After the phenomenal success of its debut, Forgotten Fields returns to Eridge Park on Fri 5 – Sun 7 Aug. Crested by the team behind Kendal Calling, Live From Jodrell Bank and Blue Dot, the festival will bring another weekend of sensational music, wondrous attractions and a plethora of activities for the whole family Sussex countryside.
Indie legends Suede will be taking to the stage to take on headline duties. Having returned this year with the incredible album and accompanying film ‘Night Sports’, the seminal act, lead by true showman Brett Anderson and possessing an untouchable back catalogue, are sure to provide one of the most anthemic moments of the weekend.
Dublin quartet Kodaline established themselves as serious rock proposition with debut album ‘A Perfect World’. Full of epic anthems and killer hooks it was one of the biggest selling debut releases of 2014 and their recently released ambitious second album ‘Coming Up For Air’ has taken the band to the next level, piling chorus upon unshakable chorus with teary, anthemic sing-alongs. The record showcases a band at the top of their game and their headline slot is sure to be a Forgotten Fields highlight.
Also on headline duty, grime star, Dizzee Rascal is the ultimate festival showman and his legendary sets feature huge hits ‘Dance Wiv Me’, ‘Bonkers’, ‘Holiday’ and ‘Dirtee Disco’. Expect an irrepressible mix of hip-hop, grime, garage and R’n’B from the Mercury Music Prize winner and an up-tempo party set that will have the festival hordes skanking all night long.
Undisputed R&B superstar Kelis will be on hand to provide the crowds with a typically hit laden set that’s sure to get crowds moving with airings of hit singles ‘Milkshake’, ‘Trick Me’ and ‘Caught Out There’. Geordie rock heroes Maximo Park also join the lineup, spearheaded by the dynamic and captivating vocals of frontman Paul Smith and with instantly recognisable anthems such as “Apply Some Pressure”, expect a non-stop barrage of art-rock gold. Systematically pioneering an entire genre with the iconic “Rapper’s Delight”, US hip-hop kings The Sugar Hill Gang stand as undisputed legends and their set at the festival is not to be missed. The line-up is bolstered by gritty Southampton rock trio Band Of Skulls, singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner, indie stalwarts Kula Shaker, Irish duo Hudson Taylor as well as Ibibo Sound Machine, Police Dog Hogan, Jack Savoretti, Milkychance and Too Many T’s.
This year Forgotten Fields will also be presenting a huge dance line-up for those wishing to take the party into the night. With the full line-up still to be announced, the weekend already promises to be huge with the stage headlined by undisputed DJ legend Norman Jay MBE, drum and bass pioneer Shy FX, renowned turntablist DJ Yoda and Brighton’s very own breakbeat heavyweight Krafty Kuts.
Championing new and emerging talent, the Horizon stage will host hotly-tipped, youthful indie trio Blaenavon alongside Hastings four piece Kid Kapichi, singer-songwriter Raffer, Kent three piece The Bay Rays, the beautiful sounds of Emmy The Great, synth-pop duo Skies and indie rockers Dorey The Wise, promising Essex indie tykes Youth Club as well as WAX, The Standard Lamps, Rag N Bone Man, The Hyve, JoeyFat, Fours and Marthagunn.
The festival-favourite House Party stage returns for 2016 and promises to deliver one of the most eclectic line-ups at the festival. Headlined by Stay Beautiful’s incredible Bowie Disco and featuring a line-up including revered hip-hop mixologist DJ Format & Abdominal, Welsh three-piece Yucatan, Belfats psych-rock maestros Documenta, Australian psychedelic post-punks The Church, Paddy Considine fronted rock outfit Riding The Low, London duo Beds In Parks, on the rise indie quartet Lisbon and S.C.U.M. alumni Blueprint Blue alongside party tunes from DJ Megatune and the incredible Northern Soul Dance Class. The Gypsy Disco stage will also return, with an eclectic lineup including Mango Rescue Team, Dr Bluegrass & The Illbilly 8, Forest Of Fools, Buffos Wake, Discount Orchestra, Afro Cluster and Gyps N Progress.