Mekonville will celebrate 40 years of music by The Mekons over a 3-day family-friendly arts festival July 28th-30th in Pettaugh, rural Suffolk.
In 1977 a group of Leeds art students started a band and in 2017 The Mekons, now based in the US, are still going strong. The current line up will be joining the original 1977 band for the first time in over 3 decades, together with a stellar selection of special guests to be announced plus the best of new music; local, national and international.
The festival will take place in a beautiful 12 acre moated garden in the Suffolk countryside at Laffitts Hall in Pettaugh, the residence of original Mekon, Andy Corrigan. As well as a variety of musical acts, there will be poetry, theatrical performances, arts and crafts, gorgeous local food, and an array of other activities for adults and children alike.
The idea came about when current and founder Mekon, Jon Langford, in Suffolk for a solo slot at 2016’s Maverick Festival got together with Corrigan and thought that the home of Pettafiesta, which is taking a break this year to accommodate Mekonville, would be the perfect place to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary.
Jon Langford says “As 6 teenage art students we formed a band. Who’d have thought we would have still been going all these years later? Mekonville will feature every element of the performing arts we can cram into a weekend.”
Andy Corrigan says: “The spirit of the Mekons was youth, inexperience and conviction. Mekonville will put together a weekend of entertainment that embodies those qualities across what will be a multi-generational celebration both on stage and off.”
Tickets for the event are now available. Go to www.mekonville.co.uk for further information