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    Rip Curl Announce Stunning Festival Line-up for 'Unleashed' Festival 2008

    Written by: Press Release

    Submitted: 11th April 2008

    Rip Curl Boardmasters Unleashed music festival returns to the iconic Watergate Bay site on August 8th and 9th 2008 for its 4th consecutive year and welcomes another impressive line-up of over 45 internationally renowned acts. The festival site has grown substantially since its creation in 2004 with headliners Razorlight and James Blunt playing to an intimate sell-out crowd of just 5,000 people. Since then, the festival has developed significantly with the addition of two further stages; a Cornish based organic catering area, surf movie lounge, surf inspired art fair and board shaping demonstrations from local based shapers.
    Rip Curl Boardmasters 2008

    Event organiser, Andrew Topham, accredits the festivals success stating, "we are keen to move away from the atmosphere of a big gig, we want to give people an all-day festival experience at a reasonable price, this year we will have 45 plus major bands and artists playing across three stages for a weekend ticket price of only £54.99. This is a great opportunity to see some big name acts that don't normally make it down to Cornwall against a stunning backdrop of over 15 miles of Cornish coastline."

    Rounding off a strong music line-up, RCB Unleashed will also play host to an impressive action sports area where audiences can take-in breath taking displays from the best athletes in wakeboarding, FMX, skate and mountain biking.

    Tickets are priced £29.99/day and £54.99/weekend. Tickets are available from: and locally at Hall for Cornwall, Truro 01872 262466.

    Line-up summary – Rip Curl Boardmasters 08/09th August 2008

    Groove Armada

    Mainstage Friday 08th August Groove Armada (headliner)
    Audio Bullys
    The Black Seeds
    Ash Grunwald

    No Half Measures Stage Friday 08th August Mystery Jets (headliner)
    Sam Issaac
    Rosie & The Goldbug (local)

    Mainstage Saturday 09th August The Pigeon Detectives
    The Futureheads
    Reverend and the Makers
    Sam Issaac
    The Astro Firs (local)

    No Half Measures Stage Saturday 09th August Gallows (headliner)
    Ghost of A Thousand
    Johnny Truant
    In Case of Fire
    Slaves to Gravity
    Lioness (local)

    Friday 08th August MAINSTAGE


    The first headliner to be announced for 2008, Groove Armada are famous for some of the biggest dance anthems of our times they will most definitely bring on the party spirit to the festival with their revved up live show. With a massive back catalogue and a career spanning Best of out at the moment you can expect a greatest hits set consisting of some of the biggest, towering songs of our times such as I See you Baby, Superstylin' and At The River, the songs that made Groove Armada the household name that they have become.


    From debut release "Hooligan House' (2003) through to the huge hit of 2005 'Shot You Down' which features that sample of Nancy Sinatra's Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)' to their 2006 offering 'Generatio'n, Simon Franks and Tom Dinsdale (collectively known as Audio Bullys) have undoubtedly helped to reignite a fading state of British dance music. Alongside Basement Jaxx, Stanton Warriors and The Streets, their music has created another soundtrack to urban life in London with their expertly crafted beats, bass, breakdowns and street-smart lyrics. With support from Fatboy Slim, Pete Tong, Erick Morillo and collaborations with British MC Roots Manuva and the legendary Suggs of Madness, their place in the Hall of Fame of British music is indisputable.

    The band have been busy working on their new album "Sunday Night Fever" which is due for release in September. First single "Gimme That Punk" due for release in May, has already had an exclusive world wide play from Pete Tong and was Zane Lowes Hottest Record of the Week. The video for the single is being produced by Don Letts and will be shot this week.

    Already touring Europe with their new full live band set up, we can expect an awesome stage show from the Bully's.


    The multi-million selling darlings of downtempo, Morcheeba nestle in most people's record collection with at least one of their soul and country-inflected 'sampladelic' mood music albums. A 'group' only in the loosest sense of the word they have coined a new genre for themselves of 'trip hop' whilst collaborating with such a variety of singers and musicians that their status as an eclectic and open-minded collective is unsurpassed.

    Now back with a sixth album "Dive Deep", the brothers Paul and Ross Godfrey have taken this a step further, contacting most of the vocalists featured on their latest offering via MySpace. Co-writing with most of the guests, the album has a truly organic yet comforting feel, and the brothers credit it with restoring their faith in music after a difficult period:

    "For me this album is already a success," says Paul. "When I was listening to it come together I listened with my whole body. I could feel it bubble up from my calves through my gut and my chest and burst into ideas and moods that we could channel."


    An artist who lists influences as diverse as Lee Perry, Roots Manuva, The Velvet Underground, Miles Davis and The Streets, Natty began his musical career doing work experience in a sound studio. Picking up his guitar again and starting to write his own material, Natty was encouraged to continue by producer Craid Dodds, who then went on to produce Natty's debut album which is due for release later in the year.

    Armed with a debut single 'Cold Town' due out 5th May, a nickname that has stuck since childhood, when he left his mum's copy of Marley's 1974 album 'Natty Dread' on a sunny windowsill and warped it, increasingly excited industry rumblings to Radio 1 plays, an appearance on Later With Jools Holland (April 08th) and a fast building fan base, the North London artist is a name to watch this summer.


    'Feelgood, reggified soul-kissed grooves...' Mo Soul Magazine

    At the forefront of a New Zealand reggae/roots scene that is fast gaining international attention, 8-piece The Black Seeds are building on the success brought to them by 2 double-platinum selling albums and a reputation for masterful live performances. With highly infectious songs, which remain credible and true to their roots in Wellington, NZ, the band fuse dub, funk and soul with a classic reggae base, moulding the genres to create a unique and supremely danceable sound. With an inbuilt ability to connect to any audience, the band's live shows are a marvel.


    One of Australia's most compelling young performers, with a trademark blend of roots-based blues, combined with pulsing beats, percussive groove and astonishingly pure and soulful vocals, Ash Grunwuld has been growing a healthy international fanbase since his first release 'Introduction' in 2002.

    A firm festival favourite, his hypnotic live performances have seen him invited as special guest for both Bo Diddley and James Brown, and win countless awards including Album of the Year at the 2005 Australian Blues Awards and finalist at the 2004 International Blues Performer of the Year in Memphis.

    Friday 08th August NO HALF MEASURES STAGE


    All the best bands create their own universe. Few, however, create one as strange and bewitching as the Mystery Jets. Based on Eel Pie Island, the Bohemian stronghold in the middle of the Thames at Twickenham, the Mystery Jets embody British pop at its most invigoratingly weird!

    With the release of their critically acclaimed second album 'Twenty One' featuring singles 'Flakes' and 'Young Love' (which featured Laura Marling) and a mammoth UK tour about to kick start in Manchester on 13th April, these Eel Pie Rockers will make a welcome return to the Festival (performed mainstage 2006) with their powerpunk pop delights!


    Sam Isaac has been hotly tipped as one of the most promising talents and a definite 'one to watch' of 2008.

    With continued support from the likes of Radio 1 this year has already proved to be fantastic year for Sam whose profile continues to grow. NME's review of last single 'Fire Fire' was described as 'big, brash and possibly the biggest tune we've heard so far in 2008.'

    Those that have witnessed some of Sam's Cornish performances so far will know that the buzz is truely deserved and that he is not to be missed. Sam will be making two appearances at the festival this year, both mainstage and 2nd stage... so you have doubled your chances of catching him!


    The first of the Cornish local bands to be announced – Rosie, Pixie and Plums have been hailed as Cornwall's very own Siouxsie & the Banshees.

    Rising through to be one of the strongest hopes for major league success from the region, the band have just put the final touches to their debut album which is due for release later in the year.

    With a multitude of memorable home gigs under their belts and now spreading out into the rest of the UK , including festival appearances at Lanhydrock and Bestival this summer we can expect an awesome opening performance from the power pop trio.

    Saturday 09 th August, MAINSTAGE


    May 2007 saw the release of the acclaimed debut album 'Wait For Me' which hurtled the band into major league success, with sell out UK shows, support slots with Kaiser Cheifs and string of chart topping hits.

    Exactly one year, less two days on and the band are set to release their second album "Emergency" (produced by Stephen Street The Kaiser Chiefs, Blur) with the first single "This Is An Emergency" due out on the 12th May which is braced for major radio support.

    The band are no strangers to the Rip Curl event as they headlined one of the 'Beach Sessions' last year, which sold out in record time.

    So with a sell out UK tour due to start next month, kicking off with two sold out home town gigs at Millenium Square, Leeds plus new material on the way this looks like being the year for The Pigeon Detectives.


