Lion’s Mane Stage
Friday 6th July
Freshly signed to Marshall Records, REWS are a gritty girl:girl Belfast/London duo that play edgy rock guitar and drums… “FANTASTIC – LIKE A FEMALE ROYAL BLOOD” said Mark Radcliffe on BBC TV after they played the John Peel Main Stage at Glastonbury this year.
Once signed they recorded their debut album in the world renowned Abbey Road Studios in London, in June 2017 they released their first single on Marshall “Miss You In The Dark” to coincide with their Glastonbury show on the mighty John Peel Stage.
So far the single has been played on Radio 1, Radio 6, Radio X, Kerrang Radio, Planet Rock as well as national stations in Ireland and Japan.
Praying Mantis are a rock band from the UK. They were formed in 1973 in London by brothers Tino Troy and Chris Troy.
Last year, the band celebrated 35 years since the release of their iconic album `Time Tells No Lies`. Lauded as a classic with its catchy, unforgettable melodies and lush vocal harmonies, it is one of the few albums of its kind that has stood the test of time. Together with tracks from their 2015 Frontier Records release `Legacy`, which received amazing reviews worldwide, these will form the main basis of their live set. The band delivers a unique experience with songs that have not, until recently, been played since 1982. The energy, power and production will take the audience back and forth from 1981 to the current day, giving incredible nostalgia as well as showcasing new material. Their new album is well on the way and scheduled for release in April 2018.With the resurgence in interest of the NWOBHM movement, who better than one of the top 10 bands of its time and this genre to deliver the goods!
The Son (Symptoms Of Now) are a high energy rock band from the south of England that formed in 2012 when Sav Avvakoumides Jnr met engineer-producer Joshua J Macrae (The Cross/Queen/Pulp/Foo Fighters). With Songs Sav had written he went to work finding the right musicians to form a band…. The players were found and as they say the rest is history. The Son is busy recording their third album which will be available in summer 2016
“here come The Son, Dirty rock ‘n rollers from Surrey and are the sort of band who ooze 70’s rock. Cut them they would bleed a blend of vinyl, alcohol and unsavory substances, Seriously terrific ballsy anthems that burst out of the speakers propelling the listener along with their heady exuberance. These guys can really write and exude huge potential! Here comes The Son and I say….. They’re all right 4/5” Gary Bushell Street Sounds (August 2015)
British four-piece, Risking Nostalgia, emerged from London in the summer of 2016. Lead by Jake Tempest (vocals, guitar); Ollie Rann (guitar), Liam Matthews (bass) and Charlie Kenny (drums) complete this new chapter in alternative rock. Collecting blues-esque styled rock rhythms under a chorus of soaring lead guitar, the band is described as combining old with the new to bring about a fresh sound inspired by innovators such as Queens of the Stone Age and The Cure.
Son the Desert, the band’s first single, has showcased on eagle3 radio alongwith London Sadness following their self titled EP, released in 2018. Now writing more music, Risking Nostalgia has featured in numerous shows in London and continues to seek out new opportunities to bring their talent to the public.
Saturday 7th July
SCOUTING FOR GIRLS
The Haslemere Fringe Festival Saturday/Weekend Headliners
The famous indie rock band formed in 2005. Scouting for Girls
consists of three childhood friends – lead vocalist and guitar player Roy
Stride, Peter Ellard on percussion and Greg Churchouse playing bass
guitar, who have grown up into pop legends. Their self-titled debut
album sat at No. 1 in the UK charts for two weeks and produced several
hit singles including Elvis Ain’t Dead and She’s So Lovely, followed by
another two UK chart top 10 albums.
Scouting for Girls have been nominated for a number of top awards
during their career, including four BRIT Award nominations and have
evolved into a national institution becoming the under-rated band we
love more than we think we do!
I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing charted at number 12 in the Official Top 40 Album Chart on release in January 2017. The album, the second under her own label – CTRL Records – was described as ‘a triumph’ by The Sun.
More than 12,000 tickets sold for Spraggan’s Dear You tour and the summer season continues with shows confirmed at some of the UK’s biggest festivals. Recognised as one of the leading lights in the LGBT community, Spraggan has managed to build her fanbase to a new high.
Lucy appeared on the X Factor in 2012, since then her audition video has been viewed more than 40 million times. She achieved the unprecedented success of securing a top 20 single (Last Night) and top 40 album (Top Room at the Zoo) while still competing on the TV show. She went on to be the officially most Googled musician of 2012.
Lucy immediately signed to Columbia and her debut album Join the Club was a top-ten success. Her next record We Are was released on her own label, after Spraggan opted to take the independent route. The album just missed out on a top twenty position.
Lucy’s music-writing career began with Don Maclean and Kirsty McColl as her major influences, embellished with the folk riffs of Peter, Paul and Mary, and taking on the punchy riffs of traditional R and B.
Her name is now synonymous a melodic middle ground where pop and acoustic folk meet. The toe-tapping interpretations of classic sounds and the harmony-heavy ballads that she pulls from modern rhythm and blues are hard to forget. Spraggan’s trademark sound is the rattle of rap dropped into sing-along folk-style numbers.
After releasing four albums in five years Lucy is probably due a rest, but the writing process is already underway for album number 5. Her live calendar is looking busier than ever too with another tour planned for the Autumn. Watch this space!
Sour Kix are a young band from Woking in Surrey. Formed 4 years ago they are made up of siblings Amelie (12 vocals), Ollie (15 drums) and Louis (17 guitar and vocals) alongside best friend Ed (17 bass guitar). A highly energetic mix of pop/rock explodes from their performances and their skill at pleasing the crowd with a selection of well crafted originals along with a selection of high octane covers (which they like to put their own spin on) has culminated in them being requested to play at numerous festivals around the country along with supporting some amazing bands across the South of England. They gained further attention when they were asked to play live on Channel 4’s TFI Friday, drawing acclaim from presenter Chris Evans and guests Ronnie Wood, Ellie Goulding and The Vamps. Their first EP ‘Wildest Dreams’ has been extremely well received and more recordings are in the pipeline.
“Amazing” – Ronnie Wood
“Sour Kix, you totally owned that stage” – Sound of the Sirens
THE BURNING GLASS
The Burning Glass are a four piece from the UK sharing true stories with their audiences in a unique acoustic landscape created by guitar, double bass, tuned percussion ukulele and drums. They play with fierce energy, lilting layers of vocals and sparks of lyrical wit.
Edwin Brooks, a songwriter and organic grower from Liphook and his cousin Kizzy Brooks, a professional orchestral percussionist formed the band in 2013. The Brooks are joined by fantastic local bassist William Hughs, composer and percussionist Will Edwards (Royal College of Music), talented vocalist and cellist Irene Blaze-Cameron (Guildhall) and by Joseph Trudgeon, a rapidly emerging talent in the UK Jazz and swing scene. Together they create a unique and uplifting sound and are making waves in the UK festival scene.
The band recently crowd funded £5000 to make their second full length album entitled ‘Happiness is Egg Shaped”. The record enlarges on the themes of family, love and belonging as well as bonus helpings of cookery based ranting and wildlife conservation themed classic rock. They have been featured on a BBC introducing session and BBC 6 music.
Seventeen year old Reuben Gray first landed on our radar when he appeared on Britain’s Got Talent last year, however he had certainly started serving his apprenticeship in music well before that TV debut. Having performed across the country multiple times, Reuben has clocked up well over 100 gigs to date and you really have to see one of his lives shows to witness his remarkable talent.
Reuben is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist having learned piano from the age of seven followed by guitar and saxophone. Taking his influences from Prince, Michael Jackson, Post Malone and The 1975 he is currently in the studio writing and recording new music collaborating with songwriters who have crafted hits with the likes of Dua Lip and Paolo Nutini.
With over 30 million views across YouTube and a dedicated following on social media, Reuben’s fans can’t wait for him to share the next chapter in his career. Through his phenomenal talent and hard work, Reuben is certainly one-to-watch in the months ahead.
“Ever noticed it’s the shortest in your group of friends who’s the loudest? Yup, that’s me. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I tell it like it is.
I’m brutally honest.
Music has been with me all my life. Music has seen me through some terrible times. But helped me celebrate the magical times too. I have an uncanny ability to remember all the lyrics to a song just after a couple of listens. Though I have trouble remembering my own songs! It’s to do with my Dyslexia.
I’ve had to cope with some fairly serious mental health issues since I was a kid. I don’t hide it. I’m open about it. You’ll hear plenty of references to mental health in my music. I want to help stop it being a taboo subject. I want to encourage others to open up as it can be the first step towards recovery.
I’m actually a very sensitive soul. Until a year ago, I had never dared to sing in front of anyone. That’s now changing. Hope you enjoy my music. And my wonderful band who’ve been by my side since the beginning. Dunno where I’d be without them, tbh. This will be our first ever, ‘proper’ gig. My anxiety has been going through the roof!
Love, Rach xx”
DUTCH CRIMINAL RECORD
The Beckerson Brothers
Although perhaps better known these days for his stand-up comedy, Andy started his career as a singer-songwriter. His band Sequioa reached the dizzy heights of three (repeat, THREE!) Radio Two plays with the song “Laura Valentine”. The band managed to grace the stages of NEC Birmingham and Shepherds Bush Empire, and got to play in exotic locations such as USA, Canada, Italy and Wolverhampton.
