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Molly Dowrick

In It Together Festival 2023 line-up announced with S Club, James Bay, Jake Bugg, and Mel C all confirmed

Organisers at one of Wales' biggest music festivals have announced the "first-phase" of the event's massive line-up for next summer. S Club, James Bay, Jake Bugg, Mel C, Kelis, and Chase & Status have all been confirmed for the main stages at In It Together Festival in Margam in May, 2023.

In It Together Festival launched in May this year and saw some 40,000 people come together to see a wide-range of music performances, as well as comedy shows, games, fairground rides and a whole host of family-friendly entertainment. The company behind it, Escape Records, is well-known locally for organising large-scale music events across South Wales, including Escape Festival and Escape Into The Park in Swansea and Inside Out festival in Cardiff.

Next year's In It Together Festival will be held at Old Park Farm in Margam, Neath Port Talbot - the same place as the 2022 event - and will take place over the May bank holiday weekend (May 26 to 28, 2023). Different performers will perform on different days and the full schedule of timings will be released nearer the time.

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The top three headliners for the main Parc Stage for the 2023 festival are yet to be confirmed - but Chase & Status DJ set has been confirmed to headline the second biggest stage, Panchaia Fields. Headliners for the smaller stages and dozens of other high-profile performers, including Diversity, Vengaboys, Lovely Laura & Ben Santiago and the Craig Charles Soul & Funk Club, have also been announced. Scroll down for the full list of performers confirmed for the 2023 event so far.

Sharing the line-up, organisers said: "The family friendly festival is returning to Old Park Farm, Margam in May 2023 with an impressive set of star-studded acts and experiences to make it the ultimate weekend of jam-packed fun to remember. Expect a weekend party like no other filled with incredible music acts, a huge amount of family fun and memories to last a lifetime. "The family camping weekender which will welcome up to 40,000 people to Port Talbot, is the biggest festival of its kind in Wales.

"As well as welcoming international superstars to Wales, the festival will also support over 50 Welsh artists as it showcases the country’s finest exports."

The Parc Stage welcomed top names including Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Two Door Cinema club last year - the 2023 headliners are yet to be announced (Ruth Mosalski)

A spokesperson added: "The Parc stage will take centre stage with a performance from the incredible Grammy-nominated Kelis. From Milkshake to Trick Me, the American singer songwriter’s set will be one of the highlights of the weekend. Platinum selling British DJ Tom Zanetti will attract the crowds with his hugely popular hits including Darlin and You Want Me. Scottish rock band Twin Atlantic also join the main stage line-up and will delight crowds with hit after hit ahead of the headliner acts.

"Brit award winning singer songwriters James Bay and Jake Bugg join the stellar line up alongside hip-hop group and Welsh icons Goldie Lookin Chain, British Tik Tok sensation Tyrone and hugely popular street dance troupe Diversity. Keep your eyes peeled as headliners for the main stage will be announced in the next few months."

In It Together Festival - confirmed performers for 2023

Parc Stage

James Bay has been confirmed for In It Together Festival 2023 and will be performing on the Parc Stage (sjm)

The three headliners have not been announced yet, but the following singers and bands have been confirmed:

Diversity, Goldie Looking Chain, Jake Bugg, James Bay, Kelis, Melanie C, Saint Raymond, Symphonic Ibiza, The K's, The Royston Club, Tom Zanetti, Twin Atlantic, Tyrone, Vengaboys.

Panchaia Fields

Chase & Status will perform on the Panchaia Fields stage at the 2023 festival, here they are performing at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend festival earlier this year (Coventry Live/Tristan Potter)

The second-largest stage at the festival, Panchaia Fields is again welcoming dance and house music. Chase & Status (DJ Set) is set to headline and three other big names are expected to be announced soon.

As well as the headliners, A Little Sound, BOU, Cauzer B2B Spectral, David Rodigan, DuSKEE, EK$MAN, Emily Makis, Friend Within, Goddard, Hannah Laing, Harriet Jaxxon, Hype, Interplanetary Criminal B2B Yung Singh, Jaguar, K Motionz, Lovely Laura & Ben Santiago, Lowqui, Lucas Alexander, Mark Knight, Monrroe, Pola & Bryson, Spiller, S.P.V, The Shapeshifters, Tim Reaper B2B Dwarded B2B Mantra B2B Double O with Blackeye, Vibe Chemi$try and Yousef are all confirmed for Panchaia Fields.


Cardiff rock band Holding Absence have also been confirmed (Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

The Paddock stage is the place to be to catch some brilliant Welsh performers and up-and-coming local talent. This stage will be headlined by Cardiff-based rock band Holding Absence and Welsh alternative rock band The Joy Formidable, who originate from Mold in Flintshire.

You'll also be able to see performances from The Goa Express, Aleighcia Scott, Ani Glass, Band Pres Llaregub, Campfire Social, Cerys Hafana, Chroma, Fuzzy Sun, Gallops, Grubb & Eedens, Hana Lili, HMS Morris, Jackson Lucitt, Kidsmoke, Kizzy Crawford, Mace The Great, Red Telephone, Rona Mac, Sage Todz, Skunkkadelic, Tara Bandito, Tom Auton and Tom Emlyn.

Tic Tac Toe

The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club are returning to In It Together Festival after a popular performance in 2022 (Coventry Live/Tristan Potter)

In It Together Festival prides itself on being family-friendly. In the family field, there will be performances from headliners Craig Charles Soul & Funk Band as well as Barryoke and the Marley Experience. Further performances, events and activities in Tic Tac Toe area will include: Abba Mania, Area 51, arts and crafts workshops, bingo, Black Lace, circus activities, Circus of Lost Souls, a climbing wall, Daliso Chapondia, Experimental Science, a family-friendly quiz, a fun fair, Hal Cruttenden, Jitterbug Circus, Junior Jungle, Lost Voice Guy, magicians, Noise Next Door, an outdoor cinema, rock and roll dancing, Sports Academy and Steve Royal.


S Club will perform at In It Together Festival 2023 [archive pic of then-S Club 7 performing in Swansea, 2001) (PA)

The 2023 event adds a new throwback-themed stage to the mix, called "Rewind". Among the confirmed line-up for this stage, there's So Solid Crew, DJ Sammy, Louise, Artful Dodger, Big Brovaz, Booty Luv, Dave Pearce, Flip and Full, Loll, Luck & Nar, N Trance, Oxide & Neutrino, Phats & Small, Pier Pier & DT, S Club, Sweet Female Attitude and Ultrabeat.

Local Legends

At the 'Local Legends' area, performers will include Disson, Sass & Vibes, Frenetic, Ransom, Double A Side, SMG, BSearl, James Hiraeth, Cryptik, Swid, One-Z and Bassix.

Camper's Party

Performers at the 2023 festival launch event, the camper's party, have not been announced yet. In 2022, the headliner was Sister Sledge.


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