More than just music: Family comes first at Rugfest

Since its formation in 1967 Wallingford Rugby Club has prided itself on being a family-oriented club. Generations of families have represented the club over the years and still actively play across age groups. Naturally this ethos also underpins Rugfest and the festival has been curated to reflect the rugby club’s diverse membership and appeal to all the family.

 For the youngest in your household there is plenty of free entertainment to keep them happy throughout the weekend. All children love arts and crafts as much as parents love good music and food, so we’ve set up stations where kids can get creative and hands-on, and the best thing of all is you don’t have to clear up the mess!

 There’s also a kids’ stage with various drama workshops and opportunities to try out circus skills and play new musical instruments. The Bhangra dancing crew will also be ready to teach your kids (and you) all of their moves, so get ready to ‘change the lightbulb’ and learn some traditional Indian dance moves. 

 The fun doesn’t stop there and if you still need to let off some steam then bust some moves in the silent disco or seek revenge from that last family squabble in the giant Zorb balls. There will be bungee jumpers and bouncy castles too, so plenty of opportunities to expend energy and bring a smile to all.

 So round up the family, pack up the bags, and see you at Rugfest!

Rugfest is a fun-packed weekend for the whole family and priced very reasonably:

 

·       Early Pricing discount still exists for weekend passes

·       Adult (16yrs +) Friday night session: £15

·       Adult (16yrs +) Saturday day pass: £30

·       Adult (16yrs +) Sunday day pass: £20

·       Adult (16yrs +) Weekend pass: £55

·       Over 65’s and Under 16’s Weekend Pass: £15

·       Children Under 13 are free (when accompanied by an adult) 

·       On site camping: available for £7.00 per person for two nights.

For more information visit www.rugfest.org

 

Photos available on request

Contact Us:

Please contact The Rugfest Marketing Manager, for further information:

Email: rugfest@yahoo.co.uk Mobile: 07774 765773

  

Band info

Brit Award-nominated band The Feeling first burst onto the scene in 2006 with their debut Top 10 UK hit ‘Sewn’. The band’s debut album, Twelve Stops And Home, followed in June 2006. It was a huge success, selling 1.5 million copies worldwide (with platinum sales of over 900,000 in Britain).

Along with ‘Sewn’, the album also included the bona fide hit singles ‘Fill My Little World’, ‘Never Be Lonely’ and ‘Love It When You Call’. Accompanying airplay made them the most played act on British radio that year, receiving 97,436 spins (or 267 a day). In due course, the band won the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Songwriters of the Year.  In 2018, the band decided to play a one-off show at The Apollo Theatre, London to celebrate twelve years since their album ‘12 Stops and Home’. The show sold out in minutes, and proved to be such a joyous, triumphant occasion that the band and fans were left wanting more. The 12 Years and Home tour was soon put on sale, which again sold out, and marked the band’s triumphant return in late 2018.

But that is not all, Rugfest will also be hosting: Freak Power the greasy, illegitimate love child of Beats International and Microgroove. They recorded their first studio album in Brighton in 1993, using a combination of tunes adapted from what was intended to be two albums, the first being the Beats International follow up to Excursion on The Version and the Microgroove follow up to The Human Groove.

Supporting The Feeling is the remarkably talented GALAXY THIEF are a 4-piece indie pop band from the South coast of England who bring a fresh vibe to the pop/rock sound.  Launching as Galaxy Thief in February 2017, they gave over 40 live performances throughout the UK (including main stage at the British Grand Prix and The Invaders of the Future stage at BESTIVAL), wrote and recorded their first EP ‘Mind Games’ and released two singles ‘For A Bad Time’ and ‘Money!’, both of which have received significant radio play including BBC Introducing and Radio Caroline with interviews on a number of regional radio stations.

Also, on the bill are My Darling Clementine: MDC continue to tour in support of their incredible latest album, ‘Still Testifying’, which as described by Uncut magazine is ‘where gospel, country and southern soul happily collide… it is terrific.’ With ‘Still Testifying’ Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish have adopted a more soulful and gospel approach and the album, like its predecessors, has been greatly hailed in both Europe and America.