After the demise of Sequoia (causing Samaritan phonelines to overload!) Stedman embarked on a solo career which saw the release of his album “Causin’ Havoc, Breakin Hearts” (available on iTunes, Spotify and after this gig.) With a new album about to be recorded in between travelling the country doing his stand-up shows, it’s going to be a busy rest of the year.
Sunday 8th July
THE REAL THING
THE REAL THING
FEEL THE FORCE TOUR 2018
STILL LOOKING & SOUNDING GREAT
THE REAL THING STILL GROOVING AT THE FRINGE
Following the sad news of the death of Eddy Amoo, one of three founder members of the iconic disco band, The Real Thing, Chris Amoo and Dave Smith, whilst devasted by the loss of their brother and friend, have confirmed that they will continue their “Feel the Force” tour, which includes their gig at The Haslemere Fringe Festival on Sunday 8th July.
Featuring million-selling hits including three No. 1 singles in the 70s and 80s – “You to me are Everything”, “Can’t get by without you” and “Feel the Force”, plus some fantastic nostalgic covers such as “Ladies Night”, “Good Times” and “Ain’t no stopping us now”, The Real Thing promise a funky show with a strong retro flavour mixed with contemporary grooves. Get your dancing shoes on!
Featuring million-selling hits including three No. 1 singles in the 70’s & 80’s ‘You to me are Everything’ ‘Can’t get by without you’ & ‘Feel the Force’ Hear all the hits plus some fantastic covers such as ‘Ladies Night’ ‘Celebration’ ‘Good Times’ & ‘Ain’t no stopping us now’ in an action packed show.
Multi-million selling soul band The Real Thing are ready to give their much loved disco inspired hits a new lease of life with an extensive UK tour. Featuring the group’s three original vocalists Eddie Amoo, Chris Amoo and Dave Smith, along with their 5-piece band, the trio deliver a funky ‘in your face’ show with a strong ‘retro flavour’ with the band’s classic songs mixed with contemporary grooves.Celebrating the 40th anniversary of their debut hit single ‘You to Me Are Everything’, the Liverpool based trio boast three million selling hit singles including, ‘Can’t Get by Without You’, ‘Whenever You Want My Love’ and ‘Can You Feel the Force’, making them the UK’s best-selling black group of the late 70s.
In 1986 ‘You to Me Are Everything’, ‘Can’t Get by Without You’ and ‘Can You Feel the Force’ were all remixed and became huge hits once again, thanks to their huge club following.In 2005, ‘Love’s Such a Wonderful Thing’ was sampled by French dance outfit Daft Punk and re-titled ‘So Much Love to Give’. The same year the Freeloaders had a UK Top 10 single with ‘So Much Love to Give’ which featured The Real Thing resulting in the band charting across 3 decades.The Real Thing recently released ‘The Real Thing Live’ DVD and CD recorded at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool and celebrates 40 years on the road and includes the concert in full, new material and a cover of The Beatles song ‘Eleanor Rigby’.
The band continue to tour up and down the country selling out venues including the Jazz Café, London and regularly perform at 70’s & 80’s festivals alongside such artists as Rick Astley, Boy George, Belinda Carlisle, Kool and the Gang and Chic.Commenting on The Real Thing’s success, singer Chris Amoo said, ‘There’s always going to be a sense of nostalgia about our music. It’s the sound track to so many people’s lives and that will never die.’
Mission Impossible live by the belief that to play music is to have fun. And when you see this band playing the music that they love, you’ll feel that fun too! Sensational lead vocalist Bernadette Powell showcases her huge gospel range on Janis Joplin’s ‘Piece of my Heart’, rips the roof off with Tina Turners ‘Nutbush City Limits’ and then hands over to the band’s blistering brass section to belt out perpetual floor fillers like ‘Pick Up The Pieces’.
Comprising of musicians who have played on such hits as ‘Rolling In The Deep’ by Adele and ‘Next to Me’ by Emile Sande, a night of dancing and grooving is guaranteed!
“Gleadhraich’s bagpipe rock and pop arrangements are a touch of genius”, Dougie Maclean
“Gleadhraich are wicked. Their sound is very contemporary”, Amy MacDonald
Gleadhraich are a celtic rock band formed in Carnoustie, Angus in 2010 while students at school. The band is made up of Craig Weir (Bagpipes/ Vocals), Ross White (Guitar/ Vocals), Paul Weir (Percussion) and Graeme Ritchie (Bass Guitar) with a live addition of a backing band which includes saxophone, trombone, accordion, keyboard and fiddle.
