The hotly-anticipated line-up for next year’s Shrewsbury Folk Festival has been announced and it includes a Hollywood star.
The first artists announced for the 2014 festival include Bellowhead, Seth Lakeman, The Dhol Foundation, and Lau at the four-day event at the West Mid Showground in Berwick Road from August 22 to 25.
And coming to the festival for the first time will be Molotov Jukebox, a six-piece band headed by actress and musician Natalia Tena, who played Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter film series and has also starred in Game of Thrones.
Patron Steve Knightley will bring his Wake the Union show to the festival, that will see the Show of Hands album performed in its entirety. Early bird tickets for the event will go on sale on December 1.
Shrewsbury will also host one of only two festival performances of The Full English, a multi-artist project featuring Seth Lakeman, Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, Fay Hield, Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron and Ben Nicholls.
Other acts signed up so far are Four Men and a Dog, Karine Polwart, Martin Simpson, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston, Andy Cutting, Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock, The Moulettes, the Steve Tilston trio, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Bella Hardy, Megson, the Duncan McFarlane Band, The Wilsons and The Young ’uns.
Other artists include Sunjay Brayne, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar, Steve Turner, The Harvesters, Carole Palmer & Maria Barham, Sue Brown & Lorraine Irwing, Cupola, and Take Two. Former Wailin’ Jenny, Cara Luft from Canada will lead the foreign artist contingent with fellow countrymen, singer songwriter J P Hoe, and duo Matt Gordon and Leonard Podolak also appearing.
Adult weekend tickets are £120 until then. Day tickets start at £32.50 for adults.