2017 LINE UP & Band Biographies

 
This year we are so excited for our Saturday night Main Stage Headliner. . Neville Staple Band, also also known as The Original Rudeboy, is credited with changing the face of pop music not only once but twice. Neville and his band will take us away and close 2017’s event.
Neville Staple’s thirty-five year career in the music business is well documented, from the early days with The Coventry Automatics, The Specials & FunBoy3 in the late ‘70s and ‘80s, to The Special Beat and various other collaborations during his solo career from the ‘90s up to the present day.
Following on from the 2009 Specials reunion and Neville’s departure from the band in late 2012, he continues to be a forerunner of the ska movement, and continues to thrill audiences with his own excellent band, The Neville Staple Band, at venue and festival appearances worldwide.
“It isn’t hard to work out why The Specials lack energy on stage, it’s because Neville Staple took it with him” – Steve Oliver – Nottingham Post
Neville’s latest album with his band ‘Ska Crazy’ was released in May 2014, ahead of an extensive tour, which includes new material and some old ska classic covers. The album also features guest vocals from his wife Christine Staple and long time friend, DJ and Artist, Daddy Woody.
2015 was a very exciting year for Neville with relentless touring up and down the UK and playing many festivals including a headline slot on the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury Festival.
“Nothing came close to the sensational Neville Staple Band who really got the party started and had the masses dancing along” – Anita Merritt – Exeter Express & Echo
Neville has also worked on various collaborations over the years, including with The Talks, Flipron, Duplex, co-writing 4 tracks on The Mutants album ‘Rhythm and Punk Review’, tracks with The Dub Pistols and there are many more collaborations in the works.

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE SATURDAY NIGHT BIGTOP HEADLINING ACT WILL BE THE MIGHTY Laid Blak

Urban Reggae Heavyweights LAID BLAK originate from Bristol, England and are taking the UK Live music venues and underground club scene by storm. Along with supporting Ed Sheeran they have supported artist like the Wailers, Lee Scratch Perry, Desmond Decker, John Legend, Damian Marley, Horace Andy and soo many more great acts.

Laid blak’s singles ‘Crazy’ and ‘Woah’ are both out now on iTunes on Bristol’s very own Reel Me Records.

” A diverse mixture of musicians, Laid Blak produce a very unique sound that is familiar to many genres but resides firmly in none. With infusions of reggae, hip-hop, the occasional influx of Dn’B and even blues, they have brilliantly proven themselves eclectic without becoming a novelty act. The performance was bursting with interactions that got the crowd moving and singing, whether Laid Blak veterans or someone who just happened to pass by casually. They have both the energy and dynamism of a great live performing band, but the soul and legitimacy of an interesting listen for your own collection. For years it has puzzled me how they cannot be vastly more popular – I have rarely if ever heard negative feedback from their music, even having introduced it to a wide variety of people. For all those present it was a great party, and one that can’t be easily forgotten.” – Darren Paul Thompson.

 

On the Friday night the main stage headline act will be Stereoironics , from Weymouth, an exciting tribute act who will thrill the crowd. Stereoironics are the UK’s number 1 Stereophonics tribute Band & have been recommended to many by The Stereophonics themselves. In an interview with Viva magazine, Kelly Jones said of the band: “They are brilliant and they learn our songs quicker than we do!”

 

THE FRIDAY NIGHT HEADLINERS IN THE BIG TOP WILL BE THE MIGHTY SMITH AND MIGHTY!

Forming the now legendary production duo Smith & Mighty in 1985, Rob and Ray’s early releases on their own ‘Three Stripe’ record label were influential in laying the groundwork for both the trip hop and jungle scenes for which Bristol would become renowned.

After kicking off as guitarist in late 70s reggae group Restriction, Rob Smith hooked up with fellow Bristolian reggae identity Ray Mighty in the mid-eighties to form the production duo Smith & Mighty. On discovering that they had a similar interest in synchronizing beat machines, synths and sound effects, the untrained pair began producing their own sound based on hip hop beats, dub reggae treatments and sixties melodies.
With their roots firmly in both the reggae scene of Bristol’s St. Paul’s district and the early Bristol beat scene around the Dug Out club, Smith & Mighty were a bridge between the enraged Bristol post-punk sounds of the early 80s and the more downtempo Bristol sounds that emerged on the early albums of Massive Attack and Tricky. Smith & Mighty were among the originators of what became two of the major musical trends of the 90s: trip-hop and jungle/drum’n’bass. In 1987 they played Erik Satie over a breakbeat to create ‘Stranger Than Love’ for post-punk icon and former Pop Group vocalist Mark Stewart. Many now regard this track as one of the the first ever trip-hop tracks (years before the first releases by Massive Attack and Tricky)

In late ‘87, on their own ‘Three Stripe Records’ label, the pair produced and released the 12” four track single ‘Anyone..’ a bass driven cover version of Bacharachs ’Anyone who had a heart’ (featuring local singer Jackie Jackson and MC’s Kelz & Krissy Kriss) and after their follow up underground hit ‘Walk On By’, took on a string of productions including ’Massive Attack’s’ debut single ’Any Love’ (featuring Carlton), and UK chart top ten hit ’Wishing on a star’ for ’The Fresh Four’ (who’s members included the young DJ’s Flynn, Krust and Suv)

Later joined by fellow Bristol bass music producer Peter D Rose, the crew began touring and eventually signed a record deal with London based ‘FFRR’ but the failed marriage came to a crash after an unfruitful 5 years of misunderstanding between label & artist.

