Events for Sunday 28th of October 2012
1.00pm (Doors 12.30pm)
Pocktoberfest (music & Beer Festival)The line-up for this year's event include ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, GUILLEMOTS, ELLEN & THE ESCAPADES, DAVID FORD & LOUIS BARABBUS & THE BEDLAM SIX.
Echo & The Bunnymen
Echo and The Bunnymen started in the late '70s, playing Liverpool clubs as a trio of Ian McCulloch (vocals), Will Sergeant (guitars) and Les Pattison (bass), accompanied by a drum-machine, often erroneously considered to be "Echo". Before releasing their debut Crocodiles, drummer Pete de Freitas replaced the machine and soon they were storming up the charts. In 1980 Crocodiles was described as "probably the best album of the year" by NME, with Rolling Stone commenting that McCulloch "specializes in a sort of apocalyptic brooding, combining Jim Morrison-style psychosexual yells, a flair for David Bowie vocal inflections and the nihilistic bark of his punk peers". Echo & The Bunnymen released Ocean Rain (1984), widely considered their masterpiece, the record's "sympathetically orchestrated, effervescent" songs were praised by Mojo and AllMusic called single The Killing Moon the band's "unrivalled pinnacle".
An international pop band, Guillemots first galloped into people's ears back in 2005 with joyful, colour-drenched singles such as "Made-up Lovesong #43" and "Trains to Brazil". Their debut album "Through The Windowpane" followed in 2006, picking up a Mercury nomination and vocal praise from Sir Paul McCartney. The band's growing reputation for playing ecstatic and unhinged gigs also led to a 2007 Brit Nomination for Best Live Act. "Red" (2008), and "Walk the River" (2011) came next, as well as singer Fyfe Dangerfield's own Gold-selling solo debut, "Fly Yellow Moon" (2010), and the band have played an increasingly diverse range of gigs, spanning from stadium concerts supporting R.E.M to a series of ongoing collaborations with Future Cinema, improvising soundtracks to cult films such as David Lynch's "Eraserhead". In 2012, Guillemots have been beguiling the music world once more, with the surprise release of their fourth album, "Hello Land!", and the news that three more new albums will appear throughout the year, all recorded in the Norwegian countryside with producer Jonas Raabe, in association with The state51 Conspiracy.
Simon & Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene Acoustic
OCEAN COLOUR SCENE'S SIMON FOWLER AND DRUMMER OSCAR HARRISON ARE PERFORMING some EXCLUSIVE ACOUSTIC SHOWS WHICH HAVE GARNERED RAVE REVIEWS WITH THEIR AWESOME DELIVERY OF ALL THE OCS FAVOURITES including 'The River Boat Song' and 'The Day We Caught The Train'. SIMON DESCRIBES THE ACOUSTIC SHOWS AS "A REAL TONIC- A GREAT CHANCE TO LOOK THE AUDIENCE IN THE EYE AND INTERACT WITH THEM ON A MORE PERSONAL BASIS THAN EVER BEFORE".
Ellen & The Escapades
Since forming in 2009, acoustic pop-rock Ellen and the Escapades have won many admirers, none more influential than the BBC Introducing radio programme who chose them to perform at the Reading and Leeds festivals in their first year. In 2010, the quintet won Q Magazine's Emerging Talent award, which resulted in them playing three of Glastonbury's main stages that year. The quintet formed in Leeds, with 3 of their number natives of the Yorkshire city, one coming from Reading and the other from San Francisco - and their sound has developed rapidly since their birth. Ellen and the Escapades' extremely catchy songs have been described as sounding "a bit like the work of a late-60s Bob Dylan support band, fronted by Kirsty MacColl, with a Yorkshire accent" by the Guardian.
David Ford is a British singer-songwriter who has become known for the sheer passion and heart he puts into his songs and performances. He now has a large following in the UK and across North America having released three albums, a number of EPs, a book and toured extensively. His recent London show at KOKO received 5 out of 5 reviews in both The Guardian and The Times. Over the past year Ford has released both a 'live' album recorded in the USA, "New York City LIVE", and three EPs, "Austerity Measures", "Ford 4.1" and "Ford 4.2" all of which went straight into the top of the UK iTunes "singer-songwriter" chart, as has every other David Ford release.
Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six
Many believe that the number of love songs in the world far outstrip the number of things with which one can fall in love. That is why Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six are doing their very best to readdress the balance, penning twisted dirt-swing about lust and loathing, served up on an exuberant gobbet of malicious delight.
Stories about grieving lovers, thieving lovers and deceiving lovers seep from their songbook like a putrescent parade of painful parables. It's strangely beautiful - but not very.
Local-boys-done-good Club Smith return to their home town off the back of a successful tour with Kaiser Chiefs where they sold enough CDs on the merchandise stand to chart. This homecoming comes ahead of their debut album "Appetite for Chivalry" released in November. The band have enjoyed support from Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson at BBC 6music, play listing on XFM and radio plays on Radio one.