Our headline act for Sunday night is the legendary Dele Sosimi. Having begun his career playing keyboard in the famous Egypt 80, Fela Kuti's legendary band, Dele brings a true taste of ‘The Shrine” to the "Rollright Stones". Fresh from musically directing the awe inspiring 'Fela' the musical in London’s West End, and performing at the ever present Afrobeat Vibration events in London's Empowering Church. We know that Nigerian Afrobeat is 'No Go Die'!
A fresh exciting future punk disco sound is beating from the heart of London, but this time it’s French! Folie Ordinaire, astounded us last season on our tour of the festivals, and they ended up being one of our first choices for this years Fayre. Daft Punk, mixed with Pink Floyd with a Primal Scream rock guitar thrown in for good measure, this band will certainly get your rocks off when they play on Sunday night. Their self titled ep is an expose on what you can do when you take 80’s disco and funk it up proper!
Our man at the Source magazine in Brighton (James Kendal) has this to say about - "Transformer aren't just one of the best dance bands in Brighton, they are one of the best in the country, filtering post-punk New York quirkiness through the sons-of-Daft Punk french electro scene."
Closing the festival is the virtuoso talent of Sura Susa on Kora. Hailing from classical background, Sura brings the heart warming sound of the West African Harp (the Kora)to Rollright. We were mesmerised last summer at Womad when Sura took to the littlest of Lizard stages and wowed us all with his talent and gentle character, and we are so happy to be able to share that wonder with all you Rollrighters.
Weaving a mystical blend of Latin jazz and pan-Asian harmonies, this exceptional band of musicians led by the inimitable keyboardist Kishon Kahn, grace us with their effervescence on Sunday. Having won many hearts and accolades with their stella performance at last years Womad festival, we are very happy to have then play at Rollright. Combining Bangladeshi music traditions with those from Africa and Latin America - creating a sound that can truly be called "world music".
Dressed in full Victorian garb, and clasping an artillery of bizarre instruments, this 4 piece from London, will take you on a whimsical, music hall journey, infused with twisted comedy. With song titles such as ‘Furtling’ and ‘Syphilis My Dear’ you know you are in for one hell of a ride! This troupe of multi-instrumentalists, will not only make you laugh, but you may actually pee yourself a bit at their sheer musical brilliance!
The Turkish singer, Djanan Turan, returns to Rollright once again armed with a fresh collection of songs and a brand new ‘EP’ ‘Artigo’! This quirky singer weaves stories of the world as she see’s it through the distorted glass of a Goldfish Bowl! Mysterious and beguiling, with a carnivalesque sway, we know she is destined for big things to come. Miss this at your peril!
Brighton's answer to the Specials, this band of 'top cat's' have been gradually bringing joy to audiences across the UK. With their debut album, 'Songs from the Fridge' out now, you can expect an amalgamation of 60s garage rock 'n' roll and 80's 2Tone ska! Jump up, Jump up and get down!
A true superstar and a wonderful man to boot, Luke Concanon rose to fame as one half of Nizlopi, with their hit single “JCB’ in the early naughties. Now on the rise with his solo project and some stunning new material recorded in the Welsh Valleys, we welcome Luke to Rollright once again. Long standing family friend of the Fayre, it is only fitting that he should warm your cockles and put smiles on your faces this weekend.
Ahead of her debut EP launch ‘Here I Lie" in June Marika will be playing for the first time on Lizard stage. Clearly a talented song writer with an an enchanting voice we have high hopes for this emerging young talent.
Dj Karamel brings his bagful of tropical beats from the street parties of the world, and helps to spread some sunshine on the slopes of Rollright. Running a monthly residency at London’s Mango Landin, we know he has the freshest cuts in his collection.
Afrobeat Vibration and Ghetto Lounge maestro, Koichi has been funking up the London world beat scene for years. A true collector, inspirer and influencer on the scene, Koichi always delivers a fervent set built for the dancefloor. The perfect way to warm up for Dele Sosimi!