The Beacon stage continues to sit close to the iconic Beacon, after which the festival named and will again see some great talent, with a range of styles from rock, folk and soul. The full line up this year is still to be confirmed.
Expect eclectic re-interpretations of pop classics, Sultans On Swings add their own inimitable style - from punk to polka , Britpop to Britney. Covers you know played in ways we don't.
Proven to be one of the most popular bands in the area, Sultans ON Swings are pleased to be returning to Beacon Festival to take up where we left off last year.
Van Susans are an exciting 5 piece alternative folk outfit hailing from both the surburban outskirts of London and the rugged highlands of Glasgow. Comprising of 5 members: Olly Andrews, Eddie Dullaway, Holly McLatchie, Innes Christie and Harvey Simpson.
VS have toured incessantly over the past two years, packing out headline shows at famous venues like the Indigo2 in the O2 dome, the O2 Islington Academy, The Arches in Glasgow etc. They have also toured with the likes of The Beautiful South, and shared stages with artists like Bastille, Newton Faulkner and The Mystery Jets.
The band have been busy in the studio recording their forthcoming EP. They have already released their first single: 'Lipstick Teeth' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fikm8Ie0wvU which was met with plays from BBC 6 Music, Amazing Radio along with a lot of press and regional radio support. The band are now about to release their second, entitled 'Seagulls'.
"The Levellers achieved 6 gold selling albums and the Van Susan's are that band for a new generation, destined for equally great success. The gravel in singer Olly's voice draws you in, then there's the catchy hooks and songwriting prowess, combining to create an irresistible sound" - Chris Hawkins, BBC
''Insanely Catchy'' - Total Guitar Magazine
Here is the video for the band's most recent single 'Lipstick Teeth': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fikm8Ie0wvU
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‘Born out of struggling, kicked in the back, falling into trouble from the bottom to the top.’ (Papa is a Rudie).
Dubwiser know about playing live music; from back street dives to stadiums, they have played the lot. Working for and supporting the biggest names in reggae, has taught them a lot about struggling and also how to be noticed. They put the struggle into music, four people from diverse backgrounds, they have the thread of music in common. It is their passion.
The band is a platform for some of the many young artists that Dubwiser have come across. Collectively they want you to know that this is the band that they love and live for.
They all believe in the genuine healing power of music and know that Dubwiser canplay it. ‘I’m gonna build a boat, in the shape of I throat And I’m gonna build an ark, as big as echo park I’m Noah in the modern times I’m gonna fill it with riddim, reggae and rhyme.’ (Come Forward)
‘A Crack in Paradise’ was born out of several recording sessions and discussions between the band and their guest artists. The aim was to create an album that takes in a sweeping history of black music in the UK. To the fore is a love of songwriting shot through with rap punctuation. Backing this is a remarkable mix of gritty London roots and Oxfordshire electronica. Odes to the joys of bicycle riding are followed by narratives about being in gaol. A cheerful love of organic food sits alongside a fierce chant about the changing face of racism.
Paul Tadman, from a family of Convent Garden barrow boys and Spider Johnson, an absolute go to musician and producer in both UK reggae and hip hop, provide the urban landscape. Malcolm Atkins, an inveterate improviser and Rastaman, Jonas Torrancebring a countryside consciousness which blends into a heavy and joyous romp all the way up the M40.
‘When you feel the Power, then you can Dance on your feet, tremble up the land.’ (Power Up)
This is the exciting, worldly, and spiritually potent reggae band, DUBVOCALIZA, based in England. They represent what is magical about live music, the magic connections and expressions which touch people at their core. The message is optimism, love, peace, universal healing. The band has fused reggae and dub with poetry, fused with intent and resolve , all loved up and trippy.
Dubvocaliza was started in 2004 in London United Kingdom and consisted of 9 members. The band set the mood and match the moment with songs about real life situations, relevant to our times, captivation with booming bass-lines dub and rhythm.
The band has recorded 5 albums to date and has performed at numerous music festivals in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Unique Groove Rock Duo With A Contagious Vibe.
