2008

2008 Shuffle ProgrammeThe second year of the festival was held Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 August 2008, and again using The Victoria, The Furnace, The Rolleston, 12 Bar, and The Beehive as venues, with the festival being managed by playdead Events & Artist Management. New venues included in the festival were The Apartment in the town centre and Riffs Bar in Hook on the outskirts of Swindon. A ‘fringe’ event also took place on the Thursday at The Elm Tree in Chisledon on the outskirts of Swindon.

The festival was officially supported in 2008 by Frequency Magazine, [Swindon] Artsminds, and Swindonmusic.co.uk. The charity partner was the Prospect Hospice again, although British Heart Foundation stalls were also set up at the venues to help raise awareness and sign up people to the donor scheme. The event grew in size in 2008, with more venues, more bands and the introduction of the dance and hip-hop/funk music scene. At least 42 acts performed across the weekend, plus there was a Kandifunk club night on the Friday and a Cassette Player club night on the Saturday.

Headline acts were Beatbullyz, The Alfonz, Durera, Talk In Code, and Jon Trowbridge. Other acts to appear included Veer Luth, The Parodies, Truth Be Told, Seven Years On and Matthew Kilford. 2008 was also the first year that organisers allowed submissions from acts wanting to appear at the festival.

2008 was the first year a promotional video was used, directed by John Farrow (then of Create Studios), prior to the festival taking place, featuring the acts Seven Years On, Talk In Code, Jeff Like Usual, The Alfonz, and Lighterthief, plus members of the Swindon Shuffle committee.

The festival was (self) hailed as “even better than last year’s [festival]” with an increased attendance on the 2007 festival.