Eppyfest 7 Announces full line up, venue and ticket information


EppyFest – the eclectic music festival run by Ian Fairholm of the Epileptic Gibbon Podcast, now in conjunction with Stephen Lambe and Huw Lloyd-Jones of Sonicbond Promotions – is happy to announce full details of its 7th edition. The festival will begin on the evening of Friday 27th July 2018 and continue on Saturday 28th beginning at around 1pm at its new home St. Margaret’s Hall, Coniston Road, Hatherley, Cheltenham GL51 3NU

Festival organiser Ian Fairholm talks about the new-look festival:

“I am delighted that my collaboration with Stephen and Huw has allowed the festival to spread its wings, by bringing in headliners of greater stature, so I am thrilled to have booked the legendary international psychedelic and progressive rock band Gong and the hugely popular English contemporary music ensemble – the North Sea Radio Orchestra. I am also excited to be able to bring back some familiar names in Sanguine Hum(acoustic), Neil Campbell and Firefly Burning, while making their first appearances will be Fractal Mirror (stripped down), Bristol-based band Lord of Worms and our Saturday special guest Doris Brendel, who has been described as a modern day Janis Joplin.”

Sponsor ticket (including an EppyFest 2018 T-shirt) at £60 and standard Friday / Saturday joint tickets priced £40 are on sale now. Day tickets will go on sale in the New Year.

Stephen Lambe discusses the new venue:

” After quite a search, we settled on St. Margaret’s Hall in Cheltenham as the new home of the festival. It’s a superb space, with room to grow and great on-site parking. It’s also nicely positioned so that it’s close to Cheltenham train station, 5 minutes from the M5 and not far from Cheltenham Town Centre with its wealth of accommodation.”

The line up:

Friday 27th July

Gong planetgong.co.uk
Neil Campbell neilcampbell.org.uk

Saturday 28th July

North Sea Radio Orchestra nsro.co.uk
Doris Brendel dorisbrendel.com
Sanguine Hum (acoustic) sanguinehum.com

Firefly Burning fireflyburning.co.uk
Lord of Worms facebook.com/lordofwormsmusic/
Fractal Mirror (stripped down) fractalmirror.net

More details to follow very soon!


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EppyFest – the eclectic music festival run by Ian Fairholm of the Epileptic Gibbon Podcast – will join together with the Summer’s End Festival organisation for its 2018 edition.

The Gloucestershire-based festival has run every year since 2012, and past performers have included The William D. Drake band, Judy Dyble, The Korgis vs. Stackridge, Firefly Burning, Flutatious, Henry Fool, The Fierce and the Dead, Sanguine Hum, Sheelanagig, Schnauser, Thumpermonkey and Trojan Horse.

Stephen Lambe – co-promoter of the Summer’s End and Winter’s End Progressive Rock Festivals with Huw Lloyd-Jones, explains why they felt so compelled to add Eppyfest to their roster of events:

“Eppyfest is unique. No other festival in the UK combines rock, folk, jazz and contemporary classical music in such a fantastic way. As fans of the festival -and I’ve been to all but one – our intention is to give Eppyfest the budget and the organisational back up to secure its future and help it reach a wider audience, while freeing up Ian to concentrate on what he loves most – pulling the line up together.”

Ian Fairholm comments:

Putting EppyFest together over the past six years has been immense fun but also immensely challenging. I’ve had a strong desire to keep the festival going and allow it to grow, and with the help of Stephen and Huw, who have made the Summer’s End Festival such a success, I now see that as a definite reality. EppyFest will maintain its own distinctive character but this new partnership will help it to flourish in 2018.”

Eppyfest 2018 is already in the planning stage, and will take place as usual in late July, expanding to a Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and evening. It will move from its previous home in Stroud to a new venue in the Cheltenham area.

Advance “Superstar” tickets, for anyone wanting to provide extra financial support with this new expanded EppyFest experience, will be available soon, as will full details of the new venue and date.



