PLAYING OUT LOUD!
From now until the autumn this section will keep you in touch
with all the festivals in the South. Keep coming back to it because it will be
constantly updated as we get details of more festivals & lineup changes.
EASTLEIGH SUMMER FESTIVAL - JULY 23 -
line-up has been finalised for the 2nd Eastleigh Summer Festival with the main
events taking place in the Big Top at Fleming Park:
Fri 23rd - Bill Wyman & The Rhythm Kings
Sat 24th - Will Young + Support
Sun 25th - Aled Jones & The Libera Choir
Mon 26th - 2-Tonic + RU40 + Uncle Herb
Tue 27th - Eric Bibb + John Sebastian
Wed 28th- Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
Thu 29th - Dionne Warwick + Support
Fri 30th - Shane MacGowan & The Popes
Sat 31st - The SAS Band (Spike Edney’s All Stars)
Sun 1st - Rolf Harris + Kepa Junkera
* The Point Arts Centre, Leigh Road, Eastleigh S050 9DE. Tel. 023 8065 2333
* The Mayflower, Southampton. Tel. 023 8071 1818
* The Brook, Southampton. Tel. 023 8055 5366
* Online from http://www.ticketweb.co.uk or from the 24-Hour Ticketweb
Telephone Hotline 08700 600 100
CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL - JULY 29 - AUG
Amongst artists appearing this year are:
Jimmy Cliff, Beth Orton, Gillian Welch, Levellers (acoustic), Divine Comedy,
Asleep At The Wheel, Bert Jansch, Brian McNeill, Dixie Hummingbirds, Dòchas, Dr
Ezio, Horace X, Jarlath Henderson, Jim Moray, Josh Ritter, Keb’ Mo’, Kepa
Last Night’s Fun, Loudon Wainwright III, Mariza, Michael McGoldrick Band, Mindy
Smith, Oyster Ceilidh Band & Peter Buckley Hill.
For full information see
SIDMOUTH FESTIVAL - JULY 30 - AUGUST 6
The Sidmouth International Festival celebrates its Golden Jubilee, filling the
seaside Devon town with a full week of music, dance and song. A great line-up of
artists includes Kate Rusby & John McCusker, Steeleye Span with Maddy Prior back
at the helm, Ralph McTell, The Waterson Family Special with Norma Waterson,
Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy and a rare appearance from Mike Waterson, plus many
more artists. Concerts At the Radio 2 Concert Marquee includesuperb Irish group
Danú who have just won the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Group; Basque
Country phenomenon Kepa Junkera with his band, and captivating duo John Tams &
See website www.sidmouthfestival.com for more details & ticket prices.
EARTHWISE FESTIVAL, DORSET - AUGUST 5 -
Taking place “at a farm by the sea” the Earthwise Festival is obviously meant to
be secret, and you don’t get to know the exact location until you buy your
tickets. Topping the bill is ex-Hawkwind’s innovative and eccentric Nik Turner &
Also appearing are contemporary folk band Seize The Day, finalists in the BBC
Radio 3 World Music Awards, trancy global dance musicians Elephant Talk, and
trippy folkadelia outfit The Absolute Darlings led by the outstanding Laura Fab.
And there’s loads more great bands listed below
KANGAROO HALF MOON - more trancy stuff with didgerido0
THE HANKDOGS - mellow alt-country
ACIDTOWN ~ tribal clubcore
BETIKA ~ eccentric English chamber-indie
CHAMFER ~ asian/Britpop amalgam
CORDIA ~ Springsteen/Zep classic rock riffing
DUBHEART ~ inspirational roots reggae (Glasto)
DUTCH HUSBAND ~ mellow psychedelia
FOO FOO ~ witty folk-funk
HARDCORE FLUFF ~ virtuoso space-jazz
THE LUCKY BISHOPS ~ hammond-fueled psychedelia
PERICO ~ Manu Chao/Doors astral-gypsy collective
ROADS ~ Afro-Carribbean flavoured Steely Dan
SANCHO ~ Beck-ish lo-fi cut-up sample-jazz
SEE MONSTERS ~ Bowie-esque Kräutrock artcore
SUB-GIANT ~ Green-friendly techno-dub-trance (Glasto)
TEN TO NEVER ~ intense Mahavishnu Orchestra jazz-rock
TRUE SWAMP NEGLECT ~ Pavement/Zappa/Velvets indie
VERTICAL VIFF ~ quirky vaudeville jazz-soul troubadours
WONDERLAND ~ Morcheeba/Goldfrappe techno-dubsong
plus SUSAN RAVEN & MORDEKKERS
Earthwise 2004 is a family festival promoting all aspects of environmental
* sustainable lifestyles
* organics & permaculture
* natural health
* green technology
* earth energies
* social justice
As well as the live music there is a full programme of educational workshops,
play shops, discussions, forums and presentations on all the above subjects.
