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Europe’s biggest veggie festival have pulled off what can only be described a little bit of a coup having just announced that they’ve booked for this years festival the original Happy Mondays. Read on for more details.

This years festival marks the tenth anniversary of VegfestUK, an event held annually in Bristol’s city centre with the intent to celebrate the vegetarian lifestyle to the full. The headlining gig on the festival’s Saturday evening will be a rare opportunity to catch the original Happy Mondays playing in what for them will be a relatively intimate (5000 capacity) outdoor setting.

Joining The Mondays will be none other than The Farm as well as 808 State & Mr Peter Hook who’ll be doing a turn on the 1’s & 2’s (the wheels of steel) as he DJ’s the night away.

Musically it’s not all about the Saturday night though! Oh no. The festival will kick off on Friday with Caravan Palace headlining & who’ll be supported by Kitten and the Hip and The Boxettes. Then on the closing night, Sunday, the frankly awesome The Abyssinians will headup a major slowdown in pace on the reggae sunsplash stage with Macka B supporting.

Of course the main focus of the event will be food (VegfestUK is the world’s biggest veggie event after all) & during the daytime the expected 25,000 visitors will be able to feast on different cuisine from across the globe via some of the 125 stalls which will also be crammed with the like of bodycare, clothes, fashion and accessories, and campaigns merchandise.

Admission is only £2 adults and £1 kids / claimants / OAP’s during the daytime up to 6pm, payable only on the entrance. After 6pm however the only way to gain entrance to the above mentioned stellar lineup of live music events will be by ticket. Also worth noting there will be no animal products permitted at the event so baseball boots / wellies should be at the ready for your feets & don’t forget bits of string for when this belts get confiscated!

Tickets for Friday (Caravan Palace) are priced £15 + fees, and for Saturday (Happy Mondays, 808 State, The Farm, Peter Hook) its £25 + fees. Sunday’s (The Abyssinians, Macka B) admission is an ABSOLUTE BARGAIN of only £5 after 6pm, payable on the gate.   Tickets available from and from

VegfestUK has two other shows in 2013 – one in Brighton (March 16th 17th) and one in London (October 5th 6th) – see for more information.

VegfestUK can be found on Twitter & Facebook and you can sign up for their e-bulletin HERE.

All words Guy Manchester. More words by Guy can be read here. He tweets as @guid0man & uses Tumblr.

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Guy is a former full time member of the Louder Than War editorial team, who's since moved on to pastures new. Music's been a large part of his life since he first stumbled across Peel on his tranny as a fifteen year old. His whole approach to music was learnt from Peel in fact, which includes having as inclusive a taste in music as possible. Guy devotes most of his time looking for new music & although he's been known to say "the only good music is new music" he pretty much accepts this is bollocks. Favourite band The Minutemen.


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