Chagstock Festival - 6 Weeks to go!

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Taking place on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd July, Chagstock; Devon’s much-loved, family friendly, not-for-profit event will feature the biggest and most diverse line up in its 10-year history.

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 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. As introduced back in 2012, all children under 12 can attend the festival for free (ticket is required).

Rock N Roll & Songwriting Hall Of Famer, Donovan will headline on Friday night.

Donovan is a legendary Scottish Poet, folk-rock & pop-troubadour who has been an essential part of worldwide popular culture since 1965. Best known for his signature song, ‘Mellow Yellow’, Donovan has recorded more than 27 albums, and his 1967 hit, ’Sunshine Superman’ (featuring Jimmy Page on Guitar and John Paul Jones on Bass) was a US No.1 single.

Over the course of his 50-year musical career, Donovan has performed with legends such as Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones. He taught John Lennon & Paul McCartney the finger-picking guitar style, and performed on the recording of The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’.

Saturday night will be headlined by none other than legendary post-punk band, The Stranglers. The Stranglers have enjoyed a litany of hits across their incredible 42-year career, including ‘Golden Brown’, ‘No More Heroes’, ‘Peaches’, ‘Always the Sun’ and ‘Skin Deep’.

Other notable acts on the Chagstock 2016 bill are The Blockheads. Formed in 1977 to promote Ian Dury’s album 'New Boots and Panties'. Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, Charlie Charles, John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher became known as 'The Blockheads'. Chaz composed 'Hit me with your Rhythm Stick' with Ian, which has sold more than 1 million copies to date, and reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.

Easy Star All-Stars will celebrate the 10 years since the release of their iconic album ‘Radiodread’ – their beautiful, ska-reggae infused re-imagining of Radiohead’s album ‘Ok Computer’ – alongside a selection from their extensive back catalogue of dub-heavy re-workings of classic artists; from Pink Floyd (Dub Side Of The Moon) to The Beatles (Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Dub Band) via Michael Jackson (Easy Stars’ Thrillah).

Josephine & The Artizans, a Hip-Hopera band from London who blend Classical Music with Hip-Hop to create a unique, fresh and innovative sound, perform on the brand-new-for-2016 Marquee stage on Friday night,

Other acts confirmed include the wildly popular folk-punk band Ferocious Dog, alt-folk six-piece Danny & The Champions Of The World, the BBC Introducing endorsed Cattle & Cane, a return performance from spellbinding Irish Folk/Blues troubadour Marc O’Reilly, Devon’s own The Leylines and Wildwood Kiln and many more. See Chagstock.info for all the details and tickets.

In addition to the incredible line-up, Chagstock also hosts an extensive children’s area, a wide selection of independent foodstalls, a fairly priced bar with a huge variety of beers, ale’s, ciders and non-alcoholic drinks, and designated quiet camping & campervan areas.

Published on 13 June 2016 by Ben Robinson

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