Gleadhraich released their debut EP, ‘Pipe Dreams’ in 2014 which was quickly followed up by the Glasgow 2014 Single, ‘Skirling Ska’. The band was made Angus’ Cultural Ambassadors for 2013/14. The follow up to ‘Pipe Dreams’, ‘Where We’re From’ was released in March 2015 to critical acclaim. At a Dundee performance in 2016 Gleadhraich welcomed Britain’s Got Talent winner, Jai McDowall and Bay City Roller’s onstage to play with the band as special guests. The band released their latest record, ‘Definition’ which was well received with Jim Gellatly including the track, ‘Face Palm’ in a list for the Scottish Sun of the top tracks released in the country that month as well as Piping Today describing the record as “putting it’s own stamp on the sub sub-genre” of celtic rock.
The band has performed at a variety of events across the UK from headline shows to festival performances including at Scotland’s prestigious Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. This has led to the band sharing stages with acts such as Skerryvore, Donnie Munro, Twin Atlantic, AC/DC The Fratellis and Peatbog Faeries. Gleadhraich made their German debut with a successful mini tour in September 2015 and featured in France in January 2016. Gleadhraich made their US debut during New York Tartan Week in 2017 with an appearance at the prestigious BB King’s Blues Bar and Grill at the Post-Parade Party. Gleadhraich have further performances lined up across the UK, Ireland, Germany, Holland, Switzerland and the USA. The band has featured on many national media platforms such as BBC, STV, S4C, NME, Magic FM and many more.
ME AND THE MOON
Formed in the summer of 2015 Me and The Moon embody those long, warm, hazy days of endless opportunity; beautifully pairing youthful innocence with apathy and worldliness. Consisting of Tamara Grzegorzek (vocals), Jonny Elstone (guitar) and Alex Archer (drums) they have already found fans from the indie scene including notable support slots for Marika Hackman, Flyte and Marsicans. After self-releasing their first EP, ‘Run With Wolves’ and its follow up single ‘Get Away’ Me and the Moon signed to DIY label My Little Empire Records for the stunning new single ‘Standing Still’. The track has gained attention from blogs world wide as well as being added to the Radio X Evening playlist alongside continued support from BBC Introducing.
LEVI are breaking out into the Ska – Indie music scene, promoting a new version of sound called ‘Skindie’.
Influenced by Ska and Reggae, LEVI established a scene in and around the south coast with high charged gigs of original Reggae, Ska, Indie, Rock compilations. In 2016, E.P. Blue Lights and Headlines was released, following a string of gigs including Portsmouth’s Wedgewood Rooms, Brighton’s The Prince Albert, Blissfield’s ‘Hidden Hedge Stage’ and ‘The Big One 5, Specialised gig. LEVI continued to break out in the music scene in 2017 playing regular gigs with a huge following of ‘Skindians’, their loyal fans all over the world.
water-shed formed in 2004 on the back of solo festival performances at the very first Haslemere Festival. They’ve gone on to develop their own unique blend of funky, melodic “folk and roll” and have developed a firm festival following, releasing their follow up album to mark their 10th anniversary – Coupons For The Moon – in 2014.
Indie Music Habit says: “water-shed is a refreshing answer to modern folk music. Where most new folk artists are losing sight of its traditions, water-shed keeps it intact while bringing an edgy, southern rock influence to the table to make for a unique yet familiar sound that brightens the day and eases the mind.”
Lion’s Roar Stage
Friday 6th July
Saturday 7th July
TEMPLES OF YOUTH
Temples of Youth are an upcoming and acclaimed electronic duo from Winchester, UK. Their music consists of powerful female vocals, against a soundscape of ambient synth and shimmering guitar. Dig a little deeper and you will find some big themes explored in their work which has often been compared to artists such as Daughter, Beach House and London Grammar. Paul Gumma and Jo Carson began working on their live set in December 2015, with the desire to bring their music to the stage with a limited number of hands; Jo on percussion and Paul on guitar, utilising samplers and effects to recreate their sound.
Their ever growing emotive body of work has attracted the attention of BBC Introducing, and the pair were invited in for live sessions for BBC Introducing South and BBC Introducing Solent last year. Their first track Enso, was selected by Steve Lamacq for airplay on his BBC6 Radio Show and their tracks Dunes and Churches have both been played by Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1.
The band have supported Sundara Karma, Weaves and Pale Waves amongst others – and made the Glastonbury Emerging longlist last year.
Kerri Watts’ Celtic roots are embedded in the streets of Glasgow where poets grow and strong hearts rule. Her current embracing of Americana is not fashion or vogue; this sound was fused when the then 16 year old Kerri ventured solo to California. She blazed a trail through prestigious venues from West Coast to East Coast across the US honing her craft in places such as Whisky a Go Go in L.A., The Basement in Nashville and NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall. Kerri fell in love with America and its music.
