Kim Wilde announced for Goatfest 2017 in Codicote
PUBLISHED: 09:02 01 April 2017 | UPDATED: 22:02 01 April 2017
Kim Wilde is set to play Codicote music festival Goatfest 2017 this summer.
Organisers at Ace of Herts Entertainment have announced the line-up for the August Bank Holiday weekend event, with 80s singer Kim Wilde among the confirmed acts.
Also on the Goatfest 2017 poster are Jenna and the G’s, The Soul Strutters, A Special Kinda Madness and Flawes.
The three-day festival will once again take place at its bigger new home in Bury Lane, after moving last year from the car park of The Goat Inn in Codicote High Street.
Limited early bird tickets are on sale now until the end of April. Camping pitches are also available from the Goatfest website.
Kids in America star Kim Wilde has been a huge supporter of the event in recent years.
She tweeted pictures of Codicote singer Laurence Hill’s set during last summer’s festival.
Since then Laurence has graced TV screens as a contestant on ITV’s The Voice UK.
And Kim will not have far to travel to the festival.
She said: “GoatFest will be the first gig I can walk to across the fields and back home again!
“I’m chuffed to perform in dear old Codicote, we are a connected and supportive community, always ready to help each other.
“GoatFest has matured into a fabulous local music event of which we are all so proud.
“It is extremely professional and lots of fun. Can’t wait to see you all there.”
As well as debut 1981 number two hit Kids in America, Kim Wilde also enjoyed top 20 UK hits with singles such as Chequered Love, Cambodia, View From A Bridge, You Came, Another Step (Closer to You), You Keep Me Hangin’ On, Four Letter Word and Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, the latter with the late Mel Smith.
The daughter of rock ‘n’ roll star Marty Wilde also scored an American number one with her cover of You Keep Me Hangin’ On.
She will be joined on the Goatfest bill over the weekend of Friday, August 25 to Sunday, August 27 by Jenna and The G’s.
Jenna G goes back to her live roots in this eight-piece band covering her past, present and future releases reworked with a lot of funk, soul and drum ‘n’ bass.
Crowd favourites The Soul Strutters, the penultimate act last year, are back again, while A Special Kinda Madness are nationally recognised as one of the best tributes to Madness and The Specials.
Elsewhere on the bill, The Dominos are one of the busiest function party bands on the circuit with residencies as far as the Swiss Alps, while soul/Motown/funk band Motor City Revue are residents at The Blues Kitchen venues in London.
Meanwhile, up-and-coming act Flawes – childhood friends Josh Carruthers and Josh (Huss) Hussey alongside guitarist Freddie Edwards – supported Ella Eyre on her November 2015 UK tour.
Event organiser Rowan Patel is looking forward to the festival’s second year at its new site in the Hertfordshire village.
Rowan said: “Following the huge success of the move to our new location last year, we’re all really excited for this year’s event.
“It’s allowed us to have something for everyone and we’ve really set the bar now with everything, so we are pleased to have a line-up that is fitting.”
He added: “I’m so excited to think we’ll have all these incredible acts in one place for the weekend.
“We’ve had such amazing support from everyone with what we’re doing and it almost feels like we want to work hard to repay that faith in the support.
“It’s an exciting year for Goatfest and even more so to think where we’re going.”
• For more details and to buy tickets, visit www.goatfestuk.com