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 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.

The Roundhouse announces its 2020 In The Round season


Celebrating its fifth year, the Roundhouse presents In The Round, a series of shows devoted to intimate performances set in the venue’s iconic main space, staged in a rarely seen, fully-seated concert set up around an almost circular stage.  Since its inception in 2016, In the Round has become known for its bold and adventurous programming.  An eclectic mix of genre-spanning artists present a series of special shows that include unique one-offs, exclusive premieres, solo sets and storytelling, making it a key fixture of the musical calendar and an exciting start to the year.

Today, the Roundhouse announces its first wave of acts for In The Round 2020 and amongst an array of eclectic performers is Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell

In 2010, Mitchell released the album Hadestown, a folk opera based on the Greek myth of Orpheus. The response was extraordinary.  Five star reviews across the board marked it an unmitigated triumph heralding the arrival of a vital new voice and a formidable songwriting talent. Originally conceived as a community theatre project in rural Vermont, Mitchell continued developing it as a musical. Today, Hadestown is a Broadway hit and winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical.  Yet Hadestown is just one release from Mitchell’s six-album catalogue. Each, including the highly acclaimed Young Man in America, and Child Ballads for which she won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, draws from the tradition of folk, yet with thoroughly modern execution.  Mitchell comes from the world of narrative folksong, poetry and balladry; her distinctive, fragile voice is beguiling, her melodies seductive and songcraft immaculate, tackling universal themes with emotional intimacy.

Anaïs Mitchell is a compelling live performer most usually seen in the UK, solo or duo.  Her In The Round appearance offers UK audiences a rare chance to see her music that spans the breadth of her catalogue, including some new material, together with a band.

Mitchell also appears in her latest project, Bonny Light Horseman, who will open the show. Dubbed a ‘folk supergroup’ by Rolling Stone Magazine, she appears with multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaufman (The National, Hiss Golden Messenger) and Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats).

Doors 7pm / Ticket Prices from £22.50

Full In The Round Listing:

Friday 24 January                              Jorge Drexler
Saturday 25 January                          Badly Drawn Boy
Tuesday 28 January                           KOKOROKO
Thursday 30 January                         Fatoumata Diawara
Friday 31 January                              Anaïs Mitchell
Friday 01 February                            Beverley Knight

More acts to be announced soon

As part of the Roundhouse’s commitment to developing emerging talent, young artists who use the Paul Hamlyn Roundhouse Studios will perform as support acts for each headline artist.

Tickets on sale Friday 27 September:

Anaïs Mitchell – ‘All I’ve Ever Known’ – live: