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More acts announced for July's Somersault Festival at Castle Hill, headlined by Jack Johnson and Ben Howard

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

ON THE LIST: Amadou and Mariam are confirmed to play Somersault.

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MORE acts have been announced for this July's Somersault Festival at Castle Hill, headlined by Jack Johnson and Ben Howard. The festival, which is at Castle Hill, Filleigh, runs from July 17 to July 21.

As well as luxuriating in the laid-back sounds of Jack Johnson, festival goers have a chance to catch the Afro-blues of Grammy Award nominated musical duo, Amadou and Mariam on the Saturday night. Saturday will also be a chance to catch the soulful, chilled-out sounds of DJ Fink, who is returning to his South West roots.

Also on the bill will be Omara "Bombino" Moctar, originally from Tidene in Niger. The guitar maestro's debut album, Nomad, released last year reached number one in the Billboard World Music Chart.

Nick Mulvey, named on the BBC Sound of 2014 long list, will no doubt be conducting mass sing-alongs of his track Cucurucu, currently playlisted on Radio 1, 6 Music and Radio 2.

While for fans of traditional Cornish song, there's a slot by Crowns.

Saturday is also a chance to hear Neil Halstead, founding member of the recently reformed Slowdive. Halstead's last two albums were released on headliner Jack Johnson's label, Brushfire Records.

Joining headliner Bed Howard on Sunday, will be Canadian band Half Moon Run, who's single Full Circle is currently a favourite on Radio 1. Alongside them will be Welsh indie four piece Catfish And The Bottlemen who are expected to bring explosive rock'n'roll to the stage.

Hiss Golden Messenger, travelling in from North Carolina for Sunday's line up, will entertain festival-goers with their eclectic mix of folk, country, dub, country soul and jazz music.

While Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, formed by a group of refugees displaced to Guinea during the Sierra Leone civil war, bring a special brand of reggae.

Somersault is not just a music festival though. There will be a wide variety of activities to get involved in.

Festival goers will have the chance to learn to surf, kayak, paddle board, attend yoga classes, watch theatre and much more.

There will also be an array of culinary treats on offer including fireside feasts and pop up restaurants.

Saturday and Sunday Super Early Bird tickets are already sold out. Tickets: www.somersault festival.com.

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