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The Bands Tent at Barefoot Festival 2017

The Bands Tent

Hosted by Our Mistress of Ceremonies, Kay Kimberley, The Band Tent is back for Barefoot Festival™ 2018 and it's going to be the best yet! This Barefoot Festival™ 2018's line-up is already booked and confirmed, you will find all the band and artist information being updated over the coming weeks on this page.

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Confirmed Acts...

The Brandy Thieves at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

The Brandy Thieves - A band that has ‘built a reputation of blowing the roof over every venue they play’, a band that is ‘impossible not to dance to’, The Brandy Thieves are one of most exiting live acts in the Midlands and by combining gypsy rhythms and punk energy, soulful bluesy harmonies and folk storytelling, the band has also created a sound that is uniquely their own. Fronted by the powerful vocals of ‘The Tattooed Woman’ Andrea Kenny, the band have been packing out venues and headlining festival stages across the midlands for the last five years and have played along with some of biggest bands in the country. ‘Raucous’ ‘Infectious’ ‘Enthralling’ and ‘Captivating’, the five piece are sure to be the highlight for many gig and festival goers this year. The Brandy Thieves are a band not to be missed.

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GoldWater at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

GoldWater - Blending heavy blues, 60's psychedelia, gypsy roots & rock, Leicester’s GoldWater offer an unforgettable and energetic live performance that has to be seen to be believed. Live shows often descend into chaotic happenings as their wild, psychotic lead singer clambers through the crowd preaching over the urgent, thundering band.

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The Borgias at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

The Borgias - are an indie/alt/dance sound from Birmingham. Recently played Tramlines Solfest Dovefest and Threshold Festivals. KaYc Mundee on vocals, Jason Stretton on keyboard and Craig Black on guitars , giving a unique distorted sound. They love music so they have searched the depths and found fat dancy beats to wonder the universe, helping sooth the seas.

*WARNING* contains head nodding

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SuperEvolver at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

SuperEvolver - star has risen and 2010 has seen them as a band in massive demand. SuperEvolver were awarded 'Best Rock Song' by Exposure Music Awards for the track 'Cartoon Killers' in 2009 And Best Rock 2010, and their luck has been in since. The eerie Acoustic track ‘The Wizard’ was chosen to feature in MySpace’s teenage drama ‘Freak’. This has culminated in requests to play events from major club names such as ‘Greasy Lips’ (Alan McGee) and a much-acclaimed set on the main stage at Strawberry Fields Festival.

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Idle Empire at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Idle Empire - Since 2014, Idle Empire's rip-roaring Indie/Folk style has been turning the gentlest of acoustic sessions into a table banging, fist pumping carnival of pleasure. Prepare your ears for salty, anecdotal lyrics, sweet gypsy violin licks, thumping rhythm section and driving guitars.

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Jesse Wright Band at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Jesse Wright Band - Born in Leicester but raised in Spain, Jesse moved back to her home town after 20 years to pursue a life in music. She has brought her Mediterranean infused soul to venues across Leicester and the UK, as well as events such as Riverside Festival and Summer Sundae. In July 2016 she performed with her band for the first time at Leicester's Cosmopolitan Festival, and now in 2017 looks to cement her reputation as a powerful singer and vibrant performer.

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Miyagi Car Wash at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Miyagi Car Wash - are a Lo-Fi, British Invasion, Bedroom Pop/Noise Trio. They play live and everyone falls in love.

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Last Edition at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Last Edition - are a sax-driven, ska punk quartet from Leicester. Together for nearly a decade, Last Edition have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with the likes of Reel Big Fish, Mad Caddies, Anti-Flag, Sonic Boom 6, Big D and the Kids Table to name just a few.

Heavily influenced by two-tone, and third-wave ska - Last Edition’s live set boasts a high-energy, hard-hitting ska punk sound that will leave you with a smile on your face.

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Larkham and Hall at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Larkham and Hall - Americana songwriters Sarah Larkham and Elliot Hall (accolades including Bristol Songwriter Of The Year award), create bittersweet, beautiful music with country elements, taking their influences from American folk, country and blues artists such as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Johnny Cash. Together they layer harmony vocals onto thought provoking, poetic lyrics, all woven through with sparkling guitar, country style mandolin and emotionally charged harmonica. Emotional, heartfelt, honest music in the country-folk tradition, and words that will stay with you for a long long time.

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Sweetbellechobaby at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Sweetbellechobaby - are a dreampop duo currently based in Leicester. Described by Great Central magazine as "like My Bloody Valentine turned down to 1, rather than 11", their self-titled debut EP and atmospheric live performances have been making waves on Leicester's DIY music scene, and their song 'Echo' has gained them airplay on BBC Introducing East Midlands. The band are currently working on new material for an upcoming second EP.

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The Millmen at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

The Millmen - The grizzled remnants of some old faces from the Leicester ska / punk scene have been chewed up and spat out to form The Millmen. These days their tone is focused on dance grooves, mainly soul, ska and reggae. There is a fair amount of grit thrown in for good measure. Soaring rocky guitar solos, punky vocals, and a massive 4 piece brass section. To top it all off, expect to be barked at with passionate left wing lyrics and surprised by harsh push-pull progressions. Overall, very groovy, danceable and enjoyable.

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Lycio at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Lycio - out of Birmingham, lycio are a contemporary 3-piece bringing a uniquely authentic take on electronic/hybrid music - combining distinctive vocals, real & electronic drums alongside pad/synth textures. Despite their interest in sound design, lycio ultimately prioritise the song - great songwriting, vocals & melody. Everything is played 100% live; no backing tracks, no stock loops. Hybrid music with that essential human feel.

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The 40 Hertz at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

The 40 Hertz - Acoustic mashup meets mid-life crisis. Leicester based musos who should know better.

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The Mojo Slide at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

The Mojo Slide - is a group of musicians, hailing from Cambridgeshire, united in their passion for blues-inspired alternative music.

Formed in 2011, they released their debut album 'Twist Your Bones' in November 2015 on DO IT Records. The album features a contemporary mixture of classic rock 'n' roll, and blues rooted alternative rock. They have had radio play on BBC, Absolute and Planet Rock, amongst others.

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Kenneth J Nash at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Kenneth J Nash - has never done things the easy way, but his courage to confront the darker moments of his past has led him to spending his years on the music scene carving out a thriving repertoire of haunting music that stirs the heart and spears the soul.

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Ailsa Gray at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Ailsa Grey - music is often described as 'Folk-pop' with the focus of my songs being mainly on the lyrics. I often write about personal experiences that I have had and am very honest about them in my songs. I believe honesty is a crucial part of song writing as it allows people to be able to relate to your music. My influences include artists such as Billy Joel, Ed Sheeran, and Twenty One Pilots.

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Luke Broughton at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Luke Broughton - is a modern day singer song writer.

They are poetic songs of love and life that strike a chord inside. He is a refreshing commentator of his time with a voice that is unique and quite spectacular. His lyrics speak of the highs and lows on the journey through life in a way we can all connect with. Luke's soaring and haunting vocals overlaid with simple finger picked guitar are a joy and some of his melodies will stay with you long after the stage is empty.

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The Abrahams at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

The Abrahams - are a Four piece progressive folk rock skiffle beat combo that have been around for a decade and although the line up has changed the impetus of bringing skiffley folk rock and a hearty slice of humour remains very much at the core. Somehow they managed to get a debut album recorded and mixed and it's gathering great reviews and airplay.

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Splitters at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Splitters - For over a decade, Leicester's Splitters has been at the forefront of the ska scene, dropping dynamite sub ska scorchers and heavy heavy reggae sounds loaded with realness. By mixing the traditional vibes of 1960s skinhead ska with a contemporary edge that speaks of the grit and grime of modern British Life, Splitters have built a reputation as one of the most scorching live acts of the UK circuit.

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Bystandereffect at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Bystandereffect - are a glitch ballad collective based in the Broomielaw area of Glasgow. They combine traditional song structures with bone shaking bass lines, glitchful beats, twisted synths and manipulated guitars to make a mutated clash of genres.Although they regularly collaborate with other musicians, the collective is centered around two main members, Sam Good (synths and vocals) and Joe Gillies (guitar, vocals, laptop). With influences ranging from Atoms for Peace through to Bob Dylan, Bystandereffect occupy the space between the experimental and the traditional.

