With one week to go until the gates open for Larmer Tree Festival 2012, the team is thrilled to announce that Russell Kane will be returning to headline the Comedy Club in the ARC on Thursday evening. Back by popular demand, Russell was a huge hit with festival-goers when he topped the comedy bill at last year's festival, headlining Friday night.
Russell is replacing Greg Davies as the ARC comedy headliner on Thursday night's line-up. Greg has sadly had to pull out of performing at the festival due to overrunning TV commitments. Greg said: "I was really looking forward to Larmer Tree and this pesky TV business has got in the way. I am genuinely sorry I won't be there and I hope I can make amends next year. Have a great festival."
Larmer Tree Festival Co-Director Julia Safe said: "It's a real shame that Greg now can't make it but we're very excited to welcome Russell back to the gardens and extremely pleased that he was able to sneak us into his very busy schedule. He won lots of fans at Larmer Tree last year, so this will be a great opportunity for those that saw him to witness his fast, breathless and wild act again and those that didn't, a chance to see him - we're sure he'll go down a storm!"
A multi-talented writer and performer, Russell Kane has firmly established himself as one of the best comics in the UK today, winning the prestigious Fosters 2010 Edinburgh Comedy Award and Barry Award 2011. With his trademark yellow badger strip quiff and skinny jeans Russell has been a familiar face on TV since his breakthrough in 2007. He can currently be seen on our screens in two new shows: Live At The Electric on BBC 3 every Thursday and Britain Unzipped which he co-hosts with Greg James, also on BBC 3. 2011 was also a prolific year for Russell: he rejoined ITV2's I'm A Celebrity. Get Me Out Of Here presenting team, presented Freak Like Me, a six part series for BBC 3, and made an acclaimed appearance on BBC 1's flagship live comedy show Live at the Apollo. As if this isn't enough, he's also found time to become a novelist since his last visit to Larmer Tree, publishing his debut book The Humorist in April.
Russell joins an all-star comedic line-up headed up by Tim Minchin on the Main Stage on Thursday evening. Other headliners guaranteed to have audiences in stitches are Milton Jones, Stephen K Amos and The Horne Section. The festival's superb music headliners are Paloma Faith, Jools Holland, Amadou & Mariam, Levellers and Roots Manuva.
There's also a packed programme of entertainment, must see and do highlights include: an offsite adventure to see the award winning play Allotment by Nutshell Theatre, Big Top theme nights - White Mink Speakeasy and Bollywood Nights, a Cajun Breakfast Dance, Mark Kermode's Film Club, an MS Society charity auction, bespoke fairy tale theatre Vasalisa and the Peacock performed high up in the trees of Lostwood, Salisbury Arts Centre's Media Dreamspace, and a Vintage Tea Dance, plus much, much more.
All of this is on top of the fantastic workshops and shows dedicated specifically for adults, youths, children and there's even an under 5s activity programme.
All ticket types are still on sale but some are very close to selling out so festival-goers who missed out on seeing Russell last year had better get their tickets quick to avoid disappointment
MUSIC LINE-UP Paloma Faith Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with special guest Roland Gift Roots Manuva Caravan Palace Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends Punch Brothers GIVERS Raghu Dixit Dub Pistols Shlomo Red Sky July Otis Gibbs RSVP Trio Tekke Gabrielle Aplin Smerins Anti-Social Club Cahalen Morrison & Eli West The Miserable Rich The Wave Pictures The Regular Joes Piney Gir Shivering Blaze Crowns Bard Owl in the Sun DJ Nick Hollywood JP Cooper Keston Cobblers Club Maia Silkadelic Thomas Ford Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers By The Rivers The Lasting Days Beth Porter & The Availables Achilles Ali Warren Mother Ukers The Wishbones Morning Rush Peace, Love & Gloves Tom James The ASBO Disco The Uplifter's Reggae Sessions Still Moving DJs
COMEDY LINE-UP:Tim Minchin Milton Jones The Horne Section Zoe Lyons Carl Donnelly Tom Deacon Naz Osmanoglu Tom Craine Daniel Simonsen Comedy Club 4 Kids