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Phil Hartnoll - Orbital - (dj set)
Matt Black - Coldcut - (dj set)
White Noise Sound
Dom Servini, Wah Wah 45s
Noise of Art
Love Nor Money
Swallow & The Wolf
Jan Pulsford and the Deben Collective
Aldeburgh Music Open Space
Non Such DJs
Woodbridge Art Club
Suffolk University Campus Design students
Justine de Mierre
Woodbridge’s village festival returns for its second year with acts that range from festival headliners to cult club DJs, pioneering electronic acts from the 1960s, inspirational hip hop artists, visual artists, disco dons, guitar icons, psychedelic rockers, talks by writers and authors, art and more to be announced.
Phil Hartnoll, half of celebrated electronic act Orbital, rose to fame alongside his brother Paul, gaining a huge reputation for their shows at festivals such as Glastonbury (which Q Magazine classes as one of the top 50 gigs of all time). Their rapid rise soon saw them touring in front of tens of thousands across the USA, Australia, Japan and Europe. They gained commercial and critical success, scoring three Top 5 LPs and five top 20 singles. After a brief split, they reformed to play Big Chill Festival in 2009 and were joined on stage by Matt Smith (at the time staring in Dr Who) for their second headline set at Glastonbury in 2010. They performed in front of millions at the 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony, with Professor Stephen Hawkings on vocals. The brothers stopped operating as a unit at the end of 2014, but both have new artistic endeavours. This will be a rare UK festival appearance by Phil, and is likely to feature new material and never heard before Orbital tracks, as well as his own classic club hits.
White Noise is the pioneering electronic act formed in 1968 by David Vorhaus, Brian Hodgson, Peter Zinoviev and Deliah Derbyshire, of BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Having grown out of an early electronic band that included Paul McCartney in their number, their first LP, An Electric Storm, was released in 1969 and is widely considered to be the first proper electronic album in the UK. The Radiophonic Workshop members of White Noise were also responsible for the theme tune to Dr Who, which Orbital famously turned into a festival anthem.
Orbital have frequently cited White Noise as an early influence, but this will be the first time the members of the bands have appeared together on the same bill.
Matt Black is half of the iconic act Coldcut. Their debut single, 'Say Kids What Time Is It', was an early sample based hit in the UK. This was followed by their debut LP, itself a Top 20 release that spawned 1988's club classic and Top 10 single - 'Doctorin' The House'. Their work with Lisa Stansfield and Yaz, for whom they penned and produced such hits as 'The Only Way is Up', saw them dominate the charts in the late Eighties and early Nineties, before they set up Ninja Tune, their record label, which has discovered such acts as Young Fathers, Mr Scruff and Kelis. Coldcut are, of course, legends in their own right.
Amongst the live bands, the iconic The Woodentops are perhaps the most over-looked Glastonbury headliners (and long time Balearic darlings).
Big Chill Bar, five minutes walk from Liverpool Street station (and therefore one hour and 35 minutes from Woodbridge), will be presenting Dom Sevini of the Wah Wah 45s label. Named by FACT magazine in their alternative top 100 DJ list, Dom is one of London’s most respected left of centre DJs. Ben Osborne (Woodbridge programer and Noise of Art founder) is also one of Big Chill’s longest serving resident DJs, regularly playing at both London venues and the Big Chill festival, alongside his other club and festival appearances in the UK and abroad. As Noise of Art he's performed at such prestigious and unusual places as the Southbank Centre, National Theatre, Tate, Berlin's Volks Buhn, Prague's Acropolis, Glasgow Art School and a two night residency at a functioning Fire Station in central Paris.
BBC Introducing in Suffolk will once again be taking over the Anchor on Saturday night. This time round they’ll be joined by the incredibly talented Mirror Signal, a favourite of Gilles Peterson and Jamie Cullum, and Love Nor Money, who are still on a high off the back of their recent performance at T in the Park.
White Noise Sound, not to be confused with White Noise, are Wales’ fast rising psychedelic/ drone rock band. Having just released their first LP on London’s respected indie label Rocket Girl, they’ve been picking up plaudits from the Guardian and numerous magazines and blogs.
London’s hotly tipped and fast rising Arms, are a hot new London band also signed to Rocket Girl Records (and the most Traffic like band since, um Traffic).
Amongst the rising regional stars are Colchester’s electro-folk act, Fishclaw, singer/ songwriter and Blue Bus Tour founder Peter Hepworth, internationally acclaimed guitar virtuoso Robert Castillani, London based (but Suffolk born) alt-folk duo Russell & The Wolf, electro sea folk act Aartwork, as well as former Thomson Twins pianist, Nile Rodgers collaborator and Cyndi Lauper co-writer, Jan Pulsford.
Music Book Festival Line up
Woodbridge Art and Music Event will be holding its debut literary strand on the Sunday of this year’s festival weekend.
The Literary strand will feature books about music, including a yet to be released special edition book of new Beatles photographs, and the biographies of Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks and Peter Gabriel plus a book at bedtime session for younger festival goers between 4:30 and 6pm.
Taken between 1962 and 1964, the Beatles photographs are part of a never-seen-before collection that was originally shot for the Beatles Monthly magazine. The photos, which are published for the first time in a limited edition cased hardback book, capture the Beatles in their private moments.
The book’s edited by Chris Charlesoworth, a friend of John Lennon’s, who will give a talk on how the photographs were discovered, as well as recalling his own experiences with John Lennon and Yoko.
Other books being discussed include Zoë Howe’s biography of Stevie Nicks, following the highs and lows of her epic rock and roll lifestyle as pin-up front women for Fleetwood Mac. Daryl Easlea will also be discussing his biography of the pioneering artist Peter Gabriel.
Earlier this year design students at University Campus, Suffolk, were asked to create visions of what future Woodbridge Art and Music Event posters, flyers, leaflets, T-shirts and bags might look like. These visions are being displayed at a pop-up gallery at the Old Mariner. Students being exhibited include:
Screen print specialists Planet Patrol will be holding a special Woodbridge Art and Music exhibition at The Fire Station, sister cafe to Woodbridge’s award winning ‘Cake Shop’.
Alongside their Summer exhibition, Woodbridge Arts Club will be holding a “Creating Art” event over the festival weekend, with potters, painters and lace makers working live in the studio next to the Tide Mill between 11am and 5pm. All festival goers are welcome to come and see them at work and talk to them, or simply wander around the gallery.
Event partners include Adnams, Mayor of Woodbridge, Aldeburgh Music, BBC Radio Suffolk Introducing, The Riverside Cinema, Theatre and Restaurant, The Anchor, The Table, The Mariners, The Red Lion, Planet Patrol, The Blue Bus Tour, The Fire Station and more.
The Woodbridge Art and Music Event takes place in the medieval town of Woodbridge, on the banks of the river Deben, in Elmhurst Park during the day on Saturday and in several venues around town at night.
Early bird and super discount tickets have sold out, but reasonably priced advance tickets are still on sale at the Riverside cinema and theatre box office in Woodbridge and online.
Line-up correct at time of publishing.
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Deptford Northern Soul Club
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Haze. with Joy Orbison & Jon Rust
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Simple presents Beatrice Dillon
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Sense Traxx 5th Birthday with Franky Rizardo
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