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Bob Vylan is 2023 Headliner

News story posted on: Wed, 25th Jan 2023

We at the Vale Earth Fair have been extra organised this year and have already secured some great acts. This year’s festival will be held on Sunday 27th August and will be showcasing tonnes of local talent as well as acts from across the UK.

This year’s festival will once again take place across three stages of live music, two DJ stages and the Sneakaway spoken word stage throughout the castle and its surrounding area.

The headliner for this year is none other than Bob Vylan! Having formed around 4 years, the Bob Vylan sound is ever evolving and crosses genres and sonic dimensions. They incorporate these multiple styles in their music in an attempt to bridge genres and fuse subcultures together. Their unique style has found them embraced by rock crowds and rap crowds alike and their independent nature has seen them start their own Ghost Theatre record label to release their music on, free from the restraints of major label politics, a route that last year led them to number 18 on the UK national album charts, 4 in the physical charts and number 3 on the independent charts, with their most recent album ‘Bob Vylan Presents The Price Of Life’. The first time in history that an album entirely produced, recorded and mixed by the band and released on the band’s own label has reached the top 20. This album won the Kerrang! ‘Best Album’ award for 2022, and in 2022 they won their first MOBO award for Best Alternative Music Act, as well as gracing numerous magazine covers.

Their latest single The Delicate Nature is a collaboration with Laurie Vincent of Slaves and was released towards the end of last year to much critical acclaim - it is a powerful and urgent track with typically honest and hard-hitting lyrics - just what we’ve come to expect from Bob Vylan.

Their live shows have seen them play at Reading & Leeds and ALT LDN festivals, be the main support to Biffy Clyro, and throughout October/November 2021 they supported The Offspring in arenas across the UK. In 2022, they played sell out shows across the UK and festival season saw them playing Glastonbury, Full force, 2000trees, Rebellion Festival, Boomtown, Pukkelpop and Riot Fest in the USA as well as many more. They are not to be missed.

We are also fortunate enough to have the Electric Shakes joining us for this year’s festival. This Bournemouth three-piece describe themselves as “Kick Ass Dirty Boogie and Garage Rock N Roll reeking of old smokey bars and sweat drenched floors”. What else is there to love? Sharing a mutual respect for hard working, unpretentious, music from the soul, they have clocked up an approximate total of 1,000,000,000 hours worth of playing music in some way shape or form (according to their calculations). They have played alongside some great UK acts such as Stiff Little Fingers, Elephant Tree, Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons, 999, and The Surfin Birds. This is, of course, not their first Guernsey appearance by a long way - some may recall the last time they played locally was back in 2020 at Sound Festival at St James. The band dominated the stage and gave us an hour of energy and groovy rock. A great time is sure to be had!

Of course, it wouldn’t be the Vale Earth Fair without some incredible local acts. This year we are pleased to announce that ultra-talented duo SkySkyrapers will be tearing up the NexT Up stage and the Space Pirates of Rocquaine will be bringing their bouncy, folky tunes to keep us all
dancing. Many, many more great acts to be announced over the coming months. T

Tickets for the festival are on sale now through the Vale Earth Fair website: