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Rocker Bryan Adams to Headline Guildford’s Summer of ’13 Festival

Published on: 13 Mar, 2013
Updated on: 14 Mar, 2013

Canadian rocker Bryan Adams and British jazz funk band Jamiroquai have been confirmed for the new Magic Summer Live 2013 music festival in Stoke Park, Guildford, over the weekend of July 13 and 14.

Singer and guitarist Bryan Adams – famous for his song Summer of '69.

Singer and guitarist Bryan Adams – famous for his song Summer of ’69.

The festival is being hosted by music industry promotors Live Nation and Magic 105.4 radio, and local bands will also be taking part along with a showcase of West End musicals.

It is hoped that up 25,000 people of all ages will attend each day.

At the time of adding this post, the Live Nation website was just being updated with brief details of the festival, with ticket prices not clearly listed, but these will go on sale on Friday, March 15.

However, elsewhere on the internet, the website of the Welling Hatfield Times has published a story with more details. In 2011 the Magic Summer Live Festival had been held at Hatfield House. That newspaper has stated that other acts booked to play this year’s festival in Stoke Park, Guildford, include James Morrison, Joss Stone, Squeeze, Level 42, Soul II Soul, the Overtones and Codicote singer Kim Wilde.

It also stated that ticket prices will be £60 for a day ticket, plus booking fees, with weekend tickets starting from £110.

Cllr Matt Furniss, Guildford Borough Council’s lead councillor for environment, said: “We have worked hard to secure a family focused event for Guildford and it’s great that live music will return to Stoke Park this summer. Hiring our park as a venue for Magic Summer Live 2013 helps to continue our strong support for music and arts in the borough. We hope that everyone enjoys an amazing weekend of great music and all that Guildford has to offer.”

Cllr Jen Powell, the borough’s lead councillor for sport, leisure and culture, added: “When GuilFest ceased trading in 2012, Guildford lost an event for all the family that also supported local acts and musicians. It was extremely popular for over 20 years and provided a boost to tourism and the local economy. Live Nation will bring high-quality entertainment to Stoke Park and provide a new opportunity to enjoy live music in the borough.”

The borough council has also confirmed that in addition to a main stage, a West End stage will showcase performances from some of the best-loved musicals and shows. Organisers are keen to ensure that local businesses and performers are well served by the event and the festival will feature some of the best local talent Guildford has to offer. The organisers are working on an initiative to involve as many local and independent businesses as possible. More information and event details will be available from them soon.

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  1. Bernard Parke Reply

    March 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    It is pleasant to have events for all the family but how many family groups can afford to pay £60 per day for a ticket each?

    With a forecast of 25,000 people this will put a tremendous pressure not only to our precious park land but to the town of Guildford itself.

    Let us hope that we do not have another wet summer which greatly affected the show last year and turned Stoke Park into something of a morass.

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