With characteristic Bristolian languor, Smith & Mighty did not rush to cash in when jungle/drum’n’bass and trip-hop exploded, but in 1995 returned to independent status and released the certified classic album ‘Bass is Maternal’ on their own More Rockers Records label.

Smith & Mighty remained a key name for roots & soul oriented breakbeat and dub throughout the 90s and from there went to a world-wide respected musical career with world-tours and releases on ‘K7 records’, including the now legendary DJ Kicks Mix series.

With a staggeringly extensive discography under their belt spanning nearly three decades, Smith & Mighty are still producing and touring to this day. As well as other shows in UK and abroad, you can catch them at this years Glastonbury festival.

 

THIS YEAR WE ARE TRULY GRACED WITH OUR SATURDAY NIGHT BANDSTAND HEADLINER. Mr Tea and the Minions WHO WILL BRING A FULLY CHARGE LIVE SHOW TO OUR NEW AND IMPROVED THIRD STAGE.

Originally a dictatorship formed by the cunning Mr Tea, the Minions have since overthrown him and their chaos has brought forth a musical democracy where cheekiness, fun and a love for the music bind the band together into one massive colorful explosion!

They’re on a mission to ignite crazy dancing by audiences everywhere, with their brand of Gypsy flavoured party music to get their audience stirred into a big bouncing frenzy of fun! A hugely popular festival band, they have played raucous gigs at festivals including Glastonbury, Boomtown, WOMAD, Nozstock, Goulash Disko (Croatia), among many others. September 2016 saw the release of their debut album, ‘Tea Your Mind’.

Their Balkan party music – combining Gypsy flavoured Ska, Dub and Swing with an infusion of soulful melodies, cheeky Eastern riffs and booming beats and bass to put a smile on your face and your knees up past your ears!

“The Minions seamlessly weave Balkan Beats with ska, dub and swing to create a bouncing set. It’s impossible not to get involved.” The Independent

Mr Tea and the Minions played one of the best performances we have ever seen! Expect great things from these guys.” Swingamajig Festival

 

Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England. With More than two decades on the road. 25 album releases. 2 Honorary Doctorates, 3 BBC Folk Awards, 4 Royal Albert Hall sell-outs. Tours in 14 countries from America to Australia.

In early 2014 Steve Knightley set out on his 160 date ‘Grow your own Gig’ tour of rural village halls. Once described by the Times as the “gravel voiced spokesman of the rural poor” and possessing a vast repertoire of songs about those who live and work in the countryside, this journey finally came to an end in September 2015.


In 2016 he has decided to turn his attention to Maritime venues around the shoreline of England and Wales. The ‘All at Sea’ tour will find him playing in seaside halls, an Elizabethan Fort, on boats and in a rich variety of performing spaces all within sight of the waves and the tide.
As Steve says “As a West country songwriter I have written so many songs of seafarers and wreckers, travellers and traders, pirates and smugglers. Now I‘m going to be able to sing them with the sound of the sea in the distance – I can’t wait!”


“Best Live Act” award at the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (Show of Hands)

“Best Duo” and “Best Original Song” at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.(Show of Hands)

Essentially Wille and the Bandits is  classic blues rock three piece much in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix experience. But in a similar way to how these bands pushed the genre in their time, Wille and the Bandits try to take their sound beyond what is expected of such a traditional line up.

The use of more bizarre instrumentation and eclectic influences in the song writing often pushes them more into a world music or progressive category. Having toured with artists such as Deep Purple through to the John Butler trio and played major festivals across Europe, the band seem to leave an equally astounding impression on audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds with their energetic and soulful performances.

They have received great critical acclaim, being voted in the top ten must see bands at Glastonbury 2014 by BBC Radio 1 and reaching number 2 in the UK blues chart with their first single on downloads alone. Now touring their third independently released studio album Wille and the Bandits fan base, repertoire of sounds, styles and innovation seems to be growing at an exponential rate.

The band are praised in the press for their albums; bursting at the seams with textures, originality and soul. Rock legends such as Ian Paice, Joe Bonamassa and Francis Rossi have also praised the band’s musicianship and their unique edge to Rock and Blues.

It’s rare to find a band as dynamic as Wille and the Bandits, one that is just as comfortable and as impressive at both ends of the sonic spectrum. In the modern age of disposable music it is refreshing to hear a band that still value the art of creating albums and who continue to bring new instruments and ideas into their songwriting rather than settling for a tried and tested formula. Ten seconds of Youtube will not scratch the surface of the band’s sound and message; this is a band that is very much about discovery and one best experienced LIVE!.

“Love the soul in their music” – Bob Harris

“Wille & the Bandits are taking roots music to a new level” – Rootstime Magazine

“Wille is a superb slide player, I love what these guys are doing” – Joe Bonamassa

“These boys can really groove” – Francis Rossi, Status Quo

“These boys can groove and sing like whiskey angels and it doesn’t take long to realise why they belong on the festival circuit.” -Glastonbury festival

“This incredibly talented band excels in playing not just one or two musical styles but in fact focus on several genres to an extremely high quality.” – Maverick Magazine

 

Tankus the Henge is the London based, five wheeled, funk fuelled, open top, custom paint job, rock ‘n’ roll jalopy that comes careering round the corner on a tranquil summer’s day. Ruining the silence and disturbing the bats.

