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Phoenix Festival

The completely free two-day festival featured 21 local acts including internationally renowned metal band ‘Dealer’ (Sunday Headliners) and unique UK hip-hop duo ‘Profound Poets’.

The day wasn't just about eclectic music from the Cotswolds region either, with a host of local shops, pop-up stalls, traders, artists, food and drink experts and charities hosting stalls at the event.

The likes of Corium Ales had some of the regions finest hand-crafted bottled ales, Sam’s converted VW camper van champagne bar was providing cocktails and niche shops such as Japanese culture inspired Tokyo Dolls had a range of unique and beautiful gifts.

The activities village provided fun for everyone, including the young children. Visitors saw bouncy castles, gladiator jousting, human inflatable football table, sumo suits, African drumming, circus skills workshops and free-running demonstrations by FIDO.

The action packed event also featured a pop-up skate park supported by Decimal Skate Shop, open to anyone looking for an opportunity to show their skills and featured displays from some of Cirencester’s budding pro-skaters.

The festival, made possible thanks to support from Bromford and Cirencester Town Council, as well as charitable grants and local businesses, was set to be Cirencester’s answer to Glastonbury festival, also happening over the same weekend.

However what made the community bonanza different to the legendary Glastonbury festival is that Phoenix didn't have 100’s of full-time support staff behind the scenes, but 14 young people.

Led by Bromford’s Clare Bartlett, who has worked with hundreds of young people in the area, and Ozone Cirencester the Festival’s inception came about following workshops delivered by two social enterprises; Enabling Enterprise and We Do Ideas.

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