A free music festival will rock Hertford next weekend.

Rock at the Castle will take place in the county town on Sunday, August 6 from noon until 7pm.

This year’s diverse line-up across three stages includes a showcase of young and upcoming talent covering a range of musical tastes.

The free music festival will be held in the grounds of Hertford Castle and has seen thousands of visitors return year on year.


What is Rock at the Castle's chosen charity this year?

Although Rock at the Castle is a free event to attend, this year’s selected charity, The Hertford Pantry, will be fundraising on the gates.

The charity was selected from many applications by Hertford Town councillors.

The Hertford Pantry addresses the pressing issues of food waste and food poverty in the local community.

They are committed to supporting the community without judgement, creating a safe and inclusive environment for everyone.

The funds raised from Rock at the Castle will go towards purchasing essential supplies like ambient food, sanitary items, baby products, and toiletries.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Rock at the Castle.Rock at the Castle. (Image: Hertford Town Council)


What is the Rock at the Castle 2023 line-up?
With three stages spread over three different areas, there should be something for everyone.

The main stage will be on the Castle lawn along with refreshment stands. a

The Moat Garden and the Island stages will be home to solo and duo acts with a more relaxed and acoustic inspired feel.

The set times for Rock at the Castle are listed below, although the line-up is subject to change.


Island Stage

  • 1pm - 1.25pm: Marshland Pete (Solo)
  • 1.30pm -1.55pm: Immi Davis
  • 2pm - 2.25pm: Jordan Casey
  • 2.30pm - 2.55pm: Lewis Sycamore
  • 3pm - 3.25pm: Cedar Rose Johnson
  • 3.40pm - 4.05pm: RnR
  • 4.10pm - 4.35pm: Jenny Salmon
  • 4.40pm - 5.05pm: Theo Adler
  • 5.20pm - 6pm: Back to the 50s!


Main Stage

  • 12.30pm - 1pm: The Lackays
  • 1.20pm - 1.50pm: Bizarre Fish
  • 2pm - 2.10pm: Deputy Mayor of Hertford speech
  • 2.10pm - 2.40pm: Quivering Lip
  • 3pm - 3.30pm: Drown
  • 3.50pm - 4.20pm: Marshland Pete
  • 4.40pm - 5.10pm: The Trees
  • 5.30pm - 6pm: The Sugar Petals
  • 6.20pm - 7pm: Chris Sims.


Moat Garden Stage

  • 12.30pm - 12.55pm: Cara & Jodi
  • 1pm - 1.25pm: The Rolling Moss
  • 1.30pm - 1.55pm: Brook William Charles
  • 2pm - 2.25pm: Summer Georgie
  • 2.30pm - 2.55pm: Geoff Carne
  • 3pm - 3.25pm: Colin Swift
  • 3.40pm - 4.05pm: Friends of Vivian
  • 4.10pm - 4.35pm: Paul Booth
  • 4.40pm - 5.05pm: Xavier Leret
  • 5.20pm - 6pm: Neil Gowans.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Rock at the Castle at Hertford Castle.Rock at the Castle at Hertford Castle. (Image: Hertford Town Council)

Hertford Town Council is grateful to headline sponsor McMullen’s Brewery as well as associate sponsor, Substance Global.

Visitors are limited to bringing no more alcohol onto site than four cans of beer/cider/pre-mixed drinks or one bottle of wine, which will be decanted on entry per person into the premises before 4pm.

No glass will be allowed on site.

This event is part of Hertford Town Council’s long tradition of providing events in Hertford Castle grounds.

The full programme can be found at https://www.hertford.gov.uk/events-listings/.



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