!(feature_c)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/4f8c92937c035f0001000198.jpg!A one-off festival to commemorate the late Joe Strummer is coming this summer. From Friday, August, 17th to Sunday, August 19th a secret location in Somerset countryside will mark the 10th anniversary of the death of the legendary Clash frontman. Strummer of Love will host 5,000 visitors with the aim to re-connect with the original concept of a festival – a joyous celebration in the fields. The line up is yet to be announced, but will comprise of friends and fans of Joe’s paying respect to the influence that he has had on their lives and music.
Strummer was a tireless community activist and remains a powerful and inspirational force whose art, convictions and energy spans the decades and unites generations. In honour of Strummer’s world views, proceeds from the festival will benefit the work of Strummerville: The Joe Strummer New Music Foundation, which was set up in the singer’s memory by his friends and family following his untimely death.
Lucinda Garland, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said: “We felt there was only one way to mark Joe’s anniversary and that was around a campfire in the fields at a festival, his favourite place to be. We have been truly honoured with so many brilliant bands coming out to play at this tribute and what promises to be a great benefit for the charity which will help us to continue our work.”
The live music will be complemented by stalls selling ethically-sourced fair trade food and outlets highlighting a range of arts, crafts, Strummer memorabilia, alternative therapies, healing and community activism. Strummerville’s work comes in many forms, from helping bands to record and release music to providing rehearsal spaces for aspiring artists. Strummerville studios can be found at the roundhouse and under the Westway in London, in Belfast and in Bogotá. The main aim of the charity is to give opportunities to people through music who wouldn’t usually have access to such opportunities.
To find out more about Strummer of Love go to www.strummeroflove.com.