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For 13 years Farmfest has been carefully crafted into one of the most unique and inclusive smallscale gatherings in the UK, where music and people set the tempo and the curious venture.
Set to a sumptuous Somerset backdrop, the pocket-sized field builds a swirling musical orchestra with performances from some of the finest emerging and established left-of-mainstream artists, operating within the realms of electronic, indie, folk and world, but where genre meets no border.
From early morning workouts to kids' workshops, or brilliantly blended beats to riotous jumbles of jazz and brass-based bonanzas, comedy and poetry - or just a touch of the people's spirited madness - you can come find your groove. Home to more than seven music venues, plus a host of other spaces and delights for the whole family, it's a consciously capped 5000 people capacity for the whole weekend, and a bubbling blend of unfettered festival frolics and humming party vigour.
Back for 2019, it's still run by a collective of friends, with and for the local community as an independent, non-corporate and sponsor free event, and one that gives back to charities close to their hearts.
Please visit farmfestival.co.uk/ for more information.
Funky soul trio consisting of founder members Paul and Ross Godfrey together with the incredible vocal talents of Skye Edwards.
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New York's Maurice Fulton has been described as 'the Yankee King of Weird House', and is renowned for his three-deck wizardry.
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DJ Shanti Celeste brings influences from her native Bristol combining with more housey flavours from both Chicago and Detroit.
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James Holden & The Animal Spirits
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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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She Drew The Gun
Lo-fi lyrical journeys through a glacial lullaby-blues, She Drew the Gun is an artist getting used to being compared to those in the literary world as much as those in the music world. Fronted by songwriter Louisa Roach, the band offer dreamy lyrical psych-pop from the banks of the Mersey.
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With a sample-hunting, studio-meddling mindset, Skinny Pelembe’s music roams hazy afro-tipped soul with psychedelic tangents. Born in Johannesburg, growing up in Doncaster, he’s a sparkling multi-instrumentalist who blends his production, guitar, singing and MCing to tap into a unique, influence-weaving sound.
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Formed in May 2017 in Bristol, through friendship, and a desperate need for artistic and sonic self-expression, Heavy Lungs went on a frenetic spree. From the first packed out show at Crofters Rights, to recording an EP in 3 days, a raucous set at Simple Things, to supporting Idles then Metz. This is the beginning. This is Heavy Lungs.
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Wasuremono are a dream pop outfit from Bradford-on-Avon, who write and release their own music on "The Wilderness Records", a label setup by singer William Southward in 2013. Likened to Nick Cave, Slowdive and Arcade Fire, their music is described as "Rich sky-scraping pop with beautiful melancholic lyrics...Bringing together aspects of pop, indie and dreamscape." Right Chord Music Blog.
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'Satirical art-punk band from Bristol. Aurally assaulting our countrymen in the burgeoning age of misanthropy since the cold, cold winter of ’16.'
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Breaking hard-rock down to its simplest, most fundamental form, Sœur are a brutal, soulful assault on the senses. Bound together and battle-hardened by an experience and appreciation of the fringes of British rock music, Anya Pulver, Tina Maynard and James Collins have already found their incendiary live shows selling out in dive bars and clubs across their native South West. With vocal lines that tangle and intertwine, riffs so substantial they’ve got their own post code, and a beat - provided by former Maybeshewill drummer James Collins - that ties everything down with industrial power, this is a sound of colossal proportions.
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She Makes War
She Makes War is the solo project of Bristol based multi-instrumentalist producer and visual artist Laura Kidd. Blending urgent indie rock with melancholy torch songs, SMW’s new album “Brace For Impact” will be released on 28th September 2018 via My Big Sister Recordings.
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Whilst keeping a relatively-low profile, Liverpool trio The Mysterines have managed to gather a fair bit of buzz for their impressive, punchy live shows, having supported the likes of Miles Kane and fellow Introducing-alumni The Vryll Society. Their songs are fierce, high-energy affairs underpinned by relentless bass and drums, and bolstered by lead signer Lia Metcalfe's snarling vocals. Hit play, sit back and prepare to bang your head.
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Taking the mundane spirit of their name as a manifesto, Crystal Palace based two piece JOHN (both members aptly named John) offer a deadpan approach that has become the recognisable force of their live performance, with an almost mechanical solidity rare for only two bodies. Alongside the rhythmic synchronisation of guitar and drums, introspective lyrics suggest that literature and spoken word are just as important influences as the Punk, Noise and Rock genres they might comfortably fit into. This tight balance between content and volume has lead them on to stages with bands such Pulled Apart By Horses, USA Nails and Idles, as well garnering support from writer/actor Simon Pegg, BBC 6music, and XFM DJ John Kennedy.
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Pemba, Zanzibar born Singer songwriter is a globally renowned artist, Mim Suleiman has been described as a fiery, electric, charismatic and vibrant Mama Africa of modern Era. A versatile vocalist and performer. Her songs carry very catchy melodies and powerful messages which are sang in her native tongue Swahili. Mim revels in her East African coastal musical cultures and traditions but even a bigger fun of collaborations. From traditional to electronic - Afro - disco- house, no matter what style she swings her rhythms in, her audience are promised to be indulged.
