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Something to Smile About 2017

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STSA is held at Hatfield Outdoor Activity Centre (Also Known as Hatfield Marina and Hatfield Water Park). The venue is ideally situated just off of the M180, it is close to local amenities, is perfect for disabled visitors and families and has a host of onsite activities and facilities.

Being a campsite all year round, there is on site, a large toilet and shower block and water access points across the site.

Also on site are, a selection of climbing walls, an aerial assault course, a smaller assault course at ground level and also a children's park. The water itself will be closed off throughout the weekend for safety reasons.

Car Parking will be situated in a field next to the park, so only a short walk with your gear to get pitched up.

The car park and camping will be open from 10am on Friday the 2nd June, with the main arena opening at 12pm, music starting from 2pm.

Our new 'Twin Stage' shall have over 30 bands playing across the weekend and the 'Hidden Stage' will be host to some more FANTASTIC acts, as well as open mic/busking times.

2017 will also see more workshops and hands on activities for all ages, plus street performers for added entertainment. After being nominated AND shortlisted for the 'Best Family Festival' at the UK Festival Awards last year we are keen to live upto and grow that reputation.

Featuring

Regime

Regime appearing at this event

Since relocating to Bristol in 2012, Regime have started to make a name for themselves across the South-West with their solid performances. Consisting of two sets of brothers and a Spaniard, Regime play heavy hip-hop mixed with dancehall, reggae and rock. Conscious (and often hilarious) social commentary combined with heavy reggae bass lines, slick hip-hop riffs and a consistently danceable groove make Regime a perfect party/festival band.

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Marc O'Reilly

Marc O'Reilly appearing at this event

With gritty sonic depth, Irish songwriter Marc O’Reilly attacks his muse with a bipolar verve that swings from reflection to sheer riotous joy. Backed by the tightest band in Christendom, rare and beautiful songs slam into wild blues fragments and effortlessly back to clean vocal harmonies. Marc has toured all over Europe including appearances at major festivals like Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Beautiful Days, Boardmasters, Shambala and Dranouter. He has also played in the US appearing at the Live in the Vineyard Festival in Napa, California. His alter-ego side project with his brother Pierre, the electro-pop duo ‘R’, recently receieved excellent radio support for their debut single ‘Change’ from tastemakers such as Steve Lamacq (BBC 6music), Janice Long (BBC Radio 2) and Paul Mcloone (Today FM) and reached Number 1 on the Amazing Radio Chart. As if that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, Marc has also provided vocals on 3 tracks for the new album by MOBO winning act Karios 4tet which was recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios, has received 4 star reviews from Mojo, The Independent and Guardian and has led to the recording of a live BBC Maida Vale session for the Jamie Cullum Show on BBC Radio 2.

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The Bar-Steward Sons Of Val Doonican

The Bar-Steward Sons Of Val Doonican appearing at this event

The Greatest Show On Earth (in tank-tops). Comedy versions of classic tracks complete with lyrics from t'North.

See 5 tour dates featuring The Bar-Steward Sons Of Val Doonican

Echo Town

Echo Town appearing at this event

Folk / rock / reggae band Echo Town consists of Cornwall based sibling duo Richard and Robert Harrison. Well known for their vibrant and energetic performances, popular for their use of multi instruments, such as lap-slide guitar, djembe, didgeridoo and harmonica.

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Dirty Vertebrae

'Formed in late 2012 from the remnants of some of the northwest’s finest and most established bands, and combined for the first time during auditions and songwriting, the pieces slotted together perfectly and the band was born.Dirty Vertebrae truly are the musical manifestation of Avengers: Assemble, each member as strong as the next, with unique skill sets and performance styles, there simply is no weak link in the chain, and as a democracy there is no ego or chain of command, every member utilising a vast wealth of live experience and creative energy...Dirty Vertebrae are a genuine bunch of powerful players with a passion for producing original and exciting music. Burning in unison, an intense flame, ever growing, ever waiting to ignite every stage they grace with a fury and explosion of unique chemistry.'

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Parson's Lot

Clog stomping, fiddle driven folk group from Barnsley. Excpect a mix of originals and covers by The Dubliners, Pogues, Johnny Cash and The Levellers.

