Farmer Phil’s Festival is delighted to announce THE WURZELS will headline 2023’s festival, bringing proceedings to a close on Sunday 13 August 2023.
Legends of the West Country, The Wurzels are best known for their hits of the ’70s including ‘Combine Harvester’, ‘I am a Cider Drinker’, ‘The Blackbird Song’, ‘Morning Glory’, ‘Drink Up thy Zider’ among others, and have a huge cult following throughout the UK.
Chart topping success
In 1976 The Wurzels hit jackpot with their hit ‘Combine Harvester’ which was a parody of Melanie’s ‘Brand New Key’. It topped the UK charts at number one and sold over 500,000 copies
in this country alone, while the B-side ‘Blackbird’ hit the number one spot in Canada.
This was followed up by ‘Cider Drinker’, which rocketed up the charts, making number three and earning The Wurzels their second silver disc for sales over the 250,000 mark, all in a
matter of weeks! Their third single ‘Morning Glory’ sold 40,000 in the first week.
Twenty-five years after their number one smash ‘Combine Harvester’, The Wurzels were back in the Top 40 hit parade with a remix. They followed this in the summer of 2003 with their ‘OO-AR-SIS’ parody of the Oasis hit ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ taken from their album ‘NEVER MIND THE BULLOCKS’. The single generated unprecedented interest, not only from clubbers and DJs, but
also in the national press, on TV and radio – and BBC Radio 1. What’s more, EMI Records released ‘The Finest ‘Arvest of The Wurzels’ featuring tracks recorded between 1966 and 1978 by The Wurzels – and the late, great Adge Cutler – which went on to sell over 100,000 copies.
The Wurzels continue to play over 100 sell-out shows throughout the UK every year, and are festival favourites at the likes of Glastonbury, Bestival, Boomtown Fair, CarFest, Wychwood, Beautiful Days and more, and we couldn’t be more excited to be bringing their cider-fueled mayhem to our famous rotating stage in Ratlinghope this summer!