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Muddy counts down to the Always The Sun Festival, Guildford



If you thought the summer of festivals was over, then you’d most certainly be wrong. And if you live anywhere near Guildford, I also have to ask if you’ve had your head under a rock these past few weeks, because this weekend (Sept 10-11) is the Always the Sun Festival, at Stoke Park in Guilford.

So this is your polite Muddy reminder to get your flippin skates on and buy your tickets if you haven’t already, cos it’s shaping up as a biggie peeps. A biggie!

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Turin Brakes

A couple of things you should know. It’s being put on by Guildford’s Boileroom, which will be 10 years old this September, so this is a sort of birthday bash for the independent music venue.

The festival is named after the Stranglers hit song, ‘Always the Sun’ – the Stranglers being, like, originally from Guildford.

There will be four stages: the Park Stage, Andertons Stage, Buskers Stage and Tropica Stage. Mystery Jets and Turin Brakes are headlining the main stage (Park), and throughout the rest of the weekend the stage will be buzzing with the sounds of Spring King, Hugh Cornwell (he’s the original Stranglers frontman) and Dub Pistols, among many others.

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Mystery Jets

There will also be the House of Hatha, a more chilled out zone with tai chi, yoga and massage; the Outdoor Kitchen, with foodie demos from the likes of Stu Henshall and Dan Britten; arts and craft workshops at the Imaginarium’ and poetry, social cinema and a speakers’ corner at All the World’s A Stage.

Tickets are £40 an adult for the weekend, and £20 for kids. But under 11s go free, so it’s a pretty affordable weekend for families when you consider the cost of most weekend festivals.

Stoke Park, Nightingale Road, Guildford , GU1 1ER.

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