Welcoming local and national talent to its 2019 line-up, On the Green is set for its biggest year yet. This free community music festival, just south of Haywards Heath, brings together artists from the South East and beyond on Sat 20 July.
Already confirmed are brother-sister Americana duo The Luck and indie-disco outfit, Arcade Hearts. They perform alongside grassroots talent from the local area, including Brighton-based folk-rock outfit 40 Shillings on the Drum, country trio ORFILA and singer-songwriter Lotte Pearl from Lewes.
Now in it’s third year, this music festival takes place upon Wivelsfield Green and is open to all, with visitors asked just to ‘pay what they can’ into the donation boxes at the site.
Arcade Hearts have been regularly championed by BBC Introducing in the south and Indie kingpin Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1. Offering melodic Indie-pop at its finest, the band have supported the likes of Fickle Friends, Jerry Williams, Youth Club & more, and in 2018 played at The Great Escape, CloseUp Festival, City Sound Project and plenty more.
The Luck are London-born brother and sister duo Max & Esmay Luck. They make bold, striking, harmony-fuelled Country/Americana music in the vein of Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and The Eagles. Last year they performed at festivals including The Long Road and Cambridge Folk Festival as well as doing a UK Autumn tour including a headline show at the O2 Academy 2 Islington. They have amassed 20,000 followers on live streaming platform Twitch.Tv, where they regularly perform online concerts and interact with fans. Their debut album, If This Is Love is releases on Sat 26 July and features collaborations with three-time Grammy Award-winning engineer/mixer Ed Cherney (The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt), three-time Grammy Award winning musician/engineer/mixer Paul Hicks and Ivor Novello & ASCAP award-winner Ash Howes.
ORFILA are a UK country trio consisting of siblings Abi, Louise and Matt Orfila originally formed in Folkestone. They’ve toured and recorded extensively – opening for a wide array of artists, playing the main stage at the Gibraltar Music Festival twice and releasing several critically-acclaimed albums
Having kickstarted last year with a well-received live album and short UK tour (their first), 40 Shillings On The Drum were snapped up for an appearance at Beautiful Days alongside the likes of Manic Street Preachers and The Hives. During this festival, the band became friends with Skinny Lister and Tom Gleeson of Feeder. The latter has now completed mixing duties on the band’s brand new single Mean Streets (Born in the Same Gutter).This shows a huge departure from their traditional folk-punk roots, taking a more contemporary, rock sound to new heights.
As well as the main stage’s music, the event features a selection of delicious street-food outlets, a licensed bar and traditional funfair rides until dusk. “Our 2019 line-up is the biggest yet, and we’re thrilled to be welcoming some really high-quality artists to the event. The community reaction to our first two years has been phenomenal and we’re delighted that this free event is continuing to grow each year.”
On The Green comes to Wivelsfield Green on Sat 20 July 2019.