Bellringers will ring in the start of Festival week with a quarter peal, which lasts about 45 minutes. One of the bells in the tower is inscribed with the date 1779.
10.00am On the field there will be a large number of varied community and commercial stalls.
A great attraction will be the magnificent Harvey’s Brewery Dray Horses on show.
(Sponsored by Harvey’s Brewery, Lewes)
There will be live entertainment throughout the day in the Arena with MC Christine Skinner. Arena performances include ‘Culinary Duel’ A cook off like no other! Physical humour, high energy dance, acrobatics and innovative audience participation.
(supported by Applause Rural Touring)
A bike repair and maintenance expert, Nick Alff from Hastings Cycles, will be on hand to give your bicycle a free safety check and basic service. He will also be able to offer tips and advice on simple bicycle maintenance. So, why not come to the Big Day on your bike.
Big Day Arena
Sponsored by Co-operative Funeralcare Uckfield)
10.00am Fun Dog Show Bring along your dog, waggiest tail, most beautiful eyes etc. Entrance £1 per class per class.
(Sponsored by Paws and Claws and Handsome Hounds)
11.00am onwards – Arena Performers – Dancers, Singers, Bands and Specialty acts. (times subject to change). Live entertainment throughout the day with MC Christine Skinner.
11.00am Annika Brown
11.30am Universal Dance
12.00 noon Culinary Duel
(Supported by Applause Rural Touring)
12.40pm Karate Demonstration by TSM Martial Arts
1.00pm The Sussex String Band
2.00pm Grand Parade arrives
2.30pm Culinary Duel
(Supported by Applause Rural Touring)
3.10pm Deb’s Dancers
3.40pm Crossfit display
4.00pm Natasha Norodien
4.30pm Spirit Elite
Look out for East Sussex National Hotel’s Silent Auction pitch. You can bid for any of the following. All proceeds to Uckfield Festival Association to provide more entertainment and facilities for the residents of Uckfield. Easy to do, just look at what others have bid and up it by a few pounds.
|Lot 2||Lot 3||Lot 4||
|B&B with a Rhassoul Mud Treatment for 2 guests (excluding Saturdays) Complimentary upgrade to a Suite – Subject to availability valid for 6 Months||7 Days pass at the Leisure club||Alfresco Theatre & BBQ for 2 guests||Golfers Mid-Week 4ball||Full Afternoon Tea & Spa Day for 2 guests||Sunday Carvery for 4 guests at the Hunningtons Restaurant in the Clubhouse|
Uckfield’s Got Talent …although this is a showcase not a competition.
Acts should contact Jill on firstname.lastname@example.org 01825 762908 at least two weeks before the event.
There is a £5 entry fee for individuals or groups of no more than 5 persons.
Tickets £4 on the door
The Billy Walton Band from USA supported by Uckfield’s own Red Butler
In conjunction with Uckfield Blues & Roots Festival https://uckfieldbluesandroots.co.uk/
One the best New Jersey acts ever to visit these shores , the six-piece Billy Walton Band will take you on a journey covering the American rock and blues landscape. Thirteen European tours since 2007 have also established the group in the fertile British Blues Rock scene. The band have been really looking forward to their current Netherlands, Germany and UK tour. If you have not seen this band – drag yourself there. You will be amazed at the prowess of the maestro Billy Walton and the mighty Billy Walton Band.
Dynamic rock/blues band Red Butler is fast making a name for itself across Britain and Europe. Audiences instantly tap into the fire and passion generated by the young band led by Alex Butler.
Uckfield Civic Centre, Weald Hall
(Sponsored by Resin Bonded Limited and Perspective Accounting Limited)
We start the festival club today with our own Jane Pritchett’s trio. They sing well known songs from 1940s to the present day whilst giving the audience an opportunity to join in with many numbers. Steve and Dave play guitar, mandolin and cajón drum box. Please join us for this local popular group.
Luxford Lounge, Civic Centre Entrance Free – Collection to performers. (Sponsored by Business Consultancy ‘Skill IS Ltd’ www.tomcrellin.co.uk)
Red, Green and Blue’s original songs blend strong vocal harmonies and acoustic musicianship into a style uniquely their own. The multi-instrumental duo also play acoustic covers drawn from a wide variety of genres – some of their choices may surprise you…
Luxford Lounge, Civic Centre Free – collection to performers. (Sponsored by Business Consultancy ‘Skill IS Ltd’ www.tomcrellin.co.uk)
You demanded a return visit after a sellout gig at the Festival last year! Enjoy an evening of classic jazz in this iconic building as master rhythm guitarist Piers Clark joins with clarinettist Brian Hills and our very own Lou Glandfield to explore the American Jazz song book from its very roots in the 1920s. Piers Clark (Leader, guitar) is one of the best swing guitarists around. He has played with the USA’s finest including Scott Hamilton, Kenny Davern and Marty Grosz. Brian Hills (clarinet), a formidable musician who specialises in unearthing forgotten classics from old 78s, has recorded with the likes of Champion Jack Dupree. Lou Glandfield (piano) is a local bluesman (ex-Mike Westbrook, Lol Coxhill et al). Join them in the atmospheric setting of Uckfield’s historic Bridge Cottage for a lyrical and exhilarating celebration of New Orleans jazz…and beyond.
