Paloma Faith and more added to Osfest lineup

Paloma Faith, The Hoosiers, From the Jam, Bay City Rollers and Toyah have been added to our existing lineup which features the very popular boy band Union J, Grammy award winner Foxes, number one hit artist Conor Maynard, current high-flyers Neon Jungle as well as Nina Nesbitt and Luke Friend.

mplimented by some EXCITING new additions.

Born in Hackney, London, Paloma who’s latest single ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’ is currently in the official top 10, is half Spanish and half British. As an ex magician’s assistant, trained contemporary dancer, St Martin’s alumni with an MA in theatre directions, a performer in burlesque shows and an actress, she has been mixing artistic media throughout her short adult life.

The fascinating singer-songwriter Paloma will be performing a unique DJ Set at Osfest, a brilliant DJ, Paloma plays a mixture of guilty pleasures from the 90's RnB and recognisable old soul. 

Carly Woodward, Event Director says “The charismatic Paloma Faith is cutting edge on both the stage and the DJ scene, we are really looking forward to her performance, what an amazing way to finish Saturday Night!”

Osfest are also delighted to have the re-formed the Hoosiers on the line up, Sam Swallow of the Hoosiers admits “We came back to it for a very simple reason: we started enjoying writing songs again.” The Hoosiers multi-platinum success of their 2007 debut album, The Trick to Life, includes singles such as ‘Worried About Ray’ and ‘Goodbye Mr. A’.

Osfest festival goers will be transported back to the late seventies as From The Jam, featuring former The Jam bassist Bruce Foxton and Russell Hastings, will be performing all their classics including “Going Underground”, “Town called Malice” and “That’s Entertainment”!  LES McKeown and the Bay City Rollers will be performing "Bye Bye Baby" which was their first UK Number One in May 1975 and the infamous Toyah Ann Willcox will entertain us with "It's a Mystery"! 

Union J announced for Osfest 2014

Get UNION J in your Christmas Stocking, the chart topping boy band our the first act to be announced for Osfest 2014! 

OSFEST HQ is excited to announce that we have released 750 Early Buy Tickets Today (Friday 22nd November). 

Union J @ OsFest

Tickets are available to buy online at or buy calling 01691 680468.

Early Buy Prices:


UNDER 16 £54.50

UNDER 10 £10.00

Osfest takes place on May Bank Holiday Weekend:

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May 2014.

Oswestry Showground, Shropshire.

OsFest 2013 Shropshire’s biggest Music Festival

OsFest is now in its 3rd year, with previous acts like Goldie Looking Chain, Tinnie Tempah, Razorlight and many more this up and coming festival always delivers. This year for May bank holiday we had another great line up. JLS were to headline along with James Arthur, The Enemy, Lawson, The Pigeon Detectives, Lucy Spraggan and many more to come. 

*With short notice James Arthur had to drop out with commitments made in the US which regrettably meant he couldn’t be at Osfest this year. To fill the main stage spotlights  Britain’s got talent finalists  – The Lovable Rogues took up the arena. Fridays DJ set from Monki Radio 1’s 1XTRA DJ set the crowd right from the start. The crowd at this point was only small due to most people arriving Saturday, as with the crowds the weather was the same. When waking up Saturday I was amazed to see perfect blue sky and sunshine! unlike previous years where the weather had dominated this set up the weekend perfectly and added so much atmosphere to the main arena. 

Leading to Saturdays main acts I was delighted to see TICH and A*M*E perform who gave a great performance and with the amazing lighting setup on the main stage. This gave me the opportunity to snap away and get some really amazing images. With the crowd starting to really build heading into the afternoon, along with the drinks flowing and the sounds of the Mega Spin and bumper cars in the background Wiley took the stage. With Wiley’s great line up of songs such as ‘Rolex‘ and ‘Can You Hear Me?‘ the crowd were so reactive to his words, jumping down from the stage at one point to meet his fans security had to pull him back from being eaten by the front rows of the crowd. The side of the area had a cut-out section for people to walk in and out, near the side of the main stage and the with the sun starting to set projected beams of orange and amber light hit the crowds hands as they sang along to Wiley’s chants; This really highlighted the incredible success of this festival and was a very euphoric experience!

As the sun was about to set, the next performance was from Lawson, a true success in the music industry over the past few years their fan and crowd numbers have shot up with their success and great vocals performed by Andy Brown. Singing songs from their very popular  2012 album Chapman Square, the crowds were at their peak! My favorite song performed by them I think had to be their Swedish House Mafia cover of ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ the crowds reacting singing along with them Andy really pushed the crowd to sing their hearts out. 


