Venue: Caught by the River, The Idler Academy, on Saturday.

Award-winning lyricist and Chris Difford has brought us characters and sketches from everyday life – turning the mundane into the beautiful, the urbane into the exquisite – for over 30 years. With his partner, collaborator, friend and Squeeze co-founder Glenn Tilbrook, Chris has written some of the most enduring and best-loved songs of our time. “Up The Junction”, “Cool For Cats”, “Labelled With Love” and “Tempted”, to name but a few.

Chris has sixteen Squeeze albums, three critically acclaimed solo albums, countless top 20 hits, 52 American tours, 50 UK tours and a variety of global tours under his belt. He is one of the country’s most respected songwriters and has co-written with a host of musicians and performers that reads like a veritable who’s who of the industry – Elton John, Trilok Gurtu, Marti Pellow, Lamont Dozier, Willie Mitchell, Bryan Ferry, Jools Holland and Paul Carrack, Chris Braide and Sarah Brightman.

Chris will present the winners of The Idler New Song Writer of the Year Award. Chris will judge the winners from graduates of his Idler Academy songwriting course and they will perform together at The Idler Academy tent.