Roll up your trousers, knot your hankie and join Summer Sundae Beside The Seaside - as they bring the beach all the way to Leicester.
Despite Leicester being one of the most landlocked places in Britain (approximately 90 miles to the nearest beaches at Skegness), the tranquil surrounds of De Montfort Hall's gardens will be transformed into the ultimate British seaside - with a real beach full of glorious, golden sand.
Head over to The Garden to take a break and enjoy some quality downtime in the family-friendly seaside-themed area. Relax on a proper deckchair, get creative with sandcastle building or just feel the sand between your toes. Relive all your favourite childhood beach holidays rolled into one, with Punch and Judy shows, knobbly knee competitions, giant games, seaside entertainers, knitting, face painting and seaside-themed crafts.
Furthermore, Summer Sundae Weekender is also delighted to announce the full billing of the Musician’s Stage. The Musician's Stage has been host to bigger and bigger names each year - and now in this 10th anniversary year the festival has announced its best line up ever. With an eclectic mix of exciting acts selected across all genres from the local, regional, national and international music scenes, the music will range from lazy hazy acoustic vibes at the start of the day to a raucous rock n roll crescendo.
Goldheart Assembly, also appearing this Summer at The Summer Sundae Weekenders stage at The Great Escape festival in Brighton, will take their rollicking, yearning blues to the stage to open the show at De Montfort. Next up, Eliza Doolittle, blessed with a fantastic voice and the kind of songcraft that has made recent hit ‘Skinny Genes’ an A-list hit at BBC Radio 2, will no doubt prove to be unmissable. Powerful and lusty, Peggy Sue certainly demands the crowd’s attention, and in a similar vein is the equally enchanting Tiffany Page, ensuring female-fronted performers will perhaps rule the roost at this years festival. For those who may not be aware, Jason & The Scorchers have been performing for an epic 30 years and they are gracing Summer Sundae Weekender as part of their 2010 reunion. Renowned for their wild and energetic stage presence, they seamlessly amalgamate hard rock and punk with a country twang. El Pussycat should provide a perfect soundtrack to the sun-kissed weather with their laidback brand of reggae and ska.
As you could perhaps assume, The Leisure Society are lush, pastoral and quintessentially English and therefore are the perfect accompaniment to the seaside theme. Danny and The Champions of the World take their clattering, clanky but infectiously catchy country-hued songs to the De Montfort Hall and fingers crossed the banjo will be in toe. Geordies Frankie and The Heartstrings, another band who have been tipped as the next big thing by one and all, will take their dapper, thrilling blend of angular art-rock come retro rockabilly, along with a bucket and spade. And as if to showcase what an eclectic mix of talent will take to The Musician Stage, not only will Megafaun’s ingeniously ramshackle folk rock be in attendance but David Ford will be performing a set-list full of his mix of lo-fi, warm, Tom Waits indebted songs, too.
Finally, add to that list Gadjos, Kirsty Gallacher, Matti Wilson & Jorden Birtles, Rag & Bone of The, Heart, The Orchard, Liam Bailey, Kristyna Myles Kirsty Almedai, The Abrahams, Blue Demons, Andy White, John Butler, Pokey Lefarge & The South City 3, The Gutlaxtones, Alex Highton, Stuart O'Connor, Andy Griffiths and the Tiny Tin Orchestra, Steve Jones, and Mark Gill and all in all, it rounds off what is perhaps the best line-up yet for Summer Sundae Weekender in this its 10th Anniversary Year.
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