Since forming in 1997 Toploader have over two million album sales to their name and a string of top 20 hits both home and abroad. Their debut album ‘Onka’s Big Moka,’ sold over one million copies and remained in the Top 5 of the UK album chart for over six months earning them 4 Brit Award nominations.
In 2000 the single ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ became a global hit spending over a year in European Airplay Charts transforming Toploader into a house- hold name. In 2013 the same track re-entered the Top 40 for three weeks, an incredible thirteen years after it was first released, cementing it as one of the biggest songs of recent times.
Their second album ‘Magic Hotel’ reached number 3 in the UK Albums Chart and saw Joseph Washbourn (singer), Dan Hipgrave (guitar), Matt Knight (bass) and Rob Green (drums) embark on the biggest tour of their careers playing to over 100,000 people in the UK alone.
In 2013 Toploader released two singles ‘Turn It Around,’ co-written with Eg White (Adele, James Morrison) and produced by Andy Green (Keane, Scouting For Girls) and ‘This Is The Night,’ produced by Tim Bran (London Grammar). Both tracks were excellently received by the press and gained strong support with BBC Radio 2 with placements on the ‘A’ Playlist. ‘This Is The Night’ gave them their first No.1 in the Radio 2 Airplay Charts.
With a reputation as a genuine crowd pleasing live band Toploader have backed the likes Paul Weller, Robbie Williams, Noel Gallagher, Tom Jones, Simple Minds and Bon Jovi, where they became the last British band to play the original Wembley Stadium. They have also appeared at a host of festivals including Glastonbury, V-Festival, T In The Park and Chris Evans’s Carfest.
Dire Streets perfectly capture the distinctive, authentic sound of one of the biggest guitar bands of all time.
Fronted by finger picking guitar ace John Brunsdon and his band of accomplished musicians, they play with an attention to detail and musicianship that marks them as the stand-out Dire Straits tribute in the UK.
Dire Streets cover tracks from early favourites like Sultans of Swing and Lady Writer, through to the mega-hits of the 80s and Brothers in Arms, taking in all the classic album and live versions from the legendary Alchemy, Live Aid and Mandela concerts.
Dire Streets were founded in 2010 following a chat over a pint in The Snooty Fox, Tetbury between John and experienced tribute band drummer Dik Chandler. Four years later, Dire Streets are one of the UK’s leading tribute acts – playing to packed venues across the UK.
Dire Streets make no attempt to look like the original so no headbands or pink suits, just brilliant songs skilfully played with the enthusiasm and respect they deserve.
We are so lucky to get these guys back... Buster James are the real deal, born to perform their own brand of Rock and Blues to any audience, their line-up contains players who have performed to audiences worldwide and recorded with artists as diverse as Steve Marriott, Dire Straits, Dave Stewart, Bill Wyman, Mungo Jerry, FM and Iron Maiden.
In Roger James, they have one of the finest crowd motivators in the country. His big voice is driven by the powerhouse rhythm section of Paul Hale (Percussion) and Chris Warnes (Bass). The Guitar work of Mark Holmes and Richard Young on Keyboards/Guitar, complete one of the most inventive and exciting rock line-ups in the business.
Being asked back to support Status Quo on tour again this year, and having previously supported The Darkness & Black Stone Cherry, Walkway’s distinct vocals, jaw dropping solos and solid rhythm section have created a huge buzz and gained the band the reputation as one of the UK’s best unsigned and potential breakthrough rock bands.
Formed in 2007 and only in their early twenties, Walkway are a heavy touring rock band, originating from East Anglia.
Touring extensively, including shows in Europe (2013 & 2014 totalling a staggering 229 shows), two successful releases in the band’s debut album ‘Top Shelf Content’ (Dec 2012), and highly anticipated second album “Streetwise” (Sept 2014), plus national airplay on BBC Radio 2, Walkway have a huge national fan-base of all ages and a large ever growing online fan base to match.
To coincide with the “Streetwise” release, the band unveiled an Official Music Video for the first single off the record ‘Streetwise’.
Available to watch on three separate YouTube channels, the video reached over 1000 views in its first 24 hours and over 50,000 views in it’s first two weeks; proving to be a huge success with people watching from around the globe.
2015 continued to be Walkway’s biggest year to date with studio time booked in July to record the bands upcoming, brand new single.
