The 2017 Artists

Busted

Sat 15th July

Busted

Sat 15th July

Some breaking news... Busted not broken. This just in... Busted no longer busted... Almost 11 years after the mega-selling, double-Brit-winning pop-rock trio said goodbye after a record- breaking 12th show at Wembley Arena, James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson are back together. The reunion that many – including, to be fair, the band themselves – said would never happen? In 2016, it’s happening, and happening in 13 British arenas.

“Why are we here?” ponders Simpson, the guitarist whose departure precipitated Busted’s demise after four Number One singles, two albums, five million record sales and that run of 12 sold-out Wembley Arena shows. “Because a year ago James and I got together and just started hanging out. It really has been 10 years since we hung out; we’d talked on the phone a few times, and met a couple of times. But there was this huge void of time where we just didn’t speak. Not because he had any issues but I was off doing my own thing, and he was busy, so we just drifted apart.

“And we just started... getting on,” he smiles. “And it felt really different, somehow, to how it had ten years ago. And the idea crept into my head after all that time apart: what would Busted look like today?”

“For me, there’s a huge sense of unfinished business,” acknowledges bassist Willis. “I think I always thought in my heart we’d do Busted again, but that it was just a matter of when and how. But then there was a period in the last few years where I have to admit I didn’t think it would happen – because maybe no one would give a shit, ’cause it has been such a long time.” Bourne, guitarist and the band’s main songwriter, admits that, for a while, he too was similarly pessimistic about the return of the band he had co-founded in Southend-on-Sea in 2000. “I thought it was dead and buried when the band had been gone for five years. There’d be rumours in the papers about the band coming back, then Charlie would issue a statement saying, ‘no way, but I wish Matt and James all the best...’ And I thought to myself, ‘wow, he really must have hated it... he’s never coming back.’”

Before we get to how it’s all gone right again, where did it all go wrong?
Willis and Bourne were 18 when Busted began. Kids, really, but not so much as Simpson, who was a 16-year-old schoolboy when he joined the band. Before they had time to catch their breath, the teenage trio had stratospheric lift-off. They made the cover of Smash Hits in the summer 2002, without even a single to their name. By September their debut release, What I Go To School For, was a Top Three smash. The follow-up, Year 3000, reached Number Two. And the follow-up to that, You Said No, hit Number One. No other band in chart history had managed that feat of ascending chart positions.

Busted toured, and toured some more, and all the while kept writing songs. A little over a year after the release of their self-titled debut, the trio of vocalists released their second album, 2003’s A Present For Everyone. It spawned Number Two hit Air Hostess and three Number Ones: Crashed The Wedding, Who’s David? And Thunderbirds/3am. They began 2004 with two Brit Awards (Best British Breakthrough Act, Best Pop Act), and they ended it with that record-breaking Wembley Arena run.

It was some hit-rate, and some work-rate. Little wonder that the cracks began to show. Simpson, always a fan of alternative rock and metal, began to feel stifled in Busted. He formed a side-project, Fightstar, to satisfy that side of his creativity. But he soon realised he couldn’t do both. He had to devote himself to one band. And he chose, he reflects now, where his heart lay.
“When I left Busted I felt I had so much to prove,” Simpson admits. “I was unhappy with the way we were perceived – people questioned whether we wrote our songs, whether we would play our instruments, whether it was real. That was incredibly tough for me to take. “And being called a boy band pissed me off,” he continues. “A boy band are five guys that stand on stage and dance and don’t write their own songs – it’s a manufactured thing.

But Busted wasn’t that. Yes, it was pop music, but we all played and we all wrote. And that was one of the main things that drove me away, to be honest.”
“It came down to one fundamental issue: the band was a true representation of me and Matt as artists,” remembers Bourne. “And in the second year that wasn’t the case for Charlie. His passion drifted, just when the band were at their peak. He thought, ‘this isn’t me.’ Or: ‘This isn’t what I want for me right now.’ And I completely respect that, even though I was sad because I really wanted him to stay. If someone told me I couldn’t do a project I was passionate about, I’d tell them to fuck off too.”

“I know where Charlie’s head was at the time,” adds Willis, “and I don’t really blame him for it.”
As all three stress, there was never a big bust-up, a stand-off, a falling out. It was the age- old “musical differences” that scuppered Busted as 2004 turned into 2005. After Simpson announced that he was leaving to devote himself to Fightstar, Bourne and Willis considered carrying on. But Busted had enjoyed a short, intense and perfect ride. Why risk spoiling the memory by limping on as a duo, or with a new vocalist/guitarist?

“We weren’t Sugababes,” says Bourne, “we weren’t this big radio brand. Busted was about our faces and us as three individuals. The idea of messing with that...” He shakes his head. “And we all thought we were able to do other things.”
Willis duly embarked on a solo career and turned his hand to acting. Bourne formed a new band, Son Of Dork, and wrote three musicals. Simpson released four albums with Fightstar and two solo albums.

But old bonds, and old associations, die hard. Publically, Simpson stuck to his guns, saying that he’d never rejoin Busted. But privately he, Willis and Bourne resumed contact. There were repeated music industry offers for a Busted reunion, so around five years ago, Willis and Bourne visited Simpson in his London flat.

