Blur's Damon Albarn to headline April's Honeyfest event

Albarn will play songs from his opera 'Doctor Dee' at the Wiltshire festival

Blur's Damon Albarn to headline April's Honeyfest event

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Blur's Damon Albarn will headline this year's Honeyfest, playing a set which will consist of songs from his opera Doctor Dee.

The opera originally ran in Manchester earlier this summer as part of the Manchester International Festival and received considerable praise from critics. Its plot details the life of 16th century scientist John Dee.

The show featured Albarn singing 10 songs from a position a third level above the stage and he will perform the songs, along with some of the musicians who performed in the show, at Honeyfest which takes place on April 14 in Tumuli Field in Marlborough, Wiltshire.

Also confirmed to appear at the event are BBC Sound Of 2012 nominees Dry The River, Rae Morris, Nick Harper, Cut A Shine and Kidnap Alice

Doctor Dee is also set to be performed at London's Coliseum during this summer. The opera will open at the UK capital venue on June 25 and will then be performed on June 26, 28, 29, July 4, 6 and 7. All the performances begin at 7.30pm, with a matinee performance also booked for July 7 at 2.30pm.

For more information about Honeyfest, visit Honeyfestuk.com.

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