This year’s Festival is going to be a real treat. We’ve got something for everybody, there will be something for all the family. We’ve got music, dance, comedy and family entertainment like Cricklade has never seen before. As usual it won’t cost you a penny so please come on down and enjoy yourself for the day.
Here are some of the great acts that you can expect to see this year…
Two Left Feet
Two Left Feet by Stickleback Plasticus features Couple No. 69, Yvonne and Barry, a pair of neurotic suburban glitter queens ostracised by the world of competition ballroom dancing.
Outlaws of the dance floors, Couple No 69 are the epitome of glittering sophistication in retina searing sequins, yet display the inevitable tensions of two huge egos in a very tight space (and very tight costumes).
Their show is built on physical comedy, dance, acrobatics, audience participation and plenty of improvised fun. Guaranteed to appeal to audiences young and old, their aims are simple; to generate laughter, to promote playfulness and thus save the world…!
Don’t miss their hysterically funny antics on the Street Stage at 12.15 and 2.55pm.
The Rock Choir
The Rock Choir is described as being the UK’s original, and the world’s largest, contemporary choir. It was started in Surrey in 2005 and was the first choir to offer people the chance to sing pop, rock and chart songs with no entry requirements and now boasts of over 25,000 members who come together enjoying the experience.
They sing at many life changing events, such as festivals, charity events, residential homes, Abbey Road recording studios and many more. Enjoy the sounds of this multi layered singing group and see what the power of music can do for you! We won’t have all 25,000 choir members with us for this show, but they are still going to fill the High Street with their amazing voices!
The Rock Choir are performing on the main stage at 3.30pm
Fretless and Friends
What better way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon than to sit back and listen to some fantastic traditional jazz – and you won’t get better than Fretless & Friends.
They have been entertaining audiences since the early 1990s, performing at venues throughout the UK, including many festivals such as the brilliant Cricklade Festival (on numerous occasions)!
Ray Butt, the leader of the band, is one of the area’s most renowned jazz musicians and has been performing with dance, show and jazz bands for many years.
Fretless & Friends will be providing happy, foot-tapping and infectious sounds on the Main Stage at 11.40 and on the Street Stage at 12.55pm.
Each year our very own brass band starts the festival with a medley of tunes that sets the tone for the day. This is one of Cricklade’s oldest and busiest organisations, formed in 1887 with 30+ musicians delivering a highly professional and hugely successful sound.
The band plays for ceremonial events, festivals, religious services, air shows and processions, not to mention their own dance parties throughout the year. We are proud to have them open the festival each year – it wouldn’t be the same without them.
The Cricklade Band will be leading the procession at 11am and will perform immediately afterwards near the Jubilee Clock – come along and show your support.
By the way, they are always keen to welcome new members – are you a budding or accomplished musician? Just get in touch with them and say hello. They will be thrilled to meet you.
Shed of Stories
“The doors are opened, words and stories tumble out, music and laughter begins to fill the air and then, as if by magic, children start to arrive.”
The Shed of Stories – new to this year’s festival – is a multipurpose performance space. Stories are told by performers both inside and outside the shed. Classic tales are told as well as new writing and even improvised stories. Anything to suit the children.
Tales will be told at various intervals throughout the day. Between story times the shed becomes a pop-up library where children and families can read together. There will also be a small writing desk with paper and pencils where older children can pen their next masterpiece.
You can find Shed of Stories in the Festival Field with storytime starting every 45 minutes.
The Alternative Drum School
As part of the 10th birthday celeberations of Cricklade’s very own Alternative Drum School, they will be giving you the opportunity to come and see what it is they do. The Festival will be a chance for you to watch pupils demonstrate what they’ve learned to accompany their favourite songs and also give you the chance to have a go! They teach children and adults starting from ages 6+, from beginner to advanced – they have something to offer to all.
Come check it out- you’ll find them in the function room in The Club throughout the day.
They will also be performing on the Main Stage at 2.40pm – don’t miss it! See www.thealternativedrumschool.com for more details.
Chippenham Morris Men
Chippenham Morris Men are a relatively new group, founded in 1977. They dance Cotswold style morris and number about two dozen men aged from 24 to 82. They gave their first public performance in 1978 and their first international performance in Brest in 1981.
They demonstrate and teach morris dancing to school children and youth groups in the local area, appearing regularly at village fetes and folk festivals. They have danced in several European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Finland, Ireland, Hungary and Belgium).
They have appeared in film and television and on a rock music video for “The Safety Dance” by the band Men Without Hats. Most recently they were filmed for the Agatha Raisin mystery series for Sky TV.
If you are interested in traditional dance or just keeping fit, just ask them!
It wouldn’t be a festival without the fantastic Tony M! Tony is Cricklade’s very own man with the X-Factor. He can play guitar, he can play saxophone, he can sing, he can juggle, and we’re sure he’ll be dancing before the day is out!
Tony is a tremendous performer and entertainer and will certainly make the day go with a swing. He’ll be picking some mean guitar several times on the Main Stage, so you won’t be able to miss him! We’re all sure you’ll thoroughly enjoy his show….