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Hip-hop royalty, Soup from Jurassic 5, with his own full live band! Performing his own original soul-funk, R&B focused songs with an injection of hip-hop, along with performing Jurassic 5’s favourite hit tracks (including What’s Golden, Concrete Schoolyard).
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Now rebooted as a foursome after a brief spell as a three-piece, Mercury Prize-nominated Portico Quartet have always been an impossible band to pin down. Sending out echoes of jazz, electronica, ambient music and minimalism, the group have created their own singular, cinematic sound over the course of five albums, from 2007 debut Knee-Deep in the North Sea to the recent, brilliant Living Fields.
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Rachel K Collier
A one-woman electronic production machine and die-hard Ableton enthusiast, Collier is known for using a multi-instrument technical setup to enable her to perform her song-focused, high-energy studio productions in a live setting. A grade 8 pianist with a distinctive voice and innovative output, Collier studied Creative Music Technology at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, where she spent her time studying composition, sound design and writing and recording music and songs in many different genres. “A unique talent for intelligent electronic production and head-turning vocals place artist Rachel K Collier in a league of her own. Combining complex beat programming, technical arrangement and meaningful lyric writing –her one-of a-kind sound is hard to define.” Ibiza Voice (Oct 2016).
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'Out of the quiet town of Matlock come Patawawa - an electronic trio, featuring Sam Wilmot, Rory Lovatt and Beth Garrett, that blends beats to pump blood, glittered guitar riffs and basslines that bite. The three-piece have crafted a sound that stays true to the neon roots of funk and disco, but dress it with a cheekyness that could only have come out of Derbyshire.'
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Renowned and world famous percussionist Afla Sackey was born in Ghana and began playing drums at the age of six with Opense Folkloric Group, eventually becoming their principal drummer. Later he joined Folkloric Selamla as dancer and worked with Barkim Music Ensemble, the Kakatsitsi Master Drummers, Adzido Pan-African Dance Ensemble and Dance Carib as drummer, dancer and choreographer.
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Alfresco Disco DJs
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His aptitude for production and shaping hypnotic sets have led him to play across continents at all the leading spots, also landing him a monthly show on BCR, and impressive mixes for the likes of Boiler Room, XLR8R, Rinse and FACT.
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Four piece Indie band from Luton.
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Cutting-edge Jazz outfit combining electronics with live instruments, UK Jazz with world music, and soundsystem culture with free jazz. Cykada deliver a truly idiosyncratic sound unlike anything before them. A visceral display of improvisation and musical impulse.
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Horse Meat Disco
Inspired by the halcyon days of New York nightlife, acclaimed London DJ collective that bring together classics, italo disco, oddities, punk funk,80s boogie, electro, fresh edits and all-new dance- floor discoveries. Dedicated to human happiness, Horse Meat Disco is for everyone.
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Bristol based House music DJs.
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SANS are Andrew Cronshaw, Tigran Aleksanyan (Armenia), Ian Blake and Sanna Kurki-Suonio (Finland). The band’s music flows intuitively and spontaneously between the subtlest minimalism of Finnish runo-song and the rich shapeliness of English, Scottish and Armenian traditional melody with a deep, powerful, glacially massive energy, enriched by the woody grind of Ian Blake’s bass clarinet and his soaring, airy soprano sax and given an intense focus by Sanna Kurki-Suonio’s keening, whispering, passionate vocals and magnetic, bright-eyed stage presence.
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Scalping are the Bristol outfit of James Rushforth, Alexander Hill, Isaac Jones and Jamie Thomas, armed with a battery of squelching synths, animalistic rhythms and gritty, piercing guitars. Scalping craft truly unique music, informed by Hill’s deep knowledge of idiosyncratic electronics, Jones’ tendency towards instrumental hooks, Rushforth’s Bristolian techno and Thomas’ doom metal influences. They formed in 2017 through a love of Bristol’s visionary off-the-wall dance music and full throttle noise and punk.
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Shambolically joyful Indie-Folk influenced by Arcade Fire, Pavement and Elliott Smith.
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Bess Hildick-Smith, known by her stage name as Bess Atwell, is a young singer, songwriter and guitarist hailing from Brighton. 'A promising folk poet of suppression and inner anxiety' The Independent
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Little Boots (DJ Set)
Little Boots aka Victoria Hesketh became one of the most talked about new popstars around when she arrived with her Gold-selling debut album Hands in 2009, going on to achieve worldwide success and widespread critical acclaim. She can be found DJing all over the world at many of clubland's most esteemed nights and collaborating with an elite roll-call of dance music's most credible class.
