Three New Acts to Announce!

Three New Acts

It may still be brisk outside but summer is coming, we can feel it! As the weather gets warmer, we work harder to start bringing the festival together. We’re delighted today to announce three new acts for this years festival.

Emily Barker

Three New Acts

Emily Barker is an award-winning singer-songwriter. Best known as the writer and performer of the theme to the BBC’s hugely successful crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. She has released music as a solo artist as well as with various bands. Including The Red Clay Halo, Vena Portae and Applewood Road. (With whom she released a remarkable album of original songs recorded live around a single microphone, dubbed “flawless” by The Sunday Times) and has written for film. Including composing the soundtrack for Jake Gavin’s lauded debut feature Hector starring Peter Mullan and Keith Allen
As a performer, Barker is captivating and accomplished. With an adept understanding of audiences. That finds her equally at home touring with punk troubadour Frank Turner as she is with American multi-Grammy-winning musician Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Most recently. Barker has released an album of collaborations with English folk legend Marry Waterson. A Window to Other Ways is out now on One Little Indian Records.

Coco and the Butterfields

CoCo and the Butterfields

If anyone ever doubted the ability of music to re-route people’s lives. A page from the formative days of CoCo and the Butterfields will soon turn that around.

It’s 2012 in the historic city of Canterbury. Where Songwriter Tom Twyman has a plane ticket in his hand. For the journey to a new life he’s mapped out for himself in Australia. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Dulcima Showan, meanwhile, has just left sixth form and is all set for art school in Dublin. Neither of them ever makes it though. As by now they’re in the early stages of a band that has very different plans for them.

The decision to stay was difficult at the time and yet so simple in hindsight, it saw the pair lead CoCo and the Butterfields on a steady and unmistakable upward incline. Developing an enviable reputation for their exhilarating live shows as their inclusive, acoustic-based sound has ripened to maturity. During the ride, they’ve played to enthusiastic audiences all over the UK and Europe. Selling out thousand capacity venues, touring the island’s o2 Academy’s and appearing at some of the world’s most prestigious music festivals such as Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Bestival! On top of this, the band have played numerous support shows for the likes of Bastille, King Charles, Scouting for Girls and Wheatus to name a few.

In recent years…

…CoCo have literally lived in their recording studio. Taking the time to create a collection of songs that offer an honest and intriguing insight into their lives both together and personally. Starting with an exclusive premiere on Clash Music for their brand new single Monsters, within that description lies a tangible sense of triumph over adversity, and how a negative can be deftly orchestrated into a positive, in the story of Twyman’s tumultuous upbringing.

Constantly touring, constantly writing and never quitting, CoCo and the Butterfields will be making music for a long, long time.

Rob Lear Band

Rob Lear Band

From his base in the Welsh valleys. Rob’s first solo recording, ‘A Million Stars’ was a six track E.P. The success of which resulted in the title track becoming a BBC Single of the Week. Rob’s second single ‘Little Acorns’, produced by the Manic Street Preachers’ celebrated producer Greg Haver also gained Single of the Week status.

Rob’s full debut album titled ‘Let it go’, mixed and co-produced by Richard Thomson’s Grammy-nominated producer Simon Tassano. Saw release in 2013. The success of that debut album led to major festival appearances and touring in both the UK and Europe.

Recent times have seen the release of follow-up album, ‘Motorcycle Heart’, once again co-produced in Texas by Tassano. With a full band line-up of an eclectic gathering of instrumentalists including Van Morrison bassist Pete Hurley and African rhythm tutor Liz Mullins, the album blends all the skills and influences of Rob’s band to deliver 12 tracks that bridge Americana, Folk, Country and even a dash of radio-friendly pop.

As a dedicated song-smith Rob has also been sought after to write for X-Factor finalists and signed artists with genres from EDM through to EMO and also including film score credits.

Rockin’ Rob’ – Frank Hennsay BBC Radio Wales

‘Elegance with acoustic aplomb’ – Country Music People Magazine

funky and full of cleaver melodic hooks’ – David Innes R2 Magazine

‘Great songs with such a sad voice’ – Justin Hayward, Moody Blues

Hopefully these new acts…

…will be getting you as excited as we are right now, don’t forget we announced some great acts last week, plus there’s many more to come!

Tickets are moving fast, but there’s still time for you to get yours today. Visit our tickets page for more information and booking.




Spring has Sprung & Line-up Announcements are Underway!

Important Announcement

This summers’ Trowbridge Festival is once again returning the beautiful setting that is Stowford Manor Farm. On the weekend of the 19th to the 21st of July the fun will begin once again. The line-up is building quickly and we have lots of great artists ready to reveal but for now we’ll share with you a special few:

The Spooky Men’s ChoraleThe Spooky Men's Chorale

The Spooky Men’s Chorale is a vast, rumbling, steam powered and black clad vocal behemoth, seemingly accidentally capable of rendering audiences moist eyed with mute appreciation or haplessly gurgling with merriment. Based on the twin pillars of grand foolishness and the quest for the perfect subwoofer-rattling boofchord, the Spooky Men seek to commentate on the absurdity and grandeur of the modern male armed only with their voices, a sly collection of hats and facial hair, and a twinkle in the eye.

