Wokingham Festival will return to the town on Saturday for the first time since 2019.

The event, which was cancelled last year due to the Covid pandemic, offers an alternative weekend of music to Reading Festival.

For the first time in its history the festival will premiere an open-air theatre, where The Macbeths will perform Shakespeare’s similarly-named play.

“I’m delighted this popular festival is taking place at Cantley Park and we’re supporting such an important community event,” said Wokingham borough councillor Parry Batth, executive member for leisure.

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More than 40 artists will take to the stage including Wille and the Bandits, Unikque, The Skangsters, Flutatious, The Room and Zeppelin Kids.

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Refreshments will be available from the Twyford Beer Festival team, the Redan Cocktail Bar and the Wokingham Music Club Bar.

Festival organsier Stan Hetherington said: “The festival is run by a team of enthusiastic and hardworking volunteers from the local area and we all share a passion for quality live music in a friendly, enjoyable atmosphere.

“This isn’t Reading Festival; we can’t do what they do. We only charge low prices for tickets but we deliver stages much bigger than we should be able to.”

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Negative Covid tests are not required for entry, but they are encouraged. 

A mobile rapid testing unit will be available at the festival entrance between 11am and 6pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.