Armed with just a guitar, a harp, a voice that sits somewhere between Vincent Price and a young Richie Havens a loop pedal and a bag full of twisted tales, cutting edge Storyteller and musician Daniel Clark (of acclaimed quartet 'The Hat') explores, with you the audience, a series of really quite remarkable worlds. >> more
Vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentist and looping beatboxing songwriter Mal Webb plays too many instruments in too many styles to too many people. Using a world of vocal techniques, guitar, mbira, slide trumpet, chromatic harmonica, a loop recording pedal called Derek and the audience. Ani DiFranco said "You're a freak!" after Mal played support for her. He's like Bobby McFerrin, Aphex Twin and Cole Porter playing scrabble.
"like Ella Fitzgerald on Viagra." Gigwise
What may start as the merest hint of melody is then lovingly crafted by singer and band and the result is a heady mix of symphony hall (violins, clarinet, flute) and local junkyard (pipes, oil cans, old bicycles).
The Top Shelf
“Les Enfants Déspicable”,
Direct from Lucifer’s drinks cabinet!
Unmatched in all Europe, This is the Indy-Vaudeville band! All style and louche content: The Top Shelf deliver their own stomping, original tunes, subversive showmanship and miscreant musicality, inciting revelry and irreverent fun where ever they play. >> more
One of John Peels favorite groups from the 1980s is still alive and hatching. They’re colorful, provocative and mostly Japanese, singing about Ninjas, cross-cultural relationships and joy of Japanese housewife. They have released 5 albums, toured worldwide, are Perrier Award nominees and Foster Comedy Gods 2010 .
The Top Bananas play music on stilts and are based in Brighton, England. This band on stilts features a leaping monkey on bouncy stilts who plays an oil-can guitar, harmony vocals, a horn section, and a rhythm section. The band is all about fun and plays a selection of Jazz, Funk, Disco and Ska classics. Besides the Jungle Band there are also Western, Sporty, 70's Disco, Hippy Flower children, Floppy Toppers and of course Black Tie versions available. >> more
Poles Apart Stilt Band
Poles Apart Stilt walking band can provide a colourful band, on stilts, from 1 to 10 performers (or more). Poles Apart Stilts has performed at many international events around the world. They’ve also performed on world wide TV networks, such as on Eastenders, on the BBC.
Ex loveGods front woman, Nadeah presents her first solo project. Lyrically twisted, dark cabaret pop, Venus Gets Even combines Nadeah's passion for poetry, quirky story telling and genius songwriting with dramatic performance to great effect.
With an intimate, yet demanding stage presence and a fiercely uncompromising delivery, Cordelia has been compared to the likes of Jim Morrison, Madeline Peyroux and Lily Allen.
The Dead Victorians is a music hall comedy show providing a sing-a-long show in the finest British tradition. Performing upon a positive plethora of musical instruments and accessories including accordian, tuba and typewriter and singing songs around the good old pianoforte. Also ideal for walkabout performance.
Noahs House Band
From within the hull of Noah's Ark; comes a quirky series of two to three minute folkesque tunes unlike anything ever heard before. Using vocal dexterity, honky instruments, household implements and the furthest reaches of imagination the cast of characters regale us with their enchanting tales.
Congo Faith healers
Are you ready for some down and dirty savage swamp infested gypsy blues!? The Congo Faith Healers are like nothing you have heard or experienced before!
Iron Boot Scrapers
Using the trad jazz instrumentation of sousaphone, banjo, sax and percussion Iron Boot Scrapers seek to do what the trad jazzers were doing way back when, ie play the popular music of the day. Why have such stomping instrumentation and then play tunes that are almost 70, or more years old? The Iron Boot Scrapers tackle all form and genres......
Roll up, roll up, and feast yer ears and eyes on the cheeky nonsense what is – The Gents!
Join them for a raucous sing‐along of all your favourite pop tunes in the Cockney style! Play along to all the hits with your very own Gents kazoo!
Chancery Blame and the Gadjo Club
Festival favorites, six piece Chancery Blame and the Gadjo Club span a diverse range of Central and Eastern European gypsy music traditions, Jewish klezmer, as well as rock n’ roll, break beats and cabaret. ‘Fast rising stars of the nu-gypsy folk and beats scene’ The Independent
Brighton six piece Samsara have produced “a startlingly new angle on the Jamaican sound”, which embraces elements of folk, latin, rock, gypsy jazz and psychedelia with their reggae ska sound. Favourites on the festival scene and guaranteed to make people happy!
Clarinet, accordion, banjo, guitar, bass and drums with the occasional trombone or trumpet make sure that the music stays on the more robust side of the acoustic spectrum."More triffic than tragic... a joyous, heart lifting, glorious noise that you can be sure they’ll still be making long after you’ve dropped."
'Dickensian punks' Jarmean combine raucous sing along tunes, anarchistic lyrics and a reality-defying stage show. With a jazzy mix of ukelele, tuba, drums and horns, Jarmean blend rag time, vaudeville, cabaret, skat jazz and tavern turned shanties...