British indie celtic-rock band The Waterboys are to headline this year’s Chagstock music festival on Dartmoor.
The performance promises to be a special night for the band – who hit the charts in 1985 with their single Whole of the Moon – because keyboard player Richard Naiff who played with the outfit from 1999 to 2008, will be guesting for the whole show.
Led by guitarist, songwriter and singer Mike Scott, who formed The Waterboys more than 30 years ago, the band has included dozens of musicians over the years but the current line-up includes veteran Steve Wickham plus Marc Arciero, James Hallawell, Ralph Salmins and Melvin Duffy.
The Waterboys, who became famous for their powerful live performances and majestic albums such as A Pagan Place and This Is The Sea, will headline the main stage on the Saturday night at the festival at Whiddon Down, Near Chagford on Dartmoor, which this year takes place on July 18 and 19.
The event, which grew out of a party in a field held for family and friends by organiser Simon Ford, is now one of the Westcountry’s best-loved festivals.
The first acts confirmed for 2014 are Saturday headliners The Waterboys, legendary 2-Tone band The Selecter and award-winning Canadian band The Stanfields among many others and Si Ford’s own band New Crisis will also perform their traditional main stage slot.
Simon said: “I am delighted that Chagstock has now sold out two years in a row. With acts such as The Waterboys and The Selecter already confirmed and many more to come, the whole team is really excited for 2014.
“We are all working hard to make this year’s event the best yet. Once again we are sticking to the non-corporate vibe and family friendly atmosphere with loads of great and varied music, food and entertainment.”
After the recruitment of Irish fiddle maestro Steve Wickham, The Waterboys created their million-selling 1988 Fisherman's Blues album, on which Scott's original and unusual songwriting was merged with older music - country, trad, blues and gospel - to electrifying effect.
Since then The Waterboys have continued to make genre-busting records and have matured into one of the world's finest live acts.
Set in 70 acres of farmland on the edge of Dartmoor, Chagstock is renowned for its stunning location, diverse line-up of artists and is renowned for its non-corporate, family-friendly atmosphere.
After selling out the entire allocation of early bird tickets in record time, all tickets, camping options and vehicle passes for this year’s festival are now on sale at www.chagstock.info.
Last year’s festival sold out for the second year running, and featured memorable performances from The Boomtown Rats, Billy Bragg and The Mystery Jets amongst many others.