Update: Keane duo to perform in aid of Battle Festival this summer

Keane founder Tim Rice-Oxley says he and front man Tom Chaplin are “really excited” to be playing a gig in aid of the Battle Festival later this year.

Friday, 5th June 2015, 12:51 pm

Speaking to the Battle Observer this morning (June 5), Tim says the pair wanted to help raise some money for the revamped festival.

Tim, who is a patron of the Battle Festival, said: “I really wanted to get involved in the festival and help out.

“We just thought we could get together and play, which we have not done for a while, and try to raise a bit of money for the festival to help it grow, and perhaps help draw a bit of attention to the festival.”


The gig, which will take place on August 8, will coincide with an international fan gathering, which will see Keane fans from as far afield as Australia, Canada and South America descend on 1066 Country to celebrate their idols.

Tim said the fan gathering was “amazing”, adding: “It’s just so flattering that people would go to that immense effort and it would be a perfect opportunity to tie into that and hopefully raise some money for the festival and have a fantastic night as well.

Tim has revealed the concert will be an acoustic gig, although a venue has yet to be confirmed.

He added: “It should be a really, really special occasion.

“It could be the only time we play together this year.”

Tim and Tom have not performed together for about two years.

Tim told the Observer: “It’s been far too long since we played together.

“But we are both really excited about it.”

Tickets for the concert are not yet available, but Keane fans are being advised to keep an eye on the Battle Festival website - www.battlefestival.co.uk

Tim also confirmed that he will once again be taking part in special one-to-one mentoring sessions with aspiring young musicians, which proved such a success at last year’s festival.

A full interview with Tim Rice-Oxley will be available on the Observer websites later this week.

* Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1 Make our website your homepage at http://www.ryeandbattleobserver.co.uk/

2 Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RyeandBattleObserver

3 Follow us on Twitter and @BattleObs

4 Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Rye and Battle Observer – always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.