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Cool Britannia 2019: James and Basement Jaxx to headline Knebworth event

Story by Jack Foley

THE Cool Britannia Festival will return to Knebworth this year (2019), from Friday, August 30 to Sunday, September 1, celebrating the best of indie and dance music.

This year’s festival sees an epic line up both on the Main Stage as well as The Ministry of Sound Stage, with James and Basement Jaxx confirmed as headliners.

The Main Stage on Saturday is curated by Jo Whiley (who will also perform a DJ set of 90’s anthems) and will feature sets by The Farm, The Bluetones, Soul II Soul, Black Grape, a rare festival appearance by Sleeper and Embrace (back by popular demand). Headlining, meanwhile, are the one and only James.

On Sunday, there is another epic line-up, including Babybird, Dodgy, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Gabrielle, Starsailor, The Coral and rounding off the weekend a DJ set from Basement Jaxx, with a unique pyrotechnic finale specially designed for the festival.

The Ministry of Sound Stage is back, bigger and better than ever with an epic line up of DJs and Club Classics including Danny Rampling, Maxi Jazz of Faithless, Phil Hartnoll of Orbital, Seb Fontaine, Norman Jay MBE, Graeme Parkl as well as Club Performances from Baby D, Livin’ Joy and Shades Of Rhythm.

On Friday, the festival opens with a ‘Welcome Party’ for Camping and Weekend ticket holders, with an acoustic performance from Miles & Erica of The Wonder Stuff.

Cool Britannia also tends to the needs of festival goers with camping, glamping, campervan & caravan parks, street food, street entertainers, The Barn Stage, funfairs, kid-zone, trade stands, karaoke and even a freak show in a Victorian palace of entertainment.

Tickets for the festival will go on sale at 9am on Friday, February 1, via the official festival website.