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Friday, March 30, 2007

Guilfest headliners announced

Supergrass, Squeeze and Madness have been confirmed as headline acts on the main BBC Radio 2 Stage at the 16th annual GuilFest, which takes place at Guildford’s Stoke Park on July 13th, 14th and 15th 2007, with Magic Numbers confirmed as special guests on Sunday, July 15.

Supergrass, who have always excelled as live performers, and boast the enviable distinction of having had six consecutive top ten albums, all of which have attained gold or platinum status, are taking time out from recording their new studio album to headline the opening night on Friday July 13th.

Cementing their reputation as quality musicians and demonstrating that they have lost none of their innate sense of fun, the band most recently appeared for Red Nose Day 2007 with Ade Edmondson on a special edition of Top Gear, and in April will be off to Berlin to record the first sessions for their as yet untitled sixth album due out later this year.

The GuilFest crowd can expect to hear many of the bands biggest hits, among them the classics Pumping On Your Stereo, Alright, Going Out, Lenny and Richard III, as the bands joyous and positive attitude spills out through all these catchy tunes.

Squeeze’s headline slot on Saturday 14th July will be the only summer show for this hugely influential band and the first time their founder members Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford have performed together as Squeeze since 1998. Squeeze are responsible for a string of classic hit such as Cool for Cats, Up the Junction, Labelled with Love, Hourglass, Black Coffee In Bed, Pulling Mussells (From The Shell), Take Me I'm Yours and many more.

Formed in South London in 1974, Difford and Tilbrook have the rare gift of narrating stories about love and everyday life to indecently catchy tunes, and produced a steady stream of enduring pop classics over three decades. The band enjoyed huge success throughout the 1980’s, headlining Madison Square Gardens in New York in 1982 and toured relentlessly to rapturous crowds. Squeeze are as relevant today as they ever were with artists such as Andy Burrows of Razorlight, citing them as a major influence; ”I love Squeeze - I'm just a massive huge fan”.

Madness, Britain’s biggest selling singles band of the Eighties, who headline on Sunday 15th July, are the perfect party band to close the show, with twenty one top twenty chart smashes in their huge arsenal of hits to choose from, including such gems as One Step Beyond, Night Boat To Cairo, Baggy Trousers, House of Fun, Our House, My Girl and many more.

Madness’ influence is everywhere in today’s music. You hear them everywhere; in the hurdy-gurdy exuberance of The Kaiser Chiefs, in the staccato rhythms of Franz Ferdinand, in the ska-tones of The Ordinary Boys and even in the clever knowing pop of Robbie Williams - Madness are all around us, and now they're going to be back on stage, bringing Madness to the masses at GuilFest.

Special Guest act on the Sunday will be the Magic Numbers who have already scored six top 40 hit singles since their debut ‘Forever Lost’ smashed into the charts in May 2005, and two top ten albums. The band’s self titled debut album, released June 2005 has since been certified a double platinum hit, while the follow-up, ‘Those The Brokes’, released November 2006, has already yielded two top 40 singles.

Loads more acts will be announced for the BBC Radio 2 Stage, let alone for the numerous alternative stages at GuilFest, voted The UK’s ‘Best Family Festival’ by the public in Virtual Festivals’ 2006 Awards.

Tickets will be available from guilfest.co.uk and via credit card hotline 0871 4240050, priced £90 for the weekend or £40 per day. Children under 12 enter free, while children aged 12-16 will be charged £50 for the weekend or £30 per day. Adult weekend camping tickets are £100, while child weekend camping (with fee paying adults only) tickets are £60. Campervan parking is £80 per weekend slot, and occupants will also need to purchase adult weekend camping tickets.

Held in the green and beautiful location of Stoke Park in Guildford, visitors can also expect a great weekend of comedy, children’s entertainment, street theatre, and a market full of arts and crafts stalls and caterers from around the world serving delicious food in a truly festive atmosphere. There will also be a late licensed 150 foot beer tent and cocktail bar, an extensive KidZone and a plentiful number of regularly cleaned and maintained toilets throughout the site and camping areas.

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