Yorkshire Times
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11:30 AM 11th February 2016

Grassington Festival Announces Further Acts

Toyah Willcox
Toyah Willcox
Grassington Festival organisers have just announced that Toyah Willcox will be supporting Marc Almond at this year's Last Night Party on Saturday July 2. From punk princess to high priestess of TV, Toyah is a uniquely gifted performer. Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, she is one of Britain's iconic household names - an award winning rock legend - who can forget, It's a Mystery, I Want to be Free and Thunder in the Mountains? - as well as a much loved actress and composer. Musically, Toyah has remained fresh, uncompromising and ground-breaking. With new book projects and music releases in the pipeline, and live concert dates scheduled for the year ahead, Toyah continues to drive her multi-faceted and vibrant career.

Award winning outdoor theatre company, Illyria, who are 25 this year, have brought magical family theatre to Grassington Festival since 2010. Fittingly, in the centenary year of the birth of Roald Dahl, Illyria have secured the rights to perform Dahl's much loved classic, Danny Champion of the World, which has been adapted by David Wood. Illyria's work is renowned for making literature and theatre accessible to all through their energetic, funny and colourful performances; theatrical work that is perfectly suited to the informal and beautiful outdoor setting of Bolton Abbey Priory. This performance will take place on Friday July 1.

Also on Friday July 1, one of the most continuously successful bands to have originated out of the UK Punk scene, The Stranglers, will be performing at the Festival in the Field. With 23 UK top 40 singles and 17 UK top 40 albums to date, in a career already spanning four decades, their biggest hits include No More Heroes and their 1981 single Golden Brown, which have become two of the most iconic songs of all time.

Last year's Grassington Festival, saw the outstandingly talented West End actress, Kathryn Pogson delight audiences at the Festival in the Field by narrating for the enchanting classical premiere, Song of the Sea that Was. Kathryn returns this summer to read poetry with Skipton Building Society Camerata, as part of their concert, The Last Summer, which honours the one hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. It will be a unique event, combining the music of the great British composers with the poetry of the Great War poets, to create an exceptional evening of reflection and beauty. The concert will be held at Bolton Abbey on Sunday June 26.

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