Bob Dylan Plays Hop Farm Festival
Last Up-dated: 27th April 2012
Billed as an “UK Exclusive,” Bob Dylan will be playing his only UK concert at this year’s Hop Farm Festival in Kent alongside Peter Gabriel, Suede and Damien Rice.
Hop Farm Festival (Friday, 29th June 2012)
Dylan, who played the popular three-day Hop Farm Festival in the picturesque country setting in Kent previously, will be performing a career spawning set with some of his most-loved songs and, as fans know, songs that are personal and important to the legendary song smith himself.
Last year, Bob Dylan performed to sold-out audiences at his World Tour together with former Dire Straits singer and lead guitarist, Mark Knopfler. Fans have now the chance to see Bob Dylan and his band back, playing songs of his rich back catalogue.
For the past 5 decades Bob Dylan has become a chronicler of modern society and culture.
Dylan launched his career as the rebel bard armed with an acoustic guitar, connecting with the ordinary man. Songs from that era includes A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall and the much covered Blowin’ In The Wind and The Times They Are a-Changing.
As true pioneer, he was never shy championing new ideas and stretches his own artistic boundaries. The now legendary promotional clip to the song Subterranean Homesick Blues off the album Bringing It All back Home, is the forerunner of today’s music videos. Bob Dylan stirred up controversy when he first switched from acoustic to electric guitar. Fans of Dylan’s acoustic output considered this move as sell-out and audacious. At a concert, a member of the audience infamously called Dylan ‘Judas’. If anything, the shift offered Bob Dylan a new lease of artistic freedom and expression.
Bob Dylan’s achievements and songwriting was often eclipsed by more popular interpretations of his own songs, most famously The Byrds’ cover of Mr. Tambourine Man or Jimi Hendrix’s take on All Along The Watchtower.
But Dylan’s legacy is not one of a pop- or rockstar, but one that has inspired legions of artists in music, poetry and all sorts of other areas. Dylan’s first-ever Christmas album, Christmas in the Heart, aside, last year’s, and still most recent album, Together Through Life, is his 33rd album and his influence on popular culture remains invaluable and continues to spread to the new generation of artists.
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