Festival overload as promoters stage rival West Country events for total eclipse...

Orbital, Kula Shaker, Asian Dub Foundation, Ash and Super Furry Animals are all tipped to be playing the 20,000-capacity Total Eclipse festival near Plymouth (August 6-11).

Megadog has teamed up with promoter Harvey Goldsmith and the Essential Festival organisers to promote the event at Newnham Park around this year’s solar eclipse.

Also rumoured to be playing are Bentley Rhythm Ace, Monkey Mafia, James, Basement Jaxx, Ninja Tune DJs, Symposium, Talvin Singh, Laurent Garnier, Headrillaz and Dave Angel.


Organisers couldn’t confirm any of the acts but said a line-up would be announced over the coming weeks.

The festival will boast a main stage, Essential stage and a Megadog stage, plus two other stages and a cinema.

A spokesman for Harvey Goldsmith‘s office said: “We’re going for a cooler ‘festival vibe’ and we’re not going to waste our money on headline bands that are playing all the other festivals.”

Tickets are provisionally priced at #99, which includes free camping at two sites just outside the main arena. They are yet to go on sale.

The entertainments licence application as NME has not yet been confirmed.

Meanwhile, the organiser of the proposed Carlyon Bay beach festival, Night Time Concerts, is waiting to fix a date for an appeal at a magistrates’ court after Restormel Borough Council refused to grant the event a licence for 16,000 people.


Night Time insists the festival will go ahead even if the appeal is unsuccessful as it already has a licence for 6,000 people.

A spokeswoman for the promoters told NME: “Even if this appeal fails we plan to take it to crown court level. We’re all very confident.”

Acts slated for Carlyon Bay include DJs Paul Oakenfold and Judge Jules.

The 20,000-capacity Totality Dance Festival just outside Newquay is still scheduled to go ahead from August 9-11, although again, a licence has yet to be granted.

Two more Cornwall festivals are slated to take place, one on a site at The Lizard from August 2-16 and the Sundown Eclipse Festival at the Bocconoc Estate, near Lostwithiel from August 8-13.

Acts tipped to be playing Sundown include Belle & Sebastian, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Fatboy Slim, James Brown, Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell.

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