'Already renowned as one of the Midland’s best live acts. The last two years have witnessed the band sharing stages with the likes of Alabama 3, Skinny Lister, Ferocious Dog, Neville Staple (The Specials), The Dub Pistols, Urban Voodoo Machine, Toploader, The Rumjacks to name a few.
“Whether it be in a dark venue or on a festival stage, their presence and music draw the punters in to witness a stunning performance of feel good party music but with passion and musicianship.” –Gaz Birtles, The Beautiful South, Booker at Simon Says Festival.
“The Brandy Thieves are an absolutely amazing live act” – Lal Muttock, BBC Introducing
"Coming across like the missing link between Gogol Bordello and Fairground Attraction, they excite and enthrall with their stunning performance" – Sean Tizzard, E-Festivals.com
Shamona are a 3 piece band from Liverpool.
Pete Riley (Age 22) - Lead Vocals and Bass guitar Andy O'Connor (Age 22) - Lead guitar and Backing Vocals Matty Colfar (Age 20) - Drums.
The band have been named in Fred Perry's top 20 bands in Liverpool, while their track Game Is Yours was recently used in the Everton Fc Season Ticket Campaign.
Shamona pride themselves on performing as many live shows as possible, and as a result have played many famous venues and festivals in and around the U.K. . During 2017 the band also embarked on their first ever European headline tour which included 6 sold out shows.
They have received plaudits and endorsements from the likes of Edwin McCain (platinum selling US singer/songwriter), Dave McCabe (The Zutons) Nile Rodgers (Chic) Garry Christian (The Christians) Tom Clarke (The Enemy) and Everton and England Footballer, Leighton Baines (EFC).
Their latest single "FLY" was co-written with platinum selling artist "Edwin McCain". Shamona are really gathering momentum, one fan at a time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u2xcAGnq3Q
GU-RU is a quartet comprising of keys, flute, drums and bass. It is a “bouillabaisse of Cosmic funk, soul and Full-Tilt-Motor-Groove” (FMF), drawing inspiration from diverse artists such as The Doors, Todd Terje, Tame Impala and Herbie Hancock.
For the past decade members of GU-RU have performed worldwide, working with the likes of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Alabama 3 and Z-Star to name but a few.
The band has combined elements of house, space disco, prog and funk to create instant dance-floor fillers. The irresistible “discotastic” groove of Malcolm D’Sa (Drums) and John Kenna (Bass) pulsates insistently throughout, whilst Lee Spreadbury’s trademark old school synth tones skilfully interweave with new addition Naomi Perera’s “crystal flute lines”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oduolFSPAk
Siobhan Mazzei is a very talented songwriter and musician who is not afraid of trying something different. Yes her music is influenced by folk and would sit easily between Janis Joplin and Suzanne Vega but don’t be fooled! Siobhan Mazzei is as comfortable with folk as she is with garage, in fact, Siobhan, through her music and words refuses to be hemmed in by narrow boundaries of genre.
The band have added a different element to her sound but Mazzei’s vocals still retain their power and never get consumed by what some may call a shoe gaze or grunge-folk sound. It’s a voice that at turns can be gentle like the sheep and fierce as the wolf of its title without missing a beat. There is no doubt that Siobhan Mazzei is a fine talent. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NViuN-s_IL0
Original four piece folk rock hippy chancers, writing observational music as an up down pop ensemble with waistcoats:
Ross Alexander - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Electric Guitar, Piano. Max Mclean - Vocals, Electric Guitar Neil Bennet - Drums & Percussion Jamie Gilbert - Bass
Regulars on the local music scene for the last decade, 2017 saw the release of their Eponymous debut album.
Kenneth J Nash has never done things the easy way, but his courage to confront the darker moments of his past has led him to spending his years on the music scene carving out a thriving repertoire of haunting music that stirs the heart and spears the soul.
Drawing on his influences (Cohen, Waits, Cash, Reed & Cave), his deftly dramatic songs of love, loss, regret and renewal – not to mention addiction – bring this artist’s dark journey vividly to life.
