An April shower of Bands

An April Shower of Bands

The weather may still be a little bleak but fear not, we’ve got an April shower of bands to drench you with until the good weather arrives.

Kicking back and dreaming of the heady summer days of last year, it gets us in the zone and makes working hard to cherry pick the finest of fine bands for this years festival a breeze. Ok, maybe that’s enough of the weather analogies.

Either way, whatever the climate. We don’t rest on our laurels, we’ve picked the finest of the finest bands for this years festival. Last week we brought you Emily Barker, Coco and the Butterfields and the Rob Lear Band. This week we’ve got some more great acts to present:

The Leylines

The Leylines

The Leylines are a West-country collective established in 2013. With a genre-defying, eclectic sound that ranges from traditional folk to full blown festival rock. The Leylines are: Steve Mitchell (Vocals/Guitar), Hannah Johns (Violin), Dan Thompson (Electric Guitar), Sean Booth (Bass) and Dave Burbidge (Drums).

The band was founded by a group of musicians in Weston-super-Mare (via Bristol). Wishing to combine their individual musical styles into something that isn’t quite folk, sort of punk, 100% heart-pounding revelry.

The Leylines released their debut album, ‘Along The Old Straight Track’ in June 2016. Produced by Sean Lakeman, recorded at The Metway studios in Brighton and mixed by Al Scott. With this team on board, inevitably the record has drawn strong comparison to the likes of The Levellers, Mad Dog Mcrea and Ferocious Dog, whilst remaining an album by a band which have forged their own sound and identity.

Recover Reveal…

…is the second studio album from The Leylines. The band released their debut album, Along The Old Straight Track, in 2016, and started work on ‘Recover Reveal’ almost immediately after this was released. The new record is the result of nearly three years of honing and crafting. With a number of tracks crowd-tested at numerous venues and festivals across the UK. The band have a reputation for wild, energetic performances and wanted to encapsulate as much of that as possible within the new album. The result is a collection of sincere, straight-from-the-heart performances, constructed with care, and played with passion.

In the following years. The Leylines went on their first of many national tours, and were booked for Glastonbury Festival. There they performed six sets in as many days. They also played stages at Beautiful Days, Goldcoast and many other music festivals across the UK.

With a fiercely loyal and ever-growing fan base. The Leylines guarantee to have their audiences up on their feet – and they will be having as much fun as their audience while they’re doing it!

Dean Friedman

Dean Friedman

Hailed by critics and fans alike as a one of the finest songwriters of his generation. Dean Friedman has achieved legendary, pop-icon status for chart-topping hits, Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia, McDonald’s Girl and more.

Following last year’s sold-out, 40th Anniversary Tour. Friedman returns to the stage armed with a stunning collection of his insightful and compelling, true-to-life ‘story songs’. Songs of pathos and humor that deal with family, friends, neighbors, work and the seemingly trivial, yet ultimately essential stuff of everyday life.

“Soundtrack of our lives!” – NYTimes; “Songsmith extraordinaire!” – MusicWeek; “Dean Friedman is entirely unique and utterly brilliant” – ThreeWeeks; “Stunning Musicianship!” – Hot Press

In addition to his familiar radio hits, album releases and touring. Friedman composes and produces music soundtracks for TV and film, including the music to the hit Central TV series BOON, NBC’s Eerie Indiana, Nickelodeon’s Nick Arcade and the indie horror classic, ‘I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle’. He’s also published a respected tome on the art and craft of songwriting titled, ‘The Songwriter’s Handbook’. Based on songwriting workshops and songwriting masterclasses he’s conducted at universities and music conservatories around the world, including L.I.P.A. (the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts).

A consummate entertainer, Friedman will be performing solo, on guitar and keyboard, featuring songs from throughout his four-decade career, including familiar, radio hits and fan favorites, drawn from his eight studio albums. Invite family and friends and join Friedman for an evening of powerful, poignant and hilarious songs about the ordinary and extraordinary lives we share.

Xylaroo

Xylaroo

Xylaroo are a duo born out of the late 2000’s and formed by sisters Holly, 28 and Coco Chant, 26. They released their debut album “Sweetooth” in 2016 after signing to the independent label Sunday Best, with their music garnering airtime and attention from the likes of Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy, Edith Bowman and Zoe Ball. They have been fortunate enough to have toured across Europe and the UK with such legends as Mika, Pup, Matt Berry and the Maypoles and Will Varley, with 2018 culminating in a 26-date tour supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls across Europe.

Holly and Coco grew up in Maidstone, England via Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Along their travels picked up and honed a uniquely “beachy” West Coast Pop-Folk sound. Their lyrics drive their songs, while bittersweet harmonies fill out often sombre, sometimes serious yet always hopeful melodies. At times of performance the band might swell into a full and vibrant 5-piece ensemble (Dan Johnson on bass, Keir Adamson on Drums). Or a three-piece accompanied by the swirling guitar sounds of Electric guitarist Joe Singleton. However, they are most notably and usually found, around their current home city of London as an acoustic duo; raw and honest.

Xylaroo are currently working on their second album due for release in 2019.

There’s still more…

…artists to be announced, so keep an eye on our news page, Facebook or Twitter for more information when it comes.

In the meantime, book your tickets for this years festival today, they’re selling out fast so there’s no time to lose.