Main Stage Lineup
Bringing you 3 distinct days of disco, electro pop and folk pop. From legends to future hero’s… welcome to the main stage.
Chic featuring Nile Rodgers
Arguably disco’s greatest band. Le Freak, Good Times and Everybody Dance are some of the finest dance singles of all time. They of course helped inspire modern day dance and even hip-hop after the post disco era. It’s not surprising then, that Nile Rodgers became one of the most successful producers in the 80′s, working with Madonna, David Bowie and Duran Duran. We are incredibly proud that they will be headlining Friday for what promises to be the best start to our biggest party yet.
Inner City Ft Kevin Saunderson
Formed in Detroit in 1987, Inner City stand amongst the giants of dance music, having scored nine top 40 hits here in the U.K and 5 U.S dance number 1′s. Best known for dancfloor – pop crossover tracks such as Big Fun, Good Life and Whatcha gonna do with my lovin, we re unite them for a journey down memory lane. This time we’ll be dancing in a field not a warehouse!
Simply one of the UK’s defining alternative bands, taking in dance orientated rhythms as well as swirling psychedelic organs. Whilst other Madchester bands have had their brief but powerful contribution to musical culture The Charalatans have been far more prolific. This year they will celebrate the 15th anniversary of Tellin’ Stories – their number 1 selling iconic album that defined a generation. What a privilege to have them as our Sunday headliners.
Brilliant 21st century alternative pop drawing influences from 60′s harmonies to 80′s synth pop choruses. We love this description, “If Washed Out offer comedown from the utopian gauzy beach party”, wrote one blogger, “then Summer Camp are the band who played the prom the night before, peppier than their morning after bedfellows”. Super cool and perfect to help inject some alternative electro into our Saturday party.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Part of a new wave of British talent rising in the increasingly popular folk scene. His sound is melancholy and languid with delicate finger picking guitar work all rounded off with his trademark haunting vocals. His sound couldn’t be more perfect for Sundays lounging. His debut Top 40 album ‘Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm’ was cited as Album of the Week on Radio 1 and XFM as well as Album of the Day on BBC 6 Music. His debut single ‘Box Of Stones’ was also awarded the coveted Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record In The World, adding to a list of honours including multiple Radio 1 Record Of The Weeks and a Maida Vale session with Fleet Foxes…and he’s from York.
Smoove & Turrell
The geordie duo couldn’t be a better match to support Chic on Friday. Formed by the infamous producer Smoove with vocalist John Turrell, their live performances are well know to those in the north. Groove, soul, funk and disco form their sound. So a perfect accompaniment to the disco god fathers.
We are amongst the many who predict that Lucy Rose will be indies next breakout star. You may have heard her backing vocals on Jack Steadman’s Bombay Bicycle Club. He has kindly returned the favour on some of her singles that have been quietly released. Catch her at the beginning of what we think will be a long career.
Bolstering our more up tempo electronic Saturday are this exciting London based trio. Their first album was released in 2010 under massive critical acclaim. The NME calling it mesmerising and the Guardian giving it 4/5. They write edgy but accessible electronic pop and front woman Tigs is well known for her charismatic and compelling performances. Their new record is due out in September and we expect even bigger pop hooks to keep our favourite genre alive.
Cashier No 9
A sound for the summer with every song on their debut album managing to sound contemporary yet timeless at the same time. No doubt helped by some of the talent that helped work on it. Mixed by Hugo Nicolson who co produced Screamadelica and produced by the fellow Belfast resident David Holmes. Expect rich vocal harmonies, layered guitars and addictive hooks all wrapped around a sun drenched west coast tempo. As we said, a sound for summer.
We’ve found a gem in Jenny. She’s one of the new and aspiring L.A indie artists beginning to get a buzz around her. Her recent single O.K Honey found its way onto HBO’s True Blood. It’s a song that has a retro southern vibe to it, an upbeat bassline and jaw dropping harmonies. It’s the most cheerful song we’ve heard in the last 6 months. Her debut E.P should be filed under cool, quaint and incredibly catchy… if you have that in your filing system. Some of you do, I know!
If some of you dabble the dials to Radio 2 you might have noticed both Juan’s singles were record of the week earlier in the year. A graduate of the Liverpool Institute of Performing arts, but originally from Madrid, Juan spends most of his time in London town. Having spent a lot of his early career touring with Amy Winehouse you’ll not be surprised to hear a melting pot sound of soul, blues and pop. Perfect for oozing you into Sunday.
Lets buy Happiness
Another northeast band we love. You only have to search the Internet to get equal praise from The Guardian, NME Radio 1 and 6 Music. Having supported Primal Scream and played on the John Peel stage alongside Florence and the Machine we think they have a good shot at a wider appeal. Some have likened them to early Sugarcubes supporting their glacial rhythms and gentle indie soundscape. The angelic purity of the lead singers voice should shake the cider off from the night before.
You cant pigeon hole an artist as Hybrid as Mary. This is what makes her so interesting and complex. She is the sister of the multi grammy winning producer Paul, (of Adele, Florence and the Machine fame) so you would expect her album to show some good production values. The parts we’ve heard are incredible. Fuzzed out folk, classy string and brass arrangements and a touch of electronics subtly massaged in. This is what we love about music…the unique sound an artist can create from all the influences they pick up. Looking forward to this one.
The Loose Salute
They play a dreamy summer surf pop. Hailing from Cornwall you can see where they get their inspiration! They’ve been likened to The Magic Numbers, a slightly rockier Mamas and Papas or more contemporary bands such as The Shins. They have some lovely songs evoking summertime of the 70’s. Lets hope Yorkshire provides the temperature to match the tempo.
Shake Tiger Shake
STS sound like bands, people, eras and places we really love. Think 80′s synth pop meets Prince, Fleetwood Mac and Roxy Music all having the party of their lives in Studio 54. This blend should help set the tone for the full on party that is Saturday.
Lola King & the Kickstarts
In association with BBC Introducing. A brand new band from London and fresh from Radio 1s Hackney Weekend. Musically its an interesting mixture of The Streets meets Florence and the Machine. Lola has great rhythmic phrasing and combined with her noticeable British accent makes them a unique start to 2012s main stage.