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Larmer Tree 2016 Line-Up Taking Shape

I regard the Larmer Tree Festival as a home banker.  I have been attending the festival for well over half of its 26 year history and for my family the festival has become a home banker.  i enjoy the festival so much because it is small, friendly and most of all because it continues to evolve year on year.   It looks like this year will be no exception.

Larmer Tree Festival returns this summer, presenting the adventurous, the absorbing and the unforgettable, with an all-new programme of music, comedy, theatre, poetry and more across five days (13th-17th July 2016).

Set in Victorian gardens in the stunning landscape of the Cranborne Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty spread across Dorset and Wiltshire, Larmer Tree is the quintessential party; an intimate and eccentric festival perfect for first-timers and experienced festival-goers alike.

As any diehard festival fan will tell you you develop an affection for a festival based on its vibe much more that for who happens to be appearing on the main stage.  That said the line-up this year is taking shape and looks to be Larmer Tree’s strongest for a number of years.

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Clean Bandit, the electronic music masters are headlining this year’s Main Stage. Their signature blend of electronic music with classical pieces by composers such as Mozart and Shostakovich has lead to their most recent single Rather Be selling well over a million copies.

With a Grammy, two Golden Globes, two GQ Man of the Years, three Brits, three Sony Radios and numerous other nominations and awards under his belt, we are over the moon to welcome Jamie Cullum to Larmer Tree 2016. The festival will once again present its attendees with a customarily diverse offering where electronic meets traditional, jazz meets folk.

Having wowed across the world Caro Emerald, with her infectious mix of jazz, pop and electro-swing, is coming to charm the Main Stage. The record-breaking Dutch singer is known for her style, and we expect her performance to be as timeless as she is.

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Larmer Tree Saturday

Crossing global barriers as well as musical, Calexico’s international mix of artists is the reason for their eclectic releases. With a sound which adapts and evolves as the band visit new places, we’re excited to see the result of Larmer Tree’s infectious vibrancy!

Poetry, Literature & Talks Headliner

Larmer Tree’s poetry and spoken word headliner is Dr John Cooper Clarke, who will be taking to the ARC stage. An original, performance ‘punk poet’, Clarke has toured with punk and reggae legends including the Sex Pistols, Elvis Costello and Joy Division, with his characteristic set of lively, rapid-fire, a cappella poetry.

Family Festivaling

Larmer Tree has an exciting special guest for the littlest festival-goers of 2016. Pop along and say ‘Ello!’ to Mr Bloom from CBeebies. There’ll be a bundle of veggie stories, gardening games and catchy Nursery songs for Tiddlers and Parents alike.

Gabrielle Aplin, with her melodious vocals and girl-next-door charm will be returning to grace the Main Stage as will Lau, the free-thinking visionaries regarded as the epicentre of the new folk boom. Between them, these two acts boast shelves groaning with awards, countless ecstatic reviews and breathless plaudits from excited audiences world-wide and Lau absolutely brought the house down when they played the Arc back in 2014.


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Larmer Tree Saturday

Four years ago, Jack Savoretti had had enough of scratching a living as an independent artist, of business bust-ups, of being touted as a soon-to-be star. Now, he shines as one of the brightest stars in 2016, recently completing a sold-out headline UK and Ireland tour which finished at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire and was rated four stars by The Independent. Afro Celt Sound System return to Larmer Tree this year to captivate the crowd, fusing electronic dance music with traditional Irish and West African music.

Launching in 2016 is The Chase, a stage championing the best in new music, showcasing artists such as Rozi Plain who will be singing individually as well as alongside the hushed horns and electronic textures of This is the Kit. Artists performing in The Chase are part of an eclectic programme of skronk jazz, space folk and twisted pop; from the acoustic sounds of The Wave Pictures to Cristobal and the Sea’s Southern Mediterranean tropicalia pop, with further acts including Melt Yourself Down and Hillbenders, the Missouri band who tribute The Who in rock opera Tommy.

The Chase stage has been hand-curated by the festival’s newest team members Todd Wills and Matt Aitken, music programmers behind Bristol’s home of music, Colston Hall. With an emphasis on discovering both emerging talent and musicians who deserve to be on your radar, The Chase promises to be a firm festival favourite.

