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Move over Glastonbury: Phoenix Festival Countdown Begins

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Coming to the Abbey Grounds Cirencester on the 29th and 30th June, the line up for the Cotswold’s first ever youth led music and arts festival is hotting up as preparations enter the final stage.

The completely free two-day festival will feature 21 local acts including internationally renowned metal band ‘Dealer’  (Sunday Headliners) and unique UK hip-hop duo ‘Profound Poets’.

The day won’t just be about eclectic music from the Cotswolds region either, with a host of local shops, pop-up stalls, traders, artists, food and drink experts and charities hosting stalls at the event.

The likes of Corium Ales will have some of the regions finest hand-crafted beverages, Sam’s converted VW camper van champagne bar will be providing cocktails while niche shops such as Japanese culture inspired Tokyo Dolls will have a range of unique and beautiful gifts on sale.

The activities village will provide fun for everyone, including the young children. Visitors can expect bouncy castles, gladiator jousting, human inflatable football table, sumo suits, African drumming, circus skills workshops and free-running demonstrations by FIDO.

The action packed event will also feature a pop-up skate park supported by Decimal Skate Shop, open to anyone looking for an opportunity to show their skills and featuring displays from some of Cirencester’s budding pro-skaters.

The festival, made possible thanks to support from Bromford and Cirencester Town Council, as well as charitable grants and local businesses, is set to be Cirencester’s answer to Glastonbury festival, also happening over the same weekend.

However what makes the community bonanza different to the legendary Glastonbury festival is that Phoenix doesn’t have 100’s of full-time support staff behind the scenes, but 14 young people.

Led by Bromford’s Clare Bartlett, who has worked with hundreds of young people in the area, as well as youth town council initiative Ozone Cirencester, the Festival’s inception came about following workshops delivered by two social enterprises; Enabling Enterprise and We Do Ideas.

Working to boost the participant’s business skills, over 80 ideas were brainstormed, before eventually being narrowed down to four achievable ideas: a music festival, a youth cinema, an engineering skills exchange garage and an youth innovation hub & café.

Clare said; “Festival meetings have taken place every Monday evening and an amazing amount of dedication has been shown by every member of this group. What these young people have achieved in such a short amount of time with guidance and support is truly amazing.”

Clare also thanks local community members and businesses alike for their support. She said; “The festival is set to be a smash and we’re just putting the finishing touches to what we hope will be a great weekend. I know all 14 team members are grateful for the support from Bromford and Cirencester Town Council, as well as grants from the National Lottery and O2.”

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The organisers would like to thank:

  • National Lottery Award For All
  • The Winstone Trust
  • Bromford Group
  • O2 Think Big
  • Cirencester Community Development Trust
  • Cirencester Town Council
  • Cotswold District Council
  • BuildBase
  • St John’s Ambulance
  • 29th Regiment
  • Bingham Library Trust
  • The Co-Operative
  • Minnis Trust
  • Corin Medical
  • Best Of Cirencester

The Line Up




Owen & Stone


Lucy Whittaker


Black Feathers


Kitten & Bear




Tramp Aviators




Missin Rosie




Stands to Reason






Bad Obsession


The Flex








Dylan Q


Abbie Lea


A New Leaf


Henry Green Band


Mouton Gator


The Weekend Effect




Profound Poets


Days on Juno


Ben Maggs


Last Exit Saints


Spiral Tribe





Please note this is subject to change.

For a full list of activities and stalls, visit


The team behind Phoenix: Why did you get involved?

Jade Robinson, 14: “I got involved in the festival because I want to try and improve Cirencester and make it a better place for the next generation.”

Amy-May Knowles, 17: “I got involved with the Festival because I want to help create a community event which everyone enjoys and can get involved in at some point. This event also crosses all generations so perfect for everyone.”

Jennifer Moorby, 17: “Really want to help change people’s perspective of young people in Cirencester but also the people I’ve met doing the festival are awesome and I think that’s what will make the festival unique and fab-dab J”

Alice Tunley, 18: “I got involved to show Cirencester an active change in young people’s attitudes and prove that anyone can do anything if they have the drive and commitment to do so.”

Jack Tunley, 15: “I am involved with the festival as part of the Youth Town Council and I have really enjoyed working with everyone and I am keen on a difference.”

Cameron Lilley, 15: “I decided to help organise the festival because it’s a great chance to make Cirencester a better place and it is also a great experience. I have had lots of fun being apart of this project and team.”

Jac Lilley, 15: “I got involved with this because I want to make Ciren a better place and have more things for everyone to do… And this festival is going to make everyone think “You know what Ciren is not that bad actually” because its for everyone and the whole town will connect with each other hopefully J”

Paige Lilley, 18: “I joined the festival planning team because I wanted to show people what young people can achieve when given the opportunity.”

Maxine, 15: “I got involved because I love music so much and I just want to make something great happen in Cirencester that people will remember J”

Peter Hedges, 16: “I got involved with the festival because it s helping bring a community back together and it is also giving all generations somewhere to go and be a part of. I will be helping set up the festival the week before with my fellow team members and over the weekend I will be working as a first aider with St John’s Ambulance at the Festival.”