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Blue Skies In June at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Blue Skies In June - A band led by edgy, strong and sassy female vocals combined with earthy, resonant male anthems gives Blue Skies In June the crackling electricity on stage that audiences love. Giving an indie twist fuelled with harmonies, piano and some unexpected mash ups, Blue Skies in June can rework songs you thought you knew into songs you want to hear again and again.

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Racketeers at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Racketeers - are a 3 piece Rock/Indie/Folk band from Leicester, they released their debut EP last year with a debut single, plus there is an album on the way - Luke Austin - Singer/Songwriter, Jan Wolloff - Bassist, Dayle Smith - Drummer

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Siobhan Mazzei at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Siobhan Mazzei - An Alt Rock/Grunge/Folk Singer-Songwriter from Leicester. Through her music and words refuses to be hemmed in by narrow boundaries of genre. Her voice is powerful, as powerful as any one and up there with the likes of Stevie Nicks yet beautifully melodic with gaelic style undertones much like Dolores O'Riordan of the Cranberries as well as completely fascinating and gripping guitar skills to match. Siobhan Mazzei is an unstoppable force with a recent tour of Germany and the Midlands as well as another record release out soon.

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Dust & Debris at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Dust & Debris - a Leicester based band, working as a duo, trio, 4-5 piece depending on the needs of promoters or venues. They play what they describe as "Rock'a'Bluesy Country-Soul" a mix of Americana styles; country, blues, bluegrass, Cajun, soul etc with a bit of swing jazz, reggae in the mix.

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The Red Bears at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

The Red Bears - are Leicester based band creating original songs with an Americana, Soul and British folk feel. Expect a beautiful sound, soulful and uplifting. Original songs set to a mellow acoustic with a laid back groove, haunting vocal harmonies and floating instrumentals.

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Brad Sharp at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Brad Sharp - works as a composer, improviser and sound artist at the edges of concert and club culture.

Following playing at venues such as the Ministry of Sound, Pacha and a whole host of other events, festivals and venues he made the decision to delve into the composition and production side of music and gain critical knowledge by completing an MA in Music at UCLAN. This has led him to working on a live set which is currently being show cased around the UK and Europe.

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Dj Captain iPod at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Dj Captain iPod - popular Leicester Dj Captain iPod Playing an eclectic mix of Hip-Hop, Reggae, Indie and Funky Groves. A resident at the Basement in Leicester and has supported some big names over the years including Grandmaster Flash, Craig Charles and The Sugar Hill Gang... Will be sure to Keep you dancing late into the night .

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Dj Evil Noodle at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Dj Evil Noodle - cut his teeth DJing student nights at universities in London before moving on to to Dalston/Hoxton/Shorditch scene early 2000-2 playing at The Embassy Islington, Camden Lock and also the infamous Tribe of Munt Squat parties. Relocating to Northamptonshire saw a residency in Kettering’s finest alternative boozer the Prince Of Wales playing left field eclectic grooves for the alternative rock crowd. A further relocation to Nottingham finds him curating music for the Old Curiosity Shoppe Meets SteamPunk venue Curious Manor where the music policy encompasses everything from tiki and swing through to funk soul disco up to the latest underground dance cuts and re-edits.

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Homeless Shakespeare at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Homeless Shakespeare - started as musician and artist Joe Doyle's solo project in 2013, and has since racked up a repertoire of over 30 original tracks stretching across numerous styles. Releasing second album 'WAVES' in December 2017, which featured 30 tracks across 3 different CDs with hand drawn artwork, Joe put together a band for the launch, focusing on the whimsical 'gyp-hop', a combination of ragtime blues, gypsy-swing, funk, jazz-rock and hip-hop. The band has developed the unique sound and showcased it across the midlands, with great reception from all demographics. Now set to release the first full-band recorded EP in September, Homeless Shakespeare & The Pigeon Theatre are ready to take on the bull of the UK by both horns.

The music will make you dance and swing, the lyrics will make you think, the live performances will leave you wanting more, and the audience banter is bound to make you laugh.

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The Bands Tent Line Up 2018
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