“We just wanted to get a proper face-to-face answer about where his head was at,” recalls Bourne. “If we were going to do something, we didn’t want to shut out the possibility that Charlie might get involved. But he still said no. So there was a little bit of tension... But it was funny – we were sitting in his garden and he had a Spotify playlist on. And all of the songs on that playlist, I liked them all – everything from Phoenix to Bruce Hornsby! And we said, ‘this is weird, we listen to all the same music...’”

“That day in the garden, it was literally every song – ‘oh yeah, I like that song!” laughs Simpson. ‘I was like, ‘what!?’ And I remember saying to my [future] wife that night, ‘God, it’s so different than it was it at the end of Busted, five years ago... James and I now had this creative common ground.’”

The conversations kicked up a gear when news broke of the McBusted “supergroup” in late 2013. The union of Willis and Bourne with old friends McFly was a huge, arena-filling success. “That changed a lot for me,” admits Willis. His pessimism about a possible return for Busted faded. “I thought, ‘fuck, people still care about this music.’ And that’s hugely exciting.” Simpson took note, too. Yes, he’d repeatedly said he wasn’t interested in a Busted reunion. “And every time I said that, I genuinely meant it and believed it at the time. But,” he shrugs, “I changed my mind. It’s literally that simple. The circumstances changed.”

That is, witnessing the huge excitement around McBusted must also have been a reminder to Simpson of the enduring popularity, and brilliance, of the Busted songs. Plus, ten years on, there were now more shared musical tastes between the three of them. And, finally, there was a sense of “job done” – all three had gone away and done their own things.

“I had to show people there’s other elements of who I was,” states Simpson. “And now I’ve done that I just feel so much more relaxed. And I can be here and enjoy it – and all that stress I remember from before just isn’t there. So in the last two years I felt like I went through a massive therapy session, of getting back to realising that actually Busted wrote great pop songs and it was a really great time. And the idea of doing it again is exciting. It’s the most unbelievable journey.

“And this is a progression, a new thing,” he affirms. “This is not just a nostalgia trip, or me cashing-in. If I’d wanted that, I would have done McBusted. And that’s so far away from where I am. But the prospect of performing the old songs is still exciting for me – especially as that leads us into the idea of writing and recording new songs together.”

Willis echoes that sentiment. “Charlie was very quick to talk about new music, which was very exciting for me. The idea of going out and playing the hits again is fantastic, especially with him – but making new music is more exciting still to me and James.”
Over the summer, after McBusted’s tour with One Direction was complete, the trio met up in a studio in secret. But just to ensure no word or Instagram pic leaked, they met up in... Philadelphia.

“Firstly because it’s the city of brotherly love,” laughs Bourne.
“...and also, James’ mate Eric has a studio there,” adds Willis. “We flew into New York, then we road-tripped to Philly, and we had four amazing days in the studio.


“Matt was driving ‘cause he rented the car,” recounts Bourne, “and Charlie was in the passenger seat, and I was in the back. I wish I’d had a Go-Pro to film it – it was weird enough for me to see the three of us in that car, far less the fans. ’Cause I thought this whole thing was dead and buried; I’d made peace with the fact that it was over.”
Those four days produced three new songs. More importantly, almost, was how readily the three locked back into their friendships.


“That’s what made this awesome: it was easy,” says Willis. “And I remember coming back and my wife saying: ‘Did you talk, did you get everything off your chests?’ And no, we didn’t. Because as soon as we were together, I felt we didn’t need to talk about anything. We all immediately knew where we were. Charlie’s 30 now, James and I are 32. So much has happened since we left the band, and I feel like time has taught us all exactly what everyone else was going through.”


The men of Busted are back, but they’re taking it one arena tour at a time. They appreciate that the differences that broke them up are, for one thing, now completely understandable. But also, it’s those differences, that volatility, that make their three-way partnership hugely exciting now. Rather than rue them, it’s time to celebrate those varied personalities. Because as the Busted threesome find common ground all over again, the music they make has the potential to be wildly greater than the sum of its parts.


So, yes, they’re bristling with song ideas. Yes, they would love to do an album (and studio time is in the offing...). Will they look for a new record deal? Do they need a new record deal? There will be no hurried, panicked decisions. Things were helter-skelter mad enough the last time round – and for sure, they still have ground to make up – that no one’s rushing anything.
The most important thing is that James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson are together again, older, wiser... and excited about what The New Busted might be. All for one, and one for all.


Simpson: “I spent ten years showing people what else I can do. So I feel that coming back, that weight is lifted. I don’t have anything to prove any more. Being in Busted was brilliant, and before I got bogged down with the stuff that in the end drove me crazy, it was amazing. And the three of us never fell out. So I feel like I can come back and do this and have fun with it.”
Bourne: “We’ve done this crazy, exciting, adventurous, scenic route back to being Busted. And now we’re here, we’re all super-re-energised.”
Willis: “It’s ten years on and we’re all different. And we’re now in a position where we can do whatever we want. We don’t have to be controlled by anyone, or make any music that will make anyone unhappy. And that’s a good place to be. Busted can be anything we want it to be. What’s more exciting than that?”
Busted? Fixed.