Having played over 1000 shows all over the world the Tankus the Henge live experience is something to behold. Combining wild showmanship and musical dexterity their sound incorporates rock, funk, blues, ska, roots and gypsy rhythms and their songs tell stories of wonder and woe.

Since the release of their first album in 2013 the band has toured extensively across Europe and also become a favourite on the festival circuit.
Tankus the Henge have played at:
Glastonbury, Benicassim, WOMAD (UK and Gran Canaria), Isle of Wight, Boomtown, Montreux Jazz Festival, Latitude, Bestival, Les Fanfarfelues, Port Eliot, Shambala, Solfest, Artisti in Piazza, Waterford Spraoi, Secret Garden Party, Fusion, Beautiful Days and many more.

With their charismatic frontman, Jaz Delorean, looking like a lost character from a Terry Gilliam film Tankus the Henge launch into their live shows like a band possessed. They’ve left audiences breathless at headline shows including Scala, The Garage, The Borderline and The Jazz Café. They’ve featured on TV, in major advertising campaigns, toured Albania as emissaries for the British Council and made records in Nashville, Tennessee.

All the band’s singles, ‘Cakewalk’, ‘Recurring Dream’, ‘Smiling Makes The Day Go Quicker’ and ‘Weather’, have been featured extensively on radio including plays on Alex Lester’s Radio 2 show as well as Steve Lamacq and Chris Hawkins’ 6 Music shows.

“That’s wonderful, ..I love that. It reminds me of a mixture of early Kinks, Squeeze and a bit of Blur mashed in. His voice is his own, …so great. I love it.”(Smiling Makes The Day Go Quicker) Dave Davies – The Kinks

“Like The Clash from New Orleans” Nikolaj Torp Larsen – The Specials

“….a virtual carnival of sound that’s high on energy and deep on soul. With copious helpings of R&B blues, funk, disco, Django, a dose of Dexy’s, a drop of Ray Davies and a pinch of Madness emerging throughout the eleven tracks – it’s an exciting mélange of sound.” -Simon Wells (Guardian)

Billy Rowan, aka The Undercover Hippy, is definitely not your average singer songwriter. His music brings together acoustic guitar, soulful vocals, infectious reggae rhythms, and the lyrical delivery of a skilled mc. After 7 years spent DJ’ing and MC’ing on the Drum & Bass circuit, Billy swapped the decks for a guitar and started out as a solo act in 2007. Although he still occasionally does solo gigs, he now usually plays with a full band, mixing guitars, keys, drums, bass, percussion and backing vocals to create a high energy, interactive and highly entertaining live show. Combining intelligent, provocative lyrics with dangerously catchy hooks and a feel good groove, this is music for the thinking man to shake his arse to. Think Jason Mraz meets The Cat Empire…on a protest march…at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Billy and his band have performed at some of the UK’s best festivals, including Glastonbury, The Big Chill, Green Man, The Secret Garden Party, Sunrise Celebration, Ireland’s Electric Picnic, and many more. After starting out playing solo, Billy now has a Bristol based 5 piece band consisting of Jack Beddis on drums, Zak Ranyard on bass, Andreas Millns on keys, and Mathew Pharaoh on Congas. 2015 was an epic year for the band, with a jam packed summer of festival appearances and shows across the UK and Europe. Highlights included headlining alongside The Cat Empire, Grandmaster Flash and The Skints at Eden Festival in Scotland, playing to 1000’s of festival goers at Buskers Bern in Austria, and making a much anticipated debut appearance to a packed audience at Boomtown Fair near Winchester. 2016 looks set to be the bands busiest year yet, with 2 tours booked already, and numerous festivals across the UK and Europe.

The first single from the album, “Boyfriend”, was released in March along with remixes from The Future Dub Project, DJ Hiphopapotamus and Raithism. It has received very positive reviews, getting radio play by David Rodigan on BBC 1Xtra, Tom Robinson on BBC 6Music, plus numerous regional and internet stations.

”…they are as tight as a drum, it doesn’t get much better than this” Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2

Exeter-based Sound of the Sirens are a foot-stomping, crowd-engaging female folk/rock duo whose strengths lie in their passion and chemistry. Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood are an enigmatic and tangible act who write, perform, record and evolve with a truly genuine attitude to an industry they love. Individually, their voices tell their own tale but when blended together their harmonies leave the listener wanting more, compelled by its magic. Their debut album will be out in early 2017 and the girls are currently in the studio finishing recording and mixing the new songs.

They’re witty and sincere, and it’s this very quality of down-to-earth engagement and communication during performance’s, that has seen their popularity rise substantially over the last few years with fans and the media alike. Unashamed fan of the band Chris Evans invited them to perform alongside U2 and Take That on TFI Friday last year and has also welcomed them on to his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

“I met these 2 girls in a field over the summer, I was blown away by them….this is what music is about……..we worship you Sound of the Sirens” Chris Evans

After supporting Rick Astley on his huge UK tour earlier in the year they have been playing at numerous festivals around the UK throughout the Summer including slots at Beautiful Days, Cambridge, Isle of Wight Festival, Victorious, Carfest and Larmer Tree. The girls played a handful of shows this Autumn including at London’s Bush Hall and a hometown Xmas show at Exeter Cathedral in December.

