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…

2019 line-up includes…

Sam Brookes is reminiscent of Tim Buckley as he glides between the lower and upper registers of his four-octave range. His pure voice, evocative lyrics and soaring melodies have made him a rising figure in the alt-folk scene.Inspired by the British and American folk revivalists of the 60’s, a sixteen-year-old Brookes began to write and perform while training as a gilder in his late father’s workshop. By his mid-twenties, Brookes had begun to receive serious critical recognition, his self-released album, Kairos, being acclaimed by The Independent as one of the stand-out records of 2014. Now in demand as a vocalist and collaborator, the long list of artists Brookes has worked with includes Scott Matthews, Lucy Rose, Newton Faulkner and Basement Jaxx 
The Ganda Boys was formed during 2008. Denis Mugagga, Craig Pruess and Daniel Sewagudde immediately found that they had a special sound and style together – and that they could write lots of songs as a team and the result was immediate, soulful and rewarding. Bringing an international and professional feel to all the recordings, they finished their first album, The War of Love, a CD which is strong and vibrant, and then in 2012 released their powerful second album, Africa – both milestones in African fusion music. The Ganda Boys have a new and arresting, contagious energy to it, where the songs take on a life of their own, touching the listener directly to the heart. The Ganda Boys started the Ganda Foundation charitable organisation for bringing First World awareness to poverty and suffering in the Third World. Their concerts have included the huge World Culture Festival at the Berlin Olympic Stadium and Houses of Parliament Their music is seen as both celebratory but also holding deeper messages of social transformation for a better world.
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.
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard are Tom, Ed, Zac and Ethan, a four-piece from Cardiff. What started as a bedroom project for frontman Tom in 2016 has quickly evolved into a fresh glam-rock sound that is fast gaining recognition. They have already received Radio One support and have big festivals shows including The Great Escape lined up for 2019. Their single ‘Double Denim Hop’ is available now.
Gianni Aiello, Grant Mullen and Henry LaVallee make up Seattle based, rising power trio, Naked Giants. Currently touring with Car Seat Headrest and signed to New West Records, Naked Giants are a great live rock band, who get nasty so you don’t have to. Their debut album, Sluff, is available now.

