18th-20st August 2017

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Weyfest 2016 Press Release (Print our Press Release)


WEYFEST  Rural Life Centre, Tilford, Surrey

19th – 21st AUGUST 2016


The Darkness, The Boomtown Rats, Dreadzone, Big Country, The Beat, From The Jam, The Blow Monkeys, Bad Manners, Inglorious, Wishbone Ash, Jo Harman, The Wurzels, John Otway and many more.


Weyfest, the increasingly popular family-friendly festival set in the beautiful surrounds of The Rural Life Centre in Tilford, Surrey, returns for its 10th anniversary with another spectacular musical line-up.

As usual, the musical delights cover most genres, ranging from blues, rock, pop, folk and even some funk.



Weyfest 2016 kicks off on Friday 19th August with blues & soul singer Rebecca Downes. Rebecca and her band are a ‘must see’ live act that often leaves newcomers simply blown away by the power of the performance.

Weyfest promised to bring back some of the most popular acts for its 10th Anniversary at the Rural Life Centre and amongst those are The Beat and From The Jam, who return to complete the evening on Friday night. They first performed at Weyfest  in 2008 and 2013 respectively and are sure to get everyone in full-on festival mood for the weekend.



Saturday’s delights include the ever popular Leatherat, Slim Chance, John Otway, The Wurzels, Wishbone Ash, Bad Manners and Saturday headliners The Darkness amongst many others.

Folk Rock band Leatherat are incredibly popular and have played every Weyfest since 2007.

The Wurzels also return to Weyfest for the second time since 2013. They absolutely packed the arena then so they have been moved to a bigger stage this year! John Otway also returns, bringing his hilarious and zany act and we are pleased to welcome folk rockers Slim Chance, British rock legends Wishbone Ash and 80’s Ska band Bad Manners.

Weyfest is delighted to announce British rock band The Darkness as Saturday headliners. Of course The Darkness are known for their hits ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ and ‘Love Is Only A Feeling’ amongst others and will have returned from their tour of the US by the time of Weyfest, so they’ll be on fire!



Weyfest 2016 will be closed on Sunday by The Boomtown Rats, complete with the legendary Bob Geldof. Expect to hear such iconic hits as ‘I don’t like Mondays’, ‘Rat Trap’ and ‘Like Clockwork’ amongst others.

We are also excited to announce John Peel favourites Dreadzone, who bring their eclectic fusion of dub, reggae, techno, folk and rock. Dreadzone have released 9 studio albums since they formed in 1993. Big Country performed their classic hits ‘In a Big Country’, ‘Look Away’ and ‘Fields of Fire’ to a full arena at Weyfest in 2014 and we look forward to their return this year, along with 2014 ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ - Jo Harman. Jo performed an amazing set at Weyfest that very year and we are delighted that she is returning for the 10th Anniversary.

 New British Rock band Inglorious come to Weyfest for the first time in 2016. Hailed as ‘The future of Rock and Roll’ by Paul Anthony of Planet Rock radio, their debut album ‘Inglorious’ was released in February 2016 and rose to number 3 in the rock album charts. A fabulous blend of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company and Whitesnake!

And let's not forget of course that ever popular Weyfest regular, Jackie Lynton who will both amaze and amuse with his incredible singing talent and his humour.


Plenty of other bands will be featured throughout the weekend – over 50 bands and artists in all across the four stages. There will definitely be something for everybody to enjoy!


More than just a Music Festival


Of course Weyfest is about so much more than simply music. Voted one of the UK’s top festivals by Planet Rock listeners and the Daily Telegraph, it is the wonderfully friendly atmosphere of Weyfest that wins so many new friends year on year.

Weyfest can boast several truly unique features. The venue is actually an open air museum of rural life in the last century, and the exhibits are all open to the festival audience. There is also a working light steam and diesel railway that runs around the perimeter of the venue. The compact nature of the venue ensures that everything is nearby; no long walks between stages and the parking is next to the campsite which itself is very close to the venue. There are showers on the campsite and posh loos throughout the festival.


Weyfest is more like a mini-holiday in the country than a music festival. Meet new friends in the friendliest of audiences, walk amongst daleks, cybermen and stormtroopers, choose from a fine selection of real ales, ciders and lagers or indulge yourself a little with a cocktail or glass of Champagne, eat from a wide variety of quality food vendors, play Laserquest, play an instrument, have a massage, drop the kids at the kidzone or browse the fascinating stalls, and much, much more at the annual spectacle that is Weyfest.

Parking is free, and camping and glamping are available.


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