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Junior Bill have been here all along. Surveying their world from atop a suburban overpass, or a forlorn back alley, they are the eyes and ears of urban Britain. Their witty provincial tales eulogise forgotten peoples, spin empathic character portraits and tell the everyday stories of contemporary city life. The tunes themselves are catchy as hell. Pretty playground limericks, latin melodies and chanted refrains rattle round the skull, distracting you from the often tragic subtexts of division, decline and gentrification familiar to any British city-dweller. The music is hugely danceable too. Dubby basslines and concrete grooves underpin a ska-tinged global-local collage of sound. It's a blend that makes them the natural torch-bearers of a vein of Jamaican-influenced British songwriting running from Jerry Dammers to Jamie T. When frontman Rob Nichols and keyboardist Joel Beswick met at Cathays Community Centre in Cardiff at the tilt of their teenage years, they never expected to take the band to where it is now. Whilst keeping allegiance to the humble community centre, the youth club loiterers have grown into electric and brilliant showmen who are regulars at the likes of Boomtown Fair and Nozstock and have toured with Danny Goffey (Supergrass). They've got the home crowd on side, with support and airplay from BBC Radio Wales, jam-packed local gigs and a Cardiff Music Award. Now's the time for that support to spread nationwide. "Everybody's talking about Junior Bill... a genuine grassroots feel, instantly" - Tom Robinson
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Duncan Beiny aka DJ Yoda is no ordinary scratch DJ. His seminal 'How To Cut & Paste' series showcased a tongue-in-cheek mixing style that prompted Q Magazine to declare him “one of the ten DJs to see before you die”. Originally a hip hop dj, he has been steadily incorporating a myriad music styles into his shows with a view to create exhilarating musical collages, from reggae to drum'n'bass, kuduro to country music - and often at the same time! - concocting an intoxicating blend with one single aim in mind: to get the party going! Trail-blazing into the world of the audio-visual he has pioneered a new artform using cutting edge technology that he has been instrumental in developing to scratch and mix visuals on top of his DJ sets. Drawing from sources as diverse as classic movies, obscure television shows, or viral youtube clips, you can find him cutting up the Indiana Jones theme tune to full on dubstep, or dicing and splicing the Muppet Theme with M.I.A. in amongst the inimitable audiovisual whirlwind that is DJ Yoda.
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Rackabeat and DJ Moneyshot collaborate to bring that vintage sound of sampled funk, psych, hip-hop and rock back to the forefront of club music.
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Offensive basslines, power-psych synth riffs and ten ton drum beats are what we've come to expect from London based Henge. Guaranteed to provide a cosmic, uplifting experience, Henge have built a reputation for wild live shows.
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An eight-piece Afro-Funk juggernaut that seamlessly brings together all the elements above in an explosive live show that has to be experienced to be believed. Powerful grooves overlain with enticing rhythms, irresistible refrains and precise cuts all providing the perfect soundscape to accompany conscious lyrics ranging from the personal to the political, with a heavy emphasis on party. Less a slavish Afro-Beat copy, more a re-fix with today's influences mixed to a similar recipe, let Afro Cluster move you.
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Cut Capers is a nine-piece band that formed in Bristol in late 2011, with a style based in live hip-hop and swing. Over the years they have established themselves as a formidable live outfit, playing headline shows and main stage performances at some of the UK’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury and Boomtown Fair.
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Captain Accident & The Disasters
Captain Accident is a solo-project with a twist. Although all material is written, recorded and produced alone in the Captain's bedroom, a collective of unbelievably good mates (and of course highly talented musicians) known as "The Disasters" make it possible for the project to be taken out live.
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Ichi, from Nagoya in Japan, takes the notion of a one-man band to new limits - combining steel-drum with ping-pong balls, tape-loops with double bass and trumpet with bongos, all in the space of one short set.
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A 9 piece, brass backed funk juggernaut bringing disco classics to groove-able life.
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Baskerville Hall Hotel
- Clyro Court
- HR3 5KE