Great Line-up to celebrate twenty years.
The Llangollen Fringe will celebrate twenty years next week and is offering a line-up that is as diverse, eclectic and imaginative as ever. The range of events will take place from July 13th to 23rd in various venues in and around the North Wales town.
Arguably the main story will be the welcome return of guitar legend Wilko Johnson who last appeared at Llangollen in 2012 (see here for 2012 interview). Since then, Wilko has dealt with a diagnosis of cancer that was originally believed to be terminal but, thanks to the intervention of a fan who also happened to be a cancer specialist, saw him undergoing life-saving surgery and get back to what he loves doing. Alongside one of the great bass players in Norman Watt-Roy and the outstanding drumming of Dylan Howe, Wilko Johnson is a live experience not to be missed and he will rock the Llangollen Pavilion on July 19th.
However, the ten days are crammed with other outstanding acts such as newcomers to Llangollen CC Smugglers, favourites of many including Bob Harris and Cerys Matthews this multi-genre, power-packers have already wowed crowds at Cornbury, Cambridge and Glastonbury Festivals and kick off the live music proceedings in the Town Hall on the 14th. Support will be provided by local heroes Heal The Last Stand so this really is a double-bill not to be missed.
West Country Folk legend Seth Lakeman makes his festival debut in the Town Hall on Thursday 20th, one of only a handful of live appearances this year where he will be showcasing new songs from forthcoming album “Ballads of the Broken Few”. Also, the appearance of Turin Brakes on Saturday July 15th will be highly anticipated and confirmation of this million-selling band is further evidence of the quality of this year’s line-up.
Other highlights include comedian and activist Mark Thomas who will be talking about his book “100 Acts of Minor Dissent”’ Guardian columnist and T.V. chef Jack Monroe and Congolese dance band Kasai Masai who last rocked the joint in 2010. If you have the urge to dance to Soul and Funk on a steam train, or even at Carrog Station (and who doesn’t at this time of year?), look no further. The ever-popular “Band for a Day” returns alongside a host of other attractions to ensure this year’s festival will be the best yet.
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All words by Dave Jennings, Twitter – @blackfoxwrexham