News Tuesday: 15th May 2012

Jersey Live Lines Up!

Noel Gallagher at Jersey Live 2012The Jersey Live Music Festival with JT, now in its ninth year, has recently announced a formidable collection of acts for this September’s festivities.

Legendary British musician Noel Gallagher will be headlining the Main Stage on Sunday 2nd September, as his solo project ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ lands on our shores. Having built his reputation with one of the most popular British bands in history, Noel Gallagher is now focusing on his solo work, including the hit single ‘AKA What a Life’ and achieving number one with his first solo album. Oasis fans should also be in for a treat, as Gallagher frequently plays his old band’s classics during his solo shows.

On Saturday 1st September, festival-goers will bear witness to an epic set of drum n’ bass, dance, rock and breakbeat from Chase & Status, previously having played in Jersey during the 2010 festival.

The initial festival line up also includes a great selection of acts from the last 30 years, including British legends Primal Scream and punk innovators The Stranglers. Known for their diverse writing and wide-ranging musical taste, Primal Scream will be sure to play classics from albums such as Screamadelica, XTRMNTR and Riot City Blues, whilst The Stranglers will bring a dose of late 70s and early 80s British punk to the party, hopefully showing off favourites such as ‘Golden Brown’, ‘No More Heroes’ and ‘Peaches’.

Fans of British rap will be spoiled for choice, as Professor Green, Maverick Sabre and Devlin also perform on Saturday’s main stage.

“What a pair of headliners! There’s not an awful lot I can add about Noel that people don’t already know; he’s a certified godlike genius, and he’ll be playing a whole load of new music and classic Oasis songs; it’s going to be very, very special! Chase & Status were just amazing here back in 2010 and they’ve gone on to become even bigger and better. We’ve got a history of having big dance acts occupying the Saturday night headline slot on the Main Stage including Basement Jaxx and Groove Armada in previous years, and C&S are the perfect fit.”

– Festival organiser Warren Le Sueur


Diamond Jubilee Concert & Food Fair

Diamond Jubilee In JerseyIslanders and visitors will be able to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with a fantastic outdoor food fair on St. Helier’s waterfront, taking place on Monday 4th June.

The festivities kick off at 4.30pm, with al fresco food and crafts stalls open throughout the evening. Jersey’s Jubilee Concert, taking place at Fort Regent, will also be screened at the Food Fair, giving everyone an opportunity to enjoy the patriotic spirit of the this year’s celebrations. The concert will feature music by military bands, orchestral bands and choirs.

The evening will finish with a bang – well, a few bangs – as Jersey joins in the rest of the British Isles and Crown Dependencies in lighting a jubilee beacon, firing a 21 gun salute and launching a spectacular fireworks display from Elizabeth Castle.

Folklore Festival Attracts the Stars

Van Morrison at the Jersey Folklore FestivalJersey Live’s sister festival, the Folklore Festival, has announced new acts and headliners for the weekend of 30th June and 1st July.

Legendary songwriter Van Morrison will be joined by fellow headliner Ray Davies, frontman of the seminal British band The Kinks. Responsible for some of the great 60s and 70s British classics, including ‘You Really Got Me’, ‘Waterloo Sunset’ and ‘Lola’, The Kinks were one of the most innovative and influential bands of the 20th century.

Bringing the sun to Sunday afternoon at Folklore will be Finley Quaye, the Scottish songwriter who scored a massive hit with the 1997 album Maverick a Strike, featuring hits such as ‘Sunday Shining’ and ‘Even After All’. The relaxed folk vibe will also be heightened by Badly Drawn Boy, bringing his brand of contemporary pop-folk to Jersey, and local musician Lloyd Yates, whose popular style of island-inspired music has gained him a loyal following in the Channel Islands.

Also included in the stellar line up are reggae legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Grammy-award nominee Joan Armatrading, psychedelic folk musician Rodriguez, French bossa nova band Nouvelle Vague and cult hero poet John Cooper Clarke.

“The Folklore line up is almost complete, and as well as being delighted with our headliners Van Morrison and Ray Davies, who are bound to play sets packed full of hits, I’m really pleased with the eclecticism of the music on offer so far. There’s something of a folk theme running through the line up of course, but with each artist bringing their own element to it, from reggae to rock n’ roll, bossa nova to indie, it’s looking like a bill that can certainly reach out to a wide range of music fans.”

– Festival organiser Warren Holt

Taking place in People’s Park, St. Helier, Folklore promises to be a great addition to the Channel Islands music calendar, and has taken Jersey Live’s title of most southerly music festival in the British Isles…by only three miles! The festival promises a unique and friendly atmosphere, with only 5,000 tickets available on each day.


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