Cooking with fire


Grillstock Festival announces its line-up for the summer festival with headliners Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Black Grape, says James Higgins

Grillstock has announced its line-up for its festival down on Bristol harbourside. The festival takes place between June 30th and July 1st and is a full-blown weekend of meat and music.

It’s one of the largest festivals of its kind and will welcome the Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Black Grape to the main stage. There will also be appearances from Brand New Heavies and the eight-piece, Chicago-based Hypnotic Brass Ensemble who will play to crowds as the festival heads into the early evening.

There will also be a return to the festival for The Mariachis who are back by popular demand with a Mexican twist on some of the world’s most danceable tunes. The weekend will offer something for everyone and the 14-piece Dutty Moonshine Band will raise energy levels and bring a high-octane show fronted by Grime and Hip-Hop MCs.

One of the festival’s main draws will, of course, be the intense and alluring smell of BBQ. There will a huge array of stalls and vendors offering a huge array of meaty marinated goodness. There will be the annual eye-watering chilli-eating competition where contestants brave the hottest varieties in the world. Some of the best BBQ chefs and experts will be competing in a special theatre area where crowds can gather to watch the drama unfold.

Further acts were added to the line-up including the nine-piece band The South. Originally called The Beautiful South, the Hull-based band disbanded and reformed with a shorter band name. The front-man, Dave Hemingway, was the former lead singer of the 1980s hit band, The Housemartins. They will rub shoulders on the main stage with American Roots group Hackensaw Boys, alt-country Londoners The Wandering Hearts and UK country-pop female trio The Adelaides. Saturday’s line up is completed by Cornish favourites William the Conqueror and local rock and roll band Novatine.

June 30th – July 1st
£27 – £53 

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