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NEW HORIZONS MAIN STAGE

MUSIC LINE UP

Introducing the New Horizons Main Stage at Paradhis Festival, where an extraordinary lineup awaits you! Get ready to immerse yourself in a captivating musical journey featuring an eclectic mix of genres and renowned artists.

Prepare to be swept away by the enchanting rhythms of Afriquoi, as their infectious fusion of African and electronic music sets the stage ablaze. Feel the soulful melodies of Morcheeba wash over you, as they effortlessly blend trip-hop and downtempo vibes into a mesmerizing performance.

Experience the raw talent of Scott Matthews, as his heartfelt lyrics and hauntingly beautiful voice resonate with every note. Let the ethereal sounds of Hang Massive transport you to a realm of tranquillity, as their unique blend of hang drum and electronic elements captivates your senses.

But that's not all! The New Horizons Main Stage also showcases an incredible lineup of folk, acoustic, world music, and talented DJs from around the globe. Whether you're a fan of international headliners or seeking out new sounds, this stage promises something for everyone.

Join us at Paradhis Festival's New Horizons Main Stage and discover a world of musical brilliance that will leave you craving more.

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AFRIQUOI

Afriquoi are an underground sensation, bringing an uplifting fusion of African music and live electronics. The masterful 5-piece live show combines Gambian kora, Congolese guitar + Mandinka percussion styles with electronic music drawing on house, garage, disco, soul + jungle to create something entirely unique.

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India Electric Company are perhaps best described as “a veritable musical magpie’s nest” (BBC Radio 3) and “A full musical odyssey” (BBC Radio 1). Blending traditional instruments, folk melodies and subtle electronic influences, they’ve extensively performed throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and most recently at The Royal Albert Hall. After a mammoth 60+ date UK and European support tour with Midge Ure and live sessions with BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music they return in 2024 with their long awaited third studio album. With The Daily Telegraph giving them **** and declaring them “Bursting with invention and full of surprises.” and FRUK describing them as “one of the truly pioneering acts” they will be bringing their unique headline shows to audiences throughout the year.

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Born in Cornwall’s Clay Country, Richard Trethewey is a singer, fiddle and cittern player delivering his distinct take on Cornish music, giving Cornwall a truly authentic voice. Passionate about unearthing near-forgotten gems of Cornish history, Richard breathes life and emotion into what might otherwise be overlooked. Richard has performed and recorded in many lineups including with The Rowan Tree, Didjan (with Bec Applebee), The Grenaways, Kesson, Brother Sea, with Harbottle and Jonas, Jim Causley, Leski, Crowd as well as with Cousin Jack’s Theatre. Richard will be showcasing material from his forthcoming (long awaited) second solo album. This release uncovers and celebrates stories from Cornwall's river estuaries as well as returning to champion stories associated with Cornwall's industrial heritage. Richard will be joined by Steve Hawker (Piano) and Neal Jolly (Double Bass and whistles).

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Dark Leaves is a solo project written and recorded by Patrick Aston at his home on the West Cornwall coast. On the alternative side of folk, Patrick’s song compositions are carefully crafted. Weaving together curious lyrics, soothing picked acoustic guitar, lush drone instruments and hypnotic beats, Patrick creates a deeply atmospheric and beautifully melancholic strain of psychedelia. With echoes of 1980's era Cure mixed with 60s / 70s folk and ambient electronic music, his inspiration is drawn from pagan themes, the changing seasons in the land and sea of West Cornwall and the strong sense of place he feels living there.

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Free spirited singer-songwriters River Roots are a good-vibe, acoustic folk-roots duo from the UK. A powerful symbiosis of soulful male/female harmonies that will take you out of your head and straight into your heart. River Roots have a playful uplifting vibe that will nourish your soul as they seamlessly weave between soothing melodies to funky upbeat feel-good songs. Their music is majorly influenced by a nomadic lifestyle and the profound experiences and connections made on their travels. “Our mission is to spark inspiration and ignite passion in people to transform their reality. Music is powerful and true magic, we want to help spread it to the world.”

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Morcheeba are Skye Edwards and Ross Godfrey. They formed the band along with Ross' brother Paul in 1995 and have sold over 10 million albums and toured the world to the delight of their fans over the last two decades. Skye has one of the most recognisable voices on the planet, hearing her smooth, effortless tone teamed with Ross’ psychedelic guitar is an unforgettable, spellbinding experience.

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The Bristol based producer began his journey with his Punjabi Indian roots, which has since expanded to create a melting pot of melodic magic by merging the music of his childhood with the UK sounds of Dub, Garage and Jungle. Starting his career as a live touring musician for the past 10 years dabbling in everything from funk, jazz, and Bhangra, the Indian Man project was born three years ago out of a desire to merge his groundbreaking “East meets West” sound on dancefloors worldwide. A true world selector, Indian Man absorbs the soundscape of every place he visits. Since returning from his WOMAD resident DJ tour of Chile, Gran Canaria and the UK, he is constantly on the move playing festivals worldwide. Whether rocking Shangri La at Glastonbury or Jai Ho in the New Orleans underground, Indian Man brings you the finest world fusions of electronica and unique musical inspiration from all corners of the globe.

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Since 2011 Hang Massive have shaped the global handpan music scene, pioneering a successful electronic act with a magnetising live show. Blending dream-like acoustic and upbeat electronic sounds, their unique style inspires a worldwide audience. Their first music release and video “Once Again”, which gained wide renown and was watched over 50 million times online. Its viral success introduced people around the world to a captivating new instrument and saw the emergence of a global fan base devoted to this groundbreaking musical project.

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Faisal Salah, also known as FaceSoul, is a London-based Somali artist born in East Africa. From a young age, Faisal showed a passion for music, combining his love for singing, poetry, and storytelling as an escape from the challenges of inner-city living. At 19, he embarked on a journey around the world, using his voice to connect with diverse communities and share his story. These travels became transformative for Faisal as an artist, revealing the universal nature of human emotions and bridging apparent differences in race, language, and environment. Through his art, FaceSoul aspires to inspire others and create a sense of unity and understanding.

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Oozing charisma, this funk fuelled indie pop band delivers high energy tunes that blur the lines between a modern and classic sound, giving them a refreshing but nostalgic feel. Drawing influence from artists like Paolo Nutini, Maroon 5, Stevie Wonder, King Of Leon and The Wombats. Roguey Roads’ tasteful songwriting imbued with jazzy grooves and catchy melodies makes their vibe undeniable. Based in the south west of England and with a debut album under their belt, these young bucks mean business and have endless potential.

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The Blue Lions are a band of Sikh warriors belonging to the ancient lineage of the Warrior Akali Nihang Singhs. They perform Spiritual Indian Classical music called kirtan, reciting mantras in specific ragas that have a profound effect on the mind and body to further become One with the Soul. The Akali Nihang Singhs live a life of service, a duty that is maintained within each moment for everything in existence. The ‘Ragas‘ they play from Indian Classical Music have a profound effect on our energy field. Ragas are charged with prana/chi and help regenerate and restore our energy and balance. This music therapy emits a deep vibration which nourishes the listener. This brings harmony between the mind, body and soul. The Blue Lions begin with instrumental music and then sing different Ragas and compositions before beginning the mantra chanting. They play ancient stringed instruments like the ‘Taus’ which is very rare and was designed by the Sixth Sikh Guru. Come and meditate or just sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Scott Matthews’ ground-breaking debut album, Passing Stranger earned him serious critical acclaim with its bold mix of folk, rock, blues and Eastern-inspired song-writing, and in 2007 his first single ‘Elusive’ won the Ivor Novello Award for ‘Best Song Musically and Lyrically’. From here Scott went on to perform on a number of international sell-out tours with respected artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Bert Jansch, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Foo Fighters, Snow Patrol and Tori Amos. His follow-up albums saw, Robert Plant come onboard for a guest contribution on second album, Elsewhere, and legendary bassist Danny Thompson appearing on his third release What The Night Delivers, having encountered each other whilst performing in Joe Boyd’s stage production of Way to Blue – The Songs of Nick Drake. Championed by Lauren Laverne as ‘a big favourite’ and Huey Morgan as being ‘something else’, Scott’s musical dexterity and experimentative approach to song-writing and home-recording continued to excite over the course of the next several albums released on his own label, from the intrinsically poetic, organic nature of The Great Untold, to the daring and audacious New Skin. This album was arguably his boldest move yet, New Skin swathed in Eno-esque electronica and Thom Yorke-centric uncovering, channelled the driving energy of ‘80s Springsteen and was widely lauded by Robert Plant, Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, Bella Union’s Simon Raymonde and BBC 6Music. It was rock and ambient, acoustic and electro. Matthews had never sounded so vital. Never sounded so fresh. Never sounded so energised. And never sounded so good.

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"The best folk band you've never heard of..." say the Guardian; a collection of multi-instrumentalists who swap styles as often as they swap instruments. A “passionately ramshackle” quintet playing their own brand of “triumphant folk” while journeying around Europe in a vintage Renault 4. Equally at home on the main stage or the corner of an old barn, the boys treat each gig with the same gusto and aim to make people smile and bounce.

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Cornwall UK Singer-songwriters Lizzie Freeborn and Amy Woodburn formed the band in 2020 to offer a musical response to the plight of people and planet and were later joined by multi-instrumentalist Ashley Height and drummer Matt Griffiths. Since their debut Wake the River have featured in FATEA Magazine, on BBC Introducing, RTÉ Radio 1 (Lilian Smith) and Absolute Radio (Frank Skinner). Second album Of Blood and Star received glowing reviews from music and eco press with the then trio performing a live-in-session on Radio X (John Kennedy). Last year’s winter single Sapphire surpassed 50K streams on Spotify. Wake the River span multiple generations in their ages and influences yet retain a fresh flavour with delicate, stand-out lead vocals from Freeborn, sensitive instrumentation, and dynamic song writing from both Woodburn and Freeborn.

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Angeline Morrison is a folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose 2022 album ‘The Sorrow Songs : Folk Songs of Black British Experience’ (Topic Records) was voted No 1 Folk Album of the year in The Guardian. Angeline explores traditional song with a deep reverence, love and curiosity, a handmade sonic aesthetic and a feeling for the stories of ordinary human lives.

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Having seven female members, a raft of rousing self-penned songs and a knack for bringing fresh harmonic inspiration to folk pieces, Kana is a band worth keeping your eye on. With summer ‘23 having been packed with festival appearances (Tunes in the Dunes, Great Estate), support slots (Fisherman’s Friends, Angeline Morrison), and guest spots at folk clubs and local live-music events, it’s safe to say they’re very much on the up. Make sure you catch them on the summer festival circuit next year, listen out for BBC radio appearances and check out their debut EP, soon to be streaming on all major platforms.

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