With grass between your toes and music filling the air, there’s really no way you can go wrong! Each year we handpick some of the best bands and artists from the South West together with a sprinkle from afar to grace the multiple music stages we have!
Music genres to you from acoustic driven rock & roll to reggae, soul to gypsy swing, full on Disco beats from the 70s, 80s and 90s to cerebral vocals, tricksy horn licks with huge synths and earthy rhythms. The BBC Introducing in Devon Stage features a line up of the best upcoming unsigned artists from the south west and the Glas-Denbury Emerging Talent stage hosts our favourite pick of the area’s young artists and the showcase of Soundlaunch young artists.
So let us wrap you up in whatever music sets you free and know that this is your festival, swim in it. Open your ears to the sounds of our music.
The music kicks off at 7pm Friday and 11am Saturday and full line up for each day will be announce shortly. Confirmed artists below….
MARTHA REEVES and the VANDELLAS – Emporium Stage Friday 6th July
Ladies and Gentlemen we are thrilled to announce the Queen of Motown as our FRIDAY NIGHT HEADLINER:
With over 26 charted hits, 10 of which are in the top 10 Billboard R&B singles chart and another 6 in the top 10 pop hits, Miss Reeves will be bringing her Motown magic to our beautiful Devon this July! One of Rolling Stones’ ‘Immortal Artists’ and an official member of the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame after achieving multiple gold records and Grammy nominations, we hope you’re all ready to dance in the streets alongside our Queen of Motown!
JOIN US FOR SOME MOTOWN MAGIC!
After the sad passing of Eddy Amoo in February, Chris and Dave will be continuing to tour in his memory and we cannot wait to welcome them to Glas-Denbury as our SATURDAY NIGHT HEADLINER!
With 2 million hits in the Millenium Top 100, 3 million selling hit singles in the 70s and “You to Me Are Everything” becoming one of the biggest classic dance hits of time, we are over the moon to be bringing these soul legends to the deepest depths of beautiful Devon!
The UK’s own disco pioneers The Real Thing still whip up the crowds from the minute they hit the stage. Eddie, Chris and Dave give their all to such favourites as You To Me Are Everything, Can’t Get By Without You, Whenever You Want My Love and Can You Feel The Force.
BRING ON THE DISCO FEVER!
Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer – Friday 6th July Vaudeville Stage
You can never have enough of a good thing! Mr B returns (as he no doubt will every year from now on due to un precedented demand!) to Glas-Denbury to grace the Vaudeville stage with his tickety boo Chap Hop! Mr.B began his Chap-Hop career in the summer of 2007 when he decided to bring elements of his previous incarnations (UK rapper, jump-up breaks producer, banjolele maverick and dandy) together and create a genre. ‘A Piece Of My Mind’, his first ditty was released in Japan on Second Royal Records and its accompanying video and UK tour dates alerted the rest of the world to this new musical form. Since then he has travelled the world, from Surrey to Osaka, Banstead to Berlin, Middlesborough to Minneapolis, Norway to New York and the Edinburgh Fringe to Glastonbury bringing his beats, rhymes and manners. As well as songs about cricket, pipe smoking, high society and interfering with livestock. Mr.B has recorded four long players (OG, Original Gentleman; The Tweed Album, Can’t Stop Shan’t Stop and Mr.B’s Christmas Album) as well as one collection of Chappist Acid House (Mr.B The Gentleman Selector’s Acid Ragtime: Chapstep Volume One). He also releases terribly english electronica under the guise of The Major. His videos have garnered millions of view on YouTube and his media appearances have included Rapping for Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight, playing live on BBC Radio One for Rob Da Bank, Nick Grimshaw and Scott Mills, on Radio Two for Claudia Winkleman and Steve Lamacq, 6Music for Tom Robinson and Shaun Kenaveny and for Zoe Ball on Sky Arts. He was also once the front page of the Wall Street Journal and was described by the Daily Mail as ‘Controversial’. http://www.gentlemanrhymer.com/index.html
Grace Savage – Saturday 7th July Emporium Stage
