Farmfest have announced their first wave of acts, with Squarepusher bringing his latest project Shobaleader One to the main stage for a phenomenal full band portrayal of tracks from new album Elektrac (WARP Records).
Also confirmed as headlining is one of the most influential drummers ever to have lived (and perhaps the greatest, according to Brian Eno). Tony Allen was as essential to the creation of the Afrobeat genre as Fela Kuti and this is a rare chance to witness his jazz-infused tribute to the great bebop drummer Art Blakley. Meanwhile, Tony‘s former band mate Dele Sosimi and his full Afrobeat Orchestra are preparing a mammoth two-hour set of complex, danceable funk grooves.
The headline information comes alongside news that DrunkenWerewolf has partnered up with the Somerset event, which is due to take place 28th - 29th July 2017 near Bruton. We'll provide exclusive content and coverage of Farmfest 2017 throughout the first half of the year!
Following selection for Guy Garvey’s 6 Music album of the year, This is the Kit bring their distinctive brand of folk to the Big Blue Tent, while at the opposite end of the sonic spectrum Melt Yourself Down return to the farm for what is sure to be another raucous melee of beats and brass. Other highlights of the craftily curated line-up are the sublimely talented multi-instrumentalist BC Camplight, urban brass ambassadors Broken Brass Ensemble, hip hop heavyweight DJ Yoda and homegrown talent Dizraeli.
Taking the decks in the combine harvester DJ booth is electro-funk pioneer Greg Wilson; one of the best remixers around and a key figure in breaking the post-disco records of 70s New York. Bristol tastemakers Shapes have co-curated a stage headlined by Ninja Tune’s avant-garde UK producer Darren Cunningham, aka Actress. He’s joined by labelmate Max Graef, the Berlin-born champion of disco-tinged house bangers and dusty down-tempo excursions, as well as Hot Flush’s OR:LA and Bristol’s rising star, Ishmael.
German duo Session Victim will be bringing their high-octane live show of house and funk to the farm, joining Bill Brewster in a Late Night Tales takeover, while there is also a rare UK DJ set from Parisian hip-hop maestro, GUTS.
Over the coming months, further acts will continue to be announced, in addition to a full line-up of the comedy, theatrics and other creative crafts taking place in the ever-evolving arts & entertainment area, plus all manner of other playful activities for folk young and old. 2017 will also see a vast addition of food stalls and a variety of all kinds, to serve all tastes.