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Away from The Chase, Treacherous Orchestra’s musical gaelic ferocity and the lively foot-stomping blues from Dana Immanuel & The Stolen Band cater to the high-energy. Yet as always, songwriters and folk will also take a leading role in proceedings and Martin Simpson & Dom Flemons, Ethan Johns & Black Eyed Dogs, Sound of the Sirens and Fenne Lily are all expected to shower you with smooth rhythms, acoustic guitar and hair-raising vocals.

Larmer Tree always attracts performers from across the world like Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band who come bearing Country Blues from Indiana, but this year the representation of eclectic British acts is astounding. From the hillbilly swing of Urban Pioneers and the dark jazz texture of The Chris Woods Groove Orchestra to Lady Maisery’s revival of the dying art of tune singing and the lively Caribbean roots music of Edward II, this year’s festival truly has it all.

I don’t know about you but I know where I will be between 13th-17th July.

Tickets for this years Larmer Tree Festival are available from here and this year under 10’s go free.

Larmer Tree 2015 – A collective Photographic Memory


Did you make it along to this years Larmer Tree Festival?  It seems hardly possible that it is already a month in the past.  My how time flies.  I thought it would be nice to share a few of mt favourite shots of the festival with you all.

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Larmer Tree Festival – Sunday Photo Gallery

Well here we are with the last batch of photographs of the lovely folk who attended last weeks Larmer Tree Festival.

If you spot yourself or any of your friends be sure to let us know.

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Larmer Tree Festival – Festival fans Saturday

here we go with the penultimate group of my photographs from the Larmer tree festival last weekend.

if you spot yourself or your friends be sure to let us know.

Winter Mountain

Winter Mountain – Larmer Tree Festival – Friday 17 July 2015

I always say that at every music festival I attend I find at least one artist whose music blows me away.  There is always an unexpected delight hiding away somewhere waiting to be discovered.

Last week at the Larmer Tree festival it was the music of Joe francis, “Winter Mountain.”  Joe is an excellent songwriter, he delivers his music with passion and is a thoroughly nice guy into the bargain.  I was lucky enough to spend some time talking to Joe about music and just hanging out over a beer.

You can check out Winter Mountain here:  On Facebook  and on Twitter @winter_mountain

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Larmer Tree Festival – Friday photo gallery


have a browse of my photographs of the festival fans who attended the Larmer Tree Festival last Friday.

If you spot yourself or your friends shout out and let us know.  If you missed Wednesday or Thursdays albums they are here and here.

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Larmer Tree Festival – Thursday Photo gallery


Take a moment to browse through some of my photographs of the folk attending the Thursday of this years Larmer Tree festival.  Give a shout out if you spot yourself or your friends.

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Larmer Tree Festival – Gallery Wed 15 July 2015

Hi everyone,

You may have noticed that I have been conspicuous in my absence for the last few days.  I have been away at the Larmer Tree Festival and have much to report after a fun-filled few days away.  I will start of by sharing a gallery of Wednesdays festival fans.

Let me know if you spot yourself.

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Larmer Tree Festival- Two Weeks To Go

At this time in two weeks the 25th Larmer Tree festival will have begun.  To celebrate their silver anniversary and to meet demand for tickets Sir Tom Jones will open the festival on Tuesday this year and will perform for two nights.

Wednesday tickets are sold out but there is still time to bag tickets to see Sir Tom, supported by The Shires a fast up and coming British americana act.  If Sir Tom isn’t your cup of tea there is still time to grab four day or weekend tickets, but don’t delay, with this years special anniversary the festival is sure to be a sell out.  I would be willing to bet that the Larmer Tree team have a few surprises up their sleeves to help celebrate their quarter century.

If the budget is under pressure this year the festival team have teamed up with Hotel Bell Tent to offer a superb festival competition prize with seven days luxury camping and access to the whole 6 days of the festival.  You can enter here for free.  You have until 7th July to enter.

Tickets for this years festival can be bought here.

Prepare to ROFL at Larmer Tree 25. Comedy Line-up announced

If you are a regular reader of this blog you will know that I have a soft spot for the Larmer Tree Festival and this year I suspect it is going to be the best ever Larmer Tree.  As the festival celebrates its Silver Anniversary you can be sure that there will be surprises a-plenty to keep you entertained.

