Avebury Rocks Music Festival

Friday 27 - Sunday 29 July 2018

 

2018 line-up

 

Avebury Rocks Chloe Mogg

Chloe Mogg

20-year-old Chloe Mogg delivers a mixture of musical influences and creates a musical journey with her songs and own arrangements of covers. As a young singer-songwriter with “parrot” hair, she brings life and colour to her performances. Known for her quirkiness and smile, she haunts the audience with her ability to tell a story with only her voice, acoustic guitar, ‘strange’ effects, and sometimes even a bass guitar.

 

 
Avebury Rocks Lottie J

Lottie J & BurbanK

Singer-songwriter Lottie J has been making headlines since she was eight years old, and has been further encouraged by Jamie Cullum when he visited her school to donate his old piano.

One of Lottie’s first finished songs, ‘Kiss Your Old Life Away’, made the final ten of The Song Academy’s Singer/Songwriter Competition 2016, with judges commenting:

“Love the vibe and the way the chorus went somewhere unexpected” – Tom Odell
“I like this and the spiritual imagery” – Rumer

In 2016 Lottie made the grand final of Future Music’s Songwriting Competition, which took place at the renowned Dingwalls in Camden, London with judges including Ivor Novella Award winner Mark Hill.


 

 
Avebury Rocks Natalie Shay

Natalie Shay

Natalie Shay is a 19-year-old multi-award-winning, indie pop/rock artist from North London. Deemed as one of London’s hottest emerging talents and having already acquired an impressive array of awards, Shay is launching herself into the forefront of the industry, with recent critical acclaim from outlets such as Clash, All Things Go and PopDust. 

As a classically-trained guitarist from the age of five, combined with her powerhouse vocals, Shay’s outstanding talents have found her performing to sold-out audiences at some of London’s most iconic and renowned venues, including The Roundhouse, Ronnie Scott's and Brooklyn Bowl, O2. Her successes to date include her long list of awards including ‘Best Undiscovered Talent’ London Music Award, Winner of The Guardian’s Music Award, and being a two-time winner of the Mayor of London Gigs.

Shay's new single ’This Feeling’ landed her a stunning number four on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts. Shay is set for an explosive 2018 with the highly anticipated release of her upcoming singles. 
 

 
Avebury Rocks Ukey dukes

The Ukey d'ukes

The Ukey D'Ukes are one of the top rocking electric ukulele bands in the country. They play a variety of events, from private parties to large music, beer and food festivals, and everything in-between! They have great vocals, and their use of electric ukuleles and ukulele bass give a great, solid sound.
 

 
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MINISTRY OF SAMBA

Swindon-based Ministry of Samba play at carnivals, festivals, events, weddings, and even in pubs. With infectious rhythms and a variety of grooves combined with sound bytes and loops, the band are full of energy.

 

 
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byron uk

In early 90’s suburban Britain, after driving from Kenya to the UK and being one of only three mixed race children in a 10 mile radius, son of a Brixton father and German mother Byron grew up in what could be described as absolute pandemonium!

Byron has the soul of a poet and the unrelenting fight of a modern revolutionary, his aim is to inspire and make a change on a deeper level by sharing his life through music with no restrictions.

 
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dakota simpson

Dakota is a 19 year old singer songwriter from Wiltshire. She combines delicate vocals with a mixture of 80’s and folk influences inspired by the wide range of different artists she grew up listening to.

Performing tracks from her new upcoming EP ‘Hidden Rainbows’ throughout this summer Dakota has an exciting year ahead. Creating an ambient yet intriguing vibe on stage, she is definitely not one to miss!

 
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drew bryant

Influenced by Bowie, Lennon and Morrissey, as well as lesser known artists such as Jonathan Richman and Fred Neil, Drew offers intelligent perceptive lyricism and spins that into an amusing and yet emotive sound.

Zig zagging up and down through the octaves his live performance is delicate and engaging, often coaxing his audience into a hypnotised silence.

 
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eric walker

Eric is a Southampton-based country musician with influences from Vance Joy, Razorlight, Swedish House Mafia and The Cranberries. His vocal influences from dance music with a writing style similar to that of Vance Joy or The Cranberries results in a unique sound which has received recognition from Future Music, BBC Introducing and Express FM.

Eric is currently recording his EP ‘Canyons & Highways’, which features the single ‘Hold My Breath’, released on the 11th May this year.

