The Fringe spreads the love and shares the music of Bunkfest beyond the Kinecroft. A multi-genre musical feast - with over 100 acts performing in 15 unique venues around the historic town. Featuring old festival favourites and supporting debut Bunkfest bands, the Fringe offers something for everyone, from folk to hiphop, yodellers to rhythm and blues. Whether you want to boogie in a beer garden, unwind with jazz on a riverboat, dance yourself silly in a restaurant or take a ride on a singing train (and who wouldn’t?), the Fringe offers all these - and more. Full details in the Festival Programme.

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15 Fringe Tasters

Friday

Cholsey and Wallingford Railway (The Singing Train)

The venue that put the ‘Bunk’ in Bunkfest, features tunes on trains, beer and buskers, and platform performances.

Pete Orton But is it folk? Although a man with a beard and guitar, Pete promises a set largely devoid of love songs, introspective dirges and musings on geology. Instead he is offering “a riot of vegetables, Vikings, cider, Sainsbury's, and railroad memorabilia”. Pete will be joined on stage by several festival stalwarts, including the amazing Mr Saul Beery, the multi-talented Mr Abner Turnipseed and the faintly disturbing Mr Wayne Precinct.

George Hotel

Join the party in this 16th century coaching inn’s courtyard garden.

Heather-Jayne and the Red Shoes Back by popular demand, this hugely popular five-piece band plays swing and soul. Frequently asked to play for swing and lindy-hop dance concerts, they also play soul and Motown songs from the likes of Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone. Come and dance the night away!

Le Clos

Settle back with a glass of wine at this intimate town-centre wine-bar and imbibe sophisticated musical talent

Sian Lloyd-Jones Manchester born singer-songwriter Sian is based in Wallingford, but plays gigs across the country, most recently in venues across Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Covering a variety of genres, with a wide repertoire of original songs, Sian focuses on writing new material and creating her own style of music.

Saturday

Corn Exchange theatre foyer

The town’s recently refurbished entertainment centre on the town square, hosts sessions in the auditorium and foyer, keeping musical and entertainment traditions alive.

Short Drag Roger The landlocked village of Chalgrove first saw Short Drag Roger singing traditional sea shanties, some dating back as far as the 16th century. With the true character of work songs, the rich chorus harmonies are all their own! In keeping with tradition, Short Drag Roger also write their own shanties, and audience participation is essential. They sing at large music and sea shanty festivals, as well as pubs, clubs, and corporate events. Short Drag Roger has grown from humble beginnings into a truly committed crew keeping shanties alive!

The Keep

Wallingford’s hippest venue, famous for its incredible array of gins and craft beers, hosts a great musical vibe come rain or shine – and maybe some participation (did we mention the gin and beer?).

Hipbone Slim Hipbone Slim (aka Sir Bald) plays drums with feet, guitar with hands, vocals and harmonica with mouth. A one-man band with an extensive repertoire of songs, mixing original material with some choice cover versions. He has toured widely across Europe and South America, and performed at prestigious festivals around the globe, and with his various bands written and recorded over 40 albums. Don't forget your maracas!

The Town Arms

A traditional pub near the picturesque Wallingford bridge, with a beer garden and stage where you can relax and/or rock out.

Ben Hemming In a backward nod to the ways of a bygone era, Ben Hemming didn’t so much find the blues... as the blues found him. Following a particularly troublesome time, he embarked on a musical pilgrimage around America that eventually came to define not just his sound, but also his identity. He's toured Europe and America several times since and released four albums. His latest, ‘Broken Road’, received critical acclaim: The Blues Magazine called him 'A unique musical identity’ while Blues Blast Magazine described his songs as being 'of bleak beauty'. Americana U.K. placed him at the forefront of the ‘New Blues’ movement.

Salters Steamers – Musical boat trips

Float away and end experience Wallingford from a different perspective – a riverboat. Bliss out to jazz on one of Salter’s lovely cruisers.

Oxford Classic Jazz Some of the best exponents of classic jazz in the country today, the band feature the ragtime of Scott Joplin and the masters of the Jazz Age – Fats Waller, Cole Porter, George Gershwin et al. It has been described as “sheer elegance” and “bottled sunshine” by satisfied customers! Frontman Nick Gill will also perform around the festival in a duo with Caroline "The Musical Saw Lady" Watsham, playing music inspired by the great swinging jazz pianists of the past, as well as providing the occasional vocal refrain.

