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Butthole Surfers perform first UK gig in five years at Safe As Milk

The new North Wales festival announces the full line-up of its first edition

The new festival Safe As Milk has released the full line-up details for its first weekend event at Pontins, Prestatyn, in April.

Its roll call already includes Shirley Collins, The Residents, This Is Not This Heat, Dopplereffekt, Hieroglyphic Being, Nurse With Wound, Grouper, Actress, Michael Rother, Anna Meredith, Ata Kak, Princess Nokia, Gaika and others. New to the festival bill are Butthole Surfers, whose first UK appearance in five years is their only scheduled gig for 2017. Also added is a collaboration between Tony Allen and Jeff Mills, a performance that had its 2016 debut jam at Paris jazz club New Morning. Another fresh collaboration brings together Craig Leon & Martin Rev; while other artists just confirmed include Forest Swords, Blanck Mass, Richard Dawson, Demdike Stare, Rezzett, Warm Digits, Basic House and The Cosmic Dead. An extensive music documentary film programme will be announced soon with screenings happening throughout the weekend.

On a side note, Safe As Milk is also keen to shout about the selection of food and drinks on offer. “Never ones to neglect food & drink,” boast the organisers, “Safe As Milk have called upon some talented people to feed the masses.” They list Mother May I’s Vegan Kitchen, Scream For Pizza & Claw Hide Grill, 200 Degrees Coffee and Conwy Brewery as the festival’s nourishment providers.

Safe As Milk runs from 21–23 April. The full line-up can be viewed at their website. Tickets are available now for £199 including accommodation.

The headline of this article has been changed for clarity. It originally read: Butthole Surfers perform for the first time in five years at Safe As Milk