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Chvrches, The Barr Brothers and Leon Bridges added to Citadel festival (2018)


Story by Jack Foley

ONE of London’s brightest new festivals return to do what they do best: the ultimate summer Sunday.

Having already announced Australian psyche-rockers Tame Impala as their UK Exclusive headliners, Citadel now share the rest of their line-up, which includes the likes of CHVRCHES (London Festival Exclusive), Fat White Family (London Exclusive), Leon Bridges (London Festival Exclusive), GOAT (UK Exclusive) and many more.

There’s also the colourful array of experiences, activities and workshops to get involved with, spanning from science and art classes, fun fitness & wellbeing, to talks and debates.

The Science Camp, Spandex Stage, Art Studio and Sunday Papers Live are amongst those venues returning.

Glaswegian trio CHVRCHES’ are set to release their third album, Love Is Dead. Lead single Get Out will be among the new material being performed along with old favourites at Citadel.

South London’s Fat White Family will be performing a London Exclusive at Citadel. Their confrontational brand of experimental rock, post-punk and outspoken views have made them stand out in an often-crowded musical landscape.

Elsewhere, there’s super-cool French psychedelia outfit La Femme (London Exclusive), whose enigmatic yet accessible brand of wonky rock and roll have earned them nods from The Guardian and Dazed, and the prolific The Horrors, whose experimental take on indie rock and post-punk has seen them dance around genres to become one Britain’s finest exports.

Shame have been lauded as Britain’s ‘most exciting new band’ thanks to their debut album, Songs of Praise, which received a wealth of critical acclaim immediately upon its release. There will also be an appearance from mysterious new band Another Sky.

Communion will also be joining the bands at London’s Gunnersbury Park. Originating in Notting Hill in 2006, their influence has spread worldwide thanks to an impressive roster (that includes Bear’s Den, Lucy Rose, Catfish And The Bottlemen and many more) and a firmer than ever focus on artist development.

Leon Bridges headlines the Communion stage this year as a London Festival Exclusive. The young gospel singer first played at Citadel at our first edition back in 2015.

Elsewhere there’s a London Exclusive performance from electronic duo Honne. Their unique, futuristic take on neo-soul has seen them ascend to one of the biggest names in UK electronica.

Hotly-tipped UK singer-songwriter Isaac Gracie makes his Citadel debut, as does Ireland’s Dermot Kennedy. His introspective and refreshingly honest songs have amassed over 50 million streams across the globe.

Also performing on the Communion stage are Quebec folk quartet The Barr Brothers, rising York-based band The Howl & The Hum, West London’s Rukhsana Merrise, and much-hyped newcomer Tamino.

Meanwhile on the Clash & stage, a UK Exclusive headlining performance from a truly one-of-a-kind act. GOAT are the definition of experimental; a mask-wearing, genre-fusing group hailing from Sweden who twist rock (and all its sub-genres) on its head in the most bafflingly brilliant of ways.

One of the originators of space rock, Hawkwind, will also be performing. Formed in 1969, Hawkwind are true innovators and their live performances are famously ambitious.

Citadel also have Robert Glasper and Terrace Martin’s new project R+R=NOW performing as a UK Festival Exclusive. These modern jazz icons will be joined by a clutch of incredibly talented musicians, including jazz trumpeter Christian Scott, bassist Derrick Hodge, drummer Justin Tyson and multi-instrumentalist Taylor McFerrin. Expect a fusion of genres and a lot of soul.

Also performing on the Clash & stage is Sam Fender, the fast-ascending singer-songwriter who appeared on BBC’s Sound of 2018, the much-talked about Goat Girl (signed to Rough Trade), Australian indie-rockers Gang of Youths, newcomers Sea Girls (championed by Huw Stephens), and Welsh duo Into The Ark.

Heading to Citadel in 2018 will be Kopparberg Outsider, which will be hosting a series of trailblazing artists and DJs on its renowned Outsider stage.

The Corona SunSets stage returns will bring the smooth beats of the Balaerics to Citadel.

Music is just one pillar of Citadel. There will also be a galaxy of activities and experiences, included in your ticket. Talks and debates, food and drink from London’s vibrant restaurant scene, sports, wellbeing, workshops, arts and crafts are all ready and waiting for you to interact, engage, or simply observe.

Returning to Citadel are favourites Sunday Papers Live, who will once more bringing the broadsheets to life with a rousing assortment of speakers, politicians and comedians to discuss the news, from the biggest stories to the silliest tidbits.

A revered selection of partners and speakers will be perching on the sofas, including Sofar Sounds, Refinery 29, Apples & Snakes, Skye Gyngell and Frontline Club.

The Science Camp returns to Citadel for the second year with an out-of-this-world array of scientific experiments and explorations, made up of guest speakers, scientists, artists & acclaimed institutions.

The Science Museum is also back, bringing a taste of their ground-breaking exhibition Superbugs. Discover the innovative technologies being used to make superbugs a thing of the past.

Guerilla Science will once more be bringing a series of intriguing and innovative workshops and sessions to the Science Camp, including Space Yoga, Flavour Feast and Attraction Lab. There will also be lab experiments with a twist at Chemistry Classes For Adults, plus OpenSenses & Bittersuite with guest speakers.

The Sweet Spot is brand new for 2018, providing good vibes and global beats. At Citadel it’ll play host to spoken word superstars Lyrix Organix, world music connoisseurs Global Local and Continental Drifts, plus Citadel favourites Cherry Cola and the Sounds Familiar Music Quiz.

For your body, there’s The Spandex Stage, where you can find the usual wonderfully diverse selection of dance workshops and fun fitness – and where the annual Citadel Mass Yoga session takes place.

The infamous Citadel Sports Day will of course be coming along for the ride to Gunnersbury Park, featuring its most-loved sporting endeavours, including Space Hopper Races, Volleyball Tournaments, Badminton Matches, Pogo Races, Tug of War, Sack Races, Ping Pong and much more.

Little ones will be entertained at the Kids’ Camp, which plays host to Little Angel Theatre, Nick Cope Sing-A-Long, Picassos In The Park, Superhero Academy, plus Ben Gates’ Sound Garden, along with soft-play and storytelling.

There will also be some of London’s best independent creatives and makers in the Park – fashion markets and glitter boutiques will all be ready and waiting for you to don your festival finest.

And to keep you fuelled throughout the event, there’ll be a veritable feast of the finest food and drink from some of most exciting names in the UK restaurant scene, catering to all dietary requirements including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free. Tuck into street food, real ales and cocktails.

Sharp’s Brewery return with the secret crate experience to indulge your senses with ale and food pairings.

Meanwhile, to celebrate this year’s epic festival season, Smirnoff, the world’s most popular vodka brand, is proud to be the official vodka.