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Rainbreakers create tasty and soulful melodies within a garage-rock style. Clearly having a foothold within the sounds of their own generation, they are quickly building a reputation for being one of the freshest live bands to surface in the UK. Crafting their sound into a fusion of dynamic elements, Rainbreakers bridge the gap between blues, rock and soul. Showcasing their original material using gritty guitars and soulful vocals, their songs shift from heavy to delicate in an instant while remaining highly emotive and pulling everyone in around them.

Having toured across the UK and Mainland Europe, this tenacious four-piece from the West Midlands, has won over crowds with their unmistakable sound. Performances at festivals like The Great British Rock and Blues Festival and Wilderness Festival have seen the band receive accolades including nominations for the UK Blues Challenge and Best Emerging Artist in the British Blues Awards 2016.


A psychedelic and soulful sonic shift beyond” – Fabrications HQ

“A breath of fresh air on the current UK blues scene” – Blues and Soul Magazine

“R n B with attitude, full of tasty riffs and delicious licks” - Bluesdoodles

Joanna Cooke

Joanna Cooke

With classy soulful vocals and honest heartfelt songs, Joanna's voice will stop you in your tracks, then float you away on a warm summer's breeze to a cloud of gentle enchantment.  Joanna's impressive original material blends Soul, Jazz, Blues and Pop to finely honed, honey coated, melodic tranquillity.

Appearances on south-west BBC TV and radio, national airplay of her BBC Introducing work, #1 Club chart hits in Australia and South Africa and support slots with chart-topping artists Paloma Faith & Rag'n'Bone Man, plus quality acts JP Cooper, Beth Rowley and Jo Harman, all point to a star in the ascendency. It is with absolute pleasure and delight we welcome her to the Holbefest main stage.

Joanna Cooke

"This is how it's done...soulful and epic, Joanna Cooke is bursting with raw talent!" BBC Introducing Devon 

"It's time Joanna Cooke was taken seriously as a contender in the world of Soul, Blues and Pop (with a big P)" Listen With Monger 

"Joanna Cooke has a whole lot of soul inside of her" Music Is My Life 

Huw Eddy

Huw Eddy & The Carnival

Igniting in the cider guzzling southwest and nabbing a bunch of rowdy loud mouth northerners on the way, ‘Huw Eddy & The Carnival’ was born in Leeds. Pedalling sound waves with a gob-stopping core of Indie Folk, yet generous lashings of Rock and Roll and Americana influences, they bring you a non-stop hootenanny of jiving splendour that forces you to throw down your drink and just dance. They deliver songs and vocal melodies that will tug at your heartstrings as well as have you chucking your paws in air through pure uninterrupted merriment.

Following the release of their single ‘Cut me down’, the carnival has been shuddering the very floorboards of stages from venues to festivals across the UK and Europe showing audiences how to let loose and have a damn good time! With highlights such as FIMU festival, supporting ‘Slade’ and ‘Will and the people’, as well as BBC Scotland’s track of the week with their single ‘Fading’ - the carnival is building momentum and now they are announcing the arrival of their pulsating parade to the masses.

Huw Eddy & The Carnival

'A crazy Energy' Culturellementvotre

'Gripping folk flair' Carpe Carmina

'I could easily imagine a great night in a boozy, sweaty venue stomping and slapping along with The Carnival' The Rock Club

‘They deliver catchy, punchy, uptempo songs that get people off their feet. They have a real “groove” about them and Huw Eddy has an outstanding voice’ The Very Thing

Elfic the Juggler returns to Holbefest

Elfic the Juggler returns to Holbefest

Returning to Holfbefest, Elfic the Juggler is preparing to delight the crowd with his show of circus skills, madcap comedy and wicked one-liners, improvisation, mayhem and a little danger!

