With a Guinness World Record, Gold and Silver Discs and plaudits from the likes of Billboard and NME, it’s not surprising that Super Furry Animals are held in such high regard. The Cardiff five-piece has fused rock, indie, electronic and psychedelia in a career that spans over 20 years and Y Not Festival is understandably thrilled to be adding Super Furry Animals to this summer’s proceedings. Public Service Broadcasting rocketed onto the scene over the last year and the duo is currently on a near sold out UK tour. Fans unlucky enough to have missed tickets fear not, the immersive PSB experience is now confirmed for Y Not. Some cinematic rock is added to the bill courtesy of Deaf Havana who have previously supported the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Muse. Singles including ‘Mildred’ were crowned ‘Hottest Record In The World’ by the likes of former Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, so expect rousing moments when the guys hit the stage at Y Not.
Elsewhere on the line up promoters have secured sets from a fine mix of guitar slingers, from the delicate and twee to swaggering screamers. Irish rock outfit The Strypes, singer-songwriter Rhodes and former Feeder front-man Grant Nicholas are all headed for Y Not. The Kerrang!-approved Arcane Roots, blues-tinged Rag N Bone Man along with alt pop husband and wife duo Summer Camp and Jaws make for yet more musical delights on offer. Walking On Cars, a band that topped the Irish iTunes chart with their debut single,Blossom’s psyche-pop and a mix of hardcore, post and math rock from Black Peaks form yet more of Y Not’s sonic bounty. Also added are many more names including Twin Wild, All Tvvins, High Tyde, Forever Never, Man Made, Ady Suleiman, Movie, The Beach, Vant and United Fruit.
Independent labels Big Scary Monsters and Alcopop are joining forces at this year’s Y Not Festival producing an eardrum-pleasing stage takeover. Featuring Aberdeen’s finest power-pop trio, The Xcerts, the takeover will showcase both labels’ best and favourite talents in the form of Tellison, Brawlers, Best Friends, Get Inuit, Axes, Woahnows, Spills and John.
The creative minds behind Kendal Calling bring you Forgotten Fields, a ground breaking new festival at Eridge Deer Park in Sussex.
Celebrating 10 years of Kendal Calling, the Cumbrian team are launching a show in the South of England their vision that captures the heart and spirit of the original festival, and condenses it for an intimate audience of just 4000 party goers. Much like its Lake District counterpart, Forgotten Fields brings together unrivalled atmospheric charm and a quality line-up of emerging and established talent that spans the genres, all in a stunning location at a fantastic price. Those 4000 festival fans who snap up tickets will share in the good times this beautiful little festival will offer and cherish them for years to come.
Re-formed, psychedelic rockers, Super Furry Animals return to the fray after a 6 year hiatus and bring a huge back catalogue of incredible tracks to Forgotten Fields. The band are one of the most imaginative and powerful acts the UK has produced and there appearance is sure to be a stand out summer festival moment.
Basement Jaxx will headline the Friday night of the festival, bringing their genre-defining sound to the Main Stage, with hits like 'Where's Your Head At?', 'Romeo', 'Red Alert' and countless others set to feature. Saturday will see the south coast’s favourite sons and festival favourites, The Levellers top the bill with a set full of folk-rock sing along anthems.
The Horrors look set to provide a suitably immersive performance from across their critically acclaimed back catalogue, hip hop pioneers De La Soul will be showing exactly why they’ve stood the test of time and Public Service Broadcasting will perform their incredible new album The Race For Space. British Sea Power played the first ever Kendal Calling festival and fittingly perform at the inaugural Forgotten Fields alongside American indie rockers Augustines. Hip Hop turntablist and cut n’ paste maestro DJ Yoda & The Breakfast Of Champions will showcase his unique style with many more acts still to be announced across the two main stages.
Other acts performing include Skinny Lister, Sam Brookes, Coco and the Butterfields, Beans On Toast, Wooden Arms, Tom Williams, Get Inuit and many more.
Three other stages will provide a different musical focus. The Gypsy Disco will be a must-visit for fans of Ska, Balkan, Swing and immersive theatre, whilst the House Party stage will provide the perfect setting for ground breaking comedy. Arguably one of the most exciting areas of the festival, The Horizons stage will host the hottest new bands and artists, the type of acts you'll expect to see storming up the festival bills in years to come.
