Concrete Culture are a 5 piece band formed at Hive Youth Centre in Exmouth, consisting of lead singer Chloe Brooks-Herbert, guitarists Frankie Hebson and Ben Dawson, drummer Harvey Beatty and bassist Max Damsell. They strive to entertain by performing a range of covers, from the rock classics to today’s modern hits, as well as originals. Concrete Culture are known for their energetic performance and original twist – this is a name to look out for!
MAD FOR IT!
Mad For It! are a popular and energetic 5-piece hailing from the Exeter and Exmouth area, and specialise in the very best of classic 90s Britpop and Indie smash hits.
You can expect classic crowd-pleasing singalong summer anthems from the likes of Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Supergrass, Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics, Suede, Dodgy, Happy Mondays, Robbie Williams and much more. Instantly transporting you back to the heady party vibes of the mid 90s, they’re not to be missed!
FABULOUS BEAVER BROTHERS
The only men left standing after a 6-day peyote and tequila blind in a tin shack on the hills above Acapulco, The Fabulous Beaver Brothers emerged blinking into the sunlight and embarked upon a journey that would change their lives, and the lives of countless others, forever. They travelled across deserts and oceans to be baptised in the spiritual waters of Detroit Soul, they drank deep from the righteous cup of wisdom of the psychedelic Godfathers of P-Funk, and they followed the funky creed of Breakbeat Disciples to return charged with super fine grooves.
RUBY MAY SPENCER
Ruby May Spencer is an up-and-coming solo singer-songwriter based in Exeter. Her music is a blend of soul, blues and jazz with a hint of folk. She released her debut EP ‘The Prologue’ back in December 2014 – at the age of 14. Influences such as Amy Winehouse, Etta James, Nina Simone and Alabama Shakes inspire her music. As the BBC ‘Introducing in Devon’ artist, she was recently chosen to record 2 original tracks as part of the Radio One Big Weekend Academy, which resulted in her performing at R1’s closing showcase. RMS is currently in the recording process of creating her first album.
Megan is a local singer-songwriter, who has been performing since she was sixteen. In recent years she has lived and performed in Swansea, Barcelona and Birmingham. She plays a mixture of covers and originals, in both English and Spanish, and takes inspiration from artists such as Ben Howard and Bon Iver.
GUY SOMERFIELD & THE UNHOLY UNION
Guy Somerfield is a local singer, guitarist and songwriter with a long history of performing, having started when he left school too many years ago to mention. This is Guy’s first performance on the Festival stage and he will be accompanied by two local musicians affectionately known as THE UNHOLY UNION. Guy would have to admit when listening to this collection of songs that is a definite American feel to the work, which reflects his love of blues and west coast music.
A truly unique and authentic Latin extravaganza ready to transport you straight to Brazil, with melodic lines and traditional rhythms playing a potent mix of uplifting sambas and stunning bossa novas. Ecuadorian/Swedish singer Annika brings authenticity to the performances by singing the songs in their native written language of Portuguese.
If you are passionate about Latin music and love the Latin rhythm, then don’t miss this band live!
BICTON STREET BLUES
Bicton Street Blues are a duo playing blues, country and original material. Dave Gwilliam and Olly Davey are two highly experienced musicians who have played with well-known bands including Dave with Laughing Gravy and Olly with Souled. They bring a unique sound to the blues and last year supported John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett.
Lucid have a distinctive folk-rock sound driven by brilliant vocal harmonies! Their unique sound is woven together with violin, guitar, bass and keys, all of which are played to the highest calibre! Their songs take you on a journey from joyful melody to darker rock, with some breathtaking violin work thrown in for good measure.
The Cabarats bring a new musical experience to the global underground, combining traditional Balkan and Middle Eastern sounds with lively reggae and ska. Using a collection of intriguing instruments such as accordion, oud, keyboard and brass, the band have dazzled a wide range of audiences from festival crowds to private functions and community events.
The Leylines are back with a new album and their reputation for wild, energetic performances has been encapsulated within it. Recover/Reveal is the second studio album from the band, out on 1 March 2019. They released their debut album, Along The Old Straight Track, in 2016, and started work on Recover/Reveal almost immediately after this was released. This record represents nearly three years of honing and crafting, with a number of tracks crowd-tested at numerous venues and festivals across the UK. The result is a collection of sincere, straight-from-the-heart performances, constructed with care and played with passion.
T’Pau burst onto the music scene in 1987 with the hit Heart and Soul reaching number 4 in both the UK and US charts. Taken from the debut album Bridge of Spies, its innovative use of a rap verse by a white female vocalist introduced the world to the distinctive lead vocals of Carol Decker and the songwriting talents of Carol and Ronnie Rogers. Heart and Soul led to a meteoric rise in T’Pau’s fortunes at home and in the USA, where the track stayed on the US Billboard Chart for 6 months.
EXMOUTH MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY
Multi-award-winning Exmouth Musical Theatre Company present a selection of songs from their latest showstopper Sister Act. Based on the popular movie starring Whoopie Goldberg, Sister Act tells the story of night club singer Delores van Cartier and the Sisters of Holy Angels Convent. Featuring original music by Tony and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Sister Act is at Exmouth Pavilion from 5-8 June 2019.
Poppy Fardell is a country/pop singer, songwriter and actress. Poppy was born locally and moved to London to pursue her career as an actress and musician. She is currently writing and recording her debut album, which she hopes will be released by the end of the year. She says: “I love coming home to attend and perform at Exmouth Festival. The atmosphere is unforgettable, and it brings back so many happy memories. It always makes me feel so proud to call Exmouth my home.”
