Although ticket sales have now stopped via our online portal. OneFest tickets will still be available on the gate during the festival See you on Saturday!
Damon Albarn has announced this morning that he will release a studio album of songs from his Dr. Dee opera, which he recorded late last year in London with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. The album is titled 'Dr. Dee' and is released on May 7th, comprising of 18 tracks, which Albarn has described as "strange pastoral folk". Damon headlines OneFest playing songs from Dr.Dee, before he takes the production to the English National Opera, London in June. For more information on the Dr. Dee production, visit the ENO website. Check out the video below of Damon recording with the Philharmonic Orchestra! Here's the tracklisting for 'Dr. Dee' - 'The Golden Dawn' 'Apple Carts' 'Oh Spirit Animate Us' 'The Moon Exalted' 'A Man of England' 'Saturn' 'Coronation' 'The Marvelous Dream' 'A Prayer' 'Edward Kelley' 'Preparation' '9 Point Star' 'Temptation Comes In The Afternoon' 'Watching the Fire That Waltzed Away' 'Moon (Interlude)' 'Cathedrals' 'Tree Of Life' 'The Dancing King'
Now we're officially counting down the days to the big event, and it seems that we're not the only ones! Headliner Damon Albarn has spoken of his excitement at playing his magical new songs:
"I’m really looking forward to the festival; Wiltshire in Spring feels like a perfect setting for Dr Dee songs. Some of my favourite musicians are playing with me, it will be special."
Albarn will perform songs and music from Dr. Dee - created by Albarn and Rufus Norris - at OneFest on April 14th. He will be joined onstage by a cast of musicians and singers from the original production including Madou Diabate.
Jodie Marie is the final act to be announced for this year's OneFest! That completes the line-up to this year's festival which also includes rising ‘Indie Folk’ band of the moment, Dry the River, India’s leading alternative folk act Raghu Dixit, rising young female singer-songwriters Rae Morris, and Michele Stodart (of The Magic Numbers and her band) as well as Nick Harper (son of the legendary Roy). Now we're officially counting down the days to the big event, and it seems that we're not the only ones! Headliner Damon Albarn has spoken of his excitement at playing his magical new songs: "I’m really looking forward to the festival; Wiltshire in Spring feels like a perfect setting for Dr Dee songs. Some of my favourite musicians are playing with me, it will be special." The full line-up of this year's OneFest is: Damon Albarn’s Dr. Dee Dry the River Raghu Dixit Jodie Marie Rae Morris Michele Stodart (The Magic Numbers) Nick Harper Kidnap Alice Maria Byrne & The Broken String The Gallant Tailors A Genuine Freakshow Cut A Shine Crash and the Bandicoots Young Blood Anchor and the Wolf
OneFest are delighted to now be able to offer a FREE shuttle bus service from Swindon Bus and Train Station. Please follow the link below for timetables and info. http://www.festivalcoaches.co.uk/festival_details.asp?FestivalID=129
Dry The River's stunning debut album 'Shallow Bed' is out on 5th March. The Telegraph's Neil McCormick calls it "music with ambition, spirit, taste, depth and bold conviction that repays repeated listening" - check out the full review here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandpopreviews/9111777/Dry-the-River-Shallow-Bed-review.html The band have also posted a very creative YouTube video as a taster of the album: The extended version of the album features 6 extra tracks as well as two very special live videos of the band performing 'Weights & Measures' and 'No Rest'. Pre-order digitally from http://smarturl.it/drytheriver Pre-order also from the following: Amazon: http://amzn.to/y5vh5J HMV: http://bit.ly/ACBwiy Play: http://bit.ly/AFntWS
Michele Stodart has temporarily hung up her bass and recorded her debut solo album, ‘Wide-Eyed Crossing’, out April 2nd on Keepsake Records. Alongside touring the world, releasing albums with The Magic Numbers and becoming a mother, she’s stolen every chance she could to take her songs into the studio. Written and produced by Michele, with a helping hand from engineer Phil Brown (Talk Talk, Beth Gibbons, Joni Mitchell), ‘Wide-Eyed Crossing’ dishes up a veritable banquet of delicacies on a debut that owes as much to the strum of the acoustic guitar as it does to the richness of the jazz vocal, noted particularly on track 'O Heart of Mine'. Ten songs of full-bodied country and blues, all wrapped up in a gingham Americana bow, opener ‘Here's To Somehow’, is a rosy-cheeked country romp through banjo and slide guitar and first single ‘Foolish Love’, released March 26th, has already captured the hearts of live audiences with its energy and grit. It portrays the darker side of Michele’s lyrical repertoire; “I hope you feel this same pain one day soon,” she curses. Other highlights include ‘List of Don'ts’ – a soporific keyboard lullaby, childlike in its simplicity, which sounds off with a