Joss Stone and Paloma Faith among big names at Larmer Tree Festival

5 Jul

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Joss Stone and Paloma Faith are among the big names appearing at boutique festival Larmer Tree, which opens near Salisbury next week.

Grammy Award-winning soul diva Joss will be making a special guest appearance to perform with Yes Sir Boss on Thursday, July 12.

The You Had Me singer’s gravelly but lustrous vocals will bring an extra treat to an already great evening of entertainment on Thursday as she joins Yes Sir Boss – the newest signings to her own Stone’d Records label – on the main stage.

James Shepard, founder and co-director of Larmer Tree Festival, said: “Having Joss Stone gig with Yes Sir Boss is an unexpected but great bonus, which will only magnify an already fantastic evening of music and comedy.

“Yes Sir Boss is an exciting new band, which looks set to make waves on the music scene this year and is perfect for Larmer Tree’s ethos of supporting up-and-coming talent.”

Meanwhile, former burlesque dancer Paloma Faith will be belting out hits from her critically acclaimed debut album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?, as well as treating festival-goers to material from her eagerly-awaited second album Fall To Grace as she headlines the main stage on Thursday.

The Best British Female Brit Award nominee will be familiar to viewers of BBC 1’s The Voice , where she helped Danny O’Donoghue mentor his acts.

And the festival is about more than the action on the main stage. New for 2012, Larmer Tree has teamed up with Salisbury Arts Centre and their creative team to bring the Media Dreamspace to this year’s festival.

Designed to inspire creativity, this is a chance for festival-goers to immerse themselves in a media dream world, with filmmaking, animation, broadcasting and much more.

There’ll be a packed programme of drop-in workshops and interactive performances, which will enable people to explore a world of imagination through media tools, get hands on with high-tech gadgets, or join the Roving Reporter team.

Julia Safe, co-director of Lamer Tree said:  “We have a great, longstanding relationship with Salisbury Arts Centre including most recently having programmed the music for their Acoustic Cafe gigs.

“We’re extremely pleased to be welcoming their creative team to Larmer Tree for the first time, it promises to be a brilliant hotbed of media activity – we can’t wait to drop by and see what’s going on!”

Other headliners over the five day festival – which runs from Wednesday to Sunday, July 11 to 15 – include Amadou & Mariam, Jools Holland, Levellers, Roots Manuva, Milton Jones, Stephen K Amos and The Horne Section.

Festival tickets include all entertainment, free parking and camping for tents, caravans and campervans.  A three day ticket costs £140 per adult but festival-goers can enjoy a four or five day weekend for only an extra £25 or £50 respectively.

To see the full music and comedy line-up as well as a full programme of workshops, shows and activities for all ages, and to book tickets visit

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