Jarvis Cocker, Grace Jones and Tom Misch announced for first ever Kite Festival

The coronavirus-delayed event takes place in Oxford next summer

Grace Jones, TLC and Tom Misch are among the first wave of acts announced for the first ever Kite Festival.

The multi-day festival is set to take place next year across June 10-12 at Kirtlington Park, Oxford. The event boasts an impressive musical line-up, as well as a number of influential speakers, including authors and activists.

Besides the aforementioned names, other artists on the line-up so far include: Mavis Staples, This Is The KitSaint Etienne, Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, Nubiyan Twist, Flamingods, Mermaid Chunky, Baxter Dury, Confidence Man, The Orielles, Gwenno, Katy J Pearson and Fran Lobo.


The first speakers to be announced for the festival are Jarvis Cocker, David Miliband, Tina Brown, Delia Smith and Rory Stewart, Elizabeth Day with Sathnam Sanghera, William Dalrymple and David Olusoga, George Monbiot, and Mandu Reid.

Reginald D Hunter, David O’Doherty, Jen Brister, Sara Barron, Janine Harouni, Christopher Bliss, Sara Barron, and Michelle de Swarte will head up the comedy stage.

For more information and to get tickets, visit the festival’s official website.

“Ideas and music have always co-existed; they are linked in our history, but, for the most part, there has been a clear dividing line between ideas/literary festivals and music festival,” festival director Ciro Romano said in a statement. “So, we are thrilled to have developed a new greenfield festival that puts music and ideas on an equal footing.”

Romano continued: “At Kite, thinking and dancing can co-exist. Lockdown has clearly not quashed our need to have communal experiences which explore our passions, curiosity, and joy. Kite will engage with the most vital artists, musicians, writers, and public figures in one setting over three days. We couldn’t be more excited and look forward to having you join us at Kirtlington Park next June.”


Last month, TLC postponed two shows on their Celebration of ‘CrazySexyCool’ US tour after group member T-Boz suffered an allergic reaction.

The group – made up of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas – rescheduled their Houston show from October 2 to October 4 and their Dallas show from October 3 to October 5.

Meanwhile, the artworks belonging to four Grace Jones albums disappeared on streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Amazon Music earlier this year.

A representative from Island Records told Pitchfork that they were taken down due to “a rights issue”. The original album covers were created by graphic designer Jean-Paul Goude.

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