CHAGSTOCK FESTIVAL organisers have confirmed that British Funk & Soul legends Soul II Soul will headline Friday night! Indian singer-songwriter extraordinaire Raghu Dixit has also been added to the bill, alongside the inimitable Dub Pistols.
Soul II Soul need little introduction. Best known for the timeless classics Back To Life and their 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, including Wembley.
They’ve been recognised throughout their 29-year career, winning two Grammies and being nominated for five Brit Awards. Their iconic frontman Jazzie B was awarded an OBE for services to music in the 2008 New Year's honour's list, has been given the keys to no less than 5 US cities including LA and New York, and an ironwork sculpture of him stands proudly in his birthplace Finsbury Park as recognition of his contribution and inspiration to the community.
Hailing from Bangalore in Southern India, Raghu Dixit's music is a seamless weaving of Indian ethnic folk, Sufi and classical with other traditional and contemporary influences from across the globe. His lyrics, though intense, are simple and speak about every common man's emotions and experiences, and his unique songwriting and vocal delivery have earned him a treasured place in the both the traditional and contemporary Folk & World music scenes. Raghu is also a hugely successful film composer, having scored more than 20 movies in five different languages.
Led by indefatigable south-Londoner Barry Ashworth, The Dub Pistols have lived every rock ’n’ roll cliché more vividly, knowingly and hilariously than almost any other British band. They’ve burned through record labels, band members, and hundreds of thousands of pounds with their almost heroic devotion to hedonism. Yet they have worked with heroes like The Specials, Busta Rhymes, Horace Andy, Madness and Gregory Isaacs and in this, their 20th Anniversary year, The Dub Pistols are busier than ever, having reinvented themselves as the ultimate Festival band; the go-to act to get a big crowd dancing
Taking place on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd July, Chagstock 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.
Simon Ford Chagstock Festival organiser says, “After the incredible success of our 10th anniversary last year, we have once again given ourselves a very high bar to reach. However with these three incredible acts already announced, and many more in the pipeline, we are confident we can bring you another fantastic Chagstock in 2017!”
Chagstock Festival is a Not For Profit Organisation, proud to support Devon Air Ambulance Trust and WaterAid.
Published on 17 January 2017 by Ben Robinson