About M Festival

Our Story

Back in 2009 a small group of parents and staff from The Marlborough Science Academy came together to build on the idea of hosting a music festival as a PTA fundraising event. With a small stage and audience and just a handful of performers, the festival just about broke even.

14 years later and the very same team with the help of further volunteers have established M Festival as a fantastic annual event that has now raised in excess of £130,000 for the school and other local causes. Things have changed slightly since 2010 and with 2 large outdoor stages, better sound, more entertainment, lighting, pyrotechnics, activities, food & drink and firework finales, M Festival has come along way and now attracts over 3,500 people annually.

In 2020, our festival was due to take place on Saturday 4th July, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic and like all other music events, we were forced to cancel the festival. Our team had the opportunity to take a step-back and look at how we best move the festival forward for 2021 and have introduced a number of changes to ensure a successful festival for all.

In 2021, our festival was due to take place on Saturday 3rd July, however due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and continuous tier restrictions and local lockdowns, our team met virtually and agreed the safest way forward to protect our festival was to postpone for a further year.

On 2nd July 2022 we welcomed back an incredible audience to the return of M Festival where we put on a fantastic event for everyone with amazing feedback, raising over £10,000 for the Marlborough PTA.

We hope to see you on Saturday 6th July 2024 to make our 14th M Festival!

Some Key Stats

Audience Testimonials

0 +
Attendees in 2023
0 Years
We've been running
£ 0 +
Raised for the PTA to-date
0 +
Incredible acts have played for us!
M FESTIVAL HAS THE MUSIC AND ATMOSPHERE OF ANY OUTDOOR MUSIC EVENT IN LONDON - NO DIFFERENT TO HYDE PARK!!
2018 Guest
GREAT BANDS, A WONDERFUL, FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE. THE BEST DAY AND NIGHT OUT SAINT ALBANS HAS TO OFFER. THE POSITIVE ENERGY FROM THE WHOLE EVENT IS CATCHING. WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE AND EVERYONE. ALL TOPPED OFF WITH FIREWORKS!
2017 Guest
A FANTASTIC, INCLUSIVE, FAMILY EVENT WHERE THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE TO ENJOY. FANTASTIC ORGANISATION, BANDS, FOOD AND DRINK AND SUCH A HAPPY ATMOSPHERE!
2017 Guest
A WELL-ORGANISED FAMILY EVENT WITH A REAL FESTIVAL ATMOSPHERE AND A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR PRE-TEENS TO EXPERIENCE THEIR FIRST FESTIVAL. HIGHLY RECOMMEND M-FESTIVAL.
2018 Guest
WHAT A BRILLIANT FAMILY DAY WITH GREAT BANDS, VARIETY OF FOOD & DRINK AND LOADS OF ACTIVITIES FOR THE CHILDREN. WE'LL CERTAINLY BE RETURNING NEXT YEAR!
2018 Guest
FANTASTIC, WELL ORGANISED, SAFE, FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT WITH A REALLY CALM, HAPPY, VIBE.
2022 Guest
FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY. A GREAT TIME HAD BY ALL OF US - AGED 9, 13, 16, 40 AND 41!! EXCELLENT DAY, AND A BRILLIANT ADVERT FOR MARLBOROUGH SCHOOL.
2019 Guest
IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER EACH YEAR. IT IS THE LOCAL ANNUAL SOUGHT OUT MUSICAL EVENT OF THE AREA.
2019 Guest
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! IT'S BASICALLY GLASTONBURY ON A MUCH SMALLER SCALE!!! PLENTY OF BANDS TO GO SEE BEFORE THEY BECOME FAMOUS, IF THEY DO!!!
2019 Guest

Our Location

The Marlborough Science Academy,
Watling Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire
AL1 2QA

Parking

There will be limited parking available for 150 vehicles and these spaces will cost £10 each and must be pre-booked online via our tickets page. Cars can be left overnight on the 6th July and must be collected by Midday Sunday 7th July. 

Disabled badge holders will be able to park close to the festival arena entrance in a designated parking zone.

Electric Vehicle charging is not available.

Festival Timings

Gates will open at 14:00pm.

Event ends at 22:45pm

Our 2022 After-Movie

See what M Festival is all about and recap on our 2022 event by viewing the video below…

More about our line up

Captain

On-stage: 18:30

The Brightside Killers

On-stage: 21:15

The Overtures

On-stage: 19:45