UK Centre for Carnival Arts

is a short walk from Luton Railway Station and Bus Interchange right in the heart of Luton Town.


Due to health and safety issues, we do not allow ticket holders to bring tripods, or any kind of professional camera or lighting equipment.

If you are taking photos or filming around the site please respect people’s privacy. Some people may not want to have their image taken.


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There will be multiple bars inside the venue wit

h drink deals across the weekend.

There will also be food stalls from Luton's famous Chicken George as well as Seitan's Grill which is Vegan friendly.


The Castle Tavern

will be hosting a trilogy of after party events after each evening featuring the Castle DJ's, Matt Crawley from Transmission and one more TBC.

The Castle Tavern is a short 5 minute walk from the venue.

Drink Deals all nigh and open until late.



Frequently asked questions

What is Castlefest?

Castlefest is Luton’s most ass-kicking rock, metal and alternative music festival that supports up-and-coming bands and brings you to our Castle family.

This year is Castlefest’s seventh birthday! We started out at The Castle Tavern, Luton, where we were for five years. We are at the UKCCA in Luton for the second year running; this year’s event is our biggest yet, including incredible bands and artists from far and wide, fabulous food, and awesome creatives from our community sharing their art.

Where is Castlefest?

Castlefest 2019 is at the UKCCA in Luton. UKCCA has great public transport links, and is only a short walk from both Luton Railway Station and Bus Interchange also Luton Parkway station. If you are driving to UKCCA, a pay-and-display car park is a short distance away in Vicarage Street. There is also a taxi rank a few feet away in Park Street. UKCCA is based at;

UK Centre For Carnival Arts
3 St Marys Road

If you have any questions about accessibility, or if you have any additional needs, you can contact the UKCCA by phone on 01582 437100, or email, or visit

When is Castlefest?

This year’s Castlefest is from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September 2019. Friday’s party begins in the evening, while Saturday and Sunday are all-day affairs.

Who is playing Castlefest?

We have a real mix of fantastic bands and artists visiting Castlefest this year, with headliners including Eliza And The Bear, Blood Youth, SHVPES and Dream State. We also have a tonne of local and not-so-local bands and artists such as Sean McGowan, Loathe, Bailer, Parting Gift, Blind River, Jackal’s Backbone, Seasons, The Reaper, Sharkteeth Grinder and Action Panzer. This is just a few of the wonderful parts of our line-up. We also have our wrestling cousins in Ultimate British Wrestling, bringing the smackdown, drama and a hell of a lot of sass. There’s never a dull moment when the UBW gang’s in town. For the full line up click "ARTISTS" above (or from the top menu on mobile).

We also have local legends Chicken George, tasty-as-hell vegan crew Seitan’s Grill, and our favourite vegan baked-goods master, Motley Bakes, providing amazing food all weekend.

Where can I get my tickets?

From the "Tickets" tab above (or from the top menu on mobile). You can also buy your day and weekend tickets from our Eventbrite page; you just need to visit our Facebook event page, Castlefest 2019, and click the ticket links, or type ‘Castlefest 2019’ into the Eventbrite search page. This will bring you to the event ticket page. We aim to have limited tickets on the door, but we advise buying in advance as it is the cheaper option, and we can’t guarantee availability on the day!

Advance weekend tickets are £37.50, Friday tickets are £15, and Saturday and Sunday tickets are £20.