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Berkofest 2017

Starts: 9th Sep 2017

The boutique family-friendly music festival in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.


Start Date

9th Sep 2017

End Date

9th Sep 2017


Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire


Dan Gillespie Sells, Alabama 3, John Power, Grace Petrie, Shane Lamont & Berkofest House Band, Rob Ince


Set in the natural amphitheatre of the Chilterns, the event has become synonymous with showcasing established and emerging talent across three music stages. Festivalgoers will also be treated to the best of local food and drink, and plenty of entertainment for the kids and those who are young at heart.

Broadcaster and stream-of-consciousness comedian Robin Ince is back by popular demand as the host of BerkoFest. He is one half of BBC Radio 4 Show ‘The Infinite Monkey Cage’ with Professor Brian Cox and is a regular contributor on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6Music show.

Dan Gillespie Sells is one of Britain’s finest singer-songwriters and will be treating us to a solo acoustic set. Dan came to prominence as the frontman of rock band The Feeling, and will be performing songs from their superb back catalogue. These include the top hits ‘Fill My Little World’, ‘Never Be Lonely’ and ‘Set My World On Fire’.

London based Alabama 3, who achieved international fame by penning the theme tune to the hit TV show The Sopranos and who were deemed “the best live band in the UK” by The Guardian, are geared up to perform an unforgettable acoustic set.

Having first made his mark on the UK Britpop scene with renowned quartet The La’s, talented singer John Power left the group to form Cast, a band whose live show was described by Noel Gallagher as a “religious experience”. John will be performing acoustic tracks from Cast’s iconic back catalogue.

Other treats in store include Grace Petrie, a folk singer-songwriter and guitarist who has been hailed as “a powerful new songwriting voice” by The Guardian. BerkoFest’s favourite singer-songwriter Shane Lamont is also here to entertain, along with exciting emerging talent performing in The Swan Youth Centre, Vee Music stage and Bullens Music stage.

Throughout the day there will be a range of tomfoolery for all the family to enjoy including Umbanda’s drum workshops and Hartbeeps. Local craft beer will be on tap, and for foodies, exotic and delicious cuisine is available in abundance from well-known local eateries including Mario’s ice cream and Porters restaurant.

“BerkoFest is known for its quality and eclectic mix of main stage performers and I believe this year's line-up verifies that. It is an amazing blend of musical genres and hit laden acts,” explains festival founder Charlie Hussey. “And equally importantly there are a number of music stages where young and upcoming local acts can perform. A must see!”

Dan Gillespie Sells declares “I'm very excited to be doing this festival. It's rare for me to play Feeling songs stripped down and acoustic and I am looking forward to sharing the experience with the crowd, and hopefully having a good sing along!”

Alabama 3 Acoustic have this message for us: "Hello Berkofest. Looking forward to boarding that little train to Mashville with you all! We're ready to take you on a journey with our unique brand of narco acoustic Country. Join us on the main stage on Saturday, 9th of September and get ready to shake off all your god damn blues. We know you've been hurting. We know you wake up every morning and piece together all the little shards of your broken hearts, but give yourselves over to the music now. We'll look after you! That's a promise!"

Returning host Robin Ince states “There’s lots of interesting bands and that’s what makes this an important festival.”

Tickets available here - and from various Berkhamsted High Street outlets.


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