It’s quite amazing to learn that Sussex’s GLASTONWICK Festival is now in its 24th year. It just goes to show how successful it has become!
In fact it’s nearly upon us and I’m pleased to report that there are still a few tickets available, but you had better hurry and snap yours up really quickly!
Once again this year it will taking place a mere 8 miles West of Portslade (or 10 miles from Hove if you prefer) at the charming Church Farm, Coombes, West Sussex, BN15 0RS. That’s literally up from the main traffic lights north of Shoreham Airport.
The Glastonwick 2019 Festival runs for three days: Friday 31st May – Sunday 2nd June and there will be an impressive 75+ cask-conditioned beers, cider, perry, and lovely food on offer across the three days. Before you panic – YES there are options to camp onsite!
The merriment will be interspersed with enjoyable entertainment from no less than 20 bands, musicians and poets, all performing inside the sizeable farm barn.
The Brighton & Hove News attended all three days last year and was taken aback as to how friendly and relaxed this event actually is. There was no nastiness or modern day pressures – just sunshine, music, liquid refreshment and pleasing company.
Read our reports below:
The Glastonwick Festival organisers it seems are catering for everyone, as they have once again organised free shuttle buses from and to Shoreham to the venue, with a daily journey to and from Brighton. Obviously these will be on a first come first served basis. You can find out more about this at www.cask-ale.co.uk/beerfestival or simply enquire when purchasing your tickets from your selected distributor. These are listed at the foot of this article.
In the meantime, what’s the music entertainment like? Who’s going to be performing and what are their proposed set times?
Well here you go. Here’s this years line-up and running times:
Friday 31 May 6pm – midnight:
ANGELIC UPSTARTS 10.15 – 11.30 pm
Legendary Sunderland punk rock
WONK UNIT 9.05 – 10 pm
Melodic, weird, funny
JOHN OTWAY 8 – 8.50 pm
Melodic? No. But very weird and funny
LES ‘FRUITBAT’ CARTER AND ABDOUJAPAROV 7.00 – 7.45 pm
The Carter half of Carter USM – with a band named after the greatest drug-taking cyclist of them all
MY PET SHARK 6.05 – 6.45 pm
Drake, landlord of the Duke, raging against the machine
Saturday 1 June 12 noon – midnight:
DAKKA SKANKS 10.30 – 11.30 pm
Brilliant new female-fronted ska
INTERROBANG‽ 9.10 – 10.10 pm
Dunstan from Chumbawamba’s ace new thing
REBEL CONTROL 8.00 – 8.50 pm
Conscious reggae and dance-hall
THE KUT 6.50 – 7.40 pm
Spiky oestrogen-sodden grungy splurge
TOO MANY CROOKS 5.40 – 6.30 pm
Wonderful tuneful ska
EFA SUPERTRAMP 4.40 – 5.20 pm
Bilingual Welsh punk-folk bardess
FISH BROTHERS 3.30 – 4.20 pm
Music hall meets punk and fatness. In memory of Dan.
MUDDY SUMMERS & THE DIRTY FIELD WHORES 2.20 – 3.10 pm
Feel the Gail force wind!
EASTFIELD 1.10 – 2.00 pm
Legendary punk trainspotters
CHERRY & PEESH 12.15 – 1pm
Amazing new acoustic punk performance poetry
Sunday 2nd June 12 noon – 6pm:
PUSSYLIQUOR 4.45 – 5.30pm
Viva La Vulva!
TV SMITH & THE BORED TEENAGERS 3.30 – 4.30 pm
Not bored or teenagers but definitely brilliant Adverts. Playing the first two albums!
JOHN HEGLEY 2.15 – 3.15pm Legendary poet.
Eddie don’t like furniture, if you buy him some for Christmas he’ll returniture….
NAOMI BEDFORD & PAUL SIMMONDS 1.15 – 2pm
Country music in a good way
GECKO 12.15 – 1pm
His ‘Volcano’ was Attila The Stockbrokers album of the Year for 2017.
£65 with camping (Fri /Sat)
£50 without camping.
Individual day tickets:
Onsite camping available Friday and Saturday (£7.50 per night).
Sunday camping tickets at £7.50 will be available from the farm during the weekend for those who wish to stay over Sunday night.
Online or in person:
Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG (Tel: 01273 464440)
In person from:
Resident music, 28 Kensington Gardens, North Laine, Brighton, BN1 4AL (Tel: 01273 606312)
The Evening Star, 55-56 Surrey Street, Brighton, BN1 3PB (Tel: 01273 328931)
The Southwick Beer Engine, 2 Southwick Square, Southwick, BN42 4FJ (Tel: 01273 945694)
The Duke Of Wellington, 368 Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 6RE (Tel: 01273 389818)
Anchored in Worthing, 27 West Buildings, Worthing, BN11 3BS (Tel: 01903 529100)
By post: see the following website for details – www.cask-ale.co.uk/beerfestival
The festival has come about again this year as a result of great teamwork and has been put together by Attila The Stockbroker and Alex Hall, in conjunction with Mel Gordine-Tyler, Church Farm and the Ropetackle Arts Centre.
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