The Purple Lights is a produce of high energy, danceable, funky, psychedelic sounds and visuals. Influenced heavily by Punk, Reggae and 60’s music i.e Rock and Folk, Rob Fincham leads the vocals, commands the guitar, synths and introduces a didgeridoo, Akeba Fridye masters the rhythm section through drums and percussion, whilst charmingly backing up the lead vocals.
Oxfordshire's Red Crow are a 5-piece aural overload with a hugely dynamic live sound that has gained them a solid following in the Midlands. With influences from Americana, Rock and Singer-Songwriter styles, being able to reduce a full room to complete silence and consequently explode into a colossal noise seconds later is a talent possessed by this band that can only be experience in a live environment.
Their diverse 5-track EP 'Roots in the Soil' produced by Phil English (Feeder, Biffy Clyro, Athlete) was a success and achieved a large amount of Nationwide radio play. Frontman Patrick Currier discussed the EP as "Drawing from traditional music and songwriting, but taking an alternative outlook, it is a raw and joyous noise. We are passionate people creating honest music".
Offering straightforward, orthodox Heavy Metal in the vein of Motorhead and Iron Maiden, splicing in the surrealist humour of Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and the ribald fun of saucy seaside postcards, DEVILFORK are here to show you why YOU NEED METAL!
Returning from hibernation this year with their storming new album METALHOOD, DEVILFORK have agreed to mainly play their older material that most people prefer, intermingled with new material to see if anyone can tell the difference.
The Picture Palace are a young alternative four-piece based in and around High Wycombe and Thame. Forming in early 2015, the band has already released two EPs and have gigged around High Wycombe, Thame and London. The Picture Palace has been described as having an infectious upbeat rock vibe that glows with genre varieties of indie rock, pop rock and alternative rock. The Band consists of Ben Allim (Lead Guitar) and Sam Hunn (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar),Tom Batchelor (Drums) and Mat Donnelly (Bass).
Sinfiction have been performing together for four years and define themselves as an indie rock band that places its focus on crafting lively, catchy songs with great melodies and choruses.
The band boasts a diverse range of musical influences from members Dave Thornton (lead guitars/lead vocals), Danny Brook (acoustic guitar/vocals), Chris Woodward (bass) and Danny Campbell (drums). These eclectic musical tastes, which include classic rock, dance and heavy metal, bring a natural flair for rhythm and melody to SinFictions songwriting. On stage, this combines with acoustic guitars, driving beats and soaring harmonic vocals to create a truly unique sound, resulting in the kind of catchy, memorable rock songs you think you’ve known all your life.
“We have a traditional focus on song writing where melody is the most important aspect. Because of this even the more edgy tunes appeal to a wide range of people.” – Danny Brook.
Having recorded their first album Led by Verses the band is now focusing on taking its sound to as many people as possible.
Professional, dedicated and always aiming to give 100% in their performance, SinFiction are a guaranteed crowd pleaser who will appeal to all fans of live music.
“SinFiction performed at Music in the Park 2012 and went down a storm. Great original songs, expertly executed.” – Crash Records.
With a sensational voice that’ll leave you with goosebumps, heartfelt energised songs, and a swiftly increasing fan base, Nikki Loy consistently delights and amazes enthusiastic audiences across the UK as they return time and time again to witness the natural magic of her live shows.
Described by BBC DJ Tim Smith as ‘Classy Pop’, Nikki captures snapshots of life and conveys the emotion of a moment in catchy and memorable songs that are coloured with hints of soul & blues. She has released four recordings to date and is set to release more in 2016. IInterest in Nikki’s career is growing, she has given many radio interviews and receives play on a variety of FM & online radio stations. She has graced the stages of prestigious venues such as London’s 100 Club & Ronnie Scott's Bar, and The North Wall Theatre Oxford.
Nikki has co-written for a Saatchi & Saatchi ad campaign, and the award winning video for her song ‘Can I Keep You?’ was included in the BBC Music Video Festival.
Michael Lee is a prolific songwriter from Bucks, described as having a unique style somewhere between progressive rock and pop.
Michael’s debut album “Face Forward” won him album of the month in Sound on Sound Magazine along with numerous great reviews for not only his song writing abilities but also his attention to detail and superb musicianship. The album demonstrated his ability to create excellent rock music with sophistication and multiple textures.
2012 saw the release of the follow up single “New State of Mind”. The video of the song notably features Michael’s older brother Richard Lee who is a professional footballer. In the video Richard acts out his own story of overcoming setbacks to fulfil his full potential.
‘New State of Mind’ is also one of the tracks that are featured on Michael’s brand new EP ‘Blown Away’ which has already been subject to rave reviews. The EP itself is a collection of Michael’s finest rock tracks written over the last few years. A definite must for any rock fan!
Since the release of the EP, Michael has completed a new album, which explores more of his soulful pop side. The new album promises to be his best yet and is scheduled to be released later this year with a collection of singles as well.
More details to come soon.........
Callow Saints is an exciting 4-piece indie/rock originals band, comprising of catchy lyrics, beautifully powerful female vocals, thrilling guitar, pumping basslines and driving drum beats. You’re guaranteed to leave with their songs stuck in your head for days.
Currently with growing demand around the Oxford and London music scenes, this exciting band will take you on a musical journey with their wide range of unique songs, each one as memorable as the last. It’s a show you do not want to miss.
Run With The Hunt are an alternative rock band from Aylesbury.
Despite the group's infancy, having only formed in March 2015, the band have created a wholesome sound tapping into an array of influences from all across the spectrum of the rock genre. Psychedelic guitar sounds collide with grunge influenced bass riffs that lay beneath cutting vocals. The rhythmical but sometimes off-beat lyrics create narrative and provoke feeling that compel audiences. With these sounds, they have drawn comparisons to the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Coral and Arctic Monkeys, whilst retaining a wholly original element to their work.
Starting back in 2013, singer and songwriter and guitar rhythmist Tony Goff brought a new canvas onto the easel and began his groundwork for ‘The Tony Goff Project’.
With the release of his first E.P ‘Butterflies & Compromises’, Tony Goff and his band consisting of Bassist Kieran Unsworth, Drummer Max Whiting and lead Guitarist Rhannan Lacey have received nothing short of praise, fans enjoy that fact that Tony’s music ranges from many different styles whilst keeping that Indie ‘Rare-Radio-Pleasure-Pop’ sound.
Each brush on the canvas leads out to a completely different yet familiar outcome, the style of musicianship still remains giving Tony and his band the signature that all artists need to make there impact.
Tony Goff and Co have been making there impact all across the U.K and have even ventured out to Denmark where they were nothing short of well received.
The list of achievements ranges from a U.K tour to playing alongside The Feeling, Jaguar Skills, Wretch 32, Carl Barat and The Bluetones. They Have also been feat on the BBC three Counites twice and got asked to play the BBC's 24 gig's in 24 and they also Won Londons BEONTHESCENE CONTEST 2013.
Tony Goff and his band now proclaimed The Broken Colours left 2015 with a bang out of the usual single release. ‘Restless’ a black and white canvas that lacked the signiture was headed for the garbage before The Broken Colours brought it back life with their careful dabs of colour. The track is very fast paced to the point where its borderline punk however the swift brush strokes bring in the Rare Radio Pleasure Pop signature sound that Tony and Colours take great pride in. Fans were shocked but at the same time embraced the art and it quickly became a favourite amongst consumers of all age ranges. As just taster for the next E.P, Evolution is happening for Tony Goff & The Broken Colours. Be ready!
Progfloyd are made up from devoted fans of progressive rock and bring you music from the legendry Pink Floyd covering songs from the Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here and the Wall albums. Paying close attention to recreating the distinctive sounds and feel of the music this four piece deliver a big sound. All talented and experienced musicians based in Oxfordshire, performing at Festivals such as the main stage at Music in the Park Thame, Bledfest, and Beacon Festival Watlington, Pubs, Clubs and Venues in the South of England. If you would like to hear the sounds of Pink Floyd please contact us www.progfloyd.com www.lemonrock.com/progfloyd