Sunday, 30 March 2014

The Selecter and Buzzcocks join Godiva line-up

TWO LEGENDARY bands in their respective genres are set to play this year's Godiva Festival.

Ska heroes The Selecter will play the main stage along with punk-pop favourites The Buzzcocks on the three-day event's opening night.

The pair join Saturday headliners The Happy Mondays as confirmed acts so far.

The Stranglers review – 'Unexpectedly poignant'

"Last time we played here, we had strippers on stage and drummer Jet Black naked on an elephant," says Strangler Baz Warne. He's joking, but (give or take an elephant) the band's long career has been peppered with such incidents. Nowadays, though, their outrages are more tongue in cheek, although strippers do appear – on screen in a video of their infamous 1978 Battersea Park gig – for an unrepentant Nice'N'Sleazy.

Lee 'Scratch' Perry review – the Peter Pan of reggae

"Give me a light," yells Lee Perry, producing a lighter from his ring-enclustered fingers and attempting to set fire to his microphone. Moments later, he raises the flame above his head and for a millisecond it seems as if York Fibbers might go the way of his Black Ark studio, which he famously burned to the ground.

The Jamaican's reputation as an oddball precedes him, and yet cannot surpass his enormous contribution to music as the pioneer of dub and producer of everyone from Junior Murvin to Bob Marley. However, the glint in his eye suggests he knows people expect eccentricity as well as sound.

Debbie Harry: soundtrack of my life

Born at the end of the second world war and adopted by two gift-shop owners, Debbie Harry grew up in suburban New Jersey. After apprenticeships in folk band the Wind in the Willows and girl trio the Stilettos, she was 31 when Blondie released their 1976 debut LP. Their first UK hit was 1977's Denis and by 1978's Parallel Lines they were global stars. Reuniting in 1997 after a 15-year sabbatical in which Harry made solo records and films, Blondie play Glastonbury in June and V festival in August.