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Moon Hooch is a self-described "cave music" band, consisting of saxophonists Wenzl McGowen and Mike Wilbur along with drummer James Muschler. They play instrumental music, having started as a busking act in New York City subway stations. During this time they purportedly incited numerous "subway dance parties". Moon Hooch formed in Brooklyn and is managed by The Hornblow Group, through which they connected with They Might Be Giants. The band opened the majority of TMBG's shows on the 2013 Nanobots tour. Over the course of the tour, they have been very warmly received by TMBG's audiences and show reviewers alike. John Flansburgh has occasionally joked that TMBG is becoming a "Moon Hooch tribute act", particularly after John Linnell acquired a contrabass clarinet. During the tour, the trio also released their eponymous debut album.
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Leeds/London based Nubiyan Twist are spreading love with their monumental 12-piece fusion of soul, jazz, dub, hip hop and afrobeat. Infectiously danceable grooves, punchy arrangements, a giant horn sound, upbeat Brazilian raps, turntablism, futuristic textures and dub effects combine with the sultry delivery of lead singer Nubiya Brandon.
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A Man Called Adam
Long-time Ibiza favourites, known for the tracks 'Easter Song', 'Estelle' and 'All My Favourite People (Stay with Me)'.
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Hodge is a Bristol-based DJ and producer. Boasting releases on multiple labels including Hotline Records, Hemlock Recordings and Well Rounded Records, Hodge's famed breakbeat house and techno resonates in the ears of music lovers worldwide, bringing waves of energy to any dancefloor.
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A psychedelic / surf rock band from Paris.
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Bristol based, multi instrumentalist, producer and DJ Pete Cunningham, fusing jazz composition with electronic music. “Making music that’s pitched somewhere between astral jazz, burbling electronica, trippy minimalism, psychedelic dub and 20 years of club culture” - The Guardian
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Psych-pop six-piece from Bristol. Originally highly active members of Bristol’s progressive jazz music scene, Cousin Kula bonded over their shared love for an eclectic range of music from pop and psych through to prog, disco and afrobeat. 'You can tell from the first listen that there’s a spark behind this band' - NME 'Cousin Kula instantly infect your brain - it's only a matter of time before they become national, not just local, favs' - Line of Best Fit
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Soul, funk, boogie, beats and beyond!
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Mike Shawe (Hot Buttered Soul)
With fifteen years experience under his belt, Hot Buttered Soul's head honcho, Mike has become a household name in the South West.
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Adam Wickens DJs and produces under the alias Admin, a name he adopted after admittedly spending too many hours staring at his PC start up screen. Since migrating to Bristol, he has become a valuable member of the city's infamous underground scene, making regular DJ appearances at recognised parties across Bristol steadily asserting himself as a must-see name on each local line-up he graces.
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'Post electronic soul to soothe your mind.'
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Chroma is an Alt-Rock trio from Rhondda Cynon Taff, the centre of the Valleys. The band is comprised of the lead singer Katie, providing a belting high end lead vocal in Welsh and English. Providing the middle sounds with Guitar and Bass is Liam and his distorted octave tones. The sound is the completed with Zac's diverse and unique drumming styles. Between only the three of them, they've managed to achieve an intense sound that's full of colour, and they're ready to offer a new blend of Alternative Rock on the local scene.
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Fusing surfy riffs to fuzzy grunge pop, the trio of Jess Allanic (vocals, guitar), Alizon Taho (bass, backing vocals) and Ben Parker (drums, backing vocals) have already managed to bag support slots for Albert Hammond Jr and Spring King among others, sitting comfortably alongside such contemporaries.
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Wasabi are a high energy band with a big sound, fusing afro beat, reggae, dub and funk with a mixture of home spun material and covers given the original Wasabi touch. Wasabi frequently gig all over Kent, have played London South Bank as part of the Festival of Britain and will be playing the opening night of the Canterbury Festival.
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Snazzback have been busking the cold-stretch in Bristol, bringing the streets an echo of something else. Their songs play with undulating jazz/ improvisation shimmering afro-cuban rhythms and deep soul/funk grooves. Having hosted several impromptu street-parties last summer in Bristol, the 5-piece street-jazzers are now between street and stage, to bring their freezing new grooves inside and play them off piste!
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Fullee Love Collective, Onipa, Tonina, Waldo's Gift, Nicholson Heal, Delgres, Tonina, Dr Banana, Galegos, Raw Silk, Rumpf, Noods, John Moore (Coldcut DJ Set), Sleazy Sessions, Bill, C.A. Sutton, Vintage Mobile Disco, Xerru, Turbo Disco, Siandi, The Tribe, Waldos Gift, Vinyl Social Club, Em & Stav, Restless Nights, Natural Sugars, Minou & Vandaleur, 2 Day Coma, Set It Out, Hank Champagne, Kiia, Men On Drums, James Dyers, Ela 303, Dusty Grooves, Civilisation Of The Rough, Ellie Stokes, Bitch, Please!, Butch Queen, Mystic Peach, Lensmen, Coolant Bowser, Dropout Disco, Boys Club, Simon & Joe
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