KT Tunstall

Sat 8th July

KT Tunstall

Sat 8th July

KT Tunstall chooses to live and create in the moment. This impulsivity courses through her catalog and performances, defining classics like the GRAMMY Award®-nominated 'Black Horse & The Cherry Tree', 'Suddenly I See', 'Hold On', 'Saving My Face', and many more. This urgency also drives the Scotland-born and now Los Angeles-based songstress’ forthcoming fifth full-length studio album—to be released in fall 2016 on Virgin Records UK.

“It’s rambunctious, anti-slick, pro-wild, psychedelic emotional pop,” she says of her new music. “I'm allowing these songs to misbehave while still staying rooted in traditional songwriting. I feel I’ve finally cut myself free from a disempowering, disabling search for approval which has been heavy baggage for me for a long, long time. It’s a return to a sort of innocence. I’m being honest, and I'm having a load of fun.”

She likens this journey to a “Joy-Phoenix, rising from the ashes.” 2013’s 'Invisible Empire//Crescent Moon' came to life during one of the most tumultuous periods of her life, as she lost her father and went through a divorce. A change of scenery proved restorative, revitalizing, and reinvigorating. “I never imagined moving to LA, but as soon as I found Venice Beach, I thought, 'OK, I get it.’ I felt like setting my bag down. There was a balance I'd been missing between working hard and enjoying my life, and I've found that here."

Fueled by a heavy audio diet of Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, and more recent artists such as Tame Impala and Devendra Banhart, windswept Californian psychedelica and widescreen coastal pop melodies found their way into her own repertoire. Following this West Coast muse, KT embarked on a series of writing retreats to Joshua Tree and New Mexico.

“The Southwest has a powerful pull,” she goes on. “Venice Beach, Joshua Tree, and Taos all played a huge part in how this record feels and sounds. I holed up in a beautiful Joshua Tree cabin, sat outside, and played the new songs to the rock formations and stars with a blanket around me. In New Mexico, I got up, chopped wood, built a fire, and sat there for six or seven hours a day, just writing while the snow fell.”

Returning to Los Angeles, she teamed up with powerhouse producer Tony Hoffer [Beck, Air, The Kooks] to carve out and create what she feels is her best and most visceral work to date.

Simultaneously, she also drew on her recent experience studying film score composition at the Sundance Film Institute Composers Lab at Skywalker Ranch in Northern California.

“I feel that the album communicates something beyond the lyrics,” she admits. “It’s born from a very real feeling of experiencing a new life and having a wider view of that. So much has changed, and there's a deep fulfillment in knowing that I own that change. Many of these new songs are full on in their energy. When I play, I have realized that I really have to sweat to deliver what I’m best at - which is going out on stage and creating a physical and emotional experience for a room full of people. It’s primal, tribal, and when it's really good, it feels transcendent. You share life together, all the good, all the bad. It opens you up.”

It's a blossoming that began with her outstanding breakout 2004 debut, 'Eye to the Telescope', carried through the RIAA gold- certified 'Drastic Fantastic', to 2010’s unanimously acclaimed 'Tiger Suit', and most recently, the similarly excellently-received 'Invisible Empire//Crescent Moon'. She won a BRIT Award, an Ivor Novello, and received GRAMMY Award® and Mercury Prize nominations. Her music has featured prominently in film and television including 'The Devil Wears Prada', 'Ugly Betty', and 'Grey’s Anatomy'. She has penned songs for films such as Disney's 'Million Dollar Arm' - co-writing with the legendary AR Rahman, 'Winter’s Tale' for Warner Brothers, and the soon-to-be-released, highly anticipated movie, 'About Ray'.

Now, KT begins the brightest phase of her journey yet.

“My fans have been so brilliantly loyal,” she leaves off. “They want the truth. They're not interested in some bullshit puppet dancing around pretending that life is a movie, they want something real. They want good songs. They want joy. They want to feel. That’s what I’m giving them on this album.”

Space

Fri 14th July

Space

Fri 14th July

The new studio album has been recorded and produced by Grammy and Brit award winning producer Steve Levine who has worked with The Clash, Culture Cub, Beach Boys, Deniece Williams and Gary Moore to name a few.

The bands 1990’s hit Female of the Species making the top of the album charts with the “TFI Album” – (Number 1 in June 2015)

Tommy, Franny and the boys all said they are very proud of the “Give Me Your Future” album Tommy said working with Steve Levine was amazing, the man gets into your head to imagine the sounds you want before you have played them, a true genius, this record is the most Space record we have ever made and we all look forward to sharing the record with you all…….

The band continue on the Give Me Your Future Tour with festival performances through to September 2016 and pick up the tour again in February through September 2017 with a trip to USA planned for late 2017 the 1st USA show for 20 years.

Space have sold over 2 million albums world wide with titles including “Spiders, “Tin Planet” “Suburban Rock and Roll” and “Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab” and also released 10 top 40 singles and host of other single releases to-date with titles including “Neighborhood” “Female of the Species”, “Me and You Vs. The World” “Avenging Angels” “Dark Clouds”, and “Begin Again” The band continue to write gritty edgy pop songs that captive the imagination of the listener, The band release the Album “Give me your future” in May 2016 followed by the Box Set to include the 5 released Albums plus the un-released “Love you More Than Football” in 2017.

