Larmer Tree Festival HQ are rocking the rafters with excitement to announce the final headliners for the Friday and Saturday night slots. Returning to the Larmer lawns following their last legendary headline performance in 2007 are the show-stopping beats of Ozomatli and Britain’s premier politically-charged band Asian Dub Foundation. They join the likes of Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with Sandi Shaw, Seasick Steve and Imelda May as this year’s bill toppers! Further new additions to the line up are Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Caitlin Rose, Krystle Warren, The Coal Porters, Muntu Valdo, Emily Portman and Kitty Macfarlane.
Self proclaimed ‘Style Mashers’ Ozomatli, call upon the cultural hotbed that is their native Los Angeles to create a sound of urban-Latino-and-beyond with their collision of hip hop and salsa, dancehall, samba and funk, East LA R&B with Jamaican ragga and Indian raga. Ozomatli have collaborated with some of the music industry’s top names including Will.i.am from Black Eyed Peas and Cut Chemist from Jurassic 5. Their collective influences allow them to produce something truly unique and inspiring, delivering political and social statements as well as a high octane, carnival style performances.
British electronica band Asian Dub Foundation formed in 1993 from the beginnings of a film project that saw teachers and students combine in to one almighty sound system. Channelling influences from punk to ambient music to Bengali folk songs, Asian Dub Foundation quickly gained a strong fan base not only among clubbers but also among the anti-fascist movement, who applauded the group’s vocal stand against racism. After earning a reputation as standout live performers, they set about making their first studio album. 18 years and 10 albums later the sound has developed into a hybrid of western hardcore and African/Middle Eastern tradition. With the recent release of their 2011 album A History of Now, Larmer Tree audiences are set to experience the almighty show Asian Dub Foundation are notorious for delivering!
In addition to announcing these final headliners, Larmer Tree have secured the eccentric and diverse sounds of Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, the foot stomping, shoulder steaming, epic fiddle fest of Seth Lakeman, the beautiful lyrics and enchanting vocals of America’s southern belle Caitlin Rose and the captivating, soulful sounds of Krystle Warren. On top of this we have the exciting and dynamic bluegrass combo of The Coal Porters, Muntu Valdo’s African traditions, the raw lark-like voice of Emily Portman’s traditional storytelling songs and the whimsical observations of Kitty Macfarlane’s acoustic folk.
Larmer Tree is an innovative festival that delivers high quality with a buzzing atmosphere and eccentric antics. Experts in their field and with an event steeped in tradition, Larmer Tree Festival has over 80 acts showcased on six stages, 150 free workshops, award winning international comedians, quirky and unique street theatre, an onsite night club and late night jam sessions; all located in one of the most beautiful festival sites in the country.
Tickets are now on sale with options ranging from individual day tickets, 3-day, 4-day or a full 5-day option, all with camping and car parking included. For more information on tickets please visit the website: http://www.larmertreefestival.co.uk/tickets.html
LINE UP SO FAR:
Seasick Steve / Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with special guest Sandie Shaw / Imelda May / Ozomatli / Asian Dub Foundation / Bellowhead / Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain / Seth Lakeman / Stornoway / Show of Hands / C W Stoneking / Caitlin Rose / Spiers and Boden / Krystle Warren / Jaipur Kawa Brass Band / The Coal Porters / Muntu Valdo / The Staves / Mama Rosin / Penny Black Remedy / The Dodge Brothers / Boppin’B / Skinny Lister / Moscow Drug Club / Buffalo Gals / Emily Portman / My First Tooth / Matthew and the Atlas / Polly and the Billets Doux / Kalakuta Millionaires / Goodnight Lenin / Rosie Doonan / ahab / Kitty Macfarlane / The Mopes / Disco’s Out (Murder’s In)