 
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jack moore

Jack Moore is a one-man rock and roll army, once described as ‘the sound of Nick Cave being beaten up by Queens of the Stone Age’.

With passionate songs about sharks, life and space-missions gone wrong – you’re sure to be amused, bemused and entertained in equal measures!

 
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talk in code

The band’s name is derived from the idea that everyone relates to songs differently, each taking their very own meaning (or code) to cherish from the lyrics of a song. Supported by carefully crafted shimmering soundscapes and delivered with soaring vocals, their lyrical themes have a sense of mystery intact that helps the band stay true to the roots of their name.

From the heart of the South West this quartet bring their many influences to the table to deliver the sound you here today. Rather than citing whole collections of any one artist as influences, it’s individual songs that inform their song writing from way back to present day chart toppers!

 
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whip

These guys like their description’s short and sweet, whether that’s like them or not we’ll let you decide!

‘Four Brummies bringing you infectious pop melodies fused with indie grooves’. What's not to like about that. 

 
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wilding

Wilding are a 4-piece band from Swindon. Formed just last year the outfit have already cultivated a distinct brand of Gypsy-Britrock, weaving rough punk edges with grandiose choruses and ballads. The newcomers have already played a series of sell-out shows in their hometown as well as to packed houses in London and Bath.

George Wilding, Perry Sangha, James Barlow and Daniel Roe have built on the foundations of George’s solo project’s which received acclaim including Radio 2 play from Graham Norton. They’re an exciting group to keep an eye on with a new single in the pipes and EP on the horizon.

 
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nick harper

Son of the legendary UK singer songwriter Roy Harper, and Avebury Rocks founder, Nick was born in London but raised in Wiltshire. Having played the guitar from the age of 10 and surrounded by the likes of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Dave Gilmour as he grew up, it was no surprise when Nick made his recording debut on his father's Whatever Happened to Jugula? in 1985.

Nick's talent and energy entranced Roy's fans and it was inevitable that he would begin touring and recording in his own right. The 1994 EP Light at the End of the Kennel was swiftly followed by his powerful 1995 debut long player Seed prompting The Independent to describe him as "hugely talented".

After a chance meeting with Squeeze frontman and songwriter Glenn Tilbrook in 1996, Tilbrook was so impressed that he offered Nick a job playing with and supporting Squeeze and promptly signed Nick to his own label, Quixotic Records. Following tours in the UK, USA and Japan, Nick recorded the 1998 album Smithereens with Tilbrook as producer. He teamed up with Tilbrook again on 2000's highly acclaimed album Harperspace. This is the album that confirmed his position at the forefront of a new generation of British Acoustic Performers.

To call Nick a superlative singer/songwriter could put his highly lauded guitar talent in the shade, and to call him a guitarist's guitarist might slight his distinctive, soulful voice and passionate songs. Not forgetting the wild ride that is one of his live shows - from personal introspection to biting political satire via a charmingly caustic wit that would make Groucho Marx proud. He often segues from his own compositions to well-loved covers he makes his own - he takes on Presley, Zappa, Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin, Monty Python and Public Enemy (yes, on an acoustic guitar). He also has the alarming ability to break guitar strings almost by sheer force of will… and then change them without dropping a beat.

 
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alex krupa

Alex is a busy guy, a singer songwriter, radio host and event’s organiser he’s also currently recording an album at Sunrise Studios of his own new material which is due to be released at the end of this summer.

Influenced by artists like Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line Alex also likes to connect with his audience and enjoys chatting to them and is always happy to answer any questions, he’s pretty friendly!

 
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Breeze

Breeze is a 4-piece band playing mainly rock covers from the 60’s to the present day. We comprise of Ossie (lead vocals and rhythm guitars), John (bass, vocals and ace van driver!), Dennis (lead guitar and farm owner) and Rob (drums, vocals and drum tutor!). We have been playing for many years as a 5 piece covers band in and around the Swindon area. Due to personnel changes, Rob joined us about 3 years ago and we now function mainly locally for friends and family functions. We started a small festival some years ago which started as playing to raise money for a local playgroup in our village hall. This developed to larger venues in the farm barns and eventually to the farm garden and then to the fields where four years ago we had Katie Tunstall and Vintage Trouble as headliners. The name for our festival is Summerbreeze (the clue is in the name! All monies made from our festivals over the years have gone to various charities, some local and some more international. We welcome this year’s prospect hospital event to Liddington Warren Farm and hope it is a great success.

