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There is always something special going on in Gloucester, home to top sports teams, amazing festivals, acclaimed shows and world class culture, and following on from hosting matches during the Rugby World Cup 2015 and last year's inaugural Summer of Music Arts and Culture, the city hopes to build on its success in 2017.
This year, we look forward to the return of the award-winning Gloucester Tall Ships Festival (27 -29 May) and the exciting Royal Three Counties Show Gloucester Old Spots Sculpture Trail (June - August). So make sure you and your family have booked your tickets for some wonderful entertainment and find out how much Gloucester has to offer.
Live music and concerts
The city of Gloucester has a great assortment of venues to cater for all music lovers, from rock n’ roll to blues, soul to punk, country to hard rock, or jazz to reggae, you can find it all here. Lots of pubs, clubs and cafes in Gloucester put on gigs as part of a lively local scene, as well as Gloucester Guildhall, while Gloucester Rugby’s Kingsholm Stadium has hosted open-air concerts for world-famous acts such as Lionel Richie and Elton John.
Theatre and the arts
Gloucester Guildhall’s reputation for putting on unmissable films and shows led top music magazine the NME to name it as one of the best small venues in the South West. The acclaimed entertainment hotspot in Eastgate Street features a variety of music, comedy, theatre and dance, and a mix of the latest blockbuster films plus the best in arthouse and world cinema. The Gloucester Guildhall is one of the host venues for The Strike A Light Festival, which showcases Gloucester's performing arts scene in Spring and Autumn each year through a host of different venues and locations. The Strike A Light Festival includes exciting new performances to light up Gloucester and kindle the best local artists and performers.The historic Blackfriars Priory provides the settings for one-off events, while the King's Theatre showcases the work of local and regional theatre groups.
Gloucester hosts festivals and lifestyle events all year round, starting in January with the Gloucester Cajun and Zydeco Festival, the largest event of its kind in the UK. The biennial Gloucester Tall Ships is a huge event (next one is in May 2017), while the long-running Gloucester Rhythm and Blues Festival in July attracts national and international acts. The Gloucester Quays Food and Drink Festival takes place every July and has featured TV chefs including Gino Di Campo, James Martin, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, August sees the return of the city's permier music festival, Sportbeat, which hopes to build on the past stellar line-ups that featured Razorlight, De La Soul, The Fratellis and Soull II Soul.
You won’t have to go far around the city of Gloucester without seeing one of the locals proudly wearing a replica Gloucester Rugby shirt honouring their sporting heroes. Gloucester folk are passionate about Gloucester Rugby, whose most famous players have included internationals Phil Vickery, Mike Tindall, Mike Teague, Philippe Saint-Andre, Jim Hamilton and Carlos Spencer. Known as the Cherry and Whites, Gloucester Rugby play their home matches at Kingsholm Stadium (which has been used as a venue for two Rugby World Cups), just a short walk from the city, and their season takes place between August and May. Why not pay them a visit and see what all the excitement is about, maybe watching from Gloucester’s most famous stand, The Shed.