Rockaway Beach: Johnny Marr, Public Service Broadcasting, Echo & The Bunnymen to headline new indoor music festival 9 – 12 October 2015
By Guy Sangster Adams
With a name inspired by The Ramones’ 1977 single, Rockaway Beach is a new indoor music festival, “the inspiration for which,” says festival organiser, Ian Crowther (from The Way of Music), “comes from the pure excitement of hearing great music for the first time”. His criterion for the line-up is that it should “bring together a selection of the best emerging, breakthrough talent, and established alternative artists”.
To this end the acts already confirmed include Johnny Marr, Spiritualized, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Monochrome Set, and The Fall. Alongside, Public Service Broadcasting, whose live AV Transmissions weave old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material around live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics, Ghost Poet, the 2011 Mercury Music Prize nominee, who mixes spoken-word, electronica, and alt-rock, plus a live electronica set from acclaimed DJ and producer, James Holden.
Also, the hotly-tipped, Lola Cult, “brooding psychedelic rock” – The Independent, “all motorcycle thrills and fuzzed up guitar lines” – Clash Magazine, Skinny Girl Diet, “putting the grrr into riot girl” – i-D, “evil twin sisters of the Shangri-La’s” – God Is In The TV Zine, and FURS the London-based four piece who play stateside influenced psychedelic pop with a distinct UK sound and are due to release their debut album in 2015.
Rockaway Beach, which is presented by The Way of Music, an independent music promotions company, in partnership with Butlin’s Live Music Weekends, takes place at Butlin’s Bogner Regis, on England’s south coast, from 9th – 12th October 2015. The Butlin’s resort has a residential capacity of 5000 and so Rockaway Beach will be, as Ian Crowther says, “an intimate festival, allowing audience and artist to get close and share their love of music”. Tickets for the festival include accommodation and access to all the live music venues. Early bird tickets are available now for a limited period from £85.
From the Plectrum-The Cultural Pick archives. Read a live review of Echo & The Bunnymen here: http://theculturalpick.com/wordpress/webzine/thebunnymen/
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