Kerri’s love of travel, nature and adventure didn’t stop in the USA. An adventitious meeting with a music executive in Ibiza saw her returning to the UK to record. Her incredible pure, emotive but powerful voice and pop sensibility soon found her playlisted twice on BBC Radio 2, singles Long Way Home and The Wild. It wasn’t long before live sessions and numerous TV appearances were booked in with ITV, STV and the BBC, and people began to pay real attention to Kerri. Her music hinted at the wide open spaces of her American experiences, yet were carefully crafted pop tunes. Kerri’s collaboration with producer Oliver Nelson on the summer mix of You racked up over a million plays and achieved a number one on Hype Machine with rave reviews.
On the back of her commercial and critical success, Kerri hit the festival circuit running, playing Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, Secret Garden Party, Cornbury to name but a few. Kerri honed her stage performances further with support tours for Starsailor, Nina Nesbitt, Ward Thomas and the Overtones. This Summer, Kerri performed with Embrace with whom she has co-written and supported COLDPLAY at the Millennium Stadium to over 140,000 people over just two days.
Kerri is back full circle in Nashville, writing and recording new material with multi-award winning and chart topping songwriter, producer and publisher Jeff Cohen along with 3 time Grammy nominee Kevin Kadish – the writer and producer behind Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About That Bass’, before embarking on her first headline UK tour this Autumn. Kerri’s ‘coming home’ album is eagerly anticipated.
2017 has been an eventful year for Devin and her newly released EP “Adolescence” with its fresh young sound has earned Devin an ever growing fan base and loyal supporters and followers.
Hailing from Liphook, Hampshire, EMMAY are a sibling trio consisting of Aimée Mackenzie on electro-acoustic guitars, keyboards and lead vocals, Freya Mackenzie on acoustic violin, electro-acoustic ukulele and harmonies and Ross Mackenzie on Cajon. The trio have supported Nizlopi, Show of Hands, Sean Lakeman/Kathryn Roberts, Blair Dunlop, Luke Jackson, Miranda Sykes/Rex Preston, Sheelanagig, Phillip Henry/Hannah Martin, Josienne Clarke/Ben Walker, Dave McPherson and Rod Picott. Notable venues that EMMAY have performed at include Isle Of Wight Festival, Show of Hands Summer Festival (Abbotsbury), Cornbury Festival, Victorious Festival, Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, Wychwood Festival, Weyfest, The Bedford (Balham), The Troubadour (Earls Court), Water Rats (Camden), Wedgewood Rooms (Portsmouth) An outstanding BBC Introducing panel review of "Lesson Learned", one of EMMAY's self-penned songs, resulted in an invitation to record a session for the BBC which was broadcast live right across the South of England. Quotes "Songwriting and musicianship of the highest calibre and harmonising together as only siblings can. Just about the best young English acoustic band I?ve heard" - Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) "EMMAY an impossibly young-looking folk trio of siblings, took to the stage to deliver, an enchanting set full of nagging hooks and charming harmonies, with the likes of We Once Said, Nests and a surprising cover of Ride by 21 Pilots (complete with rapping) all impressing, making a mockery of their tender years." - Wychwood Festival "EMMAY are undoubtedly hugely talented folk and acoustic musicians. They performed at the Southdowns Folk Festival in Bognor Regis in September 2013 and literally brought the house down. They deservedly won the Sussex Young Folk Performers Competition and then went on later to wow the audience at the Alexandra Theatre, receiving as well fantastic praise from Steve Knightley from Show of Hands who were headlining that night. Their music is fresh, original and performed with great skill and competence - they will go a long way" - Roger Nash - Southdowns Folk Festival "Hailing from Liphook is the vocal prowess, lyrical genius and sheer musicality of EMMAY" - Haslemere Fringe Festival
Sunday 8th July
THE LITPOP SESSIONS
THE LITPOP SESSIONS
A curated collection of literate pop music and cutting edge spoken word
Unique singer songwriter
“…shades of Jacques Brel and David Bowie in his early glorious prime…
Philip Jeays is a real find, just the sort of discovery you’re always hoping
to make and rarely do.“ DAILY TELEGRAPH
“…only once in a decade do you see a songwriter with such a unique
jaundiced line.“ GUARDIAN
“…a singer songwriter whose darkly comic songs, with Sondheimesque
tongue-twisting lyrics, have projected him to semi-cult status.“ LONDON EVENING STANDARD
STEVE TASANE https://stevetasane.wordpress.
Performance poet and Author reading from his new book Child I published by
“LIKE BEING BLASTED IN THE FACE WITH A WATER CANON – ABSOLUTELY VIVID”
Emily Drabble, The Guardian Children’s Books Site
“SO MUCH MORE THAN A GREAT STORY – TASANE TAKES HIS LANGUAGE FROM THE
LIVING STREETS & MATERIAL FROM A VIBRANT PRESENT TO CREATE A SUPERB NOVEL”
by STEVE TASANE, author of Blood Donors, included in the Diverse Voices
list of the 50 best children’s books from 1950-present day that celebrate
Orange Bomb are a 4-piece rock and roll band from Surrey, in the south of
England. “Punk attitude with modernist designs
poet and lyricist with his new show An adult Dr Seuss
“A welcome cure for the aural anaemia of our times”. The Independent.
“good cynical jokes” The Telegraph.
Victorian crime fiction author and all round genius
Anna Neale is a multi-talented singer/songwriter, composer, session
vocalist, voice over artist and lecturer in music. Anna’s worked
professionally in the music industry for over a decade. In that time she’s
toured the world, released two albums and an EP to critical acclaim, written
songs for other artists, radio and TV
Lion’s Den Stage – supported by The Music Works
Friday 6th July
THE CHARCOAL BURNERS
The Charcoal Burners are a barnstorming modern folk fusion band playing an intoxicating blend of original songs with a fast and furious mixture of new and traditional tunes. Lead singer David O’Brien has been writing and performing since the early 1980’s touring with Hazel O’Connor, recording with Ray Dorset of Mungo Gerry, even replacing Duran Duran on Hazel’s last gig of the Breaking Glass tour. The Charcoal Burners formed in 2016 with Steve Redshaw and Martin Ruinet, two highly talented folk musicians from Sussex and Art Gelling on bass and cajon.
The Charcoal Burner’s set is fast, foot tapping and infectiously catchy with songs such as ‘Life of Riley’, ‘Free ‘n Easy’, ‘The Devil Rides’ and ‘Working on the Railroad’ to moving ballads such as ‘Don’t Let it Rain’ and ‘Seagull’. With rhythm that will have your legs itching to dance, The Charcoal Burners’ soaring four part harmony will make your spine tingle
Following a busy couple of years which saw UK singer and songwriter SERTARI chart in Europe and win the Akademia “Singer/Songwriter” Award for her Unplugged EP, she has now finished her new EP – “Bright Star” which features Grammy award winner J- Ivy. After returning from a tour of Cyprus, she is now filling up her diary with festival performances and has reached the FINAL of the Soundwaves competition and will be performing at the O2 academy.
Sertari is a singer, songwriter and artist with a passion for both creating music and live performance. Born in the UK to a Cypriot family, she was brought up in a quiet town where the closest thing to the Mediterranean is Costa Coffee. With a range of musical influences from Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin and Kate Bush to Avici, Gwen Stefani, Coldplay, Florence and the Machines she uses the stage as an outlet and has consistently shown the ambition to develop her own unique blend of emotive electro pop-rock with beautiful yet powerful vocals, driving guitars, atmospheric synths and big beats. She started off by setting up her own label, and running her own live music nights on the South Coast to promote independent talent, as well as promote her own music! As a result of her drive, she has already achieved much self-propelled success, with worldwide releases, press, TV and radio exposure behind her – including being played out on BBC Introducing and being selected for playlists on UK and international radio. She has recently been given an endorsement by Vocalzones To coincide with the release of her new EP “Bright Star,” she will soon be embarking on a series of live shows in the UK and Europe. Her live show has earned a reputation among audiences in several countries for it’s high energy levels, and amongst a multitude of past performances include the London Olympic Fan Zones, Hard Rock Cafe Cyprus and London Fashion Week – whilst her personal favourite (and most rock’n’roll story) comes from her headline televised show in the Cyprus Capital, Nicosia, on New Years Eve to thousands of people. She has caught the eye of brands world-wide, becoming and Akai Pro and Abelton Artist, whilst working closely with local music stores to promote music to the younger generations. In the past she has released singles and taken part in events to support charities such as Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and the Fire Fighters Charity, whilst a charity single in the USA to aid education to under-funded communities was a great success. Sertari has been lucky enough to have worked and performed with a variety of producers and artists, and is currently working with the likes of Adrian Hall from Z- Management (Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys), Grammy Winner J-Ivy (Jay-Z, Kanye West), and Pete Craigie (Take That, Beverley Knight, Stevie Wonder). Further to her Akademia Award for she was also a previous nominee for “Best Live Act” and “Best Song” at the Exposure Music Awards, and Winner of the Extreme Exposure Award in the UK Open Mic Finals.
Mack Hofberg knows neither how to sing, nor to play guitar. Yet does both beautifully. Completely throwing out the rule book on the standard Acoustic Singer/Songwriter, Mack’s music combines folk and pop, whilst his lyrics convey poetry beyond the depth of most ordinary 21 year olds and percussive acoustic guitar style rivals that of his idol Andy McKee.
