Livewire Festival announces the support acts for its inaugural year, which will feature Motown legends The Jacksons, who have just wowed Glastonbury audiences, as well as the first ever UK live performance for Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff.
Kicking off for The Jacksons on Friday 25th August will be British soul legends The Christians and Mica Paris. The support for Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff on Saturday 27th August will feature the legendary party-starter Fatman Scoop and UK dance duo Phats and Small. Blackpool girl group Tiger-S will also be bringing their fresh pop stylings to the final night.
The Saturday line-up already comes fully formed, with a poptastic selection of acts from Pete Waterman’s Hit Factory Live – including Jason Donovan, Pepsi & Shirlie, Sinitta, Sam Fox, Brother Beyond, Undercover plus guests Go West.
The Christians have been described as “the Temptations with ripped jeans”, whose ‘socially-aware soul music’ made an impact on popular culture in the 1980s. 2017 is the 30th anniversary of their self-titled multi-platinum debut album.
Formed in Liverpool in the 80’s, their debut double platinum album ‘The Christians’ was released in 1987 making No 2 in the album charts. With their solid line-up of great talent, they are sounding as stunning as they did 30 years ago.
Mica Paris is the Queen of UK soul music, as well as a respected actor, radio and TV presenter. She has just released a new album ‘Mica sings Ella’, a tribute to the music of Ella Fitzgerald.
Mica Paris is one of the UK’s most respected female singers with a career full of Top 10 hit singles and albums worldwide. Her debut album ‘So Good’ went Platinum. Mica has collaborated with respected artists such as David Gilmour, Prince, and Jools Holland, as well as her many talents to London’s West End stage starring in Mama I Want To Sing, The Vagina Monologues and Sweet Lorraine.
Everyone will recognise Fatman Scoop’s gargantuan hit ‘Be Faithful’, and so many party tunes he features on with P.Diddy, 50 Cent, or Timbaland to name a few. Dance music duo Phats and Small are best known for their international hit ‘Turn Around’. Since forming in the late 1990s they have continued to work with the biggest and best in electronic music including Carl Cox, Daft Punk and Jean Michelle Jarre.
Fatman Scoop is notorious for shouting his name and requesting that you do whatever he tells you… so put your damn hands up! Whether it’s Scoop’s rambunctious baritone hyping a track or video cameos for P.Diddy, 50 Cent, or Elephant Man to name a few, Scoop’s booming voice, catchy hooks, electrifying energy and charismatic presence never go unnoticed.
Phats & Small are best known for their international hit, Turn Around. The duo have amassed international sales of over 5 million, winning multiple international awards and nominations including TMF Award, RSH Award, 2 German Dance Awards, Brit Award, Muzik/Sony Ericsson, 2 Capital Radio awards and 2 Mobo awards.
“We are thrilled to be sharing the stage with two legends, to us it’s the stuff that dreams are made of. Only last year we were watching from the crowd whilst the great DJ Jazzy Jeff tore down a club in Amsterdam with an incredible DJ set. 27th Aug will not only see us supporting the man himself but also his partner in rhyme the legendary Will Smith aka The Fresh Prince. We are proud to say that for Phats and Small it definitely puts our summer summer time on smash, we can’t wait!!!” Ben Ofoedu, Phats and Small.
Up-and-coming local girl group Tiger-S are seeing their hard work paying off, having recently played alongside The Vamps, Professor Green and Lawson.
Full Weekend (general admission): £85
Friday 25th Aug – The Jacksons: General Admission £35 / Golden Circle £75 / VIP £200
Sat 26th Aug – Pete Waterman’s Hit Factory: General Admission £30 / Golden Circle £75 / VIP £150
Sun 27th Aug – Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff: General Admission £30 / Golden Circle £75 / VIP £150