The September Festival

The 2018 St Ives September Festival will have a real West Country flavour when the cream of Cornwall and Devon's musical talent descend on The Guildhall.

Devon folk star Seth Lakeman, who began the year touring the USA and Australia with legendary Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant will headline the opening nighton Saturday, September 8 - followed by Cornwall favourites Fisherman's Friends two nights later as both return after last appearing at the Festival in 2014. "Really looking forward to heading back to St Ives in September," said Lakeman, while Fishermen's Friends messaged: "We're delighted to be returning once more to deliver a night of barn-storming shanties, songs of the sea and a smidge of nautical nonsense. What a great way to round off the summer!"

Exeter-based Sound of the Sirens - Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood - will be back at the St Ives Festival on Wednesday, Sept 12, following their stunning 2016 appearance.

Exciting new rock/metal band All Gods Fall also return to the Guildhall on Monday the 17th following their hugely successful February show there when they launched both the band and their debut EP 'Ascension'.


Fronted by St Ives pair Mickey Ripley, with his throat-wrenching vocals, and rip-roaring guitarist Nick Clarke, the band will once again be supported by the classic rock sounds of Sinpusher, another popular local outfit.

Two more Devon attractions will cross the Tamar with Steve Knightley, of Festival patrons Show of Hands, is bringing his solo tour Songs & Stories to The Guildhall on Wednesday, September 19, with the New Jersey Boys presenting their Four Seasons tribute on Thursday the 20th.

The rest of the Guildhall line-up sees the Hackney Colliery Band, stars of the 2012 London Olympic Games closing ceremony, on Saturday, September 15, Daphne's Flight - folk singer-songwriters Christine Collister, Melanie Harrold, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson and Chris While - on Tuesday the 18th, double BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners The Young 'Uns on Friday the 21st before award-winning Scottish band Breabach close the 2018 Festival the following night.

In addition singer-songwriter John Otway and "father of grunge folk" Wild Willy Barrett, still going strong more than 40 years after they appeared on the Old Grey Whistle Test, will appear at St Ives Theatre on Friday, September 14.

Further details can be found at www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk

Tickets can be purchased at: www.crbo.co.uk.

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