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Ramble Gamble

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Dr Butler's Hatstand Medicine Band

Hillbilly rock from Manchester with cloth caps and waistcoats. Good time rags and reels, show stoppers and sight stealers; music for foot stomping and toe tickling that joins hearts with flesh whilst invigorating the thinking mind.

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Headsticks

Headsticks appearing at this event

Headsticks' distinct brand of punked up roots rock and roll blends barbed lyrics, anthemic choruses, and addictive melodies to create passion infused performances oozing honesty, integrity and raw energy, all delivered with a wry humour!

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Under A Banner

Under A Banner are a four piece alternative rock band from Wolverhampton, whose impassioned and powerful songs have been crafted to uplift, provoke, inspire and anger audiences who have grown tired of the glut of lacklustre and mechanized manufactured music in recent times. Their rhythm-driven acoustic sound is further bolstered by quirky and melodic vocal hooks, unusual chord progressions and the inclusion of piano and orchestral sounds.

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Nick Parker & The False Alarms

Nick is a Folk-ish songwriter joined by one half of the band Flipron.

See 2 tour dates featuring Nick Parker & The False Alarms

Gaz Brookfield

Gaz Brookfield appearing at this event

Nu / anti-folk artist and winner of Acoustic Magazines's UK singer-songwriter competition. His songs are instantly accessible, everyman tales of life, love and everything else in between. Played in a folk-ish style with occasional use of the guitar as a percussive tool, as well as some two handed venturing around the fretboard, Gaz's simple yet poignant songwriting captures the imagination of the listener.

See 23 tour dates featuring Gaz Brookfield

The Eskies

The Eskies appearing at this event

Having been cast out, blacklisted, rejected and ejected from gentlemen’s clubs far and wide, five dejected cast asides joined forces in what was to be their own celebration of commonality. Purveyors of music that meanders from sea soaked waltz to Italian tarantella, from Brassy funeral march-esque lament to weep along Klezmar knees up, from chain gang holler to rag time finger snap. Skipping through the dark side of anything that makes you want to dance, steeped in melodrama and usually with not a small amount of tongue in cheek. The Eskies have brought this unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses far and wide, sullying soirees and lowering inhibitions of get togethers and social occasions wherever they have ventured.

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The Leylines

The Leylines appearing at this event

The Leylines are a 5 piece band formed and based in Weston-super-Mare. Inspired by the Levellers and the rolling hills of the west country, their songs combine British social commentary with a folk/rock festival get up. There will be fiddles and there will be drinking stories... or Jigs and jugs perhaps?

See 3 tour dates featuring The Leylines

Mad Dog Mcrea

Mad Dog Mcrea appearing at this event

Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and 'shake your ass' music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies - Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs.

See 17 tour dates featuring Mad Dog Mcrea

The Fargo Railroad Co.

Face melting Southern Rock and Americana.

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Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman appearing at this event

Two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. The Roberts-Lakeman name has become synonymous with “quality” during their musical careers which started when they were signed to a major label as teenagers. Now after nearly two decades in music, Kathryn’s sublime vocals merge seamlessly with Sean’s deft and inventive live guitar work on stage – and his award-winning sonic skills in the studio. In addition to his chart-topping hit records for brother Seth Lakeman, Sean has this year alone produced albums or tracks with The Levellers, Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, Imelda May and Bellowhead… as well as a string of other folk/acoustic acts. "An absolute masterclass in how to do it right." - festivalsforall.com 'These guys are something very special' - Acoustic Magazine English folk's Buckingham-Nicks" - The Independent on Sunday

See 10 tour dates featuring Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Doozer McDooze

"Like the sounds of scrap between The Pogues and The Levellers, being broken up by Billy Bragg" -BBC 6 Music.

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The Sweetchunks Band

The Sweetchunks Band is a Southampton based Folk/Blues outfit, led by Stuart "Sweetchunks" Blakeledge and joined by Ash Lines on Bass and Charlie Brown on percussion. They an interesting blend of traditional folk, blues and drinking anthems using funky bass and banjo to create B&B, A strange new audio visual drinking experience.

