James, Echo & the Bunnymen, Cast & Inspiral Carpets play Kent’s Sound Island Festival

James headline Sound Island Festival in Kent
James headline Sound Island Festival in Kent

On the eve of the London Olympics, Saturday 28 July, it seems apt that the Sound Island Music Festival will be paying homage to the ‘Best of British’, flying the patriotic flag high, with a host of top British bands that helped rock the 90s. We can now announce that a spark of ‘Madchester’, fused with some ‘Cool Britannia’, will open what is probably the Kent coastline’s biggest summer music event, in true Britpop style.

Headline band James, who are perhaps best-known for their hit singles of the 1990’s – Sit Down, Come Home and She’s A Star – will take centre stage. They’ll be capping a night which includes Echo & The Bunnymen whose chart-topping music includes The Cutter, The Killing Moon and Nothing Lasts Forever preceded by a much anticipated performance by the recently reformed, multi-platinum band, Cast, whose live performances have been described by Noel Gallagher as a truly “religious experience”.

Cast to play Sound Island Music Festival in Kent
Cast play Kent's Sound Island Music Festival

Crowds will also be treated to performances from, Inspiral Carpets, who are arguably amongst the most popular band to emerge from the early 1990’s ‘Madchester’ scene;, The Farm, best known for their chart topping album Spartacus which spawned the anthemic All Together Now and, British indie-rock band Space who came to prominence in the 1990’s with singles such as Female of the Species, Neighbourhood, Avenging Angels and The Ballad of Tom Jones.

The mercurial English band James came out of the fertile early 1980s Manchester post-punk scene. Combining an acerbic wit with honest yearning, the band’s vision – which a writer in ‘Musician’ called “eclectic, theatrical and introspective” – kept James relatively underground for many years. It was with the release of Goldmother, in the early 90s, just as the ‘Madchester’ movement, with its wave of popular Manchester-based indie bands, focused public attention on James and won them mainstream recognition.

Singles How Was It for You, the remixed Come Home, and Lose Control, all made the Top 40, and the band’s newfound success was re-affirmed when they played two sell-out dates at the Manchester G-Mex at the end of the year. In March 1991, the popularity of Sit Down, led to a re-recorded version being released as a single, reaching #2 in the UK Singles Chart and became one of the biggest-selling singles of the year.

Following the departure of lead singer Tim Booth in 2001, the band became inactive, but reformed in 2007 for a new album and international tour. Now, more than two-decades since first forming, James has sold more than 25-million albums worldwide

Commenting on the announcement, concert spokesperson Dion Clements said “Across the weekend The Sound Island Festival aims to cater for different verse tastes in music. The decade of the nineties, Madchester and Britpop is very much back in vogue so we opted to start this years Festival with several of the hottest acts from of the period. Sunday features Olly Murs and Rizzle Kicks, two of the hottest acts in music today, providing a truly eclectic offering of some of the highest quality music”

The concert will take place at Sound Island Festival, Quex Park, Birchington-On-Sea, on Saturday, 28 July.

For more information, or to book tickets for the event, visit www.gigantic.com, or call the 24hr ticketline 0844 888 9991 / 08712 200260.

Tickets can also be booked from www.quexpark.co.uk / 01843-848826 or www.margatewintergardens.co.uk / 01843-292795 and locally by personally visiting the Margate Winter Gardens.