Chart Topping Rockers RAZORLIGHT to Headline AmpRocks on 3rd July


Ampthill Festival are delighted to confirm the Headline Act for the Charles Wells sponsored AmpRocks on Friday 3rd July 2015 will be Razorlight.

Razorlight are the iconic rock band formed by lead singer and rhythm guitarist Johnny Borrell and known for a string of hits that include, Golden Touch, In the Morning, Somewhere Else and the No 1 single ‘America’

AmpRocks Chairman, Ian Scarr, enthused: “Following on from last year’s sell out, when we had the opportunity to book Razorlight we jumped at the chance. Their chart topping single also ties in nicely with our Ampthill Festival New York theme this year.” He added “We are very excited to have Razorlight headline our event which is fast becoming the go to festival for bands and music fans alike and we still have another band to announce in the next 2 weeks to add to the bill which also includes the fantastic Cuban Brothers. Ampthill will witness the best musical line up ever this year, Saturday’s 4th of July Ampthill Park PROM’s have Royal Academy graduate Rebecca Bottone and Chas & Dave close the Festival’s Gala Day on Sunday 5th. Get your tickets quick!”

Tickets are available for AmpRocks priced £22 plus booking fee on Eventbrite – http://amprocks.eventbrite.com



Charles Wells logo - November 2014

Marshall Land Rover Bedford also on board

Ampthill Festival is delighted to bring on board two major sponsors for its 2015 three-day extravaganza.

Charles Wells and Marshall Land Rover Bedford have both confirmed their participation in the festival, which runs from July 3-5 this year and is followed by the Ampthill Literary Festival later in the month.

It is the second successive year Charles Wells has taken the role of Lead Sponsor.

Emily Hudson, Marketing Manager at Charles Wells Brewery, said: “We are truly proud to once again be able to support such a great local music event. The efforts of all the volunteers involved made last year’s event a real success and it’s fantastic to hear there’s even more in store this year.

“Our beers went down a storm at last year’s festival, virtually selling out, so we’ll be bringing along plenty of our famous locally-brewed beers to headline the bar as well as showcasing our new line up of beers too this July.”

With an American theme for this year’s event, the brewery’s English/ US mash-up beer DNA makes for the perfect accompaniment for Friday’s AmpRocks. Brewed in collaboration with US East Coast brewery Dogfish Head, the beer perfectly combines the best of UK and American beer and will be available at Ampthill Festi-val bars across the weekend.

Marshall Land Rover Bedford also confirmed its place as Sponsorship Partner. As part of the deal, some of its fleet of vehicles will be used by the festival and its acts.

Phil Simon, Head of Business, commented: “We have watched from the sidelines as Ampthill Festival has grown over the past two or three years and like everyone we have been extremely impressed. Now we are a part of this wonderful story and we have big plans as part of our sponsorship.”

Richard Benson, chairman of Ampthill Festival, said : “We consider this a huge coup to get both Charles Wells and Marshall Land Rover Bedford on board.

“Charles Wells made a big commitment last year and it is gratifying that are back. In addition, we are ecstatic about the new partnership with Marshall Land Rover, Bedford – both are big names locally and nationally and we have exciting plans in place.”

AmpRocks kicks off the festival on Friday July 3 before Ampthill Proms – starring Rebecca Bottone – the fol-lowing evening. The Free Family Gala Day ends the three days with organisers confirming Chas & Dave will play a FREE gig in Ampthill Park on July 5.

Also look out for competitions and giveaways from the official Charles Wells Facebook page and @WellsBrewery Twitter account in the run up to the event as well as the chance to win tickets at selected local Charles Wells pubs.


Legendary DJs and Party Animals THE CUBAN BROTHERS to play AmpRocks on 3rd July 2015

Ampthill Festival is delighted to confirm the first Main Act for AmpRocks on Friday 3rd July 2015, The Cuban Brothers!


The Cuban Brothers were born of the loins of seventies Havana, nurtured on a diet of soulful, sexy tunes and inspired by Cuban historical fact and mythology their fresh approach to live entertainment whips up a frenzy at every gig. Their legendary performance combines music, riotous comedy, and sensational dancing.  Storming UK club land with their passionate attitude towards partying and performing. Their unique flavour made nights out tasty again and their rise to fame has been meteoric. From stealing the main stage at Manumission to hosting the NME Awards The Cuban Brothers soon became the most desirable act to book for the coolest live events. MTV were soon hot on their trail and in 2002 The Cuban Brothers started presenting music specials including festival coverage of Homelands and Creamfields, MTV in Ibiza and the MTV Music Awards, now they will play Ampthill Park on 3rd July, Silly Fresh!

AmpRocks Chairman, Ian Scarr, explained: “We listened to last year’s feedback and wanted to keep the party going during the changeover between bands and there was only one choice for us, The Cuban Brothers will DJ between bands and bring their madcap show to entertain the AmpRocks crowd, so make sure you get in early to catch their main set after the excellent Time to Live (previously known as Liv & Tim) from Redborne School ”

Last year’s AmpRocks was the biggest yet – with a capacity 5,000 sell out, this year is expected to sell out even quicker once the last two acts are announced in the coming weeks. Early bird tickets are still available until end of Sunday 22nd March. http://amprocks.eventbrite.com/

Pub rock legends Chas and Dave to close Ampthill Festival in July.

Chas & Dave promo shot 2014 Master

COCKNEY legends Chas and Dave will close out Ampthill’s three day summer festival this year with a free gig.

Ampthill Festival Chairman, Richard Benson, explained: “We thought long and hard about this and agreed it would be good to thank everyone who has helped support and grow our festival, raising thousands of pounds for local charities in the process.
“This year we invite music fans, young and old, to enjoy Chas & Dave – and we are footing the bill.”

The band are known for their hits Gertcha, Ain’t No Pleasing You and Rabbit.

The festival, which runs from Friday July 3 until Sunday July 5 will see the band close Ampthill Gala Day on the Sunday, taking to the main stage in Ampthill Park.

On the band’s upcoming show, Chas said: “We’re counting down the days to playing in that beautiful park in Ampthill. It is an absolutely stunning venue and to play a free gig to the good people of Bedfordshire ain’t a bad way to spend a sunny afternoon. We can’t wait!”

They have enjoyed a recent resurgence after Jools Holland and Pete Doherty announced the pub rockers were key influences.
They have also played with Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beatles and Eric Clapton.

Annual Fun Dog Show

Woof Woof, calling all dog owners and lovers! The Ampthill Festival Annual Fun Dog show is fast approaching, a great afternoon of wagging tail entertainment and all in aid of Ampthill Festival fundraising. Sunday 28th of September 12pm! Come on down…

Dog Show Poster 2014