Bands

Thrill Collins
Thrill Collins
Thrill Collins are a British acoustic trio formed in 2009. The band consists of Robbie Pert on guitar and vocals, Andrew Lansley on double bass/vocals and Peter Harper on cajon/vocals. To date they have released three EPs recorded by producer George Shilling. The band are most noted for their application of the skiffle genre to modern music. Taking inspiration from the DIY ethics of the movement and artists such as Lonnie Donegan and The Quarrymen, the band have sought to replicate the style and humour that is closely associated with the genre.
Taylor & The Mason
Taylor & The Mason
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.
The Lucky 15's
The Lucky 15's
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!
The Chip Shop Boys
The Chip Shop Boys
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!
Tommy and The Fuse
Tommy and The Fuse
Tommy and The Fuse have become one of the most in-demand “event” bands in the south-west after enjoying years of gigging internationally, supporting chart acts, rocking celebrity weddings and entertaining the troops. Between the four band members, their musical history includes work alongside Elton John, Jools Holland, Cheryl Cole, Simply Red, Ricky Gervais, Ronan Keating and recording at Abbey Road. Their set lists are as varied as their tastes, and when they’re not creating their own tunes, they’re putting their own spin on hundreds of classic tracks by the likes of Madness, The Black Eyed Peas, The Killers, Ed Sheeran, Rudimental, Maroon 5, Queen and Bruno Mars. In short; they play “whatever it takes to help a few thousand people jump up and down!
The Wickermen
The Wickermen
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
The Hipcats
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.
Hothouse Flowers
Hothouse Flowers
Since the release of their last CD, “Into Your Heart” Hothouse Flowers have been playing steadily around Ireland, America, Great Britain, Japan and Europe.
Fiachna, Liam and Peter are traditional musicians. This allows for moments of ancestral connection. What was a second before a Doors-like workout, becomes an earnest and a timeless offering to the memory of Currachaí na Tra Báine. A song inherited by Fiachna describing the blow inflicted upon a community and a family due to drowning. This moment and moments like these set the Flowers apart from almost any other band of their time and trade. They are carriers of Culture and all of what that entails.
Murphy's Marbles
Murphy's Marbles
The Marbles comprise four musicians. Their line-up includes guitars, fiddle, whistle, flute, bass, mandolin, bodhran and harmonica. Murphys Marbles have performed the length and breadth of the country, Ireland, and Europe at numerous major festivals. Their stage performance is charismatic and dynamic. Their music is Celtic-based, a mixture of traditional and contemporary with a cutting edge. They also have an impressive portfolio of their own market.

Band Schedules

This schedule is correct for The Festival 2017. Please note that this schedule is liable to change for The Festival 2018. Please keep an eye on this page for the latest schedule.

Champion Day

Time Guinness Village Plaza Best Mate Enclosure Centaur Balcony Centaur Final Flight
10:30-11:00 The Hip Cats DJ/Disco Taylor & The Mason
11:00-11:30 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats DJ/Disco Taylor & The Mason
11:30-12:00 The Hip Cats The Chip Shop Boys Taylor & The Mason
12:00-12:30 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats DJ/Disco Taylor & The Mason
12:30-13:10 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats The Chip Shop Boys Taylor & The Mason
13:30 Race 1
13:40-14:00 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats The Chip Shop Boys
14:10 Race 2
14:20-14:40 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats The Chip Shop Boys
14:50 Race 3
15:00-15:20 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats The Chip Shop Boys
15:30 Race 4
15:30-16:00 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats DJ/Disco
16:10 Race 5
16:20-16:40 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats DJ/Disco
16:50 Race 6
17:00-17:25 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats DJ/Disco
17:30 Race 7
17:40-18:30  The Chip Shop Boys  Tommy and The Fuse

Ladies Day

Time Guinness Village Plaza Best Mate Enclosure Centaur Balcony Centaur Final Flight
10:30-11:00 The Hip Cats  DJ/Disco  Taylor & The Mason
11:00-11:30 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats  Thrill Collins  Taylor & The Mason
11:30-12:00 The Hip Cats  Thrill Collins  Taylor & The Mason
12:00-12:30 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats  DJ/Disco  Taylor & The Mason
12:30-13:10 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats   Thrill Collins  Taylor & The Mason
13:30 Race 1
13:40-14:00 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats   Thrill Collins
14:10 Race 2
14:20-14:40 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats   Thrill Collins
14:50 Race 3
15:00-15:20 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats   Thrill Collins
15:30 Race 4
15:40-16:00 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats  DJ/Disco
16:10 Race 5
16:20-16:40 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats  DJ/Disco
16:50 Race 6
17:00-17:20 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats  DJ/Disco
17:30 Race 7
17:40-18:30 The Lucky 15’s  Thrill Collins  The Chip Shop Boys

St Patrick’s Thursday

Time Guinness Village Plaza Best Mate Enclosure Centaur Balcony Centaur Final Flight
10:30-11:00 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats  DJ/Disco  Taylor & The Mason
11:00-11:30 The Hip Cats  Murphy’s Marbles  Taylor & The Mason
11:30-12:00  The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats  DJ/Disco  Taylor & The Mason
12:00-12:30  Hot House Flowers The Hip Cats  Murphy’s Marbles  Taylor & The Mason
12:30-13:10  Hot House Flowers The Hip Cats  DJ/Disco  Taylor & The Mason
13:30 Race 1
13:40-14:00  Hothouse Flowers The Hip Cats  Murphy’s Marbles
14:10 Race 2
14:20-14:40  Hothouse Flowers The Hip Cats  Murphy’s Marbles
14:50 Race 3
15:00-15:20  Hothouse Flowers The Hip Cats  Murphy’s Marbles
15:30 Race 4
15:40-16:00 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats  DJ/Disco
16:10 Race 5
16:20-16:40 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats  Murphy’s Marbles
16:50 Race 6
17:00-17:20 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats  DJ/Disco
17:30 Race 7
17:40-18:30  Hothouse Flowers  Tommy and The Fuse

Gold Cup Day

Time Guinness Village Plaza Best Mate Enclosure Centaur Balcony Centaur Final Flight
10:30-11:00 The Hip Cats  DJ/Disco  Taylor & The Mason
11:00-11:30 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats  DJ/Disco  Taylor & The Mason
11:30-12:00 The Hip Cats The Wickermen  Taylor & The Mason
12:00-12:30 Hothouse Flowers The Hip Cats DJ/Disco  Taylor & The Mason
12:30-13:10 Hothouse Flowers The Hip Cats The Wickermen  Taylor & The Mason
13:30 Race 1
13:40-14:00 Hothouse Flowers The Hip Cats  DJ/Disco
14:10 Race 2
14:20-14:40 Hothouse Flowers The Hip Cats The Wickermen
14:50 Race 3
15:00-15:20 Hothouse Flowers The Hip Cats The Wickermen
15:30 Race 4
15:40-16:00 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats The Wickermen
16:10 Race 5
16:20-16:40 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats The Wickermen
16:50 Race 6
17:00-17:20 The Lucky 15’s The Hip Cats  DJ/Disco
17:30 Race 7
17:40-18:30  Hothouse Flowers  The Chip Shop Boys