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 too long.
Formed in the depths of Dorset in the pre-summer haze of 2016, Leeches are bringing infectious pop hooks to fuzzy alt-rock – a match made in heaven some might say. Their debut single, ‘Inside Voices’ was released in early October 2016, and the band have finally got themselves together to release their debut EP on cassette via Leisure Records (but not before sticking the artwork through the washing machine). ‘Strange Bonds’ is a four-track trip through the trio’s thoughts and whimsy, mixing their moments of tender reflection with pop hooks and psyche-riffs.
Formed by Chris Robin Davy and Freddy Armstrong last year, So So Sun are an atmospheric, electronic-indie duo from South East England. The band was started as an outlet for them to create songs and ideas outside of the realms of acoustic music, whilst retaining the elements they enjoy – conceptual songwriting, heartfelt melodies and thoughtful, progressive structures. After polishing off their two-track demo at Abbey Road studios, So So Sun are set for big things in 2019.
Rainbow Maniac are a young indie rock and roll band, shimmering with style and a vigorous passion for songwriting. This heavy guitar-driven foursome radiate a quiet confidence and are topped with an energetic live performance. Influences include The Rolling Stones, The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys, and Pulp. Band interests include Wetherspoons curry club, cigarettes and alcohol. Biggest shows following the release of RMEP1 have included Reading Festival 2017, supported Peace at Shimmer Sounds festival, and a number of shows with Boy Azooga.
Medicine Creek have been plying their whisky-soaked brand of bluegrass and americana since getting together in Bristol in 2010. They have gained a cult following for their adrenaline-fuelled live act and gospel-flavoured harmonies, and have been invited to play at several major UK festivals, including Glastonbury, Beach Break and Shambala. Medicine Creek released a 5 Track EP in 2011, and are currently working on new songs for a full length album.
Pierre Donahue is a self-described word writer and song singer, from Wales, UK. He is the founder of Do Not Go Gentle – a festival of music and words, which celebrates the work of Dylan Thomas in the poets hometown. His folk / americana sound has led him to perform at the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.
Wych Elm, after the folktale namesake, birth a macabre string of stories with their ear shredding fragile guitar parts and rattling drums. Their highly anticipated debut EP, rat blanket, is due for release on 22nd March via brand new Bristol label Post Mortem Records. The EP, featuring tracks like ‘monkey jaw’ and ‘help me’ offers the first taste of new music from the band since their debut singles ‘school shooter’ and ‘bag of worms’ in 2017.
Do Nothing are an art-rock band from Nottingham. Equal parts taut post-punk and off beat new-wave, underpinned by the distinctive lyricism of front man Chris Bailey, the four-piece have been compared to Interpol, Ought, Grizzly Bear and Parquet Courts. They released their debut single ‘Waitress’ in early 2018 and have played in support of Willie J Healey and Kagoule. Their second single ‘Handshakes’ is out now.”
Josie has been writing songs since she first picked up a guitar, aged 12. She attended Hampshire boarding school Bedales, a place that has seen the rise of artists such as The Kooks, and Johnny Flynn. Supported by the astute mentoring of her guitar teacher, she received a place on the competitive Popular Music course at Goldsmiths, alongside a list of prestigious alumni. Yet Blake started to feel the course was holding her back creatively, and after a year of living in South-East London, she decided to move Bristol. Since establishing herself as a member of Bristol’s thriving music scene she has played at venues such as The Fleece and Thekla, and has supported renowned local and international acts such as Willie J. Healey, Gabriel Bruce and Leah Senior. With radioplay and exclusive performances for BBC Introducing In the West, she is set to be a force. For the past three years she has been working hard towards the release of her first album.
Megan Dixon Hood sets are full of songs and stories that seep from dark enchanted woods. Her alternative, atmospheric folk is influenced by the likes of Laura Marling and The Staves. She is inspired by the magic and mysteries of the world that surrounds us and the stories and secrets it holds. Her EP ‘Tales From The North’ is available now.
Matt Woosey has made a career of defying expectations. He’s an artist who slips the creative handcuffs of the industry, a guitar visionary whose palette bleeds into folk, rock, ambient and electronica. In 2014, his genre-hopping Wildest Dreams album was called “a breath of fresh air” by Classic Rock. In 2016 they toasted his Desiderata album as “one of the year’s most ambitious and electrifying releases. His music is moody, ambient at times, branches out into atmospheric folk, rock and all sorts of styles. There’s something about his shows that you just can’t put your finger on.
Originally from Chesterfield, Holly Redford Jones is an indie folk artist possessed of a dry wit and deep, soulful voice. She was named a winner of a Drake Yolanda Award 2019 and has been featured on BBC Introducing. Her debut single, ‘Big Blue Sky’ which was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee is available now.
John Haycock is a multi-instrumental live looping artist, passionate about affecting acoustic sounds with electronics exploring new sonority. John takes his home made Kora (21 string African Harp) and runs it through a series of electronic devices creating lush soundscapes and solid beats and overlays it with woodwind instruments, bridging the gap between ancient West African Folk melodies and modern electronica, visiting influences from hip-hop to house to dub along the way. John is also a regular street performer and can often be found performing in cities throughout the UK and Europe.
Fronted by Al Fraser Green who has previously performed solo on The Bandstand, Beyond Rivers have a new line-up for 2019 and are itching to show everyone what they’d got. They have been gigging around their Bristol hometown, showcasing a melodic sound perfect for a chilled afternoon…
Way back in 2014, Uphill and Still began as a busking duo, barefoot, sitting on the side of the road in New Zealand and relying on their music to travel. Through travelling and playing together, they learned each others style, voices, and breathing. Now, after recording an E.P. in England, and making it from the East Coast of Canada to the West with only music in the tank, they are living, writing, and recording out of their campervan in BC. Expect rootsy, bluegrass folk that brings people together.
Playing mainly steel string acoustic guitar (finger-style) and singing self penned material with a raspy but delicate voice, Son of John aka Jacob Johnson, weaves his imagery filled storys across a wide range of subject matter. His song-writing has come from an eclectic range of music from Paul Simon to Yeasayer from Jose Gonzalez to Nina Simone which have helped create his original style.
The Stoned Cherries are a lively folk roots band based in Bromyard, Herefordshire. Formed in 2014, they play with verve and passion and a sprinkling of humour to keep audiences entertained. Their debut album, 2017’s Baked in a Pie showcases original and traditional songs and tunes, with wit, humour and a fruity finish!

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