    Mainstage Saturday 09 th August:

    Formed in the year 2000 in a garage in Sunderland, perhaps best known for their storming live shows as well as an iconic cover of Kate Bush's 'Hounds of Love' which reached No 1 and rocked many a festival stage in 2005. Fast forward three years and The Futureheads are back, with an independently released album 'This Is Not The World', recorded in just 3 short weeks with uber-producer Youth in his 'Space Mountain' studio in the Sierra Nevada in Andalusia. The band describe the album as one of 'defiance, optimism and joy'.

    Debut single 'The Beginning of The Twist' received major radio support (including A list at Radio 1) and bagged them a top 20 hit single. 2 nd single "Radio Heart" is due for release 19 th May with their 3 rd album "This is Not The Word" following behind on 26 th May.


    Mainstage openers Saturday 09 th August:

    Local lads the Astro Firs are just one of the local bands being offered the chance to perform at this prestigious music festival in their homeland!

    Needing no introduction at all after a recent run of blistering live shows in the South West supporting the like of The Subways and The Twang.

    Recent signings to B-Unique Records, home to megastars like The Kaiser Chiefs and other popular acts such as The Ordinary Boys, it looks set to be an amazing year for the band.

    Recently the Astros have entered a new league and with the industry buzzing with banter about their raw and punchy garage punk, it looks guaranteed that The Astro Firs are set to be biggest Cornish export since the pasty.



    Fronted by Frank Carter, a man known for branding himself on stage and not necessarily the type of guy you'd take home for tea, Gallows have risen meteorically through the ranks of a thousand other hardcore punk rock bands in recent times. With an unlikely collaboration with Lethal Bizzle on track 'Staring At The Rude Bois' and the 2007 NME newcomers award, Gallows appearances at last years Download, Warped Tour and Taste of Chaos festivals have cemented their reputation as a force to be reckoned with!


    Hardcore 5 piece Ghost of a Thousand (currently on tour with Reuben) have previously appeared with Blood Red Shoes, Poison The Well, Pitchshifter, Gallows and Alexisonfire amongst others. Formed in 2004 in Brighton, the band count themselves to be the luckiest people in the world to be doing what they do, and are to appear at The Great Escape this year (Britain's answer to South By Southwest SXSW).


    Video of the week in Kerrang Magazine, appearances at Download and an invite to record a live session at Maida Vale courtesy of Radio 1, plus plaudits from fans, peers and critics alike, as well as support slots with Alexisonfire, SikTh, Raging Speedhorn and Killswitch Engage are clues to the position held by Brighton metal 5-piece Johnny Truant.

    The band have a punishing tour schedule ahead of them this summer and a new album 'No Tears For The Creatures' due for release some time this Spring.

    "The brightest lights shining on the UK metal scene right now" Metal Hammer


    The latest signing to the Raw Management stable of Craig Jennings (also home to Funeral for a Friend, Fightstar, Bullet for My Valentine and Gallows), In Case of Fire are attracting bucket loads of attention with their power house sound. An Irish trio, parallels have already been drawn with Muse, a credit to the epic and unbounded quality of their live performance.

    "Stadium-sized rock; combining the theatrical pomp of Muse with the raw power of vintage Therapy... Call it melodic metal, call it a Queens of The Stone Age rip-off... either way, these noisy young Irishmen are going to detonate over 2008 like an H-bomb." Planet Sound, CH4


    London four-piece Slaves To Gravity combine the down-tuned, melodic grunge stylings of Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots and Soundgarden.

    Recent visitors to this year's SXSW in Texas where they showcased their monstrous riffs, huge grooving rhythms and battle-cry melodies to great effect and with frontman Tommy Gleeson already looking and sounding every inch like a rock god, the band are set to make a breakthrough in 2008.


    Tipped as one of the bands to watch in 2008 in December's Rock Sound and new band for Radio 1 Rock Show host 'Daniel P Carter' (formally of 'A' fame!). Hexes (who are currently on tour with Cancer Bats and Johnny Truant) are heavyweight newcomers from Southend.


    Another local offering, Lioness have been together for just one short year, winners of Fuse '07, a national battle of the bands judged by Daniel P Carter of Radio 1's rock show,and with previous slots with Architects, Enter Shikari, Sikth and Rolo Tomassi amongst others under their belts, Lioness fuse together the passion of rock music with atmospheric electronics and soaring vocals. With an e.p. release expected later this year, recorded at The Outhouse in Reading (Funeral for a Friend, Enter Shikari, Architects), Lioness' rise to superstardom seems undoubtable.

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