Mack is just 21 years old. After gigging for just over 5 years, he’s had the honour of performing at many established venues notably Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth, The Joiners in Southampton (voted NME’s best small venue of 2013), The Bedford in Balham, The Railway in Winchester, The Garage in London and even Heathrow Airport for Caffe Nero. Though one his crowning achievements was to have been picked as one of 2000 entries to perform in the Lord Mayors Busking Competition, where he played at The O2 and Westfield Shepherds Bush. Moreover, after submitting one of his tracks to BBC Introducing he was aired on BBC Radio 3 and has been interviewed on local radio at Southampton’s own Voice FM. All this and he’s not even old enough to buy a beer in the States.
If you can’t afford Ben Howard, this will do nicely
— Paul Simms (Mo Films, Head of Music)
To make it in this business you have to be hungry, Mack is voracious
— Tony Moore (Cutting Crew/Iron Maiden/Musical Director at The Bedford)
I’d happily give’em a tour
— Paul ‘Pablo’ Ettinger (Caffe Nero, Development Director)
Mack was born in New York City, and after only two years he moved to England where we learnt his love for music. Born to a Music Lawyer and a Writer he was destined for a career as a musician.
His American heritage is deeply rooted in his writing having grown up listening to his mother’s favourites, the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel (who was Mack’s favourite before he could speak, let alone sing). However, like most writers his father was keen to leave his creative stamp, playing him English classics like The Clash, Sex Pistols, Rolling Stones and The Beatles, whom Mack considers, somewhat un-controversially to be the best band of all time.
Growing up Mack admired his older sister, who before him, took up singing and guitar, though retired just as quickly. But her passion as a listener rubbed off on Mack, and ultimately her love of music and her job A&Ring acoustic music would lead Mack to perform the music he does today. He now has his little brother as a qualified audio engineer to ensure sweet sounds when he’s performing live music on the road.
5 'til 7
Saturday 7th July
Four piece alternative band China Bears formed in the winter of 2015 by twin brothers Ivan and Frazer. After meeting James and Dean at University the band spent the majority of 2016 writing and honing their live shows, with notable support slots for Declan McKenna and Gengahr.
They released their debut single ‘Hydra’ in April 2017 which gained airtime from BBC Introducing South, being picked as track of the week, as well as BBC Radio 6. This followed a string of summer festivals including Main Stage appearances at Victorious and Always The Sun Festival.
After various gigs throughout the autumn of 2017, including support slots for The Big Moon, YONAKA and To Kill A King, the follow up single ‘Meet Me In London’ was released in December 2017.
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Harry Pane embarks on a new journey with his lastest track ‘Beautiful Life’, which begins a new phase for the artist, making peace, moving on from a difficult journey. With almost two million combined artist streams, Pane has garnered strong support from New Music Friday, Deezer, Fresh Folk, Digster, Filtr & Topsify playlists, alongside a Radio X playlist for his previous release ‘Here We Stay’, the future looks bright for Pane as he continues to gather momentum.
Legendary folk-punk artist Frank Turner says of Harry: ‘his delicate honesty and turn of phrase make him stand well clear of the pack” whilst BBC Introducing say ‘music should take you on a journey, and boy does this guy do it every time’. With a forthcoming collaboration with French electronic artist Uppermost, an April support tour in Germany alongside significant radio support in Switzerland, Pane is also returning to the US and SXSW as an official showcasing artist for 2018.
Claudia Stark is a 24 year old indie-folk artist currently residing in Surrey, who has been inspiring audiences for over 4 years with her thought provoking songs. Her snappy, socially swayed lyrics bring issues to mind that cut to the heart of the jaded person within all of us.
Becoming increasingly aware of the struggles and injustices faced by those around her, Claudia first picked up a guitar in an attempt to have her opinions heard and after receiving notable support at her early shows, she began to see the reach she could have with her music.
2017 saw Claudia’s second headline launch show with her band at The Boileroom in Guildford where she launched her brand new single ‘Too Soon’. She is now concentrating on writing new songs for her 3rd EP set for a summer 2018 release and, having played over 300 live shows to date, Claudia is working towards her first UK tour.
Claudia has been described as performing “with a ton of guts, passion, and at times brutal intensity” (The Musical Melting Pot) which is entirely in keeping with the fierce subjects of which she writes. She would sit well in a record collection containing the likes of Frank Turner, Suzanne Vega and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.
My name is Luisa Garcia and I am a singer songwriter.
I have been singing, playing keyboard and performing since I was 4 years old
and writing songs since I was 14. I perform at weddings, pubs clubs etc and have also done gigs in aid of some
charities. All my music can be found on YouTube and my singer songwriter Facebook page.
Lindsay plays acoustic covers and original songs in her own unique style. She has a distinctive voice that combines a simple purity with subtle folky tones complimented by her acoustic guitar playing. She cut her teeth musically busking in Canterbury when she was a student, performing at open mike nights and private events. Last summer, she headlined a night at Farnham Maltings as part of their Grills & Guitars season. She recently played by special invitation at a new London Venue – the Hackney Empire Studios and is planning to do more gigs in the South East in the coming months.
