September ’19

Woodbridge Festival of Art and Music – 

Saturday 31st August 2019 – Elmhurst Park, Woodbridge



15 Acts announced for new micro festival in Suffolk

Including First Line Up: Justin Robertson, Bessie turner, Si Begg, DJ Ben Osborne, Dudley Benson (NZ), North Atlas, Exterior, Richard Haugh, Peter Hepworth, Laura Wyatt, DJ Bobby Glo, Auntie L, Smoothgroove, D Hustle, Howard Munk’s Folk Idol & more.


DJ Justin Robertson, singer Bessie turner, pioneering producer Si Begg, music and art pioneer DJ Ben Osborne (Noise of Art), BBC Introducing’s Richard Haugh, singers Peter Hepworth and Laura Wyatt and award winning acts from New Zealand and Scotland, will be amongst the performers at a new arts festival in Woodbridge, Suffolk.


A veteran of the revered Hacienda club, Justin Robertson is credited with being the DJ that converted The Chemical Brothers to dance music. Often and deservedly described as a legend, he was the only DJ invited to play alongside the Chemicals when they played a much-hyped reunion party at The Social, their first regular club, earlier this year in London. Robertson’s production and remix credits also includes work with Noel Gallagher, Fatboy Slim and Bjork.


Joining him in the park is rising local star Bessie Turner, who was raised just outside Woodbridge, and released her debut single, Big Sleep, in 2017. The song got picked up by BBC Introducing in Suffolk, Huw Stepehens BBC Radio 1 show and Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 Music Mixtape. Since then Bessie’s been invited to play Latitude, Reading and Leeds and further singles have all been given airplay on BBC Radio 1,  BBC2 and BBC6 Music. She has also just been invited to support Ed Sheeran at Chantry Park, the week before Woodbridge Festival.


Renowned London DJ/ producer Si Begg will be making a rare appearance. He rose to fame alongside revered UK dance music pioneers Aphex Twin and Luke Vibert and is credited with being an influence on many genres, including UK garage, techno, dubstep and grime – as well as wonky disco under his SI Futures moniker.


Award winning New Zealand alt-pop singer Dudley Benson is a rare independent artist who seamlessly blends elements of pop, choral, classical and electronic music. Achieving global cult status, Benson has duetted with Vashti Bunyan, been remixed by Matmos, Casiotone For The Painfully Alone and Barbara Morgenstern, and recorded albums in both English and te reo Māori (the Māori language).


Also performing will be DJ Ben Osborne, founder of pioneering music and art organisation Noise Of Art. Described at a polymath by Time Out, his work has extended across music, art and film boundaries. Other 2019 festival appearances include Glastonbury, Chateau Perché (France), First Light, Cross (Prague) and Little Chill (a one-off from Big Chill Festival’s founder).  Amongst many unusual venues he’s played, he DJed on top of an exploding BT Tower for the London Olympics.


There is a focus on Scotland in this year’s festival with appearances by Glasgow’s North Atlas who have supported bands such as Feeder and Reverend And The Makers, and Edinburgh-based analogue electronic act Exterior – who counts French techno wizard Laurent Garnier amongst his fanbase.


BBC Radio Introducing Suffolk’s long serving host Richard Haugh will be also be appearing as well as popular local singer songwriters Peter Hepworth and Laura Wyatt. More local and national acts include afro house DJ Bobby Glo, techno and rare groove DJ Smoothgroove, Soho’s long lost funk and soul sister Auntie L and breaks spinner DJ Hustle.


Local songwriters and performers will also be invited to apply to take part in Folk Idol. A favourite at festivals such as Bestival, Folk Idol is a cheeky, but serious, contest for folk (and other genre) acts. Compered by music industry veteran Howard Monk, it usually sees the whole audience twirling their beards (facial hair is supplied by the contest for the clean shaven).


The festival has a strong community element with ecological and educational themes.


Planet Voices, a contemporary choir from Woodbridge’s Planet Music, will have up to 40 singers on stage from their adult and junior choirs. There will be a literary zone featuring local writers, activities for adults and children in the Eco Zone, a Forest School sponsored by Woodbridge Glamping and Kids’ Yoga from Happy Yellow Creative Club. Other sponsors include New Street Market, Adnams, The Table restaurant, Anchor pub, Tea Hut and Red Lion.


There will be bars and a Food Zone showcasing the areas excellent local food providers. Woodbridge Festival of Art and Music aims to use sustainable suppliers and avoid the use of plastic.


Festival co-organiser Richard Litchfield says: “We’d like this to be the first of many community driven events that make use of local talent and resources and at the same time bring renowned acts and artists to the area.”


Ben Osborne, DJ and festival curator says: “The festival is bringing internationally recognised acts into Woodbridge to perform alongside regional talent.  We will also showcase unusual artists, such as Dudley Benson, who addresses identity and sexuality and sings in te reo Māori (Maori). Each year we’ll also focus on acts from a different nearby country – this year with North Atlas and Exterior from Scotland.”


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