Friday, 20 July 2012

Devon Dub Fest follows Fairlynch

Devon Dub Fest: not just about camper vans

Budleigh Salterton is fast becoming a festival town par excellence with celebrations of literature, jazz, science, classical music and Budstock well established with plenty of enthusiastic supporters. 

Now Fairlynch Museum Twitter followers have been joined by yet another local music festival now in its second year and boasting its own quirky flavour.

Based this year in the extensive grounds of Bicton College, Devon Dub Fest was formed, as the organisers say, by "a few of us VW lovers thinking that a VW festival was missing a little closer to our own homes." 

Quirkhill, described as "a young four-piece indie-punk band from Devon, deliver a unique and punchy contemporary sound that draws influence from a great and distinctive retro indie era. The creative energy, which fuels their song writing, is evident in all their edgy original tracks." Influences include The Horrors, Radiohead and Muse along with The London Symphony Orchestra.

More than just a gathering of camper van enthusiasts the Festival aims to give local bands and performers somewhere to share their talents with everyone. And impressively the organisers are seeking to raise as much money as they possibly can for the children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent to which they will be donating every penny of profit from proceeds of the event.

Obviously they're also aiming to make Devon Dub Fest a happy and successful occasion with visitors having a great time and plenty of smiling faces.   

Above: Budstock's Joe Holroyde

Joe Holroyde's Fireflies band, familiar to Budstock followers, will be one of the sixteen bands listed for the 2012 event at Bicton. With a strong West Country flavour to most of the performers  Devon Dub Fest looks as if it's going to be putting down firm roots in the Budleigh area.

Also playing at Devon Dub Fest: The Loose Cannons, praised as a "rather excellent 13 piece multi genre Devon based band with an intoxicating mix of soul, funk, ska, pop, classic covers and original material." 

They might even be tempting some of the town's opera-loving Music Festival fraternity, with the Saturday occasion being a VW Summer Ball – black tie and ball gown VW style, including a prize for the best dressed.

Devon Dub Fest runs from Friday 27 - Sunday 29 July, from 9.00 am - 5.00 pm.

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