Undercover Festival bosses have announced The Selecter as the headline act for Friday 9th September at Brighton Racecourse.
“We are really pleased to be able to announce the headline band to play Undercover on Friday 9th September; The Selecter to play Undercover Festival IV a band that really does not need that much of an introduction. Since The Selecter have reformed in 2011 with the original front pair of Pauline Black and Gaps Hendrickson they have gone from strength to strength. – Festival Organiser Mick Moriarty.
The Selecter with the original pair of Pauline Black and Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson alongside an incredible talented band of musicians. Including Neil Pyzer (Spear Of Destiny), Will Crewdson (Rachel Stamp) that you can’t take your eyes off when they’re on stage. The anarchic passion that fuelled Selecter gigs during the 2 Tone era, when they toured with the Specials and Madness at the peak of their early fame is still there, except they seem more driven than ever.
Fridays line up of The Selecter, Peter & The Test Tube Babies, Sex Pistols Experience, 999, Chelsea, The JB Conspiracy, Department S, The Tuts, Menace, The Meow Meows, Charred Hearts, Criminal Mind, Tree House Fire, Xtraverts, Army Of Skanks, Lead Shot Hazard, No Lip, The Mistakes, The Disinclined, Comrade X, Ray Gun, Sarah Pink plus a host of cracking emerging local bands and so much more is shaping up to be the strongest Friday line up ever at Undercover.
The headline act for Saturday at Undercover will be announced on the 4th March.
With bands such as The Selecter, Spear Of Destiny, Sonic Boom Six, Eddie & The Hotrods, Peter & The Test Tube Babies, 999, Chelsea, Sex Pistols Experience, RDF (Radical Dance Faction), XSLF (X Stiff Little Fingers), and many more on the line-up over the weekend, the alternative genre-arching event has most bases covered.
This year’s Undercover Festival has moved to Brighton Racecourse and is once again held undercover i.e. not outdoors so if it’s peeing down come September it’s not a problem and your beer won’t get diluted. Leave your wellies at home, and enjoy one of the best small alternative festivals the south has to offer this September.
The festival is one that prides itself on taking an independent and grassroots approach to things, and is always determined to be different from mainstream events. As the name suggests, it’s an indoor event but with two days of alternative action from bands you’d be highly unlikely to see on many other festival line-ups.
“We believe the usual run-of-the-mill festivals tend to book bands that in the main are broadly similar – and way too safe! We try for a line up and experience that is something different and appeals to a crowd not catered for elsewhere. Being a small independent grassroots festival is tough because media attention is always on the big boys. But we’ve got through to our fourth year and we’re going strong because what we have created really has struck a chord with people who like their music raw and full of the passion and energy that only acts like ours generate.” – Mick Moriarty
The festival grew out of a small tent tucked in the back corner of the sadly departed GuilFest in Surrey and has now become a firm fixture in many people’s diaries, with dedicated fans coming back year on year.
The event is set in and around the unique setting of Brighton Racecourse, a festival venue and experience that defies all other conventions and festival templates.
The nature of the venue ensures that everything is nearby; no long walks between stages, parking is free, and camping is available literally a short one minute walk from the festival proper. In a financial climate where it always seems to be about the money, Undercover throws convention to the wind and just goes with what it believes in.