It’s with a great deal of excitement that we can reveal the identity of the headliners teased last week. Drumroll, please…
For the Ealing Blues Festival it is in fact none other than Bluegrass rockers Hayseed Dixie, while Afrobeat pioneer and former Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen will top the bill for the Ealing Jazz Festival.
Formed on the front porch of a cabin in the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee, Hayseed Dixie have pioneered the “Rockgrass” sound, covering hard rock songs and writing original music in their own distinctive style. Bringing their eclectic brand of blues, country, and rock to the Ealing Blues Festival, the Tennessean four-piece are no strangers to experimentation and originality, recording albums in Norwegian, covering AC/DC to critical acclaim and featuring the fastest banjo player in the world. With an impressive catalogue of 15 albums – their latest ‘Free Your Mind…And Your Grass Will Follow’ was released last year – Hayseed Dixie have toured the European and US festival scene prodigiously and promise to deliver a raucous show.
Tony Allen was one of the defining figures in the internationally renowned Afrobeat movement, establishing himself on the global stage with Fela Kuti and Africa 70. Since then Allen has had a prolific career working with musicians such as Red Hot Chilli Pepper’s Flea, Charlotte Gainsborough, and Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, as well as influencing the likes of Brian Eno and Talking Heads. In 2017 he released a critically acclaimed jazz album, ‘The Source’.
Tickets will go on general sale alongside further lineup announcements in March.