The Cat Empire, Kate Tempest and Jack Savoretti to headline Larmer Tree Festival

By Claire Dukes - 12 February 2019

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Kate Tempest, The Cat Empire, Jack Savoretti, Gomez, The Shires and KT Tunstall are heading for Larmer Tree 2019, it has been confirmed this morning.

KT Tunstall

For 28 incredible years, Larmer Tree Festival has been throwing the ultimate family-friendly summer party in the heart of the Wiltshire/Dorset countryside – hosting an eclectic lineup of music, comedy, theatre, arts & crafts workshops, and more – and this year is set to be no different.

Taking place under the huge skies of the Wiltshire's Cranborne Chase area of outstanding natural beauty from July 18 to 21, the twenty ninth edition of Larmer Tree Festival has today announced over 30 acts set to join its 2019 lineup.

Acclaimed London rapper and poet Kate Tempest tops the bill, performing the polemical hip-hop of her acclaimed albums Everybody Down and Let Them Eat Chaos. Folk-tinged acoustic singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti will bring his new album Singing To Strangers to the main stage, fresh from a UK tour that culminates in two huge Wembley Arena shows. And Australia’s exhilarating The Cat Empire will captivate audiences with their infectious and uplifting mash-up of alt-rock, jazz and ska.

Southport’s indie-rock veterans Gomez join the bill with the distinctive, electronica-infused blues that won them the Mercury Music Prize in 1998. Completing the 2019 headliners are the UK’s biggest-selling country music act The Shires and Scottish songstress KT Tunstall – marking a triumphant return to Larmer Tree after her last appearance in 2013.

2019 also sees the welcome addition of Q Album of the Year winners Let’s Eat Grandma, whose otherworldly indie-electronica was much-missed at last year’s Festival when the band were forced to pull out due to ill health.

The UK’s exciting new jazz scene is strongly represented by hypnotic, groove-based jazz-electronica trio GoGo Penguin, classic-jazz-meets-beats adventurers the Ezra Collective, and saxophonist Pete Wareham’s avant-garde and ferociously fun jazz-punk band Melt Yourself Down. 

Bringing an out-there blend of pan-global psychedelia to the festival are London/Bahrain’s must-see Flamingods while BC Camplight and The Wave Pictures will charm festival-goers with their witty but introspective garage folk and wiggly indie-pop. Elsewhere Tank and the Bangas will bring out everyone’s best dance moves with their joyful mix of New Orleans R&B, funk and hip-hop.

2019 will also see the addition of the first ever Festival cinema tent, showing everything from retro comedy classics to quirky indie gems. It promises to be the perfect retreat for young festival-goers, as well as a chilled-out venue for everyone else. Plus, due to popular demand, the much-loved Carnival will return – offering Larmer Tree audiences of all ages an unmissable opportunity to take part in the weekend’s action.

If you want to watch hidden musical gems alongside big names, recharge your batteries with holistic therapies, immerse yourself in classic cinema and nourish your soul with the best in international street food – and all in the most beautiful festival site in the UK – then the Larmer Tree Festival is the one.

For further information visit www.larmertreefestival.co.uk

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