Bushstock Festival 2018
Aurora + Billie Marten + Flyte + Freya Ridings + Sam Fender + Abi Ocia + Adam French + Amaroun + Angie McMahon + Another Sky + Aquilo + Delilah Montagu + FEET + Grace Carter + HAUS + Hollow Coves + Ida Mae + Jack Vallier + Joel Baker + King No-One + Lily Moore + Maisie Peters + Matt Woods + Nadia Nair + Night Flight + Paris Youth Foundation + Stereo Honey + The Beach + Tors + More to be announced
Entry Requirements: 18+
Hotel VIP experiences for the festival are available HERE
AMAROUN is the latest project from multi-talented producer and songwriter Jay Brown, existing at the sonic crossroads where ERYKAH BADU, EELS, PJ HARVEY and FEIST meet. Songs about coming out, moving up and not being kept down, AMAROUN creates a truly unique form of kaleidoscopic pop music for the 21st century. Emerging from the same tight knit community as LA SALAMI, FRANCOBOLLO and DENAI MOORE, and with support from Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 and Chris Hawkins on BBC 6 Music, 2018 is AMAROUN’s for the taking.
Currently working with close collaborator and producer Kristofer Harris (GHOSTPOET/BELLE & SEBASTIAN/BEAR’S DEN), as well as CHARLES WATSON (SLOW CLUB) and CARMODY, she will release three singles on LGM RECORDS in the coming months and is the latest addition to the COMMUNION PRESENTS roster.
Formed on the 30th of January last year, FEET was really a distraction for its members from their endless bowls of pasta and lonely nights due to their poor game. The band then quickly projected from a boozy side project, to a realistic excuse to discuss dropping out of uni. With a European tour under the belt,seeing the likes of Luxembourg in all its glory, as well as a stop over to France. FEET are now back in the great Ol White, Red and Blue, looking to spread the love and Party or Die with Britons finest youths. With a small tour in some big city’s, FEET are looking to get the ball rolling and make it out of Coventry’s Uni campus.
HAUS are a 5 piece heralding from North London with Math-Rock and Electronic influences. HAUS are Sam Kelly, Daniel Hylton Nuamah, Lyle Simpson, Ellis Mortimer and Ashley Mulimba.
Joel Baker, 22 year old from Nottingham, blazed his way onto the London circuit with his hip hop covers of Kendrick Lamar & Kanye West. 3 support tours, including Saint Raymond & Ella Eyre, and 2 million Spotify streams later, Joel is back in his own lane. Working in Brooklyn, with hit producer Ido, Joel has created a new world of storytelling and vulnerability.
Speaking on the unique sound Joel said "it lets me poke fun at myself, tell stories, and ultimately push music somewhere new. As always, I just want to write songs people relate to".
Having recently been featured on the Lvndscape single ‘Speeches’ which reached #4 in the Deep House chart on Sound Cloud and appeared top 10 in the Spotify Viral 50 chart in the UK, US, Germany and Netherlands, Joel has begun to make even more waves on the scene.
The end of 2015 has seen the release of his Mix tape, ‘Bran Flakes Vol 1’ which was premiered on SBTV with over 1,000 page views in the first week and had huge support on social networks from sites like Content Dope and Hip Hop Zilla. With more to come in 2016, Joel will continue to release new bodies of work including his second mix tape, ‘Bran Flakes Vol 2’, followed by a full EP.
Following a sold out show at The Bodega in Nottingham, Joel’s live scene will only continue to grow with an intimate headline show at Servants Jazz Quarters in Dalston, as well as other reputable London venues in the coming months.
King No-One are an Indie Rock band from York. They kick started everything in Summer 2013 after uploading tracks to the BBC Uploader. They were offered performances at Beacons festival, and Reading & Leeds festival (BBC Introducing stage), where founder of Drowned In Sound Sean Adams named them as his "Favourite new band".
In May 2014 King No-One were chosen by Embrace in support of their sold out O2 Academy tour and after their impressive performances, they were asked again in November/December. In June they received national TV coverage on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch. Their tracks have featured on the Mark Forest show, inclusion on the BBCRadio6 Mixtape, while their latest single MILLENNIUM has received airplay in New York, Ohio and Berlin. They have sold out local venues with capacities ranging from 150 - 300, in York and Leeds in April, October and November 2014. Millennium also won 1st place in the international song writing competition for the rock category over 8000 other songs. In March 2015 they peaked at No.3 on the world's Hype machine charts with their single Foreign Tongue.
REVIEWS & AWARDS Best Performance Award - Leeds Music Video Awards Band Of The Year 2014 - The Verbal Shotgun Affect 1st place - International Song Writing Competition - Rock category
"Incredibly tight, really professional and a brilliant band" - Alan Raw (BBC) "Fantastic band, Millennium is a brilliant track" - Melvin Benn (Managing director of Festival Republic) "This is only the beginning for KNO, I’m tipping them for big things" - Jericho Keys (BBC Introducing)
Matt Woods, born and raised in Cornwall, moved to London to pursue his passion in music. Having spent his childhood singing in the Truro Cathedral choir, Matt developed a love for vocal harmony that is clear in his tracks. He joined forces with Sticky (the management company and studio where Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith and Christina Perri have all recorded albums).
