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Return of the Rural - Free Event

Return of the Rural - a FREE two day outdoor event

Return of the Rural adopts a pastoral approach to two days of live music, djs, and other pastimes at a FREE outdoor two day event next to the Griffin Pub (93 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RD Old Street) on Saturday July 31st and Sunday August 1st.

Clinic play for the first time sublime new album Winchester Cathedral (out on August 23rd on Domino) with a live set of distinct mutant-pop comprising the strangely familiar and the sweetly unsettling as they mix pastoral fuzzed out guitars, haunting marimba and harmonium with a tear away owl on vocals...

Championed by the likes of Radiohead who invited them onto their “Kid A” tour, Clinic have been quick to attract fans worldwide. When second album “Walking With Thee” appeared in 2002, the United States sat up and took notice in a big way. They have since toured America six times, appeared on The David Letterman and were nominated for a Grammy in 2003 for the best Alternative Music Album.

Half Cousin drag down their bin-lids, shopping trolley and broomsticks alongside wheezing accordions, gently-picked guitars and lush vocals to conjure up a glorious but ramshackle set of dreamy pop folk music... in the vein of say Elliot Smith, The Beatles, and Arab Strap all at the same time...

Leaf Cutter John plays a live set of breathtakingly atmospheric, half-deconstructed semi-instrumentals mixing samples and exotic clutter, occasional bouts of half-whispered vocals against a backdrop of layer upon layer of guitar


EYOE djs and guests

Sunday 1st August


James Yorkston

Beth Orton (acoustic set)


The Zillions


Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet)

EYOE Djs plus guests

Plus haybales, a tombola, welly boot throwing, a Hog Roast and other pastimes

Next to the Griffin Pub, 93 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RD Old Street Tube. T. 0207 739 6719 in a covered marquee.

2pm - late

Pick up your FREE ticketat the Griffin Pub or email

The line up takes in the best of both established and up and coming live acts around today; musicians that tread the line between traditional songwriting and forward thinking experimentation with ease. In an atmosphere reminiscent of a 1940's village fayre, Return of the Rural offers london dwellers the chance to drink, dance and enjoy....

Saturday 31st July:

Sunday 1st August

English neo-folk songstress Beth Orton - a former actress who got her musical start recording with electronica icons William Orbit and the Chemical Brothers -possesses both a gorgeously melancholy, vaguely raspy tenor voice and a subtly allusive yet emotionally precise songwriting talent.

Today Beth Orton plays a special rare and intimate acoustic set of old material drawing upon classic album "Daybreaker" and new material that she is currently working on with production from Four Tet.

Fence collective member James Yorkston released the splendid album "Moving Up Country" with his band the Athletes to wide acclaim in 2002, since then he has been working on lush new material which we will hear tonight along with some classic folk songs. his music is gently influenced by early English folk music and native Celtic traditions, making him Scotlands answer to perhaps Nick Drake...

MCraft promotes new single 'Emily Snow' with a live set of breezy folky pop that delicately mixes bossanova's with a sparkling melody, a nifty beat with a hint of melancholy and a dash of madness.... inspired by neon-lit nights and talcum-powdered dancefloors, sunny bus rides and revelations under perfect, starry skies.

"MCraft's mimimalism leaves you wanting another dose..." Jockey Slut

"blissed-out acoustics, dusty country, wonky bossa beats and infusions of raggedy folk..." 7/10 NME

"Think Nick Drake meets Neil Young..." The Independent

The Zillions air new material from their debut mini album on 679 "Play Zig-Zag Zillionaire" - they make beautiful but thrashy white noise pop with catchy hooks and spacey melodies, think My Bloody Valentine meets the Byrds...

Hugely-acclaimed electronic artist Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet) take to the decks to play a unique and highly musical mix of everything good from Vashti Bunyan to Timbaland throwing in some of his own gems along the way.

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