Saturday, 21 June 2014

Chagstock full line-up confirmed

With just one month to go to Devon's CHAGSTOCK FESTIVAL, the full main and second stage line up for 2014 has been confirmed.

Lightning Seeds will headline the main stage on Friday night and million-selling alt-rock legends The Waterboys top the bill on Saturday.

Lightning Seeds are a Liverpudlian band fronted and formed by Ian Broudie. They’ve had 12 top 20 UK hits and released seven studio albums to date. With Chagstock taking place just five days after the World Cup Final, should the unthinkable happen and the England team go all the way, the rendition of their ubiquitous football anthem Three Lions will be something to remember for a very long time!

Formed 30 years ago by Mike Scott, The Waterboys became famous for their powerful live performances and majestic albums such as A Pagan Place and This Is The Sea, which included their biggest hit The Whole Of The Moon. Since the band released their million-selling Fisherman's Blues album, on which Scott's original and unusual songwriting was blended with country, trad, blues and gospel to electrifying effect, The Waterboys have continued to make critically acclaimed, genre-busting records and have matured into one of the world's finest live acts.

Topsham-born Show of Hands frontman, Steve Knightley has also been announced to perform a solo gig as part of his ‘grow your own gig’ tour.

Also confirmed for the main stage at Chagstock 2014 are legendary 2-Tone band, The Selecter; alongside two legendary Bristol bands; Talisman and Babyhead. Flight Brigade, Ward Thomas, Tantz, Flipron and Downfall complete the bill alongside Chagstock’s house band, New Crisis who perform their traditional main stage slot.

The wonderfully chaotic high-energy Balkan folksters Sheelanagig will headline the marquee stage on Friday night and rising stars of the alt-folk world, The Moulettes headline the Saturday. They are joined on the bill by Show of Hands frontman Steve Knightley hotly-tipped English blues-rockers Sam Green & The Midnight Heist, Bridie Jackson & The Arbour, The Stanfields. Winter Mountain, Jodie Ford’s Band and high energy Celtic rockers Bare Knuckle Parade.

Chagstock is set in 70 acres of farmland on the edge of Dartmoor, renowned for its stunning location, diverse line-up of artists and non-corporate, family friendly atmosphere. 



At Chagstock you can chill out...
…or rock out
"Chagstock showcases the very best music, food and entertainment that the Westcountry and the UK have to offer," say the organisers, and I believe 'em!

After selling out the entire allocation of early bird tickets in record time, all tickets, camping options and vehicle passes for this year’s festival are now on sale at www.chagstock.info

In addition to more than 50 musical acts appearing across the weekend, Chagstock has a wealth of other activities for all ages. The Something Else Tea Tent hosts acoustic acts all weekend as well as serving delicious tea and cakes. There will also be Trapeze Workshops, Bubble Mania, Storytelling, Wandering Poets, Water Zorbing and lots more. There are also a host of vintage activities including Swingboats from 1910, an 1890’s Showmans Wagon and Cine Star Archive Films will also be screening early home movies from the 50’s and 60’s using their vintage film projectors all weekend.

This year’s Fancy Dress Theme is ‘The Wild West!’

As introduced in 2012 in recognition of the tough economic climate for families, all children under 12 can attend the festival for free (ticket is required). Chagstock’s capacity is once again capped at just 5,000 tickets to ensure that its intimate, family-friendly atmosphere is maintained.

Simon Ford Chagstock Festival organiser says, “I am delighted that Chagstock has now sold out two years in a row! With the announcement of Lightning Seeds, alongside acts such as The Waterboys, The Selecter and many others, the whole team is confident that 2014 will be our best year yet and we will sell out once again! As always we are sticking to the non-corporate vibe and family friendly atmosphere with loads of great and varied music, food and entertainment”Weekend Tickets are priced at £75 (Adults), £50 (Under 18’s),
Under 12’s are free (ticket is still required). A Family Ticket for 2 Adults & 2 Under 18s is £210.
Camper / Caravans / Live-in Vehicles £15 per vehicle
All weekend tickets include 2 nights of camping and car parking. Day tickets are also available. Booking fees apply.

Tickets are available from http://www.chagstock.info/buy-tickets
http://www.chagstock.info

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Sleep in a castle with Wake The Union


Herstmonceux Castle
Ever wondered just what goes on behind the scenes to bring a headline music festival performance to the stage?

An exclusive opportunity for a limited number of people to witness first-hand the development of a major music festival show by a new band line-up is on offer this summer when Show of Hands’ inspired frontman Steve Knightley hosts a two-day residential experience at one of the country’s  most romantic castles (August 19 and 20).

Hailed as one of England’s finest songwriters, Steve will be joined at the stunning Herstmonceux Castle, near Hastings in East Sussex by some of the cream of English folk musicians, all of whom featured on Show of Hands’ classic 2012 album Wake the Union – Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting, 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo winners Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin and Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston.

