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Leap into summer with Somersault festival

Somersault is not your typical music festival. Billed as a ‘five-day summer camp of music, adventure and outdoor living’ the event offers festival goers the chance try out a wide range of activities – including canoeing, rock climbing and power kiting – alongside a great line-up of live music.

Located at the beautiful Castle Hill estate, just half an hour from both the North Devon coast and Exmoor, the festival is also set to be one of the most stunning of the season.

If you’re heading down this weekend, here’s our pick of the music.

Spiritualized
Jason Pierce is one of the UK’s most influential songwriters. Starting off in the early 80s with his drone-heavy band Spaceman 3, Jason went on to become one of the 90’s most critically acclaimed artists, with his band Spiritualized and their seminal album Ladies and Gentlemen We’re Floating in Space.

Hockeysmith
The Cornish newcomers have been causing a stir with their debut EP But Blood, which combines the industrial sounds of Nine Inch Nails with the ethereal indie of Warpaint.

Bear’s Den
Along with Mumford and Sons’ Ben Lovett and producer Ian Grimble, Bear’s Den member Kev Jones is responsible for the influential folk label, Communion. The record label will be hosting their own stage at the festival – so make sure you check out one of its founders perform live.

Jack Johnson
The most laid-back man in music brought the sun out when he performed at Calling Festival earlier this summer, and his saccharine tones are sure to brighten up Somersault.

Rae Morris
If you havn’t heard Rae Morris’ name before, chances are you might have already heard her voice. The Blackpool singer-songwriter lent her vocals to Bombay Bicycle Club’s huge single Luna earlier this year, and has had success of her own with singles Skin and Grow. She’ll be showcasing her huge talent on the Jack Wills New Music Stage on the Friday night.

Somersault festival takes place this 17-21 July 2014 at Castle Hill, Devon – tickets are available here.

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