Weyfest 2017 – NextFest Preview
18th – 20th August sees Surrey’s Weyfest heading back to Tilford’s Rural Life Centre for its 11th festival. The event prides itself on being a ‘cut above the rest’, and cite fine foods, ales, wines, ciders, craft lagers and beers, champagne, and cocktails as the reason why.
Not content with blowing all these other mucky festivals out of the water with their opulent food and drink, they also suggest that their amazingly posh toilets are going to keep you happy all weekend, as well as a fantastic camping area, superior sound quality from each of their four stages, and beautiful country woodland.
There will be lots to do at the festival for everyone, with children very well catered for in terms of attractions. There is an RC race track, laser-quest, musical instrument lessons, as well as the usual face painting and children’s entertainers. The grown-ups are well catered for also, as they have all of the boozy fun mentioned above to look forward to, alongside massages and other pleasantries.
The headliners are pretty phenomenal as well. Friday sees the almighty Buzzcocks providing all present with “…teenage kicks, all through the night…” (jeez…we’re so sorry, couldn’t resist a terrible pun). Saturday you’ll be resurecting love with Alison Moyet, and then squeezing (hopefully you cottoned on to that one…) into Sunday’s headline spot you have Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. So as you see, there’ll be loads to be getting on with from a sonic perspective.
But what of the other artists playing? Weyfest prides itself (aside from its poshness) on the wealth of established and up-and-coming acts that feature on their roster. Rightly so. They’ve pulled out all the stops to feature some outstanding acts.
You’ve got Stereo MCs playing on the Saturday, and who doesn’t love a bit of those 80s UK hip-hoppers? Best known for their 1992 smash hit single, Connected, the hip-hop/house hybrid group can really pull up a groove and know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to live performance.
Also playing are the mighty Dub Pistols, who were one of the pioneering acts of the UK big beat era electronic music. Similar to Stereo MCs, in that they combine musical styles to perfection, expertly melding dub, hip-hop, and electronica. The result being the release of something really quite almighty from the speaker stack. Having collaborated with the likes of JME and Rodney P, you know you’ll be in for a hell of a ride as the Dub Pistols fire shot after shot straight off the top of your dome.