Recent highlight live shows of his career include playing the Hard Rock Cafe stage at the 2015 Isle of Wight Festival and being selected to appear at Seth Lakeman’s alternative Hootenanny at The Convent. He has provided support for artists such as Eliza Carthy, The Wonderstuff, Mark Geary, Suzanne Vega and Seth Lakeman.
“What a haunting voice, fabulous songs” – BBC Radio
“For anyone who has turned to music to comfort themselves, silence a fear, escape from the pain or just to feed their soul, Kenneth J. Nash delivers the best medicine” – Music Junkie Press
Indie/Rock'n'Roll bringers 'Candidates' are standing up to deliver uplifting songs, in a time when there is much noise - but not enough said!
The band are - Steve Wells (Lead Vox/Rhythm Guitar), Jimi Cook (Lead Guitar), Paul Pugh (Bass), Neil Kenton (Drums) and Antony Baker (Keys).
With a mutual appreciation for hard hitting beats, rumbling bass, soaring guitars and meaningful words sung with passion, and a relatable vulnerability, these lads have quickly become a band with a fierce purpose, combining influences such as Oasis, The Verve, The Stone Roses, The Cribs et el. to put Indie Rock’n’Roll back where it belongs.
With a busy end to 2017 bringing plays on BBC Introducing: Northampton and 3 Counties for their debut single ‘A Better Way’, Candidates look forward to a big 2018 with new music coming. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jBWag1CjG00
Northamptonshire's Stevie Jones and The Wildfires provide a unique blend of acoustic driven rock with down to earth, infectious songs. Their 2016 acclaimed debut album ‘Stratigraphic Heart’ received favourable reviews and after a busy year promoting with radio, press and a string of live appearances they have emerged from Deadline Studios, Leicester to reveal the follow up titled 'Angels and Sirens‘.
The line up now features Stevie Jones (guitar/vocals), Vassilis Damitriadis(guitar), Jake Patrick (drums), Bob Dabrowski (bass) with regular guest Autumn Dawn Leader on piano and vocals. LA guitarist Janet Robin (String Revolution, Lindsay Buckingham Band) and top Leicester harp player Sean Clutterham also provide guest appearances. https://steviejones.com/home https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeol3ANA8LnVqxurdFUbzvG4u2nt09FfZ
Northants-based Chris and Kevin make intense melodic music of atmospheric emotional intensity, founded on exquisite guitar figures, unusual tunings, chordal soundscapes and richly poetic lyrics. www.hazeyjanemusic.co.uk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNk6jXl1lFI www.facebook.com/hazeyjane www.reverbnation.com/hazeyjanemusic
The Modern Age are a creative four-piece indie rock band with a raw, high-energy sound hailing from Corby, Northamptonshire.
A talented songwriter who lives just a stones throw from the festival venue.
Amii is more than a singer she is a true storyteller. Her songs are well crafted and full of emotion.
Amii has performed at Metropolis Studios in London and has toured extensively aroung England as well as recently completing a mini tour of Europe.
Constantly influenced by life, people and experiences, Foz has always known he has a way with words. Known as a slight introvert he found the channel of music a natural foundation for expressing himself, dealing with life occurrences, hurdles and sometimes struggles. It became quickly apparent that his music resonated with people from all over the world - “I receive messages from people telling me my music has saved them, I’ve been tagged in photos of people who’ve had my lyrics tattooed on them”. His music tells stories, it inspires people and changes lives. Mixing a unique style of rapping with elements of pop it’s hard to listen to a song written and guided by Foz without it hitting you right in the feels!
Foz is currently based in East London keeping busy exploring the UK music scene, getting a taste of UK Hip Hop and working on his first solo EP which will debut in 2018.
It’s an exciting time for anyone who have been following Foz’s journey, he’s clever with his words, his style is unique and you can always relate to his lyrics.
Within 4 walls of a small Cairns (Australia) bedroom a teenager started playing with words, as the words evolved music was created. Who could’ve ever imagined Foz’s spin on "Atmospheres - Last to say” would touch so many people and build the foundation for his music journey. To date, the song has received over 7Million views on YouTube alone and continues to be a crowd favourite.
To this day Foz’s duo “Fozzey & VanC” is known by people all over the world and their last album charted #1 on iTunes in the Hip Hop category and #9 overall all without the backing of a label or management team.
Desree is a spoken word poet and writer based in London, but still reps the town she grew up in Slough. An advocate for community arts, theatre, and youth projects, Desree began a night called #OMN where she performed spoken word on stage for the first time. Having not performed outside of Slough until late 2015, she now always arms herself with a poetry book and an outlandish sense of humour, and attends poetry events all over the UK.
Also, a spoken word educator, Desree uses writing spoken word and poetry to engage disaffected young people in spaces such as classrooms, libraries and even the occasional Nandos.
As well as coming second in Hammer & Tongue Slam 2018, Desree has featured at events such as Empoword, Word Up, Extra Second London, HeadSpin, SpeakEasy, Word On The Street, Heaux Noire; the Open Mic night for WoC by WoC, Greenbelt Festival in Kettering alongside World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker, Young People’s Laureate for London Caleb Femi, award winning British poet and playwright Toby Campion and habitual slam winner Vanessa Kissuule to name a few. As well as headlining events up and down the UK, Desree delivered a TEDx talk at Bath University titled Poetry and Self-Esteem; Finding Truth with Words.
A regular performer at events in London and Slough, BananaSharma is a British Indian poet with stories to tell. Common themes in her work include loss, identity and relationships.
As a writer of prose and a performer of poetry, she has a unique telling style and authentic rapport with her audience. All relevant work and information can be found at www.BananaSharma.com and/or @BananaSharma on all social media platforms.
Skrabl is an Essex based rapper known for his wordplay and evocative use of vocabulary. Rapping for well over 10 years now, what started as nothing more than a laugh, quickly became a hobby and then, even quicker still, a passion that has seen Skrabl share stages with the likes of Jeru the Damaja and Killah Priest as well as some of the finest artists the UK has to offer.
To date, Skrabl has released 4 full length projects as well as appearing as 1/6th of the collective 'Badly Promoted Geniuses' on their debut group album 'Sorry Not Sorry'.
From the formative sound of the first album 'Board of the Game' through to 'Same You, Different Me' and then 'Life Through Kaleidoscope Eyes' Skrabl has grown from a hobbyist to a bona fide artist in his own right.
The latest offering from the Southend bred emcee is also arguably his best to date. 'The Emperors New Garms' offers a plethora of differing styles, intricate wordplay and immense lyricism meshed together to create something truly special.
Don't take our word for it, check it out for yourself at... Skrabl.bandcamp.com
Yossi is a spoken word artist, actor and practitioner of performance education. Yossi has worked with young people in a creative setting since he was 10, starting out at Chickenshed Theatre Company. He has gone on to train as an actor at RADA, perform in the West End and tour with Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.
In the last year and a half Yossi has focused on writing and performing spoken word poetry. In this time he has had a strand of his poems featured by MTVUK, won Poetic Unity's black history competition and performed at the Back2Black Awards at BAFTA. All this fuels Yossi's innovative work with young people.
Through poetry, performance and drama Yossi runs empowering workshops with young people giving them a voice and encouraging them to engage with important issues and think freely. Yossi states that: "By working with young people in this way we help create leaders who want to change the world and will go on to make it a better place."
Poet and actress from east London. Poamz started writing poetry during a low point of her life and took to the stage February 2017.
She found the therapy in writing down her feelings and experiences and turning them into artwork. She writes and speaks on issues close to her heart such as self love, mental health, women empowerment, social and political issues and homelessness where she has become an ambassador for the charity Shelter.
Her aims are to inspire others whilst continuously inspiring herself. She wants to shed light onto issues that need more of a conversation and enable others to talk about their lowest points in life. She believes struggles are nothing to be ashamed of, in fact something to be proud of.
She has performed at numerous women empowerment events, The barbican centre, The secret garden party festival, Oxford University and The Houses of Parliament.
Homeless Shakespeare ~ Scott Walters
MyJaike ~ Tim Jon Brophy ~ Amy Claire
Rebecca Ryan ~ Hippolyta's Moon
Robyn Wilson ~ Adam Harilaou
Tammy Levy ~Paris Alexander