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Plus Roni Size and E-17 are confirmed for yet another eclipse festival in the west country...

nme.com webchat stars Super Furry Animals, Goldie, Phats & Small, Red Snapper, The Freestylers, Jah Wobble, Zion Train and Finley Quaye are among the acts playing a new Brighton festival which will be held on July 31 and August 1 this year.

Called Brighton 99, the festival takes place at Stanmer Park at nearby Falmer where its forerunner, the Essential Festival, organised by promoters Essential, last took place two years ago.

It was cancelled last year as the council refused to grant a licence for a 15,000-capacity event.

But the new open-air event, which has been given the green light from local authorities and is organised by new promoter Family Entertainments, has been scaled down in size. It has an 8,500 capacity for each day.

There will be four stages, including a tented stage run by Skint Records and another by Goldie‘s Metalheadz label. More acts will be announced soon.

Tickets for the weekend are not on sale yet, but are expected to cost ’50 for the weekend and between ’25 and ’30 per day. There will be no camping on site.

Elsewhere, Roni Size, E-17, Electrasy, Midge Ure, Bjorn Again and Alisha’s Attic are part of the line-up for the Moonshadow Eclipse Festival in Cornwall on August 7-15.

The festival, which is at least the fifth planned to take place in the West Country to celebrate the full solar eclipse on August 11, continues for eight days on a 60-acre grassland site at Whitsand Bay, Crafthole, which is four miles from Plymouth.

Other acts on the bill include Misty In Roots, Rootjoose and Children Of The Revolution, plus comedy, theatre, rock climbing and a fireworks party. The event has been granted a licence.

Organiser Jess Earle said: “Moonshadow is one of the few festivals awarded a special licence, plus we have the most incredible clifftop site and an excellent entertainment line-up.”

Tickets at ’99 including camping can be booked on 01503 230099.