There’s also plenty of food and drink and craft stalls. The emphasis throughout
is on active participation rather than passive entertainment. Tickets are
strictly limited and available only in advance - see
for more information.
BROADSTAIRS FOLK WEEK - AUG 6 - 13
A host of folk and roots artists and dance troupes will be appearing at this
festival. Amongst the artists are Flook, Gordon Haskell, Imbongi from Zimbabwe,
The Johnson Girls and Mike West from the USA, Pete Harris & Marc Houghton, and
loads more acts.
See www.broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk for ticket details.
CROPREDY FESTIVAL, Near BANBURY,
OXFORDSHIRE - AUGUST 9 - 14
Fairport Convention’s annual get-together happens in August as usual. The
intinerary is as follows:
Mon 9th - Fairport Convention - Warm-up gig at The Mill, Banbury (01295 279002)
Tue 10th - Fairport Convention - Warm-up gig at The Mill, Banbury
Wed 11th - Ric Sanders Group - Warm-up gig at The Mill, Banbury
Thu 12th - 10am: Campsite opens
4.30: Blue Meanies
5.50: Mostly Autumn
7.30: Jackie Leven & Michael Cosgrove
Fri 13th - 9am: Campsite opens
12.00: Earl Okin
1.15: Andy Gutteridge Band
2.50: Family Mahone
4.30: Anna Ryder/Steve Tilston Band with Maart Allcock and Clive Bunker
6.20: Jerry Donahue Band
8.10: Show of Hands
10.00: Jethro Tull
Sat 14th - 9am: Campsite opens
12.00: Richard Digance
1.20: Tiny Tin Lady
2.00: The Mightyfirebirds
3.20: Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies
5.00: Ashley Hutchings Morris On
6.40: Nick Harper
8.30pm: Fairport Convention
For festival enquiries, please fax on 01869 337142 or email on
See website www.fairportconvention.co.uk
PURBECK MUSIC FESTIVAL, DORSET - AUG 13
We’ve got a location for this one - It’s at Worgret Manor Farm, Wareham, and the
number to phone for tickets is 01929 421644. Some great bands too including
Chungking, Dead Plants, Hot Rod Jesus, Kill Stereo & Spoonfed on Friday the
13th. Another quality line-up on the Saturday sees The Absolute Darlings,
Hightown Crows, Long Orange, Pronghorn, Reactor, Swept & System 7.
ENDORSE IT IN DORSET, SCOUT HUT,
SIXPENNY HANDLEY - AUGUST 21
Cow-punk heroes Pronghorn have arranged this one day festival so its bound to be
pretty wild. The line-up is: Dead Plants, Highliners, Myseer, Peeping Toms,
Pronghorn, The Equidistant Sound, The Hat, The Splott Brothers,Toupe, Tragic
Roundabout and The Trailer Trash Orchestra. Contact LAMMA for info on
07818402201 or see the website
THE GREEN MAN FESTIVAL, BRECON, WALES -
AUGUST 21 - 22
Amongst the artists taking part in a festival iun the grounds of Baskerville
Hall in the heart of the beautiful Brecon Beacons are Jackie Leven, The Memory
Band, Aidan Smith, Fionn Regan, Alisdair Roberts, Chris T-T, Lucky Jim, Clayhill,
Brave Captain and Sweet Baboo.
