Get Cape Wear Cape Fly to headline Greenbelt

plus Don Letts, Gungor, + Underground & Performance Cafe line-ups

By Scott Williams | Published: Thu 28th Apr 2011

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

Friday 26th to Monday 29th August 2011
Prestbury, Cheltenham, England MAP
£120; concessions £75; child 5-17 years £65; family ticket £310
Last updated: Fri 12th Aug 2011

Joining Mavis Staples, Billy Bragg and Idlewild to top the bill on the Main Stage over the weekend is Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, the alter-ego of Sam Duckworth, who will round off the Saturday night at this year's Greenbelt which happens at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham over bank holiday weekend from Friday 26th to Monday 29th August 2011.

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
Also confirmed for The Big Top is the legendary Don Letts, the man widely credited with bringing reggae and dub sounds to punk in the late '70s. His association with The Clash led to the formation of Big Audio Dynamite with Mick Jones, and his experience as a filmmaker and DJ continues right up to the present day with his current BBC 6Music show. Also joining the Big Top music line-up is Gungor.

The first names have also been announced for the Underground and Performance Cafe stages.

The Performance Cafe stage hosts a line-up of acoustic music from Damien O'Kane, Peter and the Wulf, Band of Hope, Freddie Kofi, Jazz Morley, Liam Blake, The Ronaldos, Folk On, Paul Bell, Miriam Jones, Edwina Hayes, Hannah Atkins, Rob Halligan, Lobelia Lawson, Harry Bird & the Rubber Wellies, Gentry Morris, Yvonne Lyon, Karen Grace, Atlum Schema, and Anna Elias and the Forlorn Hope.

The line-up of new sounds in Underground offering a mix of rock, indie and urban includes Rodent Emporium, Adrian Roye and the Exiles, Toxic Federation, Austin Francis Connection, Sleepy Vole, The Cut Ups, Largo Embargo, Spokes, The Vapour Trails, P.I.C.A.S.So, Ad-Apt, Chasing Owls, Sounds of Salvation, and Philippa Hanna & Empire Nation.

Underground also hosts hard rock and metal in the Meltdown sessions, with FireFallDown, MaLoKai, Conduit, Saving Stije, Forchristssake, Back Pocket Prophet, Risen for Ruins, The Origin, and Rising From Death.

The first names have also been announced for Fresh Talent, the home for under-18 bands featuring The Jellicle Cats, Archives, The Dirty Tricks, Loftbeat, The Suspectors, Lifecolour, and Fallen Tide.

There's also new additions to the Performing Arts line-up including Operation Greenfield from Little Bulb Theatre, in which four teenagers somewhere in middle England prepare for judgment day with ladders, Elvis and Forest Fruits squash, poet and storyteller William Stopha brings a little Hope For Robots, and a look at the importance of value in the Theatre Uncut performance lecture The Price Of Everything. Plus, a huge new show Declaration of Doubt – a collaboration between Peter Rollins and the Reverend Vince Anderson, bringing together "dirty gospel and incendiary theology, designed to challenge us all to embrace doubt, complexity and ambiguity".

And appearing as part of the lunchtime entertainment on the Mainstage field, Kawa Circus celebrates the street performers of India, with dancing, acrobatics, rope-walking, pole-vaulting, music, storytelling and spectacle.

New speakers announced for the festival include Barbara Glasso, Mark Vernon, Peter Rollins, Revd Dr Joanna Collicutt, Dr Pete War, Richard Wilkinson, Baroness Elizabeth Berridge, Ata Jaber and Salim Shawamreh.

Further additions to the Village, the programming for children and families on-site, include the weird and mysterious Podules, and creative fun with Messy Church.

They join the previously confirmed Billy Bragg, Idlewild, and Mavis Staples as headliners, with Kate Rusby, The Unthanks, Grace Petrie, Gentleman's Dub Club, Extra Curricular, Listener, Ahab, LZ7, The Rising, Hope & Social, Arun Ghosh, Soweto Kinch, and Gordon Gano and The Ryan Brothers, and a breathtaking aerial theatre show from Ockham's Razor. There are many more still to be announced. For the line-up details as available please click here.

Comedy from Mark Thomas, Jo Enright, Jenny Lockyer, Folk On return at Last Orders and around the site, plus Get Up Stand Up and Last Orders.

As well as music and performing arts, the festival hosts a wide range of talks with the likes of Rob Bell, Paula Gooder, Margaret Sentamu, Sheila Cassidy, Kate Coleman, Dave Batstone & Erik Lammerding, John Bell, Shane Claiborne, Yonatan Shapira, Inderjit Bhogal, Dr John Bryant, Karen Ward, Oliver James, Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber, Dr Ruth Bancewicz, Paul Brannen, Bob Holman, Dr Luke Bretherton, Suad Younan, Pete Ward, Rosalee Velloso Ewell, Lia Dong Shimada, Margaret Silf, and Barbara Glasson.

There's an array of novelists speaking about their work including Stella Duffy, Adrian Plass, Padraig O Tuama, Richard Beard, Mia Gallagher, Amy Sackville, Jari Moate, Nancy Matson, and RS Downie. There are also sessions from poets Kenneth C Steven, Andrew Philip, and European Poetry Slam champion Harry Baker. Plus Deborah Fielding, Andrew Tate, Francis Khoo, Richard North Patterson, and Nicky Getgood.

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

Early bird tickets are on sale. Ticket prices are as follows Adult - £99; Concessions £68; Under 18s Ticket (5-17) £55; family ticket (2 kids/2 adults) £259; and Single Parent Family Ticket (1 Adult, 2 Under 18s) £165. Infants aged 0-4 years can attend for free but still need a ticket.

To buy tickets, click here.

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