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Lunar Festival 2018

Umberslade Estate, Butts Lane, Tanworth in Arden, Warwickshire, Warwickshire, B94 5AE

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27 July 2018 - 30 July 2018
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Lunar is a music and arts festival, returning to Umberslade Farm Park, Warwickshire from 26th-29th July 2018. Musically, the festival has always had an eclectic line-up, with artists in genres such as Psychedelia, Electronica, Americana and more. For the first time ever, Lunar will open it's gates a day early, kicking off the weekend exclusively to 500 weekend ticket holders on Thursday 26th July.


Committed to staying small but thinking big, the festival will introduce Lunar's 7 Elements - Learn, Listen, Taste, Relax, Laugh, Move and Create - providing a wealth of entertainment within each element.  They should give attendees plenty of opportunities to get involved and enjoy the moment, fulfilling Lunar's tagline of "Make Hay While The Moon Shines".


World Music legends Amadou & Mariam are the Friday headliners. After meeting as children at Mali's Institute for the Young Blind, the duo has gone on to record eight full-length albums and tour the world. Also on the Friday, Double BRIT award winners, Basement Jaxx, will perform a special DJ Set. They've gone from throwing hush-hush raves in abandoned South London pizza joints to selling over 3 million albums.


Joining the line-up is The Go! Team. Described as a "band who still have faith in the power of music to make things better", it's safe to say The Go! Team will provide a joyous set. Also on the Friday, The Unthanks will be performing the songs and poems of Molly Drake; a fitting tribute, as Lunar takes place in Tanworth-In-Arden, the spiritual home of her son, Nick Drake.


Saturday night's headliners are Goldfrapp. Their seventh album, 'Silver Eye' (a reference to the moon), provides cinematic pop music with a twist - differing from the nourish folk fables of 2013's 'Tales Of Us'. With fellow Saturday performers, Hookworms - a rock band gone electronic, rising to prominence - Lunar's Saturday offering is set to be a celebration of the eclectic and intriguing.


Bringing the weekend to a climax is The Stranglers. Emerging in 1974 via the punk rock scene, the band have gone on to experiment with different styles resulting in such hits as "Golden Brown", "No More Heroes", "Peaches" and "Always The Sun".  With a history of sell-out shows, this is likely to be a highlight of the weekend.


After being forced to leave their homes in Mali during the civil conflict and imposition of Sharia Law, Songhoy Blues was formed. Their 2015 debut album, 'Music In Exile', was released to universal acclaim, being described as "a masterpiece of desert blues; blending American guitar licks with Malian groove" by NME.


Former lead singer of the legendary and seminal German krautrock band 'Can', Damo Suzuki now performs around with world with his project 'Damo Suzuki's Network'. With this project he has performed live improvisational music with more than 7000 different musicians across 43 countries. He will bring this project to Lunar for a never-before-seen performance with Lunar Festival musicians, dubbed the Lunar Ensemble.


Expect a kaleidoscopic world of wild synths and drums from AK/DK, a musical map of contrasting styles from Nigerian Funk to rave/psych by Boy Azooga and Jane Weaver's melodic-protagonist channeling new depths of cosmic energy. More highlights come from Blackash with their fusion of acid rock and acid house and BBC 6 Music's Mark Radcliffe with his band Galleon Blast..


Hosting dance classes by day such as Bhangra, Northern Soul and Swing, The Crow Bar will carry on the party till 3am once the music on the main stage finishes. Similarly, new venue Journey To Nutopia will play host to futuristic talks and workshops through the day, focused on broadening minds and changing perspectives. By night, this venue will see high-calibre DJ sets from the likes of dance music icon A Guy Called Gerald performing a live acid jam session and one of Britain's first house sound systems, DIY Soundsystem, hosting the Friday Night. Also making an appearance to bring a Nutopian electronic meets spoken word set to Lunar is Richard Norris.


In the timber-framed Moonshine Barn - a new addition to Lunar - comedy is provided by one of the UK's longest-standing comedy clubs, the Glee Club. This includes their famous Comedy Carousel as well as performances by Paul Foot and Barbara Nice hosting Celebrity Blind Date. The festival also features live podcasts such as Reasons To Be Cheerful by Absolute Radio's Geoff Lloyd and ex-Labour party leader Ed Miliband.


Another new addition is the Misery Saloon. For over 18s only, this bar will host Whiskey, Rum and Gin tasting sessions as well as being home to a matinee of "thoroughly depressing film" and a "Strict No Smiling Rule".


Thanks to partnerships with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Space Centre, families can revel in a wealth of theatre and science-themed activities. The Pink Moon Meadow will host plenty of other entertainment and workshops such as making your own Fairy Doors, Pottery, Wand-Making, the renowned Big Fish Little Fish family rave, Lunar team sports and a Skateramp provided by A Third Foot.


Children can also go free to the Umberslade Children's Farm where they can interact with baby animals, ride a pony, enjoy the two adventure play areas and even ride one of the John Deere Tractors.


For those wanting a more luxurious experience, Glamping options include luxury bell tents, beautiful vintage tents or quirky and unique Landpods. To escape from the hustle and bustle, attendees can enjoy a soak in wood-fired hot tubs complete with waiter service and a chill-out tent at the Northern Sky Retreat.