For more information hav a look at
BEAUTIFUL DAYS, ESCOT PARK, DEVON -
AUGUST 21 & 22 - SOLD OUT
The organisers request that no-one without a ticket should travel to the event.
as the best new festival in the UK, the Levellers' festival Beautiful
Days is back for it's second year. Organised by Exeter based company DMF
Productions on behalf of the band, Beautiful Days looks set to be even better
this year! There’s music from some of the best live bands around but there's
also something special about particular Beautiful Days - it creates a real sense
of community which involves and benefits individuals, couples and families of
all ages and from all walks of life. In short it's a vibrant, safe, well
organised and very enjoyable weekend.
Headlining the Main Stage on Saturday are the ultimate festival band, the
Levellers. Joining them on the bill are Alabama 3 - the band who gave the hit TV
series 'The Sopranos' their theme tune and who, like the Levellers, live quite
happily outside the music mainstream and are one of the coolest and quirkiest
bands around. Indie Brighton band Electric Soft Parade, adventurous Celtic band
The Peatbog Faeries, The Bays, Neck and Solabeat Alliance complete the Saturday
Main Stage bill. Headlining the Big Top Stage on Saturday are System 7, the
psychedelic and hypnotic band based around Steve Hillage. They are joined by
one-man band Rory McLeod, eco-folk band Seize the Day, Lucky Jim, She Said,
Brazil and Drugdealercheerleader.
Headlining the Main Stage on Sunday are seventies punk icons The Stranglers
whose new album, “Norfolk Coast” is currently earning them rave reviews.
Joining them on the bill are the intense and lyrically superb New Model Army and
the great UK reggae band Misty in Roots. Jazz swing band King Pleasure & The
Biscuit Boys, contemporary Jewish band Oi-Va-Voi, Rose Kemp, Skindred, Waxed
Apple and Ox complete the Sunday Main Stage bill. Big Top Stage headliners on
Sunday are Westcountry favourites Show of Hands - voted Best Live Act at the
2004 BBC Folk Awards. Also on the bill are McDermotts Two Hours the folk-rock
band featuring Nick Burbridge, Drunk in Public aka the Levellers with their
acoustic hats on, Los Albertos, Duke Special, Blackfoot Brothers and Warmachines
Food, drink, youth theatre, craft stalls, camping facilities are other
attractions to be found at beautiful Escot Park plus plenty of activities for
children including circus acts.
Beautiful Days takes place at Escot Park, just off the A30 between Exeter and
Honiton. Adult Weekend Camping Tickets are £65 but they have almost sold out!
Saturday or Sunday Day Tickets are £32.50 and there are discounted weekend and
day tickets for children. Tickets are available from Solo Records, Exeter 01392
425309 / Escot 01404 822188 /
Tickets may be subject to a booking fee. Festival website:
SOUTHSEA FOLK 7& ROOTS FESTIVAL -
AUGUST 26 - 30
Artists booked so far include Southsea Amor, The Continentals, Martyn
Joseph, The Crazy World Of Athur Brown, Magick Khat, Ezio, Amy Wadge, Aynsley
Lister Band, Andy Broad, and Stringybark McDowell.
www.barkingspider.abelgratis.com/festival for full details
READING FESTIVAL - AUGUST 27 - 29
The Darkness, The White Stripes, Green Day, The Offspring, Morrissey, 50 Cent,
Ash, The Libertines, The Hives, Franz Ferdinand, Lost Prophets, Reel Big Fish,
Gold Finger, The Streets are acts announced so far. Many more to come.
BRIDGNORTH FOLK FESTIVAL, SHROPSHIRE -
The great Chumawamba and Oysterband headline this festival which has concerts on
2 stages, a street festival, blues cafe, craft fair, workshops plus sessions on
board the historic steam train and plenty of real ale and good food. There are
also numerous dance outfits including Morris dancers and Appalachian and Cajun
dance. Other folk artists on the bill include Rory McLeod, Brasshoppers, Last
Night’s Fun, Christine Collister , Suntrap and about 30 more top acts.
More details to follow
POOLE PARK FESTIVAL, POOLE, DORSET -
West Field at the park is the location for an afternoon of music organised by
the Friends of Poole Park featuring the following bands:
13:00 Dutch Husband
14:00 Maine Street
Phone 01202 772593 or 07801 312609 for more details.
