2019 Highlights

The Bands Tent at Barefoot Festival 2019

The Bands Tent

Hosted by Our Mistress of Ceremonies, Kay Kimberley, The Band Tent is back for Barefoot Festival™ 2019 and it's going to be the best yet! This Barefoot Festival™ 2019'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...

Josephine and The Artizans at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Josephine and The Artizans - London based HipHopera band that consist of classical strings, operatic vocals, heavy beats and energetic rap.

Classically trained Josephine was growing increasingly tired of the cultural gap between the pop-scene and classical world so she decided to create something which is neither classical or commercial, but a blend of both.

"The Artizans have mastered the merging of classical and modern, resulting in an authentic blend of old and new; and have challenged basic music genres to create their own label of sound." (Adam not Eve)

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The Social Ignition at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

The Social Ignition - a Ska-fusion band with a melting pot of musical influences, from Folk to Funk, Jazz, Hip Hop, Rock and Punk and E.D.M but always with a main focus on Reggae and Ska. The broad range in musical interests and influences of the band members adds to their interesting, diverse sound; with skank-tastic brass, Dubby Bass lines, to funkadelic guitar licks with danceable beats. All adding up to their unique complexities, there’s a little bit of something for everyone, whilst staying true to their sound.

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Strizzy Strauss at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Strizzy Strauss - Strauss aims to provide an alternative to the current hip-hop narrative, in terms of subject matter, sound and presentation. Through his music, Strizzy describes the harsh realities of growing up on a deprived estate and how he has been able to use this experience as a positive to progress in life.

Strizzy Strauss' main aim is to provide the next generation with the motivation and inspiration required to succeed in life.

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Karina Denike at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Karina Denike - virtuosic chanteuse Karina Denike will transport you to a decade that never happened—but should have.

Steeped in the lost eras of 1930’s torch songs and Motown, her original songs draw from such influences as doo wop drama, sea shanties, Morricone soundtracks, girl groups and Eastern European lullabies. A focus on performance and obsessed with the voice as an instrument, her lock-solid vocal harmonies can hush rooms with a whisper and break hearts with a shout. Supporting herself on chord organ and vibraphone, and backed by an adventurous San Francisco band of established composers and musicians in their own right;

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Blue Skies In June at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Blue Skies In June - Perfect for getting festival crowds up and dancing, Blue Skies in June will lift spirits and raise the roof with their performances of edgy covers combining current, alternative pop songs with classics from the 90’s in an indie/rock style as a sassy female fronted five piece band. Add in four part harmonies, driving guitar and a bucket load of energy and you get something along the lines of Fleetwood Mac singing The Hills by The Weeknd.

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Dust and Debris at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Dust & Debris - are Americana based, playing popular covers and Les’ original songs - a blend of Country, Blues, Bluegrass, Cajun, Western Swing and Rock and Roll. How do they describe this magical mix? They call it “Rock’a’Bluesy Country-Soul” - Simple music that goes straight to the heart!

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The Idolins In June at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

The Idolins - are a Nottingham based folk / acoustic pop act who’s sound is built around the beautiful and heartfelt storytelling of Karen Smalley, delivered by ear-catching vocals and finely laced harmonies, across an evocative, melodic musical mix of acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass and percussion.

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Moscow Drug Club at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Moscow Drug Club - Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leornard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating and intimate musical experience. You are cordially invited to share a wry smile with them as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club.

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Ara Jaff at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Ara Jaff - 19 year old artist from Manchester with a Kurdish background, plays the guitar with a looper pedal. Influenced by artists such as Ed sheeran and Shawn Mendes. Genres include RnB, Hip Hop and Soul.

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Harrison Gent at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Harrison Gent - is a 13 year old musician who has been playing guitar since he could hold one! he is inspired by The Smiths, The Beautiful South, Arctic Monkeys and more recently Jake Bugg, Easy Life and various others. He is gaining a credible reputation by gigging the Leicester music scene, regularly featuring at The Sound House open mic night and various other venues (whoever will have him) He confidently performs songs by his favourite artists with a delivery beyond his years and is also a budding song writer himself.

