Festival Preview: Wilkestock Festival 2019

Wilkestock Festival 2019

Frogmore Hill, Hertford, 30th August – 1st September 2019


Words: Amy Butcher

When you’re an early teen (literally only 6 years ago for me), you always dream of going to the big music festivals such as Reading & Leeds, Download and the likes, but as I’ve been getting older (again, literally it’s only been 6 years) I’ve come to love the smaller, more intimate and special festivals that may not get as much exposure as they should. For me, Wilkestock is one of them. 

Having started small with 30 people to showcase the bands in their family, the organisers have since scaled up in the last 11 years to create the perfect mix of good music, family fun and atmosphere. With a plethora of artists and bands including some brilliant up and coming talent, I am so excited to attend Wilkestock for the first time. What’s even better is all proceeds go to charities picked by the family, so by attending you’re not only enjoying some great music, but donating to good causes. 

Ones To Watch


Chelmsford based trio BILK will be bringing an interesting raw grit to the festival and with similar sounds to the likes of The Streets and Jamie T, you’ll be sure to have a cracking time basking in the fresh newness of this band. This is something I love about smaller festivals like Wilkestock – when you find bands you never thought you needed in your life, it’s the best feeling and that’s what BILK will be to you.

Listen to BILK here:


Buckle up, as this next band are going to blow you away with the sounds they’ll be producing at Wilkestock. Not only are they great at song writing, LIFE’s live performance is second to none – whether that’s lead singer Mez Sanders-Green jumping into the crowd or the sheer passion and energy the band have when playing, you’re going to be in for a treat.

Listen to LIFE here:

Lady Bird

This trio have been making waves in the music scene since their debut single release Spoons and having signed to Slaves’ label, Girl Fight Records, they’ve only been going up from there. If their latest single Love is anything to go by, their set at Wilkestock will be one to remember. 

Listen to Lady Bird here:

Only The Poets

Reading based four-piece Only The Poets are ones to watch not only at Wilkestock, but this year as they have been taking the music scene by storm with the infectious indie pop stylings. With an upcoming UK headliner tour – their biggest yet – including London’ Scala, I for one will not be missing them in their fruition. Just you wait, they’re going to be big!

Listen to Only The Poets here:

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