headliner for Greenbelt announced

Michael Franti and Spearhead for opening night

By Scott Williams | Published: Fri 25th Apr 2008

Michael Franti and Spearhead

Friday 22nd to Monday 25th August 2008
Prestbury, Cheltenham, England MAP
Adult - £80; Concs £53; 13-17 years £45; 4-12 yr olds £40; family ticket (2 kids/2 adults) £21
Last updated: Wed 30th Jul 2008

Greenbelt Festival which happens over the weekend of Friday 22nd to Monday 25th August at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham have announced the headliner for the opening night.

After headlining the closing night of Greenbelt in 2006, hip hop funky reggae groove masters Michael Franti and Spearhead will be playing the opening night headline slot.

The only other act for the main stage so far confirmed is Martyn Joseph there are two names for the youth humanic 14-17 programme and they are [dweeb] and yfriday.

Greenbelt is an all-age Arts Festival with its roots in the Christian faith and a welcome that's wide and inclusive. It's a place to learn, to experience, to be. It's like nothing else in the world, and that's what keeps thousands of people keep coming back year after year.

Greenbelt whose theme this year is 'Rising Sun' features a great range of music on 5 stages and showcases brand new artists and bands. In addition, the Festival hosts a selection of varied talks, workshop and debates; exploring contemporary issues, faith, social justice, politics ­and more.

Greenbelt has announced the first speakers on the bill who include Salley Vickers, Philip Yancey, Brian McLaren, Frank Schaeffer, Bev Thomas Lucy Winkett, Maggi Dawn, Niall Williams, Stephen Sizer, John Bell, David Dark, Gareth Higgins, Jonathan Kuttab, and Nigel Varndell.

Greenbelt also has a visual and performing arts programme, exploring a variety of alternative worship styles, and runs a daily Children's Festival.

Tickets are priced at Adult - £80; Concessions £53; Youth (13-17) £45; Kids (4-12) £40; family ticket (2 kids/2 adults) £210 - click here to buy.

All weekend tickets cover free camping, so bring a tent or call the Cheltenham Accommodation Information line on 01242 517110 for details of B+Bs and hotels in the area.

Michael Franti and Spearhead


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