Festival Republic have today announced a new tented concert series heading to Gunnersbury Park, later this year. Gunnersville is set to blur the lines between festivals and concerts, showcasing the best in music. Topping the bill are headliners Doves, The Specials, and You Me At Six. Tickets start from £35 +BF and are on sale Friday 24th May at 9am via www.gunnersville.com.
Gunnersbury Park will be home to this new tented concert series alongside craft beers, local ales, Summer wines and delectable Street food offerings. This debut event will bring an unrivalled music programme and festival atmosphere, to make the Summer last just that little bit longer.
Doves headline the opening night of Gunnersville on Friday 6th Septemberhaving made their celebrated return from a ten-year hiatus. Sparking memories of their two UK number one albums and an array of critical success, including an impressive two Mercury Prize nominations in three years, the band has been welcomed back to the live music scene with arms wide open. With the effusive response of fans and critics confirming Doves are once again at the peak of their powers, these Manchester legends are sure to bring their famously electric live performance to Gunnersville. Expect an utterly absorbing and completely brilliant show, with anthems such as “Black and White Town”, “There Goes The Fear”, and “Kingdom Of Rust”.
Coming off the back of their 2019 critically acclaimed number one album ‘Encore’, British ska legends The Specials will make their headline appearance at the inaugural Gunnersville on Saturday 7th September. The Specials are without question one of the most electrifying, influential and important bands of all time, and have recently celebrated the 40th Anniversary since they formed back in 1979 and the formation of the legendary 2 Tone label. Fans can expect to all of the band’s memorable hits including “Gangsters”, “A Message To You Rudy”, “Ghost Town”, and “Too Much Too Young” as well as songs from their new hugely acclaimed album “Encore”. Joining The Specials as special guests on Saturday are one of the leading bands of the mid- ’90s British rock scene, Ocean Colour Scene. With a back catalogue including 3x platinum album ‘Moseley Shoals’, 4 UK top 10 albums and 6 UK top 10 singles, the rock & roll traditionalists with a psychedelia, soul and blues influence are a part of the foundations of British music culture. General Roots, one of the most exciting reggae acts to come out of the UK in the last 10 years, and proto punk and psychedelic laden The Blinders, who are have become a force to be reckoned with in recent years, also join Saturday’s line up.
The Specials: “Looking forward to our late summer spectacular with close friends Ocean Colour Scene. What a way to celebrate!!”
On Sunday 8th September, You Me At Six close the weekend’s events with their biggest headline London show to date. Having gone from strength to strength since they first burst onto the scene, 2018 saw a UK top 10 album release in ‘VI’, and over 65,000 tickets sold in the UK. To mark this monumental occasion the band will make musical history, treating fans to an exclusive set compiled of each of their singles played in chronological order. With an incredible five top 10 UK albums, fans can expect hits including ‘Save It For The Bedroom’ to new favourite ‘Back Again’.
Josh Franceschi: “We wanted to celebrate a pretty mad 18 months for us as a band so when Gunnersville approached us to headline one of the days we knew straight away what we wanted to do. To celebrate the new era of YMA6 we are going to play all our singles in order. From ‘Take Off Your Colours’ to ‘VI’! It’s gonna be a hell of a night and the line-up is amazing. We can’t wait!”
Joining You Me At Six are four bands of epic proportions! Jimmy Eat World saw their landmark 1999 album ‘Clarity’ become a torch-bearer for their genre, while their 2001 album ‘Bleed American’ contains monumental anthems including ‘The Middle’, ‘Sweetness’, and ‘Hear You Me’.
Also performing on Sunday are Sundara Karma. Since bursting onto the scene in the mid-2010’s, the indie favourites have brought us a hit after hit. Their widespread critical success matches their status as new indie heroes. Chameleonic rock specialists Deaf Havana’s most recent 2018 album ‘Rituals’ scored them their second consecutive UK Top 10 album and featured Singles Of The Week on BBC Radio 1, having toured with You Me At Six previously they will now join them on their headline day at Gunnersville. The Maine also join the line up for the final day of Gunnersville’s first year.