The funkiest festival in the West is back! Shindig kickstarts the summer on 25 th – 27 th May at Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, Somerset. Bringing a healthy dose of funkativity and a packed programme of entertainment for all ages, Shindig Festival offers relaxation and revelry in equal measures.
The award-‐winning event always has “the dopest line up” in the Cuban Brothers’ opinion and this year is no different. The world-‐famous headline act: Jazzie B’s Soul II Soul, is coming to Somerset to celebrate their 30 th Anniversary, Shindig style.
Live music lovers listen up! Performances include: British hip-‐hop outfit -‐ Stereo MCs; music royalty -‐ Jungle Brothers; gangster-‐swaggering -‐ Dub Pistols and the London Posse – who are giving their first festival performance in 20 years. Bringing dexterity to the decks, Jurassic 5’s vocalist -‐ Chali 2NA and Krafty Kuts will be scratchin’, spinnin’ and mashin’ in the way that only they can. Not forgetting the funk powerhouse -‐ Smoove and Turrel who’ll be bringing their 7-‐piece band to blow the roof off!
Hip-‐hop heavyweight -‐ Blak Twang; Bristol’s own -‐ Gardna & Eva Lazarus and the identical twins, My Bad Sister are back with their Cabarave and ‘nuff attitude. The ever-‐energetic Correspondents; spellbinding Slamboree and Macka B -‐ one of Britain’s most influential dancehall toasters will be bringing his sunshine and ital vibes to the stage. And that’s not all.
Treats incoming! This year, Shindiggers will be getting their groove on to
extended 3-‐hour sets from Mr Scruff and Norman Jay MBE, no less. The biggest name in glitch hop – Opiou -‐ is coming all the way from Melbourne Australia, to play just for Shindig. Jurassic 5’s Cut Chemist will be giving a UK exclusive AV show. Plus Shindig stalwarts: Stanton Warriors, A Skillz and Crazy P soundsystem.
Some of the biggest names in house are on the bill too: Ibiza’s Alfredo,Terry Farley, Classic Recordings label co founder -‐ Luke Solomon and Danny Rampling -‐ who’ll be playing club classics.
The returning Plump Dj’s are likely to serve up Eargasms among other joys;
Radioactive Man – best known for his bass warped take on electro and JFB,
whose unrivalled skills have won him the UK DMC Championship three times, will surely continue to please.
More anniversaries are being celebrated: Altern8 is marking 30 years in the
business, as are Micky Finn and Aphrodite -‐ who have shared the decks for 25 bad-‐ass years.
Head-‐down hedonism abounds. Deekline and Ed Solo are on the bill bringing bounce and bass. But if it’s more of an old skool sound you want, then look no further than Ellis Dee and 2 Bad Mice.
And not forgetting the Ghetto Funk label stars of the future: WBBL and Father Funk – bringing big dirty chunks of funk with whomping bass lines.
New for this year
Comedy is a new development this year, which includes Phill Jupitus and Mark Thomas. Phill’s alter-‐ego -‐ Porky the Poet -‐ will be a big draw. As our world drifts inexorably towards an uncertain and troubling future, Porky will gamely attempt to take your mind off the misery and chaos with mildly diverting poetry, chit-‐chat and splendid shoes.
Mark Thomas is one of the UK’s best-‐known political performers whose work has changed the law and kyboshed politicians’ careers. The Liar’s Quartet, his new book, includes the scripts from his most acclaimed comic -‐political theatre, alongside brand new commentary. Mark’s blend of humour and anger is more relevant and essential than ever.
We have performances from the Bulzini family – who are Britain’s leading high wire walkers – hell, they even got married on a hire wire! Quirkiness abounds with the Showbiz Karoake Ballpit – catering for children and the child in all of us. And you’ll struggle to miss Elsi the huge, fire-‐breathing mechanical dragon, who, having been enticed out of her lair, is out to make mischief with all and sundry.
Talks from the producers of Planet Earth will tell us what it’s really like to make those awe-‐inspiring wildlife TV programmes -‐ which have the nation tuning in on a Sunday evening.
Eleven themed areas Shindig is a glorious mash up of a gig, a house party, a circus show, a series of curious craft workshops, a wellbeing retreat and a kid’s party, with award-‐winning street food to boot. No main stages, just a beautiful arrangement of stretch marquees, so you can be in amongst it, or sitting on the grass supping something cold. From watching
cabaret to hearing some spoken word or creating crafts in a workshop,there’s something for everyone. And just when you’re in need of pampering, head over to the healing field for some realignment, refreshment and revitalising: hot tubs, saunas and massages await.
A family affair
Part of what makes Shindig special is that it’s the ideal weekend for party people with little ones. The Kid’s Kingdom is the family-‐friendly area for babies, children and parents to hang out and play. Think circus skills, climbing walls, space hoppers and sandpits. Older kids can get involved in the hugely popular Graffiti Wall and attend DJ, MCing and Breakdance workshops. This year, the breakdancing workshop is being lead by Dance-‐Off Champion: Morton Mitchard.
Best value tickets
And the best bit: this isn’t going to cost you a fortune. Adult tickets are now £115 and children under 12 go free, teen (13-‐17) tickets are £50, and family (2+2) are £250.
You can pay for your ticket in instalments too – which works out at cheaper than the cost of a round of drinks each month. All can be bought from: www.shindigfestival.co.uk
Over the Rainbow
This year’s theme is “Over the Rainbow” – so manifest those dreams you
dreamed when you were “way up high” and adorn yourself with the “colours of the rainbow so pretty in the sky.” This is going to bright and so beautiful.
Now in its fifth year, Shindig is going from strength to strength. It’s brought to you by the Ghetto Funk team – who, as well as being a multi-‐award winning record label, are famous for throwing legendary parties in their festival venue: the Ghetto Funk Nightclub. Familiar to many a festivalgoer, the Ghetto Funk Nightclub has been part of Shambala and Glastonbury. Shindig Festival is the now its official home and only festival.
It started out as being a party for the friends of the Ghetto Funk record label, and their friends of friends – which is how it’s grown. The festival creators wanted to take all of the parts that they loved about other festivals and mix them together to create something intimate, unique and truly special. This means that there are no VIP areas -‐ no one is a stranger, just fellow funk hunters and supporters.
Will Lardner, festival co-‐founder says: “This year we are so excited about our line up. We can’t wait to welcome them all to our corner of Somerset – especially Soul II Soul because they embody the spirit of Shindig -‐ filling dancefloors with good vibes and music!
“We want everyone to have the same wonderful experience. You can be shoulder to shoulder at the bar with an old friend or a headline act and you’ll see smiles stretching from the stage to the door, all feeling that same groove that makes Shindig truly unique. “