Larmer Tree Festival announces first names

Larmer Tree

The UK’s longest-running boutique festival Larmer Tree celebrates its 30th anniversary in style this summer with the announcement of the three biggest headliners in its history. Larmer Tree sets the standards that others follow and continues to present the essential festival experience. The festival again raises the bar in 2020, with a heady mix of big name artists, cult favourites and rapidly rising talent. While the eclectic music programming is Larmer Tree’s key attraction, comedy, theatre, wellness and crafts are all part of its wide-reaching appeal.

Set in the beautiful countryside of Cranborne Chase, Larmer Tree prides itself on its inclusive community vibe. Whether you want to party deep into the night or take it easy with a laidback family-friendly weekend, Larmer Tree provides everything that you need from a summer festival. And despite its success, Larmer Tree has remained small by choice, providing an intimate and stress-free escape where the next attraction is never too far away.

Running from July 16th-19th, the first wave of artists for 2020 can now be unveiled, including headliners James, Jack Savoretti and Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls.

Boasting a catalogue packed with crowd-pleasing anthems such as ‘Laid’, ‘Sit Down’ and ‘She’s A Star’, James are set to make their Larmer Tree debut. Fronted by the charismatic Tim Booth, James are as popular as ever with their most recent album, Living In Extraordinary Times, taking the band back into the Top 10.

Jack Savoretti was forced to cancel his headline set last year due to illness, but he’s back to make up for lost time at what he calls one of his favourite festivals. The husky-voiced, soulful singer-songwriter has built a loyal following on the back of six albums, including 2019’s #1 smash Singing To Strangers.

With a rabble-rousing punk-fuelled take on folk, Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls have mastered the art of making huge shows feel intimate. Crafting songs as poetic as they are energising, Frank Turner rose from an underground sensation to score four consecutive Top 5 albums. His most recent, last year’s No Man’s Land, told the often-overlooked stories of fascinating women of the past.

This first announcement also reiterates Larmer Tree’s always eclectic bill. It includes one of the great soul voices of British music in the shape of Beverley Knight, twice a MOBO Award winner and the artist behind hits such as ‘Come As You Are’ and ‘Shoulda Woulda Coulda’, plus the Gentleman’s Dub Club are ready to inspire audiences into a frenzy wherever they go, making them the perfect choice to raise the energy at Larmer Tree. Lankum bring a similar celebratory vibe, set to a rambunctious Irish soundtrack. And there’s some international flair from Ghanian highlife pioneer Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band following glowing reviews for their current album Obiaa!.

Larmer Tree also highlights numerous artists who could become the festival fillers of the future. Girl Ray are the perfect summer soundtrack, their sun-kissed cocktail of pop and R&B reaching new heights on their recent second set Girl. Heavenly Records’ artist Katy J Pearson offers timeless melodies and lyricism, uniting old school country heartbreak with infectious pop hooks. London rock group The Big Moon will be shaking up the festival with material from their critically acclaimed sophomore album Walking Like We Do. And Franc Moody are built for festival fun, their energised and uplifting clash of modern disco, funk and soul reaching new heights on their current single ‘Skin On Skin’.

Further details of Larmer Tree’s music, arts and activities will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for Larmer Tree Festival’s 2020 event are available from https://larmertreefestival.co.uk/buy-tickets/. Super early bird and early bird tickets are already sold-out, but weekend tickets are available, priced at £179 for adults, £105 for teenagers and £35 for children. Adults can also obtain free tickets for children under the age of six. There’s also the option to spread the cost with part payment weekend tickets, which require a deposit of £65 for adults and £40 for teenagers.

There’s also the option to take the hassle out of your journey with two convenient travel options. The festival will be running coaches to and from Bournemouth, while shuttle buses will operate between Salisbury train station and the festival site.

There are also a handful of special extras to make your festival experience even more memorable. There are four boutique camping options, including hand-painted gypsy bowtop caravans with stained glass windows, and sustainable upcycled vintage tents, known as Vintents.

