First acts for Houghton 2020


Lena Willikens, DMX Krew, Sonja Moonear, Jensen Interceptor and Shanti Celeste are among the acts revealed for Houghton 2020. The Craig Richards-curated festival returns to Houghton Hall in Norfolk from Thursday, August 6th to Sunday, August 9th following the cancelled event last year when storms hit the UK.

Rising talent and experimental artists will include Maarja Nuut, Object Blue, Matthew Halsall and the Elliot Galvin Trio, Pole and Soundwalk Collective appearing on the 360 degree soundscape of the Pinters stage, created for listening to jazz, ambient and left field sounds. Producer John T. Gast and Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force will also appear at the stage.

Returning from 2018 will be Ricardo Villalobos, Helena Hauff, Ben UFO, Optimo, Hunee, Seth Troxler, Jane Fitz, Pearson Sound, Andrew Weatherall, Joy Orbison, Powder, Midland and Call Super, whilst debut appearances are lined up for Four Tet, Bruce, DJ Stingray and Lena Willikens.

Carl Finlow will play as Silicon Scally, while D. Tiffany, Floating Points, Ruf Dug, Palms Trax, Calibre, dBridge, Gerd Janson, Harvey Sutherland, Flanger, DMX Krew, Radioactive Man, Ricardo Romaneiro are also on the line-up. Juju & Jordash will unite with Move D to become Magic Mountain High for a live return.

Craig Richards said: “Last August Mother nature denied us a big dance. The extraordinary circumstances and the learning curve that followed have only deepened our commitment to making this festival the unique celebration of music, art and good times that it is. The enormity of the cancellation generated a lot of love and support from the already established Houghton community. A great sense of togetherness came from the drama and disappointment. Suffice to say that this year’s dance is one of the most anticipated events of 2020.

“The programme is the same with a few choice additions - Zip, Helena Hauff, Cobblestone Jazz, Higher intelligence agency, Silverlining, Lena Willikens, gene on earth, John T.Gast, Pangaea, Fred und Luna, E.R.P. to name but a few.

“Our intention is simply to improve on the improvements we made last year and to continue our quest to present music, art, food, drink and sculpture in it finest light.”

The full line-up is below. For tickets and details go to houghtonfestival.co.uk.

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