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Strummer of Love line up announced (The Pogues, Badly Drawn Boy, Billy Bragg, KT Tunstall)

| On 19, Apr 2012

The Pogues and Badly Drawn Boy are some of the friends and fans of Joe Strummer confirmed to perform at Strummer of Love festival this summer.

Joining the line-up will be folk-punk songsmith Frank Turner, dance music pioneers Basement Jaxx, Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall, UK urban music stalwart Roots Manuva and leading light of protest rock Billy Bragg.

Mirroring Joe Strummer’s own eclectic musical tastes, the bill is rounded off by a diverse selection of exciting performers including Emmy the Great, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Alabama 3, Don Letts, Kitty Daisy and Lewis, David Rodigan, Slow Club, Dog is Dead, Dub Pistols, Dreadzone, Fionn Regan, Channel One, Mr C, and many others.

Taking place on the weekend of 17th-19th August 2012, the one-off festival will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of iconic Clash frontman Joe Strummer and will be held at a beautiful, secret location in the middle of the Somerset countryside.

In honour of Strummer’s worldviews, proceeds from the festival will benefit the work of the charity Strummerville: The Joe Strummer New Music Foundation, which was set up in the singer’s memory by his friends and family following his untimely death.

In the spirit of the DIY ethos that Joe Strummer stood for Strummer of Love will be the only major UK festival to handle its own ticket sales, bypassing the typically hefty booking fees associated with festivals. Strummerville will also have a forum for re-sale of tickets so that they won’t be on sale via so-called “fan-to-fan” websites.

Charity Director Trish Whelan said: “It’s very exciting for us to be presenting this special one-off event to mark Joe’s 10th anniversary. We really felt a festival was the most fitting tribute and have been blessed with an incredibly positive reaction from so many great artists. The site is truly beautiful and we will be burning our big campfire from Thursday to Sunday. Also, handling all the ticket sales ourselves in true Strummer DIY fashion felt important – so no big booking fees. We look forward to seeing you all in the fields!”

The festival will accommodate 5,000 visitors and endeavour to re-connect with the original concept of a festival – a joyous celebration in the fields. With spontaneous performances and exclusive spectaculars, Strummer Of Love will be one of the most distinctive, enchanting and inclusive experiences in the UK festival itinerary.

The wealth of live music on offer will be complemented by stalls selling ethically sourced fair trade food and outlets highlighting a range of arts, crafts, Strummer memorabilia, alternative therapies, healing and community activism.

Since its 2003 inception, Strummerville has stayed true to Joe’s reputation as a rallying point and motivational icon by driving a host of projects that provide invaluable opportunities for musical creativity to thrive.

Strummerville’s work comes in many forms, from helping bands to record and release music to providing rehearsal spaces for aspiring artists. Strummerville studios can be found at the roundhouse and under the Westway in London, in Belfast and in Bogotá. The main aim of the charity is to give opportunities to people through music who wouldn’t usually have access to such opportunities.

Strummer of Love is a natural extension of their infamous campfire sessions at festivals such as Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and Endorse It In Dorset.

The first 1,001 tickets are available now at a special price of £101 in honour of Strummer’s first band, The 101ers. Thereafter the full ticket price will be £175.

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit:

To see the varied projects Strummerville has supported please visit:

The confirmed acts are as follows:

The Pogues
Badly Drawn Boy
Frank Turner
Billy Bragg
Roots Manuva
Basement Jaxx (DJ)
KT Tunstall
Alabama 3
Emmy the Great
Reverend and the Makers
Don Letts
Mr C
David Rodigan
Kitty Daisy and Lewis
Slow Club
Dog is Dead
Dub Pistols
Man Like Me
Get Cape Wear Cape Fly
The Whip
Joshua Moses
Jim Jones Revue
Fionn Regan
Crazy P
Channel One Soundsystem
Fit Les
The Time and Space Machine
Hollie Cook
Josh Kumra
Ska Lavin
Kate Tempest
Luca C & Brigante
Guy Williams
Parma Violets
Matices Latinos
Dark Moon
The Joker and the Thief
The Validators
The Supernovas
Beans on Toast
Ben Folke Thomas