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…
2014 line up coming soon.
2013 line up included…
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.
Seattle Yacht Club are Tom Dale – Vox keys and Denis Brice – Guitar Vox Keys An English duo making electro-art-pop-music from Southport UK
Tom & Denis you would describe almost as brothers, best of friends having grown up next door to each other and have always shared a love of music; working their music together, been in bands together, and now perfecting their sound into something they relish…producing melody driven electronically engaged alternative art pop backed with memorable guitar hooks.
Melbourne Indie darlings The April Maze present R&B flavoured vocals etched with upfront cello and 70s inspired harmonies backed by a full orchestral sound.
The April Maze are duo Todd Mayhew and Sivan Agam who formed 5 years ago but leapt into the global spotlight in late 2012 when their intimate stripped-‐back album ‘Two’ featured on the front page of the world’s biggest music streaming service. This was followed by a packed out East Coast Tour of glowing reviews and a growing fan base, whilst performing amidst floods and health scares.
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…
From the North West to the South Coast, settling in London via Australia, Zoe Konez is a force of well-travelled, indefinable acoustica. As an inimitable guitarist exploring experimental open tunings and innovative playing techniques, Zoe brings us her unique twist of indie-folk. Through sharp lyrical acumen Zoe shares a tender balance of insightful personal introspection and keen observations on life. Her instinctive connection between word sounds and melodic pattern is woven through cross genre, open songwriting styles and delivered through confident command of her instruments – voice and guitar.
You can catch two sets from this Bristol crew over the weekend peddling some good old jiggery folkery.
Thumper Monkey are a four piece progressive rock group from London who describe their sound as ‘heavy art juice’
Jerry Afraid is a singer/ songwriter based in Bristol, but to use the phrase singer/songwriter kind of sells this performer short. They are songs but not as we know them, acoustic guitar and the soulful haunting voice of jerry afraid is in cased in a soundscapes of weird glitchey industrial beats and polly-rhythms. The use of a Theremin and many other weird devices add to this rich, colourful and sometimes abrasive sound, definitely a thinking man’s indie.
Daniel Linn is a Sound Artist, Musician and Film Maker living and working in London. He is originally from Swansea and is currently finishing a BA in Sound Arts & Design at London College of Communication. Deaf Pictures is a moniker used to represent work in the mediums of Installation art, composition and film.
Merging a blend of high energy blues and rock ‘n’ roll each member brings his own influences and style to Texas Radio delivering a foot-stomping groove.
Song-based, original, contemporary classical music from Liverpool.
Nomad Soul Collective started only recently as a collaboration project formed from the four-piece Nomad Soul. In 2011 the four members Henry Lawry, Kiran Bhatt, Jamie Beaumount and Emmett Glynn would meet up on a weekly basis and develop new and exciting ideas covering all different genres from Progressive Rock to Jazz. It was at this early period that we conceived the track ‘Murmuration’ or as it was originally called 7/8. We used basic recording devices to initially capture the spontaneity of the music as it was taking shape.
Acoustic performer Neil Clarke is no stranger to playing an intimate festival show. His song, Hey My Politician is both emotive and melodic.
Cardiff band, Rum Puppets have played Oxjam Festival 2 years in a row but this year make their Bandstand debut.
A music project created around beautiful individual interpretations of Iranian folk and the original songs of Roshi Nasehi.
It’s now been just over two years since this dynamic Welsh group began recording & gigging together. Their debut demo rammed album ‘Idolise’ was released late in 2010 and was nominated for XFM’s ‘best new music of 2011’. The record was released via Japanese label ‘Art Union’ who picked up on the band through hearing their demo’s online. We know them best for their highly charged track ‘1268’ which featuring on the Dead Young Club Vol.2 10” vinyl compilation in 2010. The track was soon later also picked up for release via ’Too Pure/Beggars Banquet’, all only months into their existence.