CMF 2017

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.

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CMF 2016

A free family festival held in the town centre of Coleford, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.

Festival organisers and volunteers have been working in partnership with Coleford Town Council to bring this fabulous community festival back to the streets of Coleford. The event will take place on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th 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 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.

This year we will be holding a colourful community pageant to open the festival.
The pageant will be a parade which will take place through Coleford Town Centre, led by local community artist Vicki Thornton who said “ Local schools, community groups and individuals have been engaged to create their own interpretation of ‘what is special’ about the Forest of Dean and what makes the forest nationally identifiable and unique today, such as the two rivers, trees, bluebells, deer, sheep and wild boar.”
Vicki has been working with artists Claire Milinzcuk and Sarah Cheese, who have all been delivering workshops in the local schools of St Johns and Clearwell whilst engaging with community groups such as Coleford Girl Guides, Coleford Brownies, Lakers Steel Pan Band, the Forest Youth Theatre and a Dementia Group based at Artspace.
Together they will present a visual display of ‘what is special about the forest’, including a two legged dragon (the mythical Wyevern), a giant tree, giant stag, a few unusually large books, a collection of giant butterflies, bees and fish along with two rivers!
To enjoy what will be hopefully the first of many Pageant’s across the forest, be at Coleford Clock Tower from 1pm on Saturday.
Following the pageant will be belly dancers, a salsa dancing workshop, as well as
performances from local bands The Rumble and Devon. For those that prefer a bit of Blues, The Keith Thompson band will be on main stage, for Jazz emthusiasts The Paris Jazz cafe Swing band will also be playing, all culminating in a performance by one of th2rudee hottest Ska acts around, 2Rude.

2Rude have been touring the country playing their unique style of two toned inspired hits, they have played a string of sell out shows, headlined festivals and have left thousands of people breathless and shouting for more. The band will be performing on th main stage on Saturday evening and we are anticipating a real party atmospehere!
Sunday will begin with a performance from the Coleford Commuity choir.Those that have been to the festival before know that we like to have a mix of music & one of the highlights of Sunday will be a performance from RSVP, spearheading the renaissance of live Bhangra in the Uk. From Glastonbury & Womad to Coleford Muisc Festival They’re always guaranteed to get the most reluctant on their feet, the ultimate in celebratory Indian music. We also have The Firebirds, recognised as one of Europe’s finest Doo Wap, Jive, Rock n’Roll & Rockabilly bands.

geno3The headline performance on Sunday will be from the UK’s No1 1960’s Soul Man, Geno Washingon. He’s the real deal, enjoying cult status on the soul, R & B, Blues & Northe
rn Soul scenes. This is due mainly to his unsurpassable reputation as a live performer.
A contemporary of Alexis Corner, Georgie Fame, The Small Faces and Jimi Hendrix (all of whom were his support acts back in the day) and he is as electrifying on stage today as ever; a force of nature and a joy to behold, so don’t miss him!.

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.
The Newland street stage will feature a more laid back vibe with a mix of folk, blues, country & jazz culminating in a performance by Folklaw, a 4 piece acoustic folk-rock band from the Cotswolds.

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.

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.
Full festival line up can be found at website http://www.colefordmusicfestival.co.uk along with details about how you can make a donation to keep music live in Coleford!

Coleford Pageant

handmade_parade_30-6-12This year we will be holding a colourful community pageant to open the festival.

The pageant will be a celebration of the rich history and heritage of The Forest of Dean. It will bring a visual interpretation by means of a colourful sequence of tableau’s that depicts‘what is special’ about the Forest of Dean.

Local schools, community groups and individuals will be engaged to create their own interpretation of ‘what is special’ from times of celebration in local history such as festivals, brass bands, markets, fayre’s and events, and from what makes the forest nationally identifiable and unique today, such as the two rivers, tree’s, bluebells, deer, sheep and wild boar.

The pageant will be a parade which will take place through the town centre.

For further information about how to take part please contact

Vicki Yates from Switched On

email : switchedonforest@hotmail.com

tel: 07962 017 888

The Coleford Pageant is a ‘SWITCHED ON’ Project

New Ten Year Licence!

DJabotAfricanDrummerssmall.jpgPlans are well underway for this years Coleford Music Festival which will be held over two days in Coleford Town centre on 16th &17th July 2016.

Organisers are pleased to announce that after negotiations with Forest of Dean District Council & the police a new ten year licence is now in place which will go a long way to securing the future of the event.

“Coleford Music Festival is a wonderful weekend of music, culture and family-friendly entertainment. It is built upon the foundations of a community coming together to create an event which celebrates local talent and supports local businesses.”
said festival organiser Amanda Smith.
“But we still need to raise funds to keep the event free, pay for performers, workshops hire staging and equipment. We are asking anyone who has enjoyed the festival in the past to please donate to keep it going.”

People can support the festival by donating through the Go Fund Me page which is accessible from the festival website http://www.colefordmusicfestival.co.uk.
Donations can also be sent to Coleford Music Festival Donation,P O Box 4, Coleford, Glos GL16 8YH. ”

There are also opportunities for local businesses to sponsor the event and specially tailored sponsorship packages can be created to suit any local business. We would be very happy to discuss how working together can benefit both local business and support the festival.

If you would like to perform at the event or promote your local community group please also get in touch, or If you have an act or idea that you think would enrich or entertain then we would want to hear from you!
We love hearing from performers; choirs, dance troupes, artists, bands, magicians, poets, comedians… The opportunities to get involved are endless.

If you are a local trader & would like to be part of the festival market please get in touch too, it is not too late to book a trading pitch.

 

Thank You!

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2015 marked the return of Coleford Music Festival to the streets of the town, & what an event it was!!

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came & supported it, all those that volunteered their time over the weekend, anyone who donated either online or in a bucket. All of the very talented performers & artists who made the event such a fun, friendly family festival, we look forward to seeing you all again next year!

On behalf of the festival committee we hope that you had an enjoyable weekend….& don’t forget to make a donation so that we can do it all again next year!

Donations can be made below or dropped into the Coleford Town Council offices.

The festive team in partnership
with Coleford Town Council

Press Update

A free family festival held in the town centre of Coleford, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.

Festival organisers and volunteers have been working in partnership with Coleford Town Council to bring back the return of this fabulous community festival . which will take place from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th August in the town centre of Coleford and It promises to be as spectacular as ever with something to please all musical tastes and ages! Continue reading “Press Update”

Sixteen Cafe join in the festival

“Workisixteen logong with the community for the community”

Sixteen Cafe is a place to enjoy great food, great coffee in a friendly spacious environment.

During Friday 7th and Saturday 8th Sixteen will be selling their healthy salad boxes served with Moroccan flatbreads in the main square
Choose from:
Lentil Salad with roasted butternut squash, feta and tahini sauce
Carrot, chickpea & smoked paprika patties with mixed leaf salad
Frittata with a mixed leaf salad
Sixteen Superfood salad served with Millet grains

During the festival on Sunday 9th 11am to 6pm Sixteen will be hosing the festival’s Acoustic corner with buskers providing us with entertainment. Sixteen will also be holding a BBQ and selling beer and cider from the Forest of Dean.

To keep the children entertained Sixteen will be running 2 Chocolate Workshops at 1pm and 3pm. The children will make chocolate lollies and Jazzies.