Popular music festival at Hertford Castle returns this weekend and will showcase young and upcoming talent

Popular music festival Rock at the Castle will return this weekend (Sunday, August 6) and this year’s diverse line-up includes a showcase of young and upcoming talent. Rock at the Castle, which is part of Hertford Town Council’s long tradition of providing events in the grounds of Hertford Castle, sees thousands of visitors return year on year.

Performances by local musicians will span three stages, featuring a wide range of genres including acoustic, folk, indie, rock, soul and pop music influences. The main stage will be on the main lawn, along with refreshment stands, while the Moat Garden and Island stages will be home to solo and duo acts with a more relaxed and acoustic-inspired feel.

Although Rock at the Castle is free to attend, this year’s selected charity, chosen from many applications by town councillors, is The Hertford Pantry. It addresses the pressing issues of food waste and food poverty in the community.

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It is also committed to supporting the community without judgement, creating a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. The Hertford Pantry will be fundraising on the gates, with money raised from Rock at the Castle going towards purchasing essential supplies like ambient food, sanitary items, baby products and toiletries.

Rock at the Castle will take place between noon and 7pm. McMullen’s Brewery is the headline sponsor and Substance Global is the associate sponsor. Visitors are limited to taking no more alcohol onto site than four cans of beer/cider/pre-mixed drinks or one bottle of wine, which will be decanted on entry into the premises per person before 4pm. No glass will be allowed on site. For further details, including information about parking and amenities, click here.

Who’s on the line up?

The line-up, which is subject to change, is currently as follows:

Main Stage – 12.30pm to 1pm – The Lackays; 1.20pm to 1.50pm – Bizarre Fish; 2pm to 2.10pm – Speech from the Deputy Mayor of Hertford; 2.10pm to 2.40pm – Quivering Lip; 3pm to 3.30pm – Drown; 3.50pm to 4.20pm – Marshland Pete; 4.40pm to 5.10pm – The Trees; 5.30pm to 6pm – The Sugar Petals; 6.20pm to 7pm – Chris Sims.

Moat Garden Stage – 12.30pm to 12.55pm – Cara & Jodi; 1pm to 1.25pm – The Rolling Moss; 1.30pm to 1.55pm – Brook William Charles; 2pm to 2.25pm – Summer Georgie; 2.30pm to 2.55pm – Geoff Carne; 3pm to 3.25pm – Colin Swift; 3.40pm to 4.05pm – Friends of Vivian; 4.10pm to 4.35pm – Paul Booth; 4.40pm to 5.05pm – Xavier Leret; 5.20pm to 6pm – Neil Gowans.

Island Stage – 1pm to 1.25pm – Marshland Pete (Solo); 1.30pm to 1.55pm – Immi Davis; 2pm to 2.25pm – Jordan Casey; 2.30pm to 2.55 – Lewis Sycamore; 3pm to 3.25pm – Cedar Rose Johnson; 3.40pm to 4.05pm – RnR; 4.10pm to 4.35pm – Jenny Salmon; 4.40pm – 5.05pm – Theo Adler; 5.20pm to 6pm – Back to the 50s.

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