What’s on at the 2024 Cricklade Festival

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…

Men in Coats

Men In Coats

One of the most innovative and truly funny visual comedy acts of recent years, this explosive duo have become one of the most talked about live comedy acts. After returning from the Edinburgh Fringe where they debuted their full length show to sell-out audiences and critical acclaim, they were invited to perform at the Royal Variety Show broadcast on BBC1 and proved to be one of the evening’s biggest successes.

Men in Coats was created by Michael Down and went on to win the Hackney Empire’s New Act of the Year and sold out in their first Edinburgh Festival run. The show has since travelled worldwide and played to millions. Cricklade is very lucky to have them back this year.

“A sheer delight .. nigh on perfect!” The Independent

“Very funny … The most exciting visual comedy act … Unstoppable” Time Out

Don’t miss them!

Lisa Lottie

Crazily agile, beautifully charming and unbelievably flexible! Watch Lisa Lottie ‘bend it like Barbie’ with SUPER stunts of flexibility and some of the most impressive hula hoop tricks you have ever seen!

A world-class, highly skilled artist, Lisa was born in Amsterdam, began her career in a traditional circus in India, trained in Brazil and holds a degree in Circus from the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama in London. Who knew you could get a degree in Circus?!?

This show includes audience participation, comedy, contortion and Lisa’s very best hula hoop skills.

Expect great feelings of exhilaration, this show is all tricks, flourishes and laughter for the whole family.

Lisa Lottie
Chippenham Morris Men

The Chippenham Morris Men

Founded in 1977, Chippenham Morris Men dance Cotswold style 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).
The group have appeared in film and television and on a rock music video for “The Safety Dance” by the band Men Without Hats and the Agatha Raisin mystery series for Sky TV.
If you are interested in traditional dance or just keeping fit, just ask them!

The Dancing Grannies

The Dancing Grannies are a gang of Black Country elderly ladies who like to get down and boogie wherever they please. When they are not at the bingo or having half a stout in the local pub, you’ll find them entertaining the crowds. The will travel to wherever the Dial-a-Ride will take them, even Bahrain. Since the demise of Meals on Wheels they need the extra pennies to top up their pension.

High streets, shopping centres, theatres, corporate functions, festivals, concerts and generally anywhere where there is a bus stop not too far away.

You might have seen them on the telly box or in a video posted on twitterbook as they get tons of shares, MILLIONS in fact. They are quite good at drawing attention to themselves due to their Tinder profiles which proved a huge hit with the male population. They also have thousands of stalkers worldwide on all social media platforms because they dance THAT GOOD.

Dancing Grannies
Fretless & Friends

Fretless & Friends

Everyone loves the sounds of traditional jazz, especially on a hot, sunny Sunday afternoon and even more so when they are played by one of the best trad jazz band around – the Festival favourites 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.

Cricklade Band

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.

Fretless & Friends
DrumHIIT

DrumHIIT

Hosted by Cricklade’s very own The Alternative Drum School, DrumHIIT is a fabulous new concept of Drum Experiences for Business, Education and Events. Studies show that drumming can relieve stress, lower blood pressure and strengthen the immune systems of those who play. Extended periods of drumming release endorphins and that act as natural painkillers and mood enhancers.
So why not journey to Japan, and the world of the Taiko Drummers – and have a go yourself! Come along to the Cricklade Club and experience the Power and Energy of the Drums as you learn how to drum – Taiko style!

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.

Shed of Stories
Tony M

Tony M

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….

Meadow Park Choir

Meadowpark Choir is a group of 7-11 year old children who are eager to learn new songs and perform at special events and concerts.

They rehearse each week and are developing harmony skills and building confidence to sing in small groups or as a soloist. In May, Meadowpark Prep children performed ‘Schools Will Rock You’ at the Town Hall in Cricklade – it was a fantastic show!

We are delighted to showcase their talent on the main stage this year.

Tony M
Creative Workshop

Creative Workshops

Join these lovely people on the festival field for a range of fun and creative workshops offering the whole family the chance to decorate 3d models and pre-cut shapes, masks, hats and sculptures.
Workshops will be devised based on our recycling theme, and all members of the family can enjoy making their own creations and taking them home to savour forever!
Get sticky, cover yourself in tissue paper and express your latent creative streak. You could be making a dream catcher, making an eco-art piece, decorating a wild animal, or becoming a pirate or princess. The choices are endless …