Jurassic Fields music festival set to be bigger than ever

Ska and reggae act The Dualers are among this year's headliners at the Jurassic Fields festival

JURASSIC Fields Music Festival continues to catch the imagination of the public, and that is refected in advance ticket sales for what is becoming undoubtedly one of the best value for money music events in the country.

Now in its fifth year, such is its success that visitors from all over the UK will be heading for Asker Meadows, in Bridport, next month.

The event, spanning Friday, July 13 and Saturday 14, is once again packed with headline acts together with the cream of local musicians, some established and some just startng out on their careers.

Besides providing a community family weekend out, this is the exact objective of the festival; allowing talented musicians from around Bridport and West Dorset to rub shoulders with professionals, many of them of internatonal status such as Fun Lovin’ Criminals, and to get first hand experience of performing on stage.

Lauren Bannon, from Weymouth, a finalist in this year’s series of ‘The Voice’ is an example of its the festival’s success, having appeared twice at Jurassic Fields on her way to achieving stardom.

This year’s Saturday headliners are The Dualers, a nine piece ska and reggae band from South East London. They progressed their career by performing alongside some of the biggest names in ska and reggae, including The Skatalites, Prince Buster, Toots and The Maytals, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Clif, UB40 and Madness.

They sent shockwaves through the music industry when their single ‘Kiss On The Lips’ entered the UK charts at number 21, despite no natonal airplay or professional backing. Their next release ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ charted at number 23 and featured in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Fools Gold’ starring Kate Hudson and Mathew McConaughey.

With a number of album releases, several top 40 chart singles, a record-breaking nine sell out shows at the Indigo O2 and a large worldwide fan base behind them,  their success has continued. Now heralded as one of Britain’s finest ska and reggae bands, The Dualers continue to play to sell-out crowds all over the UK, Europe & Asia..

Such is their popularity that over half of the 25 dates on their UK tour, starting in October this year, have already sold out and the other venues only have a few tickets left, so it’s a big coup for the Jurassic Fields Music Festval to bring their “never to be missed performance” to fans on the Saturday evening.

Headlining the main stage on Friday night are Dub Pistols, known as one of the hardest working bands in showbusiness.

Founded by the ubiquitous Londoner Barry Ashworth in 1996, they have added a much-needed swagger to the UK dance scene in recent years and their new album ‘Crazy Diamonds’ finds the band at their uncontrollable, bass-driven best.

Having headlined some of the biggest festvals in Europe, including Glastonbury, Bestival and Beat-Herder, they are a rampant mix of dub, reggae, ska, punk, breaks, beats and drum ‘n’ bass, the album is a full-on dub-quaking extravaganza, built for big felds and summer sound systems.

The band happens to feature some of the biggest names in the game including Dancehall dons Beenie Man and Cuty Ranks, reggae singer Earl Sixteen, hip-hop act Too Many T’s, seminal MCs Navigator and the Ragga Twins, and long-time collaborator Lindy Layton..

Featuring more than 40 acts, the festival caters for a whole range of music.

Afer last year’s mind blowing performance it was a no brainer to invite the mighty Tankus the Henge back again to headline Saturday’s Big Top. They wowed the crowd with a whole range of music that included lead singer and pianist Jaz Delorean stepping of the top of his piano seemingly into oblivion!

It’s impossible not to be afected by the energy and industry of Dr and the Medics, and they also make another appearance at the festival on Saturday afternoon. Recognised as one of the best live acts on the circuit, their unique and sensationally flamboyant show, packed full of ‘Medic’d up’ 80s hits along with a few originals go down a storm at every show.

Celebratng their 35th anniversary this year, don’t miss their massive 1986 number one ‘Spirit in the Sky’, which sold more than 23 million copies worldwide and topped the charts in nineteen countries..

A host of acts new to the festival include Rusty Shackle, The Leylines, Three Daf Monkeys and Noble Jacks..

No Jurassic Fields Music Festival would be complete without West Dorset’s top two bands,, The Leggomen (Friday) and Shelby’s Elbow (Saturday).

In additon to the music, there will also be live comedy on Saturday afternoon, once again hosted by Bridport’s own funny man Tom Glover who will be joined by Luke Honnoraty and Mike Cox.

There will also be a number of food stalls selling a wide range of diferent cuisines as well as craft stalls, whilst all the family is catered for with a dedicated children’s area which will include a visit from members of the Jurassic Fun Park entertainment team on Saturday afternoon.

As a not-for-proft community event, pricing has been set to make the festival affordable for everyone with a number of ticket combinations available. An adult weekend ticket costs just £30 with children under 13 accompanied by an adult going free.

For more information on the festival, the latest updates and tickets, visit www.jurassicfields.com

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About Francesca Evans 838 Articles
Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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