Strawberry Fields Festival 2013: The Enemy, X-Press 2, Jaguar Skills and The Cuban Brothers among first acts announced
The Enemy, Jaguar Skills, X-Press 2 and The Cuban Brothers are among the first acts to be announced for this year's Strawberry Fields Festival.
Revealing the first wave of bands and musicians exclusively in the Leicester Mercury today, organisers promised the 2013 event would be bigger and better than ever.
Platinum-selling Coventry trio The Enemy will be the headline act for the north west Leicestershire festival – which runs from Friday, August 9, to Sunday, August 11 – when they take the stage on the Saturday night.
The band, who have three top 10 albums under their belts and have toured with the likes of Oasis and Kasabian, said they were excited to be on the bill.
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"We've not headlined that many festivals, so this is a great one for us," drummer Liam Watts told the Mercury.
"Smaller festivals are always great days out. We love playing festivals because everyone's so up for it and, as we're headlining, it means we get to see a lot of great bands who are on before us."
For the first time in Strawberry Fields' four-year history, the main stage will be open on the Friday as well as the Saturday and Sunday – and festival favourite Jaguar Skills has been confirmed to close the main stage on opening night.
Other names announced this morning are Discopolis, The Other Tribe, Troumaca and The Lines, as well as Leicester acts Him_Self_Her and DJ New Walk, also known as Taylor Burton.
James Ludlam, director of the festival, which takes place at Cattows Farm, in Heather, said he was excited about the acts.
"We've tried to get The Enemy for the past couple of years and it's just not been able to happen, for one reason or another," he said. "They're a band we've been aware of since they were playing small gigs, since before the festival started, and we're delighted to be able to have them this year.
"They're a band that stay true to their working class roots and still have that raw, jagged sound.
"And, having Jaguar Skills on the Friday will be fantastic – he's been one of the most talked-about acts of the past three years. I think his mash-up style of DJing means that everyone, no matter their music tastes, can appreciate it."
James said more acts would be announced over the coming months.
"We're still working away on the rest of the acts and the Sunday headliner, but what I can say is the acts we've got for the Sunday will bring a real party vibe," he said. "There'll be a real carnival atmosphere."
The Strawberry Jam stage, for local bands, will be run in conjunction with Leicester music venues The Musician, The Donkey and Lock 42.
Tickets, which are £80 – the same as last year – are on sale now.
Tickets for return coaches from St Margaret's bus station, in the city centre, are £20. www.strawberryfieldsfestival.co.uk
See The Week next Thurs- day, February 21, for our full interview with The Enemy.