Greenbelt Festival announces first acts

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Greenbelt have announced that Mercury Music Prize winner Speech Debelle will join Bruce Cockburn, OperaUpClose and many more to perform at this year's festival at Cheltanham Racecourse

Greenbelt have just announced the first acts of this year's 2012 festival which will take place between 24-27 August at Cheltenham Racecourse. 

Critically acclaimed South London artist, Speech Debelle will bring her soulful and raw blend of poetic and powerful rhymes to the Greenbelt mainstage, combining tracks from her Mercury Music Prize-winning album with the recently released new album 'Freedom of Speech'.  Canadian-born Bruce Cockburn brings his ever-evolving folk brilliance to Greenbelt's Friday mainstage while further additions to the line-up include BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winners The Imagined Village plus "hot property" (The Guardian) folk revival band Megson.  Thomas Traux will stun festival goers by using his bespoke inventions of strange self-made instruments in a surprising spectacle.  Opera company OperaUpClose will perform their experimental but hugely popular sell-out production of La Bohème.

Greenbelt is not only well known for its music - there will be also be a plethora of other things to look out for such as various speakers, comedy and magic.  Former University lecturer Dr. Andrew Tate joins the festival to discuss his reflective interest in postmodern fiction, theory and spirituality, Professor Mary Grey will offer insight into her vast knowledge of Feminist Liberation Theology and Spiritualities and the editor of New Humanist and former music journalist Caspar Melville will also join the 2012 offering.

Tickets are on sale now and available from the Greenbelt festival website

Published on 23 February 2012 by gusjoyce

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