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 again, held to choose some of the local musical talent performing during our three sessions. Now we’re delighted to announce our lineup for 2019.

We look forward to welcoming both you, and the musicians, to the 10th Anniversary Guildford Beer Festival!

Kathy Wilkinson
GBF Musical Director and Artist Liaison Officer

GBF in full swing
Session 1, Friday Evening6.00pm | HEAD NORTH
Session 1, Friday Evening8.00pm | EVERT OUTEN BAND
Session 1, Friday Evening9.00pm | SPOTLIGHT CANNIBAL
Session 2, Saturday Afternoon12.00 noon | UKEJAM
Session 2, Saturday Afternoon1.00pm | THE SCREEN GEMS
Session 2, Saturday Afternoon2.00pm | TOM WORRALL
Session 2, Saturday Afternoon3.00pm | CHANGING COLOUR
Session 3, Saturday Evening6.00pm | CAST OF LEGALLY BLONDE
Session 3, Saturday Evening7.00pm | JOE MYLWARD BAND
Session 3, Saturday Evening8.00pm | ARMSTRONG BAND
Session 3, Saturday Evening9.00pm | ADAMS, GILES LEVY

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

Head North

Head North is a 7 piece band playing a mix of traditional and progressive Celtic music, with some Transatlantic additions and original tunes. They put their own touch and a driving edge to celtic jigs and reels and distinctive harmonies to traditional and original songs.

The band is based in Surrey, Hampshire and Wales, but has strong Scottish roots, and regularly plays clubs, festivals, weddings and parties. They have also played a good many concerts for charity and are equally at home playing folk clubs and ceilidhs. Somewhat unusually, the ages of the members range from mid 20s to mid 60s, which at times makes life interesting but in fact only serves to enhance the creative mix!

Head North have recorded 2 highly successful CDs and are playing at Guildford Beer Festival on Friday evening (Session 1) between 6-8pm.

Head North

Spotlight Cannibal

Centred around great songwriting with a soulful execution, the British born four piece Spotlight Cannibal are a unique blend of blues fuelled rock and funk flavoured soul, once described as having “the intimate song craft of John Butler Trio and a timeless whisky-soaked-bar-band delivery, [SC] are the perfect fusion of the classic and the contemporary”.

Spotlight Cannibal are Markus Flaherty (acoustic guitar/vocal), Jemmison Evans (electric guitar), Gareth Sandhu (bass/vocals) and James Palmer (drums/percussion).

They will play on Friday evening, Session 1, from 9pm.

Spotlight Cannibal


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 playing at the festival on Saturday 8 June from 12 noon.

UkeJam, playing at the GBF on Saturday afternoon from 12 noon

The Screen Gems

The Screen Gems have invented their own style of music mixing jazz/blues & rock. They comprise of singer/songwriter/guitarist David Barrett and acoustic bass player Mark Saunders with funky/swing beats from their electronic percussion unit named Dr Boss.

They add either sax or blues harp. Playing with them for the festival is Keith Jones, a leading player on the Surrey blues scene on harmonica.

They produce a chilled sound, mixing the originals with some covers, ideal for outdoor gigs.

The Screen Gems will be performing on Saturday afternoon (Session 2) at 1-2pm.

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) at 2-3pm.

Tom Worrall, performing on Saturday afternoon at 2pm

Joe Mylward Band

The ‘Joe Mylward Band’ is a 4-piece band from Guildford currently studying at ACM. Joe is in his foundation year whereas, Sam Thorpe (bass) Finlay Carson (lead guitar) and Richard Penn (drums) are all in their first year. The 4 of them met through their shared accommodation for this year at ACM. Joe has been playing solo gigs for nearly two years but has just started this exciting new project put together with his producer, collaborative artist and bassist Sam Thorpe. The next few months should be very exciting with new music always being written ready to release. The boys are looking forward to seeing where this project takes them and hope to gain exposure and growth by playing as many gigs as possible around the country with the aim of being able to release music that can connect with people both on a live basis and through recorded tracks which are available on Spotify, Apple Music and Youtube now under ‘Joe Mylward’.

Influence comes from many different angles with a mutual influence throughout the group coming from John Mayer. Joe’s song writing influences come from very contrasting places with Hip-Hop stylistic qualities to more of an acoustic pop and R&B influence. The group all write their respective parts within the recording process and enjoy bringing new ideas to the table for live performances.

Joe, Sam, Richard and Fin are looking forward to playing the Guildford Beer Festival at 7-8 PM on Saturday evening (Session 3). They are excited to show off new releases such as ‘Alcohol’ and ‘Paris’ available on Spotify and all other major platforms now.

Joe Mylward


Armstrong are a 3-piece indie rock band based in Surrey/Hampshire.

Formed in 2018, they’ve spent the last year touring non-stop, playing everything from pubs and clubs to schools and festivals; anything to fuel their fire!

They received the award for motivation presented by Innovative & Unique for 2018.

The Band is Will Collins, Ollie Woods and Tom Leadbetter, three best mates who push each other to be the best that they can. Constantly honing and improving, their influences include Catfish and the Bottlemen, Foo Fighters, Bon Iver and The Beatles: as diverse a range as their sound!

Armstrong will be playing between 8pm – 9pm on Saturday evening (Session 3).

Armstrong, playing on Saturday evening at the GBF in 2019

Adam Giles Levy

Alternative blues artist Adam Giles Levy presents his new album, “Peninsula”. Making his name out on the road, Adam’s soaring, gritty voice delivers his emotive songs inspired by poetry and observations of life. Accompanied by Jack Usher on drums.

“From the opening killer riff, to the dreamy end it holds you transfixed.”
(3 Songs and Out)

“WE LOVE YOUR CHORUS! And also the guitars and bass and drums and vocals and production and riffs and licks.”
(Melita Dennett, BBC Music Introducing The South)

Adam Giles Levy will be playing between 9pm – 10pm on Saturday evening (Session 3).

Adam Giles Levy
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