FESTIVAL GUIDE: Your essential round-up of festivals in July!


July speaks for itself when it comes to festivals, and this year is no exception.

This month is jam-packed with festivals of all sizes, headliners and weird but wonderful extra curricular activities…

Barn on the Farm

When: July 4 to July 7
Where: Over Farm, Gloucester
Who: Lewis Capaldi, Sam Fender, Maggie Rogers, Sea Girls, Ten Tonnes, Zak Abel, Maverick Sabre, Swim Deep, Jade Bird


Minety Music Festival

When: July 5 to July 7
Where: Kinch’s Field, Minety
Who: Toploader, Republica, Revival (The Tribute to ABBA), Faux Fighters, Arcadia Roots, The Dirty Smooth, Hip Route, Leon Daye Band

In a short space of time Minety Music Festival  has become one of the ”go to” festivals in the calendar.

They’re back for 2019 with the best line up yet as well as their trade mark features: – a huge, free Kidszone (including free slacklining, free indoor caving, free circus skills workshops, free inflatables, bouncy castles, slides, assault courses), great food and local stalls.

With the absence of Fieldview and Boondocks Festivals this year, local festival goers won’t be disappointed with all Minety has to offer!


Frome Festival

When: July 5 to July 14
Where: Market Place, Frome – venues vary
Who: The Coral, Scouting for Girls, DJ Judge Jules, The Drifters, Jethro, Comedy Crawl launch


Cornbury Music Festival

When: July 5 to July 7
Where: The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire
Who: The Specials, Keane, The Beach Boys, Echo & The Bunnyment, KT Tunstall, Paul Carrack, Beverley Knight, Gaz Coombes, The Hairy Bikers Festival Feast

This year will mark Cornbury’s sixteenth run of incredible music and entertainment.

Headlining the event will be The Beach Boys, The Specials and Keane. Cornbury organiser, Hugh Phillimore, said: “There are certain legacy artists that we’ve been after for many years. Finally our number got called by The Beach Boys. We’re completely thrilled to welcome them to Oxfordshire.”

In food news the award-winning culinary duo the Hairy Bikers will be returning to the festival. They’ll be bringing their ‘Festival Feast’ to the line-up, serving gourmet food from a pop-up wood-fired restaurant. Cornbury is also a family affair, with The Kids’ Zone in sight of the main stage.


Cheese & Chilli Festival

When: July 6 to July 7
Where: Lydiard Park, Swindon
Who: Cheese Bomb, Glastonbury Dairy, Heritage Cheese, Lymn Bank Farm Cheese, The Cheese Wedge Co Ltd., The Culmstock Chilli Co

This is the third year that the Cheese & Chill Festival returns to Lydiard Park and, whether it’s hard to believe or not, the festival is one of the most highly anticipated events held at Lydiard Park.

The two-day event includes live music, cooking demonstrations, street theatre, Man V Food, a chilli eating competition, beer, crazy golf and a human-sized table football. 

This year also sees the introduction of a fiery VIP area which includes an indoor bar amongst a whole range of luxury services to benefit from!


Stratton Festival

When: July 6
Where: Stratton, Swindon
Who: Kova Me Badd, Echo, Ukey D’Ukes, Sister Sister, a mini animal petting zoo, Bandido’s Burritos


Chalke Valley History Festival

When: July 6 to July 7
Where: Broadchalke, Wiltshire
Who: Britain: The Thread of History, Sword School, Giant Hawker Typhoon, Live History Live, WWII Trench Experience


Henley Festival

When: July 10 to July 14
Where: Henley Bridge, Henley-on-Thames
Who: Boy George, Jessie J, Tom Odell, Jo Whiley’s 90s Anthems, Ed Byrne
Dress code: “Strictly Black Tie… but think James Bond!”

Henley Festival is glamping taken to a whole new level.

The charitable festival takes aim at the finer things in life from boating and cocktails at Ronnie Scott’s, to to chilling out at the Jazz Quatre and making acquaintances with The Picasso People. 

The Ocelot’s Deputy Editor, Ben, went last year. He said: “I had my doubts about Henley, but the whole event turned out to be a total blast! If you fancy a change from mud and irritating teenagers consider next year’s Henley Festival a viable option.”

Read Ben’s full review: www.theocelot.co.uk/a-review-of-henley-festival-messing-about-by-the-river/



When: July 10 to November 30
Where: Devizes – venues vary
Who: Skittles Night, Devizes Carnival, Picnic in the Park, International Street Festival, Lantern Parade, Confetti Battle & Colour Rush

Well, if it isn’t DOCA (Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts) – the ultimate street party to attend!

