Sweeps Festival 2015 Information

The Rochester Sweeps festival programme for 2014 is now available. Download Sweeps Festival PDF programme of events. The 2014 Sweeps Festival takes place in Rochester each year at the beginning of May in the Kentish town, formerly city, of Rochester.

In 2014 it will be taking place from May 3rd to 5th throughout the May Bank Holiday weekend. Check the list of Morris Teams, bands and Dance groups that will be taking part in the Sweeps Festival in 2014.

The PDF of Sweeps festival events programme doesn't seem to be available on the Medway Council website listing the Sweeps Festival dates but the direct link to the full Rochester Sweeps festival 2014 programme PDF is here

Rochester Sweeps Festival Programme 2013 Sweeps Festival Rochester Events Programme for 2013 Sweeps Festival Rochester Events Programme for 2013 link to the full Rochester Sweeps festival 2013 programme of events, bands and morris dance groups

Click here for the Rochester Sweeps Festival Events Programme and schedule of bands for 2014

Many Morris dance teams from around the UK (and from as far as Alaska) come to the Rochester Sweeps festival and join the parade along the High Street. In addition many musical events take place in different pubs and outdoor stages over the weekend. This video was shot in Man of Kent alehouse of the Truckstop Honeymoon gig in 2011 and this video of Truckstop Honeymoon was shot at the Gordon House Hotel beer festival.

This is a video of French band Sur Les Docks who are performing at the Sweeps festival again this year. This video of McManigan Academy of Irish Dancers performing Lord of the Dance was shot at the Gordon House Hotel in 2012.


#2 Barbara jeffery 2014-10-10 11:30
Loud amplified music has now crept in to one of the prime spots, the war memorial making it impossible for Morris sides and their musicians to perform there. It was already blocking out a spot near the eagle. What does Rochester want, Morris sides or electronic loud singing...it must decide

Also having gone to the festival for many years, I am increasingly feeling that the crowd regards us as a nuisance and a hazard, blocking there free movement up and down the street. I think they would prefer us not to be there, just have a beer festival with very loud music and bad singing
#1 Anne O'Donnell 2014-05-06 17:24
it was great - thank you so much to everybody for what must have been a lot of hard work.

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