This Is The Kit, Melt Yourself Down, BC Camplight and Dele Sosimi feature amid wealth of live acts, with Greg Wilson, Dj Yoda, Actress, Max Graef, Session Victim (live) and GUTS among the many confirmed DJs and electronic acts.
Tom Jenkinson, or Squarepusher as he’s better known, has been shifting musical frontiers for well over a decade and a half and is, simply, a musical vanguard. Farmfest welcomes his latest project, Shobaleader One, to the main stage for a phenomenal full band portrayal of Squarepusher classics from new album Elektrac (WARP Records). With a mesmerising light show adding to what promises to be an otherworldly experience of playfully warped electronic melodies and funky bass lines.
Bringing the pace down a notch 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.
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Following selection for Guy Garvey’s 6 Music album of the year, This is the Kit bring their distinctive brand of folk to our 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.
Meanwhile, Tony Allen’s former band mate Dele Sosimi and his full Afrobeat Orchestra are preparing a mammoth two-hour set for Saturday’s Main Stage.
Among those hopping into our combine harvester DJ booth this year is electro funk pioneer Greg Wilson; one of the best re-mixers 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, a.k.a Actress, playing a DJ set for us after the release of hi snew album this April. He’s joined by label-mate 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.
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