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  1. Ladies and Gents. Apologies if this is in the wrong place. Anyone at a loose end 2nd & 3rd July around Oxfordshire? My local rugby club are holding the 2nd Rugfest. (Nothing to do with lesbians, however they are more than welcome.)

    If you're in the area - pop in for a bit of music and some decent beers:

    Wallingford RFC’s family friendly music festival

    ‘Rugfest’ back for its second year

    Rugfest, the beer and music festival organised by Wallingford Rugby Club, is back with an extended programme on 2 and 3 July 2010. New to this year’s event is the Friday evening session in addition to a full day’s line up on Saturday. Held at Hithercroft Sports Park in Wallingford as a fund raising event for Wallingford Rugby Club, the event is oriented to families with music and entertainment for all across the two sessions.

    After the success of last year’s inaugural event, which attracted 2,000 people, this year’s event is set to attract even greater numbers with the addition of the Friday evening programme. Mellow acoustic music will determine the flavour of Friday evening’s session, which will be headlined by Jackie Leven. Leven has produced albums with crime writer Ian Rankin, written songs with Laurence Olivier and been awarded the German equivalent of the Mercury Music Prize. Supporting Jackie will be the marvellous Friday’s Child playing unplugged, singer songwriter Jessie Grace and Message To Bears this being the moniker of multi-instrumentalist Jerome Alexander. Alexander creates beautiful soundscapes by overlaying acoustic guitar lines, piano, percussion, samples and strings

    Saturday’s programme will cater for the whole family, with a panoply of bands galore: Headlining will be Big Mac’s Wholly Soul band. Mike ‘Big Mac’ McNamara is a Soul singer in the purest sense of the word, thus the band, though more than adept at producing the raw edged originals of Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Otis Redding and James Brown, are also proficient in the more polished spheres of black music, Motown, Philly, Funk and those glorious vocal harmony drenched ballads. Vocalists, however, are only as good as their backing band permits and Big Mac has The Wholly Soul Band… easily the best in the business. Sharing the spotlight is Tim Ten Yen described by Steve Lemacq as “a future cult figure”, Tim, whose only accompaniments are the smallest keyboard in the world and a sleeping battery-powered cat, has an air of John Hegley about him and is best described as Geeky synth-pop with comic vocals and uncle dancing……. and with Spring Offensive, Big 500, Oldplay, Violet Behavior, Unusual Suspects, Very Nice Harry and the eccentric Farmyard Ska sound of Quadrophobe, also listed to play, you can see that this makes for a great festival indeed.

    Soak up the entertainment with a local tipple of your choice with freshly made cocktails from the mixologists of Wallingford ’s Old Post Office, the event sponsor, plus ales and ciders from some of these local breweries: Vale Brewery, Loddon Brewery, Ramsbury Brewery, West Berkshire Brewery, Tring Brewery, Cotswold Brewing Co., Rebellion Beer, and Thatcher’s Cider.

    Local entertainers including circus skills performers and a bouncy castle will entertain the kids; there will be workshops in both dance and drums as well as a Kids disco; food and craft stalls including Jeff’s Ice Cream add to the fair.

    Tickets for the events can be bought on the event website Prices start from £5 for the Friday night session, £12 for the Saturday session or £15 for a weekend pass. Entry is free of charge for children under 16 accompanied by an adult. On site camping is available for £5 per tent (max 4 people) per night.

    Keep up to date with Rugfest preparations and programme updates here:
  2. Not sure of UK slang terms but on my side of the pond would sound like a toupee wearers convention.

    Despite the name, sounds like a great event. Rugby is a great sport to watch. Best of luck for your event.
  3. Damn, that is exactly what I thought this was about!
  4. Rugfest was so disappointed no lessers, Katy Perry song is in my head and everything, damn you for spoiling my morning.