We promised our next announcement would be a big one, and today we’re totally thrilled to introduce you not only to a new wave of artists, but also to our 2018 guest curator.
The inimitable Merrill Garbus from Tune-Yards will be guest-curating some of her favourite artists for our historic 27th year, and we’ll be putting brilliant female artists at the forefront of all three stages. Our 100% female-fronted Main Stage Saturday is now complete, with electric afro-funk pioneers Ibibio Sound Machine joining previously announced headliners First Aid Kit. Elsewhere, Miss Eaves will be spreading body positivity with her in-your-face Brooklyn rap, and multi-talented singer, songwriter and poet Akua Naru complete’s Merrill’s eclectic line-up.
We’ve also added more incredible names across the festival including Public Service Broadcasting, who blend a unique mix of archive footage, electronica and banjo to educate, entertain and inform. New Zealand native Fazerdaze will bring her celebrated bedroom-pop ahead of releasing her debut record Morningside. And Nick Mulvey will be treating us to his striking and individual sound, channelling great musicians including Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, and Tom Waits.
Dorset-raised singer-songwriter Roo Panes joins us after racking up over 35 million plays on Spotify since releasing his 2014 debut, ‘Little Giant’, and Saturday night also now includes experimental pop duo Let’s Eat Grandma and Holland-born singer songwriter Naaz.
Also joining the diverse programme is Noongar musician, Gina Williams, whose music is informed by an ancient Indigenous culture and merges evocative sounds, natural acoustic instruments and powerful storytelling. Plus, Larmer Tree will welcome Songhoy Blues for an energetic live show jam-packed with their own brand of blistering, compelling West African rock.
Further new additions include Goat Girl, Songhoy Blues, The Barr Brothers, Barbarossa, IDER, The Wandering Hearts, Hudson Taylor, Steve Knightley, Ryley Walker, Amythyst Kiah and Hlemma.
Speaking about the role of Guest Curator at Larmer Tree Festival, Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards said: “It’s a great privilege to be involved in the curation of Larmer Tree’s programming this year. I was happy to include women artists, all of whom I know from past projects and admire for their unique and brilliant voices, laser-focused on a future that is seldom represented in festival programming. I hope audiences will enjoy these artists as much as I do.”
Creative Director Sarah Dennehy adds: “It is super lovely to work with Merrill on Larmer Tree Festival and was a privilege to meet with her in November to discuss the festival and the directions of this year’s programme. She is an inspiring woman.”
And don’t forget there’s still more to come! With further names across music, theatre and comedy all on their way to you in April.
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