Bar available. Space is very limited in Bridge Cottage so book your tickets early.
(Sponsored by Lawson Commercial)
The String Theory band have played throughout Kent, Sussex, Surrey and in Normandy. As well as the fast swing numbers and Django compositions, they include a splattering of Latin melodies, slow numbers including ballads and waltzes, some film themes, one or two classical pieces and even a nod to folk and pop. Their music is essentially “string driven swing” with a real feel-good factor.
Free – Collection to performers.
(Sponsored by Business Consultancy ‘Skill IS Ltd’ www.tomcrellin.co.uk)
Bonnie Flitney and Mark Orchin have been members of Sussex Folk Rock band Touchstone since 1990 . They draw their musical influences from many styles and genres of music but primarily folk music.
Mark & Bonnie have been the main songwriters for Touchstone throughout their career and their original compositions have a unique twist as most songs are based around Sussex historical events, e.g. the Lewes snow avalanche, shipwrecks and so on. In 1995 the pair entered the best new artist competition at the National Folk Festival and beat all other entrants to win the contest going on to play many UK festivals both as a duo and with Touchstone. Expect a feast of Sussex flavoured songs and tunes along with many popular items in their set.
Free – collection to performers. (Sponsored by Business Consultancy ‘Skill IS Ltd’ www.tomcrellin.co.uk)
Enjoy an evening of mesmerising guitar playing by this award winning young virtuoso and composer.
Laura was handpicked by Julian Bream to give a recital at the Wigmore Hall in 2015, and invited by guitarist John Williams to perform in Shakespeare’s Globe with her folk group Tir Eolas. Gathering many awards, she has performed at the Buxton Festival, Kings Place, and BBC Radio 3 (live.) Laura’s compositions have been commissioned by London Guitar Festival and Deal Festival, and premiered at Sadler’s Wells; her song Live Free was performed at over three hundred simultaneous concerts in over sixty countries.
A poignant, mesmerising show….held the Wigmore Hall rapt with a performance of unassuming poise and intensity. (The Guardian, 2015)
‘Great expectations exceeded….a true musician whose interpretative capabilities are profound and exciting. A brilliant international career awaits her over the coming decade.’ (Classical Guitar Magazine 2016)
Space very limited – book early!
Young musicians from Uckfield and surrounding towns will entertain an enthusiastic audience of young people and supporters in the Weald Hall. Youth bands with members aged between 11 and 18 are welcome to perform. Between 7.00pm and 10.00pm the Civic Centre will resound to the sounds from the collective talent of our young people. There will be three cash prizes for the best performers.
Tickets £4 for under 18’s, £6 for adults. To take part Contact: email@example.com
The ever-popular Uckfield Soul Night returns! Your DJs for the evening are Julie Lambert from The Sussex Soul Club, Keith and Maxine Woon from Soul Sessions and Adrian Corbin from Uckfield FM. For more information call Adrian on 07775 267015.
Tickets £6 on the door
During Mel’s career she has performed at thousands of events in the UK, USA and in Europe. Mel’s enticing vocals and finger style work has awarded her numerous TV and radio appearances worldwide. She will be performing her intimate versions of popular modern and classic covers that showcase her enticing vocal and guitar playing. Mel’s performance in the magical setting of Bridge Cottage will be an event not to be missed!
In a stunning finale to Festival week, the 17 musicians of the Tonbridge-based Jon Hamilton Big Band, together with vocalist Ruth Fahie, entertain with a programme featuring the music of Duke Ellington : pianist, band leader, composer…. and musical visionary. More so than any other band of the era, the Duke’s music was true jazz, orchestrated for the big band sound.
The band will be joined by the wonderful Ruth Fahie, singing numbers made famous by the great Ella Fitzgerald, in collaboration with Ellington and others. (In association with GP Music Promotions)
The Grand Uckfield Festival Draw will be made during the interval at about 8.30pm
(Sponsored by Uckfield FM and the G Spot Music Club)