1pm VB Samba Band
We are a Street Samba band based in Caerleon and Chepstow with over 20 active members. We have performed at numerous local music events for over 3 years.
1.45pm Five Acres High School Choir
This is the flagship choir for Five Acres High School, and has played an important role in representing the school at events both on site and in the wider community. The choir is so important to the school that its rehearsals have been timetabled into the weekly schedule so as to maximise the experiences of the students. The choir had its inaugural concert in November 2018, and has performed at several events since, including the Christmas Concert held at the Coleford Baptist Church. The choir has performed an array of songs from genres including gospel, hymns and pop songs, some of which include sign language! The choir is led by Mr Yardley, the Head of Music, and Mr Gibbard, our wonderful accompanist.
2.30pm The Film Orchestra
The film Orchestra (TfO) is the UK’s (& probably the world’s) 1st amateur orchestra to perform ONLY original music for film, TV & video games.
It was founded in Worcester in 2013 and has proved so popular with amateur and professional musicians alike, that TfO now has a “family”of graded orchestras, wind & jazz bands, chamber ensembles, workshops and events to enjoy and promote the work of the film composer. Currently our bands and orchestras are located in Malvern, Worcester, Cheltenham, Kidderminster and Stratford-Upon-Avon.
The entire project is completely self-funding, relying on membership fees, ticket sales and donations from the public.
Ross-on-Wye based conductor Jack Campey will conduct some of our favourite film scores at Coleford Music Festival on July 13th with Forest of Dean resident Marie Roberts-Watkins who is The film Orchestra’s leader.
3.30pm Joey The Crow
Joey the Crow are a 4 piece band based in Herefordshire, playing their own unique style of Southern Rock, Country, Blue Grass and much more.
Crazy Johnny Crow Fiddle/Vocals : Started life as a beetroot farmer but when the crop failed he joined a local circus riding a unicycle but after an unfortunate accident took up playing the fiddle.
Wizzle Drizzle Guitar/Vocals : Stumbled at his first job as an auctioneer so became a ventriloquist but the dummy bit his ear so he couldn’t stick his finger in it to play folk music anymore so became a country singer instead.
Cooking Fat Drums :One time Chinese chef but got the sack when a customer ordered a No59 and a double decker bus appeared so he decided to become a drummer instead.
Andy Rest Bass Guitar : Kebabs are his thing but after trying to grow his own unsuccessfully he took a course on basic plumbing and home dentistry before resorting to playing the bass.
4.20pm Found In The Forest Youth Theatre
Found in the Forest Youth Theatre return to the festival with their unique style of performance. This year’s outing is a piece entitled ‘The Price of Fame’ and will be their penultimate show before finishing after more than 10 years in the Forest of Dean.
4.45pm Viva La Bear
A 4 piece Alt-Rock/Indie ensemble. With over a decade of history in other musical projects nearly all of their individual works have originated in the Forest of Dean, leaving them with deep roots and a sincere connection with the local area.
5.45pm Jonah’s Lift
An electric folk/rock band who have been bringing their high octane, foot-stomping and fun brand of folk and world music to the South West and beyond. Extremely energetic and engaging, they are known for their unusual musical arrangements, humour and ability to get any crowd young or old up and dancing in fact they enjoy nothing more than whipping audiences up into a dancing frenzy guaranteed to work up a thirst! You have been warned.
7pm Red Hot Riot
All in their early twenties, the band are pushing for a second rockabilly revival after the likes of the stray cats captured the nation back in the 80’s. Taking influence by the likes of Eddie Cochran, Stray Cats, Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis etc, the band play both originals and covers to show their respect to their influences but also add something new to the table. Growing up listening to this style of music, its time for Red Hot Riot to leave their mark on Rockabilly.
8.15pm Pure Evil
Pure Evil are a trio of Forest of Dean musicians who have been together for eighteen years, and have always kept the same lineup throughout their history. They have released three albums of original material, which have been variously described as ‘punk jazz rock’n’roll’, ‘the sound of three middle-aged men headbutting microphones’ and ‘jazz, Jim, but not as you’d know it (or want it). Their favourite colour is topaz, and when all this rock’n’roll nonsense is over with, they intend to become chartered accountants.
9.30pm RUSTY SHACKLE
Welsh indie-roots band Rusty Shackle have been tearing up stages around the world since 2010. Brandishing their distinct folk-roots sound and armed with an electrifying mix of rampant fiddle, scorching electric guitars, pounding drums, searing trumpet and banjo, the band have built up a devoted fanbase with their captivating live shows.
Constantly evolving their sound, the band have released three albums over the last few years, each reaching the top 3 in the iTunes ‘Alternative Folk/Singer Songwriter’ charts. The songs are steeped in honest emotion and story telling and are born from the fires of Bruce Springsteen, Seth Lakeman, infused with the raw energy of Jack White and creativity of Tom Waits and mix it with everything in between.
