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The Herbaliser to play Greenbelt Festival

July 15, 2010

The Herbaliser to play Greenbelt Festival

You’ll have read my post a few days back saying that Gil Scott-Heron would be playing at Greenbelt Festival. Here’s another surprise addition to an eclectic lineup: The Herbaliser.

The Herbaliser started out as a jazz hiphop band formed around the core of Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba. They were one of the most well-known acts on the legendary Ninja Tune label, until they moved to !K7 Records to release their 2008 album Same As It Never Was. Although initially instrumental, they later incorporated guest vocals such as Jean Grae, Roots Manuva, MF Doom and many others.

The Herbaliser are touring their new album Session Two. They’ve added Ralph Lamb, Andy Ross and Jessica Darling to the band and describe their current sound as ‘glossy and gritty, organic and eclectic […] building on the band’s hip-hop origins with a rich mix of jazz, funk, R&B, pop and instrumental soundtrack influences’.

For those of you unfamiliar with Greenbelt, it’s a Christian arts festival held every August at Cheltenham Racecourse in the UK. Attendance is typically 21,000 people and it’s a festival that Secret Archives have performed at and been involved with over many years. For those of you who are likely to be suspicious at the Christian tag, it’s a very broad-minded affair; speakers this year, for example, include Peter Tatchell, Bruce Kent, Simon Mayo and Clare Short. Other musical acts this year include Beverly Knight, Lou Rhodes (ex Lamb), Ugly Duckling, Jars of Clay, Ty and Courtney Pine.

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