Headline acts announced for the 20th anniversary of the Llangollen Fringe Festival

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Jonathan Grieve

Headline acts for the 20th anniversary of a popular festival have been lined up.

Llangollen Fringe Festival is celebrating its 20th birthday this year and from its small beginnings back in 1998, the festival will see more than 5,000 people visit the town for 11 days of music, theatre, dance, literature and more.

To mark the occasion, organisers have a bumper line up and a special guest headliner for 10 out of the 11 nights of the event, which runs from Thursday, July 11 to Sunday, July 23.

The all-star line up includes music performances from Canvey Island’s legendary RnB guitarist Wilko Johnson.

The former showman with Dr Feelgood and star of game Of Thrones has recently made a full recovery from cancer and is back with more energy than ever.

Joining Wilko on the music bill are Turin Brakes, responsible for several top 40 albums and singles including the hit Painkiller (Summer Rain), Upbeat folksters CC Smugglers, who will also be appearing on big stages this year at Cambridge Folk and Cropredy festivals, the Welsh hip hop brass ensemble Pres Llareggub and Congolese soukous sensations Kasai Masai, as well as folk legend Seth Lakeman performing an intimate solo show and a finale concert in the  surrounds of Valle Crucis Abbey, headlined by BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners 9Bach.

Two spoken word evenings are also announced, headed up by Mark Thomas and Jack Monroe.

Thomas has made numerous television series and documentaries for both BBC TV and Channel 4 and will be discussing his career and also his book ‘100 Acts of Minor Dissent’.

Monroe is a writer, chef and activist, most recently in the news for successfully suing journalist Katie Hopkins for libel.

Artistic director Neal Thompson said: “This is by far the biggest Fringe to date in terms of its headliners.

“It’s a truly prestigious line up of acts and celebrity names and we couldn’t be more excited to be able to announce them to the public.

“There’s also much more still to come, in the shape of our drama and workshops programme and our major new, ‘year of legends’ themed arts activity and community engagement project we’ll be revealing for the anniversary very soon.”

For more information and to buy tickets, go to www.llangollenfringe.co.uk

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