Continental Drifts, the festival production team - who have helped create Glastonbury's famed Shangri-La zone and areas at Bestival and Boomtown - will be curating a new festival in Torquay, Devon next year. Grinagog Festival, taking place from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th April 2017.
Acts already announced for the festival include headliners Akala, Slamboree, and The Mighty Jah Shaka Sound System, plus Sam Lee, Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi, Electric Swing Circus, Samuel Wulf, Mr. Nice, The Swingamajig House Band, DJ Chris Tofu, Temple Funk Collective, Bring Your Own Brass, Kinky and Quirky, Bizarre Rituals, Rambunctious, Ghetto Funk All Stars, Hong Kong Ping Pong, It's A Swing, Bass Funk, Rinse Out Crew, Love Summer Festival Crew, Electro Swing Party, Frighdays, Global Local , Gentleman Callers Of LA, Someday I, AGK, Louis J Walker, Torre Valley, Vintage Remix, Don Johnston, Souloud, Jam The Channel DJs , Disco Biz Kids, Lightworks DJs, Recharged, Dance Dance Dance, Riddim Sound System, Housewarming, Lionheart, and Big Fish Little Fish, plus many more acts to be announced, and Get Shangri Las (Art Exhibit), Tall Will The Worlds Tallest Bubblefoligist, Clown Bert , and a full family programme. Expect more than 200 acts across 15 stages.
Torquay native Chris Tofu and his Continental Drifts team have built a reputation for producing some of the most exciting and eye-opening features on the UK festival scene. Chris said: "All my life, I've looked at Torquay and seen it as one humongous great festival site — with no mud. The place is like the ultimate festival venue and I should know because I've started loads of festivals. I'm putting everything I possibly can into making an extremely diverse, cultural offering for young people in Torquay. We're bringing together all the amazing promoters and cultural workers who are in the town and the surrounding area already into one big pot to create a cultural explosion that we hope can really be a place maker for this town."
Early bird tickets are priced at £25.
Grinagog, which gets its name from an old Devonshire term for someone who is always smiling, is described as a land of music, dancing, art, mischief and perpetual grinning.
Organisers promise that a mix of musical genres will be represented across the 15 stages, ranging from Torre Abbey to the harbourside nightclubs and rock venues.
This will be alongside street performers, art installations, talks and workshops, award-winning food and outdoor pursuits.
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