Alternative music festival Hobfest returns at the weekend

Alternative music festival Hobfest returns at the weekend

Nicola Hine

Alternative music festival Hobfest returns at the weekend

Rock, metal and punk fans can look forward to the return of Maidenhead's only alternative festival this weekend.

Now in its fourth year, Hobfest is a three-day event featuring live music, DJs and karaoke.

Taking place at the Hobgoblin in the High Street from Friday until Sunday, this year's festival is expected to feature more than 40 acts.

Hobfest founder Matt Delahoussaye said: "Our goal has always been to create a weekend event that the locals of Maidenhead can look forward to all year."

Acts from Slough will headline the first two days of the festival, with 'skindie' band Fella appearing on Friday and metal five-piece Divine Chaos topping the bill on Saturday.

A special performance from Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, who has performed at the likes of Bestival and Guilfest, will close the event on the Sunday, which will have a softer acoustic vibe overall.

Hobfest is run by Bigshow Promotions, founded by Matt in 2009, which this year has joined forces with Wurlybird Events for the festival.

Wurlybird founder Carly Kenny has helped organise other big events in the town including Maidenhead Carnival, and Sunday's Bandstand Marathon in Grenfell Park.

Matt added: "The collaboration with Wurlybird Events this year will bring a new avenue of acts that will add diversity to the event, and increase our ability to really give the festival-goers the best time possible."

Refreshments include a Thai kitchen in the pub's garden, and band merchandise will be sold.

Tickets cost £5 in advance or £7 on the door for the whole weekend, or £3 per day.

They are available from or the Hobgoblin.

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