DOWNSFEST …

… is back for a second year, bigger and better, as a two-day affair!

FRIDAY [email protected] Comedy night featuring six top acts to put smiles on your faces

SATURDAY Downsfest all-day musical performance extravaganza and inclusive FamilyZone featuring circus, street performers, dance tent and a collection of street food outlets and oodles of beers, spirits, refreshments and confectionary

What are you waiting for …

15 - 16th July

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2 Day Music and Comedy Festival in Hassocks, West Sussex. UK

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The Headliners

ONE STEP BEHIND - THE MASTERS OF MADNESS

One Step Behind is the UK’s Premier and longest surviving MADNESS tribute band. Formed in spring 1993,

THE MASTERS OF MADNESS

Each member of One Step Behind grew up as a Madness fan and perfecting his portrayal of his original Madness counterpart has been a labour of love. They strive to match every detail of the original, both musically and in appearance.

Like Madness, One Step Behind is well known for their on-stage antics with which they build up an authentic ‘Nutty’ atmosphere. 

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Comedy @DownsFest

An evening performance of some of the leading comedy acts in the country courtesy / brought to you by “Funny That Comedy”

6 of the UK’s best stand-up comedians hosted by the amazing Stephen Grant

Jessica Fostekew
Dinesh Nathan
Mark Simmons
Ivo Graham
Laura Lexx
Nick Helm

£19.50

Weekend Pass


Friday

An evening performance of some of the leading comedy acts in the country courtesy / brought to you by “Funny That Comedy”

6 of the UK’s best stand-up comedians hosted by the amazing Stephen Grant

Jessica Fostekew
Dinesh Nathan
Mark Simmons
Ivo Graham
Laura Lexx
Nick Helm

Saturday
Entry to the DownsFest 2022 all day event featuring local musical talent on a full stage setting, a dedicated FmailyZone and headline band finale performance

Headliner:
One Step Behind ‘The master of madness’

Also featuring:
Steel Tribe, Loki, The Zaffire Twinz, Harmonessence Choir, The Cheer Up Mollys, Breeze In, Stuart Barbour, Soulville, Thing of the Swamp, Stone Dark Night, Diva and the Nobodies, Black Hurricane, Disco B’stards, Nova, Overdrive

£44.50

Music & FamilyZone

Entry to the DownsFest 2022 all day event featuring local musical talent on a full stage setting.

Headliner: One Step Behind ‘The master of madness’

A dedicated FmailyZone featuring:

Poi Passion Circus
Nick Cook Entertainer
Dance Tent
Fire Show & more! 

Ticket includes unlimited re-entry

£29.50

All this to enjoy …

MC Stephen Grant

Hosted by Stephen Grant with some of the countries best standup acts

Dinesh Nathan

Nick Helm

15th – Day 1 – Friday comedy gala night

An evening performance of some of the leading comedy acts in the country brought to you by "Funny That Comedy"

17:30 Doors open

 

Stephen Grant

Stephen is , the curator of the Forge Comedy Club, Britain’s most advanced comedy venue. A multi-award winning MC and the most experienced late show compere in the UK

Dinesh Nathan

South Coast Comedian of the Year 2019 and runner up of Komedia’s New Act and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, Dinesh is one of the UK’s fastest rising stars.

Dinesh Nathan has been making waves on the South East Comedy scene, winning South Coast Comedian Of The Year in 2019.
“His confident, straight-faced delivery and outstanding material left (us) wanting more. He is one to watch” Fringe Review
Winner ‘South Coast Comedian 2019’
Winner: ‘Spinnaker Gong Show 2019’
Winner: “The Blackout” @ Up the Creek Sept 2018
Semi Finalist: ‘So you think you’re funny’ 2017

Nick Helm

Nick has taken multiple mega hit shows to the Edinburgh Fringe including the must-see Keep Hold of the Gold, the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated Dare to Dream and the completely sold out This Means War.

Mark Simmons

Mark is an exceptional one-liner comedian. It won him a place in Dave’s prestigious Best Joke of The Fringe in Edinburgh 2017. His solo show at the festival, One-Linerer was also a huge hit, with sell out shows every day and was nominated Best Show by the Amused Moose Comedy Award Fringe Show 2017.

Ivo Graham

Apologetic Eton and Oxford alumnus Ivo started stand-up in 2009 at the age of 18, and eight months and later became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny award for new acts at the Edinburgh Fringe. 

Jessica Fostekew

Jess was nominated for The Dave Edinburgh Comedy Award ‘Best Show’ for her show Hench, in 2019 which has since had a sold out, international tour. She has since appeared on Live at the ApolloQI and Harry Hill’s Clubnite.

16th -Day 2 – Saturday music festival

An eclectic mix of local musical talent, evening headline act and a full day of entertainment

Part music festival part family day out. Whatever you are looking for we have something to keep you entertained

Gates open: 11:00am
Final Curtain: 22:00

The Family Zone

Including circus shows, circus workshops, puppet shows, puppet workshops, storytelling, making workshops, bubbles, parachute and other games sessions.

One Step Behind

One Step Behind is the UK’s Premier and longest surviving MADNESS tribute band. Formed in spring 1993, the band achieved widespread recognition

One Step Behind

One Step Behind is the UK’s Premier and longest surviving MADNESS tribute band. 

Family Zone @DownsFest

Introducing the all-inclusive “Family Zone”, an entertainment area for all to enjoy.
Raising money for St Peter and St James Hospice.

Comedy @Downsfest

Amazing night of comedy from Funny That Comedy, hosted by the fantastic Stephen Grant and friends Acts TBA

Comedians booked in association with The Forge Comedy Club via Funny That Ltd

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ST PETER & ST JAMES HOSPICE

We support, empower and care for people towards and at the end of life.

We provide expert and compassionate hospice care to adults living in Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Uckfield, Lewes and the surrounding villages. We also support their families and friends through the challenges of bereavement and grief.

stpjhospice.org

DownsFest 2019