With a short break it was time for the undoubtably the crowds number one act at this point, JLS had arrived and were backstage waiting to come on. Peoples camera phones were out and the crowd from the back of the arena was a sea of mobile LCD screens. I think I even saw an iPad involved! Starting their performance with ‘Beat Again’ you could hear the younger girls screaming! I thought that Wiley’s performance would be hard to beat due to his off stage performance and energy with the crowds, I think by the end of JLS performance it was a level pegging. The lights from the main stage were being hammered and the strobes and house lights were being switched around to illuminate the crowds. I know many of the younger crowds had gone to sleep easy that night after having such an exciting hot day in Oswestry. 


Another sunny day to come at OsFest 2013 acts the Enemy, Pigeon Detectives, The Lovable Rogues and Lucy Spraggan to play main stage along with many more, with the sun shining the main arena area was the only shade the amusements surrounding the main tent became busy once again. Lucy Spraggan was a great favorite of mine from the  Sunday at OsFest, she had risen from the Live and unsigned category at the age of 20 to being a very good competitor in X-Factor and due to illness she didn’t get chance to perform all the way through the show as she was forced to quit the X-Factor due to illness. 

She references all of her songs from real world experiences and it was like listening to her telling multiple stories as she sang, her song about Jeremy Kyle as she wakes up was a great one for me, the crowds again loving her great on stage performance of singing and story telling. 

With the Lovable Rogues performance, the crowd really started to get involved and more and more people from the surrounding amusements started to make their way into the tent area. Performing their great new single ‘What a Night’ the main arena was pounding! The speakers and acoustics from the main tent were really impressive! wherever you were inside the tent you got a great sound and even form the back of the crowd you could still enjoy the performance of any of the acts due to the high stage and great lighting setup, perfect for the little ones who found them selves being hoisted onto their parents shoulders to get the perfect view. I saw a grown women on someones shoulders who wanted an even better view from the back of the arena area. 

Though the day different acts performing at OsFest had been interviewing in the Specialized Media Tent and were scattered around the VIP area for those with the right wrist bands was a perfect way to see some of the acts up close. I saw The Pigeon Detectives interviewing along with The Enemy and Lewis Watson who performed in between Lucy Spraggan and The Lovable Rogues. 

Heading towards the close of the festival this year, we were just waiting on The Pigeon Detectives and The Enemy I have to say OsFest ended on such a high after watching The Pigeon Detectives perform. The lead singer for The Detectives Matt Bowman had more energy and control of the crowd than I had ever seen from an artist on stage before! His command of the crowd due to his energy was presented as pure respect from the crowds in the main arena. He was poring water of his head while performing ‘Im Not Sorry’ from their 2007 album ‘Wait For Me’ I think they set the mark for the entire festival at that point. Matt was squirting water all over the front of the crowd, jumping from the drum kits and bouncing around in the press pit! I think these guys should have been last on at OsFest as it was very difficult for The Enemy to top such an energetic performance. They did very well and I really enjoyed their performance! I got some great shots and while watching them interview they really seemed to be a really down to earth group of guys. While performing they played my all time favorite cover ‘sit down’ and ‘Away From Here’ They were great to see live and some of their guitar work was awesome! I remember being below Tom Clark (Lead Singer) as he thrust his guitar up with one hand and slammed down a chord on a few areas of the stage. 


Overall I had a great great time this year and will be heading back up next year with no  doubt in my mind. With the great reception from all staff, security and for the line up this year. Im hoping with the continued publicity of this little (Big) festival they will grow and grow on the map. 


Osfest – Break for the Border update

With just 5 weeks to go, Osfest is in full swing of preparing for its fourth year, this time operating as Break for the Border 2013. With a huge expectancy from previously successful years, the Osfest team prepares to deliver its most exciting line up to date. This year the festival falls on bank holiday 24th – 27th May at its usual location of Oswestry Showground, Shropshire.

Multi award winning JLS top the bill on Saturday, known all across the world, the boy band’s live performance will feature 5 UK number one singles and is sure to top off a fantastic opening day of music. Other artists on the Saturday line up are WILEY, LAWSON, TICH and CHARLIE BROWN who have all hit the top 10 this year. Osfest are also very excited to have A*M*E who is currently sat at the top of the charts with her single featuring Duke Dumont, ‘Need U (100%)’.

Sunday’s familiar ‘Indie’ day features THE ENEMY and X factor winner JAMES ARTHUR. James was the most requested artist for this year’s festival and organisers are over joyed that he was available. Also filling the Sunday bill are THE PIGEON DETECTIVES, LUCY SPRAGGAN and LEWIS WATSON.

Local bands and artists are a huge part of Osfest, giving emerging acts a chance to showcase their talents to the field of thousands. Supporting acts this year include The Fallows, Rook and the Ravens, The Taste, Get Cubs, The Lottery Winners, Danny Gruff and the Peacemakers, The Gramotones, Blindsyde, Sounds and Scenarios, JKLMNO, The Novatones, Beat the Poet, Dan the Thief, The Maydays, Portlights, Salopia, Hollie Aires, Not Completely Blonde and Shameless Faith. Like previous years, the two Osfest stages operate alternatively offering variety throughout the day with non-stop music.