 

Rews are a Huw Stephens’ “Tip Of The Week” on Radio 1 with their new single – “Miss You In The Dark”. Also played on Radio 6 with Tom Robinson and all 38 BBC Introducing shows! Tom said “They return in excellent form with another guitar driven, spiky, pop anthem.”

REWS are the sassy, high energy, pop rock duo consisting of songstress Shauna Tohill and beat-maker Collette Williams. Together they are creating a genuine buzz on the UK/Irish music scene following the release of their four recent singles. “Can You Feel It”, “Death Yawn”, “Shake Shake” and now the chart banging “Miss You In The Dark”. Across the summer Shauna & Collette have performed at a string of high profile festival performances including Glastonbury, Green Man & Kendal Calling to name but three.

REWS are lining themselves up to break through in 2017. Booked for Brighton’s Great Escape ’16, Belfast’s Output ’16, Wrexham’s Focus Wales ’16, Manchester’s Off The Record ‘16 and Hamburg’s Reeperbahn ’16 – The industry is waking up and listening to their great single releases.

 

After a long awaited return its our pleasure to bring back a favourite from our first year in 2014 Mr.B!

Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer began his Chap-Hop career in the summer of 2007 when he decided to bring elements of his previous incarnations (UK rapper, jump-up breaks producer, banjolele maverick and dandy) together and create a genre.

‘A Piece Of My Mind’, his first ditty was released in Japan on Second Royal Records and its accompanying video and UK tour dates alerted the rest of the world to this new musical form.

Since then he has travelled the world, from Surrey to Osaka, Banstead to Berlin, Middlesborough to Minneapolis, Norway to New York and the Edinburgh Fringe to Glastonbury bringing his beats, rhymes and manners. As well as songs about cricket, pipe smoking, high society and interfering with livestock.

Mr.B has recorded four long players (OG, Original Gentleman; The Tweed Album, Can’t Stop Shan’t Stop and Mr.B’s Christmas Album) as well as one collection of Chappist Acid House (Mr.B The Gentleman Selector’s Acid Ragtime: Chapstep Volume One). He also releases terribly English electronica under the guise of The Major.

His videos have garnered millions of view on YouTube and his media appearances have included Rapping for Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight, playing live on BBC Radio One for Rob Da Bank, Nick Grimshaw and Scott Mills, on Radio Two for Claudia Winkleman and Steve Lamacq, 6Music for Tom Robinson and Shaun Kenaveny and for Zoe Ball on Sky Arts. He was also once the front page of the Wall Street Journal and was described by the Daily Mail as ‘Controversial’.

Backbeat Soundsystem are a different beast. In a UK reggae scene that has long eschewed bands in favour of sound systems, Backbeat brings 8 musicians to the stage. While much of the current scene is centered in London and a few other major markets, BBSS hail from far west Cornwall. And, while many of their peers are slavish in their attempt to recreate an authentic Jamaican-leaning sound, Backbeat Soundsystem are not afraid to go in totally different directions, pulling in influences from all across the music spectrum, to create their vision of modern reggae. With all of this, Backbeat stands out in the current scene – pushing the envelope in their studio productions and pumping up crowds in their live set.

Since forming in 2008, Backbeat Soundsystem has appeared at many of the best-known UK festivals, including Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Beautiful Days, Secret Garden Party, Greenman, Boardmasters, and many others, as well as toured in Europe and the United States. They’ve supported Madness, Cypress Hill, Arrested Development, Tinie Tempah, The Streets, and Dub Pistols.

Following the success of two self-released EPs and two tours with Easy Star All-Stars in the UK, the band was signed by the U.S.-based reggae label Easy Star Records. Together Not Apart, the band’s debut full-length, came out in 2014 via Easy Star and brought a worldwide audience to this ambitious young band. The Punk Archive called Together Not Apart “…a top, top record and one you need in your collection,” while Shout 4 Music said it was “Packed with conscious lyrics, and buoyed by a reggae riddim filled with energy and positive vibes.” Sentiments which actually well describe Backbeat Soundsystem and their musical ethos.

 

Bare Knuckle Parade………Released through Dirty 38 Records ahead of a nationwide UK tour in November 2016, ‘Come Alive’ embodies the raw, honest and captivating energy that any truly great rock anthem should; the song wears its heart on its sleeve with every belted line and every screech of the guitar. Recorded live and produced by the band in an old theatre, the song is a potent taste of the bands upcoming debut album scheduled to be released in Summer, 2017.

Forming in a pub during a drunken conversation between friends, the band instantly became a hit in their hometown of Bath, with their unpredictable chaotic live shows and a vast catalogue of contagious songs. Early fans from the likes of Dermot O’Leary and Rhod Gilbert on Radio 2, appearances at Glastonbury Festival, Nass Festival and 2000 Trees Festival and support slots with the likes of James Bay, The Heavy and Enter Shikari, seen the band recognise they were onto something and set them in motion to become one of the most exciting bands in the South West.

“It’s quite old school, but I like it!”Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 6

“Ones to watch”Chris Evans Show, BBC Radio 2

Born from the production talents of Kyle B & James Duff, The Future Dub Project formation was a self proclaimed “sexy accident”. Combining classic dub elements with a wide variety of dance styles, they have created a blend that is already getting them plenty of attention.

