The truly great bands are the ones you recognise in an instant – from a snatch of vocal, an inimitable snap and swagger of rhythm, a sonic fingerprint that says this could not possibly be anyone else.
That’s the way it is with ‘Bounce’, the spectacular new fourth album by first-generation 2 Tone skankers turned purveyors of joyous political pop The Beat. From the clipped and hectic rude boy shuffle of new tunes ‘Avoid The Obvious’ to the chiming sunshine pop romance of ‘Heaven Hiding’ through to ‘Fire Burn’’s heavy-duty righteousness, ‘Bounce’ shows off every gleaming aspect of the most musically diverse band to come out of the multiracial, multicultural explosion that remade British pop from 1979 onwards.
‘Bounce’ is the first album from The Beat in over 30 years and released on independent label DMF Records. Written by a combination of Ranking Roger, Mick Lister and Ranking Junior, it has been produced by Mick Lister (Bad Company, Amy Winehouse, The Feeling) and mixed by Tim Hamill and Mick Lister except Side to Side and My Dream mixed by Dennis Bovell (The Slits, Madness)
The same energy that drove the hit singles of the 80s; ‘Mirror In The Bathroom’, ‘Stand Down Margaret’ and ‘Too Nice To Talk To’ – reggae looseness plus razor-sharp songwriting meets the paranoid pace of punk – is here again. It’s all been re-rubbed, freshened and refracted through the multiple dance sounds that followed on from 2 Tone, all the black-meets-white, bass-meets-melody mashups that The Beat helped to trigger. Look into the DNA of every generation of British ravers from The Prodigy through drum’n’bass to UK grime and you’ll find traces of The Beat in there.
Joining Roger in the revitalised Beat is his son Ranking Junior AKA Matthew Murphy, a powerhouse MC who adds a new dimension to The Beat’s live shows, along with drummers Oscar Harrison of Ocean Colour Scene and Fuzz Townshend of Pop Will Eat Itself . The line-up is completed by Chiko Hamilton on sax, bass guitar Andy Pearson, guitarist Steve Harper and Bobby Bird whose background in ambient dub as Higher Intelligence Agency brings a new psychedelic dimension to The Beat.
These guys appeared at Reepham back in 2012 and every single year since, you guys have been been begging, get them back, get them back... well we have and as they say "THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN"!!!!
Wayne Ellis, bassist, vocalist and supreme entertainer... "as close as you can possibly get to the late great Philip Lynott himself".The accolades are a tribute in themselves to the time, love and sheer determination that Wayne has put into building Limehouse Lizzy up to the position they find themselves in today - suitably rewarded in 2001 with the title "Live Band Of The Year" by Guitarist Magazine.
Greg Alcock is one half of the Limehouse Lizzy guitar duo. A wah-wah specialist, he is also a co-founder of the band along with Wayne, back in 1993.Greg was the guitar tech for none other than Brian Robertson of Thin Lizzy, allowing him an unequalled opportunity to learn many of the key parts of 'Live and Dangerous' from The Master himself, whilst getting the lowdown on that Lizzy Sound...
Tim Read first appeared with Limehouse in 2005, when he stood in for Greg Alcock. He became a full time member in January 2007.Born in Burton on Trent he took up the guitar playing in an unusual way - he plays a right handed guitar but plays it left handed. This means the heavy E string is at the bottom of the fretboard and light string at the top! Tim is best known for his work with Leicester rockers Chrome Molly. He enjoyed recording with them and playing on tours with bands like Alice Cooper and Queensryche. A ball of flamboyant energy, Tim is never happier than being onstage delivering the music of Thin Lizzy to fellow Lizzy fans.
The man at the back! Lee Morris, a long term friend of the band before he joined, Lee hails from the epicentre of the rock world Wolverhampton, and has an first class rock pedigree having previously occupied the drum stool for Marshall Law, Paradise Lost and Danny Vaughn amongst others. He’s a top man, Calm as a seashore sunset, but total controlled armageddon behind the skins!
Again, so many of you asked to get these guys back for 2017...
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)
Following the success of opening for Status Quo in 2014, Walkway were invited back to support Status Quo again last summer, and most recently were asked back to open Quo’s “Accept No Substitute” UK Arena Winter Tour in November 2015.
Having previously also supported The Darkness, Black Stone Cherry, Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), Eric Martin (Mr Big) Graham Bonnet (Rainbow); 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 rock bands.
Touring extensively, including shows in Europe (2013 & 2014 totalled a staggering 229 performances, and 2015 reaching another 116 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.
The band have continued to expand their live experience, reputation and popularity across the UK with another 128 shows under their belt come the end of the year. To top this off the band are close to finishing material for their eagerly awaited third album; expected to be recorded during the first part of 2017.
“Really enjoyed it, loved the energy you guys had.
You boys are annoyingly good”
- Rick Parfitt & Francis Rossi (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
“Walkway is a band full of potential with a pounding rhythm section and a rising star guitarist in James Ready. Overlook these guys at your peril!”
- Darren Redick, presenter on Planet Rock Radio
“Love the playing, great show! I look forward to seeing you guys again”
- Herman Li, Lead Guitarist for DragonForce
The Wise Naïve are a 9 piece funk band from Cambridgeshire and London. Having formed in early 2016, the band have already played a string of successful gigs across London, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk including Islington’s O2 Academy and 93 Feet East on Brick Lane.
Their debut single ‘No Brain’ was released in October 2016. If you’re a fan of soulful guitars, a driving bass, funky drums, bongo beats, melodic horns, and a powerful female vocalist with moves like Jagger... you will have guaranteed fun with The Wise Naïve.
The Extons are a 4 Piece Indie Rock band that formed May 2015. Their Early Demo Grown Ups got featured on Huw Stephens BBC Radio 1 as well as making track of the week on bbc introducing norfolk. They've had an exciting year so far supporting bands such as The Sherlocks, Vant, Blaenavon, Lisbon, a sold out show with the Pigeon Detectives as well as playing at a number of festivals around the UK.
The Extons have just released Their Official Debut Single 'I Won't Leave Lonely' Which was made track of the week on bbc introducing Norfolk and is getting consistant plays on amazing Radio, played by Steve Lamacq on 6 music as well as 6 week Radio Campaign with Alan James PR
Time to dig out those dancing boots! If you are in the mood to rock to some of the 70’s and 80’s classics, then this band delivers. Reepham are delighted to welcome Parallel Times with their powerful Blondie sound, fronted by Norfolk’s well known vocalist, Julie Bunn to open the festival at the Party Night at Whitwell and Reepham Station on Friday 11th August
Parallel Times appeal to Blondie lovers old and new. Their exciting and dynamic show is packed with classics including Atomic, Heart of Glass and Call Me, authentically sung by Julie with enthusiastic support from her band.