Festival Events

The Frome Festival is made up of many events, some of which are programmed by the Festival. Many events are free or request a donation if you enjoy. Many amazing and diverse events are programmed by the multi-talented people and venues of Frome, making the Frome Festival a Hybrid Fringe Festival. We hope that you enjoy the many events that the programme includes but if you would like to know which events the Festival itself programmes please see below:

Friday 1st July 8-11pm – The Granary (behind the George Hotel)

SWEET MACHINE /ALAN CLAYSON – FESTIVAL OPENING PARTY  – Kicking off the Frome Festival in style, for your delectation we offer you: Frome’s very own Sweet Machine, crafting original danceable, electro pop songs with occasional forays into ‘out there electronic weirdness!’ The Sweet Machine sound offers a reminder of late 70’s/early 80’s electronic music mixed with contemporary electronic sounds and beats. In support and returning by popular demand is the legendary Alan Clayson. His eccentric Psych/Synth renditions are part musical theatre, part D.I.Y. Punk and partly deranged but all delivered with heartfelt passion and a smattering of sardonic wit. This is something you will not have seen before and maybe never will again. Donations

Saturday 2nd July 5-10pm – the Cheese and Grain Market Yard

FROME FESTIVAL FOOD FEAST – The Food Feast is back bigger than ever! This popular event featuring food stalls from around the region to tantalise your taste-buds, a fabulous street market of arts, crafts & edible treats and superb live music, is not to be missed. Join the parade at St Johns Church at 5:30pm when FROME STREET BANDITS head to the Feast in style, bring a flag to wave. Live music from a great line-up featuring acid Jazz from PLUME, sweet soul from SAMUEL JACK & West-Country legend BILL SMARME & THE BIZNESS… Street theatre and fun for the family…plenty of space to dance or stand or bring a rug. Perfect for children and families.  Free Event

Monday 4th July 8-11pm The Granary (behind the George Hotel)

WORRY DOLLS AND BONNE NOUVELLE  – Worry Dolls met at Paul McCartney’s school of music in Liverpool. What sets them apart is their tongue-in-cheek, honest lyrics and their refusal to sing clichéd love songs.Described by Bob Harris as “a warm and infectious sound”, Worry Dolls’ music is packed full of sublime harmonies, atop a plethora of varied instruments. They have appeared at Glastonbury Festival; supported Joan Armatrading on tour; featured on Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music and in Nashville. Supported by the superb chanson stylings of Bonne Nouvelle featuring Coralie Hyde and John Ruddock. Please note this event appears in the brochure as Wed 6th but is now on Monday 4th. Donations

Tuesday 5th July  8-10pm – the Silk Mill

THE FB POCKET ORCHESTRA – The FB Pocket Orchestra takes listeners back to the hot jazz, blues, ragtime & popular dances of the 1920/30s & earlier. The members originally began playing together in various FB Music & Media projects and officially formed The FB Pocket Orchestra in 2012. This versatile and and multi-instrumental trio played a very impressive set at the Granary last year and now bring their speakeasy style to the lovely Silk Mill.  £12.00

Tuesday 5th July   9-10.15pm – the Grain Bar (@the Cheese & Grain)

SHAKESPEARE RATTLE AND ROLL – Celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary, Frome Festival Director Martin Dimery presents his solo show. In “dumbing down” the school detention, the Head of Classics presents the songs and verse of Shakespeare as re-imagined in the styles of Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, George Formby and many others. Performed at festivals throughout the UK , the show is described as ” an unbound and hilarious interference with cultural and historical context…” Alan Clayson – The Beat magazine. All proceeds to the Frome Festival.  £7.00

Wednesday 6th July 8-11pm – the Cheese and Grain

BILLY BRAGG  – Billy Bragg has an enduring legacy in British music dating back to his punk rock roots. Developing a distinct, abrasive-folk style, his songs serve as a commentary on modern times, and his appearances on political platforms in support of Red Wedge have made him a hugely respected campaigner. Frome Festival is delighted to to welcome Billy Bragg with accompaniment from CJ Hillman on guitars, mandolin and pedal steel.  £22.50

Thursday 7th July

7.30-10pm – Rook Lane Chapel

SNOWAPPLE  – Snowapple is an outstanding female harmony trio from Amsterdam who draw on folk, classical and chanson influences, in unique, charming and beautiful arrangements of original songs. Having sold out the Granary for the last two years, Snowapple have earned a reputation all over Europe and the US, and this year appear in the perfect setting of Rook Lane Arts.   £12.00

