Kula Shaker are well known for their interest in traditional Indian music, culture and mysticism and the way they brought those influences into their post Britpop rock was hugely successful giving them famous hits like ‘Govinda’ and ‘Tattva’ which are as relevant now as they were back then.
Having split in 1999, it was a welcome surprise when they reformed in 2004 and since then have performed almost completely sold out European tours and produced three more studio albums. This year will see a widely anticipated new album releasing in June and to accompany that release they will be playing three headline gigs in Glasgow, Manchester and London. If you want to catch them in festival mode, then The Little Orchard Festival in September will be a great opportunity to catch their new music and I’m sure plenty of their classics.
Kula Shaker have been announced this week as headliners at The Little Orchard Festival in Cornwall, a brilliant family festival in stunning surroundings. The band famously supported Oasis at Knebworth and are renowned for their live performances and so it’s quite the coup to be able to see them play in beautiful Cornwall at Healeys Cyder Farm in Penhallow (Truro) from 9-11 September. The festival is in its ninth year and will include lots of local acts and emerging indie/ alt bends alongside Kula Shaker as well as fellow headliners Feeder. Also, a trip to The West Country wouldn’t be complete without the addition of The Wurzels who will bring their light hearted music to the party. There really is something for everyone; did I mention it’s at a Cyder farm in Cornwall!
The new Kula Shaker album, ‘1st Congregational Church of Eternal Love and Free Hugs’, will be eagerly anticipated as the band have had their fair share of outlandish struggles and phases, brushes with media sensationalism and music industry hubris but it seems they have emerged the other side with a renewed energy and a sonic message for everyone. This band is made to play festivals and the skies of Cornwall will light up as the band shoot their searing love beams into the September sky.