Codicote pub hosts Goatfest for Welwyn Garden City hospice

PUBLISHED: 11:37 28 August 2015 | UPDATED: 13:35 28 August 2015




A three-day music festival in aid of a Welwyn Garden City-based hospice kicks off in Codicote tonight (Friday).

Tom BragginsTom Braggins

The seventh Goatfest will take place at The Goat Inn, in Codicote, from this evening through to Sunday night.

Organised by Ace of Herts Entertainment, the August Bank Holiday weekend bash is in aid of WGC-based Isabel Hospice and there’s a packed bill of musical talent ready to satisfy pub punters.

“This really is becoming one of the best live music events in the area now, and watching it grow over the years has been a lot of work but so much fun at the same time,” said Rowan Patel, one of the organisers.

The festival kicks off with a free acoustic evening.


Tom Braggins, an exciting new local artist, will headline the opening night at the High Street pub.

There will also be sets from the likes of Lawrence Hill, Steph Scott, Donna Mackay and Gabby Thompson.

The music begins at 5pm today (Friday), but it is a noon start on both Saturday and Sunday.

Roadrunner will be headlining the second day of the festival, bringing soul, Motown and funk to The Goat party.

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Topping the Sunday bill are popular covers band The Bear, who will bring the charity fundraiser to a close with all the party hits.

Rowan said: “There will be other types of music, of course, with over 30 acts through the weekend.”

Among the bands appearing are Steely Dan tribute Gas In The Car, Rockface, Indi and the Vegas, Hometown Boys and some fusion with Swanvesta Social Club.

The Saturday line-up includes The Dirty Half Hundred and Mice With Glasses, while the Codicote Community Choir and Jimmy C and The Blues Dragons are among the attractions on the final day

Codicote Community ChoirCodicote Community Choir

It’s not just about the music though, as Ace of Herts’ Rowan pointed out.

He added: “Brand new this year is our chilli eating competition taking place on Saturday which will test people’s spice levels.”

Since it began the music festival has raised more than £20,000 for Isabel Hospice.

Rowan added: “It’s a great event that supports a fantastic cause in the Isabel Hospice and signs are showing that it’s going to be another record-breaking year, so I would urge people to get tickets early.”

Entry on Friday is free and tickets are £5 for both Saturday and Sunday, or £8 for the whole weekend. It is free for under-13s.

* Tickets are available from The Goat or online at

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