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Red Rooster festival has announced the first line-up for its seventh edition, 2020, three-day event which takes place in the beautiful parkland and woods of Euston Hall, in Thetford Forest, from May 28-30.

Richard Hawley is set to headline Red Rooster 2020 with North Mississippi Allstars, Luther Dickinson, The Sheepdogs, Nicole Atkins, Jim Lauderdale, MFC Chicken, Sister Suzie & the Right Band and Mudlow also announced.

Many more artists will be confirmed in the new year. It’s been a landmark year for Richard with his ninth studio album, Further, blasting into the UK album charts at No.3 in the same year he celebrates his 20th anniversary as a solo artist, something that he views with his customary sense of bluff realism.

Richard Hawley (24484048)
Richard Hawley (24484048)

“I suppose twenty years is quite a long time in this business but, to be honest, even after all this time, I’m still a searcher. I’m still genuinely searching for things, in music and in life. I can’t tell you exactly what I’m looking for, or where I’m actually going but when I get there, I’ll probably send you a text,” he says, wryly.

In the two decades since Hawley jettisoned band life, first with The Longpigs and then as Pulp’s guitarist, the 52-year-old has forged one of the most singular and diverse careers in modern music.

His deep understanding of music goes back to his childhood when his musician father introduced Richard to country, blues and rock’n’roll.

Talk to him about his blues heroes, and he is likely to list Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup (“the master!”) and Freddie King as personal favourites. Hawley remains in love with rock’n’roll and he sports the quiff to prove it. “People often ask me why I still have a quiff. I always tell them it’s because I still can,” he deadpans.

Red Rooster tickets are on sale now priced £69.50 & booking fee for the whole weekend, which includes three nights of camping and parking free. Kids under-12 are free as always: http://bit.ly/RedRoosterFest2020

The Grammy nominated North Mississippi Allstars are Mississippi Royalty – The sons of legendary producer Jim Dickinson, Luther & Cody learnt their craft with the crème de la crème of North Mississippi Hill Music musicians including Otha Turner, Junior Kimbrough and RL Burnside.

The Allstars new album, “Up & Rolling” captures this history while looking to the future with the brothers playing with Cedric Burnside the grandson on RL and Sharde Thomas the grandaughter of Otha Tuener plus Jason Isbell, Mavis Staple and Duane Betts.

Luther will also play a special solo set on The Little Red Rooster stage.

The Sheepdogs headline the mainstage on Thursday night and will blow the roof with the twin lead guitar attack of their contemporary take on good time Southern boogie in the vein of CCR and The Alman Brothers.

But instead of originating from Alabama the 5-piece hail from Saskatoon in Canada - Expect Euston Hall to be jumpin’ on Thursday night !

Nicole Atkins was the de facto Queen of Ashbury Park, New Jersey then married and relocated to Nashville. Nicole’s voice had always recalled a classic vinyl collection. She is the heir to the legacy of “Roy Orbison, Lee Hazelwood, Sinatra, Aretha, Carole King, Candi Staton.” She is untethered to decade or movement or the whim of the hipster elite.

Jim Lauderdale is a 2-time Grammy winning Americana icon, a singer-songwriter whose unmistakable rhinestone-incrusted silhouette has been a symbol for creative integrity and prolificacy for thirty-two albums over decades of recording.

He’s an A-list Nashville songwriter whose songs have ruled the country charts while recording an eclectic catalogue of albums that run the gamut of American roots styles, all brought together on his new album ‘From Another World’

Red Rooster also welcomes the sax driven rock and roll of MFC Chicken, the explosive high energy of Sister Suzie, the non-stopgrind-a-go-go of The Fuzillis and the Brighton sleaze of Mudlow.

Announced billing order is now as follows: Richard Hawley, North Mississippi Allstars, The Sheepdogs, Nicole Atkins, Jim Lauderdale, MFC Chicken, Sister Suzie, The Fuzillis, Mudlow.

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