Friday, 10 October 2008

Gigbeth announces UK & international headliners on 2008 festival line up

Indie heroes The Guillemots, ‘Geek Rock’ phenomena The Young Knives, Hip Hop legends The Sugarhill Gang & Dance music icons Stanton Warriors amongst headliners at Gigbeth 2008

Gigbeth, Birmingham’s biggest music festival, has now announced its 2008 event headline acts. Leading names across many genres of music will be playing at the festival, with headline slots going to Indie heroes The Guillemots, ‘Geek Rock’ phenomena Young Knives, Hip Hop legends The Sugarhill Gang and break beat Dance music icons Stanton Warriors.

Gigbeth 2008 will also be hosting artists such as Oliver $, The Institubes, Miss Moneypennies, and Subfocus, Miles & Erica Hunt (previously known as The Wonderstuff), Pete Jordan , Joebot, Anathema, The Hair, Miccoli, DR. Meaker, and DJ Switch in venues across Digbeth including the iconic Custard Factory.

This year’s Gigbeth headliners are a testament to the festival’s diversity, and organisers feel that there is an act to suit every taste with a multitude of artists from a diverse spectrum of genres including Hip Hop, Jazz, Dance, Folk, and Indie.

Founder and organiser, Clare Edwards says, “It is very exciting that acts such as The Guillemots and Sugarhill Gang are coming to Gigbeth. Those two acts are representative of the artists we have at this years Gigbeth, pioneers and current genre leaders from two very different musical fields. It is great to see Birmingham stars like The Guillemots supporting their city by headlining for Gigbeth. I also believe this is the first time The Sugarhill Gang have performed in Birmingham, and it shows the strength of the Birmingham music scene that we can attract pioneering artists like The Sugarhill Gang to Gigbeth.

Clare Edwards recently won the national title of 2008 UK Young Music Entrepreneur of the Year. Clare was also awarded the title of Birmingham Young Professional of the Year 2007.

Previous Gigbeth festivals have seen artists such as Dirty Pretty Things, The Raconteurs, Nizlopi and Boy Kill Boy take centre stage, supported by many acts, including The Twang, Scott Matthews and Envy & Other Sins, who have now become headliners themselves.

With performances in over 10 venues throughout the entire weekend, alongside a massive outdoor main stage at Millennium Point, Gigbeth 2008 is Birmingham’s biggest ever music festival.

Tickets are priced at £15 for Friday, £18 for Saturday, or £25 for the entire weekend. Tickets are available by ringing the official Gigbeth Box Office on 0844 888 3883.

For further information on Gigbeth 2008 please visit

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