GALTRES 2014 : festival line-up


GALTRES psbHeadlining the final evening, Sunday 24th, will be Sheffield’s electro-pioneers The Human League. Best known for hits DON’T YOU WANT ME and FASCINATION, and groundbreaking 1981 album
DARE, The Human League are credited with being a major influence on artists ranging from Moby to the Pet Shop Boys. The band’s ninth studio album – CREDO – was released in 2011.
Second on the bill on the Sunday are Public Service Broadcasting, continuing their mammoth run of gigs since rising to notoriety with singles EVEREST and SPITFIRE, plus the critically acclaimed album INFORM / EDUCATE / ENTERTAIN. The recent digital single ELFSTEDENTOCHT will be issued on vinyl for Record Store Day during April, with the band undertaking a short UK tour in support of it. Billed as “teaching the lessons of the past through the music of the future”, Galtres’ outdoor staging of Public Service Broadcasting’s unique combination of high-tech krautpop, documentary voiceover and geek-hipster visuals will doubtlessly be one of the key moments of the weekend. PSB featured in an edition of The Mouthcast last year. Listen again here.

“Finding the right acts for the Sunday top slots filled last year by The Stranglers and Undertones was never going to be easy,” said festival director James Houston. “But The Human League are an inspired choice. They stand out for their back catalogue and contemporary hits, and will be complemented wonderfully by PSB, who are the most exciting breakthrough electro act of 2014. It’s going to be a fantastic festival finale and a stunning end to Galtres’ anniversary weekend.”
GALTRES otwayAlso appearing at the North Yorkshire festival’s tenth birthday weekend will be “rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest failure” John Otway, the Daintees singer-songwriter Martin Stephenson, plus punk-folk legends The Men They Couldn’t Hang and Chris Helme (The Seahorses). Saturday’s headliners have yet to be revealed, but Friday evening will see The Levellers and Bellowhead top the main stage. More acts will be announced over the coming weeks.
Part beer festival, part musical extravaganza, Galtres began life as a modest affair staged round the back of a pub, but has grown into a much-anticipated ‘perfect sized’ event which supports charities, and embraces the wares of local small businesses in the food and drink industry. Tickets for the festival are available here.