Monday, June 25, 2007

Wye we're going ...

The latest re the Wye Fayre.
6 & 7 July 2007
Withersdane Hall, Wye, nr Ashford, Kent TN25 5DA

The fab new festival with the ‘old school’ feel that’s just an hour on the train from London:
- folk, rock, blues, roots, Americana, indie, electronica, psychedelia and raw grooves
- 100 acts, 4 stages + alternative entertainment, great food & drink, ices on trikes, an al fresco record shop, children’s play tent, alternative therapies tent, free camping & parking - all in a great and green country environment.

UPDATE & FULL LINE-UP (at 17 June 2007)
With just three weeks to go until the gates open at midday 6 July, plenty of the exciting new bands and artists playing at this perfectly-formed 5,000-capacity festival in Kent are causing a stir on radio and in the music press with debut releases.

The full line-up is on the website which now includes links so you can sample the music.

In addition to the music, there’s the excellent Penned In The Margins poets and some of the best up-and-coming comedians and street performers in Cafe Muso; the Healing & Alternative Therapies Tent; bars for beers, wines, cocktails and champagne; great food and ice cream; and acres of space for camping and parking. There's even the ingenious Play Tent, where the very young children can play while DJs entertain their parents.

The site is just an hour by train from London and Lille, and on the direct Eurostar route from Paris, Brussels and Avignon.

Music kicks off at 6pm on the Friday. Camping is available to everyone with a day or weekend ticket and there's a separate field for parking. Wye train station is 20 minutes walk from the festival site and there’s a shuttle bus from Ashford International.

* Huw Stephens' Radio 1 playlist for Thurs 14 June included Middleman and Eugene McGuinness.
* 2 July release date for Middleman single, Eugene McGuinness single and Ruarri Joseph album.
* Luke Toms: one of four featured new artists in Mitchell & Webb’s current film ‘Magicians’.
* Middleman: nominated for 'unsigned act of the year' on Channel Four's Freshly Squeezed; ‘unsigned band of the week’ on Steve Lamacq show, R1; ‘Blah Blah Blah’ featured as Tom Robinson’s ‘Record of the Week’ 10-17 June on BBC R6; ‘hottest tip for 2007’ and invited for a Maida Vale session by Huw Stephens (R1/R Cymru).
* Eugene McGuinness: live session on Gideon Coe's Radio 6 show following Glastonbury appearances.
* Tom McKean & The Emperors: "Plaintive, bleak and beautiful" – Stephen Merchant, BBC 6 Music; "Tom McKean is in possession of a deep, rich voice and dark, moody songs. Fantastic" - TimeOut, London; Nizlopi’s double-bass playing John Parker now in the line-up and featured on in a Wye Fayre promotion.

Weekend tickets £45 / Day tickets £25 / see website for concessions
Tickets include camping and parking on Friday and/or Saturday nights - site is open noon Friday to afternoon Sunday.
* via (£5 booking fee):
* via (£3.15 booking fee):
* or email for details of how to save up to £10 on a weekend ticket.
* if you leave it too late to book, just turn up on the day!

For further info check the website or the MySpace ... space.

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