EppyFest is happening again this year (2016) and will be taking place on Saturday July 16th, though as with previous years we’re likely to be having social events over the whole weekend. Our fabulous line-up has been announced: William D. Drake & band will headline, plus you’ll be able to see Judy Dyble & her band of Perfect Strangers, the Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet, Darkroom, Tom Slatter & Marvin B Naylor. The event again takes place at the Lansdown Hall in Stroud. The main EppyFest website eppyfest.co.uk/ has been updated and tickets are now available to pre-order from there. Please spread the word and let’s make this the best EppyFest yet!
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Following three successful EppyFests in 2012, 2013 and 2014 I’m very happy to announce that there will be a fourth EppyFest in 2015, taking place on Saturday 11th July 2015 at The Lansdown Hall in Stroud, Gloucestershire. You can listen to the EppyFest 4 promo trailer here.
Our headliners will be The Korgis vs. Stackridge, which will see Andy Davis, James Warren and their band performing songs from both back catalogues.
The penultimate act will be duo Arch Garrison (featuring Craig Fortnam, of North Sea Radio Orchestra, & James Larcombe, of Stars in Battledress).
Before them and after the dinner break will be Unto Us, the UK rock band who fuse prog, jazz, metal & HobNobs.
Before the dinner break it’s Trojan Horse who drag 70s prog rock kicking and screaming through the subsequent decades & sculpt their mass of noise into beautiful shapes.
Before them will be Firefly Burning who draw on Javanese gamelan, guitars, cello, violin, voice, gongs & piano, to produce a cross between folk-pop & classical music, a bit like North Sea Radio Orchestra meets Kate Bush.
And piano-led progressive pop/jazz/trip-hop/rock outfit Death In Texas will open the event.
More details about tickets to come here over the next few weeks and months, and on http://www.eppyfest.co.uk/ which is now the main site for the festival itself. Below is the poster for last year’s event.
The first EppyFest happened on the evening of Saturday, 23 June 2012 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.
The second EppyFest happened on Saturday 6th July, 2013 and was headlined by Sheelanagig, with other performances from Sanguine Hum, Schnauser, She Makes War, Tinkerscuss and Becky Rose.
EppyFest 2, July 6th, 2013, Lansdown Hall in Stroud. Tickets ARE NOW AVAILABLE to buy!!! 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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