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Larmer Tree Festival announces first acts to grace comedy line-up!

April 2, 2010 by  

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Larmer Tree Festival announces first acts to grace comedy line-up!

14th – 18th July 2010

Larmer Tree Festival 2010 is thrilled to announce the first outrageous bundle of comedians to be added to this year’s already jam-packed line-up. With the festival gearing up for its 20th anniversary this July, what better way for festival revellers to celebrate than this fine selection of world class comics!

Situated in sumptuous Victorian pleasure gardens on the Wiltshire/Dorset border, Larmer Tree Festival have scoured the UK’s comedy circuit to find only the best acts for this year’s landmark festival. The runaway success of the first comedy stage at Larmer Tree Festival 2009 has seen organisers go even further to find both established names in the comedy circuit and the brightest stars bursting onto the scene. Taking in some of the finest talent from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and featuring an array of recognisable panel show regulars, the stellar line-up of comedians is sure to raise a smile – with two more huge comedy headliners still to be announced!

Described as being ‘part of the furniture’ at the Edinburgh Fringe, American comedian Rich Hall will be offering out his side-splitting childish banter to the Larmer Tree’s intimate ARC Marquee crowd of 500, in a show full of both grandeur and mockery. Well known for his regular participation in UK comedy panel shows (Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Have I Got News For You, QI) Rich is expected to spur the Larmer Tree audience onto feats of laughter never before reached with his grumpy, yet at the same time, unavoidably likeable persona.

Be prepared to be amused to the absolute extreme by the musings of Irish born stand-up David O’Doherty. You may know David from his recent exploits on BBC 2’s Mock The Week where his dead-pan humour is able to translate engrossingly through audiences across the UK. The 2008 winner of the Best Show accolade at the prestigious if.comedy Awards (making you officially funny in the eyes of TV producers) David is sure to make the weekend an absolute hoot! And with one half of German techno band parody Die Clatterschenkenfietermaus, Jason Cook provoking the crowds over the weekend, festival goers will be basking in his shameful, expose style stand-up show, ‘Confessions of a grown up comedian – all the things I wish I’d never done (and some I’m glad I did)’.

If you prefer your comedy on the quirky side, then mad-cap English sketch collective Pappy’s are sure to make you giggle with their hilarious character stand-up at this, their debut at Larmer Tree Festival. If your taste sways more to the extreme side of comedy then also taking to the stage will be West country oddball Wil Hodgson who complete with his suitably extreme pink hair brings his fetish for Care Bears, punk folk tales and vivid characterisation to Larmer Tree this year – but be warned his strong opinions on size zero models and Fern Britton are certain to raise a few eyebrows!

After impressing Larmer Tree organisers at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 22 year old comic Joe Lycett will also be taking to the stage. Already a seasoned performer, Joe is the winner of this year’s Best Newcomer at the 2010 Chortle Awards and is known for his engaging personality and the connection he builds with his audience.

This year’s line-up of comedy geniuses will all join an impressive and eclectic mix of musicians from all over the world. Acts announced so far include Toots and the Maytals, Newton Faulkner, Robert Cray and Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, with special guest Alison Moyet. There are still two more world-class headliners to be announced for this year’s festival!

Tickets for all five days are priced at just £184 for adults, £152 for 11-17 year olds and £124 for 5-10 year olds, with entrance for under fives free of charge. Continuing to provide incredible value for money, camping and parking is also completely free for all five days! Four day, three day and one day tickets are also available. Tickets are available now from

Full line-up so far: Toots and the Maytals, Jools Holland and his R&BO with special guest Alison Moyet, Robert Cray, Newton Faulkner, Oysterband, The Unthanks, Tunng, Shooglenifty, Ade Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Chumbawamba, Dub Pistols, James Yuill, The Heavy, Ian King, The Bookhouse Boys, Chris Wood, Raghu Dixit Project, Otis Gibbs, Grass Mountain Hobos, Goldheart Assembly, Steve Knightley, Kill it Kid, Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald, The Boy Who Trapped The Sun, Swarathma, The Urban Voodoo Machine, John Smith, Smerins Anti-Social Club, Billy Vincent, The Penny Black Remedy, Roots Union, Emily Barker, Dizraeli and the Small Gods, Wheeler Street, Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell, The Cubical, Rita Hosking, The Voluntary Butler Scheme, Ruth Theodore, Bob Hillary & The Massive Mellow, Sweet Baboo, Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip, Dr Butler’s Hatstand Medicine Band, Chavo, The Mandibles, Tankus the Henge, Alex Roberts
Vid Warren, 4Square, Walsh & Pound, With Love From Humans!, F-Fever (DJ).

Comedy Stage line-up so far: Rich Hall, David O’Doherty, Pappy’s, Wil Hodgson, Jason Cook, Joe Lycett.



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