After an impressive festival debut this year which saw thousands flock to the sunny shores of Torquay, the Grinagog Festival returns to the beautiful coast of South Devon for 3 days 20th – 22nd April 2018.
Set amongst Torquay’s breath-taking coastline and inside the 800-year-old grounds of Torre Abbey; this is a place to immerse yourself in genre defining music, mind-blowing arts and memorable performances.
For it’s second year Grinagog will showcase a myriad of musical genres that celebrate creativity and diversity, with a host of live bands, solo artists and DJ’s across multiple stages at two-key venues – the historical 12th century Torre Abbey and the Riviera Centre. With a “No Mud Guarantee”, palm trees aplenty and adventures big and small; get ready to escape the humdrum with Grinagog against the backdrop of the stunning English Riviera.
First acts announced on the 2018 lineup include TV and radio legend, BBC 6 Music’s Craig Charles, spinning the cream of Funk, Soul and dance floor classics. Joining him on the bill is one of the worlds best-known Reggae sound systems Channel One Sound System with Mikey Dread, since cementing their reputation at Notting Hill Carnival back in 1983, Channel One have taken their Reggae mission worldwide. The bay also welcomes sets from electro DJ A Skillz Live; whilst switching to Hip-Hop beats with rapper and multi-instrumentalist Dizraeli. Led by Torquay’s DJ Chris Tofu (an MBE recipient no less!), and the award winning Continental Drifts (curators at Glastonbury’s Shangri-La, Boomtown’s Ballroom Stage and Bestival’s Caravanserai) – come discover a weekend of escapism from the humdrum of everyday life.
“Torquay has a massive influence on my life… the things that I’ve picked up here have led me to have a very interesting cultural life… The work that we’re doing in Torquay with Grinagog, is like one of the most important things for me that exists”. Chris Tofu.
For those of you familiar with the work of the infamous party man and Torquay native DJ Chris Tofu, you will know to expect only the biggest and brightest production, incredible performance’s and a whole host of weird and wonderful goings on. His Continental Drifts music team’s line-ups at Glastonbury’s Shangri La, Boomtown and Bestival have become some of the most exciting features on the UK festival scene.
What is a “Grinagog” you ask? Grinagog is an old Devonshire term for “someone who is perpetually smiling”. For us, the term refers to a party-starter, a good times-instigator, a mischief-maker who revels in the joy of music and culture. See you by the sea!
Festival organiser DJ Chris Tofu said: “All my life, I’ve looked at Torquay and seen it as one humongous great festival site… with no mud! The place is like the ultimate festival venue, and I should know because I’ve started loads of festivals. I’m putting everything I possibly can into making an extremely diverse, cultural offering for young people in Torquay. We’re bringing together all the amazing promoters and cultural workers who are in the town and the surrounding area already into one big pot to create a cultural explosion that we hope can really be a place maker for this town.”