Published on July 18th, 2012 | by Denny Armatrading0
Guilfest 2012 review
With acts such as Jools Holland, Olly Murs, Jimmy Cliff and Dub Step DJ/Producer Benga in attendance. The Guilfest team, again, pulled out all the stops to keep everyone entertained at this family festival.
Our favourite acts from Friday included Jools Holland playing with Roland Gift (former front man of Fine Young Cannibals) and Benga, bringing the house down in the Kane FM Funky End dance tent.
The only downer of the weekend was the no show of Tulisa who was reported ill on Saturday. It was her birthday the day before she was due to perform. Word had got around of a trip to Ibiza and some alcohol that may have been the cause for her “not feeling to well”.
Everything else seemed to go without a hitch.
We managed to speak to a few revellers during the time we spent at Guilfest. A local pair (from Guilford), Dora and Kelly, ankle deep in mud, stopped for a few words.
Both were thoroughly enjoying the day. “We’re only here for today” (Saturday) said Kelly, “and are looking forward to seeing Olly Murs. Our favourite band so far has been a group called Fella. They’re new I think. But we were checking out some of the acts on Youtube before we came and quite liked them. So we were quite excited to see Fella”.
Other highlights included former X-Factor star Cher Lloyd who performs live rather well and Take Fat. The parody Take That tribute band.
Street dance crew, Street 13. Took to the stage late Saturday evening to bust a move or two keeping the line up as varied as ever.
New girl group Stooshe performed on Sunday. This exciting new group performed their previous single’s Betty Woz Gone, Love me and their current single Black Heart. They performed other tracks that are likely to appear on their upcoming album. The crowd sung along to many of their tracks, with the Stooshe girls looking liked seasoned pros with their confident stage presence
Guilfest truly is a great family festival. Year after year it has been a great point for both upcoming acts and some of the most popular around to perform in front of a very appreciative and family orientated crowd.
The family appeal of Guilfest is what The Mixup team thinks stands out best about Guilfest and makes it a little more unique.We would thoroughly recommend it. Top marks for a family day out or weekend for the more adventurous families out there.