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World acts to support Jack Johnson and Ben Howard at Somersault Festival

By WMNjackieb  |  Posted: February 25, 2014

By Jackie Butler

  • Jack Johnson

  • Amadou and Mariam

  • Omara "Bombino" Moctar

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A host of eclectic musical artists from around the globe have been confirmed to support headliners Jack Johnson and Ben Howard at this summer’s inaugural Somersault festival in North Devon.

A five-day camping extravaganza of culture, craft and adventure, the event will take place in the grounds of Castle Hill at Filleigh, near Barnstaple, from July 17 to 21.

With world music to the fore, the artists taking to the stage before Jack on the Saturday include Amadou and Mariam, the Grammy Award-nominated musical duo from Mali; Omara "Bombino" Moctar internationally acclaimed Tuareg guitarist and singer songwriter from Agadez, Niger; Newquay-based country folk artist Neil Halstead, a founder member of recently reformed Slowdive,and singer, guitarist and songwriter with Mojave 3, when not appearing solo; Nick Mulvey, an English singer, songwriter who studied music in Cuba and played the Hang as a founder member of Portico Quartet; and last, but by no means least, Cornish fish punk heroes Crowns.

The Sunday bill, topped by star Devon acoustic guitarist and singer Ben, is equally international and features Canadian indie rock band Half Moon Run; world reggae ensemble Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars; bluesy American folk music duo Hiss Golden Messenger; and Welsh indie rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen.

For more details visit somersaultfestival.com.

See the WMN Westcountry Life supplement on Saturday for our exclusive chat with Jack Johnson, and our interview with festival co-organiser John Empson.

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