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.