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April 8th 2009:
Will Young, The Stranglers and King Blues added!


Will Young, The Stranglers and The King Blues have been added to the fantastic GuilFest 2009 line up of Motorhead, Brian Wilson (legendary member of The Beach Boys), Happy Mondays, Athlete, The Charlatans, The Wailers, Nouvelle Vague, Imelda May and Eat Static.

Will Young, iconic singer-songwriter, will be headlining the 2nd Stage on Sunday 12th July at GuilFest 2009! Four albums into his incredibly successful career, Will has racked up an astounding amount of awards and accolades in his comparatively short 8 years in the limelight.  Having won the inaugural Pop Idol back in 2002, Will released his first single – a double A-side featuring Westlife’s song “Evergreen” and “Anything is Possible” which became fastest selling debut in UK chart history, selling over 400,000 copies on it’s first day, over 1.1million in its first week and went on to sell over 1.7 million total copies- 11th on the official list of all-time best selling singles.  “Anything is Possible” won the Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.

Will has been nominated for 10 BRIT awards over the years, winning 2, and was voted the UK’s favourite artist ever in 2006 in a poll conducted by Commercial Radio - As if that wasn’t enough he received the same award the following year! 

GuilFest are delighted to welcome Will to the line up at Stoke Park this summer.
English rock pioneers The Stranglers will be celebrating their 25th anniversary supporting Motorhead on the GuilFest Main Stage on Friday 10th July 2009.  Originally called The Guildford Stranglers, first forming locally in Guildford in 1974, the bands straight talking approach gave them the reputation as aggressive and confrontational with their notoriety later embraced by the punk movement of 1977. This led to their debut single 'Grip' and their legendary first album Rattus Norvegicus.  This was followed by such hits as ‘Peaches’, ‘No More Heroes’, ‘5 Minutes’, ‘Duchess’, ‘Something Better Change’, ‘Always the Sun’ and their ultimate classic ‘Golden Brown’.
To date the bands success boasts 24 top 40 singles and 18 top 40 albums over the last 25 years – GuilFest are delighted to welcome the band back to their home turf to rock the Main Stage.
Punk Reggae outfit The King Blues are set to headline the Rocksound Rock Cave at GuilFest on Sunday 12th July.  Over the past 5 years The King Blues have toured all the best rock venues in the UK, playing at Wembley arena supporting hard-fi, headlining Dingwalls and the Islington Academy, playing at some of the top festivals and enjoying airplay on BBC Radio 1 - Zane Lowe has been championing their sound on his show since October 2008.  Don’t miss what promises to be a truly excellent experience in the RockSound cave at GuilFest 2009.
Other festival attractions include the awesome Funky End Tent this year headlined by Eat Static on Friday 10th July, the Acoustic Stage, The Rock Disco, the new 70s disco, the eFestivals Cosmic Comedy Stage, The Man In The Moon Theatre Tent, The UNISONzone, and the incredibly popular Farmer Giles’ Barn Dance - so get on down and grab your partner for a bit of “Dosey – Doh!” - Superb cocktail bars, street performers, great arts and crafts, a fabulous selection of food from around the world and, as usual, the massive 150’ long bar means nobody has to wait very long for refreshment!

Children will find the KidZone by far the best to date with loads of fun, games, theatre and activities, not to mention the face painting!

The festival caters for visitors with disabilities – both the Main and 2nd stages have viewing platforms and the festival also provides a dedicated camping area, toilet facilities and stewards to facilitate your enjoyment of GuilFest.  Car parking is right next to the festival site so no long walks heaving camping gear for anybody. Visitors with disabilities are recommended to visit the Accessibility pages on the festivals web site.

Facilities adjacent to Stoke Park include The Guildford Lido which is only 2 minutes walk and The Spectrum Leisure Centre, great for hot showers, sauna or a swim.  The historic town is itself only 10minutes walk away and has shops, cafes restaurants, bars and pubs galore; Guildford even has its own castle!

For a full line up of bands, attractions and facilities please visit our website  

GuilFest 2009 looks set to be the most successful to date and tickets are selling fast so get your tickets quick!

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Visitor information: 01483 454159   



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