We love a good festival here at On The House. It’s the perfect place to connect with like-minded people, in a comfortable setting, to discover some new music together. As we know, everyone has different tastes when it comes to music and the same goes for events. So we’ve given our reviewers free-reign to talk about their favourite day festivals, so you can all get involved, show your support and get the chance to attend/perform in the future!
Have a read of Anne Estellas Top 10 Day-Festivals below! (well, it’s actually 11 – bloody rockers always breaking the rules!)
British Rock music currently is witnessing something of an explosion, with the popular New Wave Of Classic Rock (NWOCR) and New Wave Of Rock n’ Roll (NWORNR) movements gaining momentum at an astonishing rate. There’s arguably never been a better time to be in a Rock band and festivals are bending over backwards to satisfy the demand for fresh new talent. This of course is great news for both the bands and music fans alike, the first of which is gaining more exposure than they could have ever previously dreamed of. The only downside is that many of the festivals are featuring very similar lineups and with more and more festivals cropping up each year, not all of them will survive to see the following season. On the plus side though, there is generally enough variation in lineup to keep most festival-goers on their toes, and with some relatively unknown bands added to the mix, chances are you’ll discover a new favourite at each one of the festivals listed below.
Whereas in days gone by music festivals tended to be weekend-long outdoor events held in the summertime in muddy fields surrounded by tents and cows, they are now taking place all year round and in a variety of venues. Some are also held as single day events in multiple regions across the UK, so there’s likely to be one near you, wherever you live. All-dayers are a great alternative for those who don’t want the hassle of packing, camping or taking a whole 3-4 days out for a weekend festival, especially if not all the bands playing tickle your fancy. All-dayers include some of the best lineups crammed into a single day, making them both convenient and excellent value for money. Here’s my pick of the essential one-day Rock festivals for your 2020 diary (listed in chronological order for your convenience):
When: Various dates throughout the year
Where: Various locations UK-wide
Dementia Aware Fest is an annual touring national charity festival that visits several cities across the UK, from January through to December. All proceeds from the events are donated directly to Dementia UK. This year, Dementia Aware-Fest is holding ten one-day festivals, plus a three-day festival in Wales, all supported by local promoters and featuring different line-ups.
When: Saturday 7th March & Sunday 8th March
Where: Factory, Manchester (7th) and Nambucca, London (8th)
Returning for its second year, Girlz Rawk! is celebrating International Women’s Day once more, by putting on two one-day events, held over the weekend of 7th & 8th of March in Manchester and London respectively. The shows each feature ten stunning UK and international female-fronted bands, that showcase varying styles within the Rock and Metal genres. More acts are still to be announced, so keep an eye on the website for details!
CRAZY COWBOY 5
When: Saturday 28th March
Where: The Facebar, Reading
The quarterly one-day Crazy Cowboy festivals, hosted by Crazy Cowboy Live Events, include some of the best New Wave of Rock ‘n’ Roll lineups you’ll find anywhere. CC5 will be featuring the magnificent Gorilla Riot, with many other firm favourites on the bill, playing on two stages with no overlaps, so you won’t miss a thing! The lineup has already been announced for CC6 on 27th June, which will feature the awesome Hollowstar, and CC7 is scheduled for 19th September, also at the same venue.
ROCK THE RED LION FESTIVAL
When: Saturday 18th April
Where: Leo’s Red Lion, Gravesend
This is Leo’s Red Lion’s first ever NWOCR festival, headlined by Bad Touch with Gorilla Riot, The Nile Deltas, Wicked Stone and Gallows Circus announced so far. An absolutely killer lineup that’s simply not to be missed!
FORGED IN FIRE FESTIVAL
When: Saturday 25th April
Where: The Zanzibar Club, Liverpool
Forged in Fire Promotions are a Not For Profit music promotions company working primarily within the Metal / Hard Rock / Alternative Rock and Hard Blues Rock genres. Working in partnership with a group of passionate, like-minded people, Forged In Fire are rapidly expanding and have started hosting festivals to showcase their growing roster of vibrant and impressive new bands.
When: Sunday 24th May
Where: Nightrain, Bradford
2020 marks the inaugural year of Bradstock, a one-day indoor festival that promises to be an annual event, featuring seven bands on one stage. The lineup, headlined this year by the mighty Massive Wagons, is packed with some of the most popular NWOCR crowd-pullers, with a mystery special guest still to be announced!
JUST PUSH PLAY
When: Saturday 1st August
Where: The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds
Founded in 2015, Just Push Play Festival returns to The Apex this year with headliners Those Damn Crows and sets from Gorilla Riot, The Nile Deltas and Jack J. Hutchinson – with more bands still to be announced. The annual charity event raises money for St Nicholas Hospice Care, who looked after organiser Lee Graham’s late father, Ian, during his final days. The festival continues to go from strength to strength, raising valuable funds and awareness for a very worthy cause.
When: Saturday 8th August
Where: The 1865, Southampton
Founded by young South Coast Promoter Jodie Bowie, Nozfest is a Rock ‘n’ Roll music festival in the heart of Southampton, dedicated especially to New Wave of Classic Rock artists. After a very successful inaugural event, Nozfest is back for its second year, which will include performances by Spyder Byte, Trouble County, The Wicked Jackals, Collateral, SKAM, Hollowstar, Black Tree Vultures, Mason Hill and The Treatment.
When: Saturday 29th August
Where: Newark Showground, Nottingham
Heading into its third consecutive year, Stonedead Festival (formerly Stonedeaf Festival) is a one stage outdoor event inspired by the former Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington. Featuring nine bands spanning the global Classic Rock and Metal spectrum and showcasing a mix of established and up and coming acts, Stonedead Festival is run by fans of Rock for Rock fans! Camping is available and there’s a Planet Rock signing tent and even a covered wellbeing area with seating and sun cream to keep you protected from those rays! The festival is compered by the legendary Krusher Joule.
When: Sunday 30th August
Where: The Social at Witton Albion, Northwich
RockWich, hosted by Promethius Promotions, returns this summer with 13 of the finest Rock bands on the scene. Headlining in 2020 are Those Damn Crows with special guests Gin Annie! Included and free to ticket holders is RockWich unplugged, a four-band acoustic session held the night before the main event, thrown in for good measure! Free camping is available for those wishing to stay overnight, and this child-friendly indoor festival allows free admission to kids of 14 and under when accompanied by a paying adult.
ROCKIN’ THE BOWL – FIRE AND STEEL
When: Saturday 12th September
Where: Don Valley Bowl, Sheffield
Rockin the Bowl – Fire and Steel promises to be even bigger and better than last year’s Rockin the Bowl – Forged in Hell, hosting the absolute cream of emerging talent and a headliner who is guaranteed to round the party off in style! The festival aims to put open air Rock and Roll back into the ‘Steel City’, following the closure and subsequent demolition of the Don Valley Stadium in 2013, which hosted many renowned Rock artists. RTB aims to look firmly towards the future of Rock by showcasing the best of the new breed of British talent.
Written By: Anne Estella
On The House have been hosting various events across the South West of the UK and beyond over the last year, in the bid to connect the underground music scene in a comfortable setting, with a few drinks & some killer, hand-picked artists.
Come to a show, say hello and let’s share some contacts! We can’t wait to meet you!
GRUNGE PARTY – Whiskers, Newquay
ATTITUDE FESTIVAL / PUTTING ‘PERFORM’ BACK INTO ‘PERFORMANCE’ – Exchange, Bristol