After playing in a number of bands, good friends Kyle and James teamed up with previous band mates DJ Thomas James and bassist Mike Pockett, to create an authentic live sound for their productions.

The Future Dub Project put on exhilarating live performances, coupled with ace remixes and you shouldn’t think of them as a band, or a pair of producers, but a hybrid of both.

Echoic are a young and exciting Alt-Rock quartet from Reading.

The band formed in 2013 and blended their love for Indie and Alt-Rock music with Soulful Pop to create a truly unique and powerful sound, infused with electronic elements.

With their hard work ethic, the band have been gaining fans across the world, with their exciting live show leading them to secure highly rated support slots with bands such as Arcane Roots, The Coronas and Pulled Apart by Horses…

In December 2014 the band entered the studio to record their debut EP – ‘Testify’ with Jason Wilson (You Me At Six, Don Broco, We Are The Ocean)

With their unique sound, and soaring vocals – Echoic are the band everyone is talking about.

 

For those present at 2015’s festival you’ll remember this true gent! We cant wait to have him back, a festival name known all across the country
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Funke and the Two Tone Baby is a one man sonic explosion. Uncategorized and uncharted. Jammed halfway between frenzied alt-blues and metronomic dance beats. Combining guitar and harmonica with beatboxing and effects that seamlessly collide the organic with the mechanical to create a fresh sound of unstoppable rhythm and unrelenting melody.

Beyond the double microphones and trademark trilby is Dan Turnbull, a multi-instrumental battery spinning musical plates. A powerhouse to the ears and a blur to the eyes who smashes stage, festival and string after string whilst sweeping up audiences and dropping jaws from Boomtown Fair to Kendal Calling and Secret Garden Party to Convoi de Fete (NL).

Underpinning performances is ‘Balance’, released summer 2015 and heralded as ‘a masterpiece of an album’ by Louder Than War. Balance is a record that mixes musical mastery with an unhinged romp and a tour de force of powerful songwriting, heavy production and a ‘superb collection of musical vignettes’ (R2 Magazine). You’ll hear a full band before you see one man behind a wall of sound, so move your feet and dance off your face.

Blackballed are a full tilt powerhouse with a ton of passion and style.
Fusing all the best ingredients from blues and rock to psychedelic soulfulness, they conjure up an energy that once discovered wont be forgotten.

Since their inception in 2012, Blackballed have been smashing down the walls at every show. Building on an ever increasing fan base and powering on from strength to strength.

With an EP, an album and a stack of gigs, festivals, headline and support slots under their belt, the band returned to the studio in late 2016 to record their second album due for release April 2017.

2017 is already promising to be a fantastic year for Blackballed.
With plenty of gigs, an album, a UK and European tour and a number of festivals already in the bag.

Make sure you’re the one to spread the good word of Blackballed…

Check them out here. https://youtu.be/Y-wzb_ATW4c

 

UK South West based band Echo Town consists of free spirited brothers Richard and Robert Harrison. They are recognised for their vibrant and energetic performances, contemporary freedom songs and use of multi instruments such as lap-slide guitar, djembe, didgeridoo and harmonica.
Originally playing music of the heavy rock genre in their earlier years, the Leeds born duo moved on to develop a more harmonious and spiritual approach to music in the past five years as they creatively matured and grew into the upbeat band we know them as today. They relocated to Cornwall in early 2015 after completing a mini tour late summer 2014. After they received an overwhelmingly positive response from the South West music scene they opted for the vibrant and contrasting lifestyle change of the South which had always appealed to them. They quickly gained attention from booking agents and radio shows as well as the diverse festival scene.In 2015 they played festivals such as Goldcoast Oceanfest, Looe Music Festival and Green Gathering. During the same year they were honoured to open for Xavier Rudd & The United Nations at Lusty Glaze in Cornwall. Addtionally, during the summer, they toured the UK with their 2015 album ‘Be Strong Troop On’ and received an overwhelmingly positive response.
Spring 2016 saw the boys head to Europe and play gigs in Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands. The final part of their European tour had them opening for Dutch band My Baby.
To date Echo Town have two albums available to the public, Come On Over (2011) and Be Strong Troop On (2015). They have filmed with Balcony TV Exeter and performed live and had regular plays on Alan Raw’s BBC Introducing West Yorkshire, David White BBC Introducing Cornwall and various independent radio stations.
2016 will see Echo Town take to the stage at many amazing festivals including Boomtown Fair, Boardmasters, Glastonbury, Surfana (NL), Green Gathering, Wonderfields, Electric Beach, Secret Garden Party, Greenbelt Festival and many more.

Think of Flight Brigade as a family as much as a seven-strong band and you start to understand the chemistry between them. Think of their songs as epic stories to which each member is essential and you begin to grasp what makes their music so powerful. Watch them perform and you can’t fail to be struck by the special bond they share.