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Bellatones at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Bellatones - from folky beginnings as an acoustic duo in 2011, Bellatones have evolved in to a multi-instrumental 5-piece rock behemoth with a reputation for soaring melodies, driving rhythms and dramatic songs, showcased in their energetic live performances.

Their recent evolution has brought a lively fusion of blues, rock and dance influences, which has seen audiences dancing in the aisles and on the tables at recent gigs.

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Siobhan Mazzei at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Siobhan Mazzei - Leicester born and bred, Siobhan grew up surrounded by music and has collected various concepts of musical genus, creating a style that refuses to be hemmed by Genre. Siobhan provides an atmospheric set that combines a bleak folky sound with Pearl Jam-styled grunge to provide something that comes across as interestingly unique.

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The Markus Reeves Brotherhood at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

The Markus Reeves Brotherhood - If Neil Young and The Small Faces had a baby they’d call it MRB. Think Idles playing Muddy Waters or Slaves playing John Martyn Formed in July 2018 The Markus Reeves Brotherhood are already creating a loyal following around the Midlands UK. Having filled 200cap venues like Leicesters The Musician Pub and The Donkey, MRB want to spread the word and are looking to play to a wider audience across the UK in 2019.

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Dj Captain iPod at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

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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The Bighead at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

The Bighead - are based in Northampton and play Original Roots Reggae and Ska and have been playing the festival and club gigs for over 10 years. Formed in 2008 by Da Costa, the band have played headline and supported the original 2-Tone acts , the Beat, The Selector, Bad Manners and a 2013 show with Madness.

The band play all over the UK and Europe with are regulars on the Berlin Reggae scene. This year the band play the Barefoot Festival in Leicester for the first time and release a first vinyl single for 2019 “ Hangover Cure “ and are working on a third album for release in May.

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Brad Sharp at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

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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The Millmen at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

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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She Robot at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

She, Robot - Suzy Condrad creates songs using a loop pedal. She uses many instruments and her voice to build up complex arrangements one bar at a time. Everything happens live, nothing is pre-recorded.

In 2011 she won the UK Boss Looping Championship (international competition for Loop Artists) and went on to compete for the UK in the World Championships.

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Kenneth J Nash at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Kenneth J Nash - is a veteran of the music scene, he's released critically acclaimed and award nominated albums and shared the bill with Fleetwood Mac and Pharell Williams. He's supported Suzanne Vega, Seth Lakeman, Eliza Carthy, Dodgy, Wonderstuff, Hayseed Dixie, Mark Geary and many others. He's had songs featured on Discovery Channel and BBC TV.

His songs are all written from the heart and tell his story of Love, Loss, Salvation and Addiction. He's been compared to Leonard Cohen, Damien Rice and Gram Parsons.

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Jacks Got A Plan at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Jacks Got A Plan - Three piece singer songwriters Johnson, Hanlon and Bogue are Jack’s got a plan. A Midlands based pop rock trio with a catalogue of original material derived from real life experience, wrapped around killer hooks and brought to life with three part vocal harmonies.

With a wide range of musical influences woven into their tunes and lead vocal duty shared, every performance has a satisfying diversity whilst being unified by an energetic performance and the Jack soundscape.

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Homeless Shakespeare at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Homeless Shakespeare - Working as a solo artist for 5 years, Homeless Shakespeare created The Pigeon Theatre for the launch gig of genre-mashing album WAVES in December 2017, and has since developed the 'gyp-hop' sound; an exciting cocktail of blues, funk, rock, gypsy-swing and rap.

eptember 2018 marked the release of the band's first EP, Caravan O'Funk. Since the start of 2018, The Pigeon Theatre has matured into a hard-hitting ensemble, so distinctively unique that its audacity is enough to work any audience. Punky, funky, ballsy and romantic. The dynamic live performances involve engaging musical characteristics and stage banter (including jokes), offering that personal touch.

