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Wychwood Festival

31st May - 2nd June 2013, Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire

Posted: 14th February 2013 13:04

Wychwood Festival is thrilled to be announcing another clutch of superb artists to add to the increasingly exciting music programme.  Brit-Award-winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter Kate Nash, cult hero and popular BBC 6Music DJ Craig Charles and high-energy, seven piece band Police Dog Hogan are among a handful of musical additions to a festival line-up that already includes The Human League, The Beat and many more. 

Non-music additions to the Wychwood programme include DocHouse, the London-based, year-round documentary festival which will be inviting festival-goers to delve into the world of documentary through a series of workshops and discussion in the totally brand new, exclusive to Wychwood, DocTent venue.  Last but by no means least - celebrating its centenary year at Wychwood Festival - The British Ecology Society will present a host of activities across the weekend to entertain and delight all ages in a world of discovery. 


Kate Nash is set to return to the forefront of contemporary music in 2013 making her inaugural appearance on the Wychwood Festival line-up, confirmed to perform on Saturday's main stage bill.  Performing songs from her eagerly awaited third album, Girl Talk, due for release in early March, Kate will bring her revamped rock style to the stage as well as wowing audiences with chart toppers such as Foundations and Mouthwash.  BBC 6Music and Radio 2 DJ Craig Charles joins Sunday's line-up playing a live version of his popular Funk & Soul radio show.  Craig will be playing the best in funk and soul from old school roots through to current club sounds so expect a mixture of classic tracks and cool new releases.

You can expect a high-energy and eclectic performance on Sunday from seven-piece band Police Dog Hogan, who combine fiddle, banjo, mandolin, drums and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies in an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass! The Sunday Times has described them as "wonderful" and the Telegraph named them one of its "favourite new bands".  Making their festival debut on Saturday are Swindon band NewQuay Times who boast collective influences ranging from Throwing Muses to Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty.  The band play alternative Americana-hinged, low slung, loose-limbed indie rockʼnʼroll music with singer and guitarist Sarah flitting between deep rocking croon and fiery falsetto. 

Emily and the Woods, a family of exceptional musical talent, with her father, brother and drummer Roy Dodds, who has played with Wychwood favourite Eddi Reader of Fairground Attraction.  The latest Emily and The Woods EP, Eye to Eye, was released 2011 and featured Ted Dwane of Mumford & Sons and Marcus Hamblett of Sons of Noel and Adrian.  Also added to the Saturday line-up are Bristol based trip hop band Seasfire with their beautifully written melancholy songs full of love and loss and have been hotly tipped by BBC Introducing having played a session at Maida Vale for Steve Lamacq's BBC 6Music show.

These musicians join previously announced acts including The Human League, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, The Beat, Caravan Palace, Eddie & The Hotrods, Sam Lee & Friends, Public Service Broadcasting, Moulettes, John Otway, The History Of Apple Pie, Cave Painting, Mt.  Wolf, Dems and many more.  Wychwood Festival organisers would like to send their deepest sympathies to the family of Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends tour manager Paul McMullen and heartfelt wishes to singer Trevor Grills in his hour of need.  Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends were a fantastic part of last year's festival line-up and the recent news is an absolute tragedy.


DocTent is coming to Wychwood 2013 with a unique and never before seen space where festival-goers are invited to delve into the world of documentary film.  This is the chance to watch, discuss and make compelling non-fictional films and discover the art of capturing reality.  A packed program of the most intriguing, entertaining and surprising docs will run throughout the weekend, interspaced with workshops and discussions with the filmmakers themselves.  In addition, DocTent will give visitors the chance to play a part in filming and editing the extraordinary WychDoc Project.  A truly collaborative effort, this will be a documentary filmed and edited entirely by festival-goers and free to view during and after the weekend.  A truly unique festival experience, DocTent will be pulling out all the stops to tickle people's curiosities, widen realities and awaken creativity this summer.  Promising stories from across the globe and across the festival, this is not one to be missed.  DocTent runs in partnership with DocHouse, London’s only year round documentary film festival.


The British Ecological Society will be celebrating its 100th birthday at this year's Wychwood Festival by bringing a team of enthusiastic young ecologists and students to the festival for the purpose of encouraging festival goers to delve into the world of Ecology as well as answering burning questions from their base on the 'Sex and Bugs and Rock 'n Roll' stall.  The team will also be providing a host of immersive activities across the weekend as part of Wychwood's comprehensive workshop programme.

Wychwood Festival boasts an eclectic programme that includes indie, folk, rock and world music with some of the most talented emerging artists on the UK’s music scene at the moment appearing alongside industry veterans and cult classics across an exceptional weekend of entertainment.  This year’s ninth successive year will see revelers flock to the stunning Gloucestershire countryside to experience an utterly delightful atmosphere enjoyed by all who choose to place it in their summer calendar.  Much more than just a music festival, Wychwood prides itself on its breadth of onsite activities and with today's announcement further solidifies its position as the UK's leading family festival providing a unique experience for family members of all ages.  Weekend and day tickets are on sale now from the festival website.
Weekend Festival Tickets
Weekend Adult: £120 | Weekend Disabled 2 for 1: £115 | Weekend Youth/Concession: £55 | Weekend 5-9 Year Old: £15 | Under 10: FREE

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