8.15-9.30pm – The Granary (behind the George Hotel)

VIV GROSKOP – “BE MORE MARGO” – Viv Groskop, is a writer, broadcaster, and an increasingly popular stand up comedian. She’s a regular on Radio 4 including “Front Row”; and a regular reviewer on the Sky and BBC News channels. Her funny and richly observed newspaper columns have appeared in the Times, Independent, Telegraph and Evening Standard. Viv is also the author of “I Laughed, I Cried”, charting her epic tour as a stand up comedian. This year, on her way to the Edinburgh Fringe, Viv is previewing her new show “Be More Margo”. “Viv is brilliant. But I still quite like Billy Connolly”- Jo Brand.  £8.00

Friday 8th July

8-11pm – The Granary (behind the George Hotel)

THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER featuring the THREE CORNERS, MOLLY ROSS and GUM GIRL – Three acts from the team that brought you Acoustic Plus. Three things in common: original songs, haunting vocals, mesmeric music. Three differences: a band, a piano, electronic trance-like beats. Three quotes: “a cornucopia of sound”, “unique and captivating”, “shimmering with sonic radiance”. Three clicks on Soundcloud: /thegumgirl /molly_ross /three-corners. Three ways to pay: pay what you like on the door, make a contribution to the collection, buy some cd’s. Three – it’s the magic gig! Donations

8-11pm – Rook Lane Chapel

PRAYING FOR THE RAIN IN CONCERT – Following last year’s sell out concert, Praying for the Rain return to Rook Lane Chapel on Friday July 8th for Frome Festival 2016. Expect an exhilarating night of high energy, movement and wonderfully engaging songs. This is sure to be one of the highlights of the 2016 festival. Known for their dynamic and compelling live performances, Pftr blend contemporary folk, Celtic and world music with irresistible rhythms, memorable melodies, beautifully crafted vocals and inspired musicianship. Their music brings to mind a modern blend of Crosby, Stills and Nash, Robert Plant, to Fleet Foxes and the Dave Matthews Band, creating a truly uplifting experience. “This driven musical collective lead by the visionary DeCicco brothers just can’t stop the potency of their music and the uncanny enchantment it spreads amongst all of us who have been fortunate enough to hear the music and follow their journey”. Max Reinhardt BBC 3 presenter on Late Junction. £12.00

Saturday 9th July

7.45-10pm – The Merlin Theatre

DR. PHIL HAMMOND – Doctor; comedian; writer and broadcaster, Phil Hammond makes a welcome return to the Frome Festival with a new show shortly to appear at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. “One of the most entertainingly subversive people on the planet.” The Guardian. A sell out last time around, so early booking advised. £18.00

8-10pm The Granary (behind the George Hotel)

ARCH GARRISON (from North Sea Radio Orchestra) – Arch Garrison comprises the duo Craig Fortnam (guitars, vocals, percussion) and James Larcombe (organ, synth, piano) both from the highly rated North Sea Radio Orchestra. Their set will feature songs from their two albums “King of the Down” and “I Will be a Pilgrim” which fuse folk and classical guitar, paired with kosmiche-like vintage keys to create a beautiful, celebratory, and sometimes pastoral feel. Support from local favourites Dexter’s Extra Breakfast. Arch Garrison are playing a live set and being interviewed on Frome FM’s Soundcheck 9.00 -10.30- 96.6 FM on Sat 2nd July.        £8.00

Sunday 10th July 7.45-10pm – The Merlin Theatre

PEE WEE ELLIS AND THE FUNKA – NOVA QUARTET – A fabulous Festival finale. In the newly formed Funka – Nova Quartet, Frome’s own Pee Wee Ellis and the acclaimed Berlin based vocalist/guitarist Peter Fessler, present an acoustic fusion of music they are both passionate about, funk and bossa nova. Ably supported by Guido May on drums and Joel Loscher on bass, (both from Munich). In this concert you will hear music you know and love in a way you have never heard it before. Pee Wee Ellis is world-renowned for his work as an arranger, composer and saxophonist with James Brown and Van Morrison, and latterly with Ginger Baker amongst others. The Pee Wee Ellis Assembly is a great favourite at Ronnie Scott’s, and jazz clubs and concert venues throughout the world.    £18.00

The Festival also programmes a variety of workshops if you would like to try something new, please enter workshop as a category on our ‘Line-Up’ page to see them all, and of course the amazing Hidden Gardens which is over 3 days Friday 8th, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th July.

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