Fling Festival Blog

Prosecco Garden

2017-05-30 14:21:20

New to 2017, the Prosecco Garden! Expect a relaxed setting and a plentiful of bubbles refreshment.  

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Steve Lamacq

2017-04-28 11:47:43

Making his Fling dj debut, original Essex boy and BBC Radio 6 Music legend, Steve Lamacq. What’s more, he’s thrown down the gauntlet to Shaun Keaveny for a '6 Music Silent Disco Battle’. Over to you Mr Keaveny…  

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Seann Walsh

2017-04-21 08:32:57

This year's all new Comedy Big Top features a headline performance from the charming, charismatic, and natural motor-mouth, Seann Walsh.  

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Tim Peaks

2017-04-20 13:31:24

Tim Peaks Diner has proved a real festival favourite over the past 6 years. We are honoured to welcome Tim Burgess' legendary diner to Fling Festival. Damn fine coffee, mind-blowing secret sets and amazing DJs, plus you never know who you might bump into!    

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Jordan Gray

2017-04-11 16:21:42

To kick off the local artist spotlight, we're delighted to announce a live set from the ridiculously talented & popular, Jordan Gray  

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Silent Disco

2017-04-11 11:32:25

It's back. And this time more headphones, more tent, more quirk  

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Return of Dusty

2017-04-05 14:00:29

The award winning Dusty Limits returns as this year's Cabaret host. Not only is he a singer, comic, actor, writer and director but also one of the most celebrated figures on the 'new cabaret' scene.

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The Blockheads

2017-03-29 10:45:12

They’ve collaborated with the likes of Paul McCartney, The Clash & Nick Cave, plus had numerous hits including the Number One smash, Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick. We’re delighted to announce this year’s main stage headliners, The Blockheads

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Shaun Keaveny (BBC 6Music) dj set

2017-03-27 09:56:03

He's the glamorous host of BBC Radio 6 Music breakfast show. This July the airwaves heavyweight, Mr Shaun Keaveny, heads to Fling for a super special DJ set. Full info coming soon...

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Dr John Cooper Clarke

2017-03-22 16:21:54

We're *bleep* chuffed to announce the original punk poet, the legendary Dr John Cooper Clarke, is bringing his *bleep* to the *bleep* Fling stage. Also known as the Bard of Salford, he shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original people’s poet, and emerged as one of the leading voices of youth culture. Thanks to his biting, satirical, political and very funny verse, delivered in a unique rapid-fire performance style, he became a seminal influence on the punk movement. His impact far-transcended that cultural moment though, and John became the world’s leading alternative literary figure,

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VIP Sold Out

2017-03-22 11:27:33

Boom! Stop the clock. VIP has now sold out, and in new record time  

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Tier 1 VIP sold out

2017-03-09 14:56:36

First wave of VIP tickets SOLD OUT in record time! Tier 2 goes on sale 21 March  

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Tickets now on sale

2017-03-09 14:55:30

And we're off, tickets for Fling 2017 are now on sale. Hoorah! #GetQuirky

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On sale soon

2017-03-01 16:37:31

Hear Ye, tickets for Fling 2017 will be available to purchase on 8 March from 10am.

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Dancing Giraffe

2016-06-24 08:25:06

The aim of Dancing Giraffe is to provide a platform to inspire, inform and represent the Essex disabled community. Catch them at Fling where they'll be hosting their Beyond Fusion stage showcasing a mix of live music talent which includes Reg Webb, who has toured with the likes of Lenny Kravitz, Suzi Quatro and Vanessa Paradis. Other acts include Jakob Deist, Lizzie B, Adrian Birtwell, Jan Richardson, Dolly Slateman and Ben Sims.

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Nobody puts baby in the corner

2016-06-23 12:30:07

Ever wanted to learn how to dance the Mambo, Cha Cha, Tango, Salsa, JiveSwing or Lindy Hop?! Well now's your chance as the MAD MAMBO TEA PARTY will be hosting dance workshops and performances throughout the day & evening

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Gin Bar

2016-06-21 09:23:37

Gin lovers, you're in for a treat! We have teamed up with the award-winning local distillers Hayman's Gin to bring you a new addition to Fling... HAYMAN'S GIN BAR. Three friends you'll be getting to know rather well this year: London Dry, Sloe & Old Tom    

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Get creative

2016-06-21 09:09:29

Fling favourite The Elation Station returns offering creative and messy fun for grown ups. Get stuck into the crafts resources and let your imagination run wild. This year's theme... masks and deely boppers                

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eye to the sky

2016-06-20 15:15:50

Keep your eyes peeled for our enthralling aerial performance blending gymnastics, dance, contortion and circus. A different and enchanting performance featuring aerial artists running and dancing high in the Fling air            

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Fling beer is named

2016-06-14 08:26:21

Our good friends at Colchester Brewery have spoken. We're pleased to announce the first ever Fling beer, brewed especially for the festival, will be callled... FLINGAMAJIG. Congratulations to Jason Hales for the winning suggestion.

