Brighton’s premier folk collective Willkommen Records have teamed up with South Coast independent music promoters Melting Vinyl for a second year following last years success to bring you another all day show. The venue is in a nature reserve on the outskirts of Brighton, a mere stroll for those who have partied hard the night before. Stanmer House is a beautifully restored, Grade I listed stately home built in 1722. It’s regal but inviting and warm – the perfect environment. This year’s event takes place on September 12th, and has been given the name: FOXTROT.
This will be a sell-out so get in there quick: Laura Marling is headlining and she will be joined by the lovely Bristol based Rozi Plain and The Mariner’s Children. As well Anna Calvi, Sons of Noel and Adrian, Francois & The Atlas Mountains, The Miserable Rich, Rachael Dadd, Shoreline, Mary Hampton, The Climbers, Kristin McClement, Laish, Laish and Rayon Breed.
You can’t bring booze but there is a bar and food. See the first full set in Brighton from Willkommen’s very own super group, The Climbers (featuring Nick Hemming and Christian Hardy from The Leisure Society), who will be playing songs from their debut, The Good Ship , an album which has won over pundits as diverse as Mark Radcliff, Bob Harris and Don Letts.
Hot on the heels of the success of their recent sophomore outing, Of Flight and Fury, The Miserable Rich will be wooing one and all with their string adorned pure-pop. So at one with the folk tradition is Mary Hampton’s stark beauty that no less an icon as Eliza Carthy was inspired to praise her My Mother’s Children album in fRoots magazine.
Perennial festival favourites, Sons of Noel and Adrian, will be serving up their heady, psychedelic -folk stew. Laish, who will be releasing their debut album on Willkommen later in the year, specialise in lovably scuffed, singer-songwriter confessionals.
Kristin McClement is hard at work on her debut too with Christian Hardy at the helm. Her winsome, whispy, wonder-folk is the reason she’s a rising star. Also about to release his first Willkommen music is Rowan Coupland who will dazzle with his post-modern take upon the troubadour tradition.
Stanmer House, Stanmer Park, Brighton BN1 9QA. Doors open at 2pm. Tickets are priced at just £20 plus booking fee and, to give Brightonians the best chance of getting tickets, for a week tickets will only be available from Resident and Rounder Records from their stores in Brighton or on 01273 606312 or 01273 325440 respectively. There is a limited free return Bus from Old Stiene, Brighton on a first come first served basis or take the train to Falmer, Number 25 bus to Stanmer or Number 78 bus to the House. All Ages Welcome, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult.