The line-up for this year’s special 20th anniversary Create Music Festival has been announced, although the headliners are still being kept under wraps!

On Sunday 26th July, Victoria Park will once again host one of the South East’s biggest free music festivals, and has lined up a packed programme of music indulgence with more than 40 local, talented bands, acts, solo performers and DJ’s performing across the day.

The Create Main Stage, sponsored by Ashford College, includes popular favourites Van Susans, Kaleidphone and Riskee & The Ridicule, who are all supported by Ashford College Music Technology students who will be working behind the scenes on the day.

The ever growing Right Track Music Stage will once again feature a host of up and coming musicians that emerge from the school and their music business connections.

Ashford’s premier music and arts venue, Revelation St Mary’s, has programmed an eclectic mix of singer-songwriters and young folk and pop acts, while the legendary Create DJ stage will be laying down some electronica, booming beats and cool summer anthems.

The festival is still keeping all the headline acts of each stage close to its chest, but has teased all music fans that they are in for a real treat.

What’s more, Create is hosting two new special gigs at Revelation St Mary’s to help grow the festival and build up the summer buzz to the big day.

The hugely acclaimed solo artist and former Supergrass frontman, Gaz Coombes, returns to Ashford by popular demand, and will be performing on Friday 24th July at Revelation St Mary’s. It is 20 years since Gaz hit national fame through the release of Supergrass’ debut album ‘I Should Coco’ with hits such as ‘Alright’, so it is fitting that he helps celebrate Create’s 20th year with tracks from new and past albums as he continues to prove to be one of Britain’s greatest songwriters.

Also at St Mary’s is a special one-off gig, Roll With It, on June 6th to commemorate 20 years of Create and Right Track Music’s business in Ashford. Local acts have been commissioned to perform a unique collection of 90’s British anthems; on the bill is The Standard Lamps, who have recently been supporting The Who on their 50th Anniversary Tour.

Create Festival organiser, Chris Dixon, said: “We are so happy with the line-up and pre-festival gigs, and were blown away with the huge amount of applications we received to play at this year’s festival. All entries were judged by a panel of music experts including radio DJ’s, creative directors, venue managers and music promoters, all of which were very impressed by the high standard of acts.

“With only around 40 slots available on the day, it was a tough decision selecting the acts and getting the mix right. However, we are committed to keeping all the applicants on file to see whether we can help get them programmed in on the new town centre bandstand as well as high profile support slots at Revelation St Mary’s.

“Given we have turned so many away, we have been impressed with the outstanding response from our followers on social media with many people, even those not making the line-up, commenting on how good this year looks! We can’t wait to tell you who our headliners are for each stage.”

Caz Dell, Marketing and Events Coordinator on behalf of Ashford College said: “We are really proud to be part of Create, not only because Victoria Park is on our doorstep, but by partnering the festival we manage to give our students valuable experience in event management and music production.”

Su and Chris Bailey, directors of Right Track Music said: “We have got a fantastic line-up for 2015, and it’s great to see so many of our local musicians wanting to support Ashford’s free festival in its epic 20th year. We are so proud to be able to showcase our students on our very own stage with our Band Workshop acts and there will be a varied genre of music for our audience to enjoy! It is a 20 year anniversary for Right Track Music too, so overall, Create really is something to celebrate this year!”

Karen Trimmings, General Manager at Revelation St Mary’s, said: “There’s an incredible line up for the Revelation stage this year - we were spoilt for choice with local talent. We are thrilled to be back at the Create Festival; we have an acoustic stage filled with young, talented, indie folk pop artists plus a cracking headliner. Make sure you come and visit!’”

The line-up for Create 2015 is as follows:

ASHFORD COLLEGE MAIN STAGE:

Special Headline Act (To be announced)

Van Susans

Riskee & The Ridicule

Kaleidophone

Flawless Carbon

Eden Circle

Floodgates

Empathy Test

The Diamond Hope

Callum Rafferty

Rhythmic Condition

RIGHT TRACK MUSIC STAGE:

Headline Act (To be announced)

The Rash

Apidae

Red Light Runner

Stella & The Loft

Blacken The Name

Maisie Tozer

Salt

India Blue

Blacksite

RTM Band Workshop bands

REVELATION STAGE:

Headline Act (To be announced)

Arlet

Jefferson Duke

Tall Poppies

Annamarie Gould

A Million Little Pieces

Letters to Daisy

Nini Westwood

NKS Stompers

CREATE DJ STAGE:

Craig C

Charlie C

Adam Dowling

Heavy Rotation (DJ Driftwood & Noodles)

Abbie McCarthy

Special Event (To be announced)

Nautic

Casey Heyburn

Half Light

Michael Miller

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