Josh Osho, Aradhna, Phantom Limb and Leon Walker also announcedGreenbelt announces new additions to its increasingly rich and diverse programme of arts, music and spoken word with Asian Dub Foundation, Josh Osho , Charlie Simpson, Thomas Lynch among the acts announced today.
Having erupted onto the UK music scene in the early 90s and achieving subsequent success with their Mercury-nominated second album, 'Rafi's Revenge', Asian Dub Foundation will be performing at this year's Greenbelt Festival on Saturday 25th August. Widely considered to be one of Britain's most exciting live bands, they boast a catalogue of further successes including a supporting tour with the legendary Beastie Boys in the US and a collaboration with Primal Scream. Known for their strong justice agenda, ADF have been linked to a series of controversial yet fascinating projects including a Gaddafi-inspired English National Opera in 2006, creating the soundtrack to a Channel 4 film "Bradford Riots" that same year and their recent live performance of the La Haine soundtrack. Their latest studio album "A History of Now" again pushes the boundaries and asks questions while being different musically from previous releases. Their performance this summer promises to be nothing short of exceptional.
Josh Osho, the 20-year-old rising star is storming onto the British music scene and will perform on Saturday's Mainstage. A soul singer with an unconventional and often tempestuous childhood, Osho has gone from being homeless at 16, to dealing drugs from notorious Ebenezer Hotel at 17 to now finding himself signed to Island Records. Recently he performed on Later...with Jools Holland and supported both Emeli Sande and Rizzle Kicks. Arguably one of the most exciting male soul singers to emerge onto the scene, Osho is a thrilling addition to the line-up.
Plus, former lead singer of one of the UK's leading boybands, Busted, Charlie Simpson will perform tracks from his latest solo album that has achieved huge success online and in the charts. Simpson has joined forces with acclaimed producer Danton Supple (Coldplay, Doves) to create his latest album "Young Pilgrim". The result is an accomplished 12 track record that emanates vintage warmth and whose luscious melodies and occasional imperfections lend it a vibrant character and earnest charm.
Further additions to the music programme includes human beatbox legend Shlomo, a formidable artist whose career spans from Grammy Award nominations, countless festival performances, plus a residency at Southbank Centre where Shlomo curated and performed in a collaborative concert series featuring a diverse range of artists. Aradhna will also perform their sitar-drenched spirituals across the weekend, their deep, brooding and diverse music inspired by the traditions of North India and North America. Their sixth album "Namaste Saté" is their most ambitious and far-reaching project to date. Also performing are thrilling soulful Americana band Phantom Limb and Billy Bragg's Jail Guitar Doors protege, Leon Walker.
Stan's Cafe are added to the Performing Arts programme bringing their latest show, The Cardinals, to Greenbelt. A visual show performed without words, the seriousness of the Cardinal’s intent mixed with a deliberately-naïve theatrical style makes the show simultaneously very funny and strangely touching. Plus performances from the fearlessly imaginative and physically daring, Lila Dance who capture the extremes of humanity within physical movement, expressing through modern dance the primal urgency and intelligent reasoning of humankind.
Greenbelt's diverse programme is further affirmed with their latest booking, poet and funeral director Thomas Lynch. As an inspiration for such a formidable TV series, Lynch brings something unique to this year's festival. Joining Lynch across the four day festival, Shadow Minister for Crime Prevention Stella Creasy MP plus British Sufi Muslim researcher Tim Winter, Dean of the London School of Jewish Studies Raphael Zarum, Chief Executive of WWF-UK David Nussbaum, freelance journalist and writer specialising in Palestine/Israel Ben White and author and Professor Christopher Barnatt.
Greenbelt is a great place for families to enjoy a bank holiday weekend away and this year welcomes the return of musician and author, Duggie Dug Dug; Blunderbus Theatre Company whose tales of the wondrous story of The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark will entertain children throughout the day plus Stories for Stargazers tells tales of "saviours and scallywags". Vahakn Matossian will create an exciting outdoor installation The Animal, whilst PuppetCraft's Circle of Tales: A Myth From Africa has live music and wooden puppets. Illusion, singing and acrobatics is presented by the Amazing Norvil & Josephine Show, plus circus and yoga workshops, tipi building and much more.
The comedy offering expands with stand-up comedian, writer and actor Paul Kerensa, the ever-impressive folk stylings of the boys from Little Dribblepatch, Folk On; plus idiosyncratic performers John-Luke Roberts & Nadia Kamil of The Behemoth. Mike Wozniak will also be on hand to tell his weird and wonderful stories.
Tickets are now available with prices fixed until 30th June 2012 - adult weekend tickets are £110.00; adult concession weekend tickets are £68.00; under 18 weekend tickets (5 to 17 years) are £60.00; family weekend tickets (2 Adults, 2 Under 18s) are £285.00; single parent family weekend tickets (1 Adult, 2 Under 18s) are £180.00 and infants (0-4 years) go for free. Days tickets are now on sale ranging from £15-£60.
Greenbelt Festival - 24th-27th August 2012 - Cheltenham Racecourse