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Acoustic Festival line-up announced with Uttoxeter launch event

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

05/03/14 Acoustic Fest Press Launch
Mike Stevens

05/03/14 Acoustic Fest Press Launch Mike Stevens

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ORGANISERS have announced the final line-up for the musical highlight of Uttoxeter’s calendar.

The official launch of the Acoustic Festival of Great Britain, which is held annually at Uttoxeter Racecourse, took place on Wednesday at the town hall.

Although 70s and 80s prog and pop legends 10CC have now pulled out, Seth Lakeman, arguably the biggest folk star in the UK, confirmed his place on the bill on Monday.

And, as previously reported in the Post and Times, Fairport Convention are headlining the Saturday night of the three-day extravaganza.

They will receive a lifetime achievement award from festival bosses.

Also appearing will be 90s indie band Terrorvision, who will play their first ever unplugged set.

They will be joined by legendary bands including Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel and younger, more fledgling artists like folk starlette Lucy Ward and X Factor star Matt Cardle.

Mr Stephens said: “It’s a very rootsy festival this year and I doubt whether any folk festival in the UK could match us for traditional music.

“Seth Lakeman really is one of the very biggest folk acts in Europe, let alone the UK, and I’m delighted we’ve got him on board.

“We’ve had a lot of people coming in today, including a host of media outlets, and, again, there seems to be a great amount of interest in what we’re doing.”

Instrumental workshops will run with performers including Nick Harper and John Gomm.

A host of dance troupes, including morris dancers and belly dancers, will perform.

Children’s entertainment, worshops and a fun fair will be set up.

Under-10s get into the festival for just £1.

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