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.

Keston Cobblers’ Club release new single ‘Beam’

The distinctive sound that makes Keston Cobblers’ Club so unique comes from a desire to create contemporary, catchy music fused with the wholesome grittiness of traditional folk. With a festival count growing by the minute, Bromley’s Keston Cobblers’ Club released their new single ‘Beam’ on May 13th.

Keston Cobblers’ Club formed in 2009 with sibling duo Matthew and Julia Lowe joining old Keston School friends Tom and Daniel to write and play music together. Over the years the band has shuffled around its members, climaxing with a Cobblers’ 60 piece fan orchestra recorded live last year.

After the release of their debut single ‘You-go’ (featured on the album), which gained national radio play and critical acclaim for its unique video, the band went on to release a five track limited edition physical EP ‘Welcome to the Club’ which sold out in under five months. They followed this release with a string of UK gigs including the main support for folk heavyweights Seth Lakeman, Liz Green and Finbar Furey during their sell out tours, and went on to play numerous UK festivals including Bestival, Wilderness, Cambridge Folk Festival, Larmer Tree and Wychwood.

Folking Feature for Police Dog Hogan From The Land Of Miracles

Police Dog Hogan From The Land Of MiraclesPolice Dog Hogan are a high-energy seven-piece (including fiddle, banjo, mandolin, drums and guitars) that fuses country-folk to a pop sensibility. The band is rapidly building a following through joyous, foot-stomping live performances, having received rapturous receptions at festivals including Cornbury, Larmer Tree, Camp Bestival and Kendal Calling, and in sellout shows in London venues such as Bush Hall, The Troubadour and The 100 Club.

Eliot James coaxes a sharp, electric and contemporary edge from the band’s folk, country and bluegrass-influenced line-up, adding some spectacular harmonies and marshalling the band’s wide-ranging musical passions and influences.

The songs of writers James Studholme and Pete Robinson range from the reflective to the flat-out foot-stomping, interleaved with flashes of rockabilly, blues and Americana. Tim Dowling’s banjo is a constant, surprisingly delicate presence, often mixed with mandolin to produce compelling soundscapes, not least in the “trancegrass” of Black Crow or the simple beauty of Jennifer, a gloriously sunny love song. Distant bluegrass echoes – with a very English twist – also appear in the fiddle-playing of Eddie Bishop, one minute driving the rollicking album opener, Better Go Now, the next weaving sparse, mournful figures in the enigmatic Matilda.

The album also has its anthemic numbers, though few bands can have had the courage – or the songwriting ingenuity – to produce a song like Fraserburgh Train, based on the story of a lone piper on the D-Day beaches.

Everything is welded together by the inventive rhythmic backing of bassist Adam Bennette and Michael Giri, former drummer with The Lilac Time.

FROM THE LAND OF MIRACLES was recorded in Eastcote Studios on tape – the better to capture the acoustic warmth of the band’s approach – and mixed at Abbey Road.

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