“That’s the best thing I have ever seen” – Chris Evans
…Chris Evans’ shout-out to the crowd following his debut as a Rockaoke co-host on the main stage at Carfest South – july 2012. The 6,000 strong crowd was Rockaoke’s biggest festival audience to date – until two weeks later when 10,000 people at Carfest North watched in awe as all-comers jumped on stage with the band to belt out their favourite songs.
Big Stage Rockaoke has become very popular at major festivals. 2015’s fun included main stage action at British Summer Time in Hyde Park and Standon Calling. This followed 2 years opening the show at Carfest in 2013 and 2012 and five years in the infamous Dog House at Download. It all started at Jamie Oliver’s Big Feastival in 2011.
happy festival days
ROCKAOKE’s intro to UK festival life was V 2007 when they performed in the Virgin Radio VIP area and were joined on stage by James Corden, Christian O’Connell and Al Murray ( singing Queen of course!). They were subsequently featured in OK Magazine’s review of the festival!
2008 saw the start of a great 3 year relationship with Gaymers Cider that took ROCKAOKE to major festivals like Rockness, O2, Bestival, Hard Rock Calling, Latitude, Big Chill, Leeds and Reading. Happy Days!!
A monster night at the Camden Crawl 2010 aftershow party led to Rockaoke being given their own day at Camden Crawl 2011. It was this same year they started their legendary residency in the Dog House at Download.
Celebrity fans invited them to to their main stages in 2011 at Jamie Oliver’s Big Feastival and then Chris Evan’s Carfests in 2012 and 2013. The band were also asked to the iconic Isle of Wight Festival in ’13 and ’14 where they not only cracked through Rockaoke sets but also ruffled up the revellers with Musical Chaos – a live band, interactive music quiz.
In 2015, Rockaoke had the pleasure of playing at London’s latest musical extravaganza, British Summer Time festival. They entertained thousands of people on a number of balmy evenings in Hyde Park. After 7 years of playing Standon Calling they finally made it to the main stage, giving regular visitors their taste of stardom with the whole festival looking on. Rockaoke have a great passion for playing the smaller boutique festivals like Standon, Festival No.6, Secret Garden Party and Kendall Calling. Nothing beats the smaller UK festivals for cool, chilled-out, unadulterated fun amongst friends old and new!
“…it was our first festival and everyone from the staff on the entrance gate to Chris Evans were great. My son obviously thought being in a band with you guys was the best thing about the day.” – Jeremy Parr
rockaoke @ download 2013
Why Rockaoke Might Be The Most Entertaining Festival Act On The Planet
Whether they drop in as a surprise act, help to develop the theme of the evening or provide every aspect of a party from stage to lights to DJ, ROCKAOKE are such safe hands that they are relied upon as house band at parties thrown by the likes of TOP GEAR. Such is their reputation that even rock royalty like PINK FLOYD’s David Gilmour call on them when they want to party with their loved ones…
rockaoke @ tribute 2010
In the year 2010, Rockaoke were given the opportunity to headline their own festival! Tribute was held at the Empire Music Hall in Belfast and featured a special guest appearance from Chesney Hawkes.
rockaoke festival videos
some our favourite videos from rockaoke festival appearances
rockaoke festival photos
Some of our favourite photos from ROCKAOKE festival appearances.
Photos from ROCKAOKE’s various Orange Pip Market appearances between 2017-19. Summer street parties and Christmas in Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt,
Rocking out unplugged with Acoustaoke and Old Mout Cider at Festival No 6 – 2-4 september 2016. Great photos by Greg Milner Photography.
Some of our favourite photos from Rockaoke festival appearances.
Four hours before the Police bade their final farewell to Britain, a karaoke contestant called Steve was belting out Message in a Bottle in a tent a few hundred feet from Hard Rock Calling’s main stage. A middle-aged man in a Stranglers T-shirt, Steve had a gritty voice for a Sting stand-in, but still he managed what none of the afternoon’s paid acts could – he got a crowd going crazy.
…it was our first festival and everyone from the staff on the entrance gate to Chris Evans were great. My son obviously thought being in a band with you guys was the best thing about the day.
Thank you for all your help this weekend – everyone had a brilliant time!
In september 2019, ROCKAOKE opened the show for Blossoms, Shame and Park Hotel at Goose Island‘s Hop Party @ Oval Space in London. NME blogged about the event. “Goose Island’s Hop Party had it all. From fantastic beers and ales, to an exciting twist on karaoke and some of the biggest and best bands in […]
First festival of the season done, and what an epic way to kick off proceedings! We were booked by SJM Concerts, one of the UK’s leading promoters, to curate a pop up bar called the Neighbour Hood Inn. The brief was to fill it with the kind of entertainment you’d find in a traditional pub […]
Kaiser Chiefs may have performed on the main stage on the Friday afternoon of the Isle Of Wight Festival, but frontman Ricky Wilson wasn’t ready to go home just yet. Ricky made a surprise appearance at the Rockaoke stage, aka Camp Kiwi on Sunday afternoon (11 June). The one-time coach on The Voice treated surprised fans to […]
Ricky Wilson of The Kaiser Chiefs entertained crowds with Rockaoke at the Old Mout Cider Tent at the Isle of Wight Festival
rockaoke have played at these festivals
Also Festival As One In The Park Bapfest Belladrum Bestival Big Chill Big Feastival BT London Live Bugjam Busfest Camden Crawl Camp Bestival Carfest Crickstock Festival No. 6 Hard Rock Calling Harvest At Jimmy’s Henley Regatta Isle of Wight Latitude Leeds Lounge On The Farm Marillion Weekender Marvellous Northbound O2 Wireless Phoney Fest Planet Rockstock Reading Rockness Secret Garden Party Silloth Music & Beer Festival Snowbombing Standon Calling Tartan Heart Festival Tribute 2010 V Festival Whitstable Oyster Festival Winterwell