 

140-character sell:

Britpop royalty The Feeling will headline this year’s Rugfest on 21-23 June in Wallingford. It’s set to be a superb weekend for all the family

 

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Britpop royalty The Feeling will headline this year’s Rugfest on 21-23 June in Wallingford. Joined by Freak Power, Galaxy Thief, The Echo, and in partnership with Wallingford Beer & Blues, it’s set to be a superb weekend for all the family

Tickets on Sale Locally

We have released tickets to a variety of local agents; for those of you what love the feel of one our saucy hardcore physical goodies !!!

In recent years we have sold tickets in the Emporia and Bazaars of Downtown Wallingford and Didcot but this year for the first time we will be making ourselves available to the good folks of OXFORD itself as those good guys at THE GRAPES have taken us to their hearts. So if you are near George Street and ache for a proper that was built in 1820, then the Grapes is one of Oxford’s landmark pubs. Steeped in history but freshly up to date with a cosy interior and a broad range of beers from 13 keg taps and 7 cask lines, alongside a delicious, yet simple food offering and a selection of wines, artisan spirits and soft drinks.

What’s more all our agents have even got a limited number of Tier 2 Weekend Early bird tickets too - Don’t say we don’t love you xx Click here to find where …..

Bands Bands - Bands !!!!!!

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[Follow through on all these clicks and you can see the days and the bands in much more detail - with videos and loads of info.]

What an absolute array of bands over 3 days !! delighted to have our mates at Wallingford Blues and Beer co-hosting on Friday night and bringing us music from the likes of the Climax Blues Band. Papa George and Hip Route - with talk of an open mic in the bar. Moving to Saturday and you will have a little of everything. The Day’s Music begins at 11 am with the Solo Vocal Talents of Jack Barnes providing a rousing set of singalong classics to gently ease your head back into the game.

At Noon local Oxford band The Fooz Fighters bring their take on Foo Fighter classics, ably described as being to ugly to be a tribute band the guys provide rousing covers. Next up C U Tuesday, Indie originals and covers band with a huge local following and at 2:30 pm it is the turn of The Mighty WUB to rock your afternoon.

at 3:30 pm we go back to the 90’s and celebrate a decade of brilliance with The Britpop Boys.

At 5:30 pm we introduce the first of our headline bands. Multi million selling and Ivor Novello award winning superstars The Feeling will perform their numerous hits to thrill the Rugfest crowd. We are so happy to have these guys on board this year and we know that this is going to be the start of a very special night at Rugfest.

7 pm and Festival stars Galaxy Thief take over. Pop/Rock at it’s finest, a mixture of their own outstanding material with some wonderful, well known covers, this young four piece band from Dorset are set to go far.

At Rugfest 2018 RSVP Bhangra led one of their master classes in Bhangra Dance. This Year we have asked Judge and the band to come back and see how you have been getting on. The video of our Local emergency services engaged in a dance off was massive and we know from your feedback you simply love to dance. 9:30 pm stage time.

Closing the main stage on Saturday Night we are delighted to have another well known name. FreakPower bring their anarchic mix of Acid House, funk, soul and trip hop to ensure that you will be funkin’ your way till the late. Turn on, tune in and cop out before you hit the late night bar where our legendary disco will help you wind down before you hit your tent.

Sunday and we start all over again, so gird your livers and loins and join us at 11 am when your Sunday sojourn is delightfully disturbed by the guitar genius that is Rory Evans.

At Noon to ease you back into the day we have the simply stunning vocal of Ophelia Ray and her band, for your early afternoon delectation. Reminiscent of Kate Bush and Florence these guys were a late but very welcome to the Rugfest Roster.

1 pm The delightful Fleur Stevenson continues to rouse your senses with her take on Jazz and standards and more, much more….then at 2 pm we are very excited to announce a first set at Rugfest for the brilliant Alboa turning up the volume a notch to rock you to life

and at 3 pm we change direction again and are really looking forward to the dulcet tones of My Darling Clementine - Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish continue to tour with their incredible new album Still Testifying - which Uncut magazine described as “where gospel, country and southern soul happily collide. It’s terrific”

Rugfest would not be Rugfest without our house band - with a massive following Ian and the boys will live up to their reputation at 4 pm buy ensuring that The Unusual Suspects will rock your afternoon.

At 5:00 pm its the turn of the 2Tone All Ska’s a 6 piece band that covers your 2Tone favourites and many more to get you moon-stomping and skanking into the early evening.

