Grime star kicks off city music festival
VIBRAPHONIC returns to Exeter this spring with another great line-up of acts to celebrate all things diverse and progressive.
Among this year's big names is enigmatic Dagenham-born MC Devlin, (pictured), who will be performing at Exeter Phoenix on Friday, March 22.
A lover of Bob Marley, The Supremes and Bruce Springsteen, Devlin is not your average grime artist. His underground classic Tales from the Crypt set the bar for a new generation in 2006, and his second album A Moving Picture, featuring Katy B and Ed Sheeran, is just as highly acclaimed.
Vibraphonic kicks off on Friday, March 8, with bass music band Dub Mafia returning to headline a Cabaret Voltaire party in the Cavern from 9pm, and guitar and kora duo Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate performing at Exeter Phoenix from 8.30pm.
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The award-nominated duo have released an album fusing world, afrobeat, hip-hop, folk and reggae music, which charted in the World Music iTunes top 10.
Other highlights throughout the festival, running until Saturday, March 23, include a double bill of two of the best new jazz bands in the UK – the Roller Trio and Get The Blessing at Exeter Phoenix on Thursday, March 14.
Roller Trio were the jazz nominees for 2012's Mercury Music Prize and also a Mobo Award. Joining the Leeds-based band on the bill are Bristolian jazzy post-rockers Get the Blessing. The four-piece release their third album later this month and draw comparisons to similarly inventive acts like Tortoise and Polar Bear.
Over the years Vibraphonic has been responsible for bringing major names in the industry to the city, from the worlds of jazz, funk, soul, urban, hip-hop, drum and bass, dubstep and more.
Previous acts have included Dizzee Rascal, Maceo Parker, Femi Kuti, Mr Scruff, Horace Andy, DJ Yoda, Gilles Peterson, Chipmunk, Neil Cowley Trio, Roy Ayers, and Pendulum.
The first Vibraphonic festival was held in 2004 and has since become an integral part of the city's rich and varied festivals and events programme.
It is supported and funded by Exeter City Council which works in partnership with local promoters and venues. For a full list of events visit www.vibraphonicfestival.co.uk