WALLINGFORD BUNKFEST, NR OXFORD - SEP
3 - 5
Music, dance, steam & beer, says the leaflet. A selection of historic steam
engines on display, a Children’s Bunkfest, lot of food and drink and good music.
The latter includes headliners Chumbawamba, a truly original band, Baka Beyond,
Hank Wangford & The Lost Cowboys, engaging folk trio Last Night’s Fund, Sally
Barker, Arlen and many more good acts. See
www.bunkfest.co.uk for more
GREAT DORSET STEAM FAIR, TARRANT
HINTON, BLANDFORD - SEPTEMBER 1 - 5
Amongst the music acts appearing at the steam fair are:
Barry Paul, Blandford Stour Valley Band, Deisel Gang, Queen B, Hedge Monkeys,
Pronghorn, Same Old Faces, Sophia Stewart, The Worzels, The Crack, Ultimate
Madness, Witchdoctors Blues Band, All Stars, Gugge 2000, Rocking Revival &
Show runs from 11am daily, gates open 9am, closes 5pm on Sunday 5th. Ring the
telephone hotline between 9am & 5pm daily - 01258 458401/458402.
BOURNEMOUTH - BOSCOMBE COMMUNITY FAIR,
KINGS PARK - SEPT 4/ 5
Plenty of music here too. Artists appearing include: Blinder, Bud Misers,
Freefall Collective, Luqas, Mental Bloc, Neige Brothers, Sludgefeast, The Hat,
Absolute Darlings, Drifa-Jay, Grifter, Mr Fungus & Prajna.
BESTIVAL - ISLE OF WIGHT - ROBIN HILL
COUNTRY PARK, NEWPORT SEPTEMBER 10 - 12
The Bees, Basement Jaxx, Fatboy Slim and Zero 7 are all set to headline the last
big festival of the summer. Also appearing are The Cuban Brothers and Chas n’
FULL LINE UP:
The Bees, Lee 'Scratch' Perry & The Mad Professor, Dub Pistols, Drew, Mocky,
Quantic Soul Orchestra, Barry Peters, Halifax Hospital Radio Live
Basement Jaxx, Fatboy Slim, Magnet, Laid Back, Grand National, Ceux Qui Marchent
Debout, Roddy Frame, Hot Chip
Zero 7, Mylo, The Cuban Brothers, Chas & Dave, Willis, Boomclick, Ori-Jah-Nal
Plus loads of DJs including Annie Nightingale, Zoe Ball etc.
Festival Information Line: 020 7379 3133
Weekend tickets: £85 per person
Day tickets: £35 per person [Day tickets for Islanders: £25 per person]
Ticket Phone Line: 0870 1000 000
SWANAGE FOLK FESTIVAL, DORSET -
SEPTEMBER 10 -12
A small, intimate festival in a beautiful location on a hill overlooking Swanage
Bay. On Friday night Craigstone will launch the festival supported by one of
last year’s most acclaimed bands, Serious Kitchen. On Saturday evening a real
triple bill kicks off with sets by Legacy and Asha, with the engaging Last
Night’s Fun topping the bill.
Dancers can head for the Festival Marquee to hear Cheap Jack headed by caller
Michael Catovsky. Earlier, in the afternoon there will be a series of concerts
at St Mary’s Parish Church featuring musicians Mat Walklate, Seamus Curley &
Anthony Haller. Sunday afternoon sees a concert by a trio going under the name
of Horses Brawl. To round the festival off the Sunday evening concert features
acoustic duo Huw Chidgey and Catherine Handley. See
SOLENT FOLK FESTIVAL, WOOLSTON, SOUTHAMPTON - SEPT 18
More details to follow
BLUES AT THE FORT, FORT PURBROOK, PORTSMOUTH - SEPT 24
The line up this year is:
Fri 24th - Sherman Robertson & Bluesmove, Bad Influence, White Knuckle Blues
Sat 25th - Cadillac Kings, The Blackjacks, This Way Up.
For further details see www.bluesatthefort.com
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