Formidable Veg to hit the northern hemisphere

photographed by David Maclean in Oamaru, the world’s steampunk capital.

People in the UK and Europe, be prepared, as the prodigal sons of permaculture, Charlie Mgee and Mal Webb embark on another festival and concert tour during your northern summer.

You know they globe trotted across both hemispheres at every festival from Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and Latitude to Shambhala (Canada), Symbiosis (USA) and Woodford (Australia), you know their single “Yield” won the 2013 best blues music video/best edited video title from Australian Independent Music Video Award, while “No such thing as waste” was chosen as the best folk song in their native WestAustMusic Song of the Year awards. If you thought 2013 was a very big year for them,  2014 is going to be even bigger.

From its humble beginnings as a fun sustainability-based educational resource Formidable Vegetable Sound System has evolved to become the world’s most successful experiment in “ecological edutainment”, mashing together speakeasy-electroswing beats and ukulele with songs about principles of permaculture and regenerative design that offer solutions to some of the greatest problems facing the human race and the planet.

If you are out there, planning (or dreaming?) what to do in the coming months, you better come and see ukulele-strumming troubadour Charlie Mgee, beatboxing multi-instrumentalist, Mal Webb and two DJs dropping fresh Beets.

As we go to press, the dates include the following incredible shows. Be there or be square. Here’s their new single, “oil”.

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2014 tour dates

JUN 26 – 30   GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL, UK

JULY 6 – 7  CITY OF LONDON FESTIVAL, UK

JULY 18 – 20  RHYTHMTREE FESTIVAL, UK

AUG 1  GREEN GATHERING, UK

AUG 2 – 3   BIMBLE BANDADA FESTIVAL, UK

AUG 4 – 6   BOOM FESTIVAL, PORTUGAL

AUG 7 – 10   BOOMTOWN FAIR, UK

AUG 14 – 17  NORDIC PC FESTIVAL, DENMARK

AUG 21 – 24   SMALL WORLD FESTIVAL, UK

(more dates to follow).

Here are  some high lights from last year.

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(live at Glastonbury 2013)

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(live at Woodford 2013)

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(the interview on the Fairfax media)

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