Musical Youth

Fri 14th July

Musical Youth

Fri 14th July

Musical Youth is a British Jamaican reggae band. They are best remembered for their successful 1982 single "Pass the Dutchie", which became a number 1 hit around the world. The band recorded two studio albums, and released a number of successful singles throughout 1982 and 1983, including a collaboration with Donna Summer. Musical Youth earned a Grammy Award nomination before disbanding in 1985. The band returned in 2001 as a duo.

The group was formed in 1979 when the fathers of Kelvin and Michael Grant and Frederick (known as Junior) and Patrick Waite put together a band featuring their sons. The latter pair's father, Frederick Waite Sr, had been a member of the Jamaican reggae group The Techniques. Frederick sang lead with Junior at the start of Musical Youth's career. Although schoolboys, the group managed to secure gigs at different Birmingham pubs and released a double single in 1981, including songs "Generals" and "Political", on a local label (021 Records, named for the then-Birmingham area code.) An appearance on BBC Radio 1 John Peel's evening show brought further attention to the group, and they were signed to MCA Records. By that time, founding member Frederick Waite Jr had backed down to be replaced by Dennis Seaton as lead singer.

During the autumn of 1982, the group issued one of the fastest-selling singles of the year, "Pass the Dutchie" The record went to number 1 in the UK Singles Chart in October 1982.[1] It went on to sell over four million copies,[2] and was nominated for a Grammy Award. A Top 10 placing also followed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.

Their debut album The Youth of Today was certified gold in the UK, while the follow-up single, "Youth of Today", reached number 13 in the UK Singles Chart and "Never Gonna Give You Up", released early in 1983, climbed to UK number 6.[1] Minor successes with "Heartbreaker" and "Tell Me Why" were succeeded by a collaboration with Donna Summer on the UK Top 20 hit, "Unconditional Love".[3] The group also took part in her 1983 TV special A Hot Summer Night with Donna.[4] Their second album, Different Style!, was released in A revival of Desmond Dekker's "007" saw them back in the Top 30 and the band received a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards of 1984.

The Real Thing

Fri 7th July

The Real Thing

Fri 7th July

Multi-million selling soul band The Real Thing are ready to give their much loved disco inspired hits a new lease of life with an extensive UK tour. Featuring the group’s three original vocalists Eddie Amoo, Chris Amoo and Dave Smith, along with their 5-piece band, the trio deliver a funky ‘in your face’ show with a strong ‘retro flavour’ with the band’s classic songs mixed with contemporary grooves.

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of their debut hit single ‘You to Me Are Everything’, the Liverpool based trio boast three million selling hit singles including, ‘Can’t Get by Without You’, ‘Whenever You Want My Love’ and ‘Can You Feel the Force’, making them the UK’s best-selling black group of the late 70s.

In 1986 ‘You to Me Are Everything’, ‘Can’t Get by Without You’ and ‘Can You Feel the Force’ were all remixed and became huge hits once again, thanks to their huge club following.

In 2005, ‘Love's Such a Wonderful Thing’ was sampled by French dance outfit Daft Punk and re-titled ‘So Much Love to Give’. The same year the Freeloaders had a UK Top 10 single with ‘So Much Love to Give’ which featured The Real Thing resulting in the band charting across 3 decades.

The Real Thing recently released ‘The Real Thing Live’ DVD and CD recorded at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool and celebrates 40 years on the road and includes the concert in full, new material and a cover of The Beatles song ‘Eleanor Rigby’.

The band continue to tour up and down the country selling out venues including the Jazz Café, London and regularly perform at 70’s & 80’s festivals alongside such artists as Rick Astley, Boy George, Belinda Carlisle, Kool and the Gang and Chic.

Commenting on The Real Thing’s success, singer Chris Amoo said, ‘There’s always going to be a sense of nostalgia about our music. It’s the sound track to so many people’s lives and that will never die.’

Tom Hingley & The Kar-Pets

Sun 9th July

Tom Hingley & The Kar-Pets

Sun 9th July

The Kar-Pets will be performing songs from the 30+ years of the Inspiral Carpets including the hits, such as This Is How It Feels, Dragging Me Down and Saturn Five. Come and see the hits of a classic Manchester band playing in a venue, or festival near you soon.

Tom says “The songs are the stars, come along and hear them sung by the singer who originally sang them. This is a chance to truly indulge in nostalgia and to make it new for another generation!”

Kenny Thomas

Fri 7th July

Kenny Thomas

Fri 7th July

He’s a multi-platinum selling artist who dominated the commercial, soul and album charts in the 90’s. By the time he was 23 he had been nominated for 2 Brit Awards, shared the stage with such luminaries as Edwin Starr, Freddie Jackson, Kool & The Gang, Incognito, Mica Paris, Lalah Hathaway, and Lonnie Liston Smith and was a regular on TOTP! Then, on the eve of the release of his third studio album he decided, in his own words “to get off of the commercial treadmill, take some time out to take stock and then eventually get back in the studio writing and recording songs for the subsequent albums Crazy World and Breathe"…”


Kenny’s debut album, “Voices”, went platinum in its first week and went on to sell over double platinum in the UK alone, spawning 4 hit singles, “Outstanding”, “Thinking About Your Love”, “Best of You” and “Tender Love”. Then came his second album, “Wait For Me,” which also offered up a slew of hits including “Stay” and “Trippin’ On Your Love.”

