SHIIINE ON WEEKENDER ANNOUNCES FIRST NAMES FOR 2017 EVENT

Following the sell-out success of their 2015 and 2016 events, the award nominated Shiiine On Weekender announces it first names for their 2017 instalment.

Playing the festival for the first time will be the Levellers. Earlier this year the band celebrated the 25th anniversary of their all-time classic album ‘Levelling The Land’ with a huge UK tour whilst also announcing plans for a new album in 2017.

Their platinum-selling 1991 album ‘Levelling The Land’ features the hit singles ‘One Way’, ‘15 Years and Far From Home’ plus ‘The Game’, ‘Liberty Song’, ‘Sell Out’, ‘Another Man’s Cause’, ‘Riverflow’, ‘Boatman’ and the incendiary ‘Battle Of The Beanfield’. During the summer of 1991 ‘Levelling The Land’ redefined the UK’s musical landscape. Levellers provided the soundtrack for a society fed up with the twin evils of Thatcherite politics, and the post-80’s, pre-grunge musical wasteland.

Also joining the bill for the first time is Stourbridge’s finest Pop Will Eat Itself.

Taking their name from an NME feature on the group Jamie Wednesday (later to be known as Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine), the archetypal grebo band Pop Will Eat Itself formed in in 1986. Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Clint Mansell, keyboardist Adam Mole, drummer Graham Crabb, and bassist Richard March, PWEI began their existence as a Buzzcocks-influenced indie guitar band, and issued their self-produced debut EP, ‘The Poppies Say Grrr’, in 1986.

While recording their follow-up, ‘Poppiecock’, PWEI became immersed in sampling, drawing material from sources ranging from James Brown to Iggy Pop; soon Crabb emerged from behind his drum kit to join Mansell as co-frontman, and a drum machine was installed in his place. Honing a fusion of rock, pop, and rap that they dubbed "grebo," the Poppies kick-started a small revolution; by the release of their 1987 full-length debut, Box Frenzy, and the hit ‘There Is No Love Between Us Anymore,’ grebo -- the name quickly given the entire subculture of similarly grimy and raunchy bands -- was all the rage in the British music press.

The legendary figure Jim Bob also makes his Minehead debut. As font man of Carter USM Jim Bob had 12 top 40 singles, 4 top ten albums (including a number one) and played over 800 gigs all over the world. The band split up in 1997 and since Carter USM, Jim Bob has released two albums and three singles with his disco-pop-punk group Jim's Super Stereoworld, four solo albums as Jim Bob. Expect plenty of Carter sing alongs and a smattering of solo material.

The Woodentops also join the Shiiine bill for 2017. The band formed in 1983 in South London and released debut single, ‘Plenty’ on Food Records in 1984. The track received a glowing review from Morrissey in Melody Maker, and led them to signing to independent label Rough Trade Records, releasing a series of singles in 1985 and their debut album, ‘Giant’, in 1986. The album reached No. 35 on the UK Albums Chart. and lead single from the album, ‘Good Thing’, reached No. 7 on the UK Indie Chart

The Shiiine On Weekender takes place at Butlins Minehead 10-13 November 2017

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