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May 13th 2009:
Skaville UK, Los Albertos, & Tom Middleton, all confirmed for GuilFest 2009!!!

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All-star UK Ska super-group Skaville UK join the bill on the Main Stage on Sunday 12th July.  Comprising three original members of Bad Manners (Nick Welsh, Louis Alphonso and Martin Stewart) as well as double grammy award winning drummer Al Fletcher, Skaville UK are quite simply one of the best live ska bands in the UK. 

Keeping on this years ska revival tip, Los Albertos, confirmed for the Ents24 Stage on Saturday 11th July, are a six-piece ensemble of trilby adorned ska-dance protagonists who’ve been transmitting their hi-energy melodies to the nation since their formation in 2002. Christened by the barmaid at their debut gig, their fistful of grinning 2-tone skank with a twist of Santana has drawn attention from far beyond the pebbled beaches of their hometown Brighton, leading to regular appearances at Glastonbury and Beautiful Days festivals.  2009 sees the release of Los Albertos’ third album of musical tureen; Dish It Up, released on May 11th – proclaimed as “their biggest, bounciest, ass-shakingly awesome album to date.” Organisers are delighted to welcome the band to GuilFest for the first time.

Tom Middleton, recording artist, music producer, remixer and DJ will take to the decks in The Funky End Dance Tent on Sunday 12th July before DJ Yoda.  A classically trained pianist and cellist, Middleton has worked Aphex Twin, Mark Pritchard, and many other top electronica artists.  Specialising in experimental techno, ambient music, electro funk and house music and really just any forms of dance music, Tom has become famous for his ability to seamlessly switch between styles and please crowds with whatever he plays. 

These three fantastic artists join what many are calling the best GuilFest line ever! – Announced so far on the Main Stage (this year sponsored by University of Surrey) on Friday are the amazing Motorhead, supported by old-Guildfordians, The Stranglers. Saturday features the legendary Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys, headlining, with support from The Charlatans, Athlete, and Linda Lewis; Whilst on Sunday, the Main Stage is headlined by mad mancunians Happy Mondays, with The Wailers, The Beat and Skaville UK also on the bill.  There are many more top acts still to be announced on the Main Stage over the next 8 weeks.

The Ents24 stage this year is also looking stronger than ever, with acclaimed punk jazz ironists Nouvelle Vague headlining Friday, supported by Imelda May; Blues guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa headlining Saturday, supported by The Lightning Seeds with Eddi Reader, Los Albertos, Subgiant and Wobbly Squadron.  Sunday will be headlined by the incredibly popular Will Young, with September, Ironik, fugitive and lots more acts to be confirmed.

Opening both the Main and Ents24 Stages on Saturday and Sunday will be the wonderful Rock Choir.  The 800 strong outfit will create a spectacle of slick choreographed routines and a wall of tremendous harmony to create the opening showcase for both stages.

The Rocksound Cave, as ever, has a superb line up of the best the UK rock scene has to offer with The King Blues, We are The Ocean, Ghost of a Thousand, Hexes, Sharks and Brotherhood of the Lake announced so far and loads more to be announced very soon including Friday and Saturday’s headline acts – watch this space! 

The Funky End Dance Tent boasts the best the UK dance scene has to offer on all three days, with Eat Static headlining on Friday, supported by Chris Liberator, Mood Deluxe Live, Liquid Ross and IPcress amongst others.  A Pendulum DJ set featuring MC Jakes tops the bill on Saturday, supported by dubstep pioneer Rusko and Nagual Sound Experiment, while on Sunday the tent will be headlined by crowd pleaser DJ Yoda, with support from the legendary Tom Middleton.  Aside from world class DJs, this tent will also feature a state of the art soundsystem, full colour lasers and lighting, projections, and décor throughout.

The Surrey Advertiser and Ben Sherman live club stages will be on site, bringing a brilliant mix of the best unsigned bands to the festival.  Running all day long on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this is where you may just catch “the next big thing!” 

Elsewhere, the eFestivals Cosmic Comedy Tent is back - this year featuring headliners Robin Ince, Bob Mills and Alistair Barrie plus a whole host of other comedians to tickle your ribs.  The Acoustic Lounge returns with a yet to be announced line up of acoustic acts, as do the The Man in the Moon Theatre Tent, The Rock Disco, Farmer Giles Barn Dance, 70s Disco, The UnisonZone, The KidZone and numerous impromptu street performances on site. As well as our massive 150ft Bar, there will be numerous Cocktail Bars and stalls purveying food and drink from around the world, all in a family friendly atmosphere you simply wont find anywhere else.

We even have the fabulous Guildford Lido for outdoor swimming and showers, and Guildford Spectrum leisure centre for indoor swimming and various other activities right next door!

The campsite opens @ 10am Thursday morning, while the main site opens 10am Friday Morning.  Make sure you’re in the campsite on Thursday night for our bar and disco.

Tickets still available – Buy now to avoid disappointment at:

http://www.guilfest.co.uk or call 08714240050

 

 

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