Confimed line up so far....
Once the sun has set, Town of Cats, featuring ten superb multi-instrumentalists headed by spoken word artist, comedian and certified lunatic Joe Travis Dean, will set the woods alight with their relentlessly energetic and highly danceable tunes that draw on ska, gypsy, hip-hop and Latin grooves.
Internationally acclaimed and award-winning She'koyokh have a special place in our hearts as they are the band that Jim co-founded. They are now indisputably one of the best klezmer/gypsy bands in the UK (indeed, in the world, according to The Australian), and their music is exhilarating, soulful and life-affirming. You, and your feet, will fail not to be moved.
We're delighted to welcome back World Wide Welshman, AKA Liam Rickard to the woods to perform his beautifully sung multi-lingual folk-rock. He will take you on an exhilarating musical journey from Wales to China via the rest of the world. And last time, his band played beautiful sea shanties round the fire in the small hours, so we're hoping for that again!
One of the nation's best loved contemporary poets, Guillemot-loving and Luton bungalow-inhabiting John Hegley returns to the woods to perform his lyrically ingenious and very funny songs. At past festivals he's been a hit with adults and children alike, and his warmth and wit have always left us delighted.
Harry's Tricks are a swing jazz, or more accurately, a pre-1950s pop band. They’re quality, they're quirky, they're catchy, they cross over all age boundaries, and they're immensely good fun. They also have a special place in our hearts as they played at Jim's wedding back in September 2008, and we loved them there.
Rimski, a Jimfest stalwart, combines vaudeville, steampunk, clowning and, best of all, a combustible bicycle-piano, which he pedals jerkily around the site late at night, singing and occassionally setting fire to things, sometimes deliberately, sometimes accidently. We hope this year he'll be accompanied by the equally wonderful Handkerchief and her Bassicle
DJ Otter returns to spin his foot-tapping reggae sounds between bands, along with a pinch of soul, just a hint of bass & a sprinkle of old classics.
Warning - His vinyl records comes with a smile!
We welcome back the dearly-loved Wishworks with their unique brand of madcap puppetry. Whether you've seen them perform or not, they are firm favourites of ours, and an absolute must-see
More acts TBC soon!