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Continental Drifts announces Grinagog festival

The new Torquay festival, headlined by rapper/poet Akala, hopes to offer "something very unique" to the residents of south-west England

By IQ on 28 Nov 2016

Shangri-La, Glastonbury 2014, Continental Drifts

The Continental Drifts-produced Shangri-La at Glastonbury 2014

image © Glastonbury Festivals Ltd

Continental Drifts, the British event management and production company behind Shangri-La at Glastonbury Festival, The Carousel at Wilderness and Bestival’s Caravanserai, has announced the launch of a new spring festival in Devon.

Dubbed Grinagog (after an “old Devonshire term for someone who is always smiling”, writes the Plymouth Herald), the non-camping festival will run from 7 to 9 April in venues across Torquay, “bringing together some of the biggest names from your favourite genres alongside a handpicked selection of local musical talent”, says Continental Drifts.

Headliners, announced today, are Akala, Slamboree and Jah Shakah Soundsystem, and the company promises “many more amazing artists still to be announced” in wave two.

“We’re bringing together all the amazing promoters and cultural workers in the town to create a cultural explosion”

Continental Drifts’ Chris Tofu (who will also be DJing at the festival, as he did at the recent International Festival Forum, as DJ Tofu), tells the Herald: “We’re bringing together all the amazing promoters and cultural workers who are in the town and the surrounding area […] into one big pot to create a cultural explosion that we hope can really be a place-maker for this town.”

Torbay’s mayor, Gordon Oliver, adds: “Continental Drifts has been procured through a rigorous tender process, and they bring a wealth of experience in the festival market, ensuring that we host a high-quality event.

“We are particularly excited to offer the residents in Torbay something very unique in the south-west and I believe this festival will do this.”


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