Flight Brigade’s strength in numbers suits the scope of their songs, the ambition of their arrangements and the myriad of musical styles in their melting pot. The grand orchestral sweeps, the crunching anthemic guitars, the striking mix of male and female have brought Flight Brigade comparisons to Arcade Fire and Of Monsters and Men, other pop troupes who refused to compromise their size for the sake of their sound.
At the core of Flight Brigade is an actual family. Ollie and Miriam are married. Miriam and violinist and vocalist Dorry are sisters. The trio grew up in each other’s pockets, their parents best friends, their families part of a hippy commune in Hampshire. The other four members – bassist Tom Clay, guitarist Thomas Pink, keyboardist Jonny Barker and drummer Neil Blandford – were childhood friends who lived nearby.
In 2015, called the Best Unsigned Band at Brighton’s The Great Escape, that summer saw them perform at 16 festivals, including Bestival and Glastonbury. In November, they released their ‘Stealing Fire’ EP, to rave reviews and radio play from 6 Music, Radio X and the BBC. Lead track ‘When We Were Young’ had its video premiere on Channel 4. In 2016 Flight Brigade were named one of Time Out’s Rising Stars and commenced recording their debut album, ‘Our Friends Our Enemies’ which is released 14th October 2016.
Born from the production talents of Kyle B & James Duff, The Future Dub Project formation was a self proclaimed “sexy accident”. Combining classic dub elements with a wide variety of dance styles, they have created a blend that is already getting them plenty of attention.
After playing in a number of bands, good friends Kyle and James teamed up with previous band mates DJ Thomas James and bassist Mike Pockett, to create an authentic live sound for their productions.
The Future Dub Project put on exhilarating live performances, coupled with ace remixes and you shouldn’t think of them as a band, or a pair of producers, but a hybrid of both.
Weymouth based 6 piece Dub/Reggae/Hip Hop band Cuba Libre music. Creative rhymes(Lewis), breathtaking singing(Morgan), grooving Bass Lines(Rob), catchy riffs on the guitar and the Hammond(Andy), melodic sounds from the synths’s master(Buff) and a drummer that keeps everyone in check(Zoe).
Headlining shows through out the UK and supporting some of the biggest artist in the music scene Cuba Libre are making there mark. With recognition from bands that have had world wide success and help inspire them through out the years helping the band to create a unique sound and a performance that is unforgettable.
Cuba Libre have travelled around the UK packing out music venues and have a constant growing fan base. There E.P which was released last year with previous members Steve and Adam made its way to being played on Brighton’s radio station Code South and the track Alice has been used by top DJ’s in remixes and mixtape’s.
The band are now ready to enter the studio to work on there first album, which will be available towards the end of 2016 allowing plenty of time for the busy summer ahead of them.
A fresh taster of whats to come will be available soon.

The Leggomenhave grown along side Jurassic fields supporting the festival from the start and performing for the 4th year in a row these guys are not to be missedBilly, Ollie, Will and Josh have played many of a sell out gig in the south west. With their Gritty Orlando Blues feel, mixed with Rock, Country and Indie it’s a no wonder they have performed in front of Michael Eavis (he was a large fan of the beards!), supported the likes of the Fun Lovin’ Criminals and performed a headlining set at the O2 Academy in Islington

Having headlined plenty of festivals all over the south of England, a month touring the Alps and most recently being sponsored by Old J Spiced Rum The Leggomen just keep growing from strength to strength, once being described as “Beards, Harmonies and LOUD NOISES”.

 

Once again another year of many requests we are pleased to welcome back by popular demand, festival favourites Shelbys Elbow. After packing the bigtop in 2016 we are pleased to announce they we will playing the main stage on Friday night as main support to the Stereoironics!
Shelby’s Elbows are an acoustic duo, made up of Dorset musicians Martin P. Davies and Phil Jeffs. Formed after meeting in various Open Mic nights in 2008, Shelby’s Elbows have developed into a locally well known entertainment duo, playing a variety of instruments and producing an instantly recognisable sound that surprises people when they discover that there’s only two people making it. Starting out as a covers band, they are now writing and recording their own original music from a wide variety of influences gained from their covers set – from Nirvana to Neil Young, Seal to Skynyrd, Dire Straits to Turin Brakes and anything in between.
Shelby’s Elbows are an exciting, dynamic duo, delivering a deep filled sound that punches well above the level which their numeric deficiency should allow. Inspirational lyrics and catchy conundrums for those who like to rock their fun but socially-aware world with guitars, exuberance and honesty, along with the misuse of inappropriate and inaccurate presidential quotes.
It all started in early 2008 when Phil was offered a gig, having played a few Open Mic nights at the bar in which he worked (Number 10 Cafe Bar in Bridport, Dorset). Not having enough material for a whole set, he approached his friend Martin Davies and asked for his help. He instantly refused. Point blank. He hadn’t played in public for the best part of a decade and was definitely not going to start again now. Definitely not.
So several pints of Guinness and an unknown quantity of rum later, Martin agreed, and before he could do anything about it, the posters were up, so there was no going back. So on Tuesday April 29th 2008, Phil and Martin, along with their good friend Simon Wichett played their first ever gig as ‘Phil and Friends’. Playing to a crowd of very understanding friends and family, the gig went well, and a few more followed during the summer of 2008. In October, Simon decided to leave to focus on his solo projects, and the trio slimmed down to a duo. Shelby’s Elbows were born.
Since then, the band has gone from strength to strength, regularly drawing crowds in their native Bridport, as well as venturing a little further from home. After a free covers album was produced in 2009, they released their first original music – The Yesterday’s Voice EP – in 2012, and continue to play and entertain throughout the Westcountry.
‘I misunderestimated them.’ – George W. Bush.