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house of soul

2016-06-13 10:31:08

Grab your talc and head to the House of Soul for a festival mix of all things northern, tamla, mod and vocal house. Hosting this brand new tent we have the wonderful partnership of Acanteen and local scenesters, Rubber Soul

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Bollywood Bling Tent

2016-06-13 08:58:07

The hugely popular Bollywood Bling Tent returns this year offering a packed timetable of performances and workshops covering Bollywood fusion, Sitar, Bollyflex, Dhol n Bass, Bhangra & more. And if that sounds too energetic why not just tuck in to the delicious authentic Indian cuisine.  

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The Beach

2016-06-10 09:12:34

Join us on the beach amongst the trees!

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Las Vegas Cabaret Award

2016-06-10 08:47:58

Huge rhinestone-encrusted CONGRATULATIONS to Vicky Butterfly for winning the "Most Dazzling Dancer" prize at Las Vegas' Burlesque Hall of Fame last weekend. We look forward to welcoming her to this year's Cabaret Stage  

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Sit back and relax

2016-06-03 09:18:31

It's not just about the entertainment, dancing, and partying. If you feel like pampering yourself or need to revitalise the mind & spirit then just sit back, relax and enjoy one of our meditative spaces from the likes of Colchester Buddhist Centre and Star Wellbeing.

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I spy a VIP Garden

2016-05-24 10:17:21

This years VIP garden receives the Tea & Sympathy treatment with a ‘Secret Agent’ themed experience. Choose to simply sit back and relax, or dive straight in to the packed timetable of entertainment of DJs, live music, projections, magic, poker table, mug shot photo booth, and of course the all important interrogation room  

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Afrobeat comes to Hylands Park

2016-05-16 13:39:37

London Afrobeat Collective bring the hypnotic grooves, pounding rhythms and soaring melodies to the main stage this July. Their take on Fela's blueprint remains traditional but includes modern injections of raw funk, latin and rock, all glued together by bold brass and dancefloor sweat. And not only were they personally invited by Michael Eavis to open the Glastonbury World Jazz Stage, but have played alongside Bombay Bicycle Club for main stage performances at Bestival, Reading and Latitude.      

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Dusty takes care of proceedings

2016-05-12 14:29:01

We're delighted to welcome the award winning Dusty Limits to this year's festivities where he'll be hosting the Cabaret Stage with his trademark mix of wit, charm and devilish antics. Be warned!     

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John Hegley headlines Wordsmiths stage

2016-05-10 12:11:37

Another packed line-up of the UK's finest wordsmiths talent await this year's revellers. Headlining the stage we have a set from the hugely popular performance poet, comedian and musician, John Hegley. With support through out the day and night from the likes of Katie Bonna, Rob Auton, Niall O'Sullivan, Emily Harrison, Amy Acre, Sophie Cameron and Daisy Thurston-Gent.           

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Camping returns to Fling

2016-05-10 11:46:04

Get your glamp this Fling! Luxury camping comes to Hylands Park thanks to the good folk at local company Green Yurts. Grab a loved one, or group of friends, and choose between a Bell Tent or Yurt. Sizes and prices to suit everyone. Not only that, but every camping ticket holder received entry into the official Fling 'After Hours' party, featuring a mix of silent disco, films, food, late night bar, and special treats and surprises to keep you entertained into the early hours. For further info please click here      

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Turin Brakes headline 2016

2016-05-09 15:49:41

Headlining this year's main stage we are very pleased to welcome one of the finest indie bands of the last decade, Turin Brakes. Not only have they sold over a million records to date but they also received a Mercury Music Prize Nomination for their debut album The Optimist. Having released their new studio album 'Lost Property' in January 2016 they'll be heading out on a full UK album tour after a busy festival season performing at the likes of Isle of Wight, Camp Bestival, Cornbury and many more.    

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Food glorious food!

