Standing proud at the hilltop of the Dingle is the Bandstand. Hosting a variety of eclectic sounds,it’s philosophy is to bring diverse, unsigned and experimental acts to the stage.
This stage is perfect for those of you looking for a comfy sofa to chill with a beer, hoping to source new music. Tucked into its own area on the far side of the Dingle, the Bandstand creates an atmosphere all of its own. Just ask Phill Jupitus – he couldn’t be prised from his choice armchair…
Confirmations so far…
An acoustic dance threesome currently stealing all the lime light in Essex. Animal Noise will have you creating a toe tapping spectacular on the dance floor. Hailed as ‘the
ones to watch this year’ (Tom Robinson BBC6), this trio could give Daft Punk a run for their money. Be sure to add Animal Noise to the ‘must see list’.
Accurately described by UNCUT as “possessing an intricate, idiosyncratic beauty…genuinely strange and original” Sixtoes are back for another session on The Bandstand with their unforgettable folk noir.
Major Triadz is a duo from mid-Wales making brilliant experimental hip-hop. Coming from drum n bass backgrounds and the world of underground hip hop of the 1990s, Major Triadz combine influences from as diverse a range as country, dub, electro and classical, crafting lyrics that draw upon history and politics. Their creativity is undeniable. Get ready to experience their highly unique and lively sound.
Returning to The Bandstand by popular demand, Figaro have been together for 3 years and have gained a lot of attention in that time, gigging regularly around Bristol. Highlights of their set include the toe tapping Happy Cracks and startling vocals on Ugly Pretty Birds.
Since last year’s roaring performance on The Bandstand, Disco Panther have been taking over the dance floors near and far. Now it’s time to once again give this dazzling 13 piece band some space to roam free, performing the funkiest funkathon of the festival. Save your energy for this!
With the spirits of film noir about them, this duo will transport you to calmer times. Their unique haunting sound is full of mystery, allow yourself to be floated above the skies.
Birmingham-based Drakelow are a band who play big orchestral indie rock and roll. They use guitar, bass and drums as well as violin, piano and trombone with accomplished vocal harmonies out front. Led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Matt Pinfield the band specialises in righteous, uplifting songs that shift from white noise and power chords to heartfelt strings and piano.
Sophie creates atmospheres with words and a delicately-plucked guitar. A sound which began in the conventional female singer-songwriter vein is developing into something more poignant, dark and ethereal. Since returning from university, Sophie has thrown herself into the London folk scene, where relentless gigging has brought significant progress both in her profile and in the nature of her live performance.
Cardiff’s five peice The Brymys were formed in 2011. They bring their ‘jig-tastic, foot-stomping, future Folk’ with hints of bangra all the way through to balinese, to The Bandstand for the first time.
Browning, Birch, Beynon, Coote and Scheinman…all these musicians have been in various bands over the years and somehow managed to get mixed up in each others company to make this unique blend of sounds that they like to call “Societies music.”
Ringolevio are a three piece rock ‘n’ roll outfit. Combining a romantic view of the world with a punk attitude they write songs about ambitions, love, hate and everything in between. Having gigged regularly around the UK, they have just come out of the studio with new songs set for release…
Formed in 2011, this Welsh trio have been tearing up South Wales with their alternative, in your face music. As they put it, they like guitar, bass,drums, shouting, samples, feedback and noise. High energy, their sound is reminiscent of the likes of Joy Division, Pixies and Sonic Youth.
This Swansea based Welsh punk trio rounded off The Bandstand in 2010. This year they are back with a vengeance. Signed to Skunk Records keep an ear out for highlights of the set, Ignition and Standing on The Sun.
Springh are an up and coming London musical collective, who’s line up is ever changing. Keen muso’s amongst you may be more familiar with their work under the name Glassband. Their use of guitars, violins and cello ensure their sound is truly unique.
Minnie Birch make acoustic folky pop music, which is in her words “sad and dreary music that will leave you feeling happy.” She has released a split EP with Go Monaco which is available now on Bandcamp.
Telegrams are a groundbreaking new four-piece. Their music combines progressive rock, folk, indie and electronica with intricate guitars and piano, delicate melodies and intelligent lyrics to produce highly crafted songs that resonate with modern life and themes of love, loss and the great beyond.
5 piece act formed in 2003 with guitars, mandolin, banjo, bass, drums/percussion and an accordion. Sweetcornbread’s sound encompasses elements of blues roots, reggae, funk, country rock and punk folk. The cite Wobbly Squadron and Dufflefolks amongst their influences.
With a funky brand of good time music, Kid At The Back electrify the atmosphere. Their energy and sheer musicianship adds a unique feel and engages any audience, so you can get down on the floor!
When Rob, Dan, Darren and Jon aren’t busy building and organising Nozstock, they become alternative prog rockers We Steal Thieves. “Offering an eclectic amalgamation of inspiration taken from the likes of Radiohead, Wilco, Joy Division and Aphex Twin, We Steal Thieves guarantee an intense live performance of bittersweet melodies and surreally arresting lyrics to tug at the heartstrings” (BBC’s Adam Walton).
Jon Morgan is a singer/songwriter/producer from Swansea, he has performed with many bands over the years mainly as a drummer and gained notoriety as DJ Octo Pi. Realising he had a talent for songwriting he decided to pursue this path, this is the story so far…
Working with young people and arts organisations the Livewire Project is set up by The Music Pool, a music charity for Herefordshire. Livewire sets up gigs, workshops and training opportunities for young people in the county, giving them the opportunity to perform, work with professionals, record their music and learn about the industry. The best of 2013s recruits will be showing The Bandstand their skills and the crowds of The Hidden Valley their passion for their craft…