Wed 7th – Sun 11th August 2024
Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire
As one of the premier independent festivals in the UK, Lakefest has bloomed beautifully from its modest roots more than a decade ago. Nestled within the serene valley of the Malvern Hills and spread over the picturesque estate of Eastnor Castle, its location is nothing short of breathtaking. Lakefest radiates a distinct charm and resonates with a strong sense of unity, lively enjoyment, and laid-back ambiance. It stands out as one of the rare festivals that genuinely embraces a ‘family-and-friends’ spirit, ensuring a welcoming and safe environment for all attendees.
Weekend Ticket with Camping
Join us for the whole festival which includes access from Wednesday evening to Monday morning (7-11th August)
Includes camping and parking. Prices from £149 for 5 nights.
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Emerging from the vibrant punk rock scene of London in the mid-1970s, The Stranglers quickly established themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Their music, a potent blend of punk rock energy, sharp social commentary, and captivating melodies, resonated with audiences worldwide. Over the decades, they have remained a vital force in the music industry, influencing countless artists and leaving an indelible mark on the landscape of rock and roll.
Early Years and Punk Rock Prominence
The Stranglers’ origins can be traced back to 1974 when Jean-Jacques Burnel, a French art student with a passion for music, met Hugh Cornwell, a talented guitarist and vocalist, in a London pub. They formed a band with drummer Jet Black and keyboardist Dave Greenfield, and soon they were making waves in the underground punk scene.
In 1977, The Stranglers released their debut album, “”Rattus Norvegicus,”” which catapulted them into the mainstream. The album’s raw energy, catchy melodies, and biting social commentary caught the attention of music critics and fans alike. Songs like “”Hanging Around,”” “”No More Heroes,”” and “”Peaches”” became instant anthems, capturing the spirit of the punk rock movement.
Musical Evolution and Enduring Legacy
Despite their punk rock roots, The Stranglers never confined themselves to a single genre. They continuously experimented with their sound, incorporating elements of new wave, pop, rockabilly, and even reggae. Their music evolved over the years, but their core remained the same: a blend of intelligent songwriting, infectious melodies, and a rebellious spirit.
Throughout their career, The Stranglers have released 17 studio albums, numerous singles, and have performed countless live shows. They have earned a devoted fan base worldwide and have influenced countless artists, from punk rock bands to pop stars. Their music remains as relevant and exciting today as it was when they first emerged, and their legacy shows no signs of fading.
The Stranglers’ Impact on Music and Culture
The Stranglers’ impact on music and culture is undeniable. They were one of the leading bands of the punk rock movement, helping to define the genre’s sound and attitude. Their music has influenced countless artists across various genres, and their songs have become anthems for generations of fans.
Beyond their musical contributions, The Stranglers were also known for their sharp social commentary. Their lyrics often addressed issues of class, politics, and social injustice, challenging the status quo and sparking conversations. They were not afraid to speak their minds, and their music served as a powerful form of expression.
The Stranglers’ legacy is firmly cemented in the annals of rock and roll history. They were a band that never compromised their principles or their sound. They challenged conventions, pushed boundaries, and inspired countless musicians and fans. Their music continues to resonate with listeners worldwide, and their legacy will undoubtedly endure for generations to come.”
See The Stranglers live at Lakefest 2024
The Stranglers will be headlining the Thursday night at Lakefest 07-11th August 2024. Don’t miss out and get tickets now!