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Tony Hadley, Trevor Nelson, comedy and more at this year’s Shelford Feast



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The Shelford Feast is returning for a week of music, comedy, food and drink and more.

Guitarist Daniela Rossi. Picture: Keith Heppell
Guitarist Daniela Rossi. Picture: Keith Heppell

Running from Saturday, July 2, to Saturday, July 9, the main focus of the event is the Grand Marquee on the recreation ground at Woollards Lane in Great Shelford. Big names set to appear include singer Tony Hadley and comedian Arthur Smith. Food and drink will be available all evenings.

A weekly tickets costs £70 and events (at the recreation ground unless stated) include: Beer Festival, noon-6pm, Saturday, July 2 – There will also be food vans on site and entry is free. Ska Night with Big 10, 7pm, Saturday, July 2 – Big 10 are one of the most popular ska/2-tone acts in the South East. With eight to 10 musicians on stage for each gig, a Big 10 performance is a treat for the senses. Tickets are £5.98-£11.37.

Feast Day, 12-5pm, Sunday, July 3 – This family day out boasts food, drink, music, events and stalls. Entrance to the Sunday Feast Day is available on the day by payment of a modest entrance fee. Karaoke Night, 7-10pm, Monday, July 4 – Matt Bartle’s Nightlife Karaoke offers more than 12,000 songs to choose from. Free entry.

Strictly Shelford, 7pm, Tuesday, July 5 – The first half of the evening will feature performances from local youth dance groups, while the second half of the show will feature a special performance from ex-Strictly professionals Vincent Simone and Ian Waite taken from their new touring show, Act 2. Tickets: £9.21-£16.76.

Comedy Night, 7pm, Wednesday, July 6 – Hosted by Ben Van der Velde, with Arthur Smith and Friz Frizzle, plus headliner Zoe Lyons. No under-16s due to adult content and acts subject to change. Tickets:£17.84.

Comedian Arthur Smith
Comedian Arthur Smith
Comedian Zoe Lyons
Comedian Zoe Lyons

Quiz Night, 6.30pm, Thursday, July 7 – Hosted by question master extraordinaire Steve Dann, there is a maximum of eight per team and pre-booking is required. A meal is included in the ticket price and the entry form can be completed online or downloaded. Contact Sarah Coppendale at coppendales@ btinternet.com with any enquiries. Tickets: £7.06-£13.52.

Daniela Rossi, 7.30pm, Friday, July 8, St Mary’s Parish Church, Great Shelford – In the glorious setting of St Mary’s Church in Great Shelford, enjoy a classical concert from the renowned Argentinian classical guitarist, performing solo and in duet with Sebastian Pompilio.

Daniela says she’s “excited” to be playing the festival and adds: “The church has great acoustics and I will be sharing the stage with my friend Sebastian Pompilio. I’ll be playing music by English composer John Duarte and his son will be in the audience. There will be a mix of Latin American and English music.” Tickets: £11.37.

Tony Hadley. Picture: Craig Fordham
Tony Hadley. Picture: Craig Fordham

Tony Hadley, 7pm, Friday, July 8 – The English singer-songwriter rose to fame in the 1980s as the lead singer of Spandau Ballet and launched a solo career following the group’s split in 1990. Despite being more used to filling larger venues, Tony will be supported by the IndieTones. Tickets: £15.68-£30.77.

Trevor Nelson, 7pm, Saturday, July 9 – An award-winning DJ, Trevor presents shows on the BBC’s most popular music networks: Trevor Nelson’s Rhythm Nation is live four nights a week on BBC Radio 2 and Trevor Goes Old Skool airs every Sunday on BBC Radio 1Xtra. Tickets: £9.21-£17.84.

Trevor Nelson
Trevor Nelson

The Shelford Feast goes back to medieval times when it was more likely to have been a festival celebrated around a special day in the calendar. Prior to the Second World War, the feast was held on the sports ground where Leeway Avenue is now, moving to the land behind the former De Freville Arms in the 1930s.

The last of the pre-war feasts was held in 1938 after which it ceased to be held until it was revived in 1994. Today, the Shelford Feast is celebrated on a Sunday in early July on the Recreation Ground in the centre of the village. Since 1994, the event has donated £338,000 to local charities.

Visit shelfordfeast.co.uk.

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