6 pm and the Lightyears bring their brand of sweeping piano-led pop; recommended if you like Elbow, Keane, Coldplay, Death Cab, Damien Rice a combination of staggering covers and their own music that will have you singing along and loving life.

From 8 pm Rugfest 2019 Main stage will close this year to the brilliant sound of the Echo. If you visited our sister festival Bunkfest last year you will know the Echo from their storming final set that had a massive crowd almost refusing to leave. The Echo played an outstanding gig and are frankly the band that the expression “one more song” is made for. Described as a passionate set of music celebrating the very best of Maximum British Power Pop! What better way to end an amazing weekend of music and fun?

Here's a great chance.....

For you and your business to get closer to Rugfest

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Rugfest has established itself firmly on the Oxfordshire calendar standing shoulder to shoulder with many of Wallingford towns'other brilliant events and is now quite rightly recognised as “Wallingford’s Summer Music Festival”, a highlight of the early Summer that is much talked about and much loved. Now in its Eleventh year and hosted by Wallingford Rugby club, this ever expanding summer festival offers fans the very best musical talent from across the country, tons of activities for all the family and a superb range of beverages and cuisine.

The Festival attracts people from all over Oxfordshire the surrounding counties & across the country, allowing our sponsors the following great opportunities;

- Over 5,000 visitors are expected this year.

- Rugfest advertising and sponsorship offers a direct link to your community and beyond, delivering enhanced brand awareness and driving brand values.

- Rugfest advertising and sponsorship provides great, value for money, exposure for your business to a broad family demographic.

- Advertising and sponsorship offers you corporate credibility by involving your Company in Wallingford’s huge music movement, the envy of many Towns & Cities.

- Advertising and sponsorship this year also helps sustain Blues and Beer a nationally recognised festival; not only opening access to potential customers from a new national fan base, but allowing you to be further involved in the Live Music movement.

- Advertising and sponsorship also gives back; as Rugfest provides assistance to a number of fabulous charities, including our own Wallingford Rugby Club whose focus is on providing better facilities for sport regardless of age gender or ability.

Take your chance as we have advertising deals that start from £100 and sponsorship that could allow you or your business huge exposure at this amazing family friendly festival.

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Feeling great for 2019's Rugfest - Press Release 1

Wallingford’s Summer Music Festival, Rugfest 2019 –

21st/ 23rd June 2019 at Hithercroft Sports Park – Wallingford

 

2019 sees the return of Rugfest; bigger, better, and longer than ever before! Over the space of three days, festival goers will experience the very best musical talent from across the country, tonnes of activities for all the family and a superb range of beverages and cuisine to make it a memorable weekend for all.

The festival takes place from Friday 21st June through to Sunday 23rd June 2019 and is held at the Hithercroft Sports Park in Wallingford, Oxfordshire. Hosted by Wallingford Rugby Club and, new for 2019, now in partnership with Wallingford Beer and Blues Festival. Having been cancelled in 2017, Friday night at Rugfest will bring this much-loved event back to the community, where Climax Blues Band, Papa George Band and Hip Route will bring the very best of Blues to open what’s set to be a barnstorming weekend.

Last year Rugfest celebrated its 10th year in style, welcoming nearly 5,000 festival goers over two days, culminating in a feel-good set from Britpop legends Scouting for Girls. This year the organisers are delighted to announce International superstars The Feeling as the first headliners for Saturday, playing at the family-friendly time of 17.30. The UK rock band, who are Ivor Novello award winners, have a number 1 UK album to their name, along with multiple top-ten hits such as ‘Never Be Lonely’ and Fill My Little World’.  They’ve played Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, Wembley Stadium, and now they’re bringing their greatest hits to Rugfest! Closing Saturday night’s entertainment will be the second headliners Freak Power, the energetic funk band formed by Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) and Ashley Slater in the early 1990’s. Best known for their iconic hit “Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out", they will bring an explosive set to conclude Saturday’s fun, so get ready to dance a lot! Also, on show on Saturday will be RSVP Bhangra, Galaxy Thief, The Britpop Boys and more.

The fun continues into Sunday this year and you can expect more of the same with Rugfest’s House Rock Band, The Unusual Suspects at 16.00. They’ll be joined by My Darling Clementine, the 2Tone All Ska’s and Lightyears, before The Echo close the festival with their tour de force of the very best British rock, pop and ska.

