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Preview: Knee Deep Festival 2019

By ellie pipe, Friday Aug 23, 2019

Knee Deep Festival returns to a field in Cornwall for 2019 with yet another stellar lineup.

The friendly 1,200-capacity non-profit music and arts festival has gained a reputation for punching above its weight in showcasing some of the best up and coming talent, and this year’s event, taking place from Friday, August 30 to Saturday 31, is no exception.

Headliners for 2019 include Dublin’s steely new post-punk prospects Fontaines D.C., rising south London Jazz prodigy Nubya Garcia, deep-cut selector Awesome Tapes From Africa, worldly-psych four-piece Flamingods and the genre-blurring NUXXE collective singer and DJ Shygirl.

Knee Deep has been branded Cornwall’s best kept secret festival

This eighth instalment of Knee Deep, branded Cornwall’s best kept secret festival, also features a strong lineup of Bristol-based talent, including: Scalping, formed in 2017 through a love of Bristol’s visionary off-the-wall dance music and full throttle noise and punk, DJ Danielle, Pet Shimmers and a Noods Radio takeover, featuring Franco Franco & Kinlaw, Tilly b2b MLE.

The festival also puts on a proudly diverse programme of creative workshops, performance art, spoken word, interactive installations and forward-thinking talks.

Now taking place over two days and nights, with five stages and plenty to discover in between, Knee Deep Festival was first started by a group of friends and music lovers, who pride themselves on recognising emerging talent.

Kate Tempest at Knee Deep 2014. Photo by Chris Trevena

Flamingods at Knee Deep in 2016

Previous acts to have played in the Knee Deep field include Wolf Alice, Loyle Carner, Kate Tempest, Glass Animals, Lone, Whitney and Koreless.

Other acts announced for 2019 (in alphabetical order) include: Anu, Awesome Tapes From Africa, BEA1991, Fontaines D.C., Flamingods, Franco Franco & Kinlaw, Gently Tender, Glows, Grand Pax, Intergalactic Republic Of Kongo, Kojaque, Martha, Martha Skye Murphy, Noods, Pet Shimmers, Porridge Radio, Rachel Chinouriri, Shygirl, Slow Dance, Slugabed, Sorry, Squid, Twinkat Soul, Pinty, Viscera and Wu-Lu.

The festival is open to all ages, with children aged 12 or under going free.

There’s plenty for people of all ages. Photo by Dom Moore

Knee Deep returns to a field in Cornwall this year with another stellar lineup

Main photo by Dom Moore

To buy ticket, visit: www.tickettailor.com/events/kd19/234145/

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