Sun 25th Aug at Midday - 2:30am
Craig Charles Fantasy Weekender: Big Day Out
@ Creative Common, Bristol
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Craig Charles Fantasy Weekender: Big Day Out: Craig Charles + The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra + Thundercat + Omar + The Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band + Gilles Peterson + Loose Ends + Smoove & Turrell + DJ Format + Laminate Radio + Plump DJs + Cheeba + Soultrain DJs + We + Like You DJs + The Invisible Circus
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Legendary actor, host and broadcaster Craig Charles is one of UK’s most beloved Funk and Soul DJs. From Robot Wars to Red Dwarf, Craig has now grounded himself as a Funk & Soul icon after 10 years of broadcasting on BBC 6 Music with their primetime Saturday night show.
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The brainchild of Madness saxophonist Mr. Lee 'Kix' Thompson, Lee Thompson's Ska Orchestra were formed in the back streets of Hackney, in the early months of 2011. As well as his usual saxophone duties, Thompson takes on the lead vocals in a hand-picked line up that features fellow Madness original Mark 'Bedders' Bedford on bass.
The Orchestra came together from different parts of North, East, South and West London, with their common denominator being music, and in particular those good old Ska and Reggae rhythms that burst out of Jamaica in the mid to late 1960s.
Debut album 'The Benevolence of Sister Mary Ignatius' released in 2013 was well received and led to major Radio and TV appearances including Later with Jools Holland and Glastonbury Live in 2014.
The Ska Orchestra's eagerly awaited 2nd album is due for release in 2016.
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An energetic, imaginative performer, LA bass virtuoso Stephen Bruner, aka Thundercat, has toured the world working with an impressive list of artists, from members of LA’s vibrant underground beat scene such as Flying Lotus through to global stars such as soul legend Leon Ware, Erykah Badu and Snoop Dogg.
Whilst his debut album, 'The Golden Age of Apocalypse', marked him out as one of the music scene’s most innovative players, his new album, the Flying Lotus produced ‘Apocalypse’, (just released on FlyLo’s own Brainfeeder Records) has firmly established himself as a global star earning universal praise everywhere from Pitchfork to The Independent.
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Omar Christopher Lye-Fook MBE, or Omar for short, is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and singer who continues to push back the frontiers of soul and rhythm and blues with his sensual grooves. Since building a name for himself in the early 90s with classics such as 'There's Nothing Like This', he has gone on to produce critically acclaimed new albums and make regular live performances including supporting the legendary Stevie Wonder at Hyde Park in 2016. As his career has progressed, Omar's material has become more diverse and varied; incorporating Caribbean rhythms with touches of funk, zouk, jazz and spoken word.
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Best known as a radio presenter on Saturday afternoons on BBC 6Music and as an international club DJ, Gilles Peterson is also an avid record collector, a curator, a music producer and record label boss. Every year he puts on two large events – the Worldwide Awards in London which are his annual showcase of that years best music and the Worldwide Festival which has expanded to two editions – one in south of France in July and one in Switzerland in March. He also presents a syndicated weekly radio show that is broadcast all over the globe, from Shanghai and Sydney to France and Germany.
He has a long history of running record labels, including Acid Jazz in the late Eighties, Talkin Loud in the Nineties through to his current venture, Brownswood Recordings, which releases some of the best underground music around.
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One of the most successful UK soul bands of the 1980's, Loose Ends first hit the charts in 1985 with 'Hanging on a String' which went to number one in the USA and hit the national top 10 in the UK. More hits followed on both sides of the Atlantic with 'Magic Touch', 'Slow Down' and 'Watching You ( Watching Me )'.
In 1990 two of the original members, Jane Eugene and Steve Nichol, left the band and were replaced with Linda Carriere and Sunay Suleyman, who joined founding member Carl McIntosh, and who have now brought Loose Ends back to overwhelming demand.
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Geordie duo with the smoothest funk and soul sounds. A fabulous live Northern Soul influenced band, combined with Turrell's gravel-voiced, classic soul man vocals. Their material draws on subject matters which are aimed to make us stop and think, with songs such as the politically charged ‘Hate Seeking Missile’ balanced fittingly with uplifting stompers such as ‘I Feel Alive’, guarantee to get even the most resistant of dancers toe-tapping.
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Southampton-born, Brighton-based DJ who favours the 'back in the day' beats. Coming from a similar starting point as Jurassic 5, Edan and Ugly Duckling, DJ Format is staking a claim for UK beat-makers everywhere, he's got the funk. Well known for being one of UK's biggest hip hop producers, mix-tape maestro and a damn good DJ.
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Leading lights on the breaks scene. Plump DJs take their name from a certain top-shelf publication and make sure that their beats are equally classy.
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Representing Solid Steel and resident with Detectives Of Perspective, Bristol's DJ Cheeba is not your average DJ, known to cut and paste anything and everything you've ever seen.
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The legendary 'Soul Institution' Soul Train providing R'n'B, jazz, funk and soul music events and discotheques across the Bristol and the South West. Whilst specialising in music from the 70s and 80s, if it's good enough - regardless of year - it gets a play.
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The Invisible Circus is a collective of multi-skilled artists from Bristol and London formed during a decade and a half of world travel and adventure as street performers.
They have appeared in over 20 countries around the world since forming in 1992. Specializing in site-specific performance and made-to-order spectacles, they have performed at events such as the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, Burning Man in the USA, and Womad in New Zealand.
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