And the Sponsorships are rolling in ...


What a day at Rugfest Towers - following some scurrilous reporting by our mates at the Oxford Mail the sponsors have started rolling in !! We are delighted to welcome back the Marvellous James Gesner - estate agent and man of legend (as well as steel).It’s not just Ges but we are also joined by our great mates at The Old Post Office who will be sponsoring our Huuuuuumunguos bar. Add to that HPIv - Durkan Cahill - Wallingford Tyres and Exhausts and Haynes Garage and you can see why we feel so loved.! They are very special and if you want to see more click through to here

If you or your business want to be involved with Wallingford’s Summer Music Festival then contact us here

We have lots of different packages to suit everyone xx

First Big Sponsor

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Our Festival has one huge, huge bar and we know that all the great music and fun creates some very thirsty Festival goers. What better then than a thirst quenching drop from our mates at LODDON. @Loddonbrewery have been our beer sponsors since we started the Festival and were the first to put their hands up to support us once again. So we are delighted to announce that LODDON ARE BEER SPONSORS FOR RUGFEST 2019.

15 year in the making Loddon have been producing award winning great beers in Oxfordshire and for the last 11 years they have been a staple of the Rugfest bar.

Loddon is a great example of superb Local product, something we aim for wherever practical, but Loddon ale is something else. A selection of Ales will form the backbone to our substantial bar and expect our usual Rugfest bitter, talking to Chris there may be a few other surprises in store as our local Goliath is constantly adding to the offering.

If you haven't been to their tap room in Dunsden Green or watched a 6 nations game in the heart of the brewery we think you are missing something and membership of their beer club is a Valentines gift that cannot possibly go wrong, check for more details.




Here is the PRESS RELEASE from our Mates at Blues and Beer - A Wallingford Bastion cruelly cut down in it’s prime last year - Frankly we are delighted to give these fellas a platform and hope to see them restored to their pomp in years to come . They bring with them some simply amazing bands who fit the mould of our rocking Friday night perfectly - Welcome back !

Press Release follows:

Just when we thought we’d lost our mojo it’s been handed it back to us by Rugfest. Our “brothers with the strange shaped balls” are handing-off to us this amazing opportunity to relaunch a one night only Wallingford Blues & Beer Festival on Friday 21 June 2019. This is going to be an awesome partnership.

The Line Out:

Climax Blues Band - charting in the 60’s & 70’s this blues rock seven piece has many of its founding members.

Papa George Band - blues journeyman on both sides of the Atlantic and a fantastic support to The Blockheads for us back in 2014

HipRoute - blues with a groove, from Wiltshire. These dudes should have played in 2017 & it’s great they’ll make our comeback memorable.

Vincent White Band - local boys with cracking slide guitar blues.

The Pitch - a much improved offering:

unlimited tickets (not restricted to 500 as before) & children now admitted

concessions under 16 & over 65 years

Only £15 for four bands & music afterwards

extended opening from 18:00 to 01:00 hours

on site camping & more food choices/ more space/ more fun….

Our last six nights were a sell out and we’re keen to build on that success. If we do then we could be a stand alone festival again in 2020 - what a vision that would be.., and you could be part of it.

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