Vanilla Skies: more acts for Summer Sundae
Seasick Steve, Junip, Caribou, Steve Mason, Roots Manuva, Skepta, The Crookes, Fool’s Gold, Stornoway, Summer Camp, Harper Simon, Kid Adrift, The Besnard Lakes, Ellen & The Escapades, Gaggle, Dog Is Dead, Black Carrot, The Souvenirs, Charlie & The Martyrs ...
It will be the tenth Summer Sundae Weekender this year and in celebration of one of the UK’s best loved festivals’ anniversary, we are excited to announce further additions to the line-up, perhaps making it the most eclectic yet. Not only that, the festival goes beside the seaside, with a traditional British seaside theme, despite Leicester being deep inland. Summer Sundae Weekender, is also delighted to announce that day tickets go on sale from 1st May.
The first new addition we’d like to introduce is Friday’s headliner, a Summer Sundae veteran, Seasick Steve, the rambunctious self-described bluesman who chronicles a past spent on the streets and who has received worldwide accolades. He performs using a variety of ramshackle and dilapidated instruments and you’d search long and hard to find a showman more unique and captivating, so much so that last time he played he performed twice in the same day! Summer Sundae Weekender is also excited to announce a UK festival exclusive; Junip, the band acclaimed singer-songwriter José Gonzalés formed in the late 90’s, will be showcasing their brand new material. It is the first time the members have solely focused on this endeavour and should prove a highlight of the festival. Also returning, though in a solo capacity this time, is former Beta Band front-man Steve Mason. He has performed using many monikers yet under his own name Mason has perhaps delivered his best material, working with Richard X on ‘Boy’s Own’, released this month, an album which merges multiple genres and styles to typically thrilling effect. Caribou have already released one of the tracks of the year with ‘Odessa’ and the new album has reaffirmed that they are one of the most exciting acts around, the vibrant melding of electronic, acoustic and psycheldic pop should prove unmissable.
As if to emphasise the eclectic nature of Summer Sundae’s line-up, there are a string of dance acts we are excited to announce. The first of these is Friday’s indoor headliner Roots Manuva, who has been described as “the voice of urban Britain” for his amalgamation of dub, hip-hop, grime and dancehall to name just a handful of genres, always to dizzying effect. His sunny, reggae-kissed anthems will prove the perfect soundtrack for the beach location. Skepta has asserted himself as a leading figure and connoisseur of grime for several years, having played sets around the world, so we are elated to confirm his appearance at Summer Sundae. LA’s Fool’s Gold are another band who have been hotly tipped this year and rightly so, their joyous blend of afro-pop should accompany every summer.
To follow in the footsteps of your father, legendary Paul Simon, and forge a career in music is a daunting and admirable feat, but that’s exactly what Harper Simon has done. His eponymous debut album has just been released, a breezy 30-minutes full to the brim with delightful, folk-hued melodies. Sublime and cinematic, The Besnard Lakes’ hazy, harmonised Americana is full of off kilter basslines and grandiose soundscapes and they make another fine addition to the lineup. Bringing the spirit of John Hughes to the stage, boy-girl duo Summer Camp, who have been heralded as one of the most exciting emerging bands of the year, make the kind of hazy, sepia toned dream pop that you can’t help but swoon to. Wistful waltzing is on the cards when Ellen and The Escapades take to the stage, endearing and evocative in equal measure.
Stornoway happens to be a burgh on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, a far cry from the Oxfordian modern skiffle of the band who share the same name. Wearing their arty hearts stitched on their sleeves, they make lovelorn folk tunes ideal to swoon to. With their new single ‘Zorbing’ creating waves on Radio 1, by the time August arrives they will no doubt be engrained in the hearts of the whole country. The Crookes aren’t the thieving scallywags you might presume; hailing from Sheffield they’re a band with a love of 60’s pop and ragtime indie, blended together to create a blissful concoction. who have been heralded as one of the most exciting emerging bands of the year, make the kind of hazy, sepia toned dream pop that you can’t help but succumb to. Hailing from Scotland, Kid Adrift has a penchant for combining bizarre samples with bass heavy dubstep and melody; weird and wonderful to say the least. Possibly one of the largest collectives ever to appear on the Summer Sundae Weekender stage is 22 strong riot grrrrl choir Gaggle, who list Courtney Love among their rapidly expanding fanbase.
Summer Sundae has always presented the best up and coming bands from the region and this year is no different with Dog Is Dead, Black Carrot, The Souvenirs and Charlie & The Martyrs also taking to the stage. Handpicked by festival organizers in collaboration with Dean Jackson, an acclaimed Nottingham DJ who hosts ‘The Beat’, these bands have been marked for greatest and are on the cusp of success. No doubt they will placed further up future festival lineups but this is an amazing opportunity to catch some exciting new talent.
Day tickets go on sale on the 1st of May and to herald the decade long landmark festival, we’re taking the Summer Sundae beside the seaside, ready for the basking, adorned with deckchairs and a real beach full of glorious, golden sand. Relive all your favourite childhood beach holidays rolled into one, with Punch and Judy shows, knobbly knee competitions, giant games, seaside entertainers, knitting, face painting and seaside-themed crafts. Continuing the seaside theme Summer Sundae will also be curating a stage at The Great Escape on the 13th May @ Brighton’s Terrace.
Top book tickets go to Summersundae.com
Full Weekend Adult – £105.00
Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 children) – £275
Full weekend Disabled 241 - £52.50
Adult Day Tickets – Fri £40, Sat £45, Sun £45
Child (5 -15) Day Tickets – Fri £12, Sat £15, Sun £15
THE LINE UP SO FAR
SEASICK STEVE / TINCHY STRYDER / THE GO! TEAM / MUMFORD & SONS / THE FALL / THE FUTUREHEADS / ROOTS MANUVA / LOCAL NATIVES / JUNIP /THE LOW ANTHEM / CARIBOU / LAURA VEIRS / THE SUNSHINE UNDERGROUND / THE WHIP / FRIGHTENED RABBIT /LOS CAMPESINOS! / SLOW CLUB / STORNOWAY / TURIN BRAKES / TUNNG / THE WOODENTOPS / JASON & THE SCORCHERS / LOU RHODES / FIONN REGAN / THE BESNARD LAKES / THE LEISURE SOCIETY / FANFARLO / STEVE MASON / THE INVISIBLE / LIAM FROST / GOLDHEART ASSEMBLY / ERRORS / DAVID FORD / JOHNNY FLYNN & THE SUSSEX WIT / ELIZA DOOLITTLE / SKEPTA / THE WAVE PICTURES / SUMMER CAMP / FOOLS GOLD / FRANKIE & THE HEARTSTRINGS / LISSIE / ERLAND & THE CARNIVAL / PEGGY SUE / KID ADRIFT / HARPER SIMON / A GENUINE FREAKSHOW / THE CROOKES / THE MEGAPHONIC THRIFT / ISBELLS /MEGAFAUN / DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD / GAGGLE / JOHN BUTLER / TIFFANY PAGE / LIAM BAILEY / MATTHEW P / EL PUSSYCAT / THE GUTLAXTONES / POKEY LEFARGE & THE SOUTH CITY THREE / SWIMMING / AUTOHYPE / RUGOSA NEVADA / THESE FURROWS / DOG IS DEAD / BLACK CARROT / THE SOUVENIRS / CHARLIE & THE MARTYRS / ALEX HIGHTON / KRISTY ALMEIDA / KRYSTYNA MILES and more to be announced