Music

We have seen some incredible live acts play at Cock & Bull over the years, and this year is no exception. Whether you like it loud or quiet, fast or slow we have something for music lovers of all genres. We simply subscribe to the Louis Armstrong philosophy:

“There is two types of music, the good and the bad. I play the good.”

More acts to be confirmed!

47 Soul
Bringing Palestinian street music to the world with an electronic twist. Currently on a global tour, electrifying live.

Sheelanagig
Balkan gypsy folk mayhem. Quite simply the finest festival band around is back with us again.

Beans On Toast
Irreverent drunk-folk singer and barefoot troubadour for the 21st century. Songs about love, life & spiritual revolution.

Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow
The guitar & fiddle players from Sheelanagig playing English, Irish and American folk music.

Gecko
Charming and playful singer-songwriter tackling the big issues such as Grant Mitchell, libraries and guanabara juice.

Tell Tale Tusk
With their signature 3-part vocal harmony, guitars and fiddle, Tell Tale Tusk brings you a beguiling array of folk songs old and new.

Nkomba
Contemporary Malawian folk and African roots music to get everyone dancing.

Dom Aversano
Instrumentalist, composer and Hang Drum player. Dom is inspired by jazz, electronica & Steve Reich among others.

Slap Ya Mama Big Band
Bristol favourites led by Screamin Miss Jackson, a UK take on the New Orleans street sound with a mix of country, skiffle, jazz and swing.

Broken Brass Ensemble
Taking brass music to the next level. Broken Brass Ensemble mixes New Orleans brass with hiphop, funk, soul & jazz.

Auclair
Mesmerising harmonies create an unforgettable experimental pop electronica journey.

Duchess Djs
We are Megala & Lady Frank, we came here to dance, so get your disco guns out and show us your bass face.

Holly Holden y Su Banda
Tropical soul sound inspired by Cuba & the Caribbean. Soulful melodies, tropical beats.

Deep Throat Choir
An all female ensemble choir from London, famous for their stunning covers of artists such as Bjork, Sade and more.

Lyrix Organix: In the Woods
Curators of incredible immersive experiences, Lyrix Organix create a unique woodland walk with storytelling & surprise performances.

The Homegrown Collective
A diverse and musically rich collective of artists collaborating and recording in Bristol.

The Rhythm Studio
The Rhythm Studio is a rock and pop music academy in London, where students develop their skills and inspirations.

Nuala Honan
Hailing from rural Australia, Bristol-based Nuala Honan, is a soulful woman with a nack for writing compelling and relevant songs.

What’s On

“This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, call it play”   – Alan Watts

Beyond the music, Cock & Bull offers a packed smorgasbord of crafty workshops, farmyard antics, secret areas and quiet healing spaces to reflect and recharge.

More workshops and activities are in the pipeline…

Kids Programme

Forest School Workshop
Emma-Louise Hardman is a Bristol-based playsmith and outdoor educator. She spends most of her time running The Garden, a democratic community for home educated children, in the glorious patch of wilderness behind her house but is involved in transformative outdoor experiences for adventurers of all ages.

Mindful Music
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There’s nothing more cathartic than banging a drum. Mindful Music will be running drumming circles with an eco twist for anyone and everyone to join in. Over the weekend, they’ll be getting creative to transform a selection of everyday items into drums. So it’s down to you to make, play and enjoy the music.

Build Your Own Utopia
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Workshop for children aged 5–11 (and for other people who are willing to obey those children). This game involves setting up an actual, functioning society. It is outrageous fun and afterwards you will not be the same (please note: utopia cannot be guaranteed…).

Three Excellent Little Pigs
A fresh and fun re-working of a very piggy tale. A spell-binding musical puppet performance featuring mesmerising visuals, brilliant songs and cheeky interactive crowd participation. After sell out shows at the Brighton fringe, we are extremely chuffed to have them at this year’s Cock & Bull!

Animals
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Visit the animals around the farm over the course of the festival and learn about how the farm works. Early risers will even have the chance to feed the animals.

Storytelling with Hugh Cooney
Artist, writer & storyteller who has become famous for doing kewl sh*t in London. Hugh will be compereing the festival and telling stories at this year’s Cock & Bull.

Stories & Talks

Talks & Debates
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Once again we are planning a range of talks from a wide range of guest speakers as well as the big Sunday afternoon debate.

Jamie’s Farm Talks
You’ll be able to find out more about the charity behind Cock & Bull festival as Jamie’s Farm staff will be giving talks explaining what the charity does, and how they work with young people.

