Larmer tree

Larmer Tree Festival – preview

The Larmer Tree Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and over the years it has built an enviable reputation as one of the most friendly, relaxed and family friendly festivals on the UK circuit. Arguably the original “boutique” festival it is set in the beautiful Larmer Tree Gardens in stunning countryside on the Dorset – Wiltshire border and the site provides a stunning and unique setting for a festival.

Larmer Tree Festival are determined to celebrate their silver jubilee in style and intend making this years festival the best one yet.  The festival is renowned for providing an eclectic musical line-up showcasing established acts, emerging talent and the best of talent from across the South-West of England. This year will be no different in that respect and today sees the announcement of over 30 new music acts to play alongside the already announced headliners, Tom Jones, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Levellers, Bellowhead and Bill Bailey on the bill this year.  The Magic Numbers, Meadowlark, Laura Doggett, Seafret, The Beat, and Molotov Jukebox are just some of the acts announced in this second wave of line-up.

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.

Last year Larmer Tree Festival 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.

James Bay

James Bay

As always the Larmer Tree line-up celebrates an abundance of talent from the South West. Breakthrough Music Awards winners The Villanovas and The Drystones won through in the recent live finals to claim their spots on the 2015 bill, and Bournemouth-based Drew Allen along with Wesley Bennett, Tinderbox and Pachango prove that the South coast town is a hotbed of refreshing new sounds.

These artists are joined by the festival circuit legend that is acoustic singer-songwriter Gaz Brookfield, high energy percussionist Jon Sterckx and the mighty 12-piece afrobeat powerhouse No Go Stop who all originate from Bristol.  Exeter’s Tobias Ben Jacob and Lukas Drinkwater (3 Daft Monkeys) also make an appearance.

Gaz Brookfield Larmer Tree

With comedy, shows, workshops and more music still to come, the 25th anniversary of the Larmer Tree promises to be very special indeed.

The lineup to date can be viewed here: Lineup In 2014 Larmer Tree Festival introduced a tiered ticketing system, rewarding loyal festival-goers who buy early, and this is in place again for 2015. Super early bird tickets, tier one, two, three and deposit scheme tickets (introduced this year) for the 25th anniversary festival are now sold out.

If you want to include the Larmer Tree Festival as part of your summer don’t delay, buy your tickets now.  Tickets are available here.

Joining the already announced acts the following bands are added to the lineup today. The Magic Numbers The Beat Meadowlark Laura Doggett Seafret Molotov Jukebox | Dub Inc. Shlomo | By The Rivers | Andy Kershaw DJ Steve Knightley Blair Dunlop | Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six | Hunter & The Bear Jarrod Dickenson | Megan Henwood A.J. Holmes and The Hackney Empire Chainska Brassika | Winter Mountain | NudyBronque | Time For T | Pachango | Count Bobo Tezeta Gold Of My Own Peluche | Lotte Mullan |Will McNicol & Luke Selby Tinderbox Bella Figura | The Villanovas The Drystones | Cate Ferris

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About The Sound of Summer

Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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