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Just over 2 weeks to go to this years Acoustic Festival of Britain

Yes its that time of year again we have a great acoustic / un-plugged bill again this year at Uttoxeter Racecourse

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Date published: 9th May 2012

The Uttoxeter based spring event has been awarded a 5* star camp site infrastructure award each year, appealing to the more mature music lovers. 3 huge marquees an outside Dome stage and posh flushing loos and hot showers, electric hook ups for caravans and several seated food tents all go towards the laid back feelgood factor that sets this festival apart.

301860_3180161820267_1152326952_2418237_454213699_a.jpgThree times Grammy nominated, Brit award nominee and Ivor Novella winner singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading MBE, will be playing and receiving her lifetime achievement award at the concert on the Saturday evening 26th May. Joan will give a rare best of 40 years songs performance, together with her un-plugged band on the Saturday evening, following Mike Peters, the founder frontman of the internationally acclaimed Welsh band The Alarm. 563277_3180169180451_1152326952_2418245_1998143217_a.jpgMike is now also the singer of Big Country who are enjoying a sell out tour of O2 arena concerts during this spring time. An inspirational solo acoustic performer and (as a two times cancer survivor), founder of what is now regarded as the world's leading rock and roll cancer charity 'Love Hope Strength Foundation'. Achieving over 15 Top 40 UK singles and over 5 million album sales worldwide along the way, Mike Peters musical journey has seen him sing with some of history's greatest performers such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young & Bono. Mike has also taken his trusty acoustic guitar to some of the world's highest elevations performing at 'The Highest Ever Concert On Land' at 18,500 feet on Mt. Everest (2007), and more recently at 19,380 Mount Fuji (2010). Mike is a rare breed of British artists that has conquered the American charts and live tours, with 10 billboard top 50 singles.

A great friend of the Acoustic Festival of Britain, this is Mikes second appearance in recent years as is Squeeze front 563483_3180177500659_1152326952_2418247_2142048734_a.jpgman `Glenn Tilbrook , who is recognized as an acoustic master of the solo performance, with his stripped down back catalogue and crowd interaction making him an obvious festival favorite.

The line up attracts the cream of musicians , rock, folk, blues and punk un-plugged and clean, even the most discerning raggy jumper folksters are raving over the heaviest rock anthems and punk tunes acoustically they can hear and understand lyrics. Where else would you have Thunder and Gordon Giltrap, the angst of New Model Army and The Move on the same bill ??

563282_3180198701189_1152326952_2418271_1061766463_a.jpgJohn Cooper Clarke proletariat of anarchy heads the poets corner and comic tipi tent sitting curiously inviting amongst the craft market stalls with SPOKEN WORD and POETRY - daily poetry workshops with our resident Festival Poet Paul Tobin. Other Poetry & Spoken Word from Jason Richardson, Paul Cookson, KRafT (Dan Favill), & Michael Clift.

562046_3183266297877_1152326952_2419524_1952984488_a.jpgAlchemy will be telling stories and taking their Dragons for walks around the site, where you will also see Joanie Depp and Capt' Bill Blackbird out and about abusing and amusing peopleAlso in the Top Hat Tipi ZUNBA and TAI CHI in the mornings (not compulsory!) Dancing from Black Pig Morris Men, The B.U.M.S, The Balimino Dancers, Uttoxeter Dance Studio& Shimmy AmrmagedonThere will also be Folk, Morris. roots, blues, spoken word & dance in the Top Hat tent with 9 dance troupes & childrens activities.

And with the average age of 45 and a 50/50 gendre split, it tells you its a feelgood safe weekend for all. Yes its clean, very clean, with posh loos caravan site / camping / crafts and foods of the world.

With the wonderful acoustic guitar feast featuring 14 guitarists in concerts and workshops within the festival itself. 546254_3180214621587_1152326952_2418278_1126533571_a.jpgThe legendary Uli Jon Rothof The Scorpions brings his 7 stringed talents to the festival unplugging his rock axe and performing classical Vivaldi amongst his set whilst fellow rockers Thunder will also wind down there set to songs and stories. American axe wizard Rodney Brannigan and Aussie blues man Gwyn Ashton is amongst 14 top guitar players involved in workshops and concerts. Glenn Tilbrook ( Squeeze ) and Ian McNabb ( Icicle Works ) return playing their familiar tunes

The folksters will welcome Celtic giants from a bygone age Tir Na Nog back to the festival stage after 4 decades away. 563298_3180261942770_1152326952_2418287_1893130909_a.jpgAs is Stackridge and the inspirational genius of Robin Williamson of Incredible String band, both former original Glastonbury bands. Seven little Sisters, Pig Earth and Pressgang provide a bouncy full on explosion of instrumental genius to the dome sunshine stage, whilst the intimate subtle folk tunes of Patsy Matheson and Becky Mills of Waking The Witch play out Friday evening in the folk dome tent.

526704_3180272263028_1152326952_2418290_265118366_a.jpgThe weekend comes to a conclusion on Sunday evening with the athems of House Of The Rising Sun, Dont Let Me Be Misunderstood from The Animals and Walking On Sunshine from Katrina. A good weekend expected for all.

A must go to festival, off the rector scale of multi national and grant aided events, this is a not for profit event run by and for the musos of the world. Tickets are 85 weekend at www.acousticfestival.co.uk

Uttoxeter Racecourse is the perfect site for The Acoustic Festival of Britain

554607_3183278818190_1152326952_2419534_151989348_a.jpgIdeally located in Central England, set in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside the olde worlde Racecourse boasts stunning views and easy access on the A50 trunk road linking the M1 and M6 (Stafford Exit). Uttoxeter Railway Station is conveniently situated and is just a 1 minute walk away.

539396_3180279943220_1152326952_2418296_1737626381_a.jpgFull Line up

Joan Armatrading, John Cooper Clarke, The Animals, Glenn Tilbrook, Katrina (Ex & The Waves), Danny and Ben from THUNDER, Uli J

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