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Elysian Musicians at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Elysian Musicians - started as an acoustic duo back in 2011, but later expanded to a full band, which further unleashed their potential. They combine the power house, vibrato rich, soulful tones of Celia, all backed by an impressively tight band. They play a mix of covers and a few originals, always in their own unique style.

Their music combines Soul, Jazz, Reggae and Ska. They play the kind of music you can really lose yourself to, whether it's getting up for a dance or listening in awe. Elysian are one of the most exciting underground acts in Leicester and have been playing the festival circuit for the past few years, always with huge amounts of praise. They are one not to be missed!

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Charlie Jones at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Charlie Jones - formerly of Charlie and the Martyrs is returning to the solo stage after a break focusing on other projects. Charlie (BBC Radio 2 Singer/Songwriter of the Year - Finalist 2008) achieved national success with her previous outfit playing various UK festivals, which included main-stage appearances at ‘Strawberry Fields’ and the venerated ‘Summer Sundae’.

Go! Team, as well as being personally asked to be main support for Paul Heaton (Beautiful South/House Martins) on his UK Tour (Spring 2011). They were handpicked to perform at the prestigious ‘Big Chill’ Festival. From which, set opener ‘Kenny James Tale’ was chosen to feature on the ‘Busking for SolarAid’ album released by the Big Chill Label. Their debonair appearance has also attracted the sponsorship of Vandini Shoes, who personally picked ‘7 Shades’ as the song for their advert campaign and captured the bands ‘live essence’ in a video advertisement.

They received regular airplay on radio across the country, and have performed tracks on Dean Jackson’s esteemed show ‘The Beat’ and ‘live’ sets on BBC WM Introducing (Brett Birks/Louise Brierley), on more than one occasion, aired on all of the BBC Midlands stations. They’ve also won national accolade by appearing on BBC Radio 6, including ‘Guy Garvey’s finest hour’ show and Janice Long’s show on BBC Radio 2.

With new material in tow, Charlie plans to melodically weave her way back into the eyes, ears and hearts of the land.

Visit Charlie and the Martyrs Facebook page »

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In The Forest at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

In The Forest - In the Forest are a 4-piece acoustic, indie-folk band featuring family dynamics and four-part harmonies with vocals that blend naturally and instinctively.

Their songs are mellow and take you on a journey through the elements; from embracing moments of inner fire to running away and walking free in the rain.

Their collective song-writing approach gives you songs that have roots in folk, indie, pop and reggae and with many years of playing all over the UK, In the forest will enchant you with their multiple instruments and intricate vocal arrangements.

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Bartek Dabrowski at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Bartek Dabrowski - is a classical guitarist from Gliwice, Poland whose finger-picking playing style and emotive soundtracks create powerful and immersive musical experiences.

Currently, Bartek spends his time travelling throughout the UK and Europe, spreading positive energy and sharing his passion for music through performances and busking. The result of his life experiences has made Bartek a unique musician with a genre of his own, which is as individual as he is.

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Jesse Wright Band at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

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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The Mojo Slide at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

The Mojo Slide - 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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Nina Clark at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Nina Clark - Nina has been playing live since early 2003. The last seven years have seen her play such prestigious venues in London as the Dean Street Pizza Express Club and The Bulls Head, whilst growing to be known on the South East circuit, with regular appearances at local and national music festivals.

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Big Fish Little Fish Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave - Since 2013 Big Fish Little Fish have brought raving to the family massive. An independent, grassroots music and events crew of seasoned ravers and parents that put on family raves with all the freedom and excitement of a mini-festival, right in the heart of cities and towns across the UK.

Drawing on their experience as ravers and parents the BFLF crew create anarchic, social, daft fun for all ages. Inspired by Hannah’s (the founder) lifelong love of clubbing and her family’s enjoyment of festivals.

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