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New Family Orientated Music Festival Is Postponed

Published on: 11 Apr, 2022
Updated on: 10 Apr, 2022

A new two-day, family orientated, music festival together with a free to enter a May Fayre, planned for the weekend of May 28 and 29 in Shalford Park, Guildford, has been postponed.

The event titled, the Guildford Groove & Music Festival and May Fayre, was being organised by the  Market Square Group and Zoom Events. The Guildford Lions Club was due to host the May Fayre, as an alternative to its long-running sping fair that raises funds for local organisations, charities and good causes.

In a statement, the organisers of the event said: “Whilst we have received an enthusiastic response for a family friendly music festival in the Guildford Groove, we have reluctantly taken the decision to postpone this event until 2023.

“Our preparations for the event were impacted by a number of factors, not least the Omicron Covid variant which delayed the start of our promotional activity at the beginning of the year.

“On top of this we now have the cost of living crisis and global issues, which mean we have concluded that we may not be able to deliver this event to our usual high standards this year.

“Our faith in this project has not diminished but rather than fight against all odds, we feel it will be better to reschedule for 2023.

“We will continue to work in partnership with the Guildford Lions over the coming year to deliver a fantastic music festival in 2023 – stay tuned for some exciting future announcements!

“Early bird tickets will be transferred to next year’s event and re-issued nearer the time once a date is confirmed or refunded immediately upon request – please email for assistance.

“We apologise for any disappointment this causes but look forward to welcoming you again in 2023.”

Click here for the Guildford Dragon’s previous story announcing the event.

The Guildford Lions Club is naturally disappointed as The Market Square Group had agreed to make a donation to them for The Prostate Project.

The Lions say: “Despite their best efforts, both ticket sales and trader registrations have been very disappointing from our perspective, but it is clear that the event really didn’t resonate with the public.”

However, the Guildford Lions’ next fundraising event is coming up soon:

Thursday, May 19, 7.30pm at Cobham Rugby Club. An Evening with Conor O’Shea, Rugby Football Union’s director of performance rugby – responsible for the leadership, management, and strategic direction of professional rugby in England. For tickets, £30 per person, with tables of 12 available, email

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