Lie at Heartlands to feature UB40, Happy Mondays and 50 bands in first festival


Live at Heartlands festival takes place in September and will see a host of the best live music heading to Pool for a weekend of live sounds from more than 50 acts to please every taste.

Along the headliners are UB40, The Boomtown Rats and Happy Mondays. The new line-up celebrates ska and reggae music, up-and-coming bands, whilst introducing some great acoustic sessions, and top DJ’s into the mix. These acts promise to deliver a hedonistic weekend of real music that will offer an experience for every musical taste.

Supporting Ali Campbell’s UB40 ft Astro and Mickey on Friday night is The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra. Any fans of Madness will know this man needs no introduction. A founding member and saxophonist of Madness, Lee set up the Orchestra with fellow Madness band member Mark Bedford in 2011. Recent appearances on Later... with Jools Holland and at Glastonbury have successfully begun to introduce ska music to a new generation.

From Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Frank Benbiniand Brian Fast Leiser have joined forces to show a new reggae side with Radio Riddler. Together they have remixed a long list of popular artists with their new unique reggae/dub style.


There will also be a fresh mix of new tones setting the music world alight are playing on the main stage: The Black Tambourines, Bite the Buffalo and Box of Light.

Bite the Buffalo are brothers from Bath who grew up in a copper mining town in Zambia. This stomping fuzzy rock and roll two-piece are currently in the studio with a world famous producer. Launched by BBC Introducing they stormed Glastonbury back in 2013, and have since had an epic year of gigs supporting legends like Robert Plant and playing world renowned venues including the Viper Room in LA. Their setpromises hits from their debut album 'Blue Lips', as well as new tracks that are sure to get the Heartlands crowd rocking out.

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Box of Light is a 5-piece band from Norwich and are growing in reputation. Known for using a disused bunker as a rehearsal space and an abattoir as a recording studio - they aren’t afraid to think outside the box’. Their folk sound has evolved to incorporate some catchy pop undertones, the perfect chilled tunes to signal the end of hazy summer days.

The Black Tambourines (playing on Sunday 14th) are fresh off the festival circuit and a coveted spot at Glastonbury Festival after winning the Emerging Talent Competition. They thrilled crowds on the John Peel stage; famed for showcasing the most interesting new music. From Falmouth, these talented lads describe their sound as Ocean Rock’, real music shaped by their Cornish surroundings.


Those who prefer electronic beats will be thrilled with DJ sets from Snatch the Wax, Freerange DJs and Daytoner. Snatch the Wax will take the crowd on a high-energy musical journey with their nu-funk, house, breaks and drum & bass sets.Freerange DJs are in the midst of a summer festival season including Glastonbury and Boomtown Fair, whilst Daytoner has a reputation for some top sets at local party nights including: Love Riot, The Masked Ball and Run to the Sun.

Three acoustic headliners are set to play the second stage over the weekend: Polly Money on Friday, Jack Wallen on Saturday and Kezia on Sunday. Polly Money is a 19 year old local lass, but has taken her catchy acoustic pop nationwide. She was spotted by Muse frontman Matt Bellamy and has recently supported Gabrielle Aplin and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, but still manages to find time to play local Cornish gigs.

Jack Wallen has gone straight from recording his first EP to playing a long list of local festivals. Described by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson as “the real thing”, he is one act not to be missed. Kezia at just 22 years old has already been described as “one of the most original and exciting artists to come out of Cornwall”. Kezia writes and performs thoughtful, melancholic tracks around her piano and guitar.

Tickets are priced £35 per day or £75 for a weekend for adults and £10 per day or £25 for the weekend for children. Available to buy from Ticketmaster - just search Live at Heartlands.