The Exile music festival in the Derbyshire countryside will be headlined by Rogue Embers, Hallouminati and The Wam Bam Band
This weekend’s Exile Music Festival promises three days of live performances in the idyllic setting of Sabine Hay, a wooded valley in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside.
Festival spokesperson Janet Fleming said: “Ticket sales are promising, so we’re hoping for a really good and fun festival.
“We have a brilliant lineup this year. Jake in the Box starts the festival Friday night and the WamBamBand will wrap up the weekend Sunday afternoon.
“In between we’ll have Dirty Cello from the USA, Zaboomba, Leadfeather, Molly & the Gray Notes, Harry Skinner and Hallouminati, to name a few. There’s such an eclectic mix of music this year, it’s one of the best line-ups we’ve had!”
Over 20 artists will perform at the festival, which kicks off with Jake in the boxa group dedicated to capturing the anarchic humor and beautiful music of songs popularized by the late troubadour Jake Thackray.
Derbyshire band Rogue Embers will headline the opening concert on Friday 24th June. The band’s fast-paced Americana/folk rock mix is propelled by a driving beat and powerful harmonies.
T’owd Man Border Morris, based in Wirksworth, will open Saturday’s program at noon. The group of men and women dance the Welsh border style, accompanied by a melodious folk band.
Hallouminati headlines Saturday night, with a unique high-octane gypsy/punk/ska/Greek/ragga/jazz mash-up. Their sound is fine-tuned to suit the late-night guerrilla dance floors of gypsy nights and the soundtrack of a champagne-soaked ballroom night. Hallouminati festival credits include Bestival and Boomtown.
American exports Dirty Cello, who will open for Hallouminati, are renowned for their blues, rock and bluegrass string music that gets audiences rocking, swaying and dancing.
Jazz trio Molly & The Gray Notes will deliver sweet melodies on the main stage at 1 p.m. Sunday to ease revelers into the final day.
Best of Wirksworth The Wam Bam group promise a thrilling finale. The dozen members include nurses, probation officers, teachers and computer programmers in a band consisting of four singers, four horns and a four-piece rhythm section. The WamBamBand has transported its sounds to the south of France, London and Reading.
Alongside the main stage program, artists such as The Boothill Toe Tappers and a steel band will perform on the garden stage,
Janet Fleming added: “We are pleased to see the return of our Garden Stage this year. We are also planning to remove the sides of the main marquee to give the public a chance to enjoy the sun (hopefully) while watching the bands. These are measures we introduced last year in line with Covid guidelines, but have proven so effective that we are keeping the same format this year.
The Pop Top Café will be on hand to serve meat and vegetarian meals, including lunches, snacks, tea and coffee. There will also be a licensed bar.
Adult tickets cost £65 (weekend including camping) or £25 (Friday), £30 (Saturday), £15 (Sunday). Tickets for young people aged 12-18 cost £45 (weekend including camping), £20 (Friday), £25 (Saturday) and £10 (Sunday). Admission is free for children under 12 years old. Parking costs £5.