Reputedly Britain's Oldest Pub, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks in St Albans, is set to host a "mini Glastonbury" festival.

The Abbey Mill Lane boozer will host its first all-day free festival since its owners took over the pub in April 2022.

The 'Fighting Cocks Fest' event will take place from 12 noon on Saturday, July 15, with live music beginning at 1pm.



Ten live bands will perform, including headline act Maida Vales.

Kaspar and the Swamp Dogs, King Violet, Bandini, Vertigo, Carla Coyne, Kick Pistol, Veala, Funky Monks and Ed Ashmore Jazz Trio will also take to the stage.

The pub's barbecue and pizza oven will be fired up throughout the day, as poetry readings, riverside dancing, face painting, fire-eating performers, a Nintendo tournament for kids and a magician all entertain guests.


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A late night DJ set by Chris C will also take place.

The pub's co-owner Martin Robinson said: "Music is the beating heart of our pub.

"We have built up a great live music night on Fridays that has become really popular, and we are keen to put on a festival with an all-day programme of music and entertainment for everyone to enjoy."