Saturday 14th April 2012
12noon - 10pm
Tumuli Field, Rockley, Marlborough, Wiltshire
LINE UP: Damon Albarn’s Dr. Dee / Dry the River / Raghu Dixit / Jodie Marie / Rae Morris / Michele Stodart (The Magic Numbers) / Nick Harper / Cut A Shine / Kidnap Alice / Maria Byrne & The Broken String / The Gallant Tailors / A Genuine Freakshow / Crash and the Bandicoots / Young Blood / Anchor and the Wolf/ Gaz Brookfield
There’s a palpable excitement in the air in the run up to Onefest (which used to be known as Honeyfest), especially since they’ve got one of the biggest stars in the world, Damon Albarn exclusively performing songs from his new solo album Dr Dee. It takes place on Saturday April 14 and they’ve also got the amazing Dry the River, as well as Nick Harper, Michele Stodart from The Magic Numbers and a host of others including our local favourite Gaz Brookfield.
Last month we announced Damon Albarn as headliner of the first festival of the year, OneFest (formerly known as Honeyfest).
Taking place in the middle of beautiful crop-circle country and close to the famous chalk white horses of Wiltshire, we are now able to reveal the full details of this year’s festival, including the completed line-up.
Headliner Damon Albarn spoke of his excitment at playing his magical new songs: "I’m really looking forward to the festival; Wiltshire in Spring feels like a perfect setting for Dr Dee songs. Some of my favourite musicians are playing with me, it will be special."
Albarn will perform songs and music from his new solo album Dr. Dee - based on his opera of the same name created by Albarn and Rufus Norris. He will be joined onstage by a cast of musicians and singers from the original production including Madou Diabate.
Also featuring will be rising ‘Indie Folk’ band of the moment, Dry the River, India’s leading alternative folk act Raghu Dixit, rising young female singer-songwriters Rae Morris, Jodie Marie and Michele Stodart (of The Magic Numbers) as well as the brilliant Wiltshire musician Nick Harper (son of the legendary Roy).
A second stage of upcoming, new artists has been curated by BBC Introducing and these include the amazing Gaz Brookfield, who we have a chat with opposite.
The festival prides itself on its community roots and as such, does everything it can to support the local area from using local suppliers and staff to breaking new musical talent in the Wiltshire area. Acts competed for the two opening slots on the mainstage at this year’s OneFest Battle Of The Bands.
This intimate festival will boast an abundance of real ales, tasty local foods from all over the county, as well as a 'Super-Fete Sports Day' open to all (guaranteed laughs after a few ciders), an Acoustic Cafe, Mystic Massage, Family Area and a OneFest Hoe-Down, as well as a few more surprises including the amazing Kaya Drums.
OneFest’s predecessor, Honeyfest 2011 was held in support of the Barge Inn Community Project - a group of villagers who came together to take over the running of their local pub and secure its future at the heart of their community. It saw performances from the likes of Laura Marling, Damian Rice and The Magic Numbers.
Tickets at £39 are available at onefestuk.com and Sound Knowledge, Hughenden Yard, Marlborough on 01672 511106 and free coaches will be laid on between the festival site and Swindon Raliway Station.
There will be a free shuttle bus from Swindon train station, ticket holders just need to register through the Onefest website to get on board. Also local residents can take advantage of discounted tickets which can be bought at Sound Knowledge (High Street, Marlborough) or at the Barge Inn Pub (Honey Street).
Onefest is the perfect summer fete for families and all kids under 13 go free! All childrens tickets simply need to be ordered alongside adult ones through the Onefest website. Students are offered a 20% discount off Onefest tickets; they simply need to type in the code 'onefeststudent' in the promo box through the seetickets website, and bring along ID on the day to validate the passes.
With campsites and B&Bs booking up fast as festival-goers set to flock from across the country, Onefest will be generating a substantial sum for the local economy. In a drive to support local businesses, Onefest are delighted to welcome local Marlborough high street shop Joules who are hosting a welly whanging contest throughout the day!
Also Bristol-based outlet Pieminister and The Bath Pig will be back on site this year keeping everyone well-fed, while Bath Ales will be running the bar, bringing along some great local ales and ciders. There will even be a local alternative therapist onsite to treat weary revelers aches and pains as they offer massages and complimentary therapies.
In between the main stage acts, there will be a OneFest Sports Day! Games will include the egg and spoon race, the sack race, the works inaugural 5-legged race and most importantly the OneFest sporting headliner; the TUG-OF-WAR! Get involved and discover which team of 5 will take the title and bring home the trophy at the end of the day.
Damon Albarn’s Dr Dee
Dry The River
Marie Byrne and The Broken String
The Gallant Tailors
in Association with BBC Introducing
Cut a Shine (Hoedown)
Crash and the Bandicoots
A Genuine Freakshow
A Q&A with the amazing Gaz Brookfield
Hi Gaz, how would you describe your music?
A bloke with a guitar writing about things that happen to him, using the same four chords over and over again, and hoping no one notices. If it's a genre you're after, then I'm folk/ acoustic, but doesn't that sound dull!?
What's it like being a jobbing musician?
Being a full time musician is great. It has its up and downs like all things. Some months are tougher financially than others, but on the whole it's brilliant. It's not a hard life, no. I would like to think that I would never moan about having a hard day. Real jobs are much harder. And yes, the van gets used an awful lot, so naturally it breaks from time to time. I love that van.
How did you get into music in the first place?
I got into music because of my Dad. He's a musician so both me and my sister were encouraged to learn mucial instruments when we were kids. I learned the saxophone, then moved onto guitar when I was a teenage in a desperate (yet fruitless) attempt to appear "cool".
What is it about playing live that you enjoy so much?
Seeing the look on people's faces when they identify with what I'm banging on about. Hearing people sing my songs back to me, that's the best feeling in the world!
Have you got any especially weird live gig stories?
At pub gigs I quite regularly have drunk people come up to me while I'm mid song, and request things. "Ere mate, d'you know that Robbie Williams one?" Or, "Play Wonderwall!" Needless to say, I do not know that Robbie Williams one, and no, I will not play fucking Wonderwall.
What can people expect from your set at Onefest?
At my set at Onefest people can expect my usual blend of fast angry rants, and quieter acoustic melodies. I'll be playing stuff from my forthcoming second album too.
What's next for you Gaz? Tell us about your new album?
My biggest gig of the year will be when I'm releasing my second album, "Tell It To The Beer", on June 8th with a big gig at The Fleece, Bristol. I will be releasing a free single from the album in the next few weeks. Details of the release will available on my website soon. http://www.gazbrookfield.com