Rat Boy confirmed to play Valley Fest 2017

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Fresh from selling out London’s 3300-capacity Roundhouse, RAT BOY has now been confirmed to join the bill at this year’s Valley Fest. Winner of Best New Artist at the NME Awards, RAT BOY will play the Ring O Bells pub stage on the festival’s Saturday afternoon, 5th August.

The set comes just days before RAT BOY will release his eagerly anticipated debut album ‘Scum’ on August 11th.

‘Scum’ finds RAT BOY – aka Jordan Cardy – exploring relatable themes of his and his friends’ experiences growing up disillusioned in suburban Essex. While the album is united by such concepts, musically RAT BOY jumps at will between hip-hop, punk, indie anthems, gospel, big beat and bossa nova like the Beastie Boys for the Brexit generation. It features many of his singles to date, including ‘Sign On’, ‘Fake ID’, ‘Move’, ‘Get Over It’, ‘Revolution’ and ‘Laidback’.

RAT BOY joins an already stellar line-up for this year’s Valley Fest which takes place 4-6 August on The Community Farm in the Chew Valley near Bristol. The line-up features an eclectic mix of acts including the beguiling singer-songwriter José González, DJ Yoda, This Is The Kit, ICHI, Goan Dogs, Eva Lazarus, The Destroyers, Elder Island, Afriquoi, The Breath, Manu Delago & Pete Josef, Lau and The Fantasy Orchestra, plus many more.

A good ol’ hoedown is also planned for the Saturday, with Bristol barn-stormers Fitty Gomash leading a barn dance. The theme is Glitter & Sawdust and festival goers are encouraged to go all out with the fancy dress.

And Friday night will feature the return, for one night only, of legendary London club night ‘White Wedding’. People are invited to don their most garish wedding outfits; bride, groom, bridesmaids, vicars, crazy old aunt – and join us for our kitsch reception with special guest DJ spinning classic wedding dance floor tunes.

This year Valley Fest announced that the food on offer at the festival will be organic, making it the only organic festival in the UK.

Alongside the organic food stalls, people can also delight in enjoying food together with the Midnight Feast and Sunday Picnic gatherings – the recipe is simple; just buy a perfectly packaged box of scrumptious treats, and sit down to enjoy it with hundreds of other people.

The festival is also the perfect place for kids to run wild as well as the ‘adults’, and there is all sorts on offer for them. Junior Jungle will be bringing massive raves for little ravers. Kids absolutely love these, as the guys say ‘Ragga-Jungle is dance floor catnip to small children.’ Turn it up and watch them go! And Bristolian percussion group Afon Sistema will be leading the Sunday carnival parade – fusing percussion from North-East Brazil with rhythms from around the world. They can also hone their DJ skills and circus skills, and get mucky with plenty of arts and crafts. They can even get to know the farm animals and the farming way of life in the Hogsnorts Farming Academy.

Adult weekend tickets with camping are £110, teenage (13-17) tickets with camping are £40, kids (6-12) weekend with camping are £20. Children age five and under go free. Weekend tickets without camping are also available for locals and day tickets are also there for people who just want to dip their toe in and cost just £45 for adults. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit www.valleyfest.co.uk.

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