GREENHILL FIELDS

JULY 26TH - 28TH 2024

Springing into Action: The line up continues….

Thanks to your insatiable hunger for live music and Trowbridge Festival Tier 1 weekend tickets have flown out the door, coming close to selling out the first release of tickets.

Meaning that we now have a short window before the tier 2 tickets are released. So, get your Weekend tickets in quick at the cheaper rate!

You have every reason to be excited, as we reveal the next selection of the best live music around joining us on this special anniversary!

The Band from County Hell

The Band from County Hell are firm festival favorites, having been on the circuit for the past 20 years! The critically acclaimed Sleaford 7-piece upbeat folk-punk band have performed over 2000 shows playing with all the greats including The Levellers, The Stranglers, UB40 and have supported Stiff Little Fingers, Hayseed Dixie, The Beat and most recently, New Model Army.

2022 saw two BFCH original songs, “Meet The Folks” and “Pussycat” being used as part of the soundtrack in a brand-new feature film “Morris Men”. The movie is directed by Gregg Masuak.



Kathryn Roberts Sean Lakeman



Duos like Roberts & Lakeman come and duos like them go, and some nurture and fine tune their art and watch it grow into something totally original and captivating.

For over a quarter of a century this dynastic family Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman’s partnership has proved personal, permanent and pivotal.

Langkamer


The Bristol 4 Langkamer land somewhere between Lynyrd Skynyrd and Pavement. Taking the vast existential worries of modern life and dress them up in rambling pop sensibilities, swerving between vibrant sing-alongs and off-kilter guitar melodies.


Fly Yeti Fly



Narrowboaters Fly Yeti Fly have their own unique flavour of delicate-but-distinctive folk. Blending rich vocal harmonies with intricate guitar arrangements, mandolin and harmonica, and with a warmth of spirit that radiates from the stage, the Wiltshire-based duo weave songs and stories about connection, community and the seasons, with a sound that is reminiscent of the late-’60s folk scene.

Now living on their canal boat on the Kennet & Avon, their music is heavily influenced by the ebb and flow of life on the water.

Billy in the Lowground

Comparisons have often been made with the Waterboys and the Levellers, but there’s a distinctive tone to Billy in the Lowground that’s all their own, and they’ve resisted being slotted neatly into a pigeonhole from day one. Suffice to say, they’re a 6-piece West Country Rock band with a distinct Irish influence.

Sound tracking the sort of hell raising festival folk tunes, to back room bawling and bar room brawling, or escaping to brighter futures, the familiarity of the world you know or just a damned good night out. If Nashville were in Somerset, Billy In The Lowground would be one of its leading lights.



Concrete Prairie



Concrete Prairie, with their electric live performances sitting somewhere between Folk, Alt-Country & Indie-Americana, are a five-piece ensemble from the West Country delivering a veritable soundtrack for the glamour and grit of modern living.

While their compositions tackle big themes, the songs are shot through with hope, evidenced by a spirited and rousing sound orchestrated with twanging guitars, straining fiddle and yearning prose.?

Devil’s Doorbell

Continuing with the Narrowboat theme, Devil’s Doorbell are musical troubadours. Living and travelling along the Kennet and Avon canal, they’re full of infectious energy that brings out the cheeky side of 1920’s jazz in a skiffle cabaret style. With homemade instruments alongside tenor banjo, growling vocals and an impressive amount of dressing up, these cats sure love to entertain!

Nipper has played Gypsy Jazz and Swing music for over 20 years, performing in many bands. His strong jazz rhythm playing, and distinctive vocals lend vintage authenticity to the band. Jellylegs began her musical journey playing drums and shouting in a punk band. She has the raucous energy and D.I.Y spirit of early punk this completes the Devil’s Doorbell sound. Having cut their teeth busking on the streets and the canal towpath they are now bringing their unique style to a wider audience.



Jolly Roger



When you go to see a pirate?band, you have certain expectations and Jolly Roger meet all of them! A formidable force akin to a Sloop of War ship aiming their cannons, on stage they dominate with quick wit, fast paced melodies and poetic lyricism! Their high-energy live performances have caused widespread outbreaks of dancing, moshing and having a ruddy good time at an international level, gaining them the coveted ‘Golden Gnome award in September 2022.

