This year's HowTheLightGetsIn is presided over by two of Britain's greatest DJs Mr. Scruff and Andrew Weatherall, Starsailor frontman James Walsh, musical icon in-the-making Sandi Thom, gypsy dance masters Molotov Jukebox, the otherworldly and eerily uplifting sound of Ulrich Schnauss, and the brilliant songwriting and catchy summer hooks of By the Rivers.
We have four Festival Live Passes which will be available at an Earlybird rate until we announce this year's full 2014 line-up. They give you unlimited access to all of our live music, comedy acts and late-night parties for the whole festival and range from single weekends to a full 10-day pass. You’ll laugh out loud with the UK’s funniest comics. You’ll dance until your feet hurt with our singularly talented musicians. Pace yourself. It’s going to be mayhem.
The tea-guzzling, cartoon-doodling producer, recording artist and veteran DJ formerly known as Andy Carthy will need no introduction for anyone with a serious party appetite. With more than half a million album sales under his belt, and everyone from Nightmare on Wax to Madonna declaring their love, Scruff may be the UK’s most in-demand DJ. Expect an unforgettable smorgasbord of funk, soul, Latin, 2 Tone and ska.
“A quest through multiple genres to the outer-corners of the musical spectrum and beyond...Epic” Clash
There is arguably no dance music pioneer who has had a greater impact on popular music than Andrew Weatherall. As well as residing in the pantheon of the greatest Djs of all time, he also produced Primal Scream's seminal Screamadelica and has remixed pretty much everybody. With truly catholic musical tastes, from rock to techno, the Lower Gallery hosts a one-of-a-kind session here.
"Andrew Weatherall has charted a singular course through British popular music" NME
As frontman of Starsailor, James Walsh has sold over 3 million albums and played the world’s megavenues. His haunting solo work developed out of a collaboration with rock legend Suzanne Vega, has seen him record with a chamber orchestra in the Arctic circle, and has taken him on tour with the likes of Simple Minds.
“Emotive… menacing… compulsive” The Express
Born from Bristol’s 1990s rave and jungle scene, Laid Blak have turned a melting pot of musical styles into an essential festival act. With jungle, bhangra and rock all woven around a soulful reggae heartbeat, they’ve been named Northern Europe’s Best Reggae Band, supported the Wailers and Lee Scratch Perry, and rocked minds and bodies across the festival circuit.
"Presence to burn, tight music and, best of all, fun"Venue
Since topping the charts with ‘I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)’, platinum selling Sandi Thom has reinvented herself as a songwriter of breathtaking emotional honesty. Expect raw blues, heartbreaking soul and Ivor Novello Award-winning lyrics from a musical icon in-the-making.
“Authentic and intimate” Independent
A six-piece fusion of ice cool prohibition swing shot through with dubstep, house and drum and bass beats, Electric Swing Circus is an award-winning extravaganza fronted by the sassy Sisters of Swing backed by live drums, fretless bass, gypsy jazz guitar, synths and swinging samples. Get your glad rags on… The circus is coming to town.
"Foot stomping live electro swing" Exposed Magazine
Fronted in stunningly flamboyant style by movie star, fashion icon and musician Natalia Tena, Molotov Jukebox are a relentlessly fiery gypsy dance masters with an infectious party vibe. Natalia’s provocative, sultry vocals slink across beautiful harmonies and powerful pop hooks, woven by brazen trumpet and decadent violin, all driven along by a brutally tight, pounding rhythm section. Unmissable.
"They should be the house-band in a 1920s French brothel, crammed into a bedroom corner, stomping their Balkan feet in time to every stinking, drunken stroke" The Fly
Since finding his musical place the world in Berlin, Ulrich Schnauss has built a long and rich career from his multi-layered electronic compositions, with a melancholic, otherworldly and eerily uplifting sound that has led to collaborations and remixes with cult musicians like Roedilius and performances across Europe. Strange and magical.
“A beautiful and emotive soundscape.”BBC