The diverse music for all to enjoy is only part of the Rugfest experience. Aiming to be a truly family-friendly event, there is something to enjoy for all ages, from a Mini Bhangra dance lesson to Jan’s Blackboard Van, Zorb Balls to an Arts and Crafts tent. It doesn’t stop there; Bouncy Castles, Bungee Runs, Blow up Boxing, high flying trampolines, Face Painting and, if they’re still standing, a silent disco!

Rugfest strives to bring its punters the very best local food and drink, with something for everyone, no matter your taste. Variety is the key with a wide selection of Gin from the mixologists of Wallingford's Old Post Office, Ales from sponsors Loddon Brewery – Lagers and chilled ciders from across the country.

Rugfest is a fun-packed weekend for the whole family and priced very reasonably:

·       Adult (16yrs +) Friday night session: £15

·       Adult (16yrs +) Saturday day pass: £30

·       Adult (16yrs +) Sunday day pass: £20

·       Adult (16yrs +) Weekend pass: £55

·       Over 65’s and Under 16’s Weekend Pass: £15

·       Children Under 13 are free (when accompanied by an adult) 

·       On site camping: available for £7.00 per person for two nights.

For more information visit www.rugfest.org

 

Photos available on request

Contact Us:

Please contact The Rugfest Marketing Manager, for further information:

Email: rugfest@yahoo.co.uk Mobile: 07774 765773

 

Band info

Brit Award-nominated band The Feeling first burst onto the scene in 2006 with their debut Top 10 UK hit ‘Sewn’. The band’s debut album, Twelve Stops And Home, followed in June 2006. It was a huge success, selling 1.5 million copies worldwide (with platinum sales of over 900,000 in Britain).

Along with ‘Sewn’, the album also included the bona fide hit singles ‘Fill My Little World’, ‘Never Be Lonely’ and ‘Love It When You Call’. Accompanying airplay made them the most played act on British radio that year, receiving 97,436 spins (or 267 a day). In due course, the band won the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Songwriters of the Year.  In 2018, the band decided to play a one-off show at The Apollo Theatre, London to celebrate twelve years since their album ‘12 Stops and Home’. The show sold out in minutes, and proved to be such a joyous, triumphant occasion that the band and fans were left wanting more. The 12 Years and Home tour was soon put on sale, which again sold out, and marked the band’s triumphant return in late 2018.

But that is not all, Rugfest will also be hosting: Freak Power the greasy, illegitimate love child of Beats International and Microgroove. They recorded their first studio album in Brighton in 1993, using a combination of tunes adapted from what was intended to be two albums, the first being the Beats International follow up to Excursion on The Version and the Microgroove follow up to The Human Groove.

Supporting The Feeling is the remarkably talented GALAXY THIEF are a 4-piece indie pop band from the South coast of England who bring a fresh vibe to the pop/rock sound.  Launching as Galaxy Thief in February 2017, they gave over 40 live performances throughout the UK (including main stage at the British Grand Prix and The Invaders of the Future stage at BESTIVAL), wrote and recorded their first EP ‘Mind Games’ and released two singles ‘For A Bad Time’ and ‘Money!’, both of which have received significant radio play including BBC Introducing and Radio Caroline with interviews on a number of regional radio stations.

Also, on the bill are My Darling Clementine: MDC continue to tour in support of their incredible latest album, ‘Still Testifying’, which as described by Uncut magazine is ‘where gospel, country and southern soul happily collide… it is terrific.’ With ‘Still Testifying’ Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish have adopted a more soulful and gospel approach and the album, like its predecessors, has been greatly hailed in both Europe and America.

Food Stalls

If you love your Festival food then we have the line up for you ..

Brilliant Burgers and Sausages from Top Dog.

Our Mates from Lowe Powe Noodles return again.

Santo Taco will be bringing the heat with their Handmade Gluten Free Tortillas.

and for the first time we are Hugely Excited to Welcome The Happy Gurkha team a team of retired former Gurkhas who cook scrumptious curries and Nepalese Nosh.

If you are feeling the need for a cuppa then Polka Dots n Teapots will provide with a vintage twist.

Pancakes from Jessecco or a classic ice cream from Shepherds - we think we have it all covered !

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