Larmer Tree’s Wild Spa Experiences offer an unusual, Nordic-inspired twist on festival pampering. The traditional Scandinavian wood-fired hot tubs offer some back-to-nature open-air indulgence – why not crack open some bubbly to take that laid-back vibe to the next level? Mixing a traditional atmosphere with a classic design, the Swedish barrel sauna offers a range of health benefits. And if the scintillating sauna heat gets a little much, there’s a cold drench bucket on hand for an invigorating soak.

Cambridge Folk Festival – first names announced

Cambridge Folk Festival

Cambridge Folk Festival is thrilled to announce the first artists for its 2020 line-up:

Making his Cambridge debut in an exclusive English festival appearance, iconic singer-songwriter and humanitarian Yusuf / Cat Stevens. From his early career in the 1960s when his timeless blend of pop, folk and blues propelled him to the top of the charts, to his extensive humanitarian work and full return to music in the 2000s, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Yusuf / Cat Stevens is a hugely influential figure whose appearance will be one of the most eagerly awaited in the Festival’s history.

Returning to headline in 2020, international chart-topper Passenger, who progressed from his 2011 debut on emerging talent stage The Den to headlining Stage 1 in 2015 – when he also drew record crowds with an impromptu busking session!  His number one single ‘Let Her Go’ scooped an Ivor Novello Award and a Brit Award nomination for single of the year.

Appearing for the first time since 2010, Seasick Steve, who became an overnight success in his sixties for his unique take on blues, roots and country music. Renowned for his personalised instruments and explosive, rocking live performances, his headline set is guaranteed to bring the house down.

One of the finest and most prolific singer-songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega celebrates her catalogue of hits with a new live album this Spring, An Evening of New York Songs and Stories. Perfect timing then to take to the stage at Cherry Hinton Hall to perform ground-breaking songs such as ‘Tom’s Diner’, ‘Luka’, ‘Marlene On The Wall’, and many other gems from across her 35 year career.

Regarded as one of the leading forces in British folk, Show of Hands remain at the top of their game after more than two decades on the road. For the Festival, kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are joined by long-time collaborator Miranda Sykes and master percussionist Cormac Byrne, who together create a sound nothing short of magical.

Dublin four-piece Lankum have an alchemical ability to combine traditional folk roots with contemporary undercurrents to forge music that is dark, mysterious and transcendental. They have gained worldwide acclaim for their captivating, often euphoric live performances, showcasing their close vocal harmonies, instrumental interplay and dramatic storytelling.

With an undeniable voice and an arsenal of powerful songs Martha Wainwright, who will be joining the Festival for the weekend, is a beguiling performer and a refreshingly different force in music. Part of the famous Wainwright dynasty, Martha is the daughter of folk legends Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and sister to Rufus Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche with whom she has collaborated live and on record.

Malian singer-songwriter, actor and multiple Grammy Award nominee Fatoumata Diawara is hailed as one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music. Her sound is boldly experimental yet respectful of her roots and she carries its universal message to stages across the world.

Cambridge Folk Festival takes place 30 July – 2 August 2020 in the picturesque grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge. Early booking advisable. Purchase tickets from: https://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/folk-festival/tickets

 

Maverick announces first names for its thirteenth year

Maverick

Maverick, the UK’s first and finest Americana festival is pleased to announce first names for its lucky thirteenth outing!

This year‘s event will take place from Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th July showcasing the cream of the crop from both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. The barns and outbuildings of Easton Farm Park will once again be transformed into a unique and boutique festival environment offering six stages indoors and out, perfect for the presentation of music, food and fun that has been attracting festival-goers since 2008.

Maverick has been at the forefront of Americana since before the genre was christened, co-founding the Americana Music Association UK and quickly becoming a red-letter day on the calendar for artists and audiences alike.

This year, the lineup already includes international award winning artists from all over North America!

