VegFest 2014 announces line-up inc Peter Hook, Ruts DC, Goldblade and…Boney M!!VegFest 2014 announces line-up inc Peter Hook, Ruts DC, Goldblade and Boney M!!

Europe’s biggest veggie event VegfestUK Bristol, held in the middle of the city on May 23rd – 25th, is set to see some spectacular headliners this summer as the festival adopts a ‘disco’ theme in celebration of the World Cup this summer in Brazil.

VegfestUK Bristol regularly attracts 20,000-25 000 visitors over the weekend and includes a whole vegan food festival during the daytime on the weekend with 140 stalls, cookery demos, talks, workshops, cinemas, kids cookery classes and entertainment, clay modelling and live performance along with all day bars and the most superb caterers – all of them providing 100% vegan food without any animal products included at all, making this a quite unique gathering of food and music and the biggest of its kind in the UK.

With literally millions of record sales to their name, 70’s pop sensations Boney M will be appearing live on stage on Friday May 23rd. Best known for their multimillion selling hits ‘Rivers of Babylo’n and ‘Mary’s Boy Child’, the band had a string of successes with tunes like ‘Sunny’, ‘Ma Bake’r, ‘Rasputin’ and ‘Daddy Coo’l.

Original member Maizie Williams still sings with her group, as does another 70’s legend, Gwen Dickey’s Rose Royce, who will also be performing on the Friday. With a succession of top ten hits and number one’s including ‘Wishing on a Star’, ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’ and ‘Carwash’, Gwen and Rose Royce were massively successful in the 70’s and she continues to thrill audiences the world over with her silky vocals and all time classics. And with the support from leading tribute band Abba Gold playing all the Swedish pop sensations hits, the Amphitheatre in central Bristol will be going pop crazy and decidedly glam on Friday.

On Saturday May 24th the show shifts to its punk roots with a headline performance from Peter Hook & The Light, playing a Joy Division and New Order set. Before that original punks Ruts DC grace the main stage with their eclectic mix of punk ska and reggae, including the hits ‘Babylon’s Burnin’g, ‘Jah War’, ‘Dangerous Minds’ and ‘Staring at the Rude Boys’, and with author and musician John Robb and his band Goldblade on before, the original 70’s punk vibe will be well and truly alive and kicking

On Sunday May 25th the emphasis shifts to the traditional Vegfest Sunday reggae Sunsplash along with original 70’s Bristol reggae outfit Black Roots, before dance reggae maestros Zion Train close the party on the Sunday evening.

Addmission to VegFest is split into two distinct catagories; Daytime and Evening Performance

Daytime admission on Saturday and all day Sunday is £3 pay on gate. Children under 16 are free.

Tickets/Addmission for the Evening Performances on Friday are £15 in advance and £20 on the gate (kids under 16 – £3 / £5); whilst those for Saturday are priced £10 available in advance and £12 on the gate (kids under 16 – £3 / £4)

For more information head to the VegFest website.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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