Twisted Village Festival: Alabama 3, The Dhol Foundation, The Lovely Eggs, Tankus The Henge, Beans on Toast, Smoove & Turrell, Brandon Block, Mambo Jambo, Steve Lamacq, Bag & more
"Taking place between 16-18 August 2019 in Hampshire, this environmentally- and family-friendly festival of performing arts, music and curiosities offers an immersive and intimate experience with camping on site. A village, but with a twist, of strange delights, where a travelling circus has found a place to rest awhile… Acts such as Alabama 3, The Dhol Foundation, The Lovely Eggs, Tankus the Henge and Don Letts have already been announced, with more to follow in the coming weeks. For Twisted Village, however, music isn’t the sole focus; imagine, backstage at a 1950’s circus, a champagne garden party, street theatre, workshops and talks, light installations, film projections, pop-up performances, plus live music, DJs, dancing, dressing up and lots of (biodegradable) glitter."
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Legendary Brixton collective, best known for the theme tune to the TV show 'Sopranos'. They combine techno beats with country instruments and are a group best sampled live.
'The best live band in the country' (The Guardian).
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Emerging from leader Johnny Kalsi's massively popular drum classes, the Dhol Foundation (the dhol is a large North Indian drum) perform a wonderful blend of classic Indian music with global rhythms and thumping contemporary beats. This ferociously original fusion should be no surprise as Kalsi has been instrumental in some of the most groundbreaking groups on the Asian and world music scene including bhangra pioneers Alaap, Fun Da Mental, Asian Dub Foundation and Transglobal Underground.
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Lancaster duo David and Holly are the Lovely Eggs. They make short, sharp punk-pop songs with sweet and sour lyrics. The strange song topics range from bikes and snails to digital accordians and watermelons.
Holly was previously the lead singer for late-90's girl band Angelica, loved by Steve Lamacq, while The Lovely Eggs have found fans with 6 Music's Marc Riley, Radio 1's Huw Stephens and Art Brut's Eddie Argos. Their 'Don't Look At Me' video became a YouTube sensation thanks to a guest appearance by cult comic character John Shuttleworth, while the single 'Allergies' was produced by Gruff Rhys of the Super Furry Animals, who also made a cameo in the video.
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The world of Tankus the Henge is uplifting and wild, dark and heartfelt. A 6 piece powerhouse of a band drawing visual and musical influences from old time Fairgrounds to modern day Circus; The Beatles to Tom Waits and Gogol Bordello to Radiohead, they embody a look and a sound that lies somewhere between their South East London home and the carnival town of New Orleans
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He’s a hippy, a punk, a poet, a drunk, a die-hard romantic and an eternal optimist. Singing simple songs that tackle big issues: Political protest songs for the modern day, honest and open Love songs. Songs that will make you laugh, but also make you think with no holds barred honest lyrics and quick wit.
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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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He plays on the TV, he plays on the radio, he plays in London, he plays in Ibiza - only those that have been in hibernation for the last two decades haven't heard of Brandon Block. From humble beginnings in a club in Ealing during the 'acid house' explosion of the late 80s, his ability to make any crowd jump with his party house classics has earned him a well deserved following worldwide. Having held residencies at practically every club in Ibiza during the 90s, he can now be found behind the decks at various clubs across Europe and hosts a weekly show on House FM with Alex P.
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Acoustic roots duo Pete Jack and Frankie Banham.
Latin America, Africa, Caribbean, bluegrass, boogie and rumba are just a few of the musical influences of this Hull-based double act. This multi-instrumental duo has over the last ten years built up a large and varied repertoire, playing to audiences at festivals throughout Britain. Their performances are 'a whistle-stop tour of the musical world'.
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A champion of Indie new and old, former NME hack Lamacq is one of the country's most influential radio DJs. His former Radio 1 show 'The Evening Session' had been the springboard for many a new band's career. He is now heard weekdays on BBC 6Music.
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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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With his flat cap, florid blouse and fidgety nervous energy pitched somewhere between Andy Warhol and Jarvis Cocker, there's an anarchic elegance to Vinny Peculiar which is both at once both thrilling and faintly unsettling. Storming through a set of oblique, tortured punk poetry, he wins over an initially skeptical crowd with his animated delivery and taut, frenetic pop hooks. Channelling all that eccentricity and barbed wit into something strangely compelling Vinny Peculiar is the sort of unlikely, heroic pop star they just don't seem to make anymore.
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Led by the darkly charismatic, Norwegian-born Paul-Ronney Angel, The Urban Voodoo Machine is a supremely talented collective of London-based musicians who have been bringing the spirit of the carnie to an ever-growing audience of dedicated fans these past few years. Sounding like they should be from the Deep South, the band are self-styled purveyors of 'Bourbon-soaked Gypsy Blues Bop 'n' stroll'.
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Fronted by vocal powerhouse Anastasia Walker and featuring Ross Cameron (guitars) and Richard Gartland (drums), Bang Bang Romeo are a propelling force for female-fronted bands in a male dominated industry, and a strong and open voice for the LGBT community. Anastasia's "once in 20 years voice" is unrivalled and the group's larger-than-life performances are sending audiences wild up and down the country, leaving them with jaws dropped and often reduced to tears.
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The legendary Don Letts introduced reggae to punk, managed the Slits, played music with former Clash member Mick Jones in Big Audio Dynamite and has directed videos for everyone from Jimmy Cliff to S'Express.
