Phoenix Festival to rise again

Promoter Vince Power unveils plans to revive the event in 2012

Phoenix Festival will be making a comeback next year, according to promoter Vince Power.

He announced his intention to resurrect the festival in his introduction to the programme of the Hop Farm Festival, which took place last weekend and was headlined by Prince.

Power wrote: “For those of you who remember the Phoenix Festival, it’s my intention to resurrect this festival next year as Glastonbury is taking a break.”


It is not known where the festival will be held or whether it will be a one-off or a permanent return to the UK festival circuit. There is no Glastonbury next year because of the London Olympics.

The Phoenix Festival was set up in 1993 by Power when he was part of the Mean Fiddler Group. It took place at Long Marston Airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon and headliners over the years included Sonic Youth, David Bowie, Faith No More and the reformed Sex Pistols. However, in 1998, poor ticket sales led to it being cancelled.