Badly Drawn Boy to headline opening night at Parklands
Badly Drawn Boy will headline the opening night at Parklands 2015, it has been revealed today.
The artist is this year celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of the release of seminal album 'The Hour of Bewilderbeast' and will be playing tracks from this album.
Badly Drawn Boy will also be playing hits from his soundtrack to the film 'About A Boy', and other favourites.
"This fantastic booking was inspired partly by the festival's new riverside location, on a meadow next to the River Rye near Helmlsey, North Yorkshire," explained the festival's music programme manager Rodney Wright. "The songs 'Stone on the Water' and 'Camping Next to Water' could have been written down there, and could not be played in a more beautiful and suitable spot. We just hope that 'Fall in a River', also from the brilliant Bewilderbeast album, is not portentiously-named!!"
The album 'The Hour of Bewilderbeast' won the 2002 Mercury Music Prize and has sold 500,000 copies in the UK.
Badly Drawn Boy joins The Proclaimers, original Stranglers frontman Hugh Cornwell, Tankus the Henge, John Smith and a host more top talent at this year's festival which runs over the August Bank Holiday weekend in the Duncombe Park estate, on the edge of the North York Moors. Designed for music lovers and families it's the eleventh annual festival, and this year features a Wild West theme. There's also a beer and cider festival at the event.
"The programme is shaping up very nicely indeed," said festival director James Houston. "Personally I'm a huge fan of Badly Drawn Boy, and have very happy memories of the band's Glastonbury 2004 performance on the main stage. We will recreate that magic at Parklands 2015, and I'm overwhelmingly excited!"