For fans of the finer things in life there is world-class gourmet food available on site as well as a dedicated real ale bar, and those averse to the idea of camping can enjoy a multitude of bespoke accommodation options. There will also be extravagant site art, festival games, fancy dress frolics, boutique stalls and camp fire tales all set in the picturesque English Countryside.
Forgotten Fields is perfect for families and revellers alike, with The Prickleback Urchin Kids Area built for the younger party animals in your group and The Late Night Cinema sitting as the ideal alternative to the wealth of musical options available across the site.
Needless to say, Forgotten Fields looks set to further cement Kendal Calling's outstanding cultural legacy.
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS / BASEMENT JAXX / LEVELLERS / THE HORRORS / DE LA SOUL / PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING / BRITISH SEA POWER / AUGUSTINES / DJ YODA / SLAMBOREE AND MORE CONFIRMED FOR INTIMATE PARTY
SKINNY LISTER / COCO AND THE BUTTERFIELDS / BEANS ON TOAST / KESTON COBBLER’S CLUB /FICKLE FRIENDS / TOM WILLIAMS / SAM BROOKES / GET INUIT / LAZY HABITS / PHORIA / TOO MANY T’S / WILL VARLEY / JACKO HOOPER / COCOS LOVERS / WOODEN ARMS / TIME FOR T / ISLAND CASSETTES / NATIVE PEOPLE / FIRST FAMILY / ABI WADE / SKIES / MOK / MOLLY WARBURTON / ED PROSEK / GANG / GLASS CITY VICE / VELUDO PLANES / REALMS / THE BEAUTIFUL WORD / HALF CROWN / GARDEN HEART / FISH TANK / THE DUBARRYS / FLAGS / EDEN CIRCLE / THE COMMON TONGUES
REAL ALE BAR / GOURMET FOOD / KIDS FIELD / LATE NIGHT CINEMA / SITE ART
Tickets available to those who have pre-registered – Thursday 26th March 9AM
General Ticket Sale – Friday 27th March 9AM
Ticket prices Tier 1 Early Bird £90, Tier 2 £95, Tier 3 £99, Tier 4 £105
Eridge Park, 7 – 9 August 2015 / #Forgottenfields
Enigmatic Australians The Cat Empire have a reputation for buoyant live shows and are always a big draw when they visit the UK. Their mash up of Cuban salsa, ska, reggae and pop becomes something joyous and truly original whenever they take to the stage. Angus and Julia Stone are also Australians; a brother/sister duo whose heartfelt and textural folk/blues is beginning to make big waves in Europe. Their recent self-titled album co-produced with the legendary Rick Rubin is the highest-charting by the duo to date, reaching the top 10 in several countries including France, Germany, the Netherlands and New Zealand. Public Service Broadcasting are more familiar to UK festival goers. They made quite an impact on their debut, combining a wonderful mix of electronics, guitars with vintage public service information samples. Their brand new follow-up album, The Race for Space, takes as its theme the exciting late ‘60’s American-Soviet exploration contest, mingling evocative archive footage with harmonizing electronic soundscapes.
