Bracknell Festival 2016

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Bracknell Festival 2016

Bracknell Festival 2016 will be held on Saturday July 30 in the stunning grounds of South Hill Park Arts Centre.

We are thrilled to announce that The Shires will be headlining this year’s Festival!

They will be joined on the main stage by Berkshire’s own The Hoosiers and Liverpudlian Indie group Space.

Join us for a full day of music from 12pm until 9pm.

Other exciting acts include Scottish singer Owen Paul, best known for his 80s hit ‘My Favourite Waste of Time‘ and also for his work with Mike and the Mechanics. Also Sally Barker (BBC’s the Voice), The R’n’Beatles, Caddy Cooper and Retrostate.


The Shires have risen to prominence over the last two years with TV appearances on the Graham Norton Show, the BBC Music Awards, Festival appearances including Glastonbury 2015 and performances worldwide including a tour supporting The Corrs. Their debut album Brave has received critical acclaim across the board.

The Hoosiers are an English pop rock band from Bracknell and Woodley in Berkshire. Their first single “Worried About Ray” reached number 5 on the UK Singles Chart in July 2007. In October 2007, they released their debut album The Trick to Life, which reached number 1 in the album charts. The band released their second top ten album The Illusion of Safety on 16 August 2010 and was preceded by the lead single “Choices” which was released on 1 August 2010, it reached the UK Top 20.

Space are an English indie rock band from Liverpool, who came to prominence in the mid-1990s with hit singles such as “Female of the Species”, “Neighbourhood” “Avenging Angels” and “The Ballad of Tom Jones”. They worked with both Tom Jones in 1999 and Cerys Matthews a year earlier. The band had formed in 1993 and released four studio albums, plus a number of charting singles, before eventually disbanding in 2005. In 2011, two years after the death of original drummer Andy Parle, the band announced they would reunite with Tommy Scott, Jamie Murphy and Franny Griffiths returning alongside three new members, crowd-funding their first album in a decade, Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab.

Owen Paul is best known as the Scottish singer and co-writer of the 1986 number 3 hit My Favourite Waste of Time. Since then he has run a successful West End theatre in Leicester Square and toured the UK and Europe as part of Mike and The Mechanics. He was the vocal arranger on their ‘Rewired’ album, produced a triple platinum selling album for Japanese band ‘Buck Tick’ and co-produced the UK entry for Eurovision 2001 for Lindsay Dracass which went on to become a top 20 hit.

Sally Barker is a British singer and songwriter, known for her solo work and as a founding member of The Poozies. In 2014, she was a finalist in the BBC One talent contest The Voice, finishing in joint second place.

The R’n’Beatles If you have ever wondered what it would have been like to witness the birth of arguably the world’s greatest band, then now’s your chance to find out. The R’n’Beatles specialise in performing Beatles songs from the legendary Cavern Club and Hamburg era.

Retrostate Turn it Up is the opening release by Retrostate for the launch of their brand new label Rubicon Recordings. They are best described as a synthesis of 70’s-80’s soul funk, served up on a bedrock of solid 21st century dance beats. Brought to you with a well rounded remix package with something for everyone.

There will also be a whole host of children’s activities, a wide range of food stalls, drinks tents, a VIP area and more.

For updated information on the Festival including artist announcements, guidelines, timings and more, please keep an eye on this page or visit our Facebook page:



  • £30 – Full price tickets from 10am 29th February
  • Children 5 and under – Free
  • Children 6-17 years – £8
  • Under 18’s must be accompanied by a paying adult!
  • Limited Parking available at £5.00 per vehicle — To book parking only please click here

VIP packages available:

  • VIP Tickets £110.00 – (MAX 200)
  • Include FREE PARKING — Please note to secure your free VIP parking you must email
  • All you can eat Lunch Buffet, Afternoon Tea and all you can eat Evening Buffet
  • PLUS – FREE Carlsberg & House Wine ALL DAY


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