The last act to be added to the Big Top line up is Arcade Hearts –  A 4 piece band from a town called ‘Gosport’ along the south coast. A young fresh Alternative – Indie – Pop outfit, who write song to make you move and remember, and they wear it well.
The band formed in March 2016 and have since released two singles, ‘Tried For Nothing’ & ‘Fool Me’ that have grabbed the attention of Gigslutz and BBC Introducing South, and with powerful shows in Brighton, London, Portsmouth and Southampton, the band are set to make a name for themselves..

Frankie Drain – Lead Guitar /  Brandon Squibb – Drums / Harrison Adams – Bass Guitar /  Daniel Surridge-Smith – Vocals & Guita

 

COLLyde are a 6 piece, funk-loaded groove-pop transfusion from Bognor Regis, West Sussex. Their sound is comprised of a bloodlettingly raucous rhythm section, captivatingly smooth vocal harmonies, contagiously toe tapping melodies.

They draw their influences from the irresistible groove of acts like Chic, the floor filling abilities of the highest grade pop bands and the live explosiveness of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The live show consists of the standard rock 4 piece, with keyboards, and unique sounds including melodica, turntables and sampling, and percussion.

Collyde have been playing all over the south coast since 2012 and have recently been seen on the Victorious 2015 real ale stage, the Rox festival main stage, plus a myriad of head line shows. They are are known for their floor shaking live show and the dynamic professionalism usually associated with bands 5 times their size.

 

 

Anthemic indie pop band Talk In Code return to Jurassic Fields this year with their shimmering soundscapes and infectious ‘punch the air’ choruses. The lads have been well supported by BBC Introducing and Q Music among many other press and radio networks. Some names the band have played with include Catfish & The Bottlemen, My Life Story and Delays all the way through to Go West and Marc Almond….it’s fair to say their vibe spans across several decades!

Dutch Criminal Record are a four piece Indie/Surf band from Chichester, UK.

They write and perform their own brand of original upbeat indie tunes featuring melodic vocals, interlinking riffs and blooming harmonies based around a background of solid bass and energetic drums. Their single, “On the Fence” was featured in Spotify’s renowned “Fresh Finds” playlist and the song has amassed over 170,000 plays to date. They have been recognised by BBC Introducing; their songs Stuck Between and Socks & Sandals appearing on Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 Music show (August 2015) while their singles Stuck Between, On the Fence, Socks & Sandals and Outside have received considerable airplay on Regional BBC Radio as well as a live performance from BBC Broadcasting House Brighton.

Having played festivals such as Victorious (Portsmouth) and The Great Dorset Steam Fair as well as headline shows at the Troubadour (London), Wedgewood Rooms (Portsmouth) and the Talking Heads (Southampton), Dutch Criminal Record have plenty of live experience.

https://youtu.be/wwPYJpRP5aQ

 

Victor Vector  is a local scratch DJ from Bridport, Dorset. He is part of the Dorset hip hop crew called The Napkings and is a founding member of Bridports Hip Hop group Ways of the Mouth. As well as The Napkings he now resides as part of The Gaslight Troubadours, a vintage style steampunk group with a modern day Burke and Hare approach of sample reconstructing.

Having started listening to hip hop at a young age Victor Vector found himself falling in love with the art of storying telling within hip hop and the positive messages and movement. Influenced by a lot of groups from De La Soul to Tribe Called Quest and Ugly Duckling to Jurassic 5, he started collecting records and teaching himself the art of DJing and scratching/turntablism.

Always adding an element of hip hop to his sets whether it be scratching, juggling or classic hip hop tracks, Victor Vector will often play funk, soul, breaks, hip hop and heavy bassline beats or vintage style electro swing to move the crowd.

Alongside The Gaslight Troubadours, armed with the very talent chap hop rapper Professor Elemental, Victor Vector has played stages at Latitude, Larmer Tree Festival, Boomtown Festival, and Womad Festival and has played local support for such artists as The Freestylers, Ugly Duckling, DJ Format, People under the Stairs, The Mouse Outfit, Scratch Perverts and the legend that is Grandmaster Flash.

The Salt
West Dorset’s Dynamic 4-piece indie rock band. The young group of gents have been building their careers with Jurassic Fields and have played every year and this year they will be opening our Main stage on Saturday 15th July. The have also played other festivals in West Dorset, such as Home Farm Festival and Anonymous Festival.

Scoot are on a mission to remind you of the best classic pop, rock and indie tracks that you didn’t even realise you needed to hear again, mixed with crowd-favourite chart releases from the last few years.

Having played together in various combinations in some of the South West’s most popular covers bands for nearly twenty years, the members of Scoot came together in 2015 and found a formula that “just worked” from day one. With both male and female lead vocals covering many bases, the tight three part harmonies sit on a solid foundation from the backline boys to deliver a dynamic and vibrant stage show. The band have a wide variety of gigs booked for 2017 and are especially looking forward to rocking the Big Top at Jurassic Fields.

J

oe and The Juice bring the groove to your smoothie courtesy of their love of powerful tunes that makes you move!