Merriment and Participation
The Secret Garden Party is all about a magical immersive experience and everything a for 2015’s event nods to this year’s arts & expressions theme ‘Childish Things.’ Content includes:
Giant Parades – Visual Spectaculars – Boating Lake – 24 Hour Woodland Parties – 14 Live Music Stages & 6 DJ Stages – Goat Racing – Aerial Displays – Toys & Games – Art Installations – Mud Wrestling – Revelries & Merrymaking – Fire Walking – Sanctuary & Hot Tubs – Massage Area – Guerilla Science – Floating Dance Floors – Wild Swimming – Little Gay Brother Bar – Paint Fights –24 Hour Toad Hall Bar – Live Theatre & Comedy – Organic Food Stalls – Intellectual Exchange & Mart Dialogues – Camp Fire Tales – Dance-Offs – Poetry Slams & Spoken Word – Kids’ Area – Fine Dining
Full lineup announcement:
THE CAT EMPIRE
PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING – ANGUS AND JULIA STONE
TEMPLES – BEARS DEN – BERNHOFT – PALMA VIOLETS – IBEYI – SAY LOU LOU DARWIN DEEZ ROOTS MANUVA – THE ACID – HINDS – CHARLOTTE OC HÆLOS – GENTLEMANS DUB CLUB – 8:58 (ORBITAL’S PAUL HARTNOLL) – ZOLA BLOOD – YAK – EKKAH
THE MAGIC GANG – LAUREL – KIKI BUN – LITTLE BARRIE – FURS – FICKLE FRIENDS BEATY HEART PLUTO SHERVINGTON – EAVES – MEANWHILE – KAWEHI – LUSTS VESSELS – BLACK HONEY – THE MOON LOLA COLT – BEANS ON TOAST
WILL AND THE PEOPLE – GULF – BEN UFO/JOY ORBISON – RICHY AHMED
They will join as previously announced; JUNGLE – KATE TEMPEST – CARAVAN PALACE – JACK GARRATT – MARIKA HACKMAN – JAGAARA FLYTE – ELDER ISLAND – MENACE BEACH –and IYES
Blissfields are proud to unveil the first wave of musical guests for 2015. The bill includes The Horrors, John Grant, Simian Mobile Disco (Live), Glass Animals, Public Service Broadcasting, Grandmaster Flash, Ibibio Sound Machine, The Correspondents, Songhoy Blues, Novelist, and Melé. Many more acts also confirmed, with a second wave still to be announced.
From a singularity in 2001, Blissfields has reached out into the cosmos inviting sold-outs crowds to its small but perfectly formed, 5,000 capacity, tree-lined mini wilderness in the Hampshire countryside. Music at Blissfields runs until around 4am each day, crafted to take its audience from clear afternoons of discovery and frivolity, through lofty main stage sets, into the heady wee small hours of the Blisscotheque and Hidden Hedge.
Eight years after The Horrors first appeared on the cover of NME, their fourth studio album Luminous marked them as one of the country’s leading, most consistent guitar acts. From their defiant early days of gothic garage-punk, they join Blissfields now as an internationally acclaimed headline act, with a truly unique sound and stage show, bringing a sense of the unreal to proceedings.
Following a string of sold out shows, including The Royal Festival Hall in London,John Grant will also bring his raw, emotional and frank take on music to Blissfields for the first time. Grant’s music has been met with universal critical acclaim, with his latest solo album, Pale Green Ghosts, garnering five star reviews and the accolade of ‘Album Of The Year’ by Rough Trade. His honest portrayal of life’s struggles have connected with listeners and even lead to Grant partaking in side projects, such as 2014 Blissfields alumni Hercules and Love Affair’s latest record.
Simian Mobile Disco will see in a late night LIVE slot on the main stage this year, their formidable set possibly including some of the remixes which bear their name – from the likes of Muse and Nine Inch Nails, to Bjork. Outside of the band, SMD’s James Ford has produced such records as Klaxon’s Mercury Prize-winning Myths Of The Near Future, Florence And The Machine’s Ceremonials, Arctic Monkeys last four ground-breaking records, and 2014’s gargantuan Jessie Ware album Tough Love.
In such a short space of time, Oxford’s Glass Animals have accosted the ear of St Vincent and Radiohead, landed a top-20 album release in Australia for their debut offering Zeba, and decorated some of the biggest stages in London including James Lavelle (UNKLE)’s curated Meltdown. Their hyper-intelligent take on guitar music has undoubtedly positioned them as one of the most sought after live acts of 2015.
Blissfields are pleased to welcome back Public Service Broadcasting. The duo’s original mix of electronica and indie with vocals hijacked from public information films has pioneered a new breed of dance-punk. Their stage show, complete with blinking TV sets, live strings and vintage suits, will beautifully join eras and attitudes together, fittingly into the festival’s 2015 “Somewhere In Time” theme suspiciously well.
Elsewhere and Bona fide DJ pioneer Grandmaster Flash will be serving his lessons in the lost art of hip-hop and turntable technique, bringing some legacy to the beats in 2015, while Eton Messy return in the slot previously occupied by the likes of Snakehips, Bondax, Alunageorge.
