Handmade are very pleased to be able to say that headlining this year’s festival are the maverick, shapeshifting project of Totnes’ finest, Joe Mount. Having started out with two albums combining smart pop melodies with quirky experimental urges and retro-futurist nu-disco, the current line-up (Mount, Oscar Cash, Anna Prior and Gbenga Adelekan) formed around the luminous 2011 third record The English Riviera, synth-pop by way of lounge and yacht rock which was nominated for the Mercury Prize and named by both Q and NME as among the year’s three best albums. Three years later Love Letters delved into rawer soulful and psychedelic influences and landed them in the album chart top ten, followed in 2016 by Mount returning to his solo roots and to earlier disco, acid house and warped, occasionally bittersweet pop sensibilities on Summer 08. Having just released an extended version of second album Nights Out and co-written and co-produced most of Robyn’s recent critically adored album Honey, Mount is working on a new album which he has claimed to be influenced by baggy and more generally the modern Spotify playlist culture of cribbing influences from everywhere. We may well hear some of those songs in this set, and maybe even the return of the synchronised light shows from bulbs strapped to the members’ bodies.

Simon Tyres