Hayseed Dixie to play Lewes Live

The Lewes music festival Rock in the Bog has undergone a facelift and re-branding for 2014, and will return on July 11 and 12 under the new name ‘Lewes Live’.

Having been running now for nine years, the event has undergone many changes, not least being the more diverse range of musical genres.

Organisers recognise that the previous name no longer truly reflects the aim or content of the event.

Previously likened to the early days of Glastonbury, the two-day festival aims to this year offer the same great quality and atmosphere, but to be the biggest and best yet.

To celebrate the relaunch, popular American ‘rockgrass band’ Hayseed Dixie has been booked to play the headline slot on Saturday night.

Hayseed Dixie began in 2000 with the release of their first album, A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC. The band perform a mixture of cover versions of hard rock songs and original compositions in a style that is a unique fusion of bluegrass and rock music and are acknowledged as the creators of the musical genre ‘rockgrass’.

They regularly tour across the USA and Europe, and have played more than 1,000 live gigs in the last 13 years. This includes a previous sell-out appearance at Lewes’ guitar festival in 2006, their one and only performance in the town to date. Their appearance at Lewes Live will be their only performance in the south-east this summer and is not to be missed, organisers say.

In addition to Hayseed Dixie, Lewes Live will include nine other bands and artists performing over the two days (details to be announced), family attractions, food providers, licenced bars, and free weekend camping for all ticket holders.

Only limited tickets are available for the event – , full details at www.leweslive.com

Ticket prices start from £20, and will be available online from 9am on March 29, and from Lewes outlets including The Dorset, The Gardener’s Arms, The John Harvey Tavern, and Union Music Store on the same date.