Here was line-up for Chagstock for 2018
Saturday main stage headliner Imelda May began her professional career in 2003, releasing No Turning Back. In 2007 she signed with Ambassador Records and recorded her second album. Love Tattoo, which reached No. 1 in Ireland and received wide critical acclaim. It caught the attention of Jools Holland, who she later supported on tour, leading to a critically acclaimed performance on his BBC2 show Later…
Her first two singles, “Johnny Got a Boom Boom” and “Big Bad Handsome Man”, were released in 2009, and she subsequently won Female Artist of the Year at the 2009 Meteor Awards.
She released her third studio album, Mayhem in 2010, which reached No. 1 in the Irish Album Charts, and number 4 in the UK.
May’s fifth album, Life Love Flesh Blood was released on 7 April 2017. On it, she collaborated extensively with American musician T Bone Burnett, who also produced.
Imelda May has also recorded with a huge variety of world-class artists, including Lou Reed, Jeff Beck, Smokey Robinson, Tom Jones, Meat Loaf, The Dubliners amd Sharon Shannon.
Imelda also has an extensive following in the USA, after a string of high profile performances. In 2010 she performed at the 52nd Grammy Awards with Jeff Beck in tribute to Les Paul. She has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and most recently performed the Irish national anthem at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, before the Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor fight. WEBSITE
Buzzcocks will headline the main stage on Friday. Formed by Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto in February 1976, the band were completed by the addition of Steve Diggle and John Maher.
In August 1977, Buzzcocks released the landmark ‘Orgasm Addict’ single. This was swiftly followed by ‘What Do I Get?’, the band’s first entry into the UK top 40 singles chart and the first of a string of chart singles. Over the next three years, Buzzcocks toured extensively and released a trilogy of outstanding albums: Another Music in a Different Kitchen, Love Bites and A Different Kind of Tension, as well as the hugely influential and popular Singles Going Steady compilation.
1989 saw a reconvened Shelley/Diggle/Garvey/Maher line-up tour the world again by popular demand. Since then, the Shelley/Diggle partnership has been the core of sustained and successful activity, punctuating the years of high profile gigging with six successful studio albums.
Few have had the longevity and sustained creative energy to produce the seemingly endless stream of original and fantastic pop songs that Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle have consistently delivered over the last four decades, and we can’t wait to welcome them to Chagstock 2018! WