Punk-rap trailblazer RAT BOY ’s rebellious collision of genres will be blaring from the Grinagog Main Stage PA this April, Following a crazed 2016 in which he provoked chaotic scenes at Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds festivals. Described by NME as “A potent mix of Blur’s cockney knees-up side, the urgency of The Libertines and Beastie Boys”, by Noisey as “the next in the lineage of Ian Dury and Mike Skinner”, and counting luminaries such as Tyler The Creator amongst his fans, this skateboarding troublemaker is set the stage alight. *This show will be accessible to those with a Teen Ticket.
New additions joining him at Grinagog include the UK jungle legend that is Congo Natty (formerly known as Rebel MC) with his distinct dread-infused bass ‘n breaks vibe. Also on a reggae influenced DnB tip, we will be welcoming dons of the dubby bassline, Serial Killaz to the turntables. Grime-metal heads Hacktivist are set to bring devastating grooves and insightful rhymes, and one of the most kinetic live acts around, Heck, will bring their grunge- meets-hardcore madness to the Mosh Rock Stage where all-girl Kerrang! Favourites Evarose will also do their powerful rock-pop thing. Making it's way out of London for only the second time, cerebral downtime masters Sunday Papers Live will come with a host of inspiring talks, passionate debates, creative masterclasses and Bloody Marys, whilst Totnes’ award-winning institution Drift Records present a whole programme of acoustic delights in Torre Abbey’s monastic chapel.
Already on the line up: Akala , one of the UK’s finest MC’s and wordsmiths, Jah Shaka , legend and godfather of the UK Reggae and Soundsystem Culture, Mercury Award-nominated folkie Sam Lee’s The Nest Collective UnampliFire, snooker-turned-turntable maestro DJ Steve Davis with Gong producer Kavus Torabi , vintage remix party starters Slamboree , 10- piece charlston collective Electro Swing Circus hit the Swingamjig stage, the South West’s finest Drum n Bass purveyor RINSE:IT, cosmic maestro Mixmaster Morris , twisted disco kings Bizarre Rituals , and for the young one’s the best family rave experience Big Fish Little Fish ... plus of course DJ Chris Tofu and the Vintage Remix ! See website for the all-singing- all-dancing line-up.
All this alongside Pool Parties, Roller Discos, Paddle Boarding, Short Films Screenings , street performers, Art Installations, award-winning food and much more .
For it’s very first year, Grinagog will feature a myriad of musical genres represented across 15 stages, ranging from the stunning historical 12th century Torre Abbey to bustling harbour- side nightclubs and rock venues with over 200 live bands, solo artists and DJs . With a “No Mud Guarantee”, palm trees aplenty and adventures big and small; get ready to escape the humdrum with Grinagogin Torquay against the backdrop of the stunning English Rivieria.
For those of you familiar with the work of the infamous party man and Torquay native DJ Chris Tofu, you will know to expect only the biggest and brightest production, incredible performance’s and a whole host of weird and wonderful goings on. His award-winning Continental Drifts production team’s creations at Glastonbury’s Shangri La, Boomtown and Bestival have become some of the most exciting features on the UK festival scene.
What is a “Grinagog” you ask? Grinagog is an old Devonshire term for “someone who is perpetually smiling”. For us, the term refers to a party-starter, a good times-instigator, a mischief maker who revels in the joy of music and culture. See you by the sea!
Festival organiser DJ Chris Tofu said : “All my life, I’ve looked at Torquay and seen it as one humongous great festival site... with no mud! The place is like the ultimate festival venue, and I should know because I’ve started loads of festivals. I’m putting everything I possibly can into making an extremely diverse, cultural offering for young people in Torquay. We’re bringing together all the amazing promoters and cultural workers who are in the town and the surrounding area already into one big pot to create a cultural explosion that we hope can really be a place maker for this town.”
GRINAGOG FESTIVAL 7th-9th APRIL 2017 TORQUAY, DEVON
TIER 2 WEEKEND TICKET (£35)
FAMILY DAY TICKET - Sat 8th April (£10) TEEN DAY TICKET - Sat 8th April (£15)
Tickets available via www.grinagogfestival.com