Combining elements of street entertainment and circus, Elfic creates high energy, fast-paced, award-winning entertainment. Be ready for a roller coaster ride of fun and laughter, amazement and bewilderment. Is he an inept, bungling buffoon or a highly skilled, talented professional? Having seen last years performance we know he's the ultimate professional and we are so pleased he is able to join us again for Holbefest 19. Get practising your juggling, unicycling and stilt walking!


Tickets on Sale 29th March

Tickets on Sale 29th March

Tickets on sale from the 29th March on this site and at Holbeton Village Stores. Advance ticket purchases benefit from a substantial discount. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Holbefest 18 Wrap Up

Holbefest 18 - The Results

What a day! Blessed with warm sunshine and a tempering gentle breeze, Holbefest was once again blessed with great weather.  Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this a special day, from those on the bar and stalls, gate and parking, activities and challenges, cooks and chefs, stewards, cake makers, musicians and singers. Thanks also go to the Harriers for the inaugural Holbefest Trail run (and for volunteering to do it all again next year). The move to new site proved favourable so thanks to JMW and the Flete Estate for allowing us to host the event at Flete Park.  We estimate the attendance reach somewhere between 700 and 750 people, (we're not quite sure as we ran out of wrist bands) but clearly, it was our best crowd yet. Costs were significantly higher as we needed to provide loos, power, stages and, given the size of the event, first aid cover and insurance, all of which add up, but the good news is that we still generated record proceeds for the local community. A proportion of these has been held back to the initial cost of HF19, with the remainder being passed onto the local community including the Holbeton School Association, Holbeton Preschool and Holbeton Cricket Club. Thanks once again to all of you who helped make it a success and look forward to seeing you at HF19 on the 22nd June 2019.

Holbefest Dog Policy

Dog Policy

For Holbefest 19 we are changing our Dog Policy and we hope to build a dog-friendly event. You are welcome to bring well-behaved dogs to Holbefest up until the main bands start at 6 pm. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times whilst on the event site and we ask owners to ensure they clean up any foaling. If you want to exercise your dog off the lead then we ask you to leave the main site and use the open meadow area surrounding the site. Reentry to the event is via a wristband issued in exchange for your ticket. On site, we will provide a water station, poo bags and a disposal bin where you can deposit used bags. Whilst we want Holbefest 19 to be a dog-friendly event, we have to balance the desires of all participants, consequently, owners of dogs which are not on a lead, or exhibit antisocial behaviour, may be asked to leave without a refund.


Flete Park - PL21 9NU

Gates open 12:00 noon

Ample parking. Please clear cars by midnight. No overnight public parking.

Access to the event site is via the Holbeton and Mothecombe turn off from the A379.  The route to the venue will be clearly marked, down a track onto a grassy area next to the event site. Please note that the track to the event site is not sealed and can be quite uneven with numerous potholes.  Care should be taken and speeds kept to a walking pace to help avoid any accidental damage to your vehicle. Please follow the signage and marshal's directions on the day. Parking is at your own risk and the organisers cannot accept any responsibility for damage or theft to your vehicle or property.


Fund Raising for the Community

Fund Raising for the Community

Holbefest is a not for profit organisation that organises and runs the Holbefest family fun day and music festival in June of each year. The organisation is volunteer-based and none of the committee members or those involved in the running of the event receives compensation for their time. All proceeds raised by Holbefest are ploughed back into the local community, supporting the local school, clubs and societies.

The past three years have seen Holbefest raise a considerable amount of money for the local village school, Holbeton Primary School. As a small village school, it is essential that funds are raised to support the great work of the school team and school association. The money raised was used in a variety of ways and was left to the discretion of the chair of the school association and the head teacher.  Funds raised through Holbefest has enabled the school to purchase a much needed set of guided reading materials for Key Stage 1 and Foundation years, acquire additional resources for outdoor learning and helped to finance a residential experience for the children, covering the cost of transport and supporting families who have more than one child in the class. The School Association has also used monies raised from Holbefest to fund the after-school club enabling to continue to do their work in providing wrap around care for local children.