Formed in the Blue Mountains of NSW in 2001 by Christchurch-born ‘spookmeister’ Stephen Taberner, the Spooky Men soon attracted attention with a judicious combination of Georgian table songs, pindrop beautiful ballads, highly inappropriate covers, and immaculate man anthems like ‘Don’t stand between a man and his tool’, all of which amounted to a manifesto for the new breed of man: happily suspended between thug and wimp.

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner

GigspannerSince his departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013. Legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner. In the process he has firmly established their burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene.

A glance at the band’s Guestbook page offers an insight into the emotional impact their performances exert…”spellbinding” “sublime” “blown away” “inspired” and “magical” are familiar themes.

Hailed by Songlines as “another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool”. There is however, far more to Gigspanner than meets the eye. To categorise these virtuoso performers purely as folk musicians would be to significantly undersell them, and to deny audiences the full scope of their musical embrace.

Gaz Brookfield and the Company of Thieves

Gaz Brookfield and the Company of Thieves

Gaz Brookfield is a solo acoustic musician based in Bristol. Playing at this years festival with his band.
Since winning Acoustic magazine’s 2010 Singer Songwriter of the year. Gaz has spent his time on the road, touring the UK and Europe. In this time he has shared the stage with the likes of The Levellers, New Model Army, Seth Lakeman, Frank Turner, The Wonder Stuff, Newton Faulkner and many more.

Gaz remains the only unsigned solo artist to sell out The Fleece, Bristol. A feat he has now achieved five times, the last three selling out over six months in advance.

This has made Gaz’s annual Christmas shindig gig an unmissable tradition for his fans. In December 2017 Gaz took the decision to move up a venue size, to The Bierkeller, Bristol (750 cap.) and even this gig sold out 2 months in advance.


There are still plenty more great artists to be revealed in the line-up the next few weeks.

Tickets for the festival are on sale right now and you can book yours right away.

2019 Tickets now on sale

On the 19th to the 21st of July 2019. Trowbridge Festival will once again be returning to Stowford Manor Farm.

We’re extremely excited to announce that tickets for the 2019 festival are now on sale, and we’re busy working behind the scenes to get everything ready for the big weekend.

We are also accepting pre-orders for T-Shirts, Hoodies and Programmes. There are some exciting new designs available this year, which can be reserved when you purchase your tickets. We recommend you do, as sizes and styles sold on the day may be limited in stock.

You will notice that we’ve made a few changes to our camping arrangements this year, however, all the information you need can be found right here, book tickets now:

Black Hoodie

Red T-shirt

Green T-shirt

Additionally, there are still Festival 2018 T-shirts and hoodies available. These can also be purchased directly from our website while stocks last:

Don’t forget that you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date information and general news about this years’ festival.

Last years’ festival was a smash-hit and this years is going to be even better. There’s already high demand for tickets, so don’t delay, grab yours today. 

– The Trowbridge Festival Team

2018 Follow Up

Save the date…

…we’re coming back! Now that the cold nights are starting to draw in. We thought it was high time we gave you something to look forward to.

The Trowbridge Festival team are already working hard to get next years festival ready for another rip-roaring summer.

On the 19th to the 21st of July 2019. Trowbridge Festival will once again be returning to Stowford Manor Farm.

Early-bird ticket sales will be announced very soon. So if you’re scratching your head wondering what to fill a stocking with this Christmas…well then you’re welcome!

T-Shirts and Hoodies Galore

Speaking of Yuletide gifts. We’ve had a lot of people asking if T-Shirts and Hoodies from this years festival are still available and the answer is yes!

There are a limited number in various sizes and colours left for purchase. For more information click the button below:

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In the meantime…

If you’re looking for festival like entertainment to get you through the short wait for the big event next year. Our friends at the Village Pump have an extra special gig for you happening on Thursday 22nd November at the Holy Trinity Church, Trowbridge:

Gigspanner, formed by (ex-Steeleye Span) legendary fiddle player Peter Knight, has built a massive reputation for dismantling traditional music and song and “reshaping it in fascinating ways” – fRoots Magazine

BBC Folk Award winners (Best Duo) Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are described by The Guardian as being “Subtle, bravely original…a combination of virtuosity, intensity and charisma”

Their appearances together as the Gigspanner Big Band are a rare but highly sought after affair. Thanks to performances of dazzling musicianship and arresting on-stage chemistry.

With an eclectic mix of self-penned material and traditional music rooted in the British Isles and beyond, with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, the Gigspanner Big Band produces richly atmospheric arrangements “with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator”.

“The Gigspanner Big Band are a unique musical proposition; they are taking folk music down new and enthralling paths. They are also one of the most exciting live bands you are likely to see this year (or any year, for that matter”) – Folk Radio UK

Promoted jointly by the Village Pump and Town Hall Arts, tickets are selling fast so get yours now from the Box Office Tel: 01225 774306, in person from Trowbridge Town Hall or online (£2 booking fee added)

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