Van Morrison & Ray Davies For Folklore Festival

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Its blend of cosmopolitan lifestyle and unspoiled landscape make it the perfect festival destination and the first wave of acts announced for Folklore confirm it as one of the most enticing UK festivals this summer.

Set in the coastal outskirts of St Helier, the heart of Jersey, Folklore is the Channel Islands’ newest boutique music and arts festival, and becomes the most southerly festival in the British Isles.

Enjoying more sunshine than any other part of Britain, and situated just 15 miles from the coast of France, Jersey is famed for its stunning beaches, lush countryside and uniquely Anglo-Gallic culture - and of course for the iconic 80s TV detective, Bergerac.

Its blend of cosmopolitan lifestyle and unspoiled landscape make it the perfect festival destination and the first wave of acts announced for Folklore confirm it as one of the most enticing UK festivals this summer.

The Main Stage will be headlined on the Saturday night by Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer and multiple Grammy-winning VAN MORRISON whose biggest hit ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ remains one of the best-loved pop songs of all time. Sunday night’s headliner is the one and only RAY DAVIES, the former Kinks frontman and founder, and the man behind such classics as ‘Lola’, ‘You Really Got Me’ and ‘Waterloo Sunset.’ Also performing on the Main Stage over the weekend are French bossa nova trio NOUVELLE VAGUE, legendary reggae pioneer LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY, Grammy-nominated British singer-songwriter JOAN ARMATRADING and one of the most enigmatic artists of the late 60s and early 70s, RODRIGUEZ. Comparable to the likes of Arthur Lee’s Love and The Byrds, Detroit’s Sixto Diaz Rodriguez’s two albums were works of shimmering psychedelic beauty before he disappeared from the music world only to re-emerge 30 years later as a cult hero.

A second stage will feature an array of live music, film, poetry, comedy and theatre over the weekend, with the iconic punk poet JOHN COOPER CLARKE confirmed to appear on both days.

With a capacity of just 5,000 daily, Folklore’s cosy site ensures that this will be an intimate affair, and with one of the warmest local music crowds you could hope to meet it’s a festival at which many a friendship will be forged! Just a stone’s throw from the beach, it’s about as perfect a festival setting as you’ll find.

With a capacity of just 5,000 daily, Folklore's cosy site ensures that this will be an intimate affair, and with one of the warmest local music crowds you could hope to meet it's a festival at which many a friendship will be forged! Just a stone's throw from the beach, it's about as perfect a festival setting as you'll find.

Curated by Warren Holt and Warren Le Sueur, the people behind Jersey Live, the Channel Islands' biggest live music event whose previous guests have included Dizzee Rascal, Kasabian, The Prodigy and Paul Weller, Folklore has behind it a team whose experience in delivering unforgettable festivals is well established. Most crucially, they have a passion for music and truly creative spirit, which is at the heart of the Folklore ethos.

Published on 27 April 2012 by Ben Robinson

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