Guilfest was an annual independent music and arts festival held in the beautiful surroundings of Stoke Park, Guildford.
In 2012, it was announced that the festival would operate no more as it had seen some severe losses with organiser Tony Scott stating ""I'd love to see Guilfest keep going, but I think it's got to be somebody who takes the helm or somebody who would need deeper pockets." Headliners for 2012's event include Jools Holland, Olly Murs, Bryan Ferry, and many more.. Past lineups included Razorlight, N-Dubz, Peter Andre, James Blunt, Pendulum, The Noisettes, Plus many more...
Guilfest was family friendly and laid-back, offering music from across genres, art and other entertainment. Apart from eclectic line ups performing across 7 stages Guilfest offered comedy, theatre, arts and crafts, and much more ensuring that there is something for everyone.
The festival had around 20,000 visitors each day and brought together a mixed crowd, both young and old and lot of families.
Music stages and other entertainment
The festivals had around 7 stages of live music including the main stage featuring big names, the second stage, the Rock Cave offering rock music, the Dance Tent with dance music and live DJs, the Live Club Stages featuring local and national unsigned bands and the Acoustic Stage.
Apart from the music stages there was also a Comedy Tent featuring daily performances by comedians from the like of Milton Jones, Sean Lock, Howard Marks, Robin Ince and Alistair Barrie and a Theatre Tent featuring plays, musicals, dance, cabaret and poetry. The festival also had a massive 150 foot beer tent which serves their special brew, GuilFest bitter.
La Discothèque was another popular venue at the festival with resident DJs playing a heady mix of the best ska, northern soul and 70's, 80's and 90's soul and dance anthems from Donna Summer to Michael Jackson.
The Farmer Giles Barn dance showed another highlight of the festival and was held at one of the Live Club tents every night after the bands. It was a great opportunity to dance away to a traditional ceilidh and country music and enjoy some special performances by live bands.
The Eden Peoples' GuilFest Gallery had a visitor’s displays allowing you to experiment with your creative side. It was a chill out zone to enjoy art and poetry.
There was a whole variety of activities and events designed for children at the festival. Guildford's popular outdoor swimming Lido and Spectrum Leisure Centre were next to the festival grounds and offeedr festival goers luxury breaks.
The festival was started in 1992 by Tony Scott, and won the 'Best Family Festival Award' at the UK Festival Awards in 2006.