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May 13th 2009:
Toploader, Ginger, Lisa Hannigan, Neck & more added to the GuilFest 2009 line up!!!


Toploader are confirmed for the Main Stage sponsored by University of Surrey on Saturday 11th July.  Formed in Eastbourne in 1997, the feel good white soul band enjoyed huge chart success in a relatively short space of time, hitting the number 4 and number 3 spots in the UK charts with their first two albums, Onka’s Big Moka and Magic Hotel.  Onka’s Big Moka sold over 1.7 million copies and contained the hit Toploader are most famous for, “Dancing in the Moonlight” – A track that has achieved global success on a huge scale.

Having split up in 2003, the band has reformed for 2009 - GuilFest are delighted to have Toploader performing their classic hits on the Main Stage at this year’s festival.

Rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Ginger will be entertaining crowds on the Main Stage on Friday 10th July.  Lead singer of seminal English rock band The Wildhearts, Ginger has become an icon of the nation’s rock scene, notching up a massive 13 top 40 singles and releasing over 17 studio albums (either solo or under his various guises, including several incarnations of The Wildhearts) and selling out venues wherever he goes, playing to packed crowds of his loyal fans.

Acclaimed singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lisa Hannigan will be performing on the Ents24 stage on Sunday 12th July at GuilFest 2009.  Best known for her work with Damien Rice, Lisa has forged success recently as a solo artist – releasing her debut album Sea Sew last year to universal praise from critics and receiving a Choice music prize nomination as well as two Meteor music nominations for Irish album of the year, best Irish album and best Irish female respectively.  Fresh from her recent appearance on Later… with Jools Holland, Lisa will be supporting Will Young at this year’s festival.

London-Irish band Neck will be performing on the Ents24 stage on Friday 10th July. A leading force in the Folk Punk scene over the past 8 years, Neck’s exhilarating live shows have earned them a massive following and bookings at events and festivals all over the world.  Their sound combines traditional Irish music (fiddle, tin whistle, uilleann pipes and banjo) with full on punk, creating a swirling energy that’s bound to get you dancing. 

Also newly confirmed for this year’s festival are Simon Friend from the Levellers performing an acoustic set and The Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra playing a special performance of ABBA’s greatest hits; both on Sunday 12th July on the Ents24 stage. Indie three piece The Le Brocks, and country roots rockers Two Fingers of Firewater have been added to the bill as well, performing on Saturday 11th July on the Ents24 stage.  There are still loads more acts to be confirmed, including a few big names that will be revealed in the coming weeks.

The additions in this announcement join a massive line up of artists, widely regarded as the best ever at GuilFest, including: Motorhead, Brian Wilson, Happy Mondays, The Wailers, Will Young, The Charlatans, Athlete, The Stranglers, Joe Bonamassa, The Lightning Seeds, Eddi Reader, The Beat, Linda Lewis, Skaville UK, Los Albertos, 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, Tom Middleton, Subgiant, Mood Deluxe Live, Liquid Ross, IPcress, Subsource, Wobbly Squadron and The Rock Choir.

Other festival attractions include the acoustic stage, The rock disco, the brand new 70s disco, the eFestivals Cosmic Comedy Stage, The Man In The Moon Theatre Tent, The KidZone, The UNISONzone, the incredibly popular Farmer Giles’ Barn Dance, superb cocktail bars, street performers, great arts and crafts stalls, 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!

The festival caters for visitors with disabilities – both the Main and 2nd stages have viewing platforms - and the dedicated camping area in leafy Stoke park is close by and easily accessible.  Car parking is also right next to the festival site so no long walks heaving camping gear are necessary for anybody. Visitors with disabilities are recommended to visit the accessibility pages on the festival’s web site.

GuilFest 2009 looks set to be by far the most successful to date – book your tickets now to avoid disappointment!

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