Vernal Equinox Festival 2017

at The Continental, Preston

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An exciting new festival in Preston pulling together divergent strands of underground music - folk / psych / wyrd.


Trembling Bells

Trembling Bells appearing at this event

The song-based group of Alex Neilson (drummer to Baby Dee, Tight Meat, Bonnie Prince Billy, Josephine Foster and more.) Like a faintly unhinged take on Fairport Convention or Fotheringay with soaring uplifting Sandy Denny style vocals that occasionally give way to deranged passages of feedback and clattering percussion.

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Galley Beggar

Seven musicians who hail from Kent and London, Galley Beggar are a folk/rock band who grew up obsessed with an old sound.

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Mugstar appearing at this event

Mugstar recall 'Saucerful...' era Floyd and echoes vintage Neu! alongside the sounds of Oneida and Sonic Youth. Mugstar take the sonics of psychedelia and krautrock, drag it through the lenses of punk and post-rock, heavy as lead but driven to a repetitive extreme so that it becomes an impenetrable Krautrock hammer; much like Neu on a week long binge of testosterone. Playing Supersonic and ATP!

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Mike Heron

Mike Heron appearing at this event

A true superstar of the folk scene. He founded the legendary and aptly named Incredible String Band in 1967 and in the ensuing years recorded with the likes of Pete Townshend, Elton John, Jimmy Page, Richard Thompson, John Cale, Keith Moon and Steve Winwood, with the Rolling Stones and Robert Plant citing him as an influence.

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GNOD appearing at this event

A Mancunian psychedelia collective drawing on influences as disparate as Afro-beat, krautrock, drone, noise and jazz. GNOD's music rotates and expands around a constantly changing line-up, summoning the freak 'n' roll of Ash Ra Tempel, the motorik beat of Neu! and the groove of early Can. Their release with White Hills, "Drop Out...II", was declared the best album to come out of Manchester in 2010.

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Alasdair Roberts

Alasdair Roberts appearing at this event

One man, one guitar, and a quality selection of bittersweet folk songs. He has a recurrent interest in metaphysical themes and in folklore and history. Alasdair Roberts has had a remarkable career to date, starting his music-making in the mid-nineties (under the band name Appendix Out), collaborating widely with many musicians in the intervening 20 years as well as artists from other disciplines such as film makers, poets and puppeteers.

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King Champion Sounds

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Crumbling Ghost

Exciting post-Doom, PsychFolkcore London 4 piece featuring members of Koresh, Mordros, Fantaplastic, Among the Missing, Pombagira, Smallgang and Huge Baby.

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One Sided Horse

One Sided Horse is the side-project of Evil Blizzard singer Mark Whiteside. Featuring Rik McNamara, Mickey Dale, Steve Firth and Mike Heaton from Embrace. One Sided Horse’s songs have been described as “epic, emotional and beautifully crafted” drawing comparisons with the likes of Nick Cave and Johnny Cash amongst others.

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Howie Reeve

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Sweeney Astray

Sweeney Astray are a music project based around the songs of Mike Kneafsey plus Hannah Dacey (double bass/violin/vocals) Anna Ashworth (drums) and guests. Named after the medievil Irish poem poem Buile Suibne translated into English by Seamus Heaney. An acoustic stripped down sound - a crossover of genres songwriter/folk/indie. Brushes/djembe, acoustic guitar, double bass, harmonies and lyrical storytelling approach with passion and integrity.

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Also Appearing

Tricca McNiff, Pill Fangs, Dodson And Fogg, Newts, Vukovar, The Common Cold, The Condor Moments

The Continental

  • South Meadow Lane
  • Preston
  • PR1 8JP

01772 499 425
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