A weekend of alt-folk and Americana await in Exeter for the Acoustica Festival.
Each year the festival showcases music of acoustic origin and offers a platform for South West musicians to perform alongside artists from across the world.
This year’s acts from outside of the South West include the Welsh Music Prize 2013 nominees Zervas & Pepper and the Radio 2 playlisted Paper Aeroplanes who have previously supported Ed Sheeran and Marina and the Diamonds.
The Acoustica Festival places a strong emphasis on young emerging talent and this year is no different with a range of fantastic talent including some very experienced young heads.
Carnivala! perform up-tempo, gypsy fused rhythms and were formed by the acclaimed Maz Totterdell who has been writing songs since she was 10 and was a finalist of the UK Unsigned talent competition. Alice Jemima is a young singer songwriter who has been played by BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 Music, Alex Gregory, despite only being 16, has already been a nominee for the Best Acoustic Act in the South West Music Awards and Aiden Simpson has been described as having ‘a bright future’ by BBC Radio 2’s Steve
There are also a number of acts at this year’s festival that bring a quirky theatrical feel. In particular Bert Miller & the Folk Animal play stompy, visual folk songs that are by turn eccentrically happy and darkly funny while Mae Karthauser boasts a collection of shadowy circus-esque songs that tell vivid stories of wayward characters both human and animal.
One artist playing at he festival this year who has a remarkable back-story is Ben Jordon. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Ben was touring the UK with extra dates planned. Staying on in the UK he found himself penniless and homeless in Cornwall when the extra dates fell through. Bit by bit from busking to gigging, he’s built up and restored his life to the point where he played the Isle of Wight Rhythm Tree festival this year.
There will be over 50 bands performing across eight stages, including some gigs at the Exeter Phoenix, The Bike Shed Theatre, The Old Firehouse and Oddfellows, in a citywide celebration that is set to be bigger than ever.
The Acoustica Festival takes place on September 13 and 14, and there is a host of acts playing – a full lineup can be found at acousticafestival.co.uk
(from a press release)