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Mt Desolation

Battle Festival - 21st October, 2017

Written By Andy Gunton

One of the highlights of this years Music Month is the month long Battle Festival which takes place throughout October.

The Festival re-launched in 2014 after a hiatus of several years, but has come back strongly, gaining great reviews and supporters along the way, and 2017 promises much more of the same.

Announced today is what is sure to be one of this years highlights, namely a gig by Mt Desolation at the intimate venue of St Mary’s Church, in Battle, on Saturday 21st October.

For the uninitiated, Mt Desolation is a project from ex Keane band mates Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin, so there’s a real Battle connection here. 

Tim is also a Patron of Battle Festival and has featured in previous years conducting songwriting workshops.

To quote from the official press release, “When Mt Desolation formed back in 2010 (when Keane were still in existence) the idea, as with the start of most bands, was simple - get some friends together and make some music. And drink beer. And avoid having a proper job. But still work hard-ish.”

The band recorded a debut album at the time. ‘It was supposed to be a country album, but what do a bunch of English dudes know about country music? Not much. But the songs did have the laughter, tears and storytelling qualities of the great American songbook.”

After the dissolution of Keane, and other writing projects, Tim and Jesse are back with some new songs. and now a local gig to showcase them at too.

“The song writing this time still has the same storytelling quality but the music has become less country and everything hangs a little more on the lives and experiences (both musical and otherwise) of the band. The palette of sounds has broadened. But the most important thing still remains, a bunch of friends playing music in a room. And drinking beer.”

This sounds like a bit of a coup for Battle Festival and tickets will no doubt become a very hot commodity, so make sure you don’t miss out.

Tickets (which are £22.50 each) go on sale at 9am on Monday, 18th September via the Battle Festival website, which can be found at:

On the night Mt Desolation will feature Tim Rice-Oxley, Jesse Quin, Phil Renna, Phil Scott and Nathan Fimbow.

There will also be support from Rachel Wilson.

The gig is being supported by Littlewoods Fencing Ltd, with all proceeds going to support the education and outreach work of Battle Festival Charity.

Other musical highlights of this years Battle Festival include:

Matilda’s Scoundrels – Folk Punk on 14th October,

Eduardo Niebla – Flamenco Jazz guitar on 17th October,

Michael Collins (clarinet) and the Primrose Piano Quartet on 28th October, and

Waltlake and Fuschi – Electric Blues on 31st October.

It promises to be a great month of music, arts and much more.


For more information about all the events taking place during the Festival, go to:


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