The phenomenally talented multi gold and platinum-selling artist, Billy Ocean, has sold over 30 million records during his 26yr career. Firm favourites include 'Love Really Hurts', 'When the Going Gets Tough' and 'Get Outta My Dreams; Get into My Car' - and we're looking forward to strutting our stuff to a fantastic selection of Billy Ocean's classics! Please make a lot of noise for this true music legend and his 9-piece band.
Lawnfest, the one-day family festival, will back for its fifth year on July 6th, 2013 at The New West Heath School, Sevenoaks, Kent. Encapsulating all that is wonderful and magical about family festivals Lawnfest is truly one of summer's hidden gems. Loved by festivalgoers of every generation, this is the perfect family day out in every sense of the word. The festival was set up as a non-profit event to help fund bursaries for The New West Heath School, a charity that helps rebuild the lives of traumatised children.
Set across 32 acres of the Kent countryside, Lawnfest welcomes back the very popular Kids' Garden area and musical heroes Man Like Me. Joining Man Like Me on the main stage will be Josephine, Sam Gray, Lulu James and BBC Kent's very own and host for the day, Sean Rowley, plus more acts will be announced. Throughout the day a fine medley of fun filled happenings will keep all the family entertained. The festival attracts many famous faces including the Queen of Pop herself, Madonna. In the Lawnfest Village, a selection of food and drinks will be available alongside the Lawnfest Boutique and very special raffle. What more could you ask for on a summer's day?
Man Like Me are a brilliantly bonkers troupe from London who have developed a unique carnival-esque blend of Brit pop mixed with old-fashioned trumpet vibes and brazen London style rap. Man Like Me's collective energy is always a spectacle to behold and it comes as no surprise that Lawnfest had to have the guys back. Last year they stole the show and left the sold out festival wanting more. They have a new album out in March so expect to hear new and old material from this exciting band de jour.
Josephine is currently on tour with Paloma Faith and is tipped for greatness from musical greats such as Jools Holland. Her vocals are so richly soulful, so deeply mature it's no wonder that she's already found herself working with the likes of Leo Abrahams (Grace Jones, Nick Cave) and Jimmy Hogarth (Amy Winehouse, Estelle).
Originally hailing from South Shields LuLu James year old has already caught the attention of the likes of Zane Lowe, Annie Mac and Mistajam. Combining influences like James Blake and Jamie XX with her lilting vocals and clear love (and talent for) soul, Lulu James has created a sound that's unique, but familiar; she describes it as 21st century soul. A star in the making, who we believe is destined to shine. Her latest single, Closer, its out now.
A very special appearance will come from the schools very own band, Fire Hazard. Fire Hazard are the latest incarnation of a band that has drawn from the large wealth of musical talent at The New West Heath and have impressed all who've been lucky enough to catch them. Some of the students have been lucky enough to be working with "Strummerville", Joe Strummer Foundation which has been very exciting.
Sean Rowley is a DJ on BBC London 94.9 and BBC Radio Kent. Rowley devised the Guilty Pleasures concept as a slot on his BBC London radio show, to attempt to 'reclaim' songs that are viewed as "slightly shameful to love". His club night Guilty Pleasures takes place at KOKO in Camden Town, and has spawned two compilation albums, a Sunday afternoon radio show, and a television show on ITV1 hosted by Fearne Cotton on which established performers will perform cover versions of Guilty Pleasures favourites.
Kids' Garden area will delight children with clownish capers, playful pranks, arts, and crafts, and extremely entertaining workshops; it's always fun in the Kids' Garden. Watch out for the giant grizzly bear and a very special teddy bears' picnic. But shhh, don't tell everyone!
Lanwfest's Food is de-li-cious. The Street Kitchen silver airstream van will be there to make mouth-watering burgers fit for any king or queen. Pizza connoisseurs, Fox and Raisin, will be sparking up their vintage Citroen's wood fired pizza oven and will certainly look the part alongside Kissmycake's vintage ice-cream van Bluebelle selling luxury ice-creams. The Cocktail Club Emporium make their first appearance at Lawnfest. Expect a divine range of mouth watering and unusual gin and vodka champagne infusions. Violet's Vintage Teas make a welcome return with English tea served in delicate bone china with scones and cake. And remember it's obligatory to get your vintage look from Violet's vintage dressing-up box.
Do it with friends. Make new ones. And savour all that is good about Lawnfest.
Man Like Me
Sean Rowley (Host & MC)