Standing proud at the hilltop of the Dingle is the Bandstand. Hosting a variety of eclectic sounds, its philosophy is to bring diverse, unsigned and experimental acts to the stage.
This stage is perfect for those of you looking for a comfy sofa to chill with a beer, hoping to source new music. Tucked into its own area on the far side of the Dingle, the Bandstand creates an atmosphere all of its own. Just ask Phill Jupitus – he couldn’t be prised from his choice armchair…
2016’s line up included…
A young British singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer; Benjamin Yellowitz takes acoustic roots to new levels influenced by RnB and Soul infused with his ambient production captures the darker side of pop. ‘Yellowitz presents a glowering stripped-back desert funk tune – think Queens Of The Stone Age meets Pharrell’. (thelineofbestfit.com). He has recently toured his self titled EP around the UK and Europe and played shows in the US, as well as recently securing sessions with BBC Introducing and Sofar Sounds.
Idles are a five piece post punk band who can be described as heavy, guitary, tight and most of all really really really really good. After taking a year and a half hiatus from the live scene since the success of their debut EP release ‘Welcome’ which included BBC Introducing in the Southwest “Band of The Year”, they’ve been perfecting their writing process. 2015 finally saw the release of their much anticipated second EP ‘MEAT’ described by Geraint Davies of CRACK Magazine as bold, cathartic and deeply profound. Steve Lamacq has been championing Idles and on seeing them live at the BBC 6 Music Festival, Tom Robinson described them as a brilliant combination of power, playfulness, threatening edge and sheer lunatic whimsy.
Cousin Kula‘s kaleidoscopic sound is woven from a myriad of musical genres. Combining flavours of psychedelia, afrobeat and latin with nu jazz, indie-rock and trip-hop the band seamlessly craft a sound that is rooted in world music yet glistens with contemporary freshness. From Bristol, their explosive high energy performances have built the band a strong local following, playing sold out shows across the city as well as main stage festival slots at Shambala and Mosely Folk festivals among others. The band has also landed high profile support slots with Dutch Uncles and The Kooks while gaining national radio play from the likes of Bob Harris on BBC 2, and Tom Robinson on BBC 6 music.
A four-piece indie band from the ‘bleak’ coast of Devon, who have recently relocated to London. Their style is self-described as ‘a scuzzy indie throwback to mid 00’s alternative music scene. If you put The Cribs, Queens of the Stone Age, Jamie T and The Strokes in a big toilet and gave it a flush I think when you called the plumber he would describe the blockage as “Black Thistles.”
Cherryshoes resides in the shadow of the Black Mountains on the Welsh borders. Fronted by the mesmerising L-J, their hypnotic brand of dark pop noir has been described as uniquely powerful, intriguing and yet beautiful. Cherryshoes are currently recording their first album, while tracks such as ‘Ride On’ has received radio play and BBC Radio 6. -‘If Stevie Nicks had recorded on 4AD records then it would have ended up sounding like Cherryshoes ” (Adam Walton BBC Radio Wales)
Mary Spender is a blues singer/songwriter based in Bristol. She has toured the UK and US over the past few years, with recent highlights of supporting Gabrielle Aplin and Ian McCulloch, as well as performing at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. On the 31st March 2016, Mary performed with her band at legendary venue The Louisiana in Bristol, selling out her first headline show a week in advance.
Releasing a track a month on Soundcloud every month for a year, Mary will release her debut album in October 2016.
Notthingham-based Keto bring their own style of lo-fi folk, likened to Cat Power and Elliot Smith, with audience members describing it as hypnotic. Playing shows alongside Lower Dens, Eaves, and getting the chance to sing with Sun Kil Moon in Hackney, Keto has gained support from 6music, Drowned in Sound, Clash Mag, and John Kennedy, with her single ‘Change’. Self-recorded debut e.p to be released April ’16.
Circe’s Diner are a Bristolian four piece that weave wondrous tales of love, loss, friendship and tigers against a backdrop of Americana, Roots and Folk music. These acoustic alchemists, with their amalgamation of endearingly honest songwriting and instrumentation, will echo heartbeats, blending infectious melodies and dreamy harmonies for a most intoxicating journey that will leave you thoroughly charmed. With an impressive back catalogue of original material and performances in some of Bristol’s most nostalgic venues including The Fleece, The Folk House and The Thekla, Circe’s Diner released their first EP in January before heading out on their first full UK tour.
Expect blues & hip-hop with jazzy accompliments. CW Jones is a singer-songwriter aswell as owner of Bone Dry Records where he has collaborated with many names in UK hip-hop to make some fine tunes. He has recently supported Babyhead on their UK tour and has been making regular appearances across London and Bristol.
Mumbleman are a Cardiff based three-piece who love all things fuzzy and phasey and enjoy nothing more than pairing chugging riffs and dirty basslines.
Swansea based singer songwriter Andy Tamlyn Jones is being lauded as one of Wales’ best kept secrets, thanks to the mesmerising fire and passion delivered in his sets. He writes about diverse subjects like his upbringing and Swansea’s industrial past.
Gold Thing is the solo music project of Alex Goulding. He uses piano, guitar, bass, keys and electronic instruments combined with a loop pedal to construct a unique multi textural sound. He’s makes primarily instrumental music with a strong influence of jazz, hip-hop and electronic.
As Mamas are a rock n roll duo from Evesham, influenced by 60s rock n roll, blues and reggae.
Rock, roll & Sheffield soul… Meet Brooklin, an eclectic four-piece with a sound inspired from classic blues rock and soul influences, twisted with their own modern touch. A dynamic rock & soul inspired vocal backed up by driving riffs and grooves.
Legend, visionary and genius are not words people use to describe Paul Spry. But one day they might. For your aural pleasure catch Paul’s murky riffs and rhythms with acoustic blues guitar sound. His lyrics are a tightly woven causeway taking you on a journey through melodic landscapes, that are all at once gentle yet heavy, reflective and soulful, hopeful yet bleak, rainbow yet grey and peppered with eloquence and bad language…
23 years of life, 20 years of musical training, 17 years of hip-hop influence, 12 years of heartbreaks, 10 years of world travel, 7 years of planning, 3 years of team assembling, 2 years of preparing, 1 Samuel Wulf.
Towers are an indie/alternative rock band from Bristol, UK. They produce a cinematic, melodic wall of mighty bass and guitar driven sound, with dynamic, silky vocals. The band formed in 2011 and have supported acts such as General Fiasco and Ghostpoet. They have played festival slots at Dot to Dot, Greenman, Brisfest and Bristol Harbourside to name a few, as well as headlining most of Bristol’s best venues.
Blending psychedelia with a dash of romanticism, Jaghana are inviting us on a journey, all the while holding us in their charming caress.
Somehwere in between London and Swansea, Jackson Pope makes some ambient noises…he is the man who paints boats.
BBC Introducing Hereford and Worcester Introducing presents…
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Previous acts who’ve graced this stage include: The Computers, Mr B and the Gentleman Rhymer, Kagoule and House of Lions