SIX YEARS AND COUNTING!
Ok… It seemed like such a good idea down the pub, it always does. Find a friendly farmer, put a stage in his field, book some great acts and everyone will come and party! Simple right? So in 2007 and despite a difficult birth, the first ever Redfest kicked off as a one day live music event with The Ordinary Boys topping the bill and support from Newton Faulkner, Laura Marling and amazing American band The Silversun Pickups.
Running the 2007 event turned out to be more difficult than we could possibly have imagined. The heaviest rain fall seen in living memory caused floods that closed all the trainlines in the area as well as the M25 and M4. Laura Marlings House ended up two feet under water but her mum and dad braved the journey to drive her down and she put on an amazing show. Thanks Laura and Mr and Mrs Marling, we really did appreciate it.
So… realising we had bitten off not just more than we could chew but more than we could actually carry between us we decided to scale the event back in terms of size for 2008 but run it over three days. Adding the acoustic stage and onsite camping. Pete and the Pirates, Six Nation State and Ok Tokyo all played brilliant sets.
2009 and we were back to a two day festival. With a new site layout and to add to the Main and Acoustic stages the Introducing Stage featured great bands from the local area. Headliners The Whip and another great American band White Rabbits didn’t dissapoint. This was such a great weekend that we decided we had finally got the hang of this big party in a field thing and repeated the format for 2010.
Enter Shikari and Hadouken with support from Twin Atlantic, Little Comets and the Sunshine underground made sure the music was as fantastic as ever. A local paper reported this as “the year that Redfest came of age”. We had our best ever attendances up to then, the sun shone all weekend and a surprise DJ set in the Dance Tent from Enter Shikari front man Rou Reynolds was a big highlight for everyone.
For 2011 we tried a new site layout (again). A larger camping area, Bigger Main Stage and an extra Dance Tent. We were lucky enough to have booked Ed Sheeran and Modestep months before they both went stellar. Other top acts included We Are The Ocean, Futures, Lower Than Atlantis and Canterbury. This was our best year yet. Even bigger crowds, perfect weather and nothing went wrong! The only complaints were “it wasn’t long enough!”.
Well… We were listening and for 2012 we were back to a three day format with live music starting at 6pm on Friday and finishing at 10pm on Sunday. Entertainment took place across the Main Stage, Introducing Stage, Acoustic Stage and two Dance Tents with the party carrying on until 3am in the Dance Tents on Friday and Saturday night. It was fun, to say the least.
Redfest returns in 2013, back to a 2 day formula but nonetheless no more lacking than previous years. With a brand new venture in the form of an ‘alternative’ rock stage, lovingly currently named The Redcore ‘In Your Face’ Stage we aim to inject some RAWR into your weekend, and our friends at Guildford Boileroom will be taking on our 3rd stage, promising to bring a lovely eclectic mix of new talent and old favourites, and perhaps the odd acoustic set or two. We’re of course hoping for the gods to shine upon our cosy field, and we can promise you a weekend to rival all others.
Redfest remains staunchly independent with no major sponsorships and we work hard to keep the tickets as affordable as possible. We are enormously proud of our reputation for championing new, emerging bands, solo artists and DJs and this year is going to be our biggest and best weekend yet. The 2013 lineup is off the scale so don’t miss out. We’d love to see you!