Village Thing Records showcase at Bristol Folk Festival

with Wizz Jones, Tucker Zimmerman, Ben Mandelson, Ian A. Anderson, and more

published: Wed 15th Feb 2012

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Saturday 5th to Monday 7th May 2012
Colston Hall & O2 Academy, Bristol, BS1 5AR, England MAP
£80 (£70 concessions) for the weekend
daily capacity: 4600
last updated: Wed 2nd May 2012

May Day Bank Holiday's indoor Bristol Folk Festival has announced it will be hosting a Village Thing Records showcase.

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The label were part of the city's Seventies cult music scene, and the showcase will feature artists who recorded on the independent alt-folk label, reunited for a rare concert at Colston Hall on Sunday, alongside them will be younger acts who have drawn inspiration from the Village Thing era.

The collective will comprise of Wizz Jones, Tucker Zimmerman, Ben Mandelson, and Ian A. Anderson, exponents of what would later be called 'psych-folk' along with Nancy Wallace, Jason Steel, and Pamela Wyn Shannon.

As well as up to 40 acts, the festival will feature Morris dancers, mummers and maypoles, ceilidhs,and singalong sessions. The headliners are Show of Hands on Saturday, Cara Dillon on Sunday, and supergroup Afro Celt Sound System on Monday in what is likely to be the band's only UK summer festival appearance this year. Also confirmed are Karine Polwart, Rua Macmillan, Phil Bassindale, 3 Daft Monkeys, Scoville Units, Lady Maisery, Will Pound, Hannah James and Sam Sweeney, The Young'Uns, Lucy Ward, ahab, & Blair Dunlop. Expect up to 40 acts, plus Morris dancers, mummers and maypoles, ceilidhs, workshops, and singalong sessions.

Festivalgoers can be guaranteed no wet weather problems as the whole event will take place on two stages in the city's Colston Hall running from Saturday 5th May until Monday 7th May 2012.

Weekend tickets are also on sale priced at £80 for the three days (concessions £70). Family tickets are priced at £200 (2 adults and two children aged 5-15) and under 5s go free. Day tickets are priced at £30 for Saturday, £35 for Sunday, and £40 for Monday with a £2 concession offered for children aged 5-15 years, students, pensioners, disabled and unwaged.

To buy tickets, click here.
Those wanting to camp for the festival will be able to stay a minutes walk from the venue at St Mary-on-the-Quay church. The church in Colston Street will welcome campers to its hall for just £12 a night (under 15s must be accompanied by a responsible adult and are full price but under 5s go free.) To buy camping, click here.

Saturday 5th to Monday 7th May 2012
Colston Hall & O2 Academy, Bristol, BS1 5AR, England MAP
£80 (£70 concessions) for the weekend
daily capacity: 4600
last updated: Wed 2nd May 2012


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