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Flight Brigade

Flight Brigade appearing at this event

Flight Brigade’s sound is as distinctive as it is unique. Infectious melodies and hooks flow through songs that at times exude fierce energy and at others gentle poignancy. With grand orchestral sweeps, crunching anthemic guitars, strings and synths, their explosive performances feel like it’s their last day on earth! Made up of family members and childhood friends, their bond shines through in their live shows. Festival appearances have included Glastonbury, Bestival, The Great Escape, Beautiful Days, Blissfields, and Boomtown as well as Reeperbahn in Germany. Named one of Time Out’s ‘Rising Stars’, radio play has included, Dan O’Connell Radio X; Steve Lamacq & Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music; Gary Crowley, Bob Harris and Janice Long on BBC Radio 2. Their songs have also been used on ‘Made In Chelsea’, Channel 4’s ‘Sunday Brunch’ and E4’s “Tattoo Fixers” Flight Brigade caught the ear of esteemed producer Chris Porter (George Michael, Elton John, Bowie) and were invited to record their second album at The Visconti Studio. The album is due for release in Autumn 2019

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Leatherat

Fiery folk music played by five musicians dedicated to playing original folk-rock music loud, fast and to the highest standard. They capture the excitement of a rock gig combined with the influences of traditional and original folk tunes played with a high level of energy, fusing mandolin, guitar and electric violin. They have played venues all over the UK, at many festivals including Weyfest, Cropedy, Bearded Theory, Shires and Music at the Cross Roads, and have released three studio albums as well as a live DVD.

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Funke And The Two Tone Baby

Kent-based mechanical alt-blues band 'Funke & the Two Tone Baby' is the pseudonym of multi-instrumentalist Dan Turnbull. Described as creating ‘new, exciting and innovative music’ (R2 Magazine), in two years Funke has gone from pub gigs in Margate to performing 300+ shows and festivals across the UK and Europe. Combining effects pedals, beatboxing and grooving bass lines with traditional instrumentation, powerful vocals and relentless energy that provides tracks with a ‘distinctive and contemporary twist’ and gets people ‘grooving like an apoplectic orang-utan’ (Sound of Confusion).

See 3 tour dates featuring Funke And The Two Tone Baby

John Fairhurst Band

John Fairhurst Band appearing at this event

The British rock guitar phenomenon. Sucker punch solos and a gravel swilled belter of a voice. A masterful musician and songwriter, John is recognised as the most creative guitarist on the circuit. Expect heavy electric guitar riffs, face-melting solos and his unmistakable growling vocals. Backed by the hardest-hitting rhythm section on the scene, John’s live shows are loud, sweaty, explosive and powerful. “A mutant Jimi Hendrix/Neil Young hybrid. The inspiration here comes from Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and many others…over-driven guitar and Tom-Waits-dukes-it-out-with-Mark-Lanegan vocals…astonishingly powerful.” (Music Riot) “John Fairhurst is a phenomenon known as the Wigan Jimi Hendrix…Audiences are blown away by his ability to channel Rock & Roll greats into a modern and really jumping sound.” (Chris Tofu - Island Records/Continental Drifts) “John is the owner of one of the deepest voices we've ever heard, like Captain Beefheart but even more so. He sings about the bottom of the ocean and that is how deep his voice is.” (Classic Rock Magazine)

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John Fairhurst

John Fairhurst appearing at this event

A masterful musician and captivating songwriter, John is recognised as one of the most creative guitarists on the circuit. Referencing a diverse collection of world genres, expect an explosion of textures and influences, blending eastern melodies with jaw-dropping guitar dexterity. His solo sets truly are a lesson in the art of fingerpicking blues and acoustic folk. “Truly exquisite.” (The Guardian) “Fairhurst is both a masterful musician and songwriter, who carefully intertwines music of varying ethnicities into one roaring whole…with a freshness that is breathtaking… Makes Seasick Steve’s three stringed blues sound like the two-dimensional ramblings of a penniless hobo.” (Chris Gilliver - citylifers.co.uk) “John Fairhurst is possibly the finest guitarist you will ever see…brilliant songwriting and a gravel-swilled belter of a voice.” (BBC Manchester) www.johnfairhurst.com www.facebook.com/johnfairhurstband www.twitter.com/JFairhurstMusic www.youtube.com/johnfairhurst www.soundcloud.com/john-fairhurst