Telstar are a 3-piece alternative/indie rock band from Exmouth. Since appearing at Exmouth Festival last year they have been busy gigging around pubs and festivals and have now written their debut EP which they will be showcasing at this year’s festival alongside other popular indie rock covers. An incredible live performance not to miss out on.
LA LA CHOIR
La La Choirs began in Lympstone with 18 members in 2008. They now have over 300 people on the books and have choirs in Plymouth, Exeter, Exmouth and Ottery St Mary. They are a mixed adult choir and perform in around 2 concerts per month for the majority of the year, except for December when they usually have 10 or 12 events. They have raised over £126,000 for charities to date, including an amazing £60,000 for CLIC Sargent from their sell-out ‘CLIC for Christmas’ concerts.
ADAM SWEET & BAND
Adam Sweet plays a unique blend of blue-eyed blues and soulful southern rock. Taking his cue from the sweet sounds of Little Feat and the Allman Brothers, married to the driving guitar style of Rory Gallagher and the British blues boom sounds of Free and early Fleetwood Mac, he’s carved out a territory between Nashville and the classic rock riffs of the 60s and 70s. With an expressive vocal style, expertly piercing guitar work and growing song-writing credits, Adam plays some of the most compelling blues-rock in the UK.
BLUE ARSE FLY
Since their hugely well-received set at last year’s Exmouth Festival, the town’s very own Blue Arse Fly have been rocking all over the South West! With far too many years’ experience between them to mention, they bring their own unique style of live performance to a wide-ranging and ever-growing repertoire of classics – including songs by AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Stereophonics, Skunk Anansie, Muse, Alanis Morrisette, The Killers and a ton in between. This band aims to get you on your feet and singing: “No one leaves one of our gigs empty-hearted!”
Blind Man Earl are an experienced Devon-based four-piece band, blending blues, rock, folk & funk with all original material. Formed in 2016, with talented musicians from the South West music scene. Blind Man Earl offer a mix of acoustic and electric instruments including: vocals, guitars, double bass, drums, banjo and blues harp.
BACKBEAT SOUND SYSTEM
Backbeat Sound System brings 8 musicians to the stage who 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.
Now one of the most recognisable tribute bands in the world, Supreme Queen continue to take things to a whole different level, with their homage to the halcyon days of one of the planet’s greatest ever rock bands. Since their formation in the nineties, Supreme Queen have played to hundreds of thousands of Queen fans across the world, headlining at major events including St. Tropez’s International Queen Convention, where they played to 10,000 people.
Rock Choir is much more than a choir – it’s a multi-layered singing experience. The power of music, meeting new friends and performing at life-changing events together contribute to an emotional and powerful journey for their members. They have been perfecting Rock Choir for 10 years now and have achieved an award-winning standard of excellence in both the educational and emotional aspects of what they try to do. Each of the brilliant national team of musicians, teachers and performers are personally chosen and trained to lead their choir in each community through the most uplifting and feel-good songs ever written.
Nick plays his own material: his ‘catchy melodies and skillful songwriting are infectious and if you’re not toe-tapping at one of his gigs it must be because you have no toes. His fusion of Folk, Indie and Country music really does just hit the spot. Young, exuberant and sure to be going somewhere.’ (Nottingham Music) ‘Nick is a smooth blend of Andy Williams and Roger Whittaker meets Jake Bugg. These are pioneering times, Nick could be what we are looking for.’ Martin Glover (Youth)
Pattern Pusher – Alex Johnstone, vocals and keyboards, drummer Benjamin Conibear and Ben Green, guitars/synths – strive to achieve immersive music that breaks the boundaries between sight and sound. Electrifying visuals with synth melodies combined with an attention-grabbing on-stage energy, no-one would guess the trio originated in little old Devon.
Early Pattern Pusher tracks were produced by the legendary John Cornfield (Muse, Oasis, Supergrass), but they have since continued to produce their unique sound independently.
NOT THE COWBOYS
A rip-roaring party band to get you in the swing. Playing a mix of thigh-slapping covers in our unique cowboy-country style,* guaranteed to get everyone dancing. *(imagine a cross between George Ezra and the Wurzels playing a Bon Jovi and Black Eyed Peas mash-up… and you’ll be close to our style!) Just put on a cowboy hat and do-si-do the night away! Guaranteed to be a rootin’ tootin’ party! Yeehaw!
Chief Whip are an original rock 4-piece hailing from Exmouth, a musical embryo of indie rock, western swagger and rhythmic rapping. Formed by a passion to create raw and energetic music. Regular BBC Introducing appearances and high energy sets have made the band a favourite at gigs and festivals across the South West. “There’s no one who does it more live and with more gusto and angst than Chief Whip… If you can see them live do, because it’s barmy” Sarah Gosling, Presenter, ‘BBC Introducing’ in Devon and Cornwall
Over the past decade The Simmertones have established themselves as one of the UK’s leading authentic ska and reggae bands. These nine South West musicians regularly get packed venues and festivals jumping with their exciting and infectious live sound. During 2016/17 The Simmertones’ live shows continued to reach new heights, with prestigious and well-received appearances at The London International Ska Festival, Madness’ House of Fun Weekender, The Looe Music Festival, Bestival and Camp Bestival. The band are frequently played on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, particularly by Jo Whiley and Steve Lamacq, who have playlisted their songs ‘Run For Your Life’, ‘Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps’ and ‘Dr Who’.