​Pauline Henry

Fri 7th July

​Pauline Henry

Fri 7th July

Pauline Henry began her career as a recording artist, signed to Sony BMG, as the lead singer of The Chimes. Fame followed quickly. The Chimes are best known for hits like “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For “ and “ Heaven “.

Bono from U2 considers that Pauline is an inspiration. Bono commented that The Chimes cover of the U2 hit “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” was the only cover version he had heard that he enjoyed and did the original justice, adding that “at last someone’s come along to sing it properly”. It reached number 6 in the in the national U.K and revived world wide acclaim charts success. In the United States, The Chimes song “ 1-2-3” reached the Billboard Hot 100, at number 86. It spent two weeks at number 1 in the US Hot Dance Music / Club Play chart. The follow-up, “ Heaven”, reached number 24 in the U.K. charts and in the U.S. it was a number 1 Dance chart hit and still remains a favourite in the boxes of many D.J.s.

Rolling Stone magazine called Pauline Henry “ The finest singer to come from the British Isles. An illustrious solo career followed and she had a string of hits including “Feel Like Making Love”, “Sugar Free”, “Happy”, “Too Many People”, Love Hangover”, Never Knew Love Like This “ and “Cant Take Your Love“.

Pauline Henry is known for her live, energetic performances and since her return to the music industry has appeared at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals; one of these being “Bestival” on the Isle of White, alongside Stevie Wonder and Emeli Sande. Others festivals include Summer Soulstice and the recent Lord Mayor’s Newham Festival. She has also appeared at The Jazz Café in Camden.

Twin Wild

Sat 15TH July

Twin Wild

Sat 15TH July

Described as the love child of The Foals and Bastille, Twin Wild released their new single ‘Control’ on April 26th through Play It Again Sam. Produced by Adam Noble (Nothing But Thieves, Placebo, Deaf Havana), ‘Control’ is a rousing, anthemic indie rock track packed with gusto.

Speaking about ‘Control’ the band explain, “Control is different to what we have ever released before. The chorus started as a rhythmical melody we had been playing with for a while for fun and we didn’t even plan for it to become a song really until we wrote the lyrics. This song is that little smile you get when karma has its way.”

‘Control’ is the follow up to their debut EP ‘My Heart’ which has clocked up almost 2 million plays on Spotify and counting, was lauded by online tastemakers including The Line of Best Fit, All Things Go, CLASH and many more.

Having recently completed their first headline tour and a run of dates with Prides, Twin Wild are supporting Busted at Festival Too on Saturday 15th July

“A powerful straight-up interesting new rock band” – Rock Sound

“The sound of a band flushed with confidence, wind billowing through their sails” – CLASH

“My Heart" is a stomping, hell-raising inferno fuelled by wiry guitar licks jutting out at odd angles, bluesy hooks, snarl-infested verses, slick stadium-ready vocals, and a Foals-y penchant for the unexpected. This is a mammoth offering from Twin Wild, who prove themselves as ready-to-go beasts with their sights trained on the top of the dogpile” – Line Of Best Fit

Mullally

Sun 9th July

Mullally

Sun 9th July

Pop-soul singer Mullally began his musical venture from the age of just 16, where he played the guitar, wrote and recorded music in a band with his 3 best friends before going solo at the age of 18. Originally from Great Yarmouth he studied Artist Development at the prestigious Access to Music College, which is also the alma mater to stars including Rita Ora and Ivor Novello award-winner Ed Sheeran.


Now 20, as a songwriter and performer Mullally packs a soulful punch, utilising a range of modern production techniques to underpin his sing-along pop vocal arrangements that far belie his young years, painting vivid pictures in the minds of his listeners.

The youngster is inspired by prominent legends; from the ethereal sounds of soul singers Marvin Gaye and Van Morrison to the more recent sounds of Paolo Nutini and the late Amy Winehouse.

His first 3 releases (Overdose, Troubled Love and Wonderful) have amassed over 6 million streams on Spotify alone and have been championed by tastemakers such as Radio 1 (Huw Stephens), BBC 1Xtra (DJ Target), MTV, Hilly Dilly, The 405, SBTV and more.

Further support has come from The MOBO Awards as he was announced as one of the Top 3 finalists of the MOBO Unsung Competition 2016 as well as being named ‘Best Solo Male’ at the Unsigned Music awards in October 2016.

Mullally has seen his stock rise on the live circuit thanks to sold out headline shows in both L.A. & London, festival performances & support slots for some of the UK's most revered artists including Jess Glynne, Clean Bandit and Akala.

On a musical front he has been hard at work in the studio with some of the most talented producers in the UK including Gordon Mills (Newton Faulkner and Ed Sheeran), Toby Scott (Pet Shop Boys, Gordon City, Girls Aloud, Little Mix), SOS Music (Ariana Grande, Tinie Tempah, Emeli Sande), Dan McDougall (The Wanted, Will Young) and many more.

Now signed to Atlantic Records UK, Mullally is working on his debut album and can be seen throughout the summer playing many of the UK's biggest festivals including The Great Escape, Latitude & Reading & Leeds Festival.

Killamonjambo

Sat 8th July

Killamonjambo

Sat 8th July

Prog, Ska, Funk, Reggae

“England's leading barnyard funk ska reggae intergalactic dance band.”

