Rovin Fest - Live Music Festival In Cheltenham

ROVIN’ FEST a boutique family festival set within the panoramic backdrop of the Cotswold hills

ROVIN’ FEST a boutique family festival set within the panoramic backdrop of the Cotswold hills. In partnership with Cheltenham RFC, and supporting Winstons Wish, Subtone Promotions is pleased to present:


Rovin Fest - Live Music Festival In Cheltenham

A boutique family festival set within the panoramic backdrop of the Cotswold hills. With 60+ Acts across 3 stages, kids entertainment all within a tented arena, (should the weather take a turn for the worst) and camping.

Where & When ?

Friday 17th July to Sunday 19th July 2015.

Cheltenham RFC, Newlands Park, Southam Lane.

The Festival site opens:

Friday 17th July 2015 at 1pm for campers. Arena opens at 6pm – midnight.

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July 2015 arena opens 8am (food village,coffee, kids club in kids kix tent from 9am) – midnight.

3 stages and bar open from midday to midnight.

Festival Tickets, camping pitches, and parking can be purchased via the ticket link tab on or contact Julie directly on 07919 542436

Rovin’ Fest News

The Festival

The very best in Live Music- Rovin’ Fest features world class established Artists as well as the hottest up and coming new talent. With performers aged from 14 to 80 years of age this multi genre event is guaranteed to satisfy all your music taste buds. From Funk, Jazz, Soul, Folk, Ska, Reggae, Rock, Punk, Indie, Hip-hop and Dance! Over 60 acts across 3 stages within a tented arena, plus Kids Kix tent with a full itinerary of free music, dance and circus workshops (0 to 16 yrs), kids disco, Meet the Reptiles, 2nd hand toy market in aid of Winstons wish, meet the characters from Frozen as well as other favourites like Peppa Pig.

Special Offer Weekend Tickets Limited Numbers

Rovin’ Fest also offers CAMPING and kids funfair.

Rovin Fest - Music Festival In Cheltenham

In many senses Rovin’ Fest represents the musical diversity reflected within 19 years of Subtone. Since opening its doors in ’96, as a live jazz and funk venue, Subtone has existed at the forefront of an ever-shifting British club and music scene.

Its list of artists, both live and within the ever changing Electro Technologies/ DJ Scene remains as good as any to be found anywhere and over the years has won much critical acclaim.

Rovin’ Fest looks to represent the essence of this, old and new, for the young and for the not so young, a great music festival experience for all the family, newbie’s and regular festival goers alike.

Here is a taste of some of the incredible acts that will be filling this long weekend with ‘ear candy’ for ALL.

The Festival Line Up


Seamlessly fusing, Hip Hop, Funk, Breaks, DnB and Reggae, Barry Ashworth, a true legend of the British Urban Music, and his evergreen bunch of dubwise vagabonds have been rocking practically every festival in existence, and yet have still found time to squeeze out new album after new album…7 in total.


Multi Award Winners- DJ MAGAZINE Best Live Dance Band 2012. Breakspoll best live band 2013. BMA Best live act 2014.

With their 2007 first Brit Pop album reaching no.1, and their second going top 10- THE HOOSIERS return bringing a bag of new songs fromtheir forthcoming third album- as well as classics such as ‘Goodbye MrA’ !


Like the Pogues, but with much better Teeth. They’ve held gigs in Land Rovers. They’ve sung while wing-walking. They’ve toured in a narrow boat. They’ve stomped and jigged on restaurant tables, in hotel elevators and in record label car parks. And wherever they play their lusty shanties, punk folk roar-alongs and crazed whirls of love, fighting and hardcore drinking – be it festival camp-fire, pub snug, Vans Warped Tour or to 5000 people crammed into a tent at Fuji Rock – you’ll find them out dancing with the crowd, passing around their flagon of rum or crowd-surfing to the bar, double-bass in hand, to neck shots mid-song. Make no bones – Skinny Lister are the wildest party band you’ll ever get drunk with, or just party with. And you will get drunk with them, or just party with them,……hard.


DMC World Champion CUTMASTER SWIFT (CMS) the UK’s Guru of turntable wizardry “it appears I’ve gone full circle, there’s a new generation of fans out there & the popularity of this art form is constantly growing, its my duty to educate this new audience through my music collection & knowledge, I may have been doing this a long time but every appearance is like a first, Plus I’m a firm believer that you’re only as good as your last gig”!


Having achieved National and International acclaim, representing the Record Label and mashing everything from breaks to soul, this Bristol based Sound System treat brings you BigBeats from the streets, combining DJ/Producers and live band. They are so superhero they always wear their pants outside their tights, so you’ll always be guaranteed a gang of artists with the ability to save
the world at the drop of a needle. They are all primed with some of the hottest future releases yet to hit the streets and so much
exclusive ear candy Rovin’ Fest will be even more super-triple-awesome!