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We’re not doing a full-on EppyFest this year (2017) BUT very importantly we are doing an EppyFest Mini on the evening of Saturday July 29th, though as with previous years we’re likely to be having social events over the whole weekend. Our fabulous line-up has been finalised:
Bristol-based band Schnauser will headline with their mixture of Canterbury prog, 60s psych and modern pop, including tracks from their brand new album, ‘Irritant’.
You can also see amazing guitarist Neil Campbell, psych/folk/pop singer-songwriter Candythief who appeared at the very first EppyFest & makes her welcome return, Matt Baber (keyboardist with the mighty Sanguine Hum) who will be delivering a solo set, & whimsical prog popster Mister Pongle.
This year’s smaller event takes place at the Frog and Fiddle in Cheltenham. The main EppyFest website eppyfest.co.uk/ will be updated soon BUT tickets are already available to pre-order (see below for details).
Advance tickets cost £8 each for standard tickets (£10 on the door, on the day) & it’s £20 for an advance ticket for those of you wanting to pay a little extra to support EppyFest (you’ll also get an EppyFest Mini poster). You can buy advance tickets (for either £8 or £20) now via: paypal.me/EppyFest
Please spread the word and let’s make EppyFest Mini a great success!
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EppyFest is happening again this year (2016) and will be taking place on Saturday July 16th, though as with previous years we’re likely to be having social events over the whole weekend. Our fabulous line-up has been announced: William D. Drake & band will headline, plus you’ll be able to see Judy Dyble & her band of Perfect Strangers, the Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet, Darkroom, Tom Slatter & Marvin B Naylor. The event again takes place at the Lansdown Hall in Stroud. The main EppyFest website eppyfest.co.uk/ has been updated and tickets are now available to pre-order from there. Please spread the word and let’s make this the best EppyFest yet!


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Following three successful EppyFests in 2012, 2013 and 2014 I’m very happy to announce that there will be a fourth EppyFest in 2015, taking place on Saturday 11th July 2015 at The Lansdown Hall in Stroud, Gloucestershire. You can listen to the EppyFest 4 promo trailer here.


Our headliners will be The Korgis vs. Stackridge, which will see Andy Davis, James Warren and their band performing songs from both back catalogues.
The penultimate act will be duo Arch Garrison (featuring Craig Fortnam, of North Sea Radio Orchestra, & James Larcombe, of Stars in Battledress).
Before them and after the dinner break will be Unto Us, the UK rock band who fuse prog, jazz, metal & HobNobs.
Before the dinner break it’s Trojan Horse who drag 70s prog rock kicking and screaming through the subsequent decades & sculpt their mass of noise into beautiful shapes.
Before them will be Firefly Burning who draw on Javanese gamelan, guitars, cello, violin, voice, gongs & piano, to produce a cross between folk-pop & classical music, a bit like North Sea Radio Orchestra meets Kate Bush.
And piano-led progressive pop/jazz/trip-hop/rock outfit Death In Texas will open the event.
More details about tickets to come here over the next few weeks and months, and on http://www.eppyfest.co.uk/ which is now the main site for the festival itself. Below is the poster for last year’s event.


The first EppyFest happened on the evening of Saturday, 23 June 2012 and featured the poppy psych folk of Candythief, the loop guitar wizardry of Matt Stevens, and William D Drake & his band headlined with their neo-classical art rock and that dash of Cardiacs magic.
The second EppyFest happened on Saturday 6th July, 2013 and was headlined by Sheelanagig, with other performances from Sanguine Hum, Schnauser, She Makes War, Tinkerscuss and Becky Rose.


EppyFest 2, July 6th, 2013, Lansdown Hall in Stroud. Tickets ARE NOW AVAILABLE to buy!!! If you’d rather wait until the afternoon/evening of the event itself you can buy on the door at the Lansdown Hall but they will cost £25. Either way it’s still a bargain for six wonderful acts. Please buy and/or spread the word. I look forward to seeing lots of you there! Here’s the full six-act line-up:

Opener – Becky Rose – highly talented young singer/songwriter/musician with an incredible voice.

2nd on bill – Tinkerscuss – Gloucestershire-based duo Erin & Bryony Holden play a mixture of both traditional & Celtic-based folk music. Erin’s Celtic guitar tuning mixes with Bryony’s rich, resonant vocals & expressive performance to create an atmosphere of melody & rhythmic beauty.

3rd on bill – She Makes War – DIY solo project of Bristol based multi-instrumentalist, visual artist & digital polymath Laura Kidd, blending urgent, grungey guitars with processed beats, heady pop melodies and a liberal dusting of glitter.

