On Thursday 1st June, thousands of music lovers from Norwich and Norfolk head across the border to Suffolk to the excellent Red Rooster Festival. Here’s all you need to know…
So what’s all the fuss? Red Rooster Festival is the UK’s finest Blues, Soul, Cajun, Roots, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Americana and Country music festival which attracts musicians and festival goers from all over the world. the world.
When is it? Thursday Thursday 1st June – Saturday 3rd June
Where is it? Red Rooster Festival takes place in the stunning grounds of Euston Hall, Suffolk.
Getting there from Norwich. Euston Hall is just a 45 minute drive from Norwich, off the A11. For those using public transport, it’s a short train ride to Thetford and roughly a £12 taxi ride to the festival site.l site.
So who is playing? There are literally hundreds of great acts playing over the course of the weekend with headliner Christone “Kingfish” Ingram being joined by Fantastic Negrito, His Lordship and Shardé Thomas to name but a few.
Any hot tips? Too many to pinpoint here but if you like high octane Rock ‘n’ Roll then the afore mentioned His Lordship are a must. The same can be said of New York’s finest, Daddy Long Legs.
Taking it down a notch, there’s the hypnotic sounds of GA-20 and The Nude Party. Slowing it down further still and there’s a mesmerising show by The Arlenes to look forward to and a much anticipated acoustic duo set by The Hanging Stars.
Are there any good local acts? Sure are! Hank Wangford’s Big Brass Combo will draw a good crowd as will the excellent blues infused, 4D Jones.
What’s the site like? It’s absolutely stunning! It’s part of Euston Hall’s historic landscaped gardens with lakes, waterways and ancient broadleaf woodlands too.
And the set up? Basically there are several different areas, all connected by a series of short scenic walks. The main stage is set in a woodland glade which is a tree-lined stroll to both the dance tent in one direction and the Little Red Rooster Stage in the other. Just around the corner is the beautiful little River Shack too. Nothing is far away and it’s just another quick walk to both the food and retail area and the adjoining camp sites.
Is Red Rooster family friendly? Sure is! Not only is there a dedicated family camping area, lots of activities and space to run around in, tickets for 12-year-olds and under are absolutely free!
Any other highlights? Plenty! The food vendors and bars are really good (with cocktails too) and the general vibe of the festival is very friendly indeed. If you want a break from the music there’s loads of space for woodland walks or dosing beside the waterways. There are also large communal bonfires throughout the site, where impromptu gigs and sing-alongs commence. Swimming in the river is also actively encouraged with lifeguards on hand to keep you safe and sound. If you’d rather stay dry, you can hire yourselves a pedalo and take to the waterways for a spin.
Anything else I should know? If you are looking for more information you will probably find it in the Frequently Asked Questions section here – https://www.redrooster.org.uk/faq
How much does it cost? Weekend tickets are £142.45 per person and includes camping and parking too. Saturday day tickets are £65.45. Children 12 years old (must be accompanied by an adult) or under get in free. Teen weekend tickets (13-18 year olds, accompanied by an adult) are £55 and teen Saturday tickets are £22.
Don’t miss out! Red Rooster Festival opens at 4pm on Thursday 1st June. You’ll find tickets, the full line up and additional info at www.redrooster.org.uk
Hopefully see you there!