Lyrix Organix Walks
A mystery storytelling experience curated by Lyrix Organix, event programmers at Glastonbury.

Food & Drink

Feasting
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All the food is cooked on site by the Jamie’s Farm team, meaning that we have only the finest, freshest produce using Jamie’s Farm meat and some of our home-grown veg. We have a breakfast cafe, burger stalls, hog roasts, veggie deli, curry stall, wood fired pizza oven and much more.

Bars
A wide range of local ales and ciders, delicious cocktails, juices, teas and coffees. Remember, all profits go straight to Jamies Farm, so please drink and be merry!

Games

Farmer Olympics
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Step up and test yourself against the best in the world because the legendary Farmer Olympics are back once again. Can you catch an egg or toss a hay bale? This really matters and it’s open to one and all. This is your big shot at festival fame and glory (…or you could end up with egg on your face!).

Wellbeing

Healing Space
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Tucked away in a corner of the festival, you will find a quiet place to recharge, relax and learn new skills including yoga, Meditation, Pilates, Mantra, functional anatomy of movement, gentle daily stretch class voice and singing workshops and much more.

Yoga
Gwyneth Curtis will be running yoga sessions during the weekend.

Arts & Crafts

Jewellery Workshop
Lost wax ring casting with artist Ania Wawrzkowicz. Learn how to craft your own ring.

Cherry Wood Project
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The inspirational Cherry Wood Project showcase their model of living and working in British woodlands and run green wood workshops & bushcraft sessions.

Watercolour Club
Pick up a brush and get inspired, for painters of all levels and experience.

Marawas Majorettes
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Shake, spin, twist with Marawa’s Majorettes! Brought together and trained by Marawa the Amazing, they have become an all-female powerhouse conquering big stages all over the world. Learn to hula with The Majorettes and become a hoop master in no time!

Engraving workshop
Emanuelle Mason is a French artist using old tetra packs to run an engraving workshop.

Costume Making
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Your chance to get ready for the Saturday night procession!

Blacksmithing
Cock & Bull’s resident blacksmith will be back once again, ready for you to try your hand at smithing.

Tickets

Tickets can be bought by clicking ‘Get Tickets’ on the widget below.
Please select ‘Adult Weekend’ for a full weekend ticket.

 

If you are interested in volunteering at the festival then please check out the FAQs below for more information.

About Us

Cock & Bull is run by Jamie’s Farm, a charity that exists to transform the lives of vulnerable children in challenging urban schools by providing a unique combination of farming, family and therapy through a short stay residential and follow up programme.

We aim to re-engage children with educational life, and enable them to fulfil their potential in school and a wider social setting. It’s a simple, inspiring project. Since our humble beginnings, over 2500 children have benefited from our innovative intervention, both in Wiltshire and on our new Hereford Farms. 60% of children have improved behaviour on their return, and a massive 80% demonstrate increased self-esteem. Please visit the Jamie’s Farm website if you would like to find out more about the charity or donate.

 

Cock & Bull is organised by a group of friends with the belief that festivals should offer something for the mind, body and soul! Now in our sixth year, the festival has grown organically thanks to the passion and dedication of huge number of people.

Having the ‘Jamies Farm’ social mission at the core of the festival creates a unique energy that is prevalent throughout the weekend. All the food is cooked on site by the Jamies Farm team and the profits from the tickets, bar and food stalls go straight to this amazing cause. The 2015 event managed to raise £30k for the charity which is incredible! The festival is set in the middle of a real working farm, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. You will experience the same sense of wonder that kids get when they visit Jamies Farm, except you may have a pint of cider in your hand too!

Thanks

As ever, we wouldn’t be here without… Steve & Debs & the Carnie clan / The Jamies Farm crew: Jamie, Tish, Doug, Katie, Jake, Rob, Lottie & everyone / All the volunteers – your positive power makes it all happen! / Chris T, Nick, Andy, Gerred, Ben, Camilia, Stuart, Ross, The Brinsons, Chris Q, Ed and everyone else / The Stone Barn crew / Doug & Kaye all the team / Shane & The Benugo crew / Jon, Don Shades, Paul & The Healing Space team / Neil Hooper and everyone at Church Farm Meats / The Full Circle Stage crew / Livvy, More Bins & The Upcycle crew / Main stage crew: Ben & Becca, Dan. And everyone else… you know who you are!

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