4th on bill – Schnauser – Bristol based band that play Canterbury prog, 60s psych & melodic pop/rock, awash with unexpected chord changes, harmonies, black humour and odd time signatures.

5th on bill – Sanguine Hum – modern, forward-thinking prog rock four-piece band that combine complex ensemble work, profound song-writing, uniquely ambitious instrumental pieces & affecting sonic landscapes. Intriguing combination of influences & styles, from Frank Zappa to Porcupine Tree, from Robert Wyatt to Boards of Canada, & from Radiohead to Hatfield & the North.

Headliner – Sheelanagig – Bristol purveyors of the finest Balkan jazz-folk mayhem. Their live performances are an intense experience, encompassing street theatre, elements of storytelling & acrobatics, and the band remain dedicated to creating music that can delight listeners with intricate & rhythmically diverse arrangements of traditional & composed music.

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  1. Veronique Chevalier said,

    Wish I could join vous, but, at the very least, I shall be there in spiritus!

  2. epilepticgibbon said,

    Merci, Veronique!

  3. M.O.D said,

    Splendid splendid evening, super job, and thank you loads for getting Mr Drake to headline!! I have a video of the final two tunes by Bill – let me know where I can share. Rob.

    • epilepticgibbon said,

      Cheers, Rob! So glad you enjoyed. It was a fabulous evening and Mr Drake and band were on top form (as were all the acts). Are you okay to put the video up somewhere (e.g. YouTube or similar) and I then I can spread the link around?

  4. epilepticgibbon said,

    And thanks for the video, Rob. Here’s the link for others to view Mr Drake’s encore: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8XT4Yekgis&feature=youtu.be

  5. M.O.D said,

    Eh up folks… Bill told me the song title for the final song – so the above video has been amended.. Cheers, Rob

  6. Andy Eppy said,

    Hey…my name is Andy Eppy :-D

    How about a free ticket?

    • epilepticgibbon said,

      Hi Andy! Nice try but every ticket sale counts (we’re on a very tight budget!) so you’d be more than welcome to attend EppyFest but no free tickets I’m afraid.

  7. Dave Taylor said,

    Hi, I keep getting a ‘number not recognised’ response each time I try to get tickets, is there any other number I can ring or a different way of booking? I live too far away to collect in person and don’t want to miss out or drive over on the day to find we can’t get in. Cheers.

    • epilepticgibbon said,

      Hi Dave,

      Sorry to hear you’re getting a ‘number not recognised’ response each time you try to get EppyFest tickets. I’ve tried the number myself just now and I’m having the same problem. It’s the first I’ve heard of it so I’m hoping this a temporary technical fault and I’m looking into it.

      There isn’t currently a different number but you could email Kane’s Records (their email address is sales@kanesrecords.com) and ask them to put tickets aside for you and then pick them up and pay for them on the day of the festival. Let me know if this works out for you and I’ll get back to you if I hear more about the phone problem.

      Best wishes

  8. Cynthia Maher Spencer said,

    Yay! Fab new poster. :-)

  9. applekins said,

    How do we apply to get involved in Eppyfest?

    • epilepticgibbon said,

      Sorry for the delay in me replying. We’re pretty much full up for next year’s EppyFest. If you’d like to send me music for inclusion on the podcast or for consideration for a future EppyFest then let me know. :-)

  10. Tori said,

    Hi there!
    Who is the best person to contact in regards to artist application for the 2014 festival? This festival looks right up my alley!

    • epilepticgibbon said,

      Hi Tori! Sorry for the delay in me replying. We’re pretty much full up for next year’s EppyFest. If you’d like to send me music for inclusion on the podcast or for consideration for a future EppyFest then let me know. :-)

      Best wishes,

  11. David Setterfield said,

    To whom it concerns,

    Please consider Strange Folk for a slot at next years festival.

    If you require a press pack please let me know.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best regards,

    David Setterfield




    • epilepticgibbon said,

      Hi David! We’re pretty much full up for next year’s EppyFest. If you’d like to send me music for inclusion on the podcast or for consideration for a future EppyFest then let me know. :-)

      Best wishes,

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