A special package will give participants a chance to share in the development of a vibrant live set which promises to be a highlight of the Shrewsbury Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Workshops, informal performances and rehearsals will all weave together at the magnificent moated castle culminating in a special preview concert at Hailsham Pavilion, a few miles away.

Hailed as one of England’s finest songwriters, Steve will be joined at the stunning Herstmonceux Castle, near Hastings in East Sussex by some of the cream of English folk musicians, all of whom featured on Show of Hands’ classic 2012 album Wake the Union.
Steve Knightley (centre) with (left) Phillip Henry and Hannah
 Martin, and (right) Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston
Entwined in the sturdy roots of English and North American music, Wake the Union is a big, transatlantic touchstone of an album which marked the incredible 20 year partnership of Show of Hands. 


The Wake the Union Band comprises six artists including Martin Simpson, recognised as one of the best guitar players in the world, and melodeon maestro Andy Cutting. Added to them are two hot property duos: double bass and mandolin pairing Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston and the captivating Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. 

A special package will give participants a chance to share in the development of a vibrant live set which promises to be a highlight of the Shrewsbury Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend. 

Workshops, informal performances and rehearsals will all weave together at the magnificent moated castle culminating in a special preview concert at Hailsham Pavilion, a few miles away.

The package, costing from £295 includes twin-room accommodation on the Castle’s 600 acre parkland and Elizabethan garden estate for Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 August with breakfast, lunch and dinner included both days. 

Also included:
  • Informal sessions from midday Tuesday
  • Reserved seating for Wake the Union Band concert at Hailsham Pavilion (also open to the public)
  • Coach transfers to and from Hailsham Pavilion
  • Singaround in Castle’s own pub Tuesday night for those wishing to bring their own musical instruments
  • Chance to informally meet and chat to all the musicians


For bookings and further details contact Bob Perry on (01323) 834479 or email conf@bisc.queensu.ac.uk

FolkEast 2014 is launched

Performers, craftspeople and artists were welcomed to the Glemham Hall in Suffolk to celebrate the official launch of FolkEast 2014.

This year the festival features live music from bands and artists including:
  • BELLOWHEAD
  • BLOWZABELLA
  • CRUEL FOLK
  • THE BROADSIDE BOYS
  • BLACKBEARD’S TEA PARTY 
  • FAY HIELD & THE HURRICANE PARTY 
  • PETER KNIGHT’S GIGSPANNER
  • LISA KNAPP 
  • KISS THE MISTRESS 
  • THE YOUNG’UNS
  • FALSE LIGHTS 
  • THE WILL POUND BAND 
  • MISHAPED PEARLS 
  • O’HOOLEY & TIDOW 
  • MICHAEL CHAPMAN 
  • JOSIENNE CLARKE & BEN WALKER

The launch kicked off in the great hall with a introduction from John Marshall-Potter, producer and co-founder of FolkEast: "As we enter our third year, FolkEast is really starting to take shape. We are immensely proud we have been able to secure False Lights for their first live public performance and to announce our inaugural festival patrons, The Young'uns.

"Our concept is genuinely local: over time we aim to source all of our infrastructure and suppliers from East Anglia. We are also able to champion the best of the region's talent, such as The Broadside Boys and Tilly Dalglish. However, we are ambitious enough to put on an event that will appeal to a national audience by attracting some of the biggest names on the circuit."

FolkEast is working closely with Major Hope-Cobbold and the team at Glemham Hall and the festival is timed around the seasonal requirements of the grounds staff. The Major will be opening his doors to festival-goers on the mornings of Friday 15th and Sunday 17th August and head gardener, Steve Coghill, will also offer guided tours of the grounds. 
 
Dhol Foundation Workshop playing at 2013's FolkEast
Jim Moray and Sam Carter of False Lights took to the stage to preview the video for “Crossing The Bar", the final track of their self-titled EP. The Sci-Fi inspired promo takes the Tennyson poem into space with Kubrick-tinged psychedelic effects that belay the fact it was developed entirely by Jim in his spare time - and for under £100!  

Commenting on this year's festival, Sam Carter, said: "No other festival would have the faith to give what is essentially an unproven band a headline slot, especially one that makes such a hell of a din! It's a bigger sound than either of us have made before and we're really looking forward to be able to debut it to a live audience of this scale."

Celebrations then moved on to a marquee in the gardens where guests were invited to preview a selection of the gourmet delights that will be on offer at David Grimwood's new concept, the Imagined Suffolk Food Village. The Cobbold festival ale and David's legendary pigeon burgers were highlights and guests were entertained by John Ward, producer of the Broad Roots stage, with his band.
  
FolkEast 2014 will take place from 15th to 17th August. For more information about the festival and its fringe events, visit http://www.folkeast.co.uk/