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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.
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?