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Bombay to JerseyLive

JerseyLive will be welcoming London-based four-piece Bombay Bicycle Club to the festival for the first time, with the indie-rock outfit’s first number one in the UK album charts earlier this year (their fourth album So Long, See You Tomorrow) elevating them to the upper reaches of the British music royalty. Since first emerging on the UK music scene in 2006, the band have gone from strength to strength, with headline tours worldwide, an Ivor Novello nomination (for Best Album in 2011 for Flaws) and the Best New Band prize at the 2010 NME Awards. Their blend of electronic, folk and rock influences combines with an uncanny ear for a melody, resulting in numerous indie anthem, from ‘Always Like This’, ‘Lights Out, Words Gone’ and ‘Feel’ being just a few of them.

There’s not long to go until the biggest weekend of the year in the Channel Islands for live music fans, and I’m over the moon to have added Bombay Bicycle Club to the lineup. We’ve been trying to get them to the festival for a couple of years now so it’s great to have them coming over to the island at last! A previous Grassroots Festival headliner, Newton Faulkner is another great addition – he’s a fantastic songwriter, guitarist and live performer, as I’m sure his many Jersey-based fans will agree. Co-organiser Warren Holt


Also performing on the Main Stage over the weekend is acclaimed guitarist and folk singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner . With four Top 10 charting albums to his name, including his 2007 debut Hand Built By Robots and 2012’s Write It On Your Skin, Faulkner’s heartfelt lyricism and idiosyncratic playing style have made him a huge star. Having performed at countless festivals worldwide, including Glastonbury, Lollapalooza and Isle of Wight Festival to name just a few, he certainly knows how to make the big stage his own, and with songs like ‘Dream Catch Me’ and ‘Teardrop’ awaiting our festival audience, this set has all the ingredients of a Jersey Live classic.

Jersey Live will also welcome legendary broadcaster, reggae DJ and Member of the British Empire, David Rodigan MBE. Having started out his reggae broadcasting career in 1978 on BBC Radio London, Rodigan has over 30 years as top dog in the bass-heavy atmosphere of Britain’s reggae dance halls, accruing an encyclopedic knowledge of Jamaican music along the way. His credibility was ensured when he began clashing with Jamaica’s champion DJ, Barry G on JBC Radio in Jamaica before going on to clash with all the top Jamaican sound systems in the West Indies, the USA and England, and in 2012 he won the ultimate clash victory when he took the Champion Trophy at World Clash Reset in New York. With a regular show on BBC 1Xtra and as a staple of the festival circuit, some might say that at the age of 63, he’s at the height of his powers. We’re stoked to have Dave Rodigan MBE, quite possibly the craziest dj on the planet, headline both the Hospitality and Par 4 Stages over the weekend.

The excitement for this years’ Jersey Live continues to build, especially with the exciting announcement of Bombay Bicycle Club and Newton Faulkner being added to the world-class lineup for the main stage. This is our 9th year as headline sponsor and we look forward to showcasing our new and exciting on site developments for this year’s festival, especially the brand new JT Beanshoots Stage which will host a diverse pick of local and international bands and artists. We’re also pleased to announce that JT’s FREE ticket promotions will start in July with our best ever packages of FREE tickets and exclusive JT VIP access on offer. Tamara O’Brien, Head of Marketing, Brand and Distribution for JT, Headline Sponsor.

New family friendly additions to the Par 4 Field:
Jersey Live Festival this year has an expanded Par 4 Field, with live shows, interactive installations and games galore for kids during the day, and more grown up entertainment after dark, with bands like festival stalwarts Dreadzone already confirmed. We’re pleased to announce a number of new additions to the area: Kids will hear storytelling from The Roald Dahl Museum with interactive performances of his famous ‘Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts’, as well as being entertained by magician, musician and comedian Fred’s Flying Circus – whose varied audiences have ranged from Madonna to Prince Phillips! We’ve also added some unusual décor to the area, not least a 30-foot long whale, inside which is a museum of deep sea wonders!

Last, but by no means least, they’ll be welcoming back to Jersey Live global beatboxing star Shlomo who returns with his Beatboxing Adventure for Kids show after debuting here last year on the Dance Stage. Widely acknowledged as one of the most adventurous performing artists around, he’s collaborated with artists as diverse as Jarvis Cocker, Bjork, Ed Sheeran and DJ Yoda, appeared at Edinburgh Fringe with his one-man theatrical show ‘Mouthtronica’ and held the position of Director of the world’s first beatboxing choir. The grownups love him and we’re  sure the kids will too.

JerseyLive will take place on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August, subject to the organisers gaining the Bailiff’s permission. Tickets are on sale now from www.jerseylive.org.uk/tickets

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