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Ever felt guilty or selfish going to a festival, pounding your liver with fruity ciders and not helping the world in anyway?

Well, fear no more, music inspired charity Strummerville are putting on a one off festival (Strummer of Love, August 17th-19th) to mark the ten year anniversary of Joe Strummer’s death, with all proceedings going to this cheeky charity.

Strummerville’s ethos is simple but effective: helping people make music that can change the world, whether the young artist is from a London towerblock or an orphanage in Malawi. The charity was set up by friends and family in 2003 and has supported projects such as London Rock Camp For Girls and the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, a cause that aims to raise awareness of prejudice against subcultures so young people and adults alike can feel free and safe to express their individuality.

Strummer of Love is a natural extension of their infamous campfire sessions at festivals such as Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and Endorse It In Dorset.

Lucinda Garland, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said: “We felt there was only one way to mark Joe’s anniversary and that was around a campfire in the fields at a festival, his favourite place to be. We have been truly honoured with so many brilliant bands coming out to play at this tribute and what promises to be a great benefit for the charity which will help us to continue our work.”

The artists appearing at the festival are all huge fans of the legend, or were personal friends with him, including The Pogues, Frank Turner, Billy Bragg, Basement Jaxx, Badly Drawn Boy, Roots Manuva, Don Letts, Slow Club and lots more.

The first 1,001 tickets will be released on April 11th at £101, a special selection of numbers to commemorate Joe’s first band (The 101ers). That lovely cost will not be heavily disturbed by ridiculous booking fees either, as the festival will be handling all ticket sales personally. They are even setting up a forum for authentic fan-to-fan ticket selling, so you don’t have to spend your hard earned money on Ebay.

With an intimate capacity of just 5,000 people, tickets for this oversized campfire singalong will not hang around for long. The event will take place at a secret location in the picturesque setting of the Somerset countryside, adding even more heart to the idea behind the festival (location and transport details will be supplied with delivery of the ticket, you won’t have to wander round Somerset with your ear to the ground listening out for ‘Guns Of Brixton’).
Strummerville will also be making the weekend that more special with unconventional stalls that boast fair trade food, Strummer memorabilia, alternative therapies, healing and community activism.

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Words by Jamie Carson

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