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Weekend of music in Woodbridge

Woodbridge’s village festival returns for it sophomore weekend with acts that range from festival headliners to cult club DJs, pioneering electronic acts, inspirational hip hop artists, audio visual acts, leading disco dons, guitar icons, psychedelic rockers, contemporary musicians, art exhibitions and more to be announced.

Phil Hartnoll, half of celebrated electronic act Orbital, is headlining the second Woodbridge Art and Music Event alongside Coldcut’s Matt Black and pioneering 1960s electronic act White Noise.

Orbital, rose to fame in the mid Nineties, gaining a huge reputation for their live shows at festivals such as Glastonbury. Brothers Phil and Paul stopped operating as a unit at the end of last year, but both have new artistic endeavours. This will be a rare UK festival appearance by Phil, and is likely to feature new material and never heard before Orbital tracks, as well as his classic club hits.

White Noise is the pioneering electronic act formed in 1968 by David Vorhaus, Brian Hodgson, Peter Zinoviev and Deliah Derbyshire, of BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Having grown out of an early electronic band that included Paul McCartney in their number, their first LP, Electric Storm, was released in 1969 and is widely considered to be the first proper electronic album in the UK. The Radiophonic Workshop members of White Noise were also responsible for the theme tune to Dr Who, which Orbital famously turned into a festival anthem.

Matt Black is half of the iconic act Coldcut. Their debut single, Say Kids What Time Is It, was an early sample based hit in the UK, while their work with Yaz, for whom they penned and produced such hits as The Only Way is Up, saw them dominate the charts in the late Eighties and early Nineties.

Big Chill Bar, five minutes walk from Liverpool Street station (and therefore one hour and 35 minutes from Woodbridge), will be presenting Dom Severini of the Wah Wah 45s record label. Named by FACT magazine in their alternative top 100 DJs, Dom is one of London’s most respected left of centre DJs/ label chiefs. Ben Osborne (Woodbridge programer and Noise of Art founder) is also one of Big Chill’s longest serving resident DJs. He’ll also be spinning a set or two over the weekend.

Amongst the other live bands the iconic Woodentops are perhaps the most over looked Glastonbury headliners of all time. They will be joined by Malka, an Edinburgh and London based rock act, London’s Wide Skies, Arms, another hot new London band (the most Traffic like band since, Traffic), Colchester’s electro-folk act, Fishclaw, singer/songwriter and Blue Bus founder Peter Hepworth, internationally acclaimed guitar virtuoso Robert Castillani, London based alt-folk duo Russell & The Wolf, electro sea folk act Aartwork, former Thomson Twins pianist Jan Pulsford, Planet patrol art exhibitions and more to be announced.

The Woodbridge Art and Music Event takes place in town of Woodbridge, on the banks of the river Deben, in Elmhurst Park during the day on Saturday and in several venues around town at night, on the Weekend of Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August.
Early bird and super discount tickets have sold out, but reasonably priced advance tickets are on sale at the Riverside cinema and theatre box office in Woodbridge and online.

For more information visit www.woodbridgeartandmusic.weebly.com

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