CMF 2018 – It’s nearly festival time!


The Coleford Music Festival will take place on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15 July in the town centre of Coleford, Forest of Dean and It promises to be as spectacular as ever with something to please all musical tastes and ages!

Both days will have live music coming from four stages around the town centre which will feature 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 1pm at the Clock Tower with Pillowell Silver Band, who have been around for well over 100 years and is still thriving and affectionately known as The Stompers in the early days due to the popular nature of the music played, the band still enjoys a reputation for entertainment. More performances will be from Found in The Forest Youth Theatre who will be performing a piece they have specially written for the festival, we will have Aziza belly dancers, plus some raw hair raising vocals, melodic guitar hooks and a driving rhythm section from Bxy, some classic rock n roll from The Del Cats, San Blas transforming the traditional tones of the ukulele and infusing it with British Rock, Forest Warriors who are heavyweights of the FoD music scene bringing you a big sound from the woods!.

OysterbandHeadlining saturday will be Oysterband, the award-winning band who bring passion, power and not a little poetry to folk and roots music. They make modern, folk rock & folk punk based British music, acoustic at heart, sometimes intense, sometimes rocking. Since 1978 they’ve toured in 35 countries  –  festivals, concerts, bars, rallies, jails, bring ’em on!  –  won 5 BBC Folk Awards and made 13 studio albums and one DVD.
They are a fabulous band to see performing live & we are very proud to have them at Coleford Music Festival.
Sunday promises to be a just as exciting, starting at 12midday with Stained Glass Window, a collective of local Christian musicians, mainly from Forest Community Church in Cinderford. Djabot will be performing traditional African rhythms as a group through the use of African drums, traditional percussion & singing, with Coleford Community Choir, The Earl Band, funk, soul & disco from Souls Strutters, Rockabilly madness from The DelRay Rockets, fast energetic ska/punk from Skaciety, high flying bluegrass with tumbling banjo, mandolin & harmonica from The Wootown Hillbillies, alternative rock from Crystal Balloon, all topped off with The Jive Aces who are The UK’s No. 1 Jive Swing Band.
jive acesRenowned worldwide for their high-energy spectacular showmanship, their viral video “Bring Me Sunshine” and for being the first live band to reach the final rounds of “Britain’s Got Talent”, The Jive Aces have firmly established themselves the UK’s No.1 Jive & Swing band. The live show includes classics like “When You’re Smiling”, “Mack The Knife” and “Sing, Sing, Sing”, plus originals such as “La Dolce Vita” taken from their various albums.


The Newland street stage (roots stage) will feature a more laid back vibe with a mix of folk, blues, bluegrass, Country & Jazz . Saturday will see performances from Alex Davies, Greenwhich Village, Adz King who has been taking inpiration form his travels , strongly influenced by 60’s folk music with a modern twist. The Ragtime Jug Orchestra are the authentic roots string-band sound of early 20th century America, playing a good-timemix of ragtime, country blues, hokum, skiffle and jug band music. The Shaggy Dog Raconteurs are a Country Blues/Americana quartet with a dash of Bluegrass, Ragtime.  They have songs to make your grandmother blush and your grandfather whistle!.

Sunday will feature performers from the Forest of Dean Folk Club who will deliver a lively mix of acoustic music, from traditional to contemporary in the Folk genre, to promote the long running club and showcase the local talent on offer on Singers Nights. The R and R band who have been a local legend for many years, playing their gutsy brand of blues and rock at pubs, clubs and festivals, Rob Connolly are an acoustic, folk music guitar band based in the Monmouthshire music scene, playing mostly their own material in folk, blues, pop style.
joeythecrowJoey The Crow will be ending the evening, a 4 piece band from Ross / Hereford  playing Folk / Rock,Bluegrass, Celtic and a lot more !! the band line up features an awesome fiddle player, they are all very experienced and accomplished musicians.

Coleford Music Festival has been known for promoting new young local talent & this year is no exception, check out St John Street Stage, who will feature bands such as In The Rough, The Filthy Casuals and Youngster who are all aged just 16, and who have seldom before performed in front of a live audience. This stage will also host performances from some festival favourites including The Rumble, The Modul8tors & Toadstool.

The Acoustic Stage will be running both days showcasing some of the best singer/songwriting talent from the area, anyone wishing to bring along an instrument can join in the acoustic fun with spaces available around the town centre.

punch & judy2016.jpgAs well as live music there will be plenty of street food, including hot pork, noodles, Thai curries, pizzas, baked potatoes, Churros, pancakes and a festival bar 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!

programme2018A spokesperson for the festival said “ this year it has been particularly difficult to raise enough funds to put on the community event, past funding streams have disappeared and business sponsorship is hard to obtain. That is why we are extremely thankful for those local businesses that support this event, each will be displaying a special festival Supporters Certificate in their windows, so please support these businesses that help to keep the festival going. “
“ But we still need donations and respectfully ask that everyone attending please make a donation to a festival bucket to keep music live in Coleford, donations can also be made at Coleford Tourist Information Office, 4 Lords Hill, Coleford and online via our website where the full line up can also be found.”

Programmes are available from local shops & the Tourist Information Centre.

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.

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