One Fest

Fresh from Blur's triumphant reunion at the Brits, chameleonic front man Damon Albarn brings songs from his Dr Dee opera to OneFest in Wiltshire in April.

The festival formerly known as Honeyfest attracted national attention when a group of villagers from Rockley secured a grant from the Big Lottery Fund's Village SOS scheme and organised the event in a bid to promote the Barge Inn Community Project and secure wider support from the community.

It seems the BBC documentary about the project made an impression on Albarn.

"I'm really looking forward to the festival," he says. "Wiltshire in spring feels like a perfect setting for the Dr Dee songs. Some of my favourite musicians are playing with me, it will be special."

Albarn will be joined onstage by a cast of musicians and singers from the original Manchester International Festival production of the opera about John Dee, the eminent Elizabethan philosopher, mathematician, astrologer and occultist.

Also appearing at OneFest are rising India's leading alt folk act Raghu Dixit, Michele Stodart of The Magic Numbers, Nick Harper and rising indie folk outfit Dry the River.

BBC Introducing will curate a second stage of upcoming artists.

An intimate festival that runs from noon to 4pm, OneFest boasts an abundance of real ales and local foods, as well as a Super-Fete Sports Day open to all, an Acoustic Cafe, Mystic Massage, Family Area and the OneFest Hoe-Down.

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