When you visit the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean this summer, you will be spoilt for choice...
Larmer Tree Festival has announced that Tom Jones will the headline act for the 25th instalment of the event. Previously headlining in 2014, the Welsh singer will be returning to the festival to perform on the opening night, which kicks off on the Wednesday evening. This will be great news for those attending the festival while staying in holiday cottages in Dorset, as the line-up is getting better with each announcement.
This year will also see the reappearance of favourite acts such as Levellers, Bellowhead, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Show of Hands to name just a few. Jimmy Cliff is also scheduled to close the Larmer Tree Festival on the Sunday night, with an unforgettable set of his popular reggae hits, which are sure to see the event out with a bang. The festival takes place annually in the stunning grounds of the Larmer Tree Gardens, which lie on the Wiltshire/Dorset border, and will this year run from July 15-19 for the anniversary event. Founded in 1990 by James Shepard, the festival has gone from strength to strength and is a highly anticipated event in the South West summer calendar. The director was quoted by the Bournemouth Echo, stating: “This being the 25th time I’ve programmed the festival, the pressure was really on to produce ‘the best line-up yet’ and when I scan the list of international stars who’ll be appearing this year I really feel like all my birthdays have come at once.”
Also renowned for supporting local talent, the festival will be running a competition to find a local artist to be awarded the prize of playing at the event. One of last year’s finalists, Drew Allen, is set to play at this year’s festival, following a 12-month tour supporting James Blunt.