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The first acts for Wychwood Festival 2015 have been announced by organisers. Legendary reggae band UB40, Scottish brothers The Proclaimers and British vocalist and musician Ghostpoet (pictured above) are among the artists performing at the family-friendly festival.
Held at Cheltenham Racecourse, Wychwood Festival 2015 will take place 29-31 May. Other acts appearing across the weekend include Dreadzone, Electric Swing Circus, Rusty Shackle and Fickle Friends.
Headlining the main stage on the Saturday are the newly-reunited founding members of UB40. Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue are expected to perform hits such as ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Kingston Town’ and ‘Falling in Love With You’. Also playing the main stage on the Saturday are The Proclaimers. The pair, who are best known for tracks including ‘500 Miles’ and ‘I’m on My Way’, most recently worked on a Christmas charity single, a cover of The Farm’s ‘All Together Now’. Meanwhile, 2011 Mercury Prize nominee Ghostpoet will headline the Big Top Stage on the same night.
Speaking about the announcement, festival director Graeme Merifield said, “We are hugely excited to welcome UB40 (with the exceptionally talented Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue back together) for what I have no doubt will be an incredible Saturday headline performance on our Wychwood main stage.”
Wychwood Festival celebrated its tenth birthday in 2014, which saw performances from the likes of The Boomtown Rats, The Levellers, The Stranglers and Craig Charles. Merifield added, “The tenth birthday celebration this year was an absolute delight and, with this firmly in our mind, Wychwood 2015 is set for even bigger and better things.”
Early bird tickets, which range from £18 to £119, are available until Wednesday, the 31st of December. Further acts are expected to be announced in the new tear. You can find out more about Wychwood Festival 2015 on the official Web site.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 16th October 2013 at 3:00 pm
Former Mercury Prize-nominated artiste Ghostpoet will be appearing at London Hackney Empire on Thursday the 24th of October, and we’ve got a pair of guestlist spots to give to a lucky TGTF reader and a friend. Fancy your chances? Then enter our contest below.
To be in the running for the pair of tickets for the show at Hackney Empire, complete the form below with your full name (not kidding, folks, I need your real first and last name to prove you’re not a robot) and your email address (so we have a way to contact you). Then simply answer this question: what is the name of Ghostpoet’s 2011 Mercury Prize-nominated album? (Hint: part of the name includes a type of food.) Get your entries in by noon British time on Monday the 21st of October. We’ll choose a winner from all the correct entries received then. Good luck! Please note: this contest is open to UK residents only, and duplicate entries will be discarded.
If you’d rather not chance it and would like to buy tickets to the show instead, go here.
The contest is now closed and the winner will be contacted soon.
By Mary Chang
on Sunday, 28th July 2013 at 10:00 am
Mercury Prize-nominated artist Ghostpoet has a new single out on the 26th of August called ‘Cold Win’, and this is the promo video for it. Visually, it’s stunning, showing Icelandic landscapes when it’s not defying gravity. Watch it below.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 19th June 2013 at 10:00 am
2011 Mercury Prize-nominated artist Ghostpoet is releasing his EP ‘Meltdown’ this week finally in the States. To celebrate the release, he’s offering this free download of the Squarepusher remix of the title track. Listen to and download the remix from the Soundcloud widget below.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 28th February 2013 at 10:00 am
Ghostpost is offering up this free download of track ‘MSI MUSMID’, from his forthcoming album ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’, which is scheduled for release on the 6th of May on PIAS. This second album is the follow-up to Ghostpoet’s 2011 Mercury Prize-nominated debut album ‘Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam’. Listen to and download the teaser song below. He’ll be touring in May and June, all the details are below.
Saturday 18th May 2013 – Coventry Kasbah
Tuesday 21th May 2013 – Liverpool East Village Arts Club
Wednesday 22nd May 2013 – Sheffield Queens Road Social
Thursday 23rd May 2013 – Newcastle Cluny
Friday 24th May 2013 – Glasgow Broadcast
Saturday 25th May 2013 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Monday 27th May 2013 – Bournemouth Winchester
Tuesday 28th May 2013 – Manchester Gorilla
Wednesday 29th May 2013 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Thursday 30th May 2013 – London Village Underground
Sunday June 2nd – Leicester Academy
Monday June 3rd – Oxford Academy
Friday June 7th – Suffolk John Peel Arts Centre
Sometimes you need a summer holiday but also want to the fun and the freedom of a music festival, so what better way to combine the two than a foreign festival. Take a trip this summer (19-23 July) to Tisno, Croatia, for 4 days of live music, boat parties and beautiful beaches at Soundwave Croatia!
And who will you be seeing if you take the flight to Eastern Europe? Already confirmed are the Long Island hip hop masters De La Soul, the indie folkster Fink (pictured above), the mesmerising vocal styles of Ghostpoet and the turntablist troubadour DJ Yoda.
There will be over 50 artists providing the soundtrack to the summer across a range of boat parties, a beach terrace full of DJs and a tiki bar. Showcasing their skills in to the beach bods and body poppers include the BBC 6’s renegade of funk Craig Charles, Asia’s first World DMC champion DJ Kentaro, the elegantly experimental Submotion Orchestra and Metronomy‘s own Olugbenga.
For just £105 + booking fees you can enjoy four days of nothing but sunshine and live music outside of the Eurozone. For more information visit the official Web site and to keep an eye out for further announcements and stage times.