Chagstock Festival organisers have announced a slew of fabulous new acts to the bill for 2017, completing the line-ups for the Main and Marquee Stages.
New additions to the main stage include enduring R&B legends Dr Feelgood, Bristolian 8-piece Swing & Hiphop funkers Cut Capers, Cornwall based free-spirited multi instrumentalists Echo Town, modern Ska outfit Buster Shuffle, Gypsy swing outfit Immigrant Swing and Westcountry gypsy-punk act Biere De Luxe.
Over on the marquee stage Irish rockers Raglans, virtuoso guitarist John Fairhurst and Devon’s own country pop starlet Clara Bond have all been added to the bill.
They all conclude a stellar line up for 2017 that includes previously announced acts including The Shires, Soul II Soul, Dub Pistols and many more.
As always, the unique way that Chagstock Festival is structured means that you never miss a band across the two main stages all weekend! Almost as soon as a main stage band finishes, the next marquee stage band begins, and vice-verse. No more annoying clashes or difficult decisions!
Chagstock 2017 is headlined by The Shires and Soul II Soul
Hailing from the Home Counties, The Shires made music history by becoming the first UK country act to score a Top 10 album. The duo are at the forefront of the British country movement and the runaway success of recently released album ‘My Universe’ has made them not just the fastest selling UK country artist ever, but one of the biggest-selling breakthrough UK acts of any genre in recent years.
Soul II Soul need little introduction. Best known for timeless classics 'Back To Life' and breakthrough smash hit 'Keep On Movin’, they’ve sold over 10 million albums, performed live in over 20 countries, and headlined some of the most famous venues in the world. They’ve been recognised throughout their 29-year career, winning 2 Grammies and being nominated for 5 Brits.
Friday night Marquee Stage headliners Slamboree are more than just a collection of musician; they are (almost certainly!) the world’s first ‘Pyro-Circus Rave Massive’ act. Fusing high octane, fire-breathing circus performance with music that can be best described as ‘traditional Balkan folk crossed with full on wobbly bassline rave’, they are not to be missed!
High energy six-piece British folk band Skinny Lister headline Saturday night on the Marquee Stage. They have released three critically acclaimed albums and their infamous live show has blown away audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK they have performed at virtually every major festival, including Glastonbury and Isle Of Wight, and USA highlights including joining the Vans Warped Tour and appearances at both SXSW and Coachella.
Also featured on the bill is Raghu Dixit, who’s music is a seamless weaving of Indian ethnic folk, Sufi and classical with other traditional and contemporary influences from across the globe. His unique songwriting and vocal delivery have earned him a treasured place in the both the traditional and contemporary Folk & World music scenes.
Led by indefatigable south-Londoner Barry Ashworth, The Dub Pistols have lived every rock ’n’ roll cliché more vividly than almost any other British band. They’ve burned through record labels, band members, and hundreds of thousands of pounds with their heroic devotion to hedonism. Yet they have worked with heroes like The Specials, Busta Rhymes, Madness and Gregory Isaacs and in this, their 20th Anniversary year, they are busier than ever.
Taking place on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd July, Chagstock Festival will once again showcase the very finest music, food and entertainment from the Westcountry and beyond.
Set in 70 acres of farmland on the edge of Dartmoor, Chagstock is renowned for its stunning location, diverse line-up of artists and non-corporate, family friendly atmosphere. Chagstock showcases the very best music, food and entertainment that the Westcountry and the UK have to offer. Starting life as a small private party, Chagstock has now grown into a major fixture on the Westcountry festival circuit, selling out all 5,000 tickets for the last four years in succession.
Published on 04 May 2017 by Ben Robinson
Chagstock 2017 Cut Capers