After seeing Eclair Fifi and Monki tear the festival apart in 2014, the Blisscotheque is once again looking at the brightest young stars, this year securing Novelist andMelé to headline the stage. Novelist has been riding high on a wave of success since being nominated for the BBC Sound of 2015 and will take the Friday slot with his own inimitable grimy sound whilst the Annie Mac endorsed Melé will close the stage on Saturday.
With a long history of welcoming emerging talent, from Bastille in 2012, Sam Smith in 2013, and Years & Years in 2014, attention will once again be on the festival to highlight the best in new music. Palace, Flo Morrissey, Gengahr, Loyle Carner, Kiko Bun, Alex Adair, Ekkah and Songhoy Blues are just some of the names already twitching the curtain of the internet in that respect.
Of course it wouldn’t be Blissfields without festival favourites Dub Pistols, returning this year to the main stage. Along with The Correspondents, who headline the Thursday night of the event, Ibibio Sound Machine and Hidden Hedge headliners Missill, they form a hazy heart of the festival – a mix of world influences and cross-genre infusions for the times when it’s okay to be lost in a field in England.
THE HORRORS / JOHN GRANT
SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO
GLASS ANIMALS / PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
GRANDMASTER FLASH / IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE
SONGHOY BLUES / MELÉ / THE CORRESPONDENTS
NOVELIST / MISSILL / COSMO SHELDRAKE / GENGAHR
LOYLE CARNER / KIKO BUN / WE HAVE BAND / DUB PISTOLS
ALEX ADAIR / ETON MESSY / SUBGIANT / THE MISPERS
FLO MORRISSEY / PALACE / SPRING KING / EKKAH / MATTHEW AND ME
ANDY COMLEY / BIG CHILD MAN CHILD / BITR8 / BLACK FEATHER / CHOLOMBIAN
DAN MUNRO / DEADPROUD / ECHOTAPE / ESPAI / FABLE / FLOELLA GRACE
GYPSY DISCO / HEADSESSIONS SOUNDSYSTEM / JOHNNY BOXCARS / JOLTA
JOSH SAVAGE / K1R3Y / LIONFACE / MARY MISS FAIRY / MILLY UPTON / MINI DA MINX
MORGAN HISLOP / NOVATONES / ONE STEP TOO LATE / ØNLY / PACHANGO
POPOBAWA / RATZI / SCIENCE OF 8 LIMBS
SHUDDERVISION PRESENTS DIGITS MCPHEE & GUESTS
SOUL & FIRE / THE KINGS PARADE / THE SUBGIANT SOUNDSYSTEM
THIS CITY LIMITS / TRANSEND / WINTERHOURS
+ MANY MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Organisers have announced Audio Doughnuts, London Based Club Night, Record Label and Music Agency, to take over the Temple of Boom on Sunday 14th July, bringing Melé, Dark Sky and Pusherman to LeeFest in South East London this July.
They will be joining Stanton Warriors and No Artificial Colours on the dance section of the line up, as well as the Noisettes and Delphic who are set to headline the intimate 2500 capacity festival this year.
Artists also released today to play the Temple of Boom stage include Jesse James (Connected, London Club Brand), Rattus Rattus (Urban Nerds), Sai (Sai’s House Party) and rising stars I Killed Kenny among many others.
The following acts are also set to appear across the festival’s four stages: The Other Tribe, Stanton Warriors, Man Like Me, Public Service Broadcasting, Lulu James, Fiction, Stealing Sheep & To Kill A King.
The homegrown festival, run by Lee Denny and a team of young volunteers, was rebelliously founded in his back garden in Bromley, Kent in 2006 whilst his parents were away on holiday.
Named 2012’s “Best Independent Festival” by the Association of Independent Music, the festival has recently grabbed headlines for taking the extraordinary step of allowing fans to join its board of creative directors. By raising money through crowd funding website Kickstarter, the LeeFest organisers plan to double the size of the event whilst safeguarding the festival’s non-profit status.
The full list of artists announced so far is here: http://www.leefest.org.uk/lineup