17-18-19 August 2012 / De Montfort Hall & Gardens, Leicester

  • "One of Britain's Premier Music Events"

  • "You can genuinely say that there is something for everybody"
    The Guardian

  • "The finest weekend out that Leicester has to offer... Not to be missed"
    The Mirror

  • "Anyone half awake knows that Summer Sundae is hitting the musical spot better than ever"

  • "The Grandson of Glastonbury"
    Steve Lamacq, BBC 6Music


Dark Dark Horse

4pm, Friday, Main Stage

Dark Dark Horse

Dark Dark Horse is the collaboration of producer Jamie Ward (ex Kyte) and singer James Stafford. A mix of Jamie's enchanting Eric Satie meets New Order electronics and James' emotive world weary voice. When they play live they are joined by Joe Norledge and Robin Southby. They hail from the leafy countryside of Leicestershire, UK.

After posting some initial demos online the power of the internet began to propel the bands music round the world. Typically this meant that the first label to take a shine to the band was based 5000 miles away from their hometown with Japanese label Rallye (Toro Y Moi, Au Revoir Simone, The Joy Formidable) offering to release an album.

After releasing their debut album 'Centuries' in Japan the band are now setting their sites a little closer to home, gaining day time national radio play, impressing BBC 6 Music's Tom Robinson enough for him to ask them in for an interview, being asked to play the Drowned in Sound stage at Summer Sundae Festival and being commisioned to remix such acts as Tall Ships, Rose Elinor Dougal (Ex Pipettes) and Fossil Collective.

"an amazing listen, through and through. Centuries is a highlight of 2010, and something not to be missed." - Sputnik Music 4.5/5

"Dark Dark Horse really are terrific" - Tom Robinson BBC 6

"Dark Dark Horse's Ethics is still one of the most affecting and gorgeous tracks around." - Chris Martin Amazing Radio/NME Radio

I love the contrast between the harshly synthetic beats and the soft, lapsing vocals of this track. – Jen Long BBC Radio 1

"The music is atmospheric and broody, neo-classical and edgy. Music of this nature seems to be pouring out by the bucket load but Dark Dark Horse seem to have something different, something special." - The Monograph