Bandstand

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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…


2018 line up includes..

KERRI WATT
Scottish born singer-songwriter Kerri Watt spent her formative years living between California and Glasgow, giving her a unique upbringing that has influenced her sound. Her influences range from Sheryl Crow and Sara Bareilles to The Rolling Stones and John Mayer, with a hint of celtic charm! Kerri taught herself guitar whilst backstage touring the UK as an actress, swapping a life of theatres for venues!
WEIRDS
A testament to DIY music, Weirds are a fully immersive, musical experience. Hailing from Leeds, relentless touring and rehearsing in previous bands fueled the volcanic foundation to hatch their own breed of psych grunge. This soundscape, combined with their kaleidoscopic aesthetic, hand printed zines and curated live shows on the Leeds circuit has placed Weirds at the forefront of the West Yorkshire music scene.
YOWL
Nobody’s happy putting up with poor job prospects and a city pricing out the poorest, but the Peckham-formed five-piece Yowl capture a frustration of the 9-to-5 London grind like few others. And in frontman Gabriel Byrde, they have someone who can spin poetry on songs about alienation and exhaustion” – Another Man
FRAUDS
Formed in late 2012 in a dingy rehearsal room in West Croydon, Frauds are an energetic, over-the-top duo comprised of Chris Francombe (drum/vocals) and Mikey Alvarez (guitar/vocals). The band combines thick jagged riffs and beats with a mixture of humour and anger in equal measure. They have supported Future of The Left and Jamie Lenman across the UK and continue to put on shows in Croydon under the moniker of ‘To Hell With Good Intentions’. Over the last few years Frauds have shared a stage with Idles, Demob Happy, Kagoule and many more.
HEAVY LUNGS
Born from friendship, punky, noise-rock outfit Heavy Lungs formed in the Spring of 2017 and are already known for their loud, agile performances. With influences ranging from Gøggs to Iceage, Iggy Pop to Tyler The Creator, the band like to translate the chaos in their heads into music that has heart and heat. The Bristol-based four-piece may have only played a handful of shows, but they have already opened for the likes of METZ, and were hand picked to support Idles.
AVERAGE SEX
2017 was a fantastic break through year for London band Average Sex. They played sold out shows for the likes of Fortuna Pop and Art Is Hard, released their debut single on limited edition pink cassette (which sold out almost straight away) and finished the year with the release of their debut EP ‘Ice Cream’ through Tim Burgess’ O Genesis Recordings, not ot metion joining The Charlatans on a 9 date U.K tour. How did they catch Tim’s ear? Well, after being sent a link to the band’s work from drummer Finnigan Kidd, Burgess just couldn’t get enough. “They have the pop sensibilities and the hooks and melodies that never leave your head” he says.
JEREMY HUGGET'S SWING ZING
SwingZing captures the jump, jive & swing sounds of the 40s & 50s including Fats Domino & Nina Simone. The band features the vocal talents of one of the U.K’s rising stars, Sinead McCabe, and some of the U.K’s top musicians – Jeremy Huggett on tenor & baritone saxes/vocals, Gethin Liddington on trumpet/vocals, John Martin on piano/organ, Federico Leonori on bass and Eddie John on drums. The exciting, lively sound and the versatility of the band is appealing to audiences of all ages making SwingZing one of the most popular bands in the U.K and ideal for dancing.
JOHNNY SMYTH
With smooth vocals and dreamy guitar tied up in a beautiful melodic bow, Johnny Smyth’s sound is reminiscent of Jeff Buckley. At once full of both joy and sorrow, Johnny’s psychedelic sound is in one word, unforgettable.
JOSH ACE
Welsh pop meets pseudo Americana. With roots firmly dug in the foothills of North London, Swansea born songwriter Josh Ace tells tales of derailed dreams, dissolute companions and life in the times of social media and virtual collective consciousness. Apocalyptic overtones with a sense of humorous cynicism, sugar coated in power pop harmonies leave you feeling not all is lost. Angular guitar hooks hark back to post-punk new wave with a hint of psychedelia thrown in the mix for good measure!
BOATBAR TO HAMBURG
Swansea-based Welsh alt-country band and Nozstock regulars, Boatbar to Hamburg’s hauntingly melancholy tunes leave memories lingering in their shadows. Featuring Dai Godwin who you can also catch performing with Gemini Jets on the main stage.
BONE DRY RECORDS SHOWCASE
Bone Dry Records is the creation of CW Jones and friends. Set up as an independent record label in 2014, they soon evolved further into a production company which curates events and festival stages/takeovers across the UK and Europe. Covering all genre’s of music, from blues to hip-hop to folk, they look to bring in talented musicians from around the UK who may be under the radar, but probably won’t be for long!
VON HORN
Vonhorn was formed by Adam Daffurn and Dominic Luckman with St. John Milinczuk, completing the line up in the summer of 2017. Stuttering through scratchy riffs, flitting from mellotron infused soundscapes and rousing cinematic choruses, to angular, abrasive pop hooks, Vonhorn’s melting-pot of sounds can be likened to that of Bowie, XTC and Fantomas, as well as echoes of their past bands. The group made their live debut in September 2017 at the Worcester Music Festival and their first album is scheduled for release this year.
TRUE STRAYS
The True Strays play rhythm and blues fuelled, good time vintage roots rock and roll. Having spent four years touring with Sam Green and the Midnight Heist and having founded their own Smokin’ Juke Joint venue at Fieldview Festival, the boys are no strangers to bringing a room full of people into a Friday night frenzy. Whether leading festival line-dances or sparking late night revelry, the True Strays bring 21st Century Rhythm and Blues with anthemic choruses and a healthy measure of the heat of the swamp.

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Previous acts who’ve graced this stage include: The Computers, Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer, Remi Harris Trio, Kagoule and House of Lions