Ed_Byrne_mainI think it is generally accepted that the real delights of a festival happen away from the main stage and this years Larmer Tree will be no exception.  For many years the Larmer Tree festival has delighted audiences with a late-night comedy club on the ARC stage.  This years comedy club welcomes a host of internationally acclaimed comedians with Ed Byrne, Russell Kane, Sara Pascoe and Seann Walsh topping the bill, ably supported by the eclectic talents of Kerry Godliman, James Acaster, David Trent, Alex Edelman, Gareth Richards, Rhys James, Carl Hutchinson, Stephen Bailey, Damian Clarke, Fin Taylor, Yve Blake and Mark Simmons.

The 2015 late-night comedy programme kicks off on Thursday 16th July with Irish comedian Ed Byrne, a regular on Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You and 8 out of 10 Cats, Ed comes to the festival following dates in New Zealand and ahead of a UK tour later this year.

On Sunday, Larmer Tree welcome back multi-award winning comedian, presenter, actor and scriptwriter Russell Kane. A familiar face from Live at the Apollo, Live at the Electric and Unzipped, Kane is returning to the festival for the third time due to overwhelming audience demand.  If that wasn’t enough the weird and wacky Bill Bailey brings his unique brand of music and comedy to the main stage on Sunday evening.

sara_pascoe_red_dressRenowned for supporting emerging talent, on Friday Larmer Tree will headline returning comedy star Sara Pascoe who has rocketed through the comedy ranks since her last visit in 2011.  Sara will join emerging music acts The Villanovas and The Drystones who won slots at the festival through the festivals music breakthrough awards competition.

Joining Sara at the top of the comedy bill is charismatic Saturday headliner Seann Walsh, known for his self-deprecating silliness and hilarious observational comedy, Seann has appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Mock The Week.

The stellar 2015 comedy bill also includes London comedienne Kerry Godliman, returning to her stand-up roots after a major role in Ricky Gervais’ recent series Derek. Spearheading a new 21st century brand of comedy, tech-happy David Trent will wow the crowds with his multi-media show, and he’s been nominated for Foster’s Best Newcomer Award. Another comedian for the digital age is sparky Sydney-born Yve Blake who will perform her high-energy act with comic songs inspired by story submissions from Twitter, including a song specially written for Larmer Tree’s 25th year based on audience anecdotes.

Other highlights are Festival Director Julia Safe’s discoveries from the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe. These include winner of the festival’s 2014 Foster’s Best Newcomer Award Alex Edelman who recounts hilarious anecdotes with a sharp eye for the absurd, Rhys James who combines comedy and performance poetry to spellbinding effect, and rising star Fin Taylor, now fresh from supporting Russell Howard.

Part of the late-night revelry, these comedy stars will perform in the infamous ARC tent every evening from 10.45pm onwards.

Completing the music line-up for 2015 the Larmer Tree Festival have announced the final acts on the programme. Adding to huge variety already on offer are the talents of dynamic violin and guitar duo Aaron Catlow & Kit Hawes, Irish alternative trio All The Luck In The World, talented cellist Beth Porter and The Availables and 6-piece ska group Boy Le Monti. Also appearing are Senegalese kora virtuoso Diabel Cissokho, 6-piece spectacle Django Spears, explosive Bristol-based phenomenon First World Pros and dark swing band Gaslight Troubadours with Professor Elemental.

Festival-goers will enjoy original storytelling songs from Noah’s House Band, high-energy banjo and fiddle from Pronghorn, melodious ‘math pop’ from 4- piece Signals and an exceptional performance from The Ben Waters Band whose eponymous pianist has worked with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry and PJ Harvey.

Whether refreshed from therapies in the Secret Garden, inspired by arts and craft workshops or eager for more music, festival-goers looking to stretch their dancing legs after the Main Stage finishes at 11pm can make their way to the brand new after-hours DJ venue tucked away in Lostwood. Set among the trees in a clearing in the woods, The Hide is the perfect place to dance the night away.

If you have the energy to keep going until 4am, The Social is home to acoustic music and chilled out chatting by day, and by night late-night live acts and resident DJs will have the audience dancing till dawn.

Add to this all the previously announced acts, great food, a relaxed atmosphere, an incomparable range of children activities and a range of secret surprises to celebrate the festivals big anniversary and you will have the best Larmer Tree Festival to date.  Don’t miss this one.

I know I can’t wait.

Tickets for this years Larmer Tree Festival are available here: