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Sign of the Times: The Waterboys, Scouting for Girls and The Lottery Winners announced for opening day of summer festival at Little Hadham





Sign of The Times has announced the first headliner for its three-day music festival at Church End, Little Hadham, next summer.

The Waterboys will top the bill on Friday July 5, with the acts taking the premium slots on Saturday and Sunday (July 6 and 7) yet to be named.

The British-Irish folk rock band, formed in London in 1983 by Scottish musician and songwriter Mike Scott, are best known for hits The Whole of the Moon and Fisherman’s Blues.

The Waterboys
The Waterboys

They will be joined on the bill by NME Award-winning and multi-Brit Award nominee Jake Bugg, whose self-titled debut album hit No 1 in 2012, indie pop band The Lottery Winners and Scouting for Girls, who both took Standon Calling by storm this summer with crowd-pleasing sets and charismatic front men.

Scottish indie rock band The View, best known for the 2007 single Same Jeans, will also feature along with Warrington’s The K’s, who have just announced the release of their debut LP, IWonder If The World Knows?

Serving up the nostalgia that is a hallmark of Sign of the Times are acid jazz and funk group The Brand New Heavies, who hit the charts with Never Stop in 1990, and Hothouse Flowers, who released Don’t Go in 1988 and whose album, People, was the most successful debut album in Irish history,

Scouting For Girls. Picture: Jasmine Marceau
Scouting For Girls. Picture: Jasmine Marceau

Also serving up vintage hits will be Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, renowned for their live performances and the track Kill Your Television; indiepoppers Echobelly, who won fans with vocalist Sonya Madan’s performances on hits including King of the Kerb and Great Things; Dodgy who were responsible for the 1993 anthem Staying Out for The Summer; and 80s stars The Christians, whose first five singles including Ideal World all made the Top 40 in Britain.

The festival will also feature English ragga deejay General Levy.

Early-bird tickets for the event’s fourth year in East Herts have sold out in record time and organisers are promising the best festival yet in 2024.

“As well as a whole host of fantastic artists, we’re really investing in the look and feel of Sign of the Times festival, so expect it to look and sound better than ever!

The Lottery Winners
The Lottery Winners

"We have a load more brilliant bands and singers to announce over the coming weeks. As independent festival promoters, we strive hard year after year to bring fantastic acts to this weekend while keeping ticket prices as affordable as possible.”

Sign of the Times
Sign of the Times


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