 
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The Marlborough Big Band

The Marlborough Big Band was formed in 2012 and has played at the International Marlborough Jazz Festival and a variety of charity events in the community. They have a total 17 local players consisting of Saxophones, Trumpets, Trombones, Keyboard, Rhythm Guitar, String/Electric Bass and Drums. A wide variety of music is played by The Marlborough Big Band including Glen Miller, Gershwin, Rogers & Hammerstein, Duke Ellington, Lennon & McCartney, Van Morrison and even Maroon 5.

 
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The Pewsey Belles Ladies Choir

The choir members have one aim – to have fun singing together.  They bring their enthusiasm to rehearsals and to many fund-raising events throughout the year, in summer and in winter, in fields, under canopies, even – sometimes - indoors!  Occasionally they enjoy sharing a stage and a song with other local choirs.

They sing a range of songs dating from the 15th century to the present day.  They sing for the love of it and are blessed with a talented musical team to support them.

 
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Amy Walklett

Amy Walklett is an 18-year-old singer/songwriter and student based in the South West.  Having just completed her Music BTEC Course at The Academy of Music and Sound in Exeter, she is set to start studying for a Commercial Music degree at Bath Spa this September.  In 2017, Amy reached the National Grand Final of the singing and dance competition TeenStar, which meant performing at the Alban Arena in Herts. Since then she’s been determined to make her mark in the music scene.  After months of hard work in the studio, Amy is set for her most exciting summer yet with the release of her debut single, alongside plenty of local gigs and festival appearances.  Performing live with Jake Davies on guitar and Jacob Horton on cajon, Amy always delivers a fun performance that combines a love of the chart hits and the old-school classics; a set you won’t want to miss! 

 
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SN dubstation

After years of playing with ideas, SN Dubstation has come to life! Fusing reggae, ska and dub, their sound is definitely worth a party

With gigs all over the UK this young band is set to make a big impression on the festival circuit this year.

Hailing from Swindon, Wiltshire, SN Dubstation are a lively 8 piece band comprising of Drums, Bass, Keys, Guitar and that all important Brass section. They have taken their inspiration from traditional reggae and ska, but added their own twist of energy to make some fantastically infectious music that is guaranteed to get everyone moving.

 
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The Tribe

The Tribe are the UK's freshest new Hip Hop, Reggae collective. Typically they blend hip hop drum grooves with smooth bass lines and classic offbeat reggae guitar skanks.

Vocally they execute sweet and soulful pop which provide the perfect counterpoint to staccato rap verses. In previous reviews their live show has been described as "A benchmark for live shows that few bands on the local scene would even get close to" and "a master class in accessible, enthralling music and stagecraft".

 
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Kira beckett

Kira Beckett is a 17-year-old singer-songwriter focused in the pop-rock genre. She focuses mainly on writing lyrics that can be interpreted as an audience wants and making musical choices that bridge between pop and rock and don't fit the everyday chart music that is currently seen everywhere.

 
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Jordy PEarce

Jordy is one of the winners of our Young Artists Competition! Jordy is a musician who began playing the guitar in 2013. Since then, he has discovered a talent for a range of other instruments including the Ukulele and the Keyboard, while also finding his vocal range through playing games like Guitar Hero and listening to his favourite band Twenty One Pilots.

He writes songs beyond his years, with songs about problems and struggles with life, growing up and trying to fit in with those around him. Performing live is a fantastic opportunity for Jordy to do what he loves doing; performing his music to new audiences. 

 
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PIK 'N' MIX

Aaron, Holly, Millie and Connor have always loved performing.  For the last two years they have focused their studies on music and drama at Swindon Academy 6th form, and have been at school together at the academy for the last 13 years forging their firm friendship and growing together as performers.  They formalised their collaborative working as the acoustic band PIK 'N' MIX in 2016. 

PIK 'N' MIX perform an eclectic mix of genres showcasing their versatility as an acoustic function band, whilst ensuring there is a song to suit every occasion. They offer a 'MIX' of solos, duets, trios and full band performances covering a 'PIK' of songs from throughout the decades.  Their special blend of traditional pop instruments, world instruments and vocal harmonies makes them visually engaging and perfect for any occasion.  

 
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Tim Dennis

Tim is a local, compare, comedian and host. He will be sure to bring his own unique style to the event and he will be sure to guide you through the weekend ensuring that kids and adults alike are well entertained. so get ready for a great weekend because when the music stops the laughter will start