Their set features many covers and a few originals, all picked to take a journey through decades of groove inspired music. Joe and The Juice were formed in 2016 as part of ‘In The Band’, a new music experience for young people originating here in West Dorset. The band are nearly all in their teens, but their sound reflects their hefty collective experience of playing live music. Be prepared to be (literally) moved by this impressive 7 piece.

 

Sam Walker (UK). For the past 3 years Brighton (UK) based Sam Walker has been on the road throughout the world performing solo in a multi-instrumental set up. He has played to thousands of people, performing to audiences large and small in theatres, houses, gardens, streets, festivals and all the spaces in between – from Glastonbury to Buenos Aires, Montreal to Melbourne. Sam falls through dreamscapes, imagined lands and different realities.

Stumbling into rolling, dance floor rocking grooves and heart breaking
soaring melodies along the way. His songs are full of new stories, tender
twists and anthemic melody. His live shows are gaining a reputation for
boundless energy and much multi-instrumentalism.
Sam Played 5 shows at Glastonbury 2016 and also performed at Beautiful Days festival and has just completed a UK tour.

Recently Sam supported Charlie Winston on his sold out European tour and took up the artist in residence at the Brighton Dome (UK) where he premiered a multi media live show “The Sweetness of the Gathering night” to a sell out crowd.

“Brilliant”- BBC6 Music
“A modern one man band full of hope, fury and joy”- Zig Zag

https://youtu.be/BHFGSiXke24

 

Born in Australia and brought up working craft and music festivals in England and Europe Katy Hooper has grown up surrounded by people from different cultures and those that reject the conventional life.

At 18 she took her guitar and hitchhiked alone from Guatemala to Alaska, her first big trip that was to cement her song writing and realisation that she never feels more at home than when travelling.

Using guitar and distinctive, delicate vocals, Katy knots together a folk/country style of her own that is rooted in the places she has been. With a range of influences, her ultimate love is an authentic song with a good story and this shines through in her work. From environmental pressures to relationships, her songs come from the heart and experiences that matter.

https://youtu.be/OkaaI-v9qgw

 

Son of Richard is the song-writing vehicle of Dan Dickinson.
Now working out of the creative coastal locale of Bridport, Dorset, Dan was formally the chief songwriter of London/Brighton based The Little Victory who have played Larmer Tree Festival, Tolpuddle Festival, headline shows at Old Blue Last (London) and Communion Records showcase at The Hope (Brighton). Their material (‘January Blues’, ‘The Kids Have Gone Wild’, Dance of the Absurd’) was also featured in MJ Delaney’s feature film ‘Powder Room’ 2013 (DJ Films/Universal) feat. Sheridan Smith, Kate Nash, Jamie Winstone.

Returning to his roots focused acoustic approach; SON OF RICHARD has a self-released debut 2-track double A-side ‘Goodbye, Artless Green // Memento Mori’ and can be found doing subversive support slots and festival spots across the UK.

https://youtu.be/6doWGZL2cVY

 

Daisy Wardle is a young folk-pop singer/songwriter from Bridport and currently studying at Leeds College of Music. She is influenced by various styles of music from Jazz to traditional folk which can be seen in her performances. Daisy plays regular gigs both around Leeds and Dorset, either as a solo act or with her band and is excited to return to play for the 3rd time at Jurassic Fields.

 

 
A drifting Canadian heart, caught between the Pacific and Atlantic tides.
Joey Clarkson was born with the imperative desire to express herself. Spending the majority of her childhood involved in local theatrical productions, singing in extracurricular choirs and volunteering for local charities; it wasn’t until she picked up a guitar and wrote her first song at the age of 14 that she felt like she had truly found her voice.Joey uses infectious, hooky melodies and evocative lyrics to create songs that both complement and challenge the current direction of the AAA/Alternative market. Blending the energy of Pop, the power and drive of Rock and the honesty of a singer/songwriter, with a little bit of modern Country thrown into the mix; her style is best described as her own.In recent years, she has been found extensively touring her music through the EU/UK/Western Canada on independently self-organized tours. Her performances have been described as captivating, personal experiences.Joey now resides between the UK and Canada, and is looking forward to the release of her new album with 37 Records in the early Summer of 2017.

https://youtu.be/6PPaBE6ALfg

The Phoenix – Beaminster Youth Club has had a band for young people in different formats for past 8+ years. It offers young people from 10 years old and up the opportunity to learn to play instruments, to read music, to play in a band or to help with the setting up of equipment etc. We have played at many local festivals and events and have evolved to become a band that is recognised locally and well supported by the community. Our band has retained its integrity to remain free to join and to be a part of and open to anyone who has a passion for music and creativity regardless of ability.
Howl Open Mic is hosted by Elijah Wolf and has a reputation for being a unique open mic company that creates an encouraging and enthusiastic atmosphere for performers of all abilities, genres and ages with an emphasis original songs.

ONE MAN BLUES & COMEDY BAND

When Andy Twyman – One Man Band released the first ever naked Christmas music video it hit the national headlines, leading The Mirror newspaper to ask “Is this the best Christmas music video ever?” With the topics of his songs ranging from chickens to Luxembourg via Pot Noodle, 24 year old Andy Twyman blends blues with humour and rock and roll to titillate your ears, mind humour and rock and roll to titillate your ears, mind and toes. Having performed on BBC Three and Channel 4, Andy’s reputation is growing as a highly original and entertaining act.