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Entwining taste with style, zest and motion, her sets and appearances are more performance rather than mere, tame exhibitionism building, and popping just when the ambience is ready, and the crowd screams for more. Goldierocks is infecting the capital, and beyond.
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Folk duo from Portsmouth with mesmerising lyrics, great vocal harmonies and lots of enthusiasm.
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Think Brian Glover sings John Cooper Clarke and Half Man Half Biscuit and you're somewhere near. A strange and beautiful beast of a band, led by Mik Artistik – part comedian, singer and performance artist, he draws his audience into the world of ‘little’ gloves and psychotic window cleaners.
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Hipshaker playing an assortment of 60s Funk, Soul, Jazz, Rock, RnB and Motown.
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These six young hipsters from Newcastle Upon Tyne play a foot stompin’ blend of early 20th century American music. With razor-sharp solos, great arrangements and original songs, they hark back to a golden age whilst staying perfectly modern. Frontman Rob Heron is a crazy fool for country music and a full time dandy-cowboy. His songs are full of character, satire and good old fashion hollerin’. Expect themes of debauchery, disasters, drink and debt. An eclectic mix of hokum blues, ragtime, western swing, gypsy-jazz, cajun and country roots.
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Expect mesmerising sounds from this travelling gypsy band. The Turbans is an international musical collective bringing together exciting music from traditional near-eastern and eastern-European styles and their own compositions, to create a modern and energetic performance with reverence for its ancient roots.
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One of the most thrilling live acts in the country today this band of weird, mismatched personalities and individuals react like magnesium to deliver incendiary performances which get any crowd dancing. With influences ranging from Balkanic gypsy music, Yiddish Funeral music and straight up crusty punk, Johnny and his Sexy Weirdos are also one of the most unique acts you could hope for.
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The Electric Swing Circus is a 6-piece fusion of saucy '20s swing and stomping electro beat, with an explosive sound that reverberates back through time.
A full time, touring band on the international circuit, the ESC's live set includes electric double bass, vintage samples, gypsy-jazz guitar, keys, drums, synths and electro beats.
Fronted by a sassy female double-act, the ESC delivers a consistently dazzling show.
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Awardwinning folk artists from Portsmouth.
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Yassassin are a four piece band based in London with their roots firmly placed in rock. Made up of Tony Kubik, Gordon Taggart, Ant Crockett and Jamie Salisbury, they combine innovative, catchy songs with tight, high powered and energetic filled live performances guaranteed to get you off your seat!
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If anyone ever doubted the ability of music to re-route people's lives, a page from the formative days of CoCo and the Butterfields will soon turn that around.
It's 2012 in the town of Canterbury, where Tom Twyman has a plane ticket in his hand, for the journey to the new life he's mapped out for himself in Australia. Dulcima Showan, meanwhile, has just left sixth form college and is all set for art school in Dublin. Neither of them ever makes it, because by now they're in the early stages of a band that has other plans for them.
CoCo and the Butterfields have been on a steady and unmistakable upward incline since then, developing an enviable reputation for their exhilarating live shows as their inclusive, acoustic-based sound has ripened to maturity. During the ride, they've played to enthusiastic audiences all over the UK and Europe, both at their own gigs and countless festivals, as well as headlining at London's 02 Academy. They also signed a prestigious 2016 publishing deal with peermusic.
For all its elements of folk and Americana, this is admirably unconventional modern pop, and it's reached new levels of sophistication on their Monsters EP.
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An upright bass, two old guitars and a bucketful of aching harmony, The Goat Roper Rodeo Band are preaching ‘Country Blues' like you never heard. Hailing from North Wales, The Goat Roper Rodeo Band take a slightly psychedelic route to the finish line and include some serious foot stompin' rock 'n' roll along the way.
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Original songs combining distorted guitar and grizzled vocals, drenched in swathes of haunting and melodic pedal steel, give Thin Wire Fence their distinctive sound that can go from brooding to full tilt in the blink of an eye.
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Electro-funk sonic soul collective from Warrington / Leeds.
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Tildon Krautz are originally from Brooklyn NYC & France and their blend of Bluegrass, old-time folk, jazz and blues delivers a classy mixture of unique 'rootsy' sounds; a style of their own which they like to call 'anti-rational rabbit folk'.
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Man The Lifeboats play raucous, ramshackle, indie folk music. 'For those who like a drink with their tunes.'
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It's time all you sinners went back to church. To a service where party is the new praising, where you'll be baptised in absinthe and made to dance with the devil himself. Hell, even Jesus gets down and dirty at this show!
'The Church' is a non-stop party church service featuring the best soul, blues and disco tunes fronted by insane Pastor and Pentecostal pervert Rev. Michael Alabama Jackson.
By the end you'll be on your knees praying for more - think Sister Act on speed!
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Punch The Sky are an extremely energetic Birmingham based 6-piece World-Rock band. They have made it their mission to get audiences jumping, singing and dancing across the UK. Their unique, loud and thrillingly energetic live shows take the audience through an infectiously fun rollercoaster ride of sexy sax lines, tongue-in-cheek lyrics, thrill-seeking solos and virtuosic versatility.
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Founded in Glasgow in 2015 and have already made waves across the UK music scene. Dopesickfly have rubbed shoulders with some huge acts and supported the likes of Texas, Roy Ayers, Big Country, Imelda May, Akua Naru, Kool & The Gang, Manran, Peter Hook & The Light, Raleigh Ritchie, The Milk, Ozomolati & Chali 2na and Colonel Mustard & Djion 5.
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