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Curious Arts Festival 2015

1C79AF1F-57DD-4DF1-9F62-ADE1309FB7B4.pngGeorge the Poet tops breakthrough band line up at boutique music festival Curious Arts

Pylewell Park, New Forest, 17-19th July

Curious Arts Festival promises an intimate chance to catch rising talent all set for mainstream success as Amber Run, Shaefri, Rhodes and Flyte join hotly tipped rapper George the Poet in the New Forest this July. 

The festival, in its second year, is building a reputation for showcasing exciting new British talent breaking onto the music scene. Last year’s music line up featured Nick Mulvey, Rae Morris, who went on to support Taylor Swift, Eaves who subsequently signed to Heavenly and released their debut album to rave reviews and have been compared to Nick Drake.

This year sees the following as part of a music programme that includes Gus Robertson and Johnny Borrell of Razorlight, Phil Manzera of Roxy Music and John Illsley of Dire Straits also perform:

  • Five-piece Amber Run hit the stage at Curious Arts off the back of their UK tour and the release of their debut album 5am in April which includes the tracks I Found, Spark and the anthemic Just My Soul Responding.  The album is produced by Mike Crossley (Artic Monkeys, Foals and Jake Bugg) and recorded in Livingston Studios, North London. Their big chors, anthemic pop-rock is perfect for a festival crowd.
  • Twenty-one year old singer/songwriter Shaefri is described as “Lana del Ray meets Florence and the Machine”. She is working on her debut album with writers and producers such as Craigie Dodds (Amy Winehouse) and Johnnie Latimer (Ellie Goulding) Shaefri is one to watch.
  • Fifth on the BBC Sound of 2015 list which hightlights the best new music in the year ahead, George the Poet has already attracted praise for his unique sparkle of street savvy verse from the likes of Nas and Emile Sande, worked with Paolo Nuttini and appeared on BBC’s Later with Jools Holland.
  • Described by ‘contagious and infectious’ by Clash and ‘slick and accomplished’ by the Guardian, London-based Flyte bring their radio-friendly, indie-pop sounds to the New Forest off the back of Radio One airplay from Zane Lowe and Fearne Cotton.
  • Breakthrough artist Rhodes completed his first UK headline tour last year after supporting Sam Smith and London Grammar and a festival debut at Glastonbury

The festival also features some of Britain’s most remarkable contemporary writers, including David Nicholls, author of One Day and Us, Jojo Moyes, author of The One Plus One, and bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep, S.J. Watson, and many more.

The comedy line up includes stars of TV and radio Mark Watson, Lucy Porter, Richard Herring, Simon Evans and singer of chart topping punk band Carter USM JB (Jim Bob) Morrison.

Other curiosities to charm and delight include:

  • Writing and poetry workshops, life drawing classes, storytelling for adults and children, bat walks, poetry workshops, puppet theatre making, mind reading, contortionists, and breathing lessons.
  • An Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
  • A ‘News and Views’ Breakfast Club for early birds hosted by BBC Radio 4 Front Row presenter Kirsty Lang
  • Curious Opera on Thursday 16th July performing Puccini’s Tosca. Separately ticketed this ‘up close’ opera experience takes place at dining tables in Pylewell Park’s magnificent grounds.
  • A pop up fine dining restaurant and a wide variety gourmet food to go a beautifully dressed cocktail bar from Fever-Tree as well as a tea room, juice bar and gelateria ice cream parlour.

The festival is also a rare chance to tour the private grounds of the house complete with 100 acres of pleasure gardens right on the Solent.

Tickets are available at<> (at £120 and family tickets at £300).

All festival visitors are more than welcome to pitch a tent and stay on the estate during the festival (included in ticket price). Glamping tents can be booked through

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