Put on your brown trousers & grab the nearest fire extinguisher. What's that aroma? That must be the FUNK that's been spilling from the heart of the Norfolk countryside across UK & Europe. Killamonjambo's mission is to bring their flavour to new audiences within a lust fuelled aura of their live energy. Intimacy between band & crowd is guaranteed & a sweaty exchange of energy guarantees the air will be hung thick with passionate music. Killamonjambo, truly the next big thing in your world!

Franko Fraize

Sun 9th July

Franko Fraize

Sun 9th July

“Every time I talk about where I come from / It ends up sounding like a love song / I know it sounds like I’m coming on a touch strong / But my home is always where I got my buzz from.”

Franko Fraize is a rapper from Thetford who writes spiky, surging tracks about his hometown. But it could be any British town within a train ride of London that he’s writing about. At the heart of these anthems are the strength of spirit in decaying towns, of the pride people have of their home, of the drive to make themselves better when it would be much easier to sit on their arse. Franko Fraize has spent the past couple of years climbing a ladder of his own making. And when the songs captivate and connect as his do, the next natural step is a big breakthrough.

Thetford is a market town in Norfolk that is home to a generation of London overspill. Fraize’s father is from Shepherd’s Bush and his mother from Islington. He has a strong connection to London, emboldened by he and his father’s love of QPR, but he has never lived here. “In Norfolk, we were separate cos we had a London accent,” he says. ‘But Norfolk is fully backing me and im proper grateful for that’.

These are the things that make Franko Fraize tick. He has observed life swirling around him, documenting what it’s like to grow up in a small town in the UK. “Thetford has got a reputation. I don’t wanna play up the sympathy card, but Thetford is known as a rough town. It has a bit of that about it,” he says. Growing up, Fraize would witness the trials and tribulations common place with trying to make ends meet in a dead end town. “There’s a world you can draw on,” he says. “There’s no influence I’ve ever had to make up. From stuff like drugs to crime, I’ve never had to look to find it, it’s there. I’m not making this up. It’s been the bottom to the top’.

The emergence of a new wave of British rappers in the early ‘00s was where everything started to make sense for Fraize, when TV stations such as Channel U and Flava TV became a way of discovering new British urban talent. “It was like punk rock to me. Before that, people never took British rap seriously. But then kids started doing their own thing and you could get on the TV even if you were a no-one.”

Past accolades include Support from Radio1/1xtra in particular for his track ‘Treasures’ as well as love from Soccer AM and his boyhood club QPR. Also known for an impressive live show Franko has gone on to support heavyweights such as Rudimental and Professor Green as well as performing on the 1xtra stage at Reading & Leeds

There are more to come, undoubtedly. Franko Fraize has grand plans for the future. For a man who has spent the past two years ticking off and re-editing his bucket list, everything feels like it’s rolling into place for 2017 a year he says which will see him establish himself properly in the UK music scene.

Millie Manders and The Shut Up

Sun 9th July

Millie Manders and The Shut Up

Sun 9th July

Millie Manders and The Shutup create cross-genre punk that is hard to ignore. With lyricism that pokes fun, draws you in or leaves you questioning social norms teamed with incredible vocal dexterity, grinding guitars, irresistible horn hooks and a pumping rhythm section, the Millie Manders Music Machine churns out more raw punk fusion than you can shake a stick at, with a huge amount of Pop appeal.

In 2015 Millie formed her band “The Shutup” And released two EP’s, The Free-P and Obsession Transgression, both to widespread critical acclaim. “Hole In Your Chest” was given multiple spins on John Kennedy’s “Xposure” show on X-fm, and Matt Stock’s ‘The Punk Show’ on Team Rock Radio, and magazines such as Rock Sound, Fortitude, Melographic and MOSH have all been hugely positive about EP Obsession Transgression and predictive future of Millie Manders.

Reaping the rewards of their hard work, 2016 was a huge year for Millie Manders and The Shutup, having played at several major festivals including Boom Town Fair, Kaya Weekender, London International Ska Festival and Tramlines and completing a UK tour, as well as sharing stages with King Hammond, JB Conspiracy, Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Talks and Uke Hunt.

This year sees a new EP is being penned, another, more ambitious UK tour and several big festival bookings such as the mighty Rebellion and Nozstock, with a return to Tramlines, Boomtown and Skabour, along with several other smaller festivals and shows supporting the likes of Dub Pistols, The Beat, Imperial Leisure and Ducking Punches.

“Watch this space” is a term very much worth it’s salt when considering the hype surrounding the force to be reckoned with that is Millie Manders. Her live shows are electric and her songs infectious. If you haven’t listened to her yet, you need to…

“She’s got an incredible voice” – John Kennedy, Radio X

“I love it. REFRESHING. What a way to start my day” – Lynval Golding, The Specials

“If you see her name on gig flyers around the UK, go and check her out … She’s a great artist, and one to watch” – Matt Stocks, “The Punk Show” Team Rock Radio / Metal Hammer / Classic Rock

“This girl’s really got something going for her. Be sure to see her everywhere in the not-too-distant future” – Get Mentioned

Amber

Sat 15th July

Amber

Sat 15th July

AMBER’s soulful sound resonates with touching stories and delicate melodies. Her songwriting creates uplifting atmospheres and is punctuated by intimate lyrics delivered by a voice that would sit comfortably amongst the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae and Lianne La Havas. With simple song messages and punchy backing vocals, AMBER’s latest EP ‘Something In The Water’ puts a modern twist on the timeless feel-good, Motown feeling. 'Something In The Water EP' is available on iTunes and Spotify from the 21st April 2017.