With ongoing support from BBC Introducing and listed as one of ELLE’s ‘100 Most Inspiring Women’, the young UK artist and 4 x UK Beatboxing champion released her debut EP “Savage Grace” in 2017 grabbing tastemaker acclaim from THE405, Wonderland and Clash Magaine among others. She followed the release with a UK tour culminating in a sold out headline show at the Archspace in London. In 2016, Grace performed at Radio 1 Academy in Exeter, at the inaugural SBTV RISE, hosted by Julie Andenuga as well as performing alongside MOBO winner Nadia Rose at the British House in Brazil for the Rio Olympics 2016. In 2017, Grace was shortlisted for a number of competitions and funding opportunities including having two tracks selected and entered into the SALUTE Music “Top 10”, winning the “Public Choice Award” for the B-side Remix Project as well as being selected for the Emerging Artist and Transmission Fund through Help Musicians UK. 2018 has kicked off to to a great start, with Grace being nominated for “Best Female Solo Act” and “Best Songwriter” at the Unsigned Music Awards alongside impressive acts such as Ray Bak and Jorja Smith and also had a track selected for the highly competitive spot on “Fresh on The Net Faves“. She is through to the quarter finals of the Isle Of Wight “New Blood” competition, selected by a panel, as one of only 40 acts from thousands of entries this year. With over 140K streams for her debut EP (landing a placement on Spotify’s Discover Weekly), Grace now brings her first single of 2018 ‘Headlights’ into the spotlight, maintaining her signature electronic pop sound matched with her ethereal tone and emotive lyrics. She is working with Listen-Up PR on a campaign covering both print and online press and already has a feature set up with NOTION magazine for later this year. https://gracesavageofficial.com/
Backbeat Sound System bring 8 musicians to the stage to create pure reggae live and direct. Emerging from Cornwall where reggae and ska are at the core of the vibe they immediately stood head and shoulders above the rest having developed a sound that pulls in influences from all across the music spectrum, to create their vision of modern reggae. Their production is second to none – always pushing the envelope in their studio productions and pumping up crowds in their live set. Since forming in 2008, Backbeat Soundsystem has appeared at many of the best-known UK festivals, including Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Beautiful Days, Secret Garden Party, Greenman, Boardmasters, and many others, as well as toured in Europe and the United States. They’ve supported Madness, Cypress Hill, Arrested Development, Tinie Tempah, The Streets, and Dub Pistols. Following the success of two self-released EPs and two tours with Easy Star All-Stars in the UK, the band was signed by the U.S.-based reggae label Easy Star Records. Together Not Apart, the band’s debut full-length, came out in 2014 via Easy Star and brought a worldwide audience to this ambitious young band. The Punk Archive called Together Not Apart “…a top, top record and one you need in your collection,” while Shout 4 Music said it was “Packed with conscious lyrics, and buoyed by a reggae riddim filled with energy and positive vibes.” Sentiments which actually well describe Backbeat Soundsystem and their musical ethos. https://www.backbeatsoundsystem.com/ https://www.facebook.com/backbeatsoundsystem
A duo consisting of brothers Ric and Robert Harrison who achieve a full band sound with just two pairs of hands. Transplanted from Yorkshire to Cornwall their fanbase is divided between the two places and where ever they’ve played along route between the two locations. Instantly recognisable for their multi-instrumental performances and eclectic sound they mix the culture of the surf soaked South West with contemporary freedom songs. A live performance sees the brothers adeptly using guitar, lap-slide, stomp box, harmonica, didgeridoo and percussion with soul full singing and harmonies all full of energy. In the 3 years since the conception of Echo Town they’ve toured the UK playing festivals and venues including the support slots to Xavier Rudd & the United Nations, Wille & the bandits, Dreadzone Soundsystem, My Baby and Tankus the Henge plus filmed for the Balcony TV websites and appearing on various BBC Introducing shows. In 2016 they became endorsed by Anderwood Guitars and Protection Racket. Echo Town released their second album ‘Come on Over’ in June 2011, inspired by family relationships, the great outdoors and surfing on the East English coast. ‘Come on Over’ was accompanied by music video for their single ‘Feeling Alright’ there most downloaded track to date. They released their third album, ‘Be Strong Troop On’ in 2015 which is the duo’s best selling to date and will be back on the road in 2018. http://www.echotown.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/echotown
Samantics – Saturday 7th July Emporium Stage
Back by popular demand, Samantics is a next generation one man band. Using a loop-station and a load of instruments he creates live, multi-instrumental spoken word. He’s not a stereotypical rapper, he’s not into maiming and murking Gs but he does like gaming a slurping tea.
RODNEY BRANIGAN – Saturday 7th July Garden Stage
Texas-raised Londoner Rodney Branigan learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville, and put it all together in London. Artists are often described as having “a unique talent”; few epitomise this more than multi instrumentalist Rodney Branigan. In fact, Texan-born Rodney’s talents as a musician are as plentiful as the many instruments he expertly plays side by side. He masterfully combines extraordinary multi instrumentalist skills with heartfelt lyrics and a rich soulful voice;(often compared to Jeff Buckley) Having toured his native America coast-to-coast, Rodney’s desire to share his fusion of organic progressive folk with undertones of rock, flamenco, classical, bluegrass and jazz have also seen him play China as well as France, Germany and Switzerland; earning him love from new fans and respect from established musicians alike. He has opened for Billy Sheehan, Jack Johnson, Francis Cabrel, G-Love, Billy Bragg, Albert Lee, Show of Hands to name a few. A contemporary musician as innovative as the Boulez was in his time” (Paris Moves) Rodney has guest lectured at a number of music conservatories and universities throughout China, India, The Baltic States, UK, USA…regularly hosts workshops around the globe teaching guitar technical courses to accomplished players. In 2011 he hosted the Progressive Fingerstyle Course at the International Guitar Foundation’s Festival and headlined Clonakilty International Guitar Festival, in Ireland. A multi-talented musician; a voice that delivers honest, self-penned lyrics with soul and feeling; a globally recognised performer; an inspiration to a new generation of musicians.
Joanna Cooke – Friday 6th July Emporium Stage
“She was so, so good…but when is she not? Joanna Cooke is bursting with raw talent!” BBC Introducing Cornwall
Matthew Gordon Price – Friday 6th July Emporium Stage
Matthew Gordon Price is an alternative folk musician who provides an emotional narrative to which many can relate. His sound has been compared to artists such as Damien Rice, Marcus Mumford and Glenn Hansard. His debut E.P ‘The Bird & The Tree’, which was released on January 31st 2016 and reached the top 100 on the ‘Amazon Download Popular Chart’. 2016-2017 was a life changing period for Matthew, as he supported the likes of: Beardyman, Sound Of The Sirens, Meadowlark, Seth Lakeman, Phat Bollard, Antimatador and found himself on the same line-up as Craig David and Benjamin Francis Leftwich. Matthew also performed a BBC Introducing ‘Live In Session’ (Devon) and found himself on festival line ups including Glas-Denbury (BBC Introducing Stage) and Looe Music Festival. The future looks promising for Matthew, with his unconditional love for music, tour dates adding up, new releases and the addition of his backing band, which includes an array of talented musicians including: Dan Johnson (Drums); Toby Gisborne (Bass); Eva Axelby (Violin); Aimee Dorel (Keys) and Jamie Yost (Lead Guitar). Matthew’s latest release ‘Rivalry’ (E.P) is out March 30th 2018, which will include tracks such as ‘Sweet As Stone’, ‘Vixen Queen’, ‘Numb’ and ‘Rivalry’. Subscribe to Matthews events or follow him on social media to learn more and find out where he is performing next.
An alternative folk, singer-songwriter, based in the southwest. His sound has been compared to artists such as Ben Howard, Matt Corby and Daughter. Yost switches between the acoustic and electric guitar on stage, presenting a mix of alternative, indie rock and folk. His sound has been highly influenced and inspired by the likes of Bon Iver, Noah Gundersen and A Blaze Of Feather. Yost stated that ‘big voices stood out to me as a kid’ which is mirrored in his sound and live performances. Yost is a staple on the local music scene, he has opened up for WildwoodKin, Haunt The Woods., as well as Jacob Riddlall’ EP launch. He has frequently been featured on BBC Introducing, the platform is a strong backing for Yost. His most recent session on the Christmas Eve Special, featured his songs ‘Stay’ and ‘Aurora’. In the past he has debuted on Introducing his outstanding song ‘Shadow’, which showcases his credible guitar skills, lyrics and musicianship. 2017 has proved to be a successful year for the singer songwriter finding himself supporting Brit Award Nominee Beth Rowley and the incredible Marc O’Reilly. Yost now finds himself flirting between a full band (6 piece), trio and solo set up. The backing band includes an array of talented musicians including Dan Johnson (Drums); Toby Gisborne (Bass); Eva Axelby (Violin); Aimee Dorel (Keys) and Matthew Gordon Price (Lead Guitar). Yost is set to release his his much anticipated debut EP ‘Aurora’ in Spring 18’
The Adventures Of – Saturday 7th July Emporium Stage
With the soul of blues, the energy of punk and the grit of hard rock, we present to you the incredible, “smack in the face”, awesome band The Adventures Of…! Mix a bit of France with a bit of England and you get a high energy thumping band who are guaranteed to get you moving, quite possibly jumping! Think Mad Dog Mcrea mixed with Moriaty and you are almost there. https://www.facebook.com/theadventuresofofficial/
FARE – Saturday 7th July Garden Stage
FARE is an indie folk musician from Devon, currently based in Cornwall, and began making music in late 2016. Inspired by artists such as Daughter, Grouper and Keaton Henson, her lyrics are delicate and honest, showcasing the timid approach to her music making.
Accompaniment is simple, doused in delay, “wholly lo-fi and stripped back” (Feedback Zine, 2017). She is described to have an, ‘Open and effortless style’ and FARE brings out a certain vulnerability when performing her music live, leaving only the emotional lyrics and dreamy atmosphere to immerse yourself in. Feedback Zine also picked up on FARE’s lyrical content that “touch on themes of love lost and mental health” and that her vocals are “Heart wrenchingly honest”. FARE has been featured on BBC Introducing in Devon a number of times and, after a summer of playing around Falmouth and festivals such as Langaland, Boardmasters and Glastonbury, she’s now released her Debut EP – ‘Overgrown’. She has also appeared on Milo Gore’s EP ‘Watch the Tide’ which was released in July 2017, and is working on numerous collaborations to continue through the year. Around recording, creating and collaborating, FARE is set to continue gigging around Cornwall. https://www.facebook.com/FAREmus/
Ollie Dixon – Friday 6th July Garden Stage
Ollie is a Devon Blues Roots alternative musician/surfer and environmental enthusiast , mainly solo acoustic sets with added percussion, influences from Xavier Rudd, John Butler, Ben Howard etc Ollie Dixon’s original and energetic sound is steeped in historical and contemporary influences that transcend obvious comparisons with pioneers of the roots tradition. Ollie’s songs are powerful, melodic and accomplished – switching from tender and brittle to involved, complex, impassioned and transfixing melodies. Ollie Dixon is a rare star whose humility belies his future brightness. Multi-instrumentalist Ollie constructs spellbinding compositions with an array of guitars, percussion, effects and more. His independent debut EP The Ragged Mile is out now and available from all major streaming services. https://www.facebook.com/OllieDixonMusic/
Cool Beanz – Saturday 7th July Garden Stage
“Cool Beanz” are 4 friends who got together through meeting at Kingsbridge Open Mic. The band is made up of Alex Marsden (vocals and guitar) Ian Feetenby (Vocals and Guitar),Charlie Stanier (Percussion/Drums), Matt Cooke (Bass Guitar) Alex and Ian started jamming together November 2016, both write original pieces and sing both lead and backing vocals, so found a music connection quickly. They were then joined by Matt Cooke, an amazing professional guitar teacher and musician who is known for playing 6 string guitar and other instuments but he wanted a new challenge and is now playing bass for the band. Charlie Stanier is a seasoned drummer who has played in a number of top bands over the years adding a great blend of beats to the music. Performing a mix of original tracks and covers that they have put their own music arrangement to, Cool Beanz have been described as “A blend of Cool, chilled acoustic folk, reggee & rock” https://www.facebook.com/groups/124509541532294/
Malavita – Friday 6th July Vaudeville Stage
Fusing funky latin beats, skanktastic & chunky bass lines to create a heady mixture of original,infectious feel good tunes. 7 eclectic fun seeking musical misfits originating from Italy and the Deep South (Westcountry) they come together to inspire you to dance, sing along and get a little bit crazy. Collectively on a mission to start the party and keep the dance floor jumping with their tropical sounds. Expect Heaps of percussion, plenty of horns and soulful female vocals. The group have enjoyed several summers full of gigs and festivals and have played Rock Oyster Festival, Looe Music Festival, Tropical Pressure, Sunrise Festival and are stoked to have been booked
for Boomtown this year! They are regulars at some of the best music venues in the South West including Mr Wolfs in Bristol, The Phoenix & The Old Firehouse in Exeter & The Barrel House in Totnes & have recently supported the superb Molotov Jukebox & The Undercover Hippy. Musica e vita” was recently featured on BBC introducing’s “Devon round table” review show where their song was voted first place. The panel were all extremely complimentary & gave some great feedback. “That got the entire studio dancing!”
Sadie Horler – Friday 6th July Garden Stage
Kindred Spirit – Saturday 7th July Garden Stage
Identical twins Alice & Katie and their brother Billy create textured music with such ease and simplicity; their irresistible bloodline harmonies mixed with life affirming, smile inducing originals to leave an uplifted, colourful mark on an audience.
K-Lanta – Saturday 7th July Emporium Stage
If you like bending keys, Slapping Bass-lines and Synthy slickness then you’re going to love this band! K-Lanta began their journey in 2017, The Vision! To bring back infectious, feel good music. Their self recorded and produced music draw’s on at least four decades of Disco, House, Funk and Synth Pop that bring to mind Chic, Daft Punk and The Isley Brothers. They have received high praise since their founding and are championed relentlessly by BBC 6 Music and BBC Introducing and have been tipped as one of the most unique bands in the country. This is one band you don’t want to miss live……make sure you head over to the main stage as they warm you up for The Real Thing. https://www.facebook.com/TheLantaMusic/
The Trees – Saturday 7th July Garden Stage
Together, these four women have come together to share their influences and experience to create a collective of musicians and form one of the only current all female bands in Plymouth. The Trees introduce a new meaning to the term “girl band”, fusing intense vocals with rootsy strings, beats and buckets of passion. Be sure not to miss out on this new folk/soul/roots project! The band is Becca Langsford, Alex Hart, Elani Evangelou and Martha Nash. Becca comes from a strong musical background; her father played harmonica with Plymouth-based band ‘The Legal Eagles’ and her brothers are all musicians with direct links to blues and roots music. In 2008 she was invited to sing onstage by virtuoso blues guitarist/vocalist, Vince Lee and his band, The Big Combo, and has been singing and playing washboard with Vince and the band since then. Becca has also been touring with Martin Barre alongside Alex Hart for the past two years, playing internationally both as backing vocalists/percussion and as a duo. Alex Hart is a singer songwriter from Ashill, Devon. Alex performs all over the world with her west country-country sound and Taylor Guitar. She supported Turin Brakes at the Lyme Regis Folk Festival where she managed to pick up two record deals, one in the US [OK! Good Records] and in the UK [Right Track Records].
