Almost 50 years after Led Zeppelin performed at Bath Blues Festival (1969) on Bath Recreation Ground, their former lead singer and lyricist and one of the greatest voices in rock and roll, Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters return to the city for the 70th anniversary finale weekend of The Bath Festival.
Singer, songwriter and musician, Robert Plant CBE, returns to Bath as he takes his new album ‘Carry Fire’ around the world on numerous sold out dates. He heads up the Sunday programme on the Rec on 27 May.
Imelda May is the unique Irish vocal talent, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who released her fifth studio album, Life. Love. Flesh. Blood in April last year and she comes to the finale weekend as Robert Plants’ special guest. Her first two singles, Johnny Got a Boom Boom and Big Bad Handsome Man were released in 2009, she has toured with the likes of Jools Holland and Jamie Cullum, and appeared on stage with the likes of U2, Sir Tom Jones and Smokey Robinson.
Midge Ure OBE
Best known for his involvement with Band Aid and the song Do They Know It’s Christmas, Midge’s distinguished career has been recognised with Ivor Novello and Grammy awards along with a flotilla of gold and platinum records. Midge’s life in music spans the leadership of bands such as Slik, The Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage, and Ultravox, and he has also directed rock concerts for The Prince’s Trust, Night of the Proms, Wicked Women for Breakthrough and in honour of Nelson Mandela.
Midge’s catalogue of hits run from Slik’s Forever And Ever to Visage’s Fade To Grey to Ultravox’ Reap the Wild Wind, Dancing With Tears in My Eyes, Love’s Great Adventure and 1981’s timeless Vienna, along with his solo hit No Regrets. He co-wrote and produced Do They Know It’s Christmas which went on to raise £8 million for the starving in Africa. Midge is no stranger to Bath, living just outside, and continuing to record at his studio in the city.
Seth’s eighth studio album Ballads of the Broken Few is a stunning combination of his dynamic song writing and playing. He re-released the Top 20 album, with added bonus tracks around his performance at BBC Radio 2’s Festival in a Day at Hyde Park in September 2017.
Seth has been touring in the UK with Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, playing as part of Robert’s band in addition to solo performances. Seth has performed around the world with artists such as Jools Holland, Runrig and Billy Bragg since his first album, Kitty Jay was nominated for a Mercury Prize, and his follow-up, Freedom Fields went Gold.
Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer
Mr.B began his Chap-Hop career in the summer of 2007 when he decided to bring elements of his previous incarnations (UK rapper, jump-up breaks producer, banjolele maverick and dandy) together and create a genre. Mr.B has recorded four long players (OG, Original Gentleman; The Tweed Album, Can’t Stop Shan’t Stop and Mr.B’s Christmas Album) as well as one collection of Chappist Acid House (Mr.B The Gentleman Selector’s Acid Ragtime: Chapstep Volume One). He also releases terribly english electronica under the guise of The Major.
British singer, songwriter and musician Jade Bird’s debut EP, Something American was released in July 2017 and Rolling Stone described her vocals as raw and robust and named her as a new country artist to watch in July 2017.
An exciting Bath based alternative rock four piece. Novatines released their debut single September 2017 to an incredible welcome. Some amazing reviews from notable sites such as Louder Than War and BBC Introducing. The group have been tipped as one of the ‘hottest new UK guitar bands’.
“It’s all about the future, this is NOVATINES” BBC INTRODUCING
Ferris and Sylvester
Ferris & Sylvester are a London based duo made up of Issy Ferris and Archie Sylvester. Their clever combination of Archie’s blues influence and Issy’s soft folk tone has created a distinctive genre of their own. In February 2018 the duo released the ‘Made In Streatham EP’, reaching No.1 on the iTunes Singer Songwriter chart.
‘Dreamy, deceptively lovely folk-pop that tickles the ear and softens you up for the thornier sentiments contained therein. Pretty as a California sunset. Gorgeously dusky singing voice and immaculate harmonies.’ – ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
A fresh take on the folk genre, The Wandering Hearts are a London based four piece are reminiscent of First Aid Kit, Of Monsters and Men and Chris Stapleton, whilst keeping their British roots at the very heart of their music.
Winner of the 2017 Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition. His talent comes alive on stage, bringing back soul and funk influences from music industry icons. From Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, and James Brown, right through to Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan, he emanates what being successful in today’s music industry is all about. Bringing forward real and honest talent that speaks to the audiences.
The finale weekend takes place 26th and 27th of May and will also include family activities, busking bandstand, a big top stage, poets corner and roaming entertainment.
Weekend Adult – £80 (£88 inc.booking fee)
Weekend Junior – £40 (£44 inc.booking fee)
Saturday Adult – £50 (£55 inc.booking fee)
Saturday Junior – £20 (£22 inc.booking fee)
Sunday Adult – £50 (£55 inc.booking fee)
Sunday Junior – £20 (£22 inc.booking fee)
Please note that all tickets are subject to a 10% booking fee set by the artistes and management. VIP tickets have sold out. The event organiser may run an upgrade scheme on the day and this will be promoted nearer the time of the event.
– ‘Junior Tickets’ are for children aged 14 and under, any child over the age of 14 will need to purchase an adult ticket
– Under 18’s, including those holding ‘Junior Tickets’ must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult over the age of 18.
– Under 5’s are free: only one free per an adult ticketholder. This will be discounted once both Adult and Under 5 tickets are in your basket.
– Collection from Bath Box Office/ on the door is NOT available for this event.
– If you select the print at home option you must print your e-ticket, showing the ticket on your phone will not be accepted.
If you have any special requirements, or require a free accompanying carer ticket, please contact Bath Box Office on 01225 463362.
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