Osfest have without doubt met the expectant growth with this years line up but tickets are for once very limited. Only 5000 tickets are available due to the main stage being under a big top tent.  This decision was made after last year’s festival field turned into a mud bath. Anyone planning on booking tickets for Osfest should do so as soon as possible to avoid disappointment as they are expected to sell out over the next few weeks.

As always, Osfest prides itself on being a family friendly festival and this year the festivals family camping area will be increased to house more families wanting to bring there kids for a fun fuelled weekend.

Tickets for Osfest – Break for the Border, start from £29.50 for an under 16’s day ticket, camping and non – camping weekend tickets are available from £65.00. VIP tickets are limited but offer a fantastic package including an exclusive VIP tent in view of the stage, private camping area and use of VIP toilets!

Lucy Spraggan joins the OsFest lineup

Lucy has performed at Osfest for the past two years but now returns as one of our headline acts after performing in the X Factor live shows; We just had to have her back! Lucy will join James Arthur, The Enemy and King Charles on Sunday 26th May.

JLS, Lawson and Wiley will be taking to the stage on Saturday 25th May before headline act JLS.

We also have rising stars ‘I am Tich’, who has already toured with Paolo Nutini, Pixie Lott and Justin Bieber.

‘Get Cubs’ and ‘The Propellers’ will perform over the weekend,  both have been featured on Radio One recently.

Manchester alternative rock band Rook and the Ravens will also be performing.

Plus our fantastic home brewed talent including The Taste, Danny Gruff and the Peacemakers, Dan the Thief, Portlights and The Maydays.

This year Osfest is partnering with the £500,000 Appeal to help fund a £2million Bone Cancer Centre at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Oswestry (RJAH). The new Centre will be designed to treat cancer patients in a dedicated care environment, the majority of whom are under 24 years of age. Appeal Director Gwilym Owen OBE, commented, “This is fantastic news! We are delighted that Osfest 2013 has come onboard to support our Bone Cancer Centre Appeal. The festival targets the age group where bone cancer most often strikes”.

The music festival at Oswestry Showground has been held for the last three years and has attracted a number of top acts including Example, Razorlight, Stooshe and Hard-Fi.

The festival, which attracts thousands of music revelers, will take place over May Bank Holiday weekend from Friday 24thuntil campers depart on Monday 27th May at Oswestry Showground.

A variety of music and dance acts, both well known and emerging, local talent promise something to suit all musical tastes.

The main stage big top will only take 5,000 festival goers this year.

Full weekend camping tickets start at £59.50 Non Weekend Camping £55.00 and day tickets from £29.50.

Carly Jackson, event director, has urged people to get hold of their tickets fast!

Carly said: “As the main stage is undercover this year when they are gone they are gone, so don’t miss out”.


Wiley and Lawson added to OsFest lineup


Bringing you a multitude of acts over the 3 days starting Friday evening and delivering through till Sunday! Saturday alone will have at least 10 acts on Main Stage to keep you in your dancing shoes all day – Wiley will be performing his number one hit ‘Heatwave’, band of the moment LAWSON will be taking to the stage and the evening will be topped off with a LIVE performance from JLS, the perfect weekend.

Other local artists will take to the 2nd stage and the infamous "Dance shed"; OSFEST truly has something for every musical taste.

Watch this space for Sunday’s acts to be revealed!

The list of acts for this year is looking superb and we will be releasing  updates over the next few weeks – we in the Osfest office are working tirelessly to bring the BIGGEST and BEST Osfest so far… BREAK FOR THE BORDER… be part of it – get your tickets today!

JLS to perform at Osfest – Break for the Border


Further Details:

  • Their first time in Shropshire performing LIVE:
  • Only 5000 tickets available
  • The first of many announcements for 2013 – This year will be BIG!
  • To get you in the mood for JLS at Osfest, make sure you catch their DJ SET at the Buttermarket, Shrewsbury
  • From only £29.50 for the day you can see JLS and a whole host of other bands and artists.
  • Remember we are under cover this year, so there is no need to worry about what the weather is going to be like.
  • Oswestry is 15 minutes from Shrewsbury, 20 minutes from Wrexham, 30 minutes from Chester and a drive or a train ride from anywhere else in the UK! Where ever you are… BREAK FOR THE BORDER!
  • BUY your tickets from / or call 01691 680468

The MULTI act line up is starting to take shape… with  massive names already confirmed for Saturday 25th May…. JLS !!!


Osfest – Break for the Border will be bringing you a multitude of acts over the 3 days starting Friday evening and delivering through till Sunday!
The list of acts for this year is looking superb and we will be releasing  updates over the next few weeks – we in the Osfest office are working tirelessly to bring the BIGGEST and BEST Osfest so far… BREAK FOR THE BORDER… be part of it – get your tickets today!