Excitement is building for the return of The Phoenix Festival to Cirencester next weekend.
After a two-year gap, the popular music and arts festival will take place in the Abbey Grounds on August 27 and 28.
On Saturday, Led Zeppelin tribute band Whole Lotta Led will take to the Cozy Powell Stage and on Sunday there will be a performance of Michael Starring Ben, as the ultimate Michael Jackson show comes to Cirencester from the West End.
They will be complimented by a diverse array of local support artists, including charismatic duo Ethemia; alternative rock originals The Leon Daye Band; slick and groovy The Dirty Smooth and folk orientated Splat the Rat.
Topping the Phoenix Stage are “human jukebox” Pavo on Saturday and multi genre classics with DJ NJ on Sunday; plus singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist George Montague and the NotSoBigBand; the foot-stomping Rhythm Slingers; bluesy grooves with Rude Mood; eclectic covers with the Barking Chickens; explosive punk with the Useless Eaters; and many more.
The Arena will showcase popular regulars Cirencester Creative Dance Academy and Minety Dance Theatre School along with Ciren Skillz martial arts, Cirencester Elite Cheerleading Academy and Cotswold Gymnastics.
There will also be a bigger Creative Zone with art and craft materials on hand to create a festival mask or junk monster; have a go at circus skills with Clare’s Circus; enjoy story telling with the Book Fairy; plus new for this year, write/draw a creative story or play, at a 15 minute taster session with Sophia, from Cirencester Theatre Company; or just chill in the designated Quiet Area.
Festival Manager Glen Moreman said: “It’s been too long but we are so excited the countdown has finally started.
“We can’t wait to welcome all our festival fans, the artists, performers and contributors and share all the fantastic creative talent and spirit that we have within the community.”
There will also be fairground rides and food and drink will be available.
The free festival is on from 11am-10pm both days.
For more information visit phoenix-festival.co.uk