Celebrating 25 years in style, Larmer Tree Festival have been gathering talent from around the country to perform at the original boutique festival alongside Tom Jones, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Levellers and Bill Bailey on the bill this year.
Joining the already impressive Main Stage line-up are world-famous group The Magic Numbers, who will perform on Friday 17th July before dynamic Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. Saturday sees Laura Doggett on the Main Stage, a great addition to the line-up fresh from supporting John Newman on tour and performing live at the Royal Albert Hall. On Sunday fiery London 6-piece Molotov Jukebox will be entertaining the Main Stage crowd. With a rapidly growing fanbase this vibrant group are fronted in flamboyant style by singer, actress and fashionista Natalia Tena (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter).
After fantastic sets last year, a number of acts will be making an exuberant return to the gardens in 2015 following high demand from the festival audience. Joining Coco & The Butterfields, the most requested return act this year are Music Weeks ‘One To Watch’ Hunter & The Bear who have just completed a Europe-wide tour, and folk legend Steve Knightley, following on from his 150-date solo tour around England. Indie Pop band Nudybronque and talented guitarist Will McNicol (this year joined by percussionist Luke Selby) are also returning after garnering rave reviews for their electrifying live performances in 2014.
BBC Introducing Larmer Tree Festival are renowned for supporting emerging talent and last year showcased rising star James Bay as part of a successful collaboration with BBC Introducing. This year’s BBC Introducing slot goes to Bristol-based 3-piece Meadowlark, who will play the Main Stage on Thursday. Having taken the music world by storm since forming two years ago, this band are tipped for success and the festival are thrilled to be championing them.
With comedy, shows, workshops and more music still to come, the 25th anniversary music acts announced to date are:
Tom Jones | Rodrigo y Gabriela | Jimmy Cliff | Levellers | Femi Kuti & The Positive Force | Bill Bailey | Bellowhead | The Magic Numbers | Orchestre National de Barbes | Ibibio Sound Machine | Show of Hands | The Beat | Meadowlark | Raghu Dixit | Laura Doggett | Seafret | Molotov Jukebox | Dub Inc | Shlomo | Kobo Town | Martin Carthy | By The Rivers | Kiko Bun | Coco & The Butterfields | Curtis Eller’s American Circus | SnowApple | Swingrowers | CC Smugglers | Andy Kershaw DJ | Keston Cobbers Club | Naomi Bedford |
Steve Knightley | Blair Dunlop | Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam | Hunter & The Bear | Jarrod Dickenson | Megan Henwood | No Go Stop | Ciaran Lavery | Police Dog Hogan | Gaz Brookfield | FB Pocket Orchestra | Jon Sterckx | A J Holmes and The Hackney Empire | Chainska Brassika | Tobias Ben Jacob Band & Lukas Drinkwater | Still Moving DJs | Kelly Oliver | Drew Allen | Wesley Bennett | Winter Mountain | NudyBronque | Time for T | Panchango | Count Bobo | Tezeta | Gold Of My Own | Peluche | Lotte Mullan | Will McNicol & Luke Selby | Tinderbox | Bella Figura | The Villanovas | The Drystones | Cate Ferris
Dorset acts include:
The Villanovas (Breakthrough Music Award winner)