2015-06-10 09:00:00

We've carefully curated a fabulous selection of some of the best Street Food around, and whatever your taste buds fancy, you can be sure they'll be delighted! Freshly made pizza, cooked in 90 seconds from Baytree Pizza; Burrito Boys and their finest TexMex or perhaps you'll go oriental and visit Kamikazi's Japanese cuisine or Wok N Roll's scrumptious noodles! To see the full list of stomach rumbling caterers onsite, click here. Don't forget, we've also got numerous bars onsite as well.  Remember, there won't be a cash point onsite however - so please bring lots of money with you!  

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Wordsmiths & Workshops

2015-06-09 12:00:00

Presenting the thought provoking poetry of Adam Kammerling, and the sharp irony and wit of Jonny Fluffypunk, to the storytelling satire of Richard Purnell among the numerous wordsmiths and storytellers at the Fling Festival 2015.  There's also a whole host of interactive workshops lined up, including capoeira and South American rhythms of Afro-Brazilian Workshops, Claynation and their popular 'messy' activities, Dobby's man crafts for man-flingers, plus the all NEW Make, Do & Mend + Moustacheo Club tent with the chapathlon and other bearded treats. Full info & listings click here

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Tier 3 tickets now on sale

2015-06-08 10:22:00

Tickets for this year's Fling Festival have been selling exceedingly well, with Tier 1 and Tier 2 Festival tickets now sold out.  You can now purchase Tier 3 Festival tickets via our Buy Tickets page for £26.50 (Full), £24 (Concessions) and £37 (VIP) whilst still available, visit the Festival Box Office at Chelmsford City Theater's or call them on 01245 606 505. Remember, a limited number of Festival camping tickets are also available for £19 on top of your festival (standard or VIP) ticket. Continue the party into the early hours with late bar, silent disco, storytelling, music and Sund

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Cabaret at The Fling

2015-06-07 10:06:26

Produced by the esteemed Keda Breeze, the award winning Jayde Adams returns to host the Cabaret Tent. There's a wealth of awe-inspiring acts including tantalising burlesque from Cherry Shakewell and Sugar Rush, the aerial and hoop skills of Tabitha Tease, silent clown performances from Kiki Lovechild and sensational chinese pole extraordinaire, Edd Muir.  Check out the What's On page for full Festival listings! 

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Independent Festivals

2015-05-06 10:35:03

The Fling Festival is proud to be part of the Association of Independent Festivals . We've got The Festival Fever! Win tickets to ALL members of AIF here: www.aiforg.com/festivalfever

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The Fling Festival 2015!

2015-05-06 10:28:01

The Fling Festival 2015! The Festival is like no-other, curated purely for adults. A bespoke day of live music, burlesque and cabaret, provocative forum and wordsmiths, surreal theatre and immersive arts and crafts, the scrummiest food and more await those who visit the intimate tented venues, in the gorgeous landscaped Hylands Estate. Advanced tickets for 2015's Fling Festival went on sale on 3 February, with a limited number of VIP tickets also available. Tier 1 price tickets are now SOLD OUT. Tier 2 price tickets are ON SALE NOW.

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Fling Festival Sponsors

2015-05-09 10:08:22

The Fling Festival is produced by the Cultural Events Team at Chelmsford City Council and with support from High Chelmer Shopping Centre, Essex & Suffolk Water, Printing Place, Essex Chronicle, BBC Essex, First Group, 1159 Productions, Sshhh Events, Heybridge Creative, Bassment, Comedy Club Ltd, Bella Rose, Dancing Giraffe, and Chelmsford The City Times

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Camping tickets now available

2015-05-08 10:06:21

Camping tickets now available The seventh year of The Fling Festival also sees the exciting new addition of limited camping. For just £19 on top of a Standard or VIP Festival ticket, those camping can now carry on partying into the small hours. Extended bar opening hours and alluring activities will be literally on your (canvas) doorstep. Bring your own well-loved tent or treat you and your significant other to a luxury Bell Tent provided by Bella Rose. What better way to wake up than within the beautiful Hylands Park?   ***Bella Rose Luxury Couples Camping has now sold out. 'Bring Your

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First Music Headline Acts Announced

2015-05-10 09:57:17

First Music Headline Acts Announced Headlining this year’s musical feast will be the world-renowned Dub Pistols. Fronted by Barry Ashworth, the Dub Pistols have worked with The Specials, Madness and have taken their “mighty reggaematic bass-driven live machine” around the world. Renegade Brass Band, “the best brass band working out of Britain!”, (according to Craig Charles, BBC 6 Music), combine eight horns with two percussionists, scratch DJ and live MC, to bring their raw brass sound and high-energy live show to The Fling Festival 2015. BBC 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny will be making

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