“Really enjoyed it, loved the energy you guys had” - Rick Parfitt (Status Quo)
“I actually felt like I was at your show…” - Dan Hawkins, Guitarist for The Darkness
“You guys have got a very bright future ahead of you” - Chris Robertson, Singer and Lead Guitarist for Black Stone Cherry
The four young men in Jeramiah Ferrari fuse reggae, rock, ska, punk, and more to create a sound influenced by the likes of Bob Marley and Sublime, yet unique enough to call their own. Last year, the band toured heavily across the UK, supporting reggae and ska heavyweights The Skints, The Aggrolites, The English Beat, The Blockheads, Neville Staple, UB40, The Wailers, Steel Pulse, Holly Cook and Madness They have appeared at Sol Festival, Galtres Festival, One Love Festival The Willowman festival with Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show and The Gomad Festival in Ooty (India)
“Burning Inferno” is the brand new single and video taken from the debut self titled album ‘Jeramiah Ferrari’ available now.
2015 saw them at Kendal calling, Beat Herder, Weyfest and Boomtown fair and also touring with Stereo Mc’s.
Their release last year of “The Dubby Rock EP” received strong radio airplay support across the UK and reached number 4 in the Itunes Reggae Charts. They are also in a new documentary ‘Manchester: Beyond Oasis.’
Chasin Vegas was formed in November 2013. They are an anthemic, British rock inhibiting four-piece, they are the guitar yielding, music circuit revivers the town and maybe even the country have been waiting for.
Chasin Vegas are about to prevail in injecting a much needed dose of British Rock back into the veins of East Anglia’s current cover-band infested music circuit, and succeed in helping true, patriotic guitar music get back on its feet.
Since releasing our debut single, ‘Times Are Hard’, and more recently its follow-up, ‘Feel It’, theye have been featured on Australian TV/Music show, ‘1700’ and hailed as a ‘band to watch’ by BritPop legend, Rick Witter, who, during his time with Shed Seven, racked up 14 consecutive top 40 hits, and recently made us his ‘band of the week’, on his Minster FM radio show.
He very kindly expressed his love for our sound and appreciated its reminiscence to the rise of BritPop in the 90’s.
Morganway are a Country / Folk / Rock band from the UK
Born last year in North Norfolk’s rural outback, Morganway was formed by twin brothers Callum and Kieran Morgan.
The vocal blend of lead singers Callum and Yve Mary B is at the heart of the band’s raw and melodic sound.
They are joined by Kieran on lead guitar and Matthew Brocklehurst on keys.
Kingdom Keys are a Norfolk based six piece melodic rock band. Formed in early 2015; the band blend heart felt rock with various influences from pop to funk which results in a bold and epic sound.
The bands first single You Are Not Alone received a great response, local coverage and earned them a slot with The Fratellis at Festival Too Kings Lynn performing to a 10,000+ attended crowd. The band are currently working hard on recording their debut EP set to release in the new year.
Harry Quinn is a pop/soul singer songwriter based in West London raised in West Norfolk.
Phoebe and Jay are an acoustic duo hailing from Norfolk. Formed in 2015 when the two accomplished solo artists found each other, not only to live out there lives together but to bring all their material together to collaborate on a set of original material and covers reworked into their own haunting and unique style.
2016 looks to be a good year for Phoebe and Jay with their debut EP due soon and continued gigs throughout the UK and Germany...
Welcome back to Josh Hyland a.k.a. Differential is a vocal musician from Norwich and a beat-boxer with a difference – hence the name. Josh will be your MC on Sunday at Whitwell as well as entertaining you with his unique brand of music!
Imagine a drummer, a turntable, an old scan FM radio, a synthesizer and Skrillex all combined and produced from a single pair of lips, a tongue and some air to breathe!
The dictionary definition of Beat boxing is ‘a form of vocal percussion primarily involving the art of producing drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using one’s mouth, lips, tongue, and voice. It may also involve singing, vocal imitation of turntablism, and the simulation of horns, strings, and other musical instruments.’ Well that’s Differential and a bit more.
Prepare to be entertained – and there may be some audience participation required during the performance!
Marina is a singer/songwriter, originally from London, now living in Norfolk. Her latest album This, That & The Other is receiving great reviews, with 'Little Black Cloud' being played on BBC6Music and other tracks being featured on BBC Introducing and BBC regional radio.
Her music has been described as acoustic, Americana, blues, country and folk but she has crossed musical genres to come up with a unique style all her own. Marina has been compared to some of the best vocalists in the world, from Stevie Nicks to Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash to Nanci Griffith.
