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Family-friendly festival, MarshFest is returning for second year on 7 September, providing a combination of fun events and great live music. Topping the bill for 2019 is singer-songwriter Matt Owens, founding member of band Noah and the Whale, who will be promoting his critically-acclaimed new album, Whiskey and Orchids. Owens joins nine other live acts and a packed day of family activities as the charity festival returns to Marshfield in South Gloucester, following a successful inaugural event in 2018.

MarshFest will run from 12pm until late on Saturday 7th September and is set to attract over 500 people on the day. Returning to the stage this year are The Clones, Stay Hungry, Richard Friend, Haney’s Big House, Antalya and Eden. Also joining them are fresh acts for 2019 including Falling Fish, Temple Keys and Train to Skaville, promising a broad mix of styles to suit all tastes in this music-loving village.

“We’re immensely proud of our musical line up this year” says James Wood, one of MarshFest’s founders. “It’s really important to get a good blend of covers and original music over a variety of genres and we’ve definitely nailed it for MarshFest 2019. Also, we’re absolutely thrilled to have Matt Owens support our event; it gives an indication of the traction MarshFest is getting as a serious festival”

With family fun at its heart, MarshFest will also feature Chuffy the ride-on train, Lucy Lost It, award-winning craft from Bath’s The Makery, a packed Circus Tent, live demonstrations from The Wiltshire Bee Centre, face painting and an enchanted forest.

Refreshments include freshly-made noodles from the Noodle Bar, wood-fired pizzas from Pizza Folk, Mexican specials from Handmade, barbecue favourites, fresh coffee and cakes and delicious ice cream from Marshfield Ice Cream.

Devised by a group of local dads, MarshFest attracted 500 people in 2018 and, despite unseasonal rain on the day, raised £2,000 for good causes. Marshfield Primary PTA and Marshfield Cricket Club will benefit from the money raised this year, and local charity Friends of Huck will also be hosting a stall.