Changes Ahead For Our High Street Stage

Changes Ahead For Our High Street Stage

Our High Street Stage is where it all began for the Bridgnorth Festival in 2006 and for 2019 things looked a little precarious. Our High Street stage organiser Jen Bone had to step aside to concentrate on her new business and none of our small group of volunteers were able to take on any new roles.

Enter music super fan and former licensee of local music pub The Bear, Adrian Hubbard. Adrian’s stepped up to take a lead and put a team together to organise our 2019 High Street stage, undoubtedly putting his own unique twist on the format. We can’t wait to see what Adrian has planned for next year.

We’re also thrilled to announce that as well as Adrian taking over our High Street stage, Jen is still running our Quayside stage and Poetry events, Janet is back to organise our camping and to look after our finances alongside Westley Bone. With our Rock Stage is still in the safe hands of Nigel Gill, Richard Fox back to liaise with our charities, press by Liz Roseblade and Mark Branigan running our Outdoor Films, things have never looked better. Here’s to 2019, we can’t wait!

We do still have a few roles left, including a lead to organise marshals, a logistics lead and someone to put the printed programme together. If anyone is interested please get in touch via our contact page here, Facebook, or Twitter @bnorthfestival

Rock the Bear on Saturday August 25th

Rock the Bear on Saturday August 25th

Here’s the line-up for this year’s Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival Rock Day – Rock The Bear

A total of seven bands will play at the Bear Inn, Northgate on August 26.

The line-up is as follows: Alien Embassy, 1pm; Jonn Walker, 2.15pm; Black Bear Kiss, 3.30pm; Novustory, 4.15pm; Red Spektor, 5:30pm; Voodoo Sioux, 6:45pm; These Wicked Rivers, 8.15pm.

  • Voodoo Sioux at Rock the Bear in 2018
    Voodoo Sioux

Organiser Nigel Gill “This year’s Rock Day line-up is superb, most of the bands are based in the Midlands and some have played at the festival before – Voodoo Sioux were with us back in 2016. Rock the Bear will be a great event at a great venue and we look forward to welcoming all our festival rock fans!”

Your festival needs you!

Your festival needs you!

You can help! Behind every great event there is a wonderful team of volunteers who make it happen. If you can spare some time to help put on this amazing FREE festival for the people of Bridgnorth & beyond, we would love to hear from you!

If you love live music or outdoor cinema then your Arts Festival wants you! We need stewards, stage hands and bucket shakers to help us look after our visitors and raise the money for this year’s charities: MIND and The Bridge Centre.

If you can spare the time and want to be part of our friendly team, then please get in touch via our contact page or email us at 

High Street Stage: Sunday August 26th 2018

High Street Stage: Sunday August 26th 2018

Bridgnorth Music & Arts Festival once again brings high quality, original live music to Bridgnorth’s High Street for FREE!
There can be no better way to spend an August Sunday than listening to exciting, original music, enjoying the tantalising tastes of the Bridgnorth Food Fair, keeping an eye open for the vintage & vinyl stalls on the High Street and the Handmade Market, enjoying a tipple from one of the many Bridgnorth drinking establishments and all while your children have an exciting time with children’s entertainment provided in partnership with Quads’N’Castles. So get your dancing shoes on and prepare for a fantastic day on Bridgnorth’s High Street!

In addition to this diverse line up, 2018 sees the return of the highly successful acoustic stage which provides exciting local talent to entertain you in between the main stage acts. 

High Street Line Up:

5pm: Rainbreakers

Back by popular demand, Rainbreakers return to headline our High Street Stage. This band blew us away in 2016 and this is a rare opportunity to see these rising stars up close and personal. Chanelling the sounds of the 60’s & 70’s with a modern twist and a healthy dose of soul, this four piece have a refreshing approach to the blues rock style. Their debut album Face to Face is released this August and is available for pre-order now from

4pm: St Jude The Obscure

This new ethereal art pop group consisting of Adele Emmas, Christian Sandford and Sian Williams, previously from bands Bird and Feral Love, brings literate, lucid art-pop laced with daring, and dashing creativity. The band’s lush songwriting ambition recalls Kate Bush, or Bat For Lashes.The duo has already received support from Clash, The Guardian, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC 6music and BBC Introducing.