Elani Evangelou is a singer-songwriter & guitarist from Plymouth, Devon. Born into a family of musicians, namely 1950s Jazz singer – June Marlow [The Stargazers] – her vast range of influences from Sarah Vaughan to Jeff Buckley makes for a raw and unique live performance. At the age of 20, Elani has worked prolifically both as a session and live vocalist with artists such as Jon Gomm, Martin Barre [Jethro Tull], Jon Moon [producer – Amy Winehouse, Ms Dynamite] and most recently performed in the Parallax Orchestra & Choir live at The Royal Albert Hall with Bring Me The Horizon. Martha Nash is a guitarist hailing from The Barbican, Plymouth. Coming from a family of artists, her creative flare is astonishingly tasteful and attentive, with a passion that lights up any performance. She has been involved with various local bands, making a valuable contribution to the live music scene as one of the only female lead guitarists in the area, especially in the rock, metal and punk world. https://www.facebook.com/thetreesplymouth/
Lonely Eddie – Saturday 7th July Garden Stage
Eddie is a Devon based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist performing atmospheric, emotional, electronic pop. At live shows you will find him doing a lot of multi-tasking, surrounded by pedals, drum pads and synths performing as a one man band.
“Making music to the same calibre of Bon Iver in our tiny studio. The best live session of the year, if not ever” – BBC Introducing
“Atmospheric and move-inspiring – let @iamlonelyeddie get inside your head. It’s a free-ing, invigorating experience that will have you crawling back into the tune” -People Republic Of South Devon
Jessica and The Rabbits – Emporium Stage Saturday July 7th
Boasting a strong 7-piece line-up, Jessica and the Rabbits are a lively, fun and energetic function band that hail from the South-West. Playing songs by great bands and artists such as Sam & Dave, James Brown, Nancy Sinatra, Dusty Spingfield, Wilson Pickett, The Blues Brothers, The Beatles, Madness, The Specials, Wild Cherry and Otis Redding, amongst others. Their set is soaked in the sounds of true rhythm and blues so if you like music with a pulse, you have to come and shake a tail feather with the only band that’s sure to shake, rattle and roll! Follow the dance workshop on the main stage on Saturday morning Jessica and the Rabbits will have you putting your dance moves to practise and whisking your partner around that dance floor! https://www.jessicaandtherabbits.com/
The Choir of Loretta – Friday 6th and Saturday 7th July Garden Stage
Loretta (aka Steve Nisbet) is back at Glas-Denbury and we cannot be more thrilled! Loretta has been singing, playing and writing music in various guises for over a quarter of a century. A multi-instrumentalist, he’s played in a multitude of bands covering every conceivable style of music, and has been involved in numerous charitable projects over the years. Inspired by fellow musicians, and cajoled by friends, now he’s taking his eclectic mix of acoustic songs to all corners of the British Isles in a challenge to raise in excess of £10,000 for charities local to each gig. 100 gigs for 100 causes has seen him play 100 gigs from Cornwall to Troon each year; aiming to raise a minimum of £100 at each one, with the money going directly to a local charity. With cover versions spanning folk, disco, rock and pop, and a smattering of original numbers, each gig promises to be a unique evening’s entertainment. And the hat is fabulous. http://www.100causes.com/index.php?menu=home
The Skimmity Hitchers – Garden Stage Friday 6th July
Grab yourself a cider because have we got the band for you! The Garden stage by the main bar will be jumping on the Friday night to the sound of The West Country’s favourite “permanent vegetative folk music band”, also known as the “Cider Drinkin’ Idiots”. Rising from the cider soaked floors of Dorset’s back street boozers, the Skimmity Hitchers now roam the full girth of the West Country and beyond. Bringing their dry and fruity blend of “joy and scrumpshine”, these scrumpy swillin reprobates blend a mix of razor sharp parodies with original material, a raucous stage show, spontaneous audience interaction, cheeky banter and general cider shenanigans. We bring you one of the most fun and memorable live acts in the West Country. http://skimmityhitchers.co.uk/
Line up – Saturday 7th July
Please welcome our choice of #BBCIntroducing musicians whom we have invited to the Glas-Denbury BBC Introducing in Devon stage. Showcasing some incredible South West unsigned, undiscovered or under the radar music and representing the BEST OF THE WEST, get ready for these incredible artists to blow you away!
