Frocester Beer Festival... Fun, Beer, Friends!
It wouldn’t be Frocester Beer Festival without a fantastic line up of brilliant live music, and this year is no exception.
Take a look below at the superb local bands and artists who will be entertaining you during this year’s festival, so come along and listen to some new music, as well as plenty of classic songs and singalong favourites, and throw some shapes…!
Friday 24th August 2018
2pm-3.30pm / Corrupting Josie
Formed in 2015 out of a mutual need to write and perform, this female-fronted, Stroud-based British roots rock band consists of Lola, writing and performing personal story-telling; Oliver on bass, driving the main music and production alongside drummer Joe; leaving Tom to bewitch on lead guitar. They have grown up with, and pulled influences from the likes of Paramore, The Cure and Weezer, among others.
3.45-5.15pm / The Gatecrashers
The Gatecrashers are Jim (lead vocals), Darryl (guitar and backing vocals), George (guitar), Gavin (bass and backing vocals), and Kim (drums). They're based in Gloucester and have been together as a band since mid 2017. They're all massive rock fans, which shows in their choice of memorable, well known classics from some of the world's best bands, past and present. Everything from the Beatles and the Stones, to AC/DC, Bowie, Kaiser Chiefs, Killers and Kings of Leon, plus lots more!
5.30pm-7.15pm / Inbetween Days
Inbetween Days are also a covers band based in Gloucester. The band all met in the early part of the summer 2010, and consist of Alan Tindale (vocals), Ian Mills (guitar), Richard Culley (guitar), Kevin Ross (bass) and Rhys Elsworth (drums). They always go down a storm with their high energy takes of popular songs from the 60s right through to the modern day.
7.30pm-8.45pm / Plucking Different
Plucking Different, the UK’s #1 go-to rocking festival ukulele band, are totally unique, performing an eclectic mix of infectuous feel-good songs that will have you dancing in the beer tent and grinning from ear to ear. Expect Muse to Mumford & Sons, The Waterboys to the White Stripes, Gogol Bordello to Guns N Roses... all on ukeleles! Complete madness! Since forming in 2014, the 7-piece band have evolved into a favourite live act on the music scene, unleashing ukulele mayhem at festivals across the UK.
9pm-11pm / El Toro
Back by popular demand, this time to headline our Friday night! El Toro is a professional heart and soul function band, featuring 3 of the most experienced musicians in the South West - Henry Ray (guitar and lead vocals), Tim Vancella (bass and vocals) and Martyn James (drums) - playing the best in classic rock anthems and funky mashup covers that guarantee an evening of top notch entertainment and fun!
Saturday 25th August 2018
12.30pm-1.45pm / The JP AllStars Brass Band
The JP AllStars are a fluid group of fantastic musicians who come together to play great music, led by Musical Director Paul McLaughlin. They’re a traditional brass band playing very non-traditional brass band music. Rock covers, pop songs, show tunes... you name it. Forget marches and hymns (although they're pretty good at them too!). If you've never heard a brass band before, you'll love them. And if you've been brought up in the brass band tradition, you'll still love them. It's the perfect way to kick-off your Saturday afternoon at the festival!
2pm-3.30pm / Belle Day Band
The Belle Day Band is a Bristol-based 4-piece (and occasional duo), making the very best Soul, RnB and Blues music. Blending old school and contemporary influences, they take inspiration from 50s Jazz, 60s Soul and Electric Blues – weaving deep sultry blues and heavy grooves. Citing everyone from Led Zeppelin to Sam Cooke and Freddie King to J Dilla, expect virtuoso musicianship and soulful vocals with a killer live show. Belle Day features Belinda Lee on vocals, Mark Goudswaard on guitar, Chris Axe on bass and Emma Holbrook on drums.
3.45pm-5.15pm / Hipkiss
Hipkiss are a 5-piece band featuring Finnish guitarist Muddy Manninen (ex Wishbone Ash) and British Blues Award finalist, saxophonist and vocalist Patsy Gamble from Stroud, plus Mark Perry (keyboards and guitars), Mark Butler (bass) and Simon Riley (drums). They play mainly original material plus a few classic covers, all with a blues, rock, funky edge. They are based in Gloucestershire and have just produced their debut album of original material - Shedfunk.
5.30pm-7pm / The Lizzy Legacy
The Lizzy Legacy, paying tribute to the much-loved music and musicians of Thin Lizzy, including Gary Moore and Black Star Riders, and playing the music as authentically as possible to keep the Lizzy Legacy alive.... and dangerous! Formed in late 2017 and based in Stroud, The Lizzy Legacy is made up of talented musicians from established original and cover bands such as Multi Story, Credo, Wizards of Oz and Rotten Aces, to name a few. The band consists of Mark Colton (vocals), Jordan Neale (drums), Aedan Neale (lead guitar), Jason Eckersley (lead guitar), and Steve Chew (bass).
7.15pm-8.45pm / The Outcast Band
The Outcast Band are an intense and original indie folk-rock band hailing from Stroud. The band brings a live performance like no other. Influences from folk, punk and rock are apparent, but they've created a distinctive sound which has earned them a reputation for giving what many have described as the best live music experience of their lives. The Outcast Band are Damien Kay (vocals, guitar), Paul Godfrey (violin, mandolin), Tom Price (electric guitar), John Forrester (bass, vocals), Helen Leask (keyboards, accordion, vocals), Matt White (drums) and Pete Catania (live sound). Their latest album "The Longest Mile" is available now.
9pm-11pm / Firefly
Our headliners for Saturday night are Firefly from Cheltenham. This fantastic covers and party band has been performing at festivals, military events, parties, weddings and corporate functions since 2004. Recent gigs include headlining at Cheltenham Town Hall for NYE, plus Sudeley Castle, Highclere Castle (aka Downton Abbey), Cheltenham Racecourse, Oxford University, Cheltenham Town Football Club, Pride Festival Oxford, and many more. The band plays all genres of music from the 1960s to the present day, spanning pop, rock, funk, disco, electronic dance, Motown and soul. Firefly are Suzy Jacoby, Wendy Abrahams, Paul Hardy, Martyn Alsop, Dave Miles, Andy Gifford and Dom Franks. Between them, the band members have worked with the likes of Katie Melua, The Weather Girls, Steve Winwood, The Wonderstuff, Lipps Inc, Mott The Hoople, Fairport Convention, Robert Plant, Judas Priest and Nigel Kennedy. In addition, Suzy Jacoby has also appeared on BBC television and radio, and had two of her songs played on the hit US show 90210 (series 2, episode 17), as well as having a song feature in the trailer for the Jennifer Anniston movie He’s Just Not That Into You! Get ready to party folks!!
Friday 24th August 2018
Saturday 25th August 2018
3.30pm-4.45pm / Jack Curtis (playing a great compilation of saxophone classics)
5pm-6.30pm / The James Murdock Trio (see their Facebook page for more info)
...We hope to add more acts to the Chill-Out Zone, so keep checking back here for updates folks!
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