Alice is a teenage musician, singer and songwriter from Hampshire, who’s musical style is Jazz/Pop. She plays the Piano, Guitar and Ukulele, and takes her inspiration from artists such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Amy Winehouse, Norah Jones and Duffy. She has been performing locally for the past 4 years at pubs and cafes, as well as summer festivals including Victorious and Wickham. She is currently studying the Vocals Diploma at The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford.
Sunday 8th July
ED GOODALE BAND
Ed Goodale is a young singer/songwriter from West Sussex who has the ‘gift’
of Asperger’s Syndrome. Ed’s love of music and performance helped him to
understand his condition and he interprets his view of life through his
songs with thought provoking lyrics and catchy riffs and melodies.
Along with brother Ollie on percussion, Ed has played extensively at gigs
and festivals throughout the UK and Europe. He launched his third recording
and first live album ‘The Gift’ at Glastonbury Festival 2017 with a set on
the famous festival’s Strummerville Stage. ‘The Gift’ album is Ed & Ollie’s
set recorded at the biannual Marillion Weekend in Holland in March 2017; a
further highlight was being followed on stage by The Pet Shop Boys at last
year’s Henley Festival.
Ed & Ollie have been joined by guitar virtuoso Steve Ball on lead guitar and
the driving bass of Steve Burrell to form The Ed Goodale Band which has
lifted Ed’s music further and provides for a vibrant, energetic performance
Nick Tann has worn many musical hats, and occasionally actual hats as well. He has wielded all manner of instruments, but is best recognised in the guise of solo, acoustic guitar slinging, jazz tinged, folk-pop performer. And it is that more familiar sound which forms the basis of the new look and sound of Nick Tann and his new band. The “new” Nick Tann is a numerically fluid affair but is normally a triptych of Nick Tann on guitars and vocals, Bastien Terraz on double bass and Guy Siviour on drums/percussion. However some shows may contain fewer players or perhaps expand to include occasional itinerant musicians collected along the way. Life may indeed be like a box of chocolates. The calling card for this new format is the recent release Authentic, an album which takes Nick’s impressive song crafting and explores the space around it through deft and dexterous additional musical textures and hues. At the heart of the sound is the familiar balladry, emotionally driven personal narratives and rich vocal tones from solo days but now there is some wonderful musical augmentation. A chilled yet structurally robust British folk take on Americana heartland traditions and whilst the familiar building blocks of Jazz, blues and country all play their part it is a wholly new sonic architecture that is the end result. Nick and his band are now looking to become a familiar face across the landscape, but like any hard working band you will also find them bringing their wonderful creations to the usual circuit of pub back rooms, live sessions, festivals and house shows. Three is indeed a magic number. 2017 found the trio performing at Weyfest, Music in the City (Southampton), The Talking Heads, Wickham Festival, Sofar Sounds Nottingham & Brighton, The Railway (Winchester), Nunney Acoustic Cafe, The New Forest Fairy Festival, The Bedford Live (Balham), Hundred Records – Romsey (In Store)
The diary for 2018 is already starting to fill with some exciting new festivals and venues both home and abroad.
“The Dolomites” are a female-fronted 5-piece 50’s / 60’s band with that authentic rock ‘n’ roll sound. Their sound epitomises a bygone era of cool, lead singer in a 50’s halter neck frock and the guys in sharp suits and skinny ties.
The Surrey and Hampshire based band combine 4 great vocal talents with an epic sounding backing of lead and rhythm guitars, bass and drums.
“The Dolomites” playlist includes original 1950’s raucous rock ‘n’ roll through to rousing 1960’s beat girl classics.
“The Dolomites” are guaranteed to have an audience dancing.
Recently formed Bock are Mark Richards bass, Tom Gorham guitar and Ross Martin drums. As a trio their layered sound is woven from shifting, fluid bass lines, anthemic, laid-back guitar and driving, break-beat percussion.
Bock individually have been round the musical block but this is their first outing together.
St Paulo are a 4 piece band of 14-16 year olds. We have both Eloise and Archie playing the guitars, Connie on the bass and James on drums, in addition to this they all sing. The band members have been playing together for many years and enjoy writing original songs as well as preforming covers. St Paulo play a variety of songs from rock to reggae and always love playing live.
Vic Cracknell is a Farnham based professional musician playing over 250 gigs a year across mainly Surrey and Hampshire. Vic has just released his 2nd album of original songs called Voice Of Love. His songs range from classic pop to jazz and latin. Vic also has an extensive cover song repertoire, has hosted his Vicâ€™s Buskers open mic nights since 2005, hosts Weyfest Rustic Stage and Farnham Ukulele Jam amongst many other musical activities. www.viccracknell.co.uk