Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire:
Abersoch, Cardigan Bay, North Wales:
- New acts and final headliners announced for Relentless Wakestock 2008
Estelle, Happy Mondays
Plump DJs, Nu-Mark, The Blackout, Goldierocks, Hyper, Sonny J
Uncle Buck, Dan Greenpeace, Jaguar Skills, I-Koma
GROOVE ARMADA, MARK RONSON AND THE VERSION PLAYERS, THE STREETS, SUPERGRASS (B), FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, THE HOOSIERS (A), CALVIN HARRIS, DUFFY (A) PENDULUM, SAM SPARRO, PETE TONG, ZANE LOWE, JO WHILEY, BLACK KIDS,
ELLIOT MINOR, MYSTERY JETS, THE FUTUREHEADS, HADOUKEN, ONE NIGHT ONLY, AUDIO BULLYS, YOUNG KNIVES, FRIENDLY FIRES, JAZZIE B, IN CASE OF FIRE, YOU ME AT SIX, THE DYKEENIES, METRONOMY, LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION, ESSER, plus many more
Europe’s largest and most successful wakeboard music festival, sponsored by Relentless Energy Drink, have finalized their line-up ...
Madchester troubadours Happy Mondays will now join the already eclectically swelling bill, bringing an enviable back catalogue of some of the most generation-defining anthems; from ’24 Hour Party People’ to ‘Step On’ and ‘Kinky Afro’, their Factory Records career has been the stuff of legend. Still as relevant today, making as intrinsic music as ever, their appearance aside vocally stunning modern chart darling Estelle proves this years Relentless Wakestock to truly be unsurpassed in the summer calendar.
This is the first time that a contemporary music festival has been held within the grounds of Blenheim Palace and certainly the first that also boasts the biggest title in the world wakeboard calendar. The Relentless Wakestock is booked and primed to be a memorable occasion with an outstanding line-up now confirmed with the added bonus of the slickest water sport thrown in right next to the festival site, while the duke’s palace carries the most uniquely breath-taking backdrop.
This year will be the first time that special VIP packages are on offer at both venues. For those who want to spend the weekend in style hanging out with the riders, bands and DJ’s, there’s a myriad of different options available ranging from hotel accommodation to amazing tipi’s, yurts and beach huts which are available to hire in an exclusive VIP camping area on site. For those who want the real, nostalgic rock ‘n’ roll experience, a tour bus is available for hire - presented fully set up for the weekend it can accommodate you plus 11 of your mates… This is really how to do a festival! For those who will not be able to make the whole weekend day tickets are on sale and are modestly priced at £40 per day.
“2008 is going to be the Year of Wakestock!” says Wakestock Founder, Mark Durston. “We’ve built the festival up over the last 8 years in Abersoch to be a really cool mix of the world’s best wakeboarders, bands & DJ’s right at the forefront of the live music scene and a lifestyle that is unrivalled by any other festival! With the help of Stuart Galbraith, CEO of Kilimanjaro, to develop the festival and to add a second venue as stunning as Blenheim Palace was an opportunity we’ve relished. The grounds at Blenheim Palace, as a festival venue, are first class. Add to this a stunning lake sat right in front of the Palace and you have the perfect setting to showcase the coolest sport on water”.
Now in its 9th sell out year, the original festival in Abersoch, North Wales (4th – 6th July 2008) and the new Wakestock Blenheim Palace both promise to serve up the pinnacle in established names playing against the preeminent emerging talents in music along with world class wakeboarding, on-site camping and a weekend full of exhilarating on and off water entertainment. Both sites can boast the best scenery and the liveliest festival atmospheres, Abersoch gracing stunning beaches with some incredible surf breaks, while the Blenheim Palace site sits within the awe-inspiring Parkland amid picturesque lakes.
Wakeboarding is the world’s fastest growing watersport with over 3 million participants worldwide. Wakeboarding began back in the 1970’s when surfers who were bored of waiting for the waves began pulling their boards behind a speedboat with a ski rope. The summer equivalent to snowboarding, wakeboarding has now grown hugely over the past 10 years and is no longer the younger sibling of the boardsports world
The pool gap construction has been re-designed and built, and is ready for more epic battles. The viewing for spectators is greatly improved with a lower bottom pool, each event seeing a different rail setup to keep the riders on their toes. The Wakeskaters will also be returning for ‘best trick jams’ and this summer you’ll see an influx of European skaters seasoning the rails along UK riders like Christian Thom and Craig McCulloch.
The second battle will commence the following weekend on the 4th, 5th and 6th July at Relentless Wakestock Abersoch while Newquay plays host to the final stop on 8th & 9th August at the Unleashed Music Festival.
For more information, the line up breakdown, plus all the essential information for 2008 be sure to check out www.wakestock.co.uk now.