The line up for The Festival™ 2018 saw racegoers thoroughly enjoy themselves from those in hospitality, to the people dancing the day away in Guiness Village.
This page will be updated with bands for The Festival™ at Cheltenham 2019 in due course.
Music’s finest duo, now that Oxide and Neutrino have packed it in. Taylor & The Mason play lovely folk with great lyrics and catchy hooks. Bringing innovative sounds created by just two guitars and two voices – one soulful and one with a stunning country twang – add to this their honest, lovely lyrics and you have a nicely presented musical package. From Manchester, they are Becky Taylor and Sally Mason.
Whack fol the daddy-o! Manchester Irish Band, The Lucky 15’s, sure know how to get things started. Combining tales of love and woe, bravery and despair, along with songs from all of the five major drinks groups: lager, cider, bitter, ale and stout. Guitarist Josh sings all the right notes (sometimes in the right order) while Bob on the fiddle is second-to-none, and first to the bar. Expect Irish Jigs, Celtic Reels and toe-tapping tunes that will have you giddy with glee. You keep backing the winners, we’ll keep singing the songs. Great craic!
A regular act at Cheltenham Racecourse, The Festival wouldn’t be the same without this superb group. Stuart Walby started the band 20 years ago around pubs and clubs in Cheltenham. Since then, he has added a team of amazing musicians and travelled the world performing at 1,000’s of prestigious events, including several high profile celebrity weddings. In 2014, they recorded a live album at the world famous Abbey Road Studios, London. Recently, they have been doing their usual high volume of UK shows, a live album at BBC’s Maida Vale Studios, as well as a tour of the USA!
Formed in Liverpool in 1993, The Wickermen have established themselves as one of the most in-demand cover bands on the UK Circuit. The past 10 years has seen them travelling extensively both home and abroad providing entertainment at many major corporate events, weddings and functions.
The Hipcats are one of the country’s leading jazz and swing bands and will be playing their fun brand of music at Cheltenham races with their special outdoor acoustic group. Away from Cheltenham Races they can be found at weddings, corporate events and even Glastonbury Festival with a line-up that can include vocals, drums, double bass, piano, jazz guitar, trumpet and saxophone. They are inspired by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra and all the other jazz & swing greats. Give them a smile and a wave, clap your hands and tap your feet – they look forward to entertaining you.
Legends of Irish music & song The Fureys, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc perform throughout Ireland, UK and Continental Europe every year.
The Fureys have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 39 years. The band was formed in 1978 literally by accident. George, Paul and Davey were playing in Denmark with their own band called the Buskers and Eddie and Finbar, while touring in Germany were involved in a road accident. When George and Paul got news of the accident they immediately travelled to Germany to be with their brothers. They then decided that they should all be playing together and this was the start of The Fureys.
Formed by lead singer and accomplished Banjo Player Pauric Mohan back in 2009, during his days as a student of music in Dublin, the band quickly found themselves signed to a residency at the World Famous Temple Bar and so it began! Word spread rapidly about the talented boys from Aughnacloy. Featuring the brilliant Daniel Doyle on Flute and whistles, the baby of the band Stephen McElvogue on Guitar and Szymon Dwulat on drums ALL FOLK’D UP take their audience on an unforgettable trip through decades of well-known classics adding their own unique twist as well as their very own new modern originals.