The first EppyFest happened on the evening of Saturday, 23 June 2012. The event offered a fantastic night of exciting and eclectic English music, and featured the poppy psych folk of Candythief, the loop guitar wizardry of Matt Stevens, and William D Drake & his band headlined with their neo-classical art rock and that dash of Cardiacs magic.
I’m pleased to say that there will be a second EppyFest on Saturday 6th July, 2013. The event will again take place at The Lansdown Hall in Stroud, Gloucestershire. For information about bands/acts on the bill and ticket prices and availability see below.
EppyFest 2, July 6th, 2013, Lansdown Hall in Stroud. Tickets ARE NOW AVAILABLE to buy!!! If you want to buy in advance (for £20) you can get them in person from Kanes Records in Stroud or over the phone (01453 766886) (unfortunately no online sales but I hope this won’t be a problem – you can pay by credit card over the phone, though there is a small booking fee, or you can ask for tickets to be put by & then pay in person later). If you’d rather wait until the afternoon/evening of the event itself you can buy on the door at the Lansdown Hall but they will cost £25. Either way it’s still a bargain for six wonderful acts. Please buy and/or spread the word. I look forward to seeing lots of you there! Here’s the full six-act line-up:
Opener – Becky Rose – highly talented young singer/songwriter/musician with an incredible voice.
2nd on bill – Tinkerscuss – Gloucestershire-based duo Erin & Bryony Holden play a mixture of both traditional & Celtic-based folk music. Erin’s Celtic guitar tuning mixes with Bryony’s rich, resonant vocals & expressive performance to create an atmosphere of melody & rhythmic beauty.
3rd on bill – She Makes War – DIY solo project of Bristol based multi-instrumentalist, visual artist & digital polymath Laura Kidd, blending urgent, grungey guitars with processed beats, heady pop melodies and a liberal dusting of glitter.
4th on bill – Schnauser – Bristol based band that play Canterbury prog, 60s psych & melodic pop/rock, awash with unexpected chord changes, harmonies, black humour and odd time signatures.
5th on bill – Sanguine Hum – modern, forward-thinking prog rock four-piece band that combine complex ensemble work, profound song-writing, uniquely ambitious instrumental pieces & affecting sonic landscapes. Intriguing combination of influences & styles, from Frank Zappa to Porcupine Tree, from Robert Wyatt to Boards of Canada, & from Radiohead to Hatfield & the North.
Headliner – Sheelanagig – Bristol purveyors of the finest Balkan jazz-folk mayhem. Their live performances are an intense experience, encompassing street theatre, elements of storytelling & acrobatics, and the band remain dedicated to creating music that can delight listeners with intricate & rhythmically diverse arrangements of traditional & composed music.
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