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Opening Weekend in partnership with Classic FM and Cheltenham BID

Enjoy three days of free concerts, pop-up performances and showcases at Imperial Square to celebrate the opening of our 75th anniversary Festival.

View the full opening weekend free stage line-up here.

Browse below for what we have in store for you over the opening weekend

Free Music

We open the Festival with a rousing performance of the winning fanfare from our public competition.

Getting the anniversary celebrations off to a flying start, we’ve invited excellent up-and-coming talent and well-known artists to perform on our Free Stage. The programme features the best of UK folk, world, indie, jazz, gospel, family, entertainment, interactive events, ‘recommended by BBC Music Introducing in the West’ performances, Decca Showcases and much, much more…

Pop-up Performances & Family Fun

The fun goes on all across Imperial Gardens and in town as we surprise you with incredible pop-up performances. Bring your whole family to experience these explosions of colour and music or try out some of our many activities on site, including face painting, instrument making, dancing, singing and more! On Friday, Ola Samba brings the party to the streets with a procession around Cheltenham town centre. Saturday sees Brass for Africa bring their joyful Ugandan music-making to Cheltenham in a series of pop-up busking spots.

Late Nights at No.131

When the music on the Free Stage finishes, the party continues at our new late night venue, No.131…

In the heart of Cheltenham, both of No.131’s Georgian Townhouses boast eclectic and contemporary interiors complemented with the best of British produce. You’ll also find no less than 350 gins paired with a delectable cocktail and wine list making No.131 the food and drink destination of Cheltenham and the Cotswolds.

To book a bedroom or table, call 01242 822 939