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The G.I.M.P. Festival is a 2-day weekend music festival usually taking place in the August of each year. The G.I.M.P., as well as being a humorous name, stands for Great International Music Personalities. The festival was first held in 2003, in Eastbourne's Princes Park. Amongst the acts performing were AC/DC and Muse.
|Date||Location||Headline artists (bold), other artists, unconfirmed||Band 1 ticket cost|
|July 30, 2003||Princes Park, Eastbourne||AC/DC, Muse, Bowling For Soup, The Who, Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, Metallica, Slipknot, Busted, Good Charlotte, G.U.N., HIM, Green Day, Blink 182, Billy Talent||GBP 56.00|
|August 1 & 2, 2004 (cancelled)||No concert held||Due to weather conditions, the festival was cancelled.|
|August 1, 2005||Princes Park, Eastbourne||Metallica, A Day To Remember, Anti-Flag - Concert only for metallica, no other bands at this festival (apart from support)||GBP 90.00|
|August 1 & 2, 2006||Five Acre Field, Eastbourne||Razorlight, The Offspring, Green Day, Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters, The Darkness, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Slipknot, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Panic! at the Disco, Underoath, Weezer, System Of A Down, Tenacious D, Trainwreck, Trivium, Simple Plan, Nickelback, Linkin Park, Bowling For Soup.||GBP 36.00|
|August 14 & 15, 2007||Princes Park, Eastbourne||Slipknot, Bowling For Soup, Trivium, Paramore, Nickelback, Linkin Park, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Billy Talent, The Darkness, Anti-Flag, Muse, My Chemical Romance, The Offspring, Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, Simple Plan, A Day To Remember, All American Rejects, All Time Low, Angels & Airwaves, Biffy Clyro, Bring Me The Horizon, Guns N' Roses, Fightstar, Metallica||GBP 49.00|
|August 16, 2008||No concert held||The festival had to be cancelled - it was to be just a Bowling For Soup concert with support from Billy Talent, MC Lars and Zebrahead, but all 4 bands were stranded in the USA due to weather conditions.||GBP 51.00|
|August 15 & 16, 2009||Princes Park, Eastbourne||Zebrahead, Angels & Airwaves, Limp Bizkit, Guns N' Roses, Metallica, HIM, Bowling For Soup, Simple Plan, Billy Talent, Paramore, MC Lars, Anti-Flag, Zebrahead, Avril Lavigne, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi, Muse, My Chemical Romance, KoRn, All Time Low, All American Rejects, Less Than Jake, Karnivool, Lostprophets, Linkin Park, The Zutons, The Killers, Thirty Seconds to Mars||GBP 54.00|
|August 14 & 15, 2010||Hyde Park, London||Sum 41, A Day To Remember, Blink-182, You Me At Six, All American Rejects, Slipknot, Jimmy Eat World, All Time Low, Metallica, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Anti-Flag, Alien Ant Farm, The Offspring, Limp Bizkit, My Chemical Romance, Fightstar, Linkin Park, Korn, Weezer, Trivium, Zebrahead, Paramore, Biffy Clyro, Billy Talent, Bowling For Soup, Jedward & Vanilla Ice, Muse, Pink Floyd, Green Day||GBP 98.00|
The G.I.M.P Festival has had many sponsors over the year, with one primary sponsor buying the naming rights for that year's festival.
|Year||Name of Festival||Other Sponsors|
|2003||The 2003 Red Bull G.I.M.P. Festival||Orange, Red Bull, Siemens|
|2004||The Siemens Mobile G.I.M.P. Festival 2004||All sponsors pulled out due to the cancellation of the festival.|
|2005||The Red Bull G.I.M.P. Festival 2005||Samsung, Microsoft, Sony, Fender, Gibson, Marshall Amplification, McDonald's, Lynx Deodorant, Vodafone UK.|
|2006||The 2006 Eastbourne G.I.M.P. Festival sponsored by Relentless||Red Bull, Sony, Siemens, Fujifilm, Fender, Gibson, Zildjian, BBC Radio 1|
|2007||The Sony G.I.M.P. Festival 2007||Red Bull, Samsung, Marshall Amplification, Fender, Gibson, Paiste Cymbals, Zildjian, Yamaha, Toshiba, Fender, BBC Radio 1, Siemens, O2, BT, McDonald's|
|2008||Festival cancelled, the festival was to be named The Red Bull Festival 2008||Siemens, Fujifilm, Fender, Gibson, Zildjian, Marshall Amplification, BBC Radio 1, Greenpeace, Eastbourne Borough Council|
|2009||The 2009 G.I.M.P. Festival by Relentless||Red Bull, Microsoft, Marshall Amplification, BBC Radio 1, Tussauds, Logitech, BBC Radio 1, McDonald's, Sony, Gibson, Fender, Siemens, Fujifilm, Paiste, Zildjian|
|2010||The 2010 Hellmann's G.I.M.P. Festival||Relentless, Sony, O'Neill, Gibson, Fender, Fujifilm, Martin lighting, Marshall Amplification, Harrod's, BBC Radio 1, Apple, Zildjian, McDonald's, The City Of London, Ford.|
|2011||The 2011 Virgin G.I.M.P. Festival||Virgin, O2, Siemens, Samsung, Gibson, Fender (Confirmed) The City Of London, London Underground (unconfirmed)|
NB: Although companies can buy the naming rights up to a year in advance, no company is allowed to have the rights 2 years in a row. Red Bull and Relentless, for example, have held the rights for 2 years each, but they have not been consecutive years.
The venue of the G.I.M.P. Festival had never changed, until 2010, when it moved to London.
|Years||City||Venue||Capacity||Average %/Tickets sold|
|2003–2009||Eastbourne||Princes Park, Five Acre Field||Approximately 5,400||100%|
|2010 & 2011||London||Hyde Park||Approximately 127,000||100%|
|2012||London||Wembley Stadium||Est. 115,000||Unknown|
|2013||London||O2 Arena||Est. 78,900||Unknown|
|2014–2016||Brighton||Preston Park||Est. 43,000||Unknown|
|2017–2020||London||Hyde Park||Est. 98,000||Unknown|
Possible return to Eastbourne
Eastbourne has also started bidding for the concert to return to the town in 2021. The bid is being sponsored by O2 and Red Bull, and would see the arena in Eastbourne increased in size to 20,000 tickets. This, however, according to DHC Concerts, is not large enough for the fanbase that the Festival now has, and has said that the Festival would probably never return to Eastbourne. Eastbourne Borough Council responded to this, stating that the Festival would lose fans from not moving back into Eastbourne, and would lose the unique atmosphere.