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Relentless Wakestock 2008: Mark Ronson and Futurheads join line-up

Mark Ronson

Story by Jack Foley

MARK Ronson, The Futureheads, Calvin Harris, Pendulum, Lightspeed Champion and Ty have all been added to the bill of Relentless Wakestock 2008, Europe’s largest and most successful wakeboard music festival.

The latest additions join Groove Armada, The Streets, Supergrass, Funeral For A Friend, The Hoosiers, Duffy, Hadouken, Young Knives, Metronomy, Jazzie B and Audio Bullys – with more to be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Relentless Wakestock, sponsored by Relentless Energy Drink, recently announced a second date and a new prestigious location within the amazing grounds of Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, from June 27 to 29, 2008.

It’s the first time that a contemporary music festival has been held within the grounds of Blenheim Palace and the Wakestock organisers are thrilled to have found such a fantastic venue for their second festival.

Now in its ninth sell out year, the original festival in Abersoch, North Wales (July 4 – 6) and the new Wakestock Blenheim Palace promise to serve up a double helping of strong rip roaring music, world class wakeboarding, on-site camping and a weekend full of exhilarating on and off water entertainment.

Better than that, whichever Relentless Wakestock visitors choose this year, the best scenery and the coolest festival sites are guaranteed. Abersoch boasts stunning beaches with some incredible surf breaks, and the site at Blenheim Palace sits within the awe-inspiring Parkland next to the picturesque lakes. Day tickets for both venues will go on sale on March 31 – priced at £40 per day.

Wakeboarding is the world’s fastest growing watersport with over 3 million participants worldwide. Wakeboarding began back in the 1970’s when surfers who were bored of waiting for the waves began pulling their boards behind a speedboat with a ski rope.

The summer equivalent to snowboarding, wakeboarding has now grown hugely over the past 10 years and is no longer the little brother of the boardsports world.

Stuart Galbraith, the creator of Download and Wireless festivals, believes Wakestock represents the future of festivals.

“Everyone knows the British festival calendar is getting busier each year and promoters need to deliver more than just a good stage line up,” he said. “Wakestock combines this package with its programme of world class wakeboarding, music and full on entertainment that music artists have been keen to sign up to.”