"A wonderful singer songwriter, Marina's original version of 'Cry' was beautiful, she has got an amazing voice." Anthony Head (Buffy/Merlin actor)
“She has a voice like chocolate” Sue Marchant BBC Radio
"… I saw her perform at the London Folk and Roots Festival…she’s incredible" Alex Gallacher Folk Radio UK
“Marina can turn her voice from an almost deep south growl to torch singer, flooding a song with a real sense of personality as though each song has a voice of its own” Neil King FATEA.
The Festival is pleased to welcome back, by popular demand, The Blythe String Quartet to Reepham, providing the finale to the concert programme in St Michael’s church.
BSQ have been playing together as an ensemble around East Anglia for over 10 years as well as individually offering a wide range of experience in a variety of musical styles. Regularly playing at concerts, corporate functions, weddings, and private parties, their popular and varied repertoire along with a relaxed performance style is well received with audiences of all ages and musical tastes.
Singer/songwriter John Ward regularly plays all over England as well as on the continent. The John Ward Band brings together a great mix of musicians - Stephen Mynott, Andy Marr, Lynne Ward and Les Woodley - for the fuller sound found on several of his critically acclaimed albums, including his brand new one, released in 2016.
Expect an entertaining, thought provoking set of familiar and original songs. A hugely eclectic mix of music across a range of folk and roots styles played on a variety of instruments from a band that have been making a name for themselves in the last couple of years.
“Excellent”- Folk Roots
‘Powerful originals’ - Eastern Daily Press.
“A singer and guitarist to watch out for” – The Times
“A Songwriter of maturity and depth” – Time Out
JOHNNY STEINBERG never had a gap year when he was young, so when he was made redundant, he decided he had earned one. He bought some recording equipment and taught himself finger-style guitar following his mad dream of being a musician and song-writer. Not easy for a drummer that hung his sticks up in the early 1980s. Five years later, he’s been writing and working with the likes of Chris Difford (Squeeze) and Graham Gouldman (10CC) and hasn’t looked back.
Johnny writes songs ranging from the whimsical to the downright political. A natural raconteur, he sees himself in the role of entertainer as much as a song-writer/musician, and loves to engage with an audience and share stories and anecdotes with them. His style is a mixture of folk, roots and Americana.
In 2013, Johnny set up Late Harvest, a support service for emerging musicians who have
discovered music in later life and want to share their skills.
"Johnny is such a talent, I find myself shocked at how much he grows as a writer. He has humour and focus in his writing and his imagination knows no bounds, it is always a real treat to hear his songs and watch him play.” Chris Difford
“Johnny’s songs have tremendous heart, vulnerability and compassion. He’s made me cry on the first listen to a song and that is a rare and potent gift to possess as a story teller and song-writer”
Karine Polwart—BBC Folk Award Winner (2005 and 2007)
“Johnny is almost impossible to describe. You just have to come and see him! He writes folk and roots that basks in warm Northern wit and he'll have you singing along to his stuff before you’ve even heard it. It is pretty hard not to love him” Karamel Club, London 2012
Norfolk’s leading country music exponents bring their unique blend of foot stomping roots music to this year’s Reepham & Whitwell Festival. A mix of Bluegrass, Americana and Appalachian music plus their interpretations of contemporary songs played on the traditional instruments of bluegrass music, banjo, guitar, dobro and fiddle.
Their career has taken them far and wide with festival and concert appearances throughout Europe and beyond. Appearing at the iconic venue The Station Inn, Nashville, the premier venue for bluegrass in the city, certainly helped underscore the level of their music and originality….. not to be missed!
ALDEN, PATTERSON and DASHWOOD weave rich vocal harmonies, viafiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin, around beautifully written original songs and melodies. The trio combines some of Norwich’s finest musicians from The Woodland Creatures, Murphy's Lore and Dumbfoundus. Already popular on the regional acoustic and folkscene, they release their debut album in Summer 2016
Hailing from Norwich, TRU SCAPE are a four-piece band and the definitive band offering an extraordinary fusion of catchy original melody with thought provoking lyrics.
Though labelled ‘rock’ they are diverse in style and yet unmistakable, like the greatest bands throughout history, the likes of The Beatles or Queen, similarly, True Scape’s versatility knows no bounds, they can rock it up, groove it down, funk it sideways or folk it backwards, you name it, there’s a song for everyone!..
Adam will be performing in the courtyard at the King's Arms in the Market Place on Festival Saturday at 8.45
NO-FRILLS will be playing at the Crown Public House, Ollands Road on Festival Sunday 8.00 - Midnight