BREAKING NEWS: Stroud Fringe 2013 Headliners Revealed
LOCAL legends George Montague, Thee Ones and Hot Feet will headline the main stage at this year’s Stroud Fringe.
The headline acts for the 2013 festival’s flagship Bank Gardens stage are all from Gloucestershire after organisers decided to place a bigger emphasis on local talent.
This year’s event will take place in and around Stroud town centre from August 30 to September 1.
Stage manager Freddie Whittaker said: “Over the last couple of years we have made a name for ourselves by bringing you amazing acts from across the UK.
“But some of the best acts around come from right here in Gloucestershire, and we’re proud to announce that all three headline acts this year are local”
“All three acts are doing incredibly well, not just locally but across the country, and are amazing ambassadors for our awesome town and county.”
Critically-acclaimed pianist and singer-songwriter George Montague will headline the main stage on the Friday, along with his amazing “notsobigband”.
Multi-instrumentalist George will have already wowed audiences at the prestigious Cheltenham Jazz Festival in May, and his debut album “Have You Met George”, is already helping to establish him as a rising star.
George said: “I am honoured to have been invited to headline the opening night of the wonderful Stroud Fringe 13 with my magnificent ‘notsobigband’ on keys, guitars, ukulele, bass, drums and sax – and excited to be performing my music at this special festival.
“Please get ready to dance and have fun… with all original songs in funk, jazz, rock and pop – FUZZROP!”
Fronted by Stroud’s main Mod rocker Nick Buckle, Thee Ones are one of Stroud’s most successful exports.
Thee Ones will headline the main stage on the Saturday night, providing foot-stomping original blues music guaranteed to get crowds moving.
Sunday’s headliner will be Hot Feet, a self-proclaimed “folk’n’roll” band whose recent “Woodhouse EP” has brought them acclaim across the UK.
The up-and-coming band recently played a session for 6Music’s Marc Riley, and Elbow’s Guy Garvey recently said they were going to be “huge” when he played their amazing new single “The Woodhouse” on his own show.
Bristol-based singer-songwriter Gaz Brookfield, Forest of Dean-based indie rockers The Feddens and Stroud punk favourites Chinese Burn are also confirmed to perform over the weekend. A full line-up will be published in June.
Events are also being planned in the town’s other music venues and pubs, including a sixth birthday celebration for Mockers, Stroud’s longest-running independent club night, at the Lansdown Hall on the Friday night.