Kent festival announces initial line-up

My Bloody Valentine and Rodriguez have been confirmed as the headliners of this year’s Hop Farm Festival.

The acts will headline across the two-day event, which this year takes place in Wood Paddock, Kent between July 5-6. My Bloody Valentine released their new album ‘mbv’ following a 22-year wait while Rodriguez has finally achieved long-awaited success following the Oscar-nominated Searching For Sugarman, which told the story of his life.

Joining the headliners on the bill at Hop Farm 2013 will be The Horrors, Jimmy Cliff, The Cribs, First Aid Kit, Dinosaur Jr, The Presidents Of The United States Of America, Martha Wainwright, Edwyn Collins, Little Comets, Dry The River, The Staves, The Black Angels, Friends, Veronica Falls, Toy, Gaz Coombes, Tall Ships, Marcus Foster, Theme Park, Jack Savoretti, Cass McCombs, Sean Rowe, Wolf People, We Were Evergreen, Public Service Broadcasting, Temples, The Sheepdogs, Post War Years, Jesca Hoop, Concrete Knives, Luke Sital-Singh, Ben Caplan, Sweet Baboo, Drenge, Teleman, Sinkane, Paws, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Pales Seas, Syd Arthur, Washington Irving, Shields, Trevor Moss And Hannah Lou, The History Of Apple Pie, Acollective, Jess Roberts & The Silver Rays, Pyramids, Alba Lua, Ligers and Sally Archer.

Earlier this year, festival promoter Vince Power responded to reports that his Hop Farm Festival, went into administration last year owing its 2012 headliners thousands of pounds. Kent On Sunday had reported that the festival, which was run by Power’s Music Festivals PLC, went under owing Peter Gabriel £100,000 and Suede £46,000. In all, they reported, the festival reportedly collapsed owing £4.8 million, including £22,648 to local police and £163,000 to the festival site, Paddock Wood.

Power has responded to the report in a statement issued to NME. He said: “The Hop Farm will happen this year, this is one blip in my career spanning over 30 years. All suppliers and artists are working with me and many of the suppliers have been with me for many years, through the Reading, Phoenix and Homelands days. They are being very supportive. I spent and paid artists alone approx £350 million over the years. The losses reported are inaccurate. The Hop Farm never lost 4.8 million. These losses included a group of companies in Kent Festival Ltd.”

Weekend tickets, costing £110, for Hop Farm Festival will go on sale Monday, March 25 at 9am.