Lunar Festival returns for its 3rd year this June!

  • Late Night Sounds announced including Psychemagik’s Magik Forest, Horse Meat Disco, Craig Charles, Magic Door and many more
  • Headliners include Super Furry Animals, Mercury Rev, Television, Badly Drawn Boy, The Zombies, Os Mutantes, Matt Berry and The Maypoles, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Ibibio Sound Machine, Bill Ryder Jones, Amber Arcades and many more
  • The resting place of Nick Drake sets the scene for a mercurial weekend of amazing music, an odyssey joining the dots across a vibrant psychedelic spectrum
  • Festival features arts, crafts, activities and games for all the ages, sumptuous food and drink and wide range of boutique accommodation

Following on from 2015’s breakthrough year, this June’s Lunar is maturing into a wondrous odyssey across one weekend of magic, set in a rural idyll close to the beating heart of the Midlands yet a world away from the hustle and bustle of reality. Inspiring, edifying and a little bit different, Lunar is a refreshing vision of what a festival should be like.

The festival is now proud to reveal this summer’s club action taking place with Late Night Sounds. As soon as the sun starts to set over the magical Lunar site, a transformation takes place going from the guitar-driven sounds during of the day and evening, to a beats and bass soundscape across the enchanting site during the night and into the early hours.

Across the weekend Lunar is working with some of the best UK club nights and DJs around, with some familiar names returning and new faces making their debuts including Magic Door, Psychemagik’s Magik Forest, Leftfoot, Horse Meat Disco, Craig Charles, Swingamajig’s Speakeasy, This Is Tmrw, Modulate plus many more offering sublime party action spread across the weekend. Crossing the eclectic house, disco, funk, soul, electronic, broken beat and more spectrums, Lunar at night is a delightful bouncing odyssey with some amazing hosts to round off each night.

Lunar has also announced its incredible live programming. Since their Fuzzy Logic debut album 1996, the Welsh psychedelic rock and electronic experimentalists Super Furry Animals have carved a warped niche in the UK’s left-of-centre scene. And speaking of venerable, Mercury Rev have over a quarter of century of music behind them, their 90s rock finding its place in the present from the New York state band.

The band Television have a devout following worldwide and has had a major effect on British post-punk rock as well as American indie rock. And Badly Drawn Boy, with his Mercury-prize winning debut ’The Hour Of Bewilderbeast’, brings his raw lyrical power to Lunar, suffused with his Mancunian humour and charm.

The Zombies are a the Psych-oriented group that formed in the London suburb of St. Albans in 1961, and released their latest album Still Got That Hunger last year; with almost 50 years behind them, their cult following continues to this day and shows no sign of abating. Os Mutantes bring their own special cult Brazilian Tropicália and psych-pop to Lunar, whilst Matt Berry and The Maypoles weave their culturally eccentric prog-rock and folk together. Bentley Rhythm Ace are the iconic Birmingham electronic duo crafting big beat to electro rock from the 90s era of dance floor magic.

Ibibio Sound Machine blend African and electronic elements inspired by the golden era of West-African funk & disco and modern post-punk & electro, whist Stealing Sheep’s eccentric electronica – with shades of Morris Dancing – are a quintessentially psychedelic Scouse pop band. Fellow Liverpudlian Bill Ryder Jones has been inspired by genius of Italo Calvino and is an ex The Coral member; the Arctic Monkeys collaborator is a melancholic wordsmith and musician of great repute. And with her debut album set to drop this spring, Amber Arcade’s floating pop melodies will entrance Lunar.

Lunar is musically diverse with something for all the family featuring a vibrant range of arts, crafts, activities and games complemented by delicious artisan food and drink from across the region. There is wide range of camping and accommodation options including Bell Tent and Tipi hire, gypsy bow caravans and local hotels.

Lunar Festival

Fri 3rd – Sun 5th June 2016

Umberslade Farm Park, Butts Ln, Tanworth in Arden, Warwickshire B94 5AE

Bands:

Super Furry Animals, Mercury Rev, Television, Badly Drawn Boy, The Zombies, Os Mutantes, Matt Berry and The Maypoles, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Ibibio Sound Machine, Stealing Sheep, Bill Ryder Jones, Amber Arcades, Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, Martin Carthy, Alessi’s Ark, Khruangbin, The Mariachi’s, Josefin Ohrn + The Liberation, Victories At Sea, Stick In The Wheel, Ashley Hutchings, Seeland, Flamingods, Chartreuse, The Mothers Earth Experiment, Boat To Row, Rhino & The Ranters, Black Mekon, Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam, Flamingo Flame, Swampmeat, The Good Water & Tales of HP Lovecraft with more to be revealed.

Check www.lunarfestival.co.uk for more info or Twitter: @lunar_festival

Adult/child tickets from £45 – £115

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