Spanning over weekends throughout July and August, aka the ‘Festival Fortnight’, DOCA hosts everything from street theatre and contemporary dance, to puppetry and circus acts with its annual, and unmissable, events on top of that.

A spokesperson for DOCA said: “DOCA was born out of the town’s traditional Carnival but is now much more, bringing some of the world’s top performers to our streets.”



When: July 11 to July 13
Where: Upcote Farm, Cheltenham
Who: Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, You Me At Six, Deaf Havana,  While She Sleeps, Flogging Molly, Every Time I Die, The Skints, All Ears Avow, Skinny Lister, Yonaka, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Puppy, Dream State, Allusinlove, Petrol Girls, Sean McGowen, Modern Error, Milk Teeth

Since its inception in 2006, 2000Trees has become a multi award-winning festival – donned as “Britain’s Coolest Festival” by Kerrang! Magazine last year.

This year boasts one of the festival’s more versatile line-ups, particularly as more bands are experimenting with their sound – take You Me At Six, for instance.

There will always be arguments for what is deemed the ‘best line-up’ to date, but as far as 2019 is concerned get this weekend booked off in the diary!


Swindon Shuffle

When: July 11 to July 14
Where: Old Town, Swindon – venues vary
Who: Gaz Brookfield, Wyldest, The Astral Ponies, Raze*Rebuild, Flour Babies, Fake Walnut Dash, Wilding, The Bone Chapel, No Side Effects, The Oxymora

Swindon’s biggest musical highlight returns for its thirteenth year this July!

The town’s music scene is seeing a highly anticipated revival – over the last two years bands have been strongly developing and emerging left, right and centre. This year looks to be the Shuffle’s best line-up yet, – and last year was pretty damn good – showcasing the best of the town’s local talent.

And as one door closes, another one has opened with the Shuffle team welcoming the arrival of a brand new venue – The Hop!


Readipop Festival

When: July 11 to July 14
Where: Christchurch Meadows, Reading
Who: Cassetteboy vs DJ Rubbish, Sleeper, Brand New Heavies, The Orb, The Primitives, Saltwater Sun, Jurassic 5’s Soup Presents: The Fullee Love Collective

Back in its fourth year, Readipop Festival returns to the banks of the River Thames in Caversham this July!

The Readipop music charity is very proud to be bringing its strongest and most diverse musical line-up yet to Reading for an affordable weekend alongside delicious street food, a Reading Etsy team market, boat trips plus workshops in music, arts, circus and dance for all the family.

Readipop Festival director, Gavin Lombos, said: “Our excitement for the performances this July could not be higher!”


Larmer Tree Festival

When: July 18 to July 21
Where: Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal
Who: Kate Tempest, The Cat Empire, The Shires, Jack Savoretti, KT Tunstall, Gomez, Let’s Eat Grandma


Saddleback Festival

When: July 20
Where: Devizes Sports Club
Who: Whole Lotta Led, Creedence Clearwater, Elles Bailey, Ruzz Guitar’s Blues Revue 


Truck Festival – *SOLD OUT

When: July 26 to July 28
Where: Hill Farm, Oxfordshire
Who: Foals, Wolf Alice, Two Door Cinema Club, IDLES, Don Broco, Nothing But Thieves, Slaves, You Me At Six, Johnny Mar, Public Service Broadcasting, Kate Nash, The Japanese House, Sea Girls, Mallory Knox, Ten Tonnes, Yonaka, She Drew The Gun, whenyoung, Swimming Girls, Self Help, The Murder Capital, Cassels

“The Godfather of small music festivals” is back with its strongest line-up to date.

It’ll also be a homecoming for Oxford’s Foals and host some of the UK’s biggest and up and coming acts including Wolf Alice, Two Door Cinema Club, IDLES, Don Broco, Nothing But Thieves, You Me At Six and Ten Tonnes. It’s no wonder the majority of Truck’s tickets went flying out within a few days!

Truck is at the helm of small music festivals but based on some line-ups this year it’s certainly giving the larger events a run for their money.

*Resale date: Wednesday 3 July. Please visit the website for full details.



When: July 25 to July 28
Where: Charlton Park, Malmesbury
Who: Ziggy Marley, Orbital, Salif Keita, Anna Calvi, Brushy One String, Cymande, Dhafer Youssef


Mfor Festival

When: July 27
Where: Lydiard Park, Swindon
Who: Years & Years, Toploader, Ella Eyre, HRVY, Becky Hill, Jahmene Douglas, The Oxymora


You can also read The Ocelot’s full festival guide online: