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Rootsville Festival

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

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The Acts : no safe option of going for an easy audience by concentrating on a specific genre, ROOTSVILLE is splitting, fusing and combining every conceivable music form; the truly exotic – homemade African violin specialist JULDEH shares billing with the pulsating electronic dance beats of Aussie superstars THE PRESETS. Newcomers The Electric Lovechild share a stage with Madchester originals THE INSPIRAL CARPETS. The Godfathers of world music, OSIBISA (Sunshine day), compete for audience affection with the Modfathers of Punk THE RIPPS and hometown gypsy rebels THE DESTROYERS are working on a brand new hybrid with the earthshattering DHOLBLASTERS.

The Setting. There can be nowhere in the UK where such an event could be staged in such a location. 4 stages smack bang in the middle of a Victorian industrial landscape. One stage will be a world premiere for live music – under the immense railway arch of the North Yard. This will be no scrimp and save production either – there can only be one way to handle this ambitious project – BIG.

Most amazing – and daring – of all is the cost. FREE from midday until 6pm then only £20 for the next 12 hours. Kent Davis one of the organisers said, ‘don’t think we’re saving the best till last either – one of the biggest acts will be before 6pm’.

‘Rootsville is a not for profit company with the assets reserved for artistic projects – our main aim is to be as accessible as possible to as many as possible’.

We can’t tell you what to expect, because we don’t know what to expect ourselves. Apparently there are some really BIG surprise acts yet to be announced. But a live music event of this staggering ambition – right in the city centre, with all the festival trimmings (see ad) deserves support and R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

ROOTSVILLE MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL SAT 30 JUNE 2007

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS VISIT WWW.ROOTSVILLEFESTIVAL.COM - Kent Davis


"Looks like a damn good show you got lined up there, The Destroyers should be headliners!" Brumcast

"Rootsville - wierder than glastonbury, and probably less muddy" - Birmingham, its not Shit

"The announcement of Rootsville adds another big festival to Birmingham’s music calendar and it appears to have come from the grassroots rather than some city initiative. Not that there’s anything wrong with the latter but the former warms my heart.

Also notable is the wide, and I mean wide, range of genres on show covering, well, almost everything it seems. Have a scroll down this press release and see what’s missing.

The ticket pricing is interesting. The event runs from noon on Saturday June 30th until 6am the following morning but the first six hours are free (with families encouraged). After that it’s £20.

It takes place at the Custard Factory across four venues - the usual Medicine Bar and Lakeside Stage along with the Rooty Pool (presumably next to Rooty Frooty who are organising the event, hence the name) and the new Under The Arches which I’m guessing means the railway arches on Gibb St which, the last time I looked, were being used as a dumping yard.

More news as it emerges from the Rootsville site which has feeds, comments and everything or, if you’re that way inclined, their MySpace. There’s also a flyer you’re encouraged to spread about the place." Created In Birmingham - Rootsville Festival website


Rootsville Festival 30th June 2007
at
Custard Factory
Gibb Street
Digbeth
Birmingham
B9 4AA
UK
Midday-6pm Free to get in, families welcome.
6pm-6am £20 (first 500 tickets £15)
http://www.rootsvillefestival.com

For interviews, press info, review or competition tickets:
Mike Davies 0121 443 3600
E-mail: rootsville@mikedav.co.uk or see online epk: http://www.sonicbids.com/RootsvilleFestival

Festival Organiser: Kent Davis 07747 037821
E-mail kent@rootyfrooty.co.uk

Rootsville Festival Tickets:
Available Nationally from The Ticketsellers.
Call 08707 544445 (9.30am – 6.00pm mon-fri, and 11- 4pm Saturday)
or try www.theticketsellers.co.uk

Tickets available in Birmingham
Jibbering Records 0121 449 4551
Old school Daze 0121 472 0777
Swordfish 0121 633 4859
And other selected local retailers (check in store for details).

More... Rooty Pool
Birmingham Community Gospel Choir 12.45 - 1.30pm
Juldeh ( African Violinist ) 1.45 - 2.30pm
Steve Gibbons 2.45 - 3.30pm
Chrissy Van Dyke 3.45 - 4.30pm
(TOP SECRET SPECIAL GUESTS...ID to be announced) 4.45 - 5.30pm
Soweto Kinch 5.45 - 6.30pm

Lakeside Stage
Lonesome Dog Blues Band 1.30 - 2.15pm
Thee Single Spy 2.30 - 3.15pm
Benjamin and The Sirens 3.30 - 4.15pm
Summary 4.30 - 5.15pm
One Eye 5.30 - 6.15pm
Sugarbeats 6.30 - 7.15pm
Shimm 1 7.30 - 8.15pm
Cracked Actors 8.30 - 9.15pm
The Dholblasters 9.30 - 10.15pm
The Destroyers 10.30 - 11.15pm
Osibisa 1 11.30 - 12.15am

Under The Arches
The Lovechild Electric 5.15 - 6.00pm
Hot Monocles 6.15 - 7.00pm
Oneyesblue 7.15 - 8.00pm
Misty's Big Adventure 8.15 - 9.00pm
Kubichek! 9.15 - 10.00pm
Inspiral Carpets 10.15 - 11.30pm
The Ripps 11.45 - 12.30am
Dandi Wind 12.45 - 01.30am
The Presets 01.45 - 02.30am

Medicine Bar (performance times to be announced)
Boom Room
Hip Hop and Drum n Bass
Soulthump DJs
MDK Cartel
Makoto + Deeizm
Bryan Gee
Al(liquid V)
Breakthru DJs

plus more surprise acts to follow....
and
Theatre, films street art poetry slam debating chamber dance battles b boys beatboxing vj tunnel fashion show thrillout zone chillout zone casino festival food childrens room with Mad Pete. - Iron Man Records


The Rootsville Hurricane Blows In To Birmingham

If it’s summer, it must be festival season. You’ve been there, you’ve done that. You want something new, something different, something inspirational.

That’ll be Rootsville, then.

Picture this.
• Four stages set against the Victorian buildings of the UK’s most unique venue with non-stop music of all sounds, sizes and shapes.
• From homespun heroes to global giants, from expansive to eclectic, from noon to 6am.
• Totally free from midday to 6pm. Just £20 for the next 12 hours.

“The spirit of Rootsville is hiptripstic and happy with random acts of spontaneous entertainment and explosive cathartic performances in a carnival like atmosphere,” says festival maestro Kent Davis. “And don’t think we’re saving the best till last either – one of the biggest acts will be before 6pm.”

More...A groundbreaking not-for-profit festival, Rootsville takes place Saturday 30th June amid the cool, colourful contemporary surroundings of the Custard Factory in downtown Birmingham.

From indie to Indian, from gypsy to jazz, from punk to funk.

Under The Arches Stage
Headlining the Festival and marking the debut of the venue’s new Under the Arches stage, will be 90s Madchester indie legends and masters of three minute pop perfections INSPIRAL CARPETS.

They’ll be joined under the massive railway arch by a line-up that includes Aussie electronic beats sensations THE PRESETS; Canadian glo-sticks electro groove nu rave outfit DANDI WIND; Newcastle’s feedback swamped incendiary indie guitar finest KUBICHEK!; and Birmingham’s eclectic eccentric exponents of the weird and wonderful MISTY’S BIG ADVENTURE.

Lakeside Stage
Making the Lakeside Stage their own with irresistible percussion driven rhythms as warm as solar flares, the headliners are the hugely influential Afro-Caribbean godfathers of World Music, OSIBISA.

Sharing the bill will be Birmingham’s 15 piece multi-ethnic firebrands of Eastern European folk, THE DESTROYERS; the dynamite DHOLBLASTERS with their Banghra batteria; Coventry’s explosive flag-wavers of ska-punk pop THE RIPPS; skunkrockers CRACKED ACTORS; and homegrown fuzzed out Americana fourpiece ONEYESBLUE.

Rooty Pool
Fresh from glowing reviews for his A Life In The Day Of B19 - Tales Of The Tower Block album, Birmingham based MOBO award winning alto-saxophonist and rapper SOWETO KINCH leads a strong line up of free music.

Keeping the jazz and blues flame burning, he’ll be sharing the stage with, among others, jazz dub octet SUGARBEATS; acclaimed riti (that’s an African 1 string fiddle, but you knew that) virtuoso JULDEH; bluesy singer-songwriter CHRISSY VAN DYKE; local living legend STEVE GIBBONS; rising stars BENJAMIN AND THE SIRENS; and the full vocal glory of the BIRMINGHAM COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR.
Medicine Bar

Hailing from Birmingham, MDK CARTEL are a troupe of Asian rappers, mc's and DJ's who fuse modern day grime with Bhangra inspired beats on their current Hostile Takeover EP. Helping to keep the mood chilled and the air hot will be Boom Room, the Soul Thump DJs, Makoto and Bryan Gee

As well as the live acts already announced and special surprise guests, there’ll also be DJ sounds from the likes of Scott Bleeps, Bobby & Sam, and Mama Feel Good plus Theatre, Films, StreetArt, Poetry Slam, Dance Battles, Beatboxing, fashion show, Thrill-out and Chill-out Zones and loads of daytime children’s entertainment and fabulous Festival Food.

Rootsville Midsummer Festival
Saturday June 30. Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham.
Midday-6pm Free. 6pm-6am £20 (first 500 tickets £15)
http://www.rootsvillefestival.com

For further information contact:
For interviews, press info, review or competition tickets: Mike Davies 0121 443 3600
E-mail rootsville@mikedav.co.uk or see online epk: http://www.sonicbids.com/RootsvilleFestival

Festival Organiser: Kent Davis @ Rooty Frooty 07747 037821

Artist Information

Under the Arches Stage

Inspiral Carpets
Top chaps, all round nice blokes and leading lights of the 80s Madchester scene, the Inspirals are probably best known for the glorious pop rush that was This Is How It Feels, but in the late eighties and early nineties they were more consistent chart visitors than either the Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses.
Note: Tom Hingley is available for interviews
www.inspiralcarpets.com

Kubichek!
Roaring out of Newcastle with Not Enough Night, a debut album as incendiary as the intentionally explosive exclamation mark that doorstops their moniker, like all the best bands they come armed with a musical manifesto that encompasses their lust for uncompromising DIY punk jitter, noir tinged, New Wave tainted atmos, and feedback swamped melodic sass.
www.kubichek.co.uk

Dandi Wind
Fronted by the striking figure of vocalist, dancer and all round volcanic presence Dandilion Schlase, the Canadians have been taking the electro nu rave scene by the scruff of the neck and giving it a go - Mike Davies


Discography

ROOTSVILLE MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL SAT 30 JUNE 2007

A brief history of Rootsville Festival.
Rootsville is in it’s first year as a mid summer festival, and is fully focussed on becoming an annual ‘must-go’ on the festival calendar. Obviously our expectations for the first event are modest, though are ambitions are anything but. Our priority is to ensure that those who are prepared to brave it this first year and enter unchartered territory, are so amazed by their experience that they (perhaps unwittingly) become ambassadors for future events. The journey of a 1000 miles starts with the first step, Saturday 30th June is the Rootsville first step.

Kent Davis - Festival Organiser
Kent was once wealthy and is now skint, hmmm. He feels that his investment in Rootsville is a surefire winner. A fool and his money are soon parted but we'll see. Mr Davis was one of the organisers of last years Roots de Ville and this year became one of the organisers of seminal Drop Beats not Bombs. Other than that, as most who have met him will attest he is an enthusiastic supporter or good new music.

Mark Badger
Mark runs a local independent record label called Iron Man Records, set up the Birmingham Music Network, and has organised gigs in Birmingham for over ten years. In addition he plays in a band of his own, does a bit of tour management, some lecturing at UCE as part of their music business degree course, and enjoys a good game of mental chess with local funding organisations. Mark asked to work with Rootsville Festival as the team behind the event are all music mad and he likes to be amongst others of his own kind.

Mike Davies
Veteran hack, film critic, sometime PR, ex Beacon Radio rock jock, and long time commentator on and supporter of local music scene. His scribblings have variously appeared in the likes of Brum Beat, Melody Maker, What's On In Birmingham and several long forgotten but much loved publications. He currently reviews films for What's On and the Birmingham Post, edits a Primary schools magazine, does a gig guide on Birmingham101.com and waxes lyrical about various local bands and CDs on netrhythms.com and the on line incarnation of Brum Beat. He's not ashamed to say he thinks Ocean Colour Scene are ok, actually and will work for food. But not takeaways. He's involved with Rootsville because the organisers foolishly asked if he'd consider doing the press, and he rather likes the idea of the festival and the music. And they gave him a free coffee.

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Bio

If its summer, it must be festival season. Youve been there, youve done that. You want something new, something different, something inspirational.

Thatll be Rootsville, then.

Picture this.
Four stages set against the Victorian buildings of a unique venue with non-stop music of all sounds, sizes and shapes.
From homespun heroes to global giants, from expansive to eclectic, from noon to 6am.
Totally free from midday to 6pm. Just 20 for the next 12 hours.

The spirit of Rootsville is hiptripstic and happy with random acts of spontaneous entertainment and explosive cathartic performances in a carnival like atmosphere, says festival maestro Kent Davis. And dont think were saving the best till last either one of the biggest acts will be before 6pm.

A groundbreaking not-for-profit festival, Rootsville takes place Saturday 30th June amid the cool, colourful contemporary surroundings of the Custard Factory in downtown Birmingham.

From indie to Indian, from gypsy to jazz, from punk to funk.

Under The Arches
Headlining the Festival and marking the debut of the venues new Under the Arches stage, will be 90s Madchester indie legends and masters of three minute pop perfections INSPIRAL CARPETS.

Theyll be joined under the massive railway arch by a line-up that includes Aussie electronic beats sensations THE PRESETS; Canadian glo-sticks electro groove nu rave outfit DANDI WIND; Newcastles feedback swamped incendiary indie guitar finest KUBICHEK!; and Birminghams eclectic eccentric exponents of the weird and wonderful MISTYS BIG ADVENTURE.

Lakeside Stage
Making the Lakeside Stage their own with irresistible percussion driven rhythms as warm as solar flares, the headliners are the hugely influential Afro-Caribbean godfathers of World Music, OSIBISA.

Sharing the bill will be Birminghams 15 piece multi-ethnic firebrands of Eastern European folk, THE DESTROYERS; the dynamite DHOLBLASTERS with their Banghra batteria; Coventrys explosive flag-wavers of ska-punk pop THE RIPPS; skunkrockers CRACKED ACTORS; and homegrown fuzzed out Americana fourpiece ONEYESBLUE.

Rooty Pool
Fresh from glowing reviews for his A Life In The Day Of B19 - Tales Of The Tower Block album, Birmingham based MOBO award winning alto-saxophonist and rapper SOWETO KINCH leads a strong line up of free music.
Keeping the jazz and blues flame burning, hell be sharing the stage with, among others, jazz dub octet SUGARBEATS; acclaimed riti (thats an African 1 string fiddle, but you knew that) virtuoso JULDEH; bluesy singer-songwriter CHRISSY VAN DYKE; local living legend STEVE GIBBONS; rising stars BENJAMIN AND THE SIRENS; and the full vocal glory of the BIRMINGHAM COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR.

Medicine Bar
Hailing from Birmingham, MDK CARTEL are a troupe of rappers, mc's and DJ's who fuse modern day grime with Bhangra inspired beats. Helping to keep the mood chilled and the air hot will be Boom Room, the Soul Thump DJs, Makoto and Bryan Gee

As well as the live acts already announced and special surprise guests, therell also be DJ sounds from the likes of Scott Bleeps, Bobby & Sam, and Mama Feel Good plus Theatre, Films, StreetArt, Poetry Slam, Dance Battles, Beatboxing, fashion show, Thrill-out and Chill-out Zones and loads of daytime childrens entertainment and fabulous Festival Food.

Rootsville Midsummer Festival
Saturday June 30th
Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham.

Midday-6pm Free.
6pm-6am 20 (first 500 tickets 15)