When great British pop institution, The Beautiful South split in 2007, most members of the band didn’t feel ready to hang up their microphones or instruments just yet…
The South feature former members of The Beautiful South including singer Alison Wheeler and lifelong sax player Gaz Birtles.
Since Dave Hemingway the original singer, left the group at the end of 2016, Gaz has moved across to front the band with Alison and taken on vocal duties. They play the songs made famous by The Beautiful South and bring back the full flavour and excitement with the nine piece live band.
After a successful year of touring the theatres and Festivals of the UK up and down the country, the rejuvenated South are keeping alive all those timeless songs – A Little Time (the number one single), Perfect 10, Rotterdam, Old Red Eyes Is Back, Good as Gold, Don’t Marry Her plus many more singles and album tracks as well as a few choice South originals. All performed again live, these songs span an impressive 20 year career starting way back in 1989!
Come on! Let’s Carry On… Regardless!
The South are: Alison Wheeler (Vocals), Gaz Birtles (Vocals), Phil Barton (Guitars), Steve Nutter (Bass), Dave Anderson (Drums), Karl Brown (Percussion), Gareth John (Trumpet), Su Robinson (Sax), Andy Price (Keys).
CC Smugglers started off as young British street performers. However over the years their infamously engaging live performances and innovative brand of self promotion saw them take the show on to stages and audiences across the world.
Formed by a young busker; frontman Richie Prynne in his early twenties. He soon recruited his childhood friends Dan Edwards, Ryan Thomas and Sam Barrett who spent years honing their craft on the streets of London, Cambridge and Bedford England. In later years Manchester based pianist and front man in his own right Tom Seals and Jazz trained drummer Felix Weldon joined the motley crew and so the dream-team as it is now known was complete.
From early on ‘Guerrilla busking’ had become absolutely fundamental to CC Smugglers innovative brand promotion. They would pop up and play to queuing crowds waiting to go in to shows of artists they saw as relevant. The long list of targets included the fans of SeaSick Steve, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Devil Makes Three, Jools Holland and more.
In 2013 their journey took a drastic turn as they designed a bid to create a career as touring stage performers. In their usual innovative way they used their well rehearsed approach of ‘Guerrilla Busking’ to create a media splash and reach bigger number of fans than ever before triggering a series of events that saw them eventually touring their stage-show across the world and becoming festival favourites.
The new album ‘How High’ was released in Spring 2019 and is available now!
Renowned worldwide for their high-energy spectacular showmanship, their viral video “Bring Me Sunshine” and for being the first live band to reach the final rounds of “Britain’s Got Talent”, The Jive Aces have firmly established themselves the UK’s No.1 Jive & Swing band.
The live show includes classics like “When You’re Smiling”, “Mack The Knife” and “Sing, Sing, Sing”, plus originals such as “La Dolce Vita” taken from their various albums.
The in-demand sextet average 300 shows a year and have worked with Van Morrison, Keely Smith and performed for HM the Queen. They headlined and sold-out the Royal Albert Hall and thousands of festivals, theatres, dance halls, etc, in 35 countries, including Buckingham Palace for the Coronation Festival, Trafalgar Square for the Olympics and major theatre tours in the USA.
The Jive Aces wowed the judges on Britain’s Got Talent with their show-stopping version of “I Wanna Be Like You”, which famously cheered up a grumpy Simon Cowell. Their BGT appearances were seen by over 20 million.
Their most popular music video, “Bring Me Sunshine”, is a viral hit with nearly 3 million views on Youtube and has won seven film festival awards. It’s so uplifting it’s actually been prescribed by a doctor!
They’ve made hundreds of media appearances, including a residency on BBC Radio London and TV shows such as “The Alan Titchmarsh Show”, “Strictly Come Dancing”, “Children in Need” and “Good Day Los Angeles”
How about a full 50 peice gospel choir? Singology will be performing classic tunes alonside chart hits. No band here, just a lot of great voices! Prepare to be blown away!
JAMIE & THE JETS – Present the ‘Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Not Really Elton John’ Show
The Jets pay homage to the genuine article and chronicle EJs career during his most successful period from the 1970’s to 1990’s
Featuring a full set of non-stop classic Elton tunes – With hits including…. Your Song, Candle in the Wind, Bennie & the Jets, Saturday Night, Sad Songs, Nakita, Funeral For A Friend, Love Lies Bleeding, Take Me To The Pilot, Tiny Dancer ….and many more!
Authentically played and delivered with the same sound and style as the legendary real deal!
So Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On You before you do some Rockin’ Crocodile Style! with JAMIE & THE JETS – Follow The Yellow Brick Road to the Amphitheatre Stage – The Bitch is Back!
SELDom are the youngest band ever to join the festival scene! Based in Bromley with band members who are all 11 and 9 years of age! They have been performing at festivals, open mic nights and other shows since 2016.
Covering rock and indie tracks from the last four decades, they use their youth to bring a new wave of energy to the eclectic mix of songs.
Sharp performances, amazing riffs and technical drumming mean SELDom produce a sound that defies the age of this young band.
Beach Bar Stage
The United Stoats of America know those tunes by Mary Hopkins, Atomic Kitten, U2, Roberta Flack and Queen are really only rollicking hillbilly tunes ruined by being played with the wrong instruments and that artists like Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves and Hank Williams had some good ideas for songs, but didn’t really finish em off. The Stoats take the essence of bluegrass, rockabilly & skiffle and add some rock solid drumming and transform other people songs into something totally unique. Quite professional Melanie Stovell – The British Meat Foundation. Live at Guilfest 2005, The United Stoats Of America were spectacularly joined on stage by a shed load of special guests including the Levellers sound engineer, a drag artist, 30 fez heads, 2 belly dancers, a bald giant painted in the stars and stripes and a stuffed camel, for one of the most entertaining visual shows of the festival. The United Stoats of America take themselves seriously musically and after their debut gig The Mean Fiddler Country Punk Extravaganza at the Garage in Islington have gone on to appear at some of Londons finest alt country venues including Whats Cooking, The Luminaire Kilburn & The Windmill in Brixton. The band who refuse to appear on TV or sign to a major record company and have never been reviewed in any of the music papers, have got where they are today purely on their own efforts and the word of mouth support of their fans.
The Stoats are: Nobby Thimbles Coggins (Jnr)–Washboard & vocals. Sonny Arthur Noon–Mandolin, vocals, & harmonica. Paul McAssokov–Rhythm guitar, harmonica & vocals. Pluck Chivers–Banjos, guitar & accordion. I. Tinerent Drums. Arthur Fuxache–Double bass. J Y Kelly–Fiddle.
The Titfield Thunderbolts play “post punk pop” and “pub rock” in a laid back style, for old rockers who have mellowed with age. Mashing up: Jazz, Country, Blues, Soul and Ska with 70s Post Punk, New Wave and 80s Indie Classics.
Fronted by local music legend Steve Gamble, who is joined by an exquisite and quirky troup of top musicians, including the keyboard player from the Tom Robinson Band.
Expect to hear songs you know and love, in a totally unrecognisable format!
Smith & The Soulful is an amalgamation of the musical influences of local musicians George, Peter, Seb, Martyn and Greg. Ranging from soul, funk and jazz all the way through to electronic dance music, the result is a collective body of electric riffs, toe-tapping hooks and musical prowess that is sure to get everyone on their feet and leave you wanting more!
The elusive Wonky Vinyl team bring the only DJ sets to the festival on Sunday afternoon at the beach bar and stage. Wonky Vinyl Club is for anyone who wants listen to great music on vinyl, be it indie, dance, rock n roll, psyche, funk, soul and plenty more besides.
Beer Bar Stage
Acoustic sets from top local solo and duos artists. Full details coming soon!
The Blumehaus Band continue their residency in the Oktoberfest Tent! – Prost!