3pm: Jonathan Markwood’s Hoo Haa Conspiracy:

Multiple song and album award winning Jonathan’s band features renowned tub-thumper Tony Holt and esteemed guitar slinger Jim Streets. Jonathan’s music is a diverse melange of styles from rock to rockabilly via rhythm and blues, ska and funk. Quirky, whimsical, blackly humorous, occasionally lurid  ‘like Gerald Scarfe illustrations set to music’.

2pm Jack in A Box:

Indie pop/rockers Jack In A Box, bring their high energy performance and catchy tunes back to our stage!  2018 has seen the launch of the bands second EP The Runaways which has been highly acclaimed by BBC Introducing and featured on BBC Radio Shropshire. 

1pm: Guns for Girls 

Guns For Girls are a post-grunge alternative groove rock band from the Midlands. Driving, riff-laden songs with strong melodies set them aside from anything you’ve heard before. A great festival band and we are thrilled to have them back for 2018!

12pm: Band on the Edge

Band on the Edge was formed in 2013 by a group of keen musicians with different backgrounds. With a repertoire which includes early ragtime and hot jazz numbers from the twenties, ballads and show songs, 30s and 40s swing, Latin and some jazz rock styles from the 60s. We are thilled to have  Band on the Edge open our High Street stage.

Quayside Stage Bank Holiday Monday August 27th 2018

Quayside Stage Bank Holiday Monday August 27th 2018

Bring the whole family down and enjoy the chilled out atmosphere and community spirit that is always in the air during our Quayside event. 
Join us from 12pm down by the beautiful riverside for a mixed afternoon of drum workshops, acoustic performances & talented singer songwriters topped off with a slice of Americana and uplifting Folk. Then grab a seat for the brilliant comic performance ‘The Book of Job’: The Musical! A must see show brought to you in partnership with Poetry On Loan and Shropshire Libraries.

5pm – Book of Job – The Musical

Rock ‘n’ Roll! Death! Theology!
All are present and correct in this rollicking blend of show tunes, Thomas Aquinas, and the kind of experience you’d expect from a west end show about a biblical character whose name begins with a ‘J’. The Book of Job: The Musical! is a comic tour de force that has Sold Out houses at The Cheltenham Literature Festival, Brighton’s Komedia, Trinity College Cambridge, Brighton Festival Fringe, London’s Barons Court Theatre, Edinburgh Festival’s Green Room Venue
and venues across the country, garnering standing ovations and acclaim wherever it is seen.
The musical re-tells the biblical story of Job – that of a righteous and godly man royally screwed over by God for no particular reason – in an inspired blend of Andrew Lloyd Webber-style showtunes, dense liturgical theology and knockabout Monty Python-esque comedy.

4pm – Two Blank pages
2 Blank Pages at the Quayside
Two Blank Pages are a three-piece Alt Folk band whose aim is to get any audience dancing! They started out over 10 years ago as three friends who loved to perform to anyone who would hear them, now they play all over the country!
Inspired by American bluegrass, British folk and classic rock. They feature Banjo, Guitar and Bass accompanying three-part vocals.

This Folk trio of Andrew Lowings (Bouzouki), Leon Gormley (Guitar & Cittern) and Lewis Jones 
(Nyckelharpa & Melodeon) play with soul, humour and dexterity producing sounds which are 
equally traditional and contemporary 
and immensley enjoyable.

Brother Hubbard are a fraternal acoustic duo, playing a contemporary mix of blues, rock and country music. Brothers Dan & Pete are always proud to play their local town festival and will be sure to get your feet stomping.

New on the scene and just 16, Jen is an artist with a distinguished image. She blends the soulful tones of alternative pop with an Indie twist and a distinctive, unmistakable sound that will leave listeners hooked.


Timothy Hoad at the Quayside 2018
Timothy’s haunting harmonics and ethereal-sounding vocals are largely inspired by Enya, His catchy guitar work has been influenced by iconic songwriters such as Billy Joel and Chris Cornell. Timothy plays evocative music coloured with a touch of the fantastic and has just released his debut EP ‘The Ghost I Loved’. 


Ronnie Prudence Drum Workshop

Ronnie and his rhythms are back for another fun 
and interactive workshop. Ronnie brings a whole range of drums and percussion instruments from around the world with him and the Quayside gets filled with wonderful rhythms!  An excellent teacher, children and adults will be learning rhythms in no time. So come on down and join in the fun!