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Lots of family fun in store at huge kit launch festival this weekend

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Lots of family fun in store at huge kit launch festival this weekend


The line-up for Villa's kit launch festival has been finalised.

The big event takes place over Father's Day Weekend - June 14 and 15.

Music organisation Counteract Magazine have created a cracking roster of bands over both days - see setlist below.

Tempting Rosie are an eight piece ska/reggae band from Birmingham and are known for having those songs you just can't get out of your head.

If you were at last year's Kit Launch you'll remember this band as they closed the weekend with their infectious, unique brand of ska and a cover of The Specials' 'Monkey Man' to boot.

The Establishment are managed by none other than Villa legend Dion Dublin - and they are beginning to cause a stir in the music industry.

The Establishment are a Nottingham based indie band formed in 2006 by guitarist John Burns and drummer Steven Landon, joined by vocalist Stephen 'Hobbo' Hobster, bass guitarist Neil Jacks and guitarist Stuart Landon.

The band came together with the collective ambition to write and perform their own music, which has proved to be a great decision as they have enjoyed huge success in both the UK and Ireland - and have a fan base that stretches to different corners of the globe.

The Assist are a four piece indie/alternative band from Walsall.

The lads have a huge passion for real music - and their honest, hard-hitting lyrics speak for themselves.

And they're season ticket holders in the Holte End!

Formed from the ashes of Young Runaways come Drakelow.

Their track 'Swallowing Diamonds', aired at Villa Park during half-time at the Newcastle game, sees soaring vocals and melodic guitars meet piano and string refrains to create a track that's entirely intoxicating.

No strangers to the Villa Kit Launch, after playing the very first one, The Bluebeat Arkestra bring a hybrid of all kinds of genres to the forefront - reggae, ska, pop and dance.

Expect an energetic and exciting show from the Birmingham-based six piece.

Hailing from Birmingham, Kastella are Jack on vocals, Mal on lead guitar, Dan on rhythm guitar, Jay on bass and Jake on drums.

Their Influences include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stone Roses, The Police and The Smiths among others.

Last year, the band played two outstanding sets with newcomers Jungle Doctors for Oxjam in London and have supported Bipolar Sunshine.

The success of first demo 'How Are You Now' would be no easy task to top, however with their latest offering, West Midlands four piece Curb are well on their way to doing so.

Slower and darker than before, their new track 'So High' is something a little different, yet this track still boasts the smooth vocals and infectious bass lines that have now become Curb's signature.

Expect riffs and grunge tones as Curb take to the stage at the Villa Kit Launch Festival.

Silhouettes are a four piece electro/Indie band from West Midlands.

To get an idea of what they sound like, think a mash-up of M83, John Grant, Massive Attack, Bon Iver, Sigur Ros and Radiohead.

Counteract Magazine also offered a competition prize for one band to play on the Sunday - but eventually elected to add another for Saturday.

Richard Franks said: "We were inundated with entries for the one slot at this year's Kit Launch Festival - to the tune of over 80 entries - and ska band Alex Kid stood out instantly.

"We felt they would be a fantastic fit with the likes of Bluebeat Arkestra and Tempting Rosie on the Sunday.

"Due to the volume of the entries, we thought it was only fair to open up another slot on the Saturday and from those entries we chose Black Dollar Bills.

"The band have been involved with the Birmingham scene for a long time and they're sure to go down well with the crowd and fit in with the rockier style of Saturday's line-up.

"Judging the competition was harder than anticipated due to the quality and quantity of the applications but we're incredibly pleased to have Alex Kid and Black Dollar Bills on the this year's line-up."

In other news, Brian Little will be appearing at around lunchtime on Saturday, with another special guest still to be announced for Sunday.

Entrance to the event will be free of charge.

However, children's activities and stadium tours will require either a wristband - which gives you unlimited access to all the activities (£5) - or tickets (£1 each) which give you a single go on each activity.

Like in previous years, you will receive a wristband free-of-charge for every home shirt that is purchased.



10.30am-10.55am: April
11.10am - 11.35am: Soldier
11.50am-12.15pm: Silhouettes
12.30pm-12.55pm: Black Dollar Bills (competition winner)
1.10pm-1.40pm: Curb
1.55pm-2.30pm: The Establishment
2.45pm-3.15pm: The Assist
3.30pm-4pm - Kastella


10.30am-10.55am: Platypus Baby
11.10am-11.35am: Alex Kid (competition winner)
11.50am-12.15pm: Enquiry
12.30pm-12.55pm: Regale
1.10pm-1.40pm: Bluebeat Arkestra
1.55pm-2.25pm: Tempting Rosie
2.40pm-3.10pm: Drakelow
3.25pm-4pm: Little Liam

Activities include:

Arrow BulletMini stadium tours [focusing on the history of the Villa shirt]
Arrow BulletDrum and DJ taster session with Roland
Arrow BulletGo Gator kids mini roller coaster
Arrow BulletBungee trampolines Indoor
Arrow BulletLaser Tag game
Arrow BulletToyset merry go round
Arrow BulletMini land train (Sunday only)
Arrow BulletMatch Attax swap tent
Arrow BulletHuman table football
Arrow BulletRock n Roll gladiator duel
Arrow BulletHuman wrecking ball
Arrow BulletFairground side stalls
Arrow BulletTin can alley
Arrow BulletShooting range
Arrow BulletFootball challenges

There will also be a food court and bar open for business on both days.

Live music should be finished by around 4pm, with the other activities closing down between 4.30pm and 5pm.

Limited car parking is available in the coach park near the stadium, the Aston Events Centre and Brookvale car park.

Please note the ticket office counter at Villa Village will also be open on Sunday between 10am and 4pm.

Find out all the details about new season tickets.

By @AVFCOfficial 11th June 2014
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