ShyneFest is named after Shyne Adcock and came into being for Shyne’s 40th birthday in 2015.

Shyne and husband Kevin were wondering what they could do to celebrate, be it hiring a hall with a band, or finding a venue with music and camping so people could stay over – with no worries about designated drivers or taxis. Shyne had no idea that her birthday celebration would end up being a weekend-long music festival on her friends farm! Kevin invited his friend Ciaron to help organise the bands, stages and sound. Having played in bands for many years, Ciaron jumped at the chance. So, the ShyneFest team was formed and the preparations began.

Shyne began contacting campsites but with little success. However, a chance conversation at the school gate with fellow mum Aneke, led to Aneke and husband Dan offering the use of their farm. The first ShyneFest was born in West End, Surrey on Shyne’s birthday in June 2015. There were 18 bands and performers, food stalls, bouncy castles, camping and – most importantly – an ice cream van. Over 250 people attended across the weekend and the consensus being “that was amazing!”

ShyneFest 1
ShyneFest 1 – June 2015

Unfortunately, Aneke and Dan moved shortly afterwards, so the team needed to find a new venue. It took until late 2017 to find Miles Green Farm in Bisley, Surrey. This time, tickets were made more widely available and sold publicly. ShyneFest 2 was another huge success. Sadly due to other farm commitments, Adrian and Amanda at Miles Green Farm couldn’t offer their farm the following year, so the venue search was on again.

ShyneFest Music Festival 2, Bisley.
ShyneFest 2 – June 2018

The location for ShyneFest 3 was at Apps Court Farm in Walton-on-Thames and again was a massive success with the amazing Counterfeit Stones as the headliners. 

ShyneFest Music Festival 3, Walton-on-Thames
ShyneFest 3 – June 2019

ShyneFest 4 in 2020 was postponed due to the pandemic and eventually went ahead in September 2021 at Apps Court Farm. There was a huge turnout of over 1500 people and Noasis, From the Jam and Toploader rocked the 2 stages.

ShyneFest 4 – September 2021 (Toploader pictured)

ShyneFest 5 in 2022 was held in stunning countryside at Merrist Wood College, Guildford and had a fabulous turnout (considering it was the Jubilee weekend) of over 1500 people. Friday was tribute night with From the Ashes, Zinc Floyd, Maybe Gaga and Guns2Roses. Saturday saw loads of covers and original bands including Lassiez Faire, Leah Jewell, Jesus Jones, Corduroy and headliners the Lightning Seeds!

ShyneFest 5 – June 2022

ShyneFest 6 in 2023 was again held at Merrist Wood College, Guildford with a fabulous range of local and national bands including Rhythm of the 90’s and headliner Republica!

ShyneFest 6 – June 2023 (Rhythm of the 90’s pictured)

ShyneFest 7 in 2024 was once again held at Merrist Wood College – now the forever home of the festival. Two days packed full of live music and for the first year, a massive collaboration with the Activate Learning Colleges, offering project and work based experience for over 200 students!

ShyneFest 7 – June 2024 (Dodgy pictured)

As a team, Shyne & Kevin, Ciaron & Colleen would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported their exciting journey and they look forward to celebrating their 10th Anniversary in 2025 – and a big 50th Birthday!

The ShyneFest team (L to R): Kevin Adcock, Shyne Adcock, Colleen Sykes and Ciaron Sykes