Singer-songwriter and Grammy-winner STEVE FORBERT from Meridian, Mississippi is celebrating the 40th anniversary and re-release of his seminal album Jack Rabbit Slim, past Grammy-nominees for best American roots performers THE CALIFORNIA FEETWARMERS are heading east with some west coast sunshine and Canadian Juno nominee and past festival crowd pleaser TERRA LIGHTFOOT returns with her killer band.

We also welcome from Kentucky, JD WILKES AND THE LEGENDARY SHACKSHAKERS with their hell-for-leather brand of Southern gothic rockabilly, from Chicago, power-house band of bluegrass boys THE HENHOUSE PROWLERS and from Texas, taking us for a thrilling, fresh ride down the Lone Star highway, VANDOLIERS.

TICKET PRICES

Ranger £120.00  Weekend plus camping
Wrangler £90.00 Weekend
Rustler £50.00 Saturday
Nighthawk £35.00 Friday
Holy Roller £25.00 Sunday
Tenderfoot £25.00 10-15 yrs (under 10 go free)

Festival website:: www.maverickfestival.co.uk

Starting line-up revealed for the annual Towersey Festival

Towersey Festival

Folk favourites Kate Rusby, Steeleye Span and Show of Hands are some of the confirmed acts that will welcome festival-goers at Towersey Festival’s new home of Buckinghamshire, in August 2020.

The iconic folk and roots festival will celebrate its 56th year from 28-31 August 2020, in Buckinghamshire’s stunning Claydon Estate, in Middle Claydon.

Joining these folk greats are more contemporary names such as This Is The Kit, Grace Petrie, London’s ground-breaking Brass ensemble The Hackney Colliery Band and Scottish power trio Talisk. Also, on the initial roster are new band The Magpie Arc, featuring guitar great Martin Simpson, English folk singer Nancy Kerr and leading musicians from Scotland.

Four years since her last visit to Towersey, Kate Rusby was described by The Guardian as “one of the superstars of the British acoustic scene”. Forever proud to call herself a folk singer, Kate’s beautiful, expressive vocals never fail to connect the emotional heart of a song to that of her audience. The crossover appeal Kate enjoys is unprecedented for a folk singer and has been achieved without resort to compromise.

Among the most commercially successful and influential traditional artists, thanks to their hit singles ‘Gaudete’ and ‘All Around My Hat’, Steeleye Span changed the face of folk music forever. After 50 years, they are as creative and vital now as ever, with a new album that is garnering rave reviews and taking their live performances to new levels.

Also returning to Towersey 2020 is the multi-award-winning Show of Hands, with their new four-piece line-up including master percussionist Cormac Byrne, who returns with his blistering additions by popular demand. There’s no doubt that Show of Hands the four-piece, now something of a supergroup, and their combined musicianship is guaranteed to sound nothing short of magical.

Towersey is renowned for staging artists that are not often seen at bigger music festivals so it should not be a surprise to see one of the country’s leading choral groups, The London Welsh Male Voice Choir, amongst the first artists revealed.

Others joining the line-up include indie-folk band Laura Cortese And The Dance Cards, girl power bluegrass band Midnight Skyracer and 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award ‘Best Album’ winners, The Trials of Cato.

Towersey Festival Director Joe Heap said: “After a record-breaking 2019 festival we are very excited to be moving to an incredible new site and working with Claydon Estate. 2020 will be such a special year – our new and stunning location provides such a fabulous backdrop for our festival, and with these first-named artists, we have the beginnings of what could be our greatest line-up to date.

“There’ll be loads of other surprises and more great names to come in 2020, but we are so excited to be sharing these first artists now as well as announcing our exclusive Circus and Music Show ‘Circocentric’ which will premiere at Towersey.”

Towersey is the UK’s longest-running independent music festival, with seven venues featuring an extensive music programme, over 30 hours of ceilidh, and a packed schedule of daily workshops. 2020 will feature many of the regular favourites plus the introduction of new circus shows and workshops, well-being & mindfulness activities and outdoor experiences.

With a dedicated and acclaimed programme of activities for children and younger festivalgoers, as well as street theatre performers, arts and crafts, film screenings, late-night sessions, real ale and cider bars and street food, there really is something for everyone.

