GIMP Festival

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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.

Bands featured[edit]

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[edit]

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.