Erland & The Carnival join Lounge on the Farm

Indie-pop from Rose Elinor Dougal

Indie-pop from Rose Elinor Dougal

Erland & The Carnival join Lounge on the Farm. The weather’s warming up nicely, the sun is finally shining and summer plans are firmly back on the agenda, so, with that in mind Kent’s finest festival, Lounge on the Farm, based in the heart of the Garden of England, are upping the ante, adding an array of even more amazing acts to a stellar cast that already ranges from legends to locals including Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Toots & The Maytals, DJ Yoda, Courtney Pine, Fionn Regan and Tunng who will all be performing for your pleasure at Merton Farm near Canterbury during the weekend of 9-11th July. Kicking off the latest line up additions are folk rockers Erland & The Carnival. Featuring erstwhile Verve and Good the Bad and The Queen guitarist Simon Tong and sometime Paul McCartney and Orb collaborator David Knock amongst their ranks, the band’s distinctive and unmissable swirling riffs derive from Orcadian singer Erland Cooper’s fun-fair folk stylings. Also making the journey to Kent’s green and pleasant land will be Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro a brand new band who fuse rare and infectious rhythms from the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa with Quantic’s own renowned deep soul and refried funk. Plus there will be live sets from Southend Art-rockers These New Puritans, psychedelic soulsters The Phenomenal Hand Clap Band and beatbox mayhem from the irresistible Beardyman. Legendary audio-visual electro purveyors Hexstatic will be on hand to ramp up the dancefloor action as will Xpress 2′s Ashley Beedle who is guaranteed to keep your feet moving with a genre-defying mix of woofer-worrying bombs. Representing the full-flavour spectrum in the world of dance expect to strut your stuff to deep and melodic techno from Nathan Detroit, sweet sounds from Tim Love Lee and concrete beats and lung-busting bass from Dub Pistols’ mainman Barry Ashworth and MC Sir Real. Keeping it diverse there will also be alt. jazz from Mercury Music Prize nominees Led Bib, intimate pop from Sarah Blasko, party reggae from The Skints, west coast rock from Chief, country hues from Danny & the Champions Of The World, indie-pop from Rose Elinor Dougal, 12-tone innovations from United Vibrations, refined riffs from the inimitable Wolf Gang, driving guitars from The Shimmer, angular funk from Wild Palms and Americana tinged indie from Lissy Trullie. As ever Lounge on the Farm has lined up plenty of Kent’s own incredible talent teetering on the cusp of greatness including tasty troubadours and LOTF faves Yearner Babies who return to the festival by popular demand, Tunbridge Wells’ anti-folkster Tom Williams & The Boat whose cover of Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Bonkers’ has catapulted him into the industry spotlight, countingHuw Stephens as a fully signed-up fan – big things are happening so be sure not to miss him. Other native treats include Joni Mitchell-esque Canterbury blues from Lucy Kitt, incredible funk-punk from the Medway delta courtesy of Maker and lots more live sets from Matthew P, Electric River, CWB, 12 Stone Toddler, Natalie Evans, The Singing Loins, Awale, Speakers Corner Quartet, Liam Magill, Theo Baird, Elan Tamara, Los Ocelots, The Happy Accidents, School Of Imagination, Jouis, The Mandibles, Zoo For You, Giacomo, Rae, Moulettes, Boot Lagoon, Le Duc, Wolf People and Syd Arthur.  With day tickets now on sale and a final headliner, more amazing music, comedy and theatre line ups to announce plus details of all the delicious festival fare on offer, keep checking for all the latest details.

Weekend Tickets
Adult weekend £95
Youth weekend [13-17] £75
Kids weekend £45
Family weekend £210 [2 adults + 2 children under 13]

Island Records 50th anniversary book

chris-blackwell2009 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of Island Records, arguably the most prestigious record label in the history of British music. To mark this milestone the label is entering into the world of book publishing.  May 21st ’09 will see the publication of ‘KEEP ON RUNNING – THE STORY OF ISLAND RECORDS’ edited by Chris Salewicz (acclaimed author of recent best-selling Joe Strummer biog ‘Redemption Song’ as well as books on The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and many others) and produced by Universal Island Ltd. and The Island Trading Company Ltd.

‘KEEP ON RUNNING’ is a 226-page full-colour hard-cover commemoration of Island Records, started by Jamaican Chris Blackwell in 1959, the most illustrious record label that the British music business has ever known. Illustrated by copious rare images, including original artwork and photographs from the Island Records archives, ‘KEEP ON RUNNING’ will tell the story of this extraordinary label, its art and its artists, in a series of twelve essays by celebrated writers such as Paul Morley, Jon Savage, Sean O’Hagan, Vivien Goldman, Lloyd Bradley, David Katz, Robin Denselow, Sylvia Patterson, Richard Williams and Joe Boyd. Chapter headings include Out of Jamaica, The Pink Label, Season of the Witch, Glitterball, Roots-Rock Reggae, Singular Voices, The Tuff Gong, Globalisation, From Africa & Beyond, Re-birth Of The Cool and The New Millennium. Photographers include Anton Corbijn, Adrian Boot, Gered Mankowitz, Keith Morris, Andy Earl, Lawrence Watson, Maria Mochnacz, Jean-Paul Goude and Neville Garrick.

The book will be published to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebrations of Island Records in May ’09: these include a large-scale, month-long exhibition of Island artwork and memorabilia in London’s Soho; a week of concerts by key artists at Shepherds Bush Empire; a 90 minute TV documentary about the label; a Radio 2 documentary; and deluxe re-releases of many iconic Island albums, which will continue throughout 2009.

Chris Blackwell founded the Island label in Kingston, Jamaica in 1959 with capital of just £1000. Relocating to London in the early 60s Blackwell built the most diverse and enviable back catalogue of any independent record label in history. From Island’s early Jamaican roots in ska and rock-steady, through the label’s expansion to become the cutting edge of progressive rock in the late 60s, and then on to the signing of such international superstars as Bob Marley and U2, Blackwell brought to Island a unique vision and passion which still informs the label’s approach to this day.

The Island label has been responsible for the careers of some of the biggest stars in music including U2, Bob Marley, Cat Stevens, Traffic, Free, Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Sandy Denny, Toots & The Maytals, John Martyn, Marianne Faithfull, Aswad, Tom Waits, King Sunny Ade, Third World, Roxy Music, Robert Palmer, the B52s, Sly & Robbie, Melissa Etheridge, The Slits, Steel Pulse, Grace Jones, Tom Tom Club, Pulp, Baaba Maal, Tricky, Talvin Singh, and latterly Amy Winehouse, PJ Harvey, DJ Shadow, Sugababes, Keane, The Fratellis, Scott Matthews, Paul Weller, The Feeling, Portishead and Florence & The Machine.

Paul Weller joins Island 50 festival

paul-weller2009 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of Island Records, arguably the most prestigious record label in the history of British music. 

To mark this milestone the label is collaborating with Island founder Chris Blackwell to arrange the Island 50 festival. The Island 50 festival will kick off in May 2009 with ‘ISLAND LIFE’ – a week of live shows by Island artists past and present, which will take place at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire week commencing 25th May ’09.

The line-up confirmed so far is as follows:

28th May – CAT STEVENS/YUSUF and friends, BAABA MAAL

Fans who sign up to the mailing list at will be able to take part in the exclusive ticket pre-sale from 9am on Thursday 12th March. Tickets go on general sale on and other agents from 9am on Friday 13th March.

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