Top line-up announced for summer festival

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an exciting line-up of bands has been announced for the annual Whatstandwell Festival – including an award-winning Belper band.

The James Warner Prophecies are set to perform at the festival, which is in its eighth year, on Saturday, July 2, at Hankin Farm, on New Road.

The band recently picked up the Best EP Single of the Year accolade at the renowned Pure Rawk awards.

Their short album ‘Fell’, which contains four tracks, beat off competition from four other bands to scoop the gong.

They will be joined at the festival by Propeller, Last Date, Alex Blood and the Diggers and David Bewlay and the Scary Monsters.

A spokeswoman for the festival said: “Propeller are an original and covers band with a great following.

“They play some fantastic covers and some of their own material in their set.

“Last Date are an alternative rock band from Belper who formed in October 2009, and are recording their first album soon. They are always writing new tracks, so they have a variety of material for their show.

“The James Warner Prophecies are a hugely original local band, mixing heavy rock, acoustic, folk and indie with thought-provoking lyrics and a sense of tongue-in-cheek fun. Their unconventional sound, incorporating flutes, mandolins, violins and harmonica, is balanced with a gift of writing great tunes that genuinely stand out from the rest.

“Alex Blood and the Diggers mix rap music with big guitar riffs. Alex’s individual rhyming style resulted in him receiving a guest vocal slot on Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson’s “Valerie” remix.”

Alex has joined Ronson on tour and supported US rap superstar Jaz-Z as part of Ronson’s band.

The spokeswoman continued: “David Bewlay and the Scary Monsters are an amazing new tribute band. They will be presenting a superb collection of classic David Bowie songs in a show that captures the image and dress of the late 70s into the early 80s.”

Entrance costs £5 and includes a souvenir glass. The gates open at 2pm and the music will flow from 4pm until 11pm. There will be a licensed bar, children’s games and activities, and a barbecue. A campsite is available on the farm for a small additional fee.