Jersey Live Festival with JT returns this August for its 11th edition at the Royal Jersey Showground in Trinity, Jersey, headlined by Ben Howard and Ellie Goulding and featuring a raft of stars of indie and dance music including Klaxons, Duke Dumont, Lucy Rose and Mark Knight, and we’re pleased to announce the latest wave of acts to be added to the lineup.
We’re delighted to welcome 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 after winning a competition to perform the opening slot at V Festival 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.
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.
NEW 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, we’re very pleased to welcome back to Jersey Live global beatboxing star Schlomo who returns with his Beatboxing Adventure for Kids show after debuting here last 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, we’re sure the kids will too.
We’re also honoured to welcome to Jersey Live 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 delighted to have him playing on the Hospitality and Par 4 Stages over the weekend.
Aside from the music, the key ingredients that make Jersey Live so special are its unique setting – as the British Isles’ most southerly festival destination, Jersey enjoys more sunshine per annum than any other place in the UK, and Jersey Live’s delightfully quaint rural surroundings in the Parish of Trinity have to be seen to be believed – and its warm and welcoming crowd. Many a visitor has discovered the island through venturing to Jersey Live and made it a holiday destination of choice for years after; with miles and miles of stunning beaches, cliff top walks, unrivalled restaurants and vibrant St Helier nightlife, who can blame them?