We are pleased to announce our next six bands for this year’s festival.
We are delighted to welcome back a few familiar faces to the festival this year and for the first time the Big Top stage will also be open on the Friday night. We are pleased to have Smith & Mighty back for another year this time headlining the Big Top on the Friday night.
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. 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.
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 as well as many other events.
Backbeat Soundsystem 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. 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.
After a long awaited return it’s our pleasure to bring back a favourite from our first year in 2014 Mr.B!
Mr.B 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.
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.
His videos have garnered millions of views 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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2016 saw 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.
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.
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.
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