing along with the Rock Choir.

Recently featured in the Sunday Times Culture magazine, and on the BBC and the Paul O'Grady Show, Rock Choir has been described by the media as a phenomenon, allowing the general public of all ages to learn to sing and perform at a professional level with contemporary music. The Rock Choir Team behind the concept suggest it is their teaching formula and professional feel-good and caring approach that attracts so many individuals to the choir - a choir like no other. The media frenzy that surrounded Rock Choir earlier this year pushed the brand Rock Choir into the National arena and with over sixty new Rock Choirs for all ages starting in September around the South, South-East and London, new members from the public are already waiting for their new Rock Choirs to begin.

GuilFest is the perfect festival for families with children; Having been nominated as best family festival in the UK for the last 5 years running at the UK festival awards and winning the prestigious award in 2006, not only does the festival offer free access to children Under 12, but also reduced ticket prices for Under 16’s!!. The fabulous Kidzone returns this year, in which there will be all sorts of amazingly talented performers such as stilt walkers, balloon makers and puppeteers working alongside qualified children’s stewards to keep your little ones entertained. It doesn’t stop there however; there will also be fun rides, face painting, games, drawing and creative costume making for the annual parade! GuilFest's family friendly attitude is reflected in the cleanliness of all the toilet and baby changing facilities (a rarity at festivals!), the easy access parking and the reassuring presence of both the local police and St John Ambulance.

GuilFest hosts hundreds of stalls offering a wide range of services and goodies, from fashion and craft to massages and bubble swords! Moreover, there will be an extensive variety of stalls filled with deliciously scrumptious food from light bites to any continental delicacy you can imagine. Even when it comes to beverages GuilFest has a broad selection on offer from Fairtrade Coffee to smoothies, and a late licensed 150ft Bar and also a Cocktail bar .

If you want to relax and enjoy the arts, you could pop into our Theatre Tent, which will be showcasing entertaining productions by fine actors, or you may prefer to drop into our eFestivals Cosmic Comedy Lounge to get your annual 'Comedy Fix', where everyone leaves in stitches of laughter and an even bigger smile than when they entered!

With music from the already announced Motorhead, Brian Wilson, Happy Mondays, The Wailers, Will Young, The Charlatans, Athlete, The Stranglers, Joe Bonamassa, The Lightning Seeds, Eddi Reader, September, Ironik, Fugative, The Hamsters, Nouvelle Vague, Imelda May, Pendulum (DJ set), We are the Ocean, Ghost of a Thousand, Hexes, Sharks, Brotherhood of the Lake, DJ Yoda, Rusko, Chris Liberator, The BossHoss, The King Blues, Eat Static, Subgiant, Mood Deluxe Live, Liquid Ross, IPcress, Subsource and Wobbly Squadron to boot, this years festival is truly an event not to be missed!

Loads more acts have still to be announced for this year’s festival on all stages.

Tickets are on sale now but going very fast from 0871 424 0050 or via http://www.guilfest.co.uk

 

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