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The Boondocks Festival is Malmesbury’s first, family-friendly, home-grown, live music festival, launched following a fantastic Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign in late 2014. The festival is run entirely by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis.
Set right near the beautiful and historic town of Malmesbury, just south of the Cotswolds, The Boondocks will provide great live music, kids’ entertainment-a-plenty, stalls, local beer, food from around the world - it’s the recipe for a perfect weekend.
See more at: theboondocksfestival.co.uk/ to find out everything you need to know to get the most out of Boondocks 2016.
Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer
On a one-man mission to introduce Hip-Hop to the Queen's English, Mr B is delighted to present Chap-Hop. Having spent the best part of a decade bringing some manners back to popular culture, this dopest of fellows will entertain and amuse you with his ingenious stylings. Aiming to dazzle with dignity, Mr B takes to the stage with his Banjolele and stiff upper lip to perform ditties of pipe-smoking, high society, Cricket and sexual misadventure, as well as some more well-known pieces from the world of Hip-Hop, re-worked in true Chap-Hop fashion. 'There has never been a rapper like Mr B' (The Sunday Times).
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Bringing an upbeat hip hop and reggae sound with snappy lyrics and extremely funky beats to the party, The Tribe are a talented collective who create earworms with every song.
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“A pair of local sophisticates whose songs shift between graceful and quirky folk (think John Butler jamming with Eva Cassidy) and tunes that sound like acoustic covers of classic rock songs which have never existed before. Hatton Manor’s diverse range of influences enable an engaging range of expressive options, all of which are used to tasteful and powerful effect. From elegance and dignity to torment and turbulence, Hatton Manor have everything you could want from an acoustic duo.” – Sofar Sounds
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John Fairhurst Band
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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Goan Dogs have earned their status as Bristol cult favourites. They’ve been up and down the country perfecting their art and sweating it straight back out to anyone who will listen. They have experience, lots of it, and a love for the craft - from the notes they play to the lights that shine on their faces. Always evolving, Goan Dogs’ pockets are filled to the brim with musical ammunition, and the bands raucous take on psych infused rock-pop makes for compulsive listening. Narrative-rich vocals, cascading synth lines and duelling guitars all feature in melody rich compositions. A unique take on rhythm sets this band apart, the drums almost delve into the primal as high-hats are ignored in favour of shakers and tumbling tom work. It’s clear Goan Dogs aren’t content enough with creating run of the mill pop songs, they go the extra mile in every single department to create songs that are as unique as they are catchy.
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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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A Bristol based indie rock band.
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Way Out West
Three multi-instrumentalists and harmonisers playing covers in a unique style. On accordions, fiddle, guitar, banjo and ukulele, discover the country roots of the Pet Shop Boys, the folk origins of Rizzle Kicks and The Cure, the big band swing tendencies of David Bowie, then thrill to the biggest secret of all; what Ultravox sounded like when Julie Andrews was still in the line-up.
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Cielo Drive (formally known as Scout Killers) are a four piece alternative rock band from Wiltshire who gained popularity for delivering powerful live sets. Their viscerally expressive vocals, atmospheric and foreboding guitar soundscape, and shadowy rhythm made sure they made a stamp on their local areas.
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The Duval Project
The Duval Project is an RnB/Nu-Soul and Funk excursion with songs rendered by Gary Alesbrook's flugelhorn, with the young trio of bassist Richie Blake, drummer Danny Cox and keyboard player Andy Nowak. Gary has formed a band influenced by his time with Lynden David Hall & Raphael Saadiq. A retro style but with fresh sounds, this time they are featuring the vocals of Marie Lister. Marie will be adding her own brand of style and they will be debuting original tunes from their forthcoming EP.
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Molotov Jukebox are a 6 piece, genre dodging, leviathan of an experience, poised to take the world by storm. Incorporating trumpet, accordion, violin and the sultry tones of lead singer Natalia Tena, over the most concrete and inventive rhythm section this side of Jamaica, this is a band born out of love - love of each other, love of music and a love of making whole roomfulls of people dance til they fall over (or fall in love).
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Riot Jazz Brass Band
MC Chunky fronts the brass-heavy jazz combo from Manchester. Anchored in the same New Orleans swamplands as the Hot 8 Brass Band and Youngblood Brass Band, the Riot Jazz Brass Band navigate a minefield of original peace-lovin’ aggro jazz, hip-hop samples, funked-up favourites and re-interpreted dubstep, drum’n'bass and dancefloor bangers that never fail to send limbs flying!
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Land of the Giants
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.
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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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Martin Luke Brown
Martin Luke Brown is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist from Leicester, writing and performing since the tender age of 14. Packing gutsy vocals with toe-tapping rhythms, Martin writes a real eclectic mix of songs with a distinct 'from the heart out the mouth' feel unifying them.
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Strong instrumentals and hauntingly beautiful vocal harmonies from this hotly tipped outfit.
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Lounge Cat Ideals
Lounge Cat Ideals are an originals band based in Bristol. Their repertoire pulls from 1920s jazz to the more modern forms of the gypsy sounds whilst retaining the quick pace that keeps everyone dancing. Beautiful harmonies and a line up of 7 mean there is always something going on to keep your eyes and ears entertained. With 4 songwriters, their music varies from slow dancing jazz to the 'avin' it skank of Swing bands of old. Incorporating members from multi-cultural backgrounds, they strive to capture the essence of dancing music and bring it to the table for your enjoyment.
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BRIDGES create transatlantic, guitar driven, indie rock music. Warm, emotive vocals are at the forefront from the offset, reminiscent of the likes of Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison or The National’s Matt Berninger. Huge guitar hooks pulsate over tightly woven harmonies, creating a sound that is both gritty yet visceral. BRIDGES combine poetic lyricism with anthemic soundscapes, making something undeniably refined in the process. BRIDGES have built up a loyal following, having performed at prestigious festivals such as Leeds, Glastonbury, 2000 Trees and Isle of Wight to name a few. They have also supported the likes of The Slow Readers Club, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Airways and All Tvvins and have been praised from numerous well regarded publications including Clash, Gigslutz and Its All Indie.
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Bea Munro is a singer songwriter from London. Signed to BMG, with debut album produced by Greg Wells (Adele, Katy Perry) Bea is surely one to watch. She is heavily inspired by the sounds of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, and adds a modern spin on that iconic 60's feel.
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Hailing from Swindon in the UK, SN Dubstation are a lively 8 piece band comprising of Drums, Bass, Keys, Guitar and that all important Brass section. Fusing reggae, ska and dub, their sound is a merging of genres through trippy synths, twangy guitars, melodic horns and pounding bass lines. The band have taken their inspiration from traditional reggae and ska, but added their own twist of energy to create fantastically infectious music.
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Ami Kaelyn is a multi-instrumentalist singer songwriter from Malmesbury, Wiltshire who has been writing and performing her own compositions nearly all her life and a has a beautiful, etheral style. She is one of the few female singer/songwriters to finger pick a 12 string guitar which puts a very distinctive style to her music and wonderfully complements her spell-binding vocal. Ami also plays the bohdran and often joins folk band The Home Fires on cello.
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Emily Teague is a maker of music. Born of the creative seas in Bristol, Emily merges the stories of traditional music. With a decisive nod towards folk and the stark qualities of confessional song writing of the '60s, Emily adds in the primal yearning of deep southern country and the undeniable essence of the 'Bristol sound'. Captivating audiences with open sincerity, winning their hearts at home and abroad.
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The Long Players
At least once a year, Malmesbury's The Long Players they take a classic album from the past, learn the whole thing and rehearse in one weekend, then perform it to a sold out crowd the following weekend.
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Gabrielle Sey, Scout Killers, The Tribe, Lionface, Hatton Manor, Way Out West (1), Big Kipper, Arkansaw Jukebox Collective
- Foxley Road
- SN16 0JQ