DixieMix

Sun 2nd July

DixieMix

Sun 2nd July

DixieMix Jazz Band, led by the youthful (and remarkably handsome) cornetist Simon Nelson has rapidly established itself as one of the UK's most engaging and hard working jazz ensembles.

The band brings together the best jazz musicians in East Anglia. Our talent, knowledge and enthusiasm for traditional jazz combines with ease to provide outstanding entertainment for all occasions. With the emphasis always on first class music mixed with great humour, this band never fails to provide a top quality performance.

The professional six piece band excel with slick arrangements of many jazz favourites, all with the DixieMix twist. Our fresh and enthusiastic approach has helped the band gain national recognition, leading to a tour with Rod Stewart, TV appearances and multiple festival and theatre gigs.

As well as playing for established jazz audiences, we are equally at home letting rip with an entertaining show creating a feel-good factor designed to please everyone. Which makes DixieMix the ideal choice for corporate events, weddings, garden parties, festivals, launches, dances and celebrations of every kind.

​Highway Child

Fri 7th July

​Highway Child

Fri 7th July

Highway Child are a nine piece Soul and Blues review band from Sheffield.

The band were formed in 2004 and over the subsequent 13 years have become a main stay of the Yorkshire music scene, playing many festivals and gigs across the region and the UK. A band not to be missed if you love Soul, Funk, Blues and having a good time!

Boasting a classic rhythm section and a four-piece brass ensemble, the bands sound is as big and as polished as the songs they play.

With an extensive repertoire of classic songs from artists such as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and James Brown to mention but a few, Highway Child will get you dancing and keep you having fun all night.

Bootleg Bee Gees

Sat 1st July

Bootleg Bee Gees

Sat 1st July

The Bootleg Bee Gees is a fully self-contained trio, with PA and lights. The boys have already played in every corner of the UK, always bringing the house down with their incredible recreation of the romantic ballads and fantastic disco tracks written by the Gibb brothers.

All the greatest hits are faithfully recreated: Night Fever, Stayin' Alive, Words, How Deep Is Your Love, Tragedy and Jive Talkin'!

You can sit back and watch this brilliant show, sing along with your favourites or dance the night away to the songs from Saturday Night Fever. Whatever you want to do, you will have a night to remember with The Bootleg Bee Gees.

Etham

Sat 15th Jul

Etham

Sat 15th Jul

Etham has been writing and performing from the very beginning. At fifteen he was already performing in any pub or club that would let him, singing songs he’d written about growing up, moving homes and future plans.

He found his home in Reading, working in a house turned creative hub surrounded by artists before positioning himself at the heart of Ealing Studios.

After countless shows and sessions he finally, aged seventeen, released a few tracks on Soundcloud.

Within two months he had gone #1 on Hype Machine, had over 300k plays on Soundcloud, amounted over half a million on YouTube and gained the support from the likes of Clash, The Vibe Guide & Mobo. He even went #1 on Scott Vener's Undrtone chart.

The success lead to a co-headline and sell out show at ‘Birthdays’ and performance at ‘Blue Flowers’ & ‘GoldDust.’

From here Etham decided to lay low and begin working towards the next stage of his career. Spotify E.P due May 2017.

Redemption

Sun 2nd July

Redemption

Sun 2nd July

"Redemption” are a dedicated 5 piece band of ex professional musicians from East Anglia. After the incredible amount of years touring alongside some of the biggest names in the British music scene they have decided to return to their roots and share their wealth of experience & passion for the music they love. One of the key musicians, Nigel Portass, on keyboards is one of Britain’s finest session musicians, making his name in the 60s as Tom Jones keyboard player also on many hits with artists such as Van Morrison, Chuck Berry, Rod Stewart. Singer & bass player Joe Hartley, has also made a name for himself on the Norfolk music scene with "Whole lotta hair" & “Addison's Uncle“. On saxophone & flute, John Wilmott from the world famous “James Taylor Quartet“. Lee Batuik on guitar and vocals from "The Years" & "No Strings" and Sean Portass on drums, Ex "Paul Tinkler's

R & B Allstars". The band’s repertoire shows off all their individual styles with the guys being able to play everything from Rock, Funk, Blues, Soul & Rock n Roll, performing hits by such as B.B. King, James Brown, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Doobie

Brothers & Stevie Wonder. Always go down a storm wherever they play...

CJ Hatt

Sun 9th July

CJ Hatt

Sun 9th July

Winner of the Twisted Melon Battle Of The Bands Acoustic Competition 2017.

Grantham's CJ Hatt has a passion for pure acoustic music and this shows in his performance. He plays a wide variety of music, from old classics to modern hits with some curve balls thrown in too. His different take on songs and ability make any song sound great acoustically makes him stand out as a unique & talented act. In addition, he also writes his own music too! You will see and hear why he stands out from the usual acoustic singers when you see him live! Not to be missed!

