We Love Loddon

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We are very happy to announce our big secret and that is that we have been working with our great friends and sponsors at Loddon Brewery with festival goers in mind.

Their Master Brewer has worked late into the night slaving over a hot Mash and has created a libation for your delectation. 2018 sees the arrival of the Limited Edition Rugfest Ale.

Rugfest Ale at 3.8% ABV is the perfect Session Ale for quaffing steadily throughout the day and night, whilst listening to the marvellous bands on the Rugfest stage and enjoying the fantastic Summer Weather. 

When Chris Hearn Master Brewer asked us for our opinion, what else could we say but:

IT'S SO LOVERLEE !  - more cheese anyone?


It's George's weekend


Goring celebrates George

If you are anywhere near Goring on Rugfest Weekend, then it is undoubtedly worth dropping by and particularly if you are a George Michael fan (Lovely). 

RUGFEST are delighted to join the celebrations and before playing in Goring, the wonderful George Michael Tribute James Bermingham will be performing at Rugfest on Saturday 23rd afternoon.

"James hopes to keep the musical brilliance of George Michael alive in his tribute performances to one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time. I don’t think you'll be disappointed if you can make it out for one of his great Tribute shows. But hey, make your own decision. Just remember to Listen Without Prejudice and have Faith!"

Goring-on-Thames is the home of the late George Michael, George sadly died in his home, Mill Cottage, at Goring-on-Thames on Christmas Day 2016, aged 53 years. He formed the group Wham! in 1981 with his school friend, Andrew Ridgeley. The following year when George was 19 the duo’s first single “Young Guns (Go for it) was released it was a smash UK hit, reaching number three. George was also a songwriter, record producer and philanthropist. He was best known in the 1980’s and 1990’s with hit singles such as “Wake Me Up Before You Go- Go” and “Last Christmas” and albums such as “Faith” and “Listen without Prejudice Vol.1”. Until his death George Michael had sold more than 115 million records worldwide making him one of the best selling music artists of all time. His breakthrough duo Wham! Sold 28 million records between 1982 and 1986 and his debut solo album “Faith” sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. He achieved seven number one singles in the UK and ranks among the best selling British acts of all time. He also achieved eight number one songs on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, including “Careless Whisper” and “Praying for Time” and in 2008 he was ranked 40th on Billboard’s list of Greatest Hot 100 Artists of All Time. George also won various music awards over his 30 year career.

Goring looks to celebrate George's birthday on the 25th June and "The OFFICIAL George Michael Birthday Tribute Weekend in Goring 2018" team will be running some official events on Sunday 24th June to complement the many other events in the town across the weekend.

Love to Rock ?


Ipsden Rocks !

It certainly does ! Get your rock on and head down to Ipsden on Saturday the 12th May and see local bands such as the rather fabulous Six feet of Snow (previous rugfesters) and others. 

Doors at 6pm first band at 7 so in the meantime grab a beer from their fully stocked bar - Parking is free and The Echo Headline. sounds great to us




It's all about the badger !

House band is an easily thrown around term; but Quadrophobe are literally just that. Coming originally from Wantage this gang of friends formed Quadrophobe, a beautiful and boisterous ska band to while away the lonely hours, singing songs of love, space adventure and black and white super powered nocturnal mammals. Fate and Life kicked in and our heroes dissipated to all points of the compass (some say to avoid capture) but once a year the magnetism of Rugfest draws them back to our main stage and the carnival frivolity restarts. We are so glad to see them as there is clearly only one Rugfest and only one Quadrophobe - accept no imitations x

James Gesner Estate Agents - New Sponsor

What an absolute belter of a day at Rugfest Towers !


The Rugfest Team are beyond delighted to let you know that the wonderful James Gesner has become our Kids Zone sponsor. A family man with four kids, it is typical of James to get involved; his ceaseless work for charity is an example to all of us. If you want to see more about James Gesner the estate agents or "Ges" the man then have a look at our sponsors page here.

Footsteps Named as Charity


We are absolutely delighted to announce Footsteps Foundation as our nominated charity this year. 

Footsteps Foundation provides financial assistance to families in need of support, enabling children with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders to access the Footsteps therapy programme.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 400 children in the UK is born with cerebral palsy.
  •  55% of disabled children grow up in, or on the margins of poverty.
  • The cost of bringing up a disabled child can be 3 times greater than that of raising a child without disabilities.

Because of this, we help those families that want to bring their children for the specialist life-changing Footsteps therapy, but would find the costs difficult to cover.

Footsteps Foundation will be manning our Ticket and Wristband Booth so please dig deep these guys are marvellous 

I Suspect something.....


The only band to have played every Rugfest since its inception, Unusual Suspects return in 2018 to close the Friday nights festivities. The boys have been playing together for 15 years this year and have played (and drunk) in every pub in Wallingford plus featured in most festivals in the surrounding area and supported local charity gigs wherever possible.  Their mix of rock classics always gets the crowd dancing and bouncing and this year will be no exception.  Rugfest wouldn't be Rugfest without the Unusual Suspects would it....?

All the fun of the Ciircus

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Local Boys, Ciircus Street are about to embark on their first tour of the UK; so you will indeed be able to say you saw them at Rugfest before they made it Big.. However to fund that tour the boys are using Pledge Music as a fundraiser - so if you want to give them a hand have a click - buy a download or even have them to play live from your living room !