FOLLOWING in the footsteps of last year’s star-studded event, this year’s Volksfest is looking like another belter with three more fantastic acts just
added to the ever-expanding line up.
Otis Redding III, son of the late great soul man himself; the absolute R&B legend that is Wilko Johnson; and chart-topping Brit Award-winning Finley
Quaye, will be gracing the outdoor Volksfest main stage in what looks set to be another fantastic event for Plymouth music fans.
The Saturday night headliner and more top artists are yet to be announced.
“We are thrilled to be bringing these artists to Plymouth,” says promoter Ray Rose.
“They are guys who are still at the top of the tree musically. They all have great history and can still deliver.
“Just as we did last year with the Boomtown Rats, The Feeling, Toyah, Heaven 17, The Real Thing and the rest, we’re continuing the theme of bringing down
great artists who haven’t played in the city either for a very long time or, in some cases, ever.
“Getting Otis to the festival is a real coup,” continues Ray, “and the contact came via some of our very own local musicians – Alik Peters-Deakin, Simon
Dobson, Dan Hillman, Jacob Kodicek and Jake Galvin – who were booked as his backing band at a one-off show with him in Newquay last year.
“Having seen the show, we were blown away – the man has inherited his father’s unique musical gift.
“He is an accomplished and recognised artist and in his own right, who delights in keeping his family legacy alive.”
Nobody, not even Wilco Johnson himself thought he’d be playing any festival in 2015 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012 and being given
just ten months to live.
But the inimitable Dr Feelgood guitarist, who had planned to perform until he dropped, was cured after an 11-hour operation last year.
“We’re so delighted to have Wilco,” says festival organiser Mark Tam,
“Especially as he’ll be bringing the wonderful Blockheads bassist Norman Watt-Roy with him.
“Wilco gained a new lease of life having made this remarkable recovery and has been receiving great praise for the new album made with Roger Daltry.
“We know how much of a fan of Otis Redding Wilco is, so it will be fantastic to have them both in the same field.”
Pop/reggae artist Finley Quaye comes from another musical family dynasty and his chart-busting album Maverick A Strike was ubiquitous in the late Nineties,
winning him a Brit Award in 1998.
“We were approached by Finley who is looking to rebuild his career after some time out and we are delighted to be working with him,” says Ray.
Local support will be stronger than ever with bands like Mad Dog Mcrea, Vince Lee and the Big Combo, Alex Hart, Thomas Ford, Moriaty, Andy Quick’s UFO,
Haunt The Woods, C Force and Lionface already lined up for the main stage.
And with six more stages on offer, there will be plenty of choice for discerning music fans.
As for the festival infrastructure, Volksfest 2015 will follow last year’s model featuring an open-air main stage which proved very successful last year.
“We felt the open stage was a huge step forward for the festival ambience,” says Ray, “allowing the crowd to fully engage.”
May 22 to 25, Newnham Park. Tickets on sale now.
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