sleep-inducing brass section – and ‘Invitation to the Blues’; a sturdy emotive flutter transformed into a purring male-female duet when guest vocalist Conor O’Brien (Villagers) steps up to the mic. Multi-instrumentalist Michele plays guitars, double bass, drums, ('O Heart of Mine'), banjo, xylophones and percussion on the record but last year assembled a touring band and has so far performed with Cate Le Bon, Beth Orton, Heavenly’s Pete Greenwood and Villagers. She completed a three-night, sold-out residency at the Betsey Trotwood and is set to play many festivals and gigs this year, building up relationships new and old with her audiences. Watch this space for a forthcoming London residency. This is not just a fling, this is forever. http://www.michelestodart.com/
A Genuine Freakshow are an artful blend of pop sensibility, icy soundscapes and blistering walls of noise. Their sound, while impressively focused, covers a range of musical staples, with the group letting influences from Mew to Sigur Ros and The National surface throughout. Their songs capture quirky, catchy pop akin to Pulp in their pomp and grandeur – and even geeky charm. This ability to combine the poppier elements of indie rock whilst maintaining an intricate, delicate soul is what they do best. With a line-up that adds violin, cello and trumpet to the standard rock four-piece of guitar, bass, drums and vocals, their live shows are a master class in how to do epic without slipping into pompous. There’s no real way to tell when A Genuine Freakshow came into existence, as the group are fairly unsure themselves. It has been agreed, for the time being, that the official Reading based seven-piece line up was born in 2008. After finding their equilibrium with a handful of self-released singles, the group settled into a touring schedule that saw them play over a hundred live festival, showcase, and headline tour shows from 2009 onwards, recently culminating in a televised performance of their set from the Reading Festival in late summer 2011. With early support from BBC radio’s Tom Robinson and Steve Lamacq helping them on their way, the journey of this firmly bonded septet has taken place through the old-fashioned world of word-of-mouth and touring. In 2010 they headed into the studio to record their debut album, Oftentimes, which was released via the band’s own Peartree Records, all members making a firm decision to take control over their musical destinies.
Rae Morris is an 18 year old singer-songwriter from Blackpool. Learning piano at an early age and forever underestimating her ability, Rae recently found a voice she didn’t know she had. Make your own comparisons, but be sure to notice a girl of maturity beyond her years. Cleverly matching her inimitable voice to songs of new experiences, those defining challenges like love and not always being able to have the answers, Rae is the epitome of raw and claims nothing else
Gaz Brookfield is a solo acoustic artist based in Bristol. Since embarking on his solo career in 2006 he has been fortunate enough to have played with artists such as Newton Faulkner, Frank Turner, Nik Kershaw, Nigel Clark (Dodgy), Mark Morris (Bluetones),Pete Doherty, Ben Marwood, Jim Lockey, Jake Morley, Dave McPherson (InMe) and many more. His songs are instantly accessible, everyman tales of life, love and everything else in between. Played in a folk-ish style with occaisional use of the guitar as a percussive tool, as well as some two handed venturing around the fretboard, Gaz's simple yet poignant songwriting captures the imagination of the listener. In 2010 Gaz won Acoustic Magazine's Beautiful Days Singer Songwriter competition, earning him, amongst other prizes, a slot on the Big Top stage at the Beautiful Days Festival. On 21st December 2011 he became the first unsigned solo act ever to sell out The Fleece, Bristol. With over 600 gigs under his belt to date, he continues to tireless tour the UK, proving that the "journeyman" title is more than just a simple metaphor. His debut album, Trial and Error is available on Itunes. Or you can pick up a copy at one the many gigs/festival appearances in this years tour. A live album (Live From The West End Of The M4 Corridor) is also available. "Great songs and solid playing...A highly promising album from a talent to wactch". Acoustic Magazine. "Kinda like Frank Turner via Newton Faulkner". Bugbear Promotions, London. "There's a certain charming Billy Bragg-esque’ quality to these everyman tales...gem of an EP!" 8/10, Greg Thomas, Rock City. "You gotta love Gaz...the boy will go far!" (3 out of 5 stars) Venue Magazine. "...really has a great way with telling a story". (4 out of 5 stars). Rhythm Magazine. "Gaz has an honesty and charm about his performance which is seldom seen amongst his contemporaries". Will Walder, BBC Wilts Introducing. "You really should do yourself the favour of checking out Gaz's music". Dave Franklin, Swindon Advertiser. "One of the most passionate singer/songwriters I've ever seen". Blues Matters magazine.