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A bespoke banquet of music, arts and entertainment over the weekend of September 1st-4th in Portmeirion Wales; also known as the location of the cult TV series, 'The Prisoner'.
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Needing no introduction, Noel is best known as the guitarist, occasional singer and songwriting backbone of Oasis. Since Oasis split, Noel has carved out a successful solo career under the guise of the High Flying Birds, taking the name from the song 'High Flying Bird' by Jefferson Airplane and as a homage to Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. Noel released a highly successful debut eponymous album in 2011 which became the second biggest-selling rock album of that year in the UK, just behind Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto'. Several critics felt it was his best work since '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?' His second release, 'Chasing Yesterday' in 2015, reached no.1 on the UK album chart and the success story contined with 2017's 3rd album 'Who Built The Moon?', also reaching no.1.
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Hot Chip make a strangely quirky kind of electro-pop music fusing the sounds of Prince, Devo, the Beta Band and the Beach Boys. The GRAMMY andf Mercury nominated band hit their mainstream peak with the top 30 single 'Over And Over' and the top 10 hit 'Ready For The Floor', but their energetic live shows have continued to reach bigger audiences.
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Since their inception in 2010, Bastille have steadily built up an ever-growing audience, resulting in their debut album 'Bad Blood' reaching the no.1 position in the UK album charts. The following years have certainly been a whrlwind for the band who comprise of frontman and lyricist, Dan Smith, keyboardist Kyle Simmons, bassist and guitarist Will Farquarson, and drummer Chris Wood. The band have played hundreds of shows across six continents, including the critically acclaimed ReOrchestrated tour, and as of 2018 have amassed 15 million single sales and 6 million album sales globally. Both Bad Blood and its follow-up, ‘Wild World’, reached No.1 in the UK and the top 10 in the US, and their music has been streamed a staggering 3.5 billion times. They’ve not gone without awards recognition either: after winning British Breakthrough Act at the BRITs, the band have earned Grammy, AMA and MTV Europe Awards nominations.
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Super Furry Animals
As Wales' favourite psychedelic popsters, the Super Furry Animals have inspired a whole generation of artists since their emergence in the mid-nineties. Recording in both English and Welsh, they changed the way that many thought about the language, whilst producing some of the finest summery Beach Boys-inspired indie to have surfaced in the last two decades.
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Andrew Weatherall was a dance music legend, co-founder of Junior Boys Own with Terry Farley and a superb DJ who produced and remixed albums for artists such as Primal Scream, Beth Orton and One Dove, whilst also making experimental dance music under aliases including Meek and Planet 4 Folk. He was also one half of Two Lone Swordsmen. He passed away in February 2020 at the age of 56.
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One of the co-owners of Hessle Audio and DJ.
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Fabric's resident DJ and musical director for Saturday nights at the club.
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Joe Duddell has always divided his time & passion equally between alternative and classical music. Shortly after his band Pullover caught the eye of label Fierce Panda, he went to study composition with Steve Martland - the only composer to be exclusively signed to Factory Records – at the Royal Academy of Music. After composing for, amongst others, Colin Currie through the '00s, Joe orchestrated and conducted the now legendary collaboration between Elbow and The Halle Orchestra in Manchester and has since released his first CD of chamber music.
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Maverick cut and paste merchants with absolutely no respect for (copyright) law. Funny and wrong.
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Camp crusader whose pedantry, bluff and innuendo-ridden rants have made him an audience favourite. He has previously been voted BBC Comedian Of The Year. He is also an Open Mic Award winner and Perrier Newcomer Nominee. So he's pretty good then! TV and radio appearances include "The Infinite Monkey Cage" (BBC Radio 4), “Never Mind The Buzzcocks” (BBC2), "Would I Lie To You" (BBC 1), "8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown" (Channel 4), "The Morning After" (NBC), "8 Out of 10 Cats" (Channel 4), "Set List" (Sky Atlantic), "Christmas Pub Quiz" (ABC Australia), "The Alternative Comedy Experience" (Comedy Central), "Spicks 'n Specks" (ABC Australia) "Melbourne Festival Gala" and "The Great Debate" (Channel 10 Australia),”Funny As Hell” (HBO Canada). In the USA Paul was a finalist on Series 6 of NBC's “Last Comic Standing”. 'It's baffling to me that Paul is not a household name in this country. His routines are like jazz clusters, loose hammocks, choked to the brim with jokes and ideas' (Noel Fielding) 'Inspired, surreal and incomprehensibly funny' (Chortle) 'Capable of raising a laugh with just a brief shudder in the beat between jokes' (Wow247) 'He is completely in charge. An hour in his company is one of wet faced glee and it's over in a flash' (The Scotsman).
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A former Cambridge Footlighter, Mark Watson first made an impact on the comedy circuit in 2002 when he won the Daily Telegraph Open Mic competition and was a runner-up in So You Think You're Funny? He has become known for his Edinburgh shows (2005's 50 Years Before Death And The Awful Prospect Of Enternity was nominated for the Perrier) and his gruelling shows that last more than 24 hours. Perrier's successor, the if.comeddies, awarded the panel award for best capturing the spirit of the fringe, in 2007. Watson won the Chortle award winner for innovation in 2005, when he was also nominated for best breakthrough act, and was nominated for best compere in 2007. He is also a novelist, with his debut Bullet Points, published in 2003; has written for TV and in 2007 landed his first radio series, Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better.
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Joe Lycett (formerly Hugo Boss) is a hugely talented comedian with an unaffected, relaxed and effortless stage presence. An appealing, engaging and natural performer. His comedy career started off at Manchester University, winning the Chortle Student Comedy Award in 2009. 'Imaginative and cheekily subversive comedy... entertainingly mischievous... An intensely charming and talented young comic' (The Guardian) 'Joe Lycett is one of the strongest emerging comedy talents we've seen in a long time. This young man has a huge future' (Time Out) 'A delightfully natural style that builds a real connection with the audience... an accomplished storyteller... Finds brilliance in what could be merely workaday' (Chortle) 'Rising talent Joe Lycett already possesses the confidence and relaxed, homely charm of an old campaigner' (The Times). Joe Lycett was #7 in Ents24's Hardest Working Comedians of 2018 list.
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