Set in the idyllic Suffolk countryside is Euston Hall. It is a historic home set in 10,500 acres of landscaped gardens, parkland, ancient broadleaf woodland and agricultural farmland. Once a summer this venue transforms into a home for joyous celebration. This festivity of family friendly fun, folky music and fantastic food is otherwise known as Red Rooster. In 2023, Red Rooster returns for its 9th weekend on Thurs 1 – Sat 3 June. Music lovers can truly embrace nature and a collective spirit of enjoyment which is at the core of festivals. Plus kids under 12 go free with two paying adults!
With a line-up that is specific to cajun, rock n roll, soul, blues, roots and country music, you already know the Red Rooster vibe.
Expect funky guitars and lots of hats as you immerse in the music which instructed everything which came after it. Amongst the artists are Christone “Kingfish” Ingram who takes the Saturday headline slot on the main stage. This artist, originally from Mississippi, was Grammy nominated for his 2019 debut album, and his 2021 album 662 was Grammy-winning. By having this success at only 23 years old, he has been defined as the blue voice of his generation. Rolling Stone magazine says his sound encompasses B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince.
On the Friday night main stage slot will be Fantastic Negrito, who has taken home three consecutive GRAMMYs for Best Contemporary Blues Album. This star takes audiences on a journey through history through his music. His new album White Jesus Black Problems is an exhilarating ode to the power of family and the enduring resilience of our shared humanity. The collection is bold and thought provoking, grappling with racism, capitalism, and the very meaning of freedom itself. It challenges our notions of who we are, where we come from, and where we’re headed. To hear some of these songs live will completely enhance the power of his music, a euphoria not to miss.
Also performing live music will be His Lordship, Take Me To The River All-Stars, Jesse Malin, Ashley Campbell, and a whole host of other names. Use Red Rooster as an opportunity to seek out your favourite up and coming talent. Within this realm, you will find artists who are truly passionate about what they do. They connect to audiences through their musical magic.
On top of the music, there is a whole line-up of activities. Find a combination of fun to get stuck into, or take a sit back and relax.
Perfectly situated next to a river, the festival encourages wild water swimming. There is a lifeguard on duty for you to enjoy a refreshing dip in the sun. Or, if diving in isn’t your thing, there are also Pedalos to hire so that you can still submerge in the natural landscape. Another way to embrace the surroundings is by taking part in a selection of short workshops hosted by Back to The Wilderness.
While the whole festival is a family-friendly zone, Mardi-Gra Parades promises the perfect paradise for children to get into the party spirit. They have motivational dancing, colourful face paints, games, climbing frames and costumes. Within the festival site you can also find vintage stores, a barber shop, dog training and even spa treatments! Red Rooster truly is its own creative village where you can explore all your needs and wants.
Of course, a festival wouldn’t be so without booze and BBQs to go with the rhythmic blues.
Red Rooster will present you with that tough decision any festival goer has to make – which award-winning street food trader to dine with?! Businesses such as internet famous The Mac Factory, Brighton’s own DeadGood Burritos, and Wafflestick, as seen at Disneyland, will all congregate to bless crowds with mouthwatering food choices.
Also explore the Red Roaster Zone, curated by BBQ partners Smoke & Fire Festivals. The Red Roaster Zone has sit down banquets across the weekend. Or, book a place at the Thursday Crayfish Broil – a feast like no other! The all-you-can-eat crayfish feast which allows you to immerse in the ultimate Southern dining experience epitomises how Red Rooster offers experiences like no other festival.
Ready to book your ticket? You’ll be pleased to know that camping is included in the price so you just need to pack up your tent and get your dancing shoes on. Weekend ticket holders can set up camp from Thurs 1 June from 9am through to Sun 4 June at midday to make the most of soaking in the atmosphere. Or, Saturday-only ticket holders can still camp overnight until Sunday midday, so there is no need to rush off home. Pre-erected yurts and belle tents are the perfect solution to a boutique night sleep under the stars. To view the full details for accommodation options go to www.redrooster.org.uk/stay.
Red Rooster comes to Euston Hall, Suffolk on Thurs 1 June – Sat 3 June