Plus London Astrobeat Orchestra Performs: Talking Heads and more confirmed
Farmfest have announced that George Evelyn, or Nightmares on Wax, as he’s far better known, will return to the farm for a second headline stint behind the decks. His previous set, in 2015, was a highlight of the weekend, and his soulful grooves, dubbed out beats and electronic infusions are guaranteed to bring a winning formula back to Bruton once again.
Away from the decks London Astrobeat Orchestra Performing: Talking Heads. This unique collaboration of West African musicians, led by British bass player Edd Bateman will see the band perform classic tracks from Talking Heads’ albums Remain in the Light and Speaking in Tongues – two timeless works with clear Afrobeat influence.
Also hitting the main stage, together with full 6-member band, is Bristol’s Oliver Wilde. Wilde gained critical acclaim for 2013’s debut A Brief Introduction To Unnatural Lightyears, which was quickly followed-up with 2014’s Red Tide Opal In The Loose End Womb. With a distinctive lo-fi sound that melds folk, electronica, pop and indie, Wilde’s Post-Frenz Container Buzz, is an album that’s at times haunting, but which is always within touching distance of a lighter pop sweetness.
47SOUL emerged from Amman, Jordan in 2013, and the 4-piece have been blasting their sounds and relentless dance throughout the Arabic and European underground ever since. Now based in Bilad-a-Sham, their sound, underpinned by classic, driving Arabic rhythm and beats, layers analog synthesisers, hypnotic guitar lines and powerful, soul-fuelled vocals from all four members, with lyrics that mix Arabic and English and call for celebration and freedom in the struggle for equality that’s evident throughout the world.
Also performing is Beans on Toast. Jay McAllister first emerged in 2005 from Braintree, Essex, and has since released 8 studio albums that offer a candid and personal view on all range of topics, including love, politics, and general disillusionment – but with a witty, fun and lightness of touch that make the stories he shares truly distinct.
Founder of Tectonic records and all-round Bristol Dubstep legend, Pinch, will be spinning his inimitable cuts of Reggae, world music and dub-tinged deep beats and experimentation in The Den, and Bristol-based Shapes have announced Rhythm Sister as part of their takeover, a group of female-only DJs that will present their playful mix of party sounds across a 4-hour session.
There are more acts to be announced, plus a line-up of the comedy, theatrics and other creative crafts.
Farmfest will take place from the 28th to the 29th July 2017 at Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, Somerset.