Their new album DUSK takes their music into brave new areas, introducing an edginess and immediacy to their melody-driven folk credentials. DUSK trawls through the darker stations of the world whilst never forgetting to take in the lighter stops on the line.
Rusty Shackle have toured extensively around the UK, Europe and USA and are mainstays on the festival circuit. They deliver excitement every time they step onstage and give everything they have to steal your heart with their music.
1pm Coleford Community Choir
Under the direction of Musical Director Sam Davis and accompanist Howard Gibbard, it’s an exciting and thriving choir that has gone from 12 members to over 50. It is non-auditioning and rehearses on a Wednesday evening at Coleford Baptist Church.The choir has a reputation for fun and exciting performances as well as putting on high quality concerts. There is always space for new members. The atmosphere is friendly and informal, with people who just love to sing and have fun.
1.45pm Forest of Dean Area Wind Band
We cater for all brass, woodwind and percussion players aged 7 and over. It doesn’t matter if you only know a few notes or if you are playing at Grade 8 standard as we have a range of Wind Bands playing at varying levels from our Starter Band to our award-winning Area Wind Band. If you are a parent, friend of a current member or a local resident and play an instrument then why not join us – our aim is to provide a local wind band for the Forest of Dean that meets the needs of the whole community
2.30pm Small Dogs Bite
A highly entertaining, energetic, colourful, flamboyant and original 3-piece from the Forest of Dean. Their first album release, “Ouch” makes a bold musical statement…. Is it Jazz ? or is it Indie Rock? Perhaps a cross between XTC and Ian Dury? All moods meet to great effect… the classic track “Elephant” combines all genres of modern music in a seamless display of technical wizardry with a catchy sing along chorus –
not something you find everyday!!
3.30pm The Filthy Casuals
We have had an amazing year playing a range of Gigs and Festivals to great reviews and have been fortunate to be now working with MAS Records so that we can develop our writing and performing further. We are Grateful and overwhelmed by all the love and support we have been shown for our music and performances and are working hard to improve and add more banging tracks to our set list.
4.15pm Joe May: Clown…Fool…Performer
An original style of street performance, turning the street into a space where true theatre happens, where a character moves beyond just tricks.
4.45pm The Strays
The Strays are pushing rock ‘n’ roll to it’s limit, fusing a multitude of genres to create a unique modern sound with a gritty, vintage edge. Described as No Doubt meets Imelda May, The Strays’ performance style is larger than life, interactive, and deliciously unpredictable.
After smashing onto the scene and releasing their debut EP in April 2017, the Cheltenham based garage rock ‘n’ roll band were soon endorsed by Vocalzone and featured as ones to watch in UK Rock n Roll Magazine. 2018 was equally as successful, with the release of the second EP and numerous support slots with the likes of Republica and Eddie and The Hotrods, as well as being immortalised the Garage Band card game.
2019 started with bang having secured support slots for The Creepshow and The Hawkmen coupled with headline shows around the country. Western Star Records signed them to their illustrious label in April and The Strays will be releasing their Debut Album in August, before embarking on a UK Tour in the autumn.
5.45pm Eden Roots Reggae Band
Red hot reggae band from Bristol.
7pmThe Dirty Dogs
A sleazy four piece who specialise in a menagerie of arse kicking classic and modern rock. The band has rapidly created a buzz, through its energetic live performances and its members’ previous involvement within the Forest music scene.
8.15pm Mad Apple Circus
An original blend of horn-fuelled styles, built on Ska/Hip-Hop/Jazz and Latin grooves nothing but the good stuff. Owing to their unique sound and energetic performances, this hard-hitting humble Bristolian nine-piece have fast become festival favourites.
Already having ticked off slots at a whole host of festivals, over the last few years alone they’ve set crowds alight at Bestival, Sunrise, Boomtown Fair, Secret Garden Party, Beautiful Days, Symmetry Festival, Wilderness and Glastonbury to mention but a few. With a honed ambition to continually enrich their music all the while remaining true to their core, Mad Apple Circus have unquestionably set about creating their own distinctive sound which is suitably staging itself as BRISTONE! … goes well with cloudy cider.
9.30pm THE SPECIALS LTD
The band recreate the passion and enthusiasm of the Specials from 1979 to the 30th Anniversary Tour, bringing back memories of those who were there first time around and showing younger fans what they missed. Featuring members of 2Rude, the long established ska group widely known as one of the best tribute acts in the UK and former live collaborators with original Specials guitarist Roddy Radiation, The Specials Ltd are a 9 piece band full of energy, excitement and accuracy, performing Specials favourites such as Gangsters, Too Much Too Young and Ghost Town from the golden era of 1979-1981.