Known to many as ‘Jimmy’ from CBBC’s, ‘Danis Castle, and also as a co presenter on Friday Download, Kieran is a true Rising Star. Originally spotted whilst performing as a ‘young Michael Jackson’ in the West End, now signed to Virgin EMI, alongside the likes of Justin Beiber and Rihana , with the benefit of the very best LA based producers behind him, Kieran’s soulful sound and song writing just keeps getting better and better.


An acoustic set from a man best known for his work with his duo Nizlopi, and their global hit ‘JCB song’, Luke himself a campaigner for ‘Global Justice’ embodies everything good in his genre, when great songs, a great voice and a guitar, or 2, surpass all else.

TOO MANY T’s Premium Rap Skills.

Good vibes. Side serving of jokes and a kick ass Hip Hop sound system. The lads bring their compere skills and guerilla sets from the main stage of Bestival where they have performed for the last few years, direct to Rovin’ Fest.

TONY KOFI TRIO Saxophonist

Winner Best instrumentalist at the 2008 BBC Jazz awards. Winner of best Ensemble at the 2005 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Winner of Radio 3 Jazz line up album of the year 2005 BBC Jazz awards. Nominated for a MOBO award 2008. A celebration of AFRO JAZZ.


Hooking up with some of his old band mates from sixties outfit ‘The Fortunes’ for a reunion gig, Chris and the lads will play a foot stomping set, from boogie, through to Ray Charles and Joe Cocker.


Multi Award Winning Artist. Having a career spanning over 50 years, this guitar legend of British Jazz comes to Rovin’ Fest.


We may all know her for her time on “The Voice” but Celestine’s recording and songwriting journey has seen her work with Gary Barlow (Take That), Cameron McVey (Nina Cherry) Roni Size, Diane Warren, Wayne Hector and Stargate (NeYo, Rihanna, Mary J Blige, Beyonce) to name but a few. Celestine has gained even more confidence as a songwriter through the independent release of her co-produced debut album “Secret Side”. Playful, sensual, bold and endearing, Celestine is like a Funky African Mary Poppins; you never know what she’ll pull out of the bag!


And we have another performance from a “The Voice” contestant.. In the form of BILLY BOTTLE, in his orange tights, with his wife Martine, performing a pastoral brand of whimsical psych-folk! Joined by their tight knit band the Multiple, prepare to be surprised!


We also have the original Horror Punk Band- THE SCREAMING DEAD a famous 1980’s Horror Punk Band returned. Need we say more? Plus Cheltenham’s most notorious sons of punk rock THE CRACK. Get your dancing shoes on for the ‘timeless’ RAMRODS, good time Rock n Roll.


Quite possibly the UKs finest modern jazz drummer, has, and does, work with everyone, from Courtney Pine to Sting. MORE WORLD MUSIC with REGGAE from KING SOLOMON and MIZIZI,

ROVIN’ FEST has been created by Subtone Promotions Limited- Subtone is a long established, and critically acclaimed Live music Venue and Club in Cheltenham, so of course, we also have some of Subtone’s regular musical phenomenon’s in the form of: PAUL SIXTUS (Currently in Poland’s The Voice)

An amazing pianist and vocalist – who will be performing with a full band at Rovin’ Fest.


KNEBAKEYE ALLEY are also one of Subtone’s regular lineups, playing from The Who to Oasis to Arctic Monkeys, this “Brit Pop’ Band are among the very best- having just won Birmingham’s MODUSKA Battle of The Bands.


Resident band at Sunshine Festival. Playing a mix of covers and originals, the most energetic, musically pumping Ska band will be bringing you a whole night of up beat Skankin’ Tunes! Try not dancing all night long- We challenge thee!


Disco Divas get ready for some Pure seventies disco and funk. @FunkyJets

And then of course, some of the up and coming talent-


Indie Rock. Formerly known as Polary Bear, this band of 17 year olds are taking the region by storm. All original songs, ….


Indie Rock, these teenage sensations play a mix of covers and originals.

Goodtime rock with LAST ORDERS. NOBBY WILLIAMS sings his CLASSICS


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ROVIN FEST is still confirming bookings, for the LATEST ACTS see,

Plus all of the following entertainment:

KIDS KIX TENT. Rovin’ Fest also provides FREE KIDS ENTERTAINMENT A PLENTY- A Bouncy Castle, Kids ‘Top of the Pops Disco’, Winstons 2nd hand toy market (in aid of Winstons Wish)- come along and experience both sides of the sales counter in helping to run this stall! Face Painting, Music Workshops (toddlers,) and for ages 6-16 Street dance and circus workshops, Kids Entertainers, Meet the Reptiles, Meet the Characters FROZEN PEPPA PIG etc, FUNFAIR and loads more!

There is also live Grafiti, Loads of great food , and a resurrection of some of Cheltenham’s relics “Pittville’s Love Birds’. (you will remember them if you are over the age of 30!) Rovin’ Fest also has a slot for the winners of Rovin’ Fest Battle Of The Bands, which is being held in Subtone in May / June. Slots are filling up fast, so be in for a chance, get onto the website!

Never being done before.. Rovin’ Fest also offers ticket holders the chance to perform at our OPEN MIC SESSION, hosted by Daniel Keicher.

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