Friday 15 June & Saturday 16 June 2018

Live Music

Live music

Music at the Guildford Beer Festival

At the GBF, we bring together an exciting and eclectic mix of headliners and supporting acts. As a result, we have high quality live music at all three sessions.

This year, we ran our very successful Music Competition audition nights, held to choose some of the local musical talent performing during our three sessions.  The winners are Mountfield, our headline act on Saturday evening (Session 3), and they will be performing at 8pm.

Kathy Wilkinson
GBF Musical Director and Artist Liaison Officer

GBF in full swing
8:00pm | HEADLINE ACT:
6.00pm | UKEJAM
2.00pm | HEADLINE ACT: 8.00pm | HEADLINE ACT:

Timings are approximate. Information about performers correct at the time of going to print but subject to change.

Tom Worrall

GBF are delighted to welcome back the very talented singer songwriter Tom Worrall.

Tom was born and raised in Guildford, attended George Abbott School and still lives in Guildford with his wife and young child. He is a singer and drummer with a wealth of experience performing live and in the studio. He has a background of theatre acting as Musical Director and pianist for shows in and around Guildford including the Yvonne Arnaud theatre. He is also an accomplished sound engineer and music producer and has his own sound and lighting company named Bear Sound Services.

Tom spent two and a half years playing music in Ibiza, drumming and as a musical director, returning to the UK in October 2010. Since then, he has been performing around the UK and has had the chance to play with some amazing musicians and in some legendary places which include Ronnie Scott’s Bar, The Dorchester Hotel and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Tom will be performing solo on Saturday afternoon (Session 2) and with his band on Saturday night (Session 3).

Tom Worrall, performing solo on Saturday afternoon and with his band on Saturday night


UkeJam began in January 2011 as the brainchild of Adam Wolters and Penny Fazackerley. Starting off as a small group of musicians who all owned ukuleles and fancied having a jam in a pub, UkeJam has grown in numbers, seeing between 60 – 70 members turn up every two weeks at the Brittania in Guildford.

UkeJam have risen to local fame, with the help of their first gig alongside the incredibly talented Charley Farley Sunday Four at the Woking Canal festival, where they acted as the band’s ukulele orchestra. Since then, they have gradually climbed the musical ranks, playing Guilfest’s acoustic stage and vintage stage in July 2011 and have played in previous years at the GBF.

They are a group not to be missed, and if you fancy getting involved yourself come and see them when Adam and UkeJam will be opening the festival on Friday 15 June from 6pm.

UkeJam, opening the GBF on Friday evening from 6pm.


Mountfield, winners of the GBF Music Competition 2018, are an Indie folk rock duo, started in 2015, by brothers David and Robbie Burnage.

With Rob originally on drums, the brothers worked with various bassists before taking a step away from a full band to become an acoustic duo.

They’ve released two singles so far; “Scared” and “All You Live For”, which were recorded by Ollie Moor. Ollie and David held a strong working relationship, also having recorded at Metropolis studios together.

Their original music is exciting, powerful and emotional, featuring gripping vocals, captivating harmonies, melodic bass lines, soaring guitar riffs and unique rhythmic ideas.

Mountfield will be performing at 8pm on Saturday evening.

Mountfield at the GBF
Mountfield, winners of the GBF Music Competition 2018 & playing at 8pm on Saturday evening
Music at the GBF

The Ribs

The Ribs are a rock originals band based in Guildford. Formed in 2009 when 4 friends got together to create an energetic, modern take on classic sounds with a pop edge. The Ribs’ sound is forged from a collective love of live/studio performance, with influences from across the musical spectrum.

Chief songwriter Guy Mathews brings the music and lyrics which the band manipulate into their own unique style, captivating eardrums with catchy hooks and choruses.

Guy Mathews (vocals and guitar), Loz Curtis (drums and backing vocals), Adam Day (guitar) and Richard Miguda (bass guitar).

The Ribs are the headline act on Friday night (Session 1), performing at 8pm.

The Ribs at the Guildford Beer Festival
The Ribs, headline act performing at 8pm on Friday evening

Claudia Stark

Claudia is an indie-folk artist living in Surrey, who has been inspiring audiences for over 4 years with her thought provoking, mindful songs. Her snappy, socially swayed lyrics bring issues to mind that cut to the heart of the jaded person within all of us.

Becoming increasingly aware of the struggles and injustices faced by those around her, Claudia first picked up a guitar in an attempt to have her opinions heard and after receiving notable support at her early shows, she began to see the reach she could have with her music.

She is now concentrating on writing new songs for her 3rd EP set for a summer 2018 release and, having played over 300 live shows to date, Claudia is working towards her first UK tour.

Claudia has been described as performing “with a ton of guts, passion, and at times brutal intensity” (The Musical Melting Pot) which is entirely in keeping with the fierce subjects of which she writes.

Claudia performs on Saturday afternoon (Session 2) at 12pm.

Claudia Stark at the Guildford Beer Festival
Claudia Stark is performing at 12pm on Saturday afternoon

Joe Mylward

Joe Mylward is an 18-year-old singer song writer based in Alton.  He has been performing live to audiences since he was 12 years old at the local youth choir concerts run by his mum and aunt.  Joe is a self-taught musician who began writing his own music at 15 and is heavily influenced by Ed Sheeran, John Mayer and other R&B and Hip-Hop acts such as Khalid and Eminem.  He would describe his style as a mix between Acoustic Folk and R&B music.

Joe is very much looking forward to playing alongside Tom Worrall on Saturday afternoon. He says that the beer festival is a great experience for him to perform in the lead up to joining the Academy of Contemporary Music in September where he will be studying Creative Artistry to improve his song writing.

In the future, Joe hopes to have a successful career in the music industry and therefore having the opportunity to perform live to people who he hopes will both enjoy and connect with the music he releases.

Joe is supporting Tom Worrall,  Saturday afternoon (Session 2) at 2pm.

GBF 2018 Sponsors & Partners

Hog's Back Brewery
ingleby, App Developers Godalming, Surrey
Silent Pool Gin, commercial partner with the GBF
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Itchen Valley Brewery, commercial partner with the GBF
Perfect Pitch Marquees - Sponsors of the Guildford Beer Festival
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