MarshFest promises fun for all the family. Here’s a flavour of what entertainment is on offer this year – we’re adding to the list all the time:
We are absolutely delighted to welcome Lucy Lost It back to MarshFest! She entertained us brilliant a few years ago. Some of the wonderful things Lucy offers are magic shows, circus skills, and balloon modelling and she always has a rapt audience.
Graffiti specialists Graffarty is run by Steven Fitzpatrick, a professional Graffiti Artist based in Bristol who has been painting graffiti on and off since the late 1980s. He’s bringing his show on the road to MarshFest for the first time, so see his demos and spray paint your own graffiti name under his supervision (costs £10 per canvas to take home and keep).
Award-winning crafter extraordinaire Makery Kate has provided her brilliantly popular hands-on craft materials, offering family-friendly projects to complete on the day.
Zumba with Jess
For the first time, we’re delighted to have Zumba with Jess on our main stage! Get up, get moving – it’s perfect for adults and kids. Jess says: “I have been teaching Zumba Fitness in and around Bath for over 15 years. It’s a great workout, both cardio and conditioning and anyone can participate, no matter how old, young , fit or unfit. You do not need dancing experience, just the ability to move and shake what your mumma gave u ”.
Test your strength with our tug of war. Why not pit yourself against your neighbours and see who triumphs? Or try your hand at our child-friendly archery (no arrows!) as well as sports day favourites.
Don’t miss our brilliant face painters who will transform children into a creatures of their choice, be they unicorn or superheroes.
Time and again we’re told that it’s the simple, rural fun of our hay bale stack that keeps the kids entertained for hours.
For more information on the day, why not visit our handy FAQs.
We’re super excited to present our Marshfest 2022 line-up, with some very popular returners as well as a few fresh faces. Here’s who’s to look out for:
Talk in Code
Talk In Code are the South West’s finest exports. Delivering a “shimmering slab of indie pop goodness” (Amazing Radio), the band have gone from strength to strength in 2022 recently signing to London based Regent Street Records. The four piece, described as “Pet Shop Boys meets The 1975” have delicately crafted their own style of 80’s inspired, synth led uplifting and danceable indie pop.
A Bottle of Dog are a 3 piece rock band hailing from North Wiltshire. Their sound is inspired by the classic rock music their parents played them as kids with a bit of indie thrown in for good measure.
They are looking forward to finally playing Marshfest after the dreaded Covid prevented them from doing so in 2021.
Enter Red are an Alt-Rock quartet hailing from Bristol, UK. Taking inspiration from bands such as ‘Wolf Alice’ and ‘Nothing But Thieves’, Enter Red are best known for their massive stage presence which sees raucous youthful energy mixed with tight musicianship. The band have sold out multiple headline shows and their recent single ‘motion’ was nominated as BBC Bristols ‘Big New Sound’.
A high-calibre, high-energy funk and soul band, bringing a huge sound and party vibes to Marshfest 2022. Putting their unique twist on a trunk-full of funk, soul and disco classics, this 6-piece class act are guaranteed crowd-pleasers, with floor-fillers from the likes of Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and James Brown and tones inspired by modern-day funk heroes Scary Pockets and Vulfpeck.
After a thumping set last time around, Antalya, a hugely talented band led by James Warren, are back for another amazing set of blues-inspired brilliance.
Pipe Dream are a popular 4 piece function band renowned for covering a wide range of popular fun and lively music in and around Wiltshire.
Local boys based in Corsham will be doing a stripped down acoustic set to sit back and enjoy the weather with a cool cider.
After a stupendous DJ set last year, Jonny “bad ass” Gibbons is back with a killer sun-set session to get us all dancing
Zumba with Jess
For the first time, we’re delighted to have Zumba with Jess on our main stage! Get up, get moving – it’s perfect for adults and kids.
Battle of the Bands
Another first for Marshfest 2022, were excited to host our first Battle of the Band competition for schools. Our shortlisted finalist will battle out on the day, with the winners recieving £300 in music equipment vouchers and a set on the main stage.
This year, in partnership with El Toro Music, we’re excited to announce our Battle of the Bands competition for local schools.
Up to six finalists will battle it out during the early afternoon of Marshfest on 10th September 2022. Thewinner will pick up £300 in El Toro Music Equipment Vouchers and play a set later in the day on the main stage.
El Toro Music is an award winning indepenant music store, located in Kington St Michael, Chippenham. With a unique, modern approach to customer service, sales and support they are committed to providing the best customer experience possible with the best products they can find.
They also provide vocal, guitar, bass and live performance coaching as well as instrument & pro audio service & repair.
We’re very grateful for El Toro’s help and support for an event we hope to keep building from year to year, encouraging more young musicans to step forward and shine.
Submissions for this year are now closed – we’ll be announcing the finalists in due course.