The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican

FINALLY completing this line up drop will be The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican! Far from being your typical folk ensemble, this cult-like collective of like-minded knit-wear enthusiasts are determined to follow in their spiritual father’s immortal footsteps and keep his legacy alive.

A group that is both perpetually on the move, ever-evolving and joyously independent, they have played close to 1300 side-splitting shows to date and have brought smiles and belly-laughs to audiences across the UK.



This is, we are sure that you will agree, an incredible line up for such an intimate festival! You’ll be joining the best music the circuit has to offer, with like-minded individuals with which you will share exceptional taste in music!

 

 

Let the 2024 Line Up Begin!

Marking the 50th Anniversary of the very first Trowbridge Village Pump Festival requires a very special line up! We’re please to announce the first set of artists to join this years festival, taking place on Friday 26th to Sunday 28th of July 2024.

Jon Boden and Maddy Prior

Experience a historic union as Maddy Prior and Jon Boden unite to commemorate 50 remarkable years of the Village Pump Trowbridge Festival.

In 1974, Maddy and Tim Hart graced the Village Pump folk club’s stage, the very origin of this beloved festival. Picture them perched on beer barrels atop a farm cart, with Maddy daringly engaging in clog dancing (a moment not to be forgotten!).

Though Tim Hart has left us, Jon Boden, a long-time admirer of his singing, enthusiastically steps in to join Maddy. Together, they’ll delve into the cherished early recordings found in Folk Songs of Olde England Vol 1 & 2 and Summer Solstice.

This promises to be an exhilarating and unique experience for both artists, marking a significant milestone in their illustrious careers.

Gaz Brookfield

Meet Gaz Brookfield, a West Country-based solo acoustic maestro whose talents extend far beyond the strum of his guitar. While he shines solo, you might catch him sharing the stage with his band, The Company of Thieves.

Since clinching Acoustic Magazine’s Singer/Songwriter of the Year title in 2010, Gaz has embarked on a remarkable journey spanning 14 years, captivating audiences across the UK and beyond. His relentless dedication has earned him a devoted fanbase.

Gaz proudly holds the distinction of being the first independent musician to sell out iconic Bristol venues like The Fleece (450 capacity), The Bierkeller (750 capacity), and more recently, SWX (1000 capacity).

With nine studio albums to his credit, Gaz’s latest offering, “Morning Walking Club,” soared to the #1 spot on the Official UK Folk Album Charts and an impressive #37 on the main Official Album Charts.

This achievement is a testament to Gaz’s fiercely independent spirit—he navigates the music scene armed only with his guitar, a trusty van, and an unwavering refusal to bow to industry norms.



Mr Tea & The Minions



Get ready to groove with festival favorites, Mr Tea and the Minions, whose music transcends genres, blending Balkan, Folk, Ska, Rock, Metal, and Dub into an electrifying fusion that’ll have you dancing till your socks come off!

Fronted by Elle’s commanding vocals and propelled by Lucy’s spirited folk fiddling, the band is unleashing three new tracks that stand as their strongest offerings yet. These tunes have been igniting crowds at their wildly colorful, theatrical live shows.

At the heart of every performance lies a shared experience—the band treats the audience as co-conspirators, all in for an unforgettable time. With over 100 appearances at top UK festivals including Glastonbury, Boomtown, WOMAD, and many more, Mr Tea and the Minions bring an unparalleled energy to the stage. As aptly put by The Independent, their sets are nothing short of bouncing—resistance is futile!

Nothing Rhymes with Orange

Get ready to rock out with Nothing Rhymes With Orange as they spearhead a revival of Indie Rock with their anthemic originals. Their music, fueled by passionate vocals, driving drums, and dreamy guitars, captures the essence of youth culture in the UK.

Since forming in a Wiltshire secondary school, the band has been hitting stages across the South West with unwavering consistency. Their talent hasn’t gone unnoticed, with support pouring in from local radio stations like BBC Introducing in the West. Notably, two of their tracks have been featured, including their latest release, “Friday Is Over,” marking an exciting new chapter for the band.

Ninotchka

Get ready to be swept away by the electrifying sounds of Ninotchka, a dynamic folk-punk trio hailing from Bath, UK. Their music is a thrilling blend of the traditional and the contemporary, fusing ancient Eastern European folk dances, Irish jigs, and even the occasional pop song with gritty drop tunings and an unmistakable high-octane punk energy.

Matt Owens

Prepare to be blown away by the unstoppable force that is Matt Owens and The Delusional Vanity Project, Bath’s pride and joy. Fresh off the heels of their highly acclaimed fourth album, “Way Out West,” hailed as a “Masterpiece” by Uncut and a “Career Zenith” by Classic Rock Mag, this powerhouse ensemble has solidified their status as one of the most formidable live acts in the nation.

With a decade of globe-trotting under their belt and over a million albums sold in the UK alone, Matt Owens, the former Noah and the Whale founder, is back with a vengeance, embracing a new era of rock ‘n’ roll song-noir. Get ready to witness music history in the making.

SykesMartin

Introducing SykesMartin, a dynamic collaboration between two of the UK’s most acclaimed folk singers: Miranda Sykes (of Show of Hands fame) and Hannah Martin (known for her work with Edgelarks, Gigspanner Big Band, and Saltlines). Together, they weave a tapestry of songs that honor the tradition while celebrating the magic of harmonized vocals.

With double bass, fiddle, banjo, and guitars in tow, Miranda and Hannah blend their voices seamlessly, infusing their deep-rooted knowledge of folk music with a contemporary flair. From poignant ballads to exhilarating chorus songs, their set is a testament to the timeless power of storytelling through song.

Join these mesmerizing storytellers as they breathe new life into age-old melodies, delivering a performance that is both captivating and soul-stirring—a heartfelt homage to our shared musical heritage.

Chris Fox

Prepare to be enchanted by Chris Fox, an award-winning contemporary singer-songwriter whose music defies genre boundaries, blending Folk, Americana, Country, and Blues. With velvety vocals and intricate guitar melodies, Chris crafts intimate and inclusive live experiences, effortlessly weaving tales of everyday life with humor and thought-provoking insight.

Chris’s musical journey began with the release of his debut album, “From the Shadows,” in 2019, followed by the critically acclaimed “In Plain Sight” in September ’22. His music has garnered international acclaim, earning airplay on radio stations worldwide and praise from esteemed publications such as Folk Radio UK, RnR Magazine, Irish Music Magazine, and AmericanaUK.

Recognized for his talent, Chris has been nominated for Best Male Artist of the Year by FATEA in 2023 and has won singer-songwriter competitions at the Cromer and Lichfield festivals. Get ready to be transported by the soulful melodies and captivating storytelling of Chris Fox.

Swingletree

Step into the enchanting world of Jassy and Ted, where melodies of the sea, tales of lost loves, and the nostalgia of the old canal come to life in wondrous harmony. This dynamic folk duo transports listeners on a musical journey filled with heartfelt storytelling and soul-stirring melodies.

Picture yourself by the water’s edge, swept away by the haunting melodies of ancient mariners and the tender whispers of bygone romances. With each note, Jassy and Ted weave a tapestry of emotions, blending their voices in heartwarming harmonies that resonate deep within the soul.

From the gentle lapping of waves to the melancholic echoes of love’s longing, their songs paint vivid portraits of life’s timeless themes. Join this captivating duo as they invite you to explore the depths of human experience through the magic of folk music.


We hope you’ve enjoyed your first look this years line up. We’ll be announcing many more acts very soon. In the meantime why not grab your ticket and secure your spot. We also still have a few discounted Early Bird tickets available so act fast!

 

 

Announcing Trowbridge Festival 2024

We are delighted to announce that tickets for Trowbridge Festival are now on sale!

2024 marks the 50th year since the very first Trowbridge Village Pump Festival. Staying true to our roots we have an incredible line up for 2024 to announce very shortly. Including a UK Festival debut exclusive!

There will be some surprises from the past, as well as the freshest most exciting prospects the UK has to offer, along with some Festival bangers, old friend, new friends and the throbbing heart of Trowbridge’s live music scene!

Taking place over the last weekend in July Friday 26th – Sunday 28th inclusive, we return to the Greenhill Fields site, home of last years event. Full camping details will be released very soon, so continue to keep an eye on the website, follow all our socials for the latest updates and line up announcements, and we will see you in a few months time!

 

 

GREENHILL FIELDS

JULY 26TH - 28TH 2024

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