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Land of the Giants

Land of the Giants appearing at this event

Since 2009, Land of the Giants have been pulling crowds to tents to groove until they sweat with their foot-stomping beats and contagious enthusiasm. A brass section that will make you grin from ear to ear, heavy toe-tapping basslines and Andy Quick’s sensuous, soaring vocals will make you wonder why you’ve never danced your ass off to The Giants before. At the end of 2015, the Plymouth-based boys brought a brand new, funk-inspired EP to the table in the name of “Surrender”. A collection of high-energy summer sounds, with just a lick of calypso, that absolutely demand to be blasted out those boomboxes at full volume. The last three years have seen The Giants unrelentingly tour the length and breadth of the UK, spreading their fresh and accessible sounds to venues and festivals alike. From packed out stages at Glastonbury, Boomtown and Beautiful Days to rocking venues from Ireland to India; LOTG are well on their way to global domination. Fresh additions to the lineup have already proven themselves beyond worth, pumping out fat new tunes and reworking previous arrangements to blow even existing fans minds. The six-piece collective scooped Best Band in the most recent Southwest Music Awards and have been tipped by many as one of the best emerging live bands in the country. So put your hands up, surrender, and get those dancing shoes on.

See 5 tour dates featuring Land of the Giants

King Zepha

Producer and songwriter King Zepha presents a timeless blend of ska, rocksteady and jump blues for good lads.

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Blind Dead McJones Band

Blind Dead McJones Band appearing at this event

Blind Dead McJones was never a fan of being in the spotlight, no number 1 singles, cheesy videos or appearances on celebrity cooking programmes. A true Bluesman in every sense of the word, living a life on the road shrouded in mystery. Some say he died years ago in an agriculture related accident, some say he is part of the keyzer soze family and some say he now makes Halloween costumes for dogs. One thing we know for sure is he is responsible for bringing together the blues rock behemoth that is The Blind Dead McJones Band. Back in 2008 McJones was a lost and tortured soul, wandering the earth just like Kane in Kung Fu. Battling with his demons and struggling to keep going through the Hell that is the music business. All he needed was a friendly face, a pack of smokes and something to help him once again shake the earth to its very core, bring grown men to tears, turn sophisticated women once again into sreaming schoolgirls, and well and truly cement his place alongside the Gods. He found all this and more when he met… “The Boys”! Ben “Buddy” Slack – Andy “The Cake” Johnson – Steve “Wee-Man” Nixon “The Boys” are three of the finest young musicians in their price range. Nobody knows exactly why McJones decided to switch from working with battle hardened top of the line professional musicians to these three. Maybe it was their youthful enthusiasm, their quirky sense of humour, their undying love of the music and performing, the raw magnetism of Ben’s beard, most likely he was just a bit strapped for cash. Whatever his reasons were he took the boy’s under his wing like a goddamn chicken and educated them in his ways, raised them as his own and turned them into the best backing band he could afford. The Story doesn’t end there though. The debut performance of The Blind Dead McJones Band came around and you’d never guess what happened! The great Blind Dead McJones failed to show! This left the Boy’s in what could be classed as a “tricky situation”, what’s a backing band to do with no one to back? The Boy’s decided to simply play and have some fun. Guitarist Ben “Buddy” Slack donned his best McJones vocal impression and they winged a performance to a mediocre reaction from a confused crowd. This is how our tale has continued over the years with McJones absence being one of the most consistent elements of The Blind Dead McJones Band. The Boy’s have embraced this with open arms and relished the opportunity to develop themselves as a 3 piece band. They’ve taken the great blues lessons learnt from McJones and infusing them with their other influences and quirky sense of humour to create their own original sound. McJones seems happy with the arrangement as well, acting as a silent partner in the bands development. Advising the boys on all things blues and still making the occasional cameo appearance.

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Hatfield Outdoor Activity Centre

  • Old Thorne Road
  • Hatfield
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