1pm Coleford Community Choir
Formed in February 2011 in the heart of the Forest of Dean, under the direction of Musical Director Sam Davis and accompanist Howard Gibbard. It is an exciting and thriving choir that has gone from 12 members to over 50 now. There is always space for new members. The atmosphere is extremely friendly and informal, with people who just love to sing and have fun.
D’jabot is a community group based in The Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire. We learn traditional African rhythms from our Senegalese teachers: Oumar and Arona. Tjey perform these rhythms as a group through the use of African drums, traditional percussion and singing (in the native tongue, of course!) They will be performing as well as holding”Have-a-go” drumming workshops in the town.
2.15pm Pure Evil
Pure Evil, who before, have been labelled as Jazz but Not as You Know it! are back! They have been invited to play on the main stage and they are very excited. A dark and brooding year has preceded the Evils which included, amongst other things, the mysterious disappearance of Evil 3’s famous drumming shoe. Now refreshed from rehabilitation, wet wiped and with brand new facial hair the band, wish to entertain you with some brand new songs about Pirates, Sexy Trifles and Love gone sour. Pure Evil, they have suffered for their art now you must suffer theirs.
3pm 5 Valleys Circus
3.30pm Soul Strutters
The Soul Strutters is a collective of professional musicians from Bristol who love nothing more than performing specially handpicked songs from the golden era of Funk, Soul, Disco and Rare Groove.
Formed at last-minute in October 2012 for a cocktail function, The Soul Strutters gelled immediately after the first 4-bars of ‘Use me Up’ by Bill Withers was performed.
From then on, the band were playing the circuit of live music venues near enough every weekend around the Bristol and surrounding area to the present day, solely through word of mouth.
The group was founded on a mutual love and respect for the music they grew up on and have always wanted to perform, and from the sheer smiles on their faces from start to finish, it’s clear that the passion and enjoyment radiates through to the audience.
4.45pm Versatile Reggae band
A 6 member band from Birmingham, Uk. All these band member decided to use their combined skills, experience and love for music to create the group. Ultimately bringing with it hybrid sounds of Roots & Culture, Lovers Rock, Dancehall, Motown R&B to make sure they appeal to any reggae fan.
6pm The Firebirds
Recognised as one of Europe’s finest Doo Wop, Jive, Rock n Roll and Rockabilly bands Following their tour of the USA where they played venues in Memphis and Las Vegas, The Firebirds were honoured to be invited back to play a major event at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson Tennessee, to date (2016) The Firebirds have released three singles and twelve albums.
spearheading the renaissance of live Bhangra in the UK, opening doors for other artists, and introducing Bhangra to mainstream audiences for the first time. From Glastonbury (over ten times) and Womad (three times) to concert venues around the country and across western Europe, they’re always guaranteed to get even the most reluctant on their feet, and leave audiences breathless with excitement. RSVP are wholly rooted in an authentic living tradition, yet unafraid to innovate, this is the ultimate celebratory Indian music.
8.30pm The Apple Tree Theory
“The Apple Tree Theory” are a fabulous bunch of extremely talented, and fun loving individuals from Newport. The ensemble has indeed developed a fast growing reputation for evoking that party spirit. Delivering an eclectic mix of styles; the boys perform an array of timeless classics, but as you have never heard them before. Their unique blend of bluegrass, pop and folk, feature some of the most famous songs of the last 50 years. Their stage show is indeed, something to behold; these boys are guaranteed to have you swinging, jiving, and shin-digging, well into the early hours!
9.30pm Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
Geno Washington is still the UK’s No 1 1960’s Soul Man, he’s the real deal, enjoying cult status on the Soul, R&B, Blues and Northern Soul scenes. This is due in main to his unsurpassable reputation as a live performer.
A contemporary of Alexis Corner, Georgie Fame, The Small Faces and Jimi Hendrix (all of whom were his support acts back in the day) and he is as electrifying on stage today as ever; a force of nature and a joy to behold.
Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band. Geno’s famous Soul band was the hardest working band in the UK throughout the latter half of the 60’s.
Geno had two of the biggest selling U.K. albums back then, both of which were live albums & in the U.K. album charts for 48 out of 52 weeks in 1967. Incredibly, only the albums ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ sold more copies in the UK that year… a true indicator of Geno’s popularity as a live performer.