From Ben Howard to Newton Faulkner and Small Town Jones — something for everybody at Croyde this year.
THERE is plenty of musical variety at GoldCoast Oceanfest in Croyde this June, with Devon singer songwriter Ben Howard has been unveiled as the headline act, together with a host of great names from the local, national and international scene.
The rapidly rising performer is a firm favourite with the surf and music genre that underpins the festival and his debut album Every Kingdom reached number seven in the UK album charts.
Ben has just returned from consecutive UK and European sell out tours and is on his first headline tour of America before coming back to the GoldCoast Oceanfest in June.
Fresh from the States supporting Ziggy Marley London’s reggae master Natty is main support to Ben Howard.
With his smooth blend of reggae and sounds from around the world he sums up modern Britain with soulful accuracy.
With a new album looming, Natty’s success off the back of his first album Changes paints a positive picture of a young man’s reflections faced with a world consumed by individual and global change.
Headlining the show on Friday night is Newton Faulkner, back by very popular demand following his surprise special guest appearance in 2009.
The British singer-songwriter and musician rose to success following the release of his 2007 debut album Hand Built By Robots.
Expect a distinctive laid-back style, virtuoso playing and a great voice, Newton’s performances are full of humour with great audience interaction.
Supporting Newton is Dry The River, a five-piece band with all the hallmarks of the latest folk sensation.
What sets them apart is a background in hardcore and post-punk bands, lyrics that read like a Steinbeck novel and a sonic palette that sweeps from gentle to giant like an incoming storm.
GoldCoast is also introducing 18-year-old sensation Gabrielle Aplin, a self-taught, multi-instrumentalist who has already played to sold-out audiences on three headline UK tours, appeared at a number of festivals – including Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party.
Her pop-folk hovers somewhere between Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran and with her fresh, new sonic perspective, clings fast to the adage that less is more.
Also appearing on Friday is North Devon’s band of the moment Small Town Jones, headed up by Jim Jones and back with a brand new album.
Oceanfest runs over the “summer solstice” weekend of June 15-17 and features a variety of live music, sport, surf, skate and lifestyle events. Tickets are available via www.goldcoastoceanfest.co.uk.