EUROSTAR PRESENTS TRACTION: FULL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED A UNIQUE SUMMER EVENT CREATED FOR THE LONDON 2012 FESTIVAL

26 Apr 2012

*Ghostpoet, Plugs, Benny Sings and Baloji & l'Orchestre de la Katuba, join Sébastien Tellier and The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble to perform on 14th Jul
*Final chance to buy tickets on general sale today (26th April)

Eurostar, an official supporter of the London 2012 Festival, today announces the full line up for Eurostar presents Traction, an original one-day summer festival curated by internationally renowned DJ Gilles Peterson.

Joining Sébastien Tellier and The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble to complete the line up of European talent are:

  • Mercury prize nominee Ghostpoet
  • London three-piece Plugs
  • Holland's funky jazz artist Benny Sings
  • Belgian spoken word performer Baloji & l'Orchestre de la Katuba

As well as music acts, ticketholders can expect performances from the festival's curator, Gilles Peterson alongside never-seen-before collaborations between the musical artists and a host of creative performers.

Tickets for Traction, which will take place on Saturday 14th July, go on general sale today at www.eurostartraction.com or www.ticketmaster.co.uk priced at £20 each. Festival fans hoping to experience the unique one-day event are urged to book quickly, as earlybird tickets to the festival sold out in the first weekend after being released for sale in March.

Traction is the very first event to take place in London's newest creative quarter - Granary Square - a stone's throw from Eurostar's central London home, St Pancras International. Opening to the public for the first time in June, Granary Square will be one of the largest urban spaces of its kind in Europe. The square sits at the heart of the 67-acre King's Cross development, which combines new and magnificently restored historic buildings with an ambitious art programme featuring major commissions by internationally acclaimed artists.

Gilles Peterson, curator of Traction, said: "Over the last few months I've been searching the continent to find pioneering musical acts to join the Traction line-up. It's set to be an exciting day as we confirm four more talented artists who will be helping us to put on an eclectic event this summer. Tickets go on general sale today, and we are expecting very high demand and recommend people move quickly to guarantee their place on the 14th July."

Lionel Benbassat, Director of Marketing at Eurostar, said: "With less than 100 days to go until the London 2012 Games, celebrations have well and truly started across the UK, and we are looking forward to making Traction part of the festivities in July. There has been phenomenal interest in Traction since we announced it just over a month ago, and earlybird tickets sold out within a weekend. With four more music acts confirmed today we have a really exciting and diverse line up, and with a number of creative acts still to come, ticket holders can definitely expect an event to remember. "

Ruth Mackenzie, Director, London 2012 Festival, said: "Many thanks to our supporter Eurostar for bringing a truly European feel to the London 2012 Festival. Traction boasts a great line that's going to celebrate musical revolution in Europe as a highlight of the London 2012 Festival."

Eurostar is the Official International Rail Service Provider for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. During the summer, Eurostar will carry Olympic and Paralympic fans from the continent to London to soak up the atmosphere of the Games. Tickets for Eurostar services during the Games are open for sale. For more information about Eurostar or to book Eurostar tickets visit www.eurostar.com or call 03448 224 777.

The London 2012 Festival is a 12 week UK-wide programme bringing together leading artists from across the world. Visit www.london2012.com/festival to find out more about the programme and sign up to be the first to hear latest news.

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Notes to Editors

About Eurostar presents Traction

Title: Eurostar presents Traction, curated by Gilles Peterson
Date: Saturday 14th July, 2012
Location: Granary Square, off Goods Way, King's Cross, London N1C (4AA)
Timings: 5pm – 11pm, doors open at 4pm
Tickets: £20 each - Over 18s only
Available at www.eurostartraction.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Biographies of artists are available on request. Please contact the Eurostar Press Office 0207 843 5500 press.office@eurostar.co.uk

About Eurostar
Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, Avignon and the French Alps.
Eurostar was established in 1994 as a partnership between three railway companies: SNCF, SNCB and LCR (London and Continental Railways). On 1 September 2010, Eurostar became a single, unified corporate entity owned by three shareholders: SNCF, SNCB and LCR.
The current Eurostar train was first introduced into service in 1994 carrying 750 passengers and operating at speeds of up to 300kph. Since then, the fleet of 28 trains has carried more than 100 million passengers between London and the Continent. Following their refurbishment these trains will continue to form a core part of the Eurostar fleet. The new Eurostar e320 will carry more than 900 passengers at speeds of up to 320kph.
Eurostar is a founder member of Railteam, a partnership between Europe's leading high-speed train operators that is developing simpler ways to book and travel on the fast-expanding, European high-speed rail network.
Eurostar and Eurotunnel are entirely separate companies. Eurostar operates high-speed passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates vehicle shuttle services and the Channel Tunnel itself. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's biggest customer.
Eurostar recently launched an exciting new partnership with the international high-speed train operator, Thalys to enable passengers to take advantage of new low fares for travel from London St Pancras International to Amsterdam, starting from £99 return in Standard class and £190 return in Standard Premier class.
To book tickets or for more travel information, please visit www.eurostar.com or call 03448 224 777.

About the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival
The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Spread over four years, it is designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people.

The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad will be the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK, from Midsummers Day on 21 June and running until the final day of the Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012.The London 2012 Festival will celebrate the huge range, quality and accessibility of the UK's world-class culture including dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, fashion, film and digital innovation, giving the opportunity for people across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Principal funders of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival are Arts Council England, Legacy Trust UK and the Olympic Lottery Distributor. BP and BT are Premier Partners of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival.

For more details on the programme and to sign up for information visit www.london2012.com/festival