Friday, 12 November 2010
Bellowhead buckle their swash in Bristol
Members of Bellowhead found themselves “kidnapped” by swashbuckling Bristol pirates when they arrived in the city to open their UK tour with two sold-out shows at The Old Vic.
The pirates caught up with the 11 piece band by the Llandoger Trow pub in historic Harbourside, giving the band a taste of the shadier side of the city’s history.
Bellowhead have just been named as the first of three headline acts for next year’s revived Bristol Folk Festival – back in the city after 32 years.
Bellowhead will bring the three day Bank Holiday festival to a flamboyant finale on May Day (Sunday, May 1, 2011) at Colston Hall.
Frontman Jon Boden said: “Bellowhead are delighted to have been asked to headline and programme the main stage music for May Day at the Bristol Folk Festival. With some festivals sadly disappearing in the current climate it's great to see this one making a comeback after 32 years and we'll be giving it all our support."
Co-organizer Jan Ayers responded: “It’s a real coup to get one of the biggest – in every sense- names in acoustic music to top the bill on the final day of what will be a bumper ‘back again’ Bristol Folk Festival.”
Excitement is growing as organisers set about realising the dream of bringing Bristol Folk Festival back to the city after an absence of more than three decades. The "indoor" festival will take place in and around the revamped Colston Hall and has another hot property folk performer as its patron, Seth Lakeman. Headliners for Friday April 29 and Saturday April 30 will be announced shortly.
Early Bird tickets for the Bristol folk bonanza are already on sale from Colston Hall at the special price of £60 for the three days. As well as award-winning artists, the festival will feature Morris dancers, mummers and maypoles, ceilidhs, “posh loos” and indoor camping.