Following on from his tracks “In The Dark,” which made the BBC Introducing playlist earlier this year, and “Impression” which reached #5 on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart, Matt Woods returns with “Ain't No Use”.
Paris Youth Foundation
A bucolic childhood spent climbing the moors and tors of Devon doesn’t naturally segue to a life in rock n roll. But when the greatest familial influence on your adolescence also shaped the formative years of popular music, well, things start to make more sense.
The rustic upbringing of young Matt and Theo Weedon was pockmarked by visits of strange, shaggy haired rockers who would stop by to share tales of yore with their Grandfather Bert. At an age too young to understand most of what they heard, the boys would sit at the top of the stairs late at night, eavesdropping on stories told by the likes of George Harrison, Brian May and Jimmy Page. Ignorant to the envious position in which they found themselves and the historical importance of the anecdotes overheard, it was only as they hit their teens that Grandad began to share his own tales of 'life in the fast lane’ with the two impressionable boys.
It turned out that not only were the visiting raconteurs a pantheon of guitar gods, their Grandad held a pivotal place in music history.
Bert ‘Guitar Wizard’ Weedon was himself a child prodigy who formed his first band (Blue Cumberland Rhythm Boys) at age 13. Bert had performed hundreds of shows with the likes of Stephane Grappelli and George Shearing before he could legally buy a pint. The youngster recorded with Adam Faith and Billy Fury and toured with Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland thereafter launching his own very successful solo career and signature guitar sound. Eight UK Top 40 singles followed and Weedon’s ’sound’ went on to dominate the charts thanks to acolytes like The Shadows and The Dakotas. Weedon’s most impressive legacy however was cemented by a book, the multi-million selling Play In A Day, with which Western youth across the sixties and seventies learned to play guitar Bert’s way, focussing on rhythm, melody and tone. Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Pete Townsend and Paul McCartney are among the many legends who lay the credit for getting started firmly at Weedon’s door.
That impressive legacy is soon to ignite a new generation of music fans thanks to the coming of age of Matt and Theo Weedon, members of the band Tors, my reason for writing.
Much to their parents annoyance, the old man had a profound effect on the two youngsters. When Matt was little he was always in trouble at school and one day he came home with a damning school report. Matt was discouraged. "What am I going to do do when I grow up?" he asked. Bert looked hard at him for a long time then smiled and said “Be a pop star”.
“There was never any doubt in our minds what we wanted to do with our lives” says Matt. "Brian May was the first ‘rockstar’ I recall meeting. He looked so tall to us with wild hair and strangely cool clothes. We both agreed we were going to be him when we grew up.”
Theo adds “Oddly enough though it wasn’t playing the guitar that piqued our interest, it was the songs. We were too young to go to concerts, and not many bands played down our way, so it was radio that pulled us in and the magic of a well crafted melody that exercised our young brains"
Matt and Theo Weedon have always done everything as a pair. When Theo moved to London to study scriptwriting, Matt followed suit. While Matt was creating music for E4’s Skins, Theo joined the writing team. Matt spent his late teenage years fronting an indie band while Theo toured as half of a melodic comedy duo, winning the Musical Comedy Awards in 2013 and even made a brief living as Ewan McGregor’s body double. During this time they ran a company together promoting student music and comedy nights across the UK.
It was only a matter of time before they forged a career doing what they do best.
Songwriting was always something they did in the downtime. 'Driven’ is an apt description of the brothers once they set their minds to something and soon after resolving to earn a living from songwriting alone the cuts started to rack up. Weedon penned tracks are now to be found on albums across the world (USA, Sweden, Japan, Italy etc.). All good you might think. Well it was until a songwriting stint in Nashville and some choice words of wisdom from legendary producer and label boss Don Was brought them back to where they started; it was time to form a band.
Matt and Theo decided that their genetic musical inheritance wasn’t enough so they went back to school, music school, and, like The Kooks, Train and Imagine Dragons before them, there they met likeminded folk. A few rehearsals later and ‘Tors’ was born.
In addition to the Weedon brothers on lead and rhythm guitars, Tors features:
Sam ‘Dirty’ Pritchard on bass. Pritchard’s only notable musical achievement is being the last paid up member of the Travis Fan Club. Although the club was disbanded eight years ago, Sam is such a devoted fan that Fran and the boys decided that if he keeps sending in his subs, they will continue to publish a quarterly newsletter, just for him.
Andrew Humphries on keys and synth. Andrew spent his teens singing backing vocals for ancient soul diva Jocelyn Brown as well as being dog walker to her rare Alaskan Klee Kai dog ‘Kinston’. Unfortunately Klee Kai’s are intensely loyal dogs, to just one person at a time. Kinston grew to love Andrew more than Jocelyn, hence Andrew lost his place on the tour. Disco’s loss is Tors gain.
Jack ‘Math’ Bowden on drums. Jack's nickname comes not from his unrivalled ability to do mental arithmetic but from his addiction to ‘math rock drumming’. It is the greatest source of friction within the band, but as Jack is also an expert marksman and “even better with a shotgun”, expect him to sneak a few 7/8, 11/8, or even 13/8 time signatures into the band’s set.