The Dolphin

This family-friendly pub hosts Wallingford Radio 107.3fm in its garden for the entirety of BunkFest. Indulge in one of the pub’s legendary breakfasts, or chill out in the garden whilst listening to a complementary radio show including local bands, interviews and late night dancing.

Richard Strange A well-known and well-loved local DJ, Richard's Ska and 2Tone DJ nights are always packed - come along and feel the groove.

Five Little Pigs

A new addition to Wallingford, but already earning rave reviews, this bar/restaurant with Gin Garden is making its venue debut at Bunkfest with a whole smorgasbord of musical talent.

Lillibet Lillibet brings a poetic, melodic and carefully crafted lyrical vibe, whether she’s taking us on a musical journey into the life of a young woman conscious of today’s dating landscape, or empathising with weary but defiant victims of war – she's never phased by a challenge. Audiences are taken back to several eras at once, which makes for Lillibet’s unique and powerful voice, inspired by the world around her. Her sound is commercial but with its own distinct and memorable quality. This will bring her longevity as an artist as her song writing abilities draw on a wide range of musical traditions and genres.

Sunday

The Comrades Club

A club founded to foster camaraderie amongst Great War veterans, the Comrades continues to play an important community role – come along and stomp your support!

The Swamp Stomp String Band This is not just a hillbilly-wannabe, country band. Sure, there are twangy banjos, driving guitars, a honky-tonk piano, and a thudding double bass - but these propel everything from drinking songs that will have the room stomping their feet and raising their flagons of cider, to ballads that will break even the toughest of folk. Play your cards right and you might even get invited for a waltz!

The Coachmakers Arms

Book a seat in the garden of this pub, housed in one of Wallingford's oldest buildings, to hear original music with a relaxed vibe.

Emma Black Firmly established on mainland Europe’s Roots Music scene, Emma tours as a solo artist and with her wide pool of musicians throughout The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium as well as performing in the UK, France and Scandinavia. Playing all original songs and recognised as a musician who can deliver, Emma Black has been chosen to open for a huge range of bands and players including The Indigo Girls, Hugh Maskela, John Renbourn and Dr Feelgood. She is often called in to guest with some of the finest blues and folk musicians playing in the UK and Europe today.

The Cross Keys

The Cross Keys is the original home of Bunkfest! Visit the place where it all started – and where it continues, with new landlords, the excellent street food operators, and energetic musicians.

Nineteenth Hour From acoustic open mic nights to Camp Bestival, via village fêtes and a Slade tribute band, members of Nineteenth Hour have played their way across the rock landscape. Formed in Oxfordshire in 2019, their sound sound quickly came together, influenced by bands such as Nothing But Thieves and Arctic Monkeys. Compared with the likes of Radiohead and Muse, they combine nuanced guitar layers and calescent vocals to build tension and elation. Expect to hear songs of heartache, heart breaks and headaches as these twenty somethings hit the Fringe.

The Boathouse

Sitting right beside the town’s medieval bridge, The Boat House enjoys unrivalled views of the river Thames, and a great range of bands on the Riverside stage.

The Soul Sister Seven A seven-piece soul band, their music has its roots in the up-tempo soul and funk sounds of the '60s and '70s, featuring cover versions of some classic tracks and artists, as well as lesser-known songs that deserve to be kept alive. As with so many bands, the pandemic stopped their journey, but they are thrilled to be back, with a fresh line-up, to celebrate the return of live music at BunkFest.

The Green Tree

Step off the BunkFest shuttle bus and you’ll find yourself at the door of this pub offering a music-filled beer garden.

Frannie B From sharing the stage with Jessie J to working with labels like FrtyFve and Sony Sweden, Frannie B draws from a plethora of artists in the Pop ecosphere. From Rita Ora to the darker shades of Dua Lipa, she brings dance influences to vulnerable dark pop tracks. Her music has risen to critical acclaim in a short time, with over a million streams on Spotify, plus consistent airplay on BBC Radio and BBC Upload. In 2018, she wrapped up her first UK tour, playing small local shows to Key support slots at the revered O2 Academy 2 in Islington.