Galtres Parklands Festival headliners revealed

Gazette & Herald: Morcheeba and Tricky Morcheeba and Tricky

COUNTER-CULTURE acts Morcheeba and Tricky will be the Saturday night co-headliners for the Galtres Parklands Festival 2014 at Duncombe Park, Helmsley, this summer.

Both rose to international prominence in the 1990s as central figures in a new wave of inventive musicians bending the boundaries of hip-hop, soul, R&B and electronica on era-defining, platinum and gold-certified British top ten albums.

Festival director James Houston said: “This is a major coup for us, and a big step forwards for our event, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. We're thrilled to welcome Morcheeba and Tricky to the line-up; they're huge personal favourites of mine. Both acts are not just incredible mainstream success stories, they’re genuine cult idols too.

"We hope the fact they can sit happily on our festival line-up alongside the likes of The Human League, Levellers, Bellowhead, Public Service Broadcasting, The Jim Jones Review and Foy Vance reflects both the eclecticism and the sheer quality of this year’s programme. It’s going to be amazing."

Morcheeba were formed in London in 1995 by vocalist Skye Edwards, DJ-producer Paul Godfrey and multi-instrumentalist Ross Godfrey, releasing the albums Big Calm in 1998, Fragments Of Freedomin 2000 and Charango in 2002, each marked by down-tempo grooves, smoky, soothing vocals and an escapist sound. Last year, Edwards and the Godfrey brothers reunited for a new album, Head Up High.

Rapper Tricky first emerged as a vocalist on Blue Lines, the venerated 1991 album by fellow Bristolians Massive Attack, and he became an underground icon with his 1995 Mercury Award-nominated record Maxinquaye, NME magazine's album of that year.

"The past 19 years have seen Tricky exploring a vast array of genres, defying labels and flying in the face of convention," said Mr Houston.

"With a softly-spoken take on the rap genre, musical influences varying from rock to chilled psychedelia, and a reputation as a compelling live performer, Tricky is truly unique counter-culture legend."

Morcheeba and Tricky will perform at Galtres Parklands Festival on August 23, when Paris XY, Martin Stephenson, York musician Chris Helme and Beans On Toast will be in action too.

"A major indie profile act is still to be announced for the Saturday, following bookings for Maximo Park, Ash and The Charlatans in previous years," said Mr Houston.

One hundred acts will perform on seven stages from August 22 to 24; day and weekend tickets are on sale at galtresfestival.org.uk

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8:31pm Mon 2 Jun 14

andy fowler says...

James Alexander will perform his Katie Perry tribute " I closed a bridge and I messed it up"
James Alexander will perform his Katie Perry tribute " I closed a bridge and I messed it up" andy fowler
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1:24pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Morcheeba.... counter-culture? Hah! Don't make me laugh!
Their dull brand of sleepy, almost-elevator music has been used on all sorts of adverts and TV shows. As establishment as it gets. Morcheeba. Counter-culture. And I'm the best looking man in York. Jeez!

Tricky on the other hand... certainly subversive. Almost makes the journey to Helmsley worthwhile.

"Hell is round the corner where I shelter
Isms and schisms
We're living helter skelter
If you believe and deceive
Your common sense says you will receive
Let me take you down the corridors"
Morcheeba.... counter-culture? Hah! Don't make me laugh! Their dull brand of sleepy, almost-elevator music has been used on all sorts of adverts and TV shows. As establishment as it gets. Morcheeba. Counter-culture. And I'm the best looking man in York. Jeez! Tricky on the other hand... certainly subversive. Almost makes the journey to Helmsley worthwhile. "Hell is round the corner where I shelter Isms and schisms We're living helter skelter If you believe and deceive Your common sense says you will receive Let me take you down the corridors" Buzzz Light-year
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