Cryssis

Sun 9th July

Cryssis

Sun 9th July

Dick York & Vom Ritchie met in 1981 in Basildon, Essex (England). At this time, both played already in overregional known bands. York at the legendary "Sta Prest", one of the original Mod revival bands, Ritchie swung the drumsticks at "The Miracle Babies". Together they founded their first band, "Cry Dyann", which was a hot newcomer and was acted quickly by catchy pop punk songs like "Could it be", "So Clean", "She Loves" and "Plundersquad".

While Dick York in 1983 frustrated his musical career for the first time, Vom Ritchie started and soon afterwards captured the international charts with "Doctor And The Medics". For many years, Von Ritchie has been living in Dusseldorf and is a drummer of the "Toten Hosen" as well as the British punk legend "The Boys" and numerous side projects such as "The Spittin 'Vicars", "Cornerboys", etc.

The songs of "Cry Dyaan" survived the time as demo tapes and did not get rid of Ritchie in all the years then in 2010 York tracked down Ritchie

and the two reformed under the new name "CRYSSIS". "We met, laughed at the old times, wrote a few new songs and invited Thomas Schneider (" The Spittin 'Vicars "," Beatlesons ", etc.) & Trip (" Child In The Stomach ") , As guitarist and bassist."

The band has had massive success across Europe an recently supported the Undertones in the UK on their sell out anniversary tour. CRYSSIS have earned a legendary reputation with their intensive shows and the pinnacle for the band so far was a gig in Paris with "The Disciplines" and not least the two concerts on personal invitation from "Die Ärzte" before 24,000 enthusiastic fans.

The Extons

Sat 8th July

The Extons

Sat 8th July

‘The Extons’ are a four piece Indie Rock band from King’s Lynn. Formed in 2015, the band quickly gained the attention of BBC Introducing Norfolk and picked up supporting shows with the likes of ‘VANT’, ‘The Sherlocks’ and ‘The Pigeon Detectives’. So far, they’ve played shows throughout Anglia and 2017 will see them heading further afield to perform at venues and festivals across the country. Their music has had multiple plays on BBC Norfolk and has featured on BBC Radio 1 Introducing and Amazing FM. The band’s first single was picked up and played by both Steve Lamacq and Lauren Laverne of BBC 6 Music.

Mark Purdy

Fri 7th July

Mark Purdy

Fri 7th July

Mark Purdy is a son of King's Lynn with a second to none DJ history firmly linking him to his home town and the East of England across the last 30 years.

Having plied his trade as resident DJ at just about every club and bar in King’s Lynn including 15 years in Luminar Leisure’s venues such as Manhattans where he was one of the very 1st DJs there in the mid 80's all the way through to DJing on its very last night in 1999.

Other fondly remembered King’s Lynn clubs including Pymms, Zoots and L.A's are all on Mark’s CV along with many high profile nightclubs in Norwich, Peterborough and Bury St. Edmunds, not to mention almost 20 years worth of DJ appearances at the Jenyns Arms.

Mark has worked with a star spangled selection of groups and singers, Radio 1 DJs, Actors, Celebrities, Page 3 Models and even DJ’d at the cast and crew parties held when Hollywood came to town to film Revolution in 1986.

Nowadays Mark can still be found DJing all over the East of England including several of the UK's largest Soul events, Event Managing Soul Weekends, promoting his own nights in King's Lynn and co-presenting the weekly Soul & Funk show on KLFM 96.7, amongst other stuff.

We are proud to work in conjunction with Mark to bring "Back in the Day" to Festival Too for the people of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.

Mark is a self-confessed vinyl mad record collector and still regularly DJ's on record decks as well as owning a multitude of state of the art digital sound & lighting equipment to cater for his numerous gigs.

If you would like to know more about Mark's up and coming gigs, you can follow him via his social media:

www.facebook.com/dj.mark.purdy

twitter.com/MarkMarkpurdy

Flint Moore

Sat 15th July

Flint Moore

Sat 15th July

Flint Moore are a band from Downham Market, and are a mixture of alt-rock, grunge and folk.

Flint Moore originally started as a solo project by Francis. However, it didn’t truly get going until Noah (Drummer) asked if he could play alongside him. After a few awkward practices together, it was decided that Flint Moore should be a full band. With months of searching, Lawrence (Lead guitarist), Ryan (Pianist) and Maddy (Bassist) joined in the fray.

It’s been three years since then, and Flint Moore have been going from strength to strength. From being featured on multiple radio stations (including BBC Introducing, Cambridge 105, Future Radio) to playing all over the country, their songs have stayed energetic, melodic and meaningful. Thanks to their philosophy of “play with, not at”, their live performances are so explosive and open you can’t help but feel swept up in the moment. They push for the best sound, and with the help of others, they strive to make Norfolk known for its rock sound all over the world.

Wise Naïve

Sat 8th July

Wise Naïve

Sat 8th July

The Wise Naïve are a 9 piece funk band from Cambridgeshire and London. They have played at venues such as the Met lounge, The Brewery Tap & The Voo Doo Lounge. The band have also played at The O2 Academy2- Islington and headlined at 93 Feet East on Brick Lane. The Wise Naïve recently performed at Fawkes in the Walks and at the Kings Lynn Christmas lights switch on. If you're a fan of soulful guitars, a driving bass, funky drums, bongo beats, melodic horns, and a powerful female vocalist with moves like Jagger... you will have guaranteed fun with The Wise Naïve.