The event will take place on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd July in the town centre and It promises to be as spectacular as ever with something to please all musical tastes and ages!
Both days will kick off at 1pm and live music coming from four stages around the town centre throughtout each day and featuring an eclectic mix of jazz, reggae, rockabilly, blues, folk and more with performances from musicians and artists from the local area as well as a few from a little further afield.
Saturday kicks off at the Clock Tower with the steel pans from Pandemonium, who are musicians from Lakers School. A pipe & drum band & Berry Hill Brass Band follows. Further performances from The Rag Time Jug Orchestra, The Don Fox Scandal, Shootin’ the Crow, Folklaw, Bare Knuckle Parade & The Hickory Stick Boys culminates in Legend taking the stage. Legend are 7 great musicians & singers dedicated to the life & music of the late, great Bob Marley. This dynamic band has a pedigree second to none & whose members have worked with many reggae greats. We can’t wait to see the town centre come together to sing & dance to One Love.
Sunday promises to be a just as exciting with performances beginning with Coleford Community Choir & the Forest Youth Theatre. We will have some powerful Blues from Ruzz Guitar Blues Revue & African drumming from Djabot. Funk & hip hop from Cardiff based Afro Cluster who are one of the Horizons 12 acts for 2016/2017 & recognised by BBC Radio 6’s Tom Robinson & Craig Charles.
Graveyard Johnnys will be taking to the Clock Tower Stage bringing a frantic & energetic sound to the festival, mixing 1950’s rockabilly with the passion of punk rock from back when it was dangerous! (can’t wait to see these!)
Mad Dog Mccrea have a reputation of raising hands, lifting feet & starting parties wherever they play with their dance demanding recipe of folk, pop. rock, jazz & bluegrass, they whisk up whistles, fiddles & mandolins to spectacular & infectious effect.
This is all culminates in the 9 piece explosion of ska, rap & brassy dub from Maroon Town.
This band is tearing up audiences around the world. Tens of thousands of people from Brazil to Jamaica, India to Canada, from Tajikistanto here in the UK can vouch for that. Live TV performances, glowing press coverage & soundtrack hits on two major Hollywood releases make this band something not to be missed.
Coleford Music Festival has been known for promoting new young local talent & this year is no exception, check out Buskers Corner & St John Street Stage, both will feature some performances from young people & bands who have seldom before performed in front of a live audience. We also have performances from The Rumble, Crystal Baloon & BXLY.
The Newland street stage will feature a more laid back vibe with a mix of folk, blues, country & jazz culminating in a performance by Earl & Pearl, Banshee, Ian Luther & Harpers Ferry.
As well as live music there will be plenty of street food, including hot pork, noodles, falafals, wraps, salads, caribbean & spices, all to compliment the food outlets in the town centre.There will also be circus skills workshops, displays, and a festival market , the kids can be entertained by Punch & Judy & take part in some crafty activities, there may even be .one or two surprises! Anyone wishing to bring along an instrument can join in the acoustic fun with spaces available around the town centre.
There are a number of fringe events around the town centre including an open mic night at the Dog House on Thursday 2oth & ‘Songs for the Soul’ around the clock tower from 12 noon on Sunday 23rd getting CMF started with songs both secular & sacred brought to you by Coleford Churches Together.
The festival has been well known for getting people dancing in the streets & this year will be no exception, so come along & support this fantastic community event.
Programmes are available from local shops & the Tourist Information Centre.
We respectfully ask that everyone attending please make a small donation to a festival bucket to keep music live in Coleford!
Donations can also be made via our website www.colefordmusicfestival.co.uk where the full line up can also be found.