New Rhythm and Blues Festival embraces the sounds of the American Deep South
The beautiful grounds of Euston Hall, Suffolk will be the location for the new and exciting, down and dirty, Red Rooster festival, which launches on September 13-15th 2013.
Embracing the sounds and lifestyle of the American Deep South, Red Rooster aims to become the premier boutique festival for Rhythm and Blues, Americana, Soul, Roots and Country music.
Gates will open on the afternoon of the 13th September and finish in the early hours of the morning of the 15th September.
"Through my BBC 6Music radio show I'm really aware of an ever increasing audience for roots and blues music. The UK doesn't have an equivalent of the legendary New Orleans or Newport Jazz Festivals; this being music made to be performed live, the idea of a real Rhythm and Blues Festival such as Red Rooster will create a great excitement, with both audience and live acts queuing up to be there "
The first line up announcements have been made at today's launch - The Jim Jones Revue, Heartless Bastards, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, Pete Molinari, Son of Dave, Marcus Bonfanti, Dollar Bill, Big Boy Bloater, Urban Voodoo Machine, Honkeyfinger, Ross Allen, Lady Kamikaze, Count Sizzle, Natty Bo, Liam Large, Count Skylarkin, Jazzman Gerald, and Tropikal Brighton.
It’s 4 short years since The Jim Jones Revue exploded into the nation’s consciousness with the release of their visceral, back-to-rock’n’roll-basics debut album. Their third studio album The Savage Heart to be released on October 15th is all set to secure their place in music’s rich rock heritage.
Kitty, Daisy and Lewis hail from Kentish Town and their packed live shows prove there's no compromise when Kitty‘s howling harmonica solos backed by Daisy‘s solid rhythm on a battered snare-drum and Lewis‘ snapping guitar work drive crowds into a Southern Evangelical frenzy. The trio jump from one instrument to another, which range from piano, lap steel, banjos, ukulele, accordion, xylophone, trombone to name but a few.
Garage roots band, Heartless Bastards, from Austin, Texas are fronted by Erika Wennerstrom. The Washington Post describes her voice, ‘as if it were wrapped in 10 miles of barbed wire and honey, then dragged through a swamp.
All food and drink on offer will be based around the theme of the Deep South too - expect to encounter one of the best BBQ joints outside of Mississippi! Whether it’s Cajun and Creole, BBQ, bourbon, or gumbo and jambalaya, the organisers are guaranteeing you'll leave their kitchen fuller than a tick on a hound dog. There’ll also be farmer’s market for guests to browse and take home a taste of the South before making their way home. Camping is free for all festival guests at this event.
The team behind the festival are James Brennan, best known as a promoter, as well as one of the chief bookers of Secret Garden Party and the producer of The Crossroads, Secret Garden Party’s R&B, Soul and Americana venue.
The Duke of Grafton, who toured as part of the team with the Rolling Stones on their Bigger Bang Tour, lived in Nashville for a number of years, a huge supporter of Red Rooster’s targeted music genres and the owner of the Suffolk Estate.
Steve Abbott, manager (artists include /have included Cerys Matthews, Lang Lang, Jeff Buckley, Mercury Rev, Pavement, Nicola Benedetti , EMF ) consultant for Decca and Verve Records, as well as a TV and radio producer .
Richard Clingen, major investor in music projects, including Benicassim and an Irish Music Festival.
Early Roosters weekend tickets are priced at £90 which includes camping and parking. Standard Adult Roosters are £100 for the weekend.Campervan passes are £25 with Little Roosters (under 12’s) free.