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Five new acts have now been announced for this year's Camper Calling festival, with The Lightning Seeds taking the headline spot on the opening night of the Warwickshire event. The Liverpool synth-pop group join an impressive and still growing line-up including previously announced Britpop legends Cast and Reef.
Following a warmly received debut in 2016, Camper Calling returns to the stunning grounds of Ragley Hall for its second outing from Friday 25 until Sunday 27 August. Other newly announced acts include Space, The Ordinary Boys, Birmingham reggae group Musical Youth, and X Factor break-out star Lucy Spraggan.
Formed in 1989 by frontman Ian Broudie, The Lightning Seeds soared to success in the 1990s with hits like “Lucky You”, “Pure” and “Life of Riley”. Recorded in collaboration with David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, their unofficial Euro '96 anthem “Three Lions” took the UK by storm, topping charts in 1996 and again in 1998.
Also rising to prominence in the 90s were fellow Liverpudlians Space, who made their name on Britain's indie scene with tracks including “Female of the Species”, “Me and You Versus the World” and “The Ballad of Tom Jones”. Over the course of their career, the group have released ten top 40 singles and sold over two million albums worldwide. Their latest album, Give Me Your Future, was released last year, produced by Grammy and BRIT award winner Steve Levine.
Birmingham-based ska and reggae outfit Musical Youth had their first big success as teenagers in 1982, when their single “Pass the Dutchie” sold over four million copies. Further singles included “Youth of Today”, “Never Gonna Give You Up” and “Unconditional Love”, a massive hit with Donna Summer.
Returning after a hiatus of more than ten years with what has been described as their strongest album to date, pop-punk guitar band The Ordinary Boys are best known for their output between 2004 and 2008, including charting sngles like “Boys Will Be Boys”, “Maybe Someday”, “Week In Week Out” and “Seaside”. Opting to take some time out of the spotlight, frontman Preston turned his attention to DJing and songwriting, penning tracks for the likes of Olly Murs, Enrique Iglesias, John Newman and others. Joining the original line-up of Preston, James Gregory and Charlie 'Chuck' Stanley is new guitarist Louis Jones.
With a distinctive blend of acoustic, folk and hip hop she describes as “A-flop”, Lucy Spraggan has released three top 40 albums and enjoyed several sell-out tours over the last five years. Since her appearance on the X Factor in 2012, which made her the most Googled musician of the year, her audition video has been viewed more than 35 million times. Her latest album, I Hope You Don't Mind Me Writing, was released on her own label CTRL Records to critical acclaim last month.
Festival Director Shelley Bond said: "We are so excited with this year's line-up so far. The bands that we have announced are a true reflection of Camper Calling and what we stand for. We’ve worked hard to deliver a line-up we believe everyone will love. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be announcing the rest of the line-up, as well as all the additional experiences that Camper Calling will have to offer including award-winning street food, family activities and much more.”
Tickets for the summer bash are on sale now with a final 15% discount still on offer. Weekend tickets are currently £75.65 (adult), £21.25 (teens), £8.50 (children) and Day tickets are currently £29.75 (adult), £8.50 (teens), £4.25 (children). Under 5s go free. Full info is available at campercalling.com or by calling 01244 881895.