29 March 2012

Kaiser Chiefs and The Charlatans join the Guernsey Festival bill

Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs and The Charlatans join the Guernsey Festival bill

LEEDS-BASED indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs have been announced as the second of three headliners for this year’s Guernsey Festival.

The band will take to the main stage in Guernsey on Sunday 24 June and are set to bring the event to an energetic conclusion with their large catalogue of well-known anthemic hits.

Formed in 1996 the group came into their own with the release of their 2005 debut album, Employment, which brought acclaim with hits such as ‘Everyday I Love You Less and Less,’ the mod-spirited ‘I Predict a Riot’ and ‘Oh My God’ which was later covered by Lily Allen. Their follow-up album release, Yours Truly, Angry Mob, featured the UK number one single ‘Ruby’ and helped secure their popularity.

Known for their pogo-inducing anthems, and with a singles compilation album ‘Souvenir’ due for release this summer, festival organiser Jon Stephen expects the band will be a fitting climax to the event.

“We are stoked to be ending the weekend with Kaiser Chiefs. Their brand of rock is appealing to everyone and their tracks are so embedded in our culture that the performance should have everyone singing along.

“They will close this year’s festival in style,” he said.

Joining them on stage and performing immediately beforehand will be acclaimed alternative rockers The Charlatans, who have been performing for more than 20 years. The Brit-poppers will be performing their classic album ‘Tellin’ Stories’ in its entirety to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the album’s release. 

Peaking at number one in the charts, the album spawned three top ten singles: ‘One to Another’, ‘North Country Boy’ and ‘How High.’

With a remarkable career behind them, and a recent resurgence through their 2010 album Who We Touch, The Charlatans have sealed their place as one of the great British journeyman bands and are set to impress at the festival.

Alongside these stellar acts, the event will also host up-and-coming pop star Daniela Brooker to the main stage on Saturday 23 June. She has previously toured with The Saturdays as well as gaining airplay on BBC Radio One.

The dance area will also be featuring performances from a variety of international acts across the two-day event. The most recent additions include one of the biggest names on the drum & bass scene Friction, dance legends Utah Saints, Birmingham bad boy Micky Slim, party starters The Squatters, up and coming grime artist Dazzle, plus official tour DJ to Example, Sam Wire.

Meanwhile, the Other Stage will see South London’s DJ Wrongtom featuring Deemas J and Limey Banton, who are both part of the Guernsey-based Old Time New Time Sounds collective. Wrongtom has performed on the island before and is well known to local crowds.

They will also be joined by Jersey’s Lloyd Yates and rising London four-piece Mt. Wolf. The latter – a self-dubbed ‘dream folk’ outfit – features two Guernsey-born musicians.

The Guernsey Festival team will continue to make more announcements over the coming weeks.

“We still have to announce a final headline act to join Macy on the Saturday. We are hugely excited about the calibre and diversity of acts so far and hope there will be something for everyone,” said Mr Stephen.

Tickets are available online at, group discounts are now also on offer until 30 April. You can get a 10% discount by buying tickets of ten or more. 

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