Tickets for Towersey Festival, which runs from Friday 28 to Monday 31 August 2020 at Claydon Estate, Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire (claydonestate.co.uk), are now available from £144 (adult), £134 (concessions), £70 (young person 5-17). For more information go to www.towerseyfestival.com

The line-up so far

Friday 28 August

Steeleye Span
Show of Hands
Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards
Forest of Fools
Whapweasel
Honey And The Bear

Saturday 29 August

This Is The Kit
Talisk
Midnight Skyracer
The Trials of Cato
Jackie Oates & John Spiers
Smith and Brewer

Sunday 30 August

Kate Rusby
Hackney Colliery Band
The London Welsh Male Voice Choir
Ranagri
Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra

Monday 31 August

Grace Petrie
The Magpie Arc
Matthew Byrne
Circocentric – EXCLUSIVE TO TOWERSEY! A newly created Circus show by The Chipolatas and The Pirates of the Carabina!

TICKETS:

Weekend Tickets with camping (4 days)
Standard: Campsite access from 9am on Friday 28th August.

Adult £169; Conc £159; Young Person (5-17yrs) £85; under 5s FREE.

Weekend Tickets without camping (4 days)
Standard: Site access from 9am on Friday 28th August.

Adult £144; Concession £134; Young Person (5-17) £70; under 5s FREE.

Day Tickets without camping

Fri Adult £45; Young Person (5-17) £30; under 5s FREE.

Sat/Sun Adult £50; Young Person (5-17) £35; under 5s FREE.

Mon Adult £35; Young Person (5-17) £25; under 5s FREE.

Day ticket camping Adult £15; Young Person (5-17) £10; Under 5s FREE

Box office: 0115 807 7900

Festival website: www.towerseyfestival.com

 

FolkEast announces first names for 2020

FolkEast

As Early Bird tickets go on sale for the eighth FolkEast, England’s most easterly folk festival, organisers have announced the awesome Afro Celt Sound System will headline Saturday night.

The Grammy Award-nominated supergroup are past masters at fusing electronica with traditional Irish and West African music, producing a scintillating, high energy stage set. Formed back in 1995 by producer-guitarist Simon Emmerson, they won Best Group at the 2017 Songlines Music Awards.

Explosively combining folk traditions from contrasting cultures to breath-taking effect their number includes The Dhol Foundation’s drumming sensation Johnny Kalsi (no stranger to FolkEast), vocalist, kora and balafon player N’Faly Kouyaté, bodhrán player and percussionist Robbie Harris and Armagh-born vocalist and flautist Rioghnach Connolly (The Breath), winner of Folk Singer of the Year at this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Now firmly established on the UK folk calendar, Suffolk’s decidedly quirky festival will return to the glorious Constable-esque grounds of Elizabethan Glemham Hall between August 21-23, offering diverse performances on no less than seven stages – from local acts to international stars. Early Bird tickets will be on sale right through the festive period, until January 6, representing great savings. https://folkeast.co.uk/2020tickets-3/

Alongside the festival’s hugely popular, multi award-winning patrons, The Young’ uns (Sean Cooney, Michael Hughes and David Eagle), FolkEast is delighted to announce eight top level acts from its highly anticipated line-up.

Heading for the main stage will be the sublime, seamless partnership of Welsh harpist Catrin Finch with Senegalese kora maestro Seckou Keita. The exquisite pair clinched the Best Duo/Group award at this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, with Keita also winning the coveted Musician of the Year title.

FolkEast loves its Celtic connections and this year will be no exception. Flying the flag for Scotland will be three superb acts. Pedigree triumvirate Drever, McCusker, Woomble sees master fiddler John McCusker joining forces with Orkney-born singer songwriter Kris Drever and Idlewild’s lead singer Roddy Woomble.

Named the Best Live Act at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2018, quintet Elephant Sessions will head to Suffolk from the Scottish Highlands with their unique brand of indie folk while the powerhouse sextet of female instrumentalists that is The Shee (including BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Musician of the Year 2017, harpist Rachel Newton) are sure to have the wow factor with their adventurous blend of Scottish folk, Gaelic song and bluegrass.

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band takes folk legend Knight’s original Gigspanner trio (himself, Roger Flack and Sacha Tronchet) and fuses them with the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Best Duo’ winners Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin (Edgelarks) and erstwhile Bellowhead star John Spiers to make something truly special, bursting with invention, enigma and grace. Though all the musicians have played FolkEast in their separate guises (including the debut performance of Knight and Spiers as a duo) this is the first time the Big Band has headed to Glemham Hall.

Brighton’s big band with a difference, The Moulettes have also been confirmed – described as an “eclectic art rock band’ they journey their way through rock, prog, pop and psychedelic folk.

Finally new kids on the block The Trials of Cato will be coming to the party.

Formed whilst they were all living and working in Beirut, Tomas Williams, Will Addison and Robin Jones are one of the fast-rising acts in folk and earlier this year won the Best Album gong at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, for their hugely impressive debut CD, Hide and Hair.

One of the most singular events on the UK festival calendar, FolkEast was launched seven years ago by husband and wife John and Becky Marshall-Potter.

Rekindling the ancient Eastfolk moots on the Glemham Hall estate where for three days a year the folk from the East would meet kith and kin at harvest time for “a bit of a do”, this gathering celebrates Suffolk at every turn -from its locally sourced fare to its suppliers, arts and crafts.

Says Becky: “Our aim is to create three blissful, fun-packed days when the outside world can be forgotten, a community can be formed and quality time had with family and friends.

Whilst FolkEast may be one of the smaller, independent festivals, it’s an event with big ideas – and plenty of them. As well as the main Sunset and Moot Hall stages (programmed by The Young’uns Michael Hughes), four further stages are programmed by independent local promoters and music organisations – John and Lynne Ward’s Broad Roots stage, Fiona Davies’ dance tent, Xenia Horne’s Sanctuary Stage (at the Glemham Hall estate church) and Amy Wragg’s ‘Get Off The Soapbox’ stage, powered by a solar bus in a mystical woodland setting.

There is plenty on tap for children – the Folk Moot young folk club sessions, a Sports Day, animation workshops, den building, storybook making, a mud kitchen and a chance to create your own jellyfish for the Soapbox Sunday Jellyfish Parade.

The festival offers fine Suffolk fayre, two authentic ‘village’ pubs serving competitively-priced, locally sourced ales and ciders (including Suffolk-based Green Jack Brewery’s festival ale Green Jackalope) as well as the popular imaGINe gin bar and possibly the smallest pub in the UK, the 6 x 4’ Halfway Inn! This year will also see a return of Truly Traceable’s Jackalope pie – a salute to the festival’s mystical mascot The Jackalope (half antelope, half Jack Rabbit) which every year keeps a beady eye on the event from the centre of the site.

Then there’s the FolkEast Art Arcade, ‘Instrumental’, featuring a wide range of instrument makers, a packed dance programme, archery, donkey rides, the Eastfolk Kinodrome (showing folk and local interest films) and tours of Glemham Hall by estate owner Major Philip Cobbold.

FolkEast continues to embrace green initiatives. Says John: “Right from the inception of the festival we have worked hard to be as sustainable as possible and we are proud to hold Suffolk’s Gold Charter Award. Our ongoing aim is to further reduce our carbon footprint and 2019 saw a huge reduction in single use plastic on the site and hardly a trace of litter at the clear-up.”

On board again this year as a media partner will be BBC Radio Suffolk.

The Early Bird Festive Ticket offer is now open until January 6, 2019. Advance weekend tickets are available price £120 (adult), £108 (full time students, 65+) and £80 for Youth tickets (12-17 year old) which must be purchased with an adult ticket. Family weekend tickets for two adults and two 12-17 year olds (and up to 3 under 11s) are £365. A great offer sees free admission for children aged 11 and under; camping under canvas is £20 and camping on wheels £30. More information: info@folkeast.co.uk