The Strange and the Beautiful
This Devon-based seven piece, combines guitars, keyboard, bass, drums and cello with the sometimes soulful, sometimes soaring, but never boring vocals of Alice Louise. Formed in 2014, this genre-bendre band of musicians are regulars in Devon’s music scene and they are making quite a name for themselves in the South West. This summer sees them in demand once again, performing at a string of local festivals across the South-West, with their eclectic mix of red-eyed soul, fruit-salad-ballads, alt-mock-rock and blues-tinged bangers providing the musaak for a wide-variety of chemical toilets in muddy fields somewhere near you. Away from the glare of the stage lighting, the band’s demo recordings are regularly featured on local radio’s stations as well as BBC Introducing. With new songs constantly under development, the band’s repertoire continues to grow, as does their fanbase. http://strangelybeautiful.yolasite.com/home.php
Yazzy – half lioness, half songbird”, is an 18 year old award winning singer/
David Smale is a singersongwriter from the UK. After playing as a bassist for the Yardbirds and touring with various bands for eight years, he teamed up with experienced musician Ryann Snow to record his first album The Night is Almost Over. Smale’s sound is a mellow blend of indie rock, classic rock and psychedelic. https://www.facebook.com/davidsmalemusic/
Tors is a 5 piece ‘Harmonic Indie Pie’ band. Matt and Theo have written for E4’s Skins. They are very lucky to be the grandsons of legendary ‘Guitar Wizard’ Bert Weedon and so grew up in the company of Brian May, George Harrison, and the likes. Starting out as songwriters winning cuts across the world (USA, Sweden, Japan, Italy etc.), after a stint in Nashville they were inspired by the legacy of the city and some words of wisdom from ground breaking producer Don Was tempted them to form a band. Like The Kooks, Train, and Imagine Dragons ‘Tors’ came together after becoming friends via music school. A vocal harmony five piece, they aim to blend soaring vocals, hooky melodies and story driven lyrics. Their musicianship and Americana meets indie-rock style landed them a headline BBC Introducing set as their second ever gig. Having recorded one EP already with the amazing producer Paul Steel things are moving fast, receiving backing from BBC Introducing as well as sponsorships by Marshall Amps and Yamaha! https://www.facebook.com/Torsband/
Double Denim are a fresh and gloriously quirky four-piece straight out of Britain’s Ocean City. Armed with a charismatic leading lady, psych-fringed Indie folk, garage rock dynamics, with a nod to a dirty weekend spent with Fleetwood Mac and The Maccabees. Radio support from BBC Introducing in Devon and Tom Robinson via BBC6 music sums up the wonderful rise of Double Denim. A four piece reproducing the thoughts from an XX/XY duo of songwriters, armed with psych-fringed Indie rock, radical Garage rock dynamics, with a nod to a dirty weekend spent with Fleetwood Mac and Orlando Weeks. Revisit loud/quiet arguments between Kim Deal and Frank Black in their very own west country dialect. Bring your delta blue jeans for a Post-Sea Shanty singsong and the occasional opportunity for a drank-skank. https://www.facebook.com/doubledenimmusic/
The Datura Roots Collective
Teignmouth born Roots fusion four piece ‘The Datura Roots Collective’ have been busy tearing up the south-west UK and making waves with their saltwater sounds, high octane live show and unique fusion of styles. Crafted from wrought Iron in the sunshine and Inspired and influenced from roots reggae and dub masters to the smokey blues & Jazz clubs, corrupted, then twisted up with electro and hiphop. Expect a deliciously delirious cocktail of soulful vocals, mad bars, blistering and ear melting silky Sax, raw and swirling Blues/Dub/Slide guitar, allied together with an irresistible groove guaranteed to make you move. The Datura Roots Collective exploded onto the live circuit early 2017 quickly building a reputation for their energetic and passionate live performances. https://www.facebook.com/daturaroots/