Organisers of the award-winning Chagstock festival on Dartmoor today announced Imelda May and Buzzcocks as headline acts for the 2018 festival on July 20 and 21. They have been added to a roster that already includes some of the biggest music names in the West Country.
Imelda May began her professional career in 2003, releasing No Turning Back. In 2007 she signed with Ambassador Records and recorded her second album. Love Tattoo, which reached number one in Ireland and received wide critical acclaim. It caught the attention of Jools Holland, who she later supported on tour, leading to a critically acclaimed performance on his BBC2 show.
Her first two singles, "Johnny Got a Boom Boom" and "Big Bad Handsome Man", were released in 2009, and she subsequently won Female Artist of the Year at the 2009 Meteor Awards.
She released her third studio album, Mayhem in 2010, which topped the Irish Album Charts, and number 4 in the UK.
May's fifth album, Life Love Flesh Blood was released last April, an album on which she collaborated extensively with American musician T Bone Burnett, who also produced.
She recently performed the Irish national anthem at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, before the Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor fight.
Buzzcocks will headline the main stage on Friday. Formed by Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto in February 1976, the band were completed by the addition of Steve Diggle and John Maher.
From August 1977, Buzzcocks released a string of hit singles and over the next three years, toured extensively and released a trilogy of outstanding albums Another Music in a Different Kitchen, Love Bites and A Different Kind of Tension, as well as the hugely influential and popular Singles Going Steady compilation.
Acts already announced for Chagstock 2018 include The Correspondents, The Grahams, Show of Hands and King King..
Devon folk royalty Show of Hands return for their third performance at Chagstock, including a magical headline set back in 2011. One of the UK's most successful acoustic acts, the talents of Steve Knightley and Phil Beer will be celebrating 25 years of magical music making.
Set in 70 acres of farmland on the edge of Dartmoor, Chagstock is renowned for its stunning location, diverse line-up of artists and non-corporate, family friendly atmosphere.
Organiser Simon Ford said: " We can’t wait to welcome friends new and old to Higher Fields in Whiddon Down for Chagstock 2018! With world class acts Buzzcocks and Imelda May joining The Correspondents and The Grahams and an already fantastic line up we are pulling out all the stops for 2018.
"As always we are working hard to bring an eclectic and high quality selection of artists to the beautiful Devon countryside, and we look forward to seeing you in July."