Bellowhead and Levellers headline Galtres Festival’s folkie Friday

Birthday party… Bellowhead
Birthday party… Bellowhead
Birthday party… Bellowhead

Best selling folk band Bellowhead are to join the Levellers to headline the Galtres Festival‘s Friday line-up next summer.

The acts will jointly headline the opening Friday, August 22, 2014. It will mark the tenth birthday of the festival, held for a second year at Duncombe Park, Helmsley.

Double headliners will soon be revealed for the Saturday and Sunday, joining hundreds more bands from Yorkshire and beyond.

Five-times winner of Best Live Band at the Radio 2 Awards, Bellowhead have spearheaded the new folk boom. They were dubbed “the greatest live act in Britain” by BBC Radio 2’s Simon Mayo, and share Galtres’ birthday celebrations, with 2014 also being their tenth anniversary.

The Levellers return to Galtres by massive popular demand, following a storming performance in 2011.

Their platinum-selling 1991 album Levelling The Land is widely regarded as a classic and the band celebrated the 20th anniversary of its release at Galtres Festival 2011, which featured hits including One Way, Riverflow, The Game, Far From Home and Liberty Song.

“Since that amazing Levellers performance a few years back, our social media has been dominated by calls for their return,” said festival director James Houston.

“There’s been a huge buzz around getting Levellers back, and I’m really excited that we’ve made it happen – and especially that they will join us for our big tenth birthday celebration next year.

“But having Bellowhead too is an incredible treat – what a line-up! They promise a spectacular and theatrical live show, which will form a fantastic opening night to the festival weekend.”

James promises a strong supporting programme over the festival weekend, with acts such as The Men They Couldn’t Hang, Blackbeard’s Tea Party, Aelfen and Three Sheets t’Wind among a cast of favoured contenders for prominent stage slots.