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Guilfest 2006: Further acts announced

Guilfest 2006

Story by Jack Foley

EMBRACE, A-Ha and Billy Idol are to headline Guilfest 2006, a three-day festival in Guildford’s Stoke Park from July 14 to 16, 2006.

They will be joined by the likes of The Lightning Seeds, The Wonder Stuff, Gary Numan, The Stranglers, plus special guests Donovan, Sandi Thom, Nizlopi, Hayseed Dixie, Blue Oyster Cult, The Waterboys, SikTh, INME and Therapy (to mention but a few).

With six music stages, GuilFest plays host to a mass of skill and talent including the cream of the local up-and-coming bands and artists on the Surrey Advertiser and Andertons LiveClub Stages.

But bands are not all that GuilFest has to offer. There’s the FunkyEnd Dance Tent where you can check out DJ Snowboy, DJ Phil Hartnoll, and Norman Jay DJ and other well known DJs. The FunkyEnd also provides a home to a diverse selection of cutting edge dance music from up and coming DJ’s.

GuilFest 2006 will also feature a Silent Disco’ for the first time, which will make enough noise to wake the dead but not the neighbours!

Other late night activities include The Jelly Tree Video Lounge where guests can chill-out and watch an eclectic selection of video art, short films and animation, and a late night sing-along to all your favourite songs in the all new ACM Acoustic Lounge.

GuilFest is delighted that the Academy of Contemporary Music is to continue its commitment towards new talent by hosting the all-new Acoustic Lounge where up and coming singer songwriters can get up and dazzle audiences with their compositions.

And there’s also plenty to keep the kids amused. The KidZone, for instance, returns to bring mayhem and excitement to your child’s weekend – packed full of games, stilt walking, balloon modelling, face painting and drawing to stimulate their creative energies.

On Sunday, meanwhile, it’s over to the children for the annual Kids Parade, where the children get to show the rest of the festival what they have made over their weekend.

Families can also take their kids to the Man in the Moon Theatre Tent where the youngsters can join drama workshops and put on a production for their parents; sit back, enjoy being entertained and watch them perform. After dark the theatre tent will transform itself into its alter ego and perform shows for the older audience such as Frottage 11 and Saucy Jack’s.

Further information can be found at or by calling 01483 454 159.

Friday’s line-up includes:
The Wonder Stuff
Lightning Seeds
Morning Runner
Hayseed Dixie
Wire Daisies
James Yorkston
DJ Snowboy
The United States of America
Newton Faulkner

Saturday’s line-up includes:
Gary Numan
Sophie B Hawkins
Hugh Cornwell
The Storys
Blue Oyster Cult
DJ Phil Hartnoll
Dirty Mac
Sandi Thom
Cosmic Rough Riders

Sunday’s line-up includes:
Billy Idol
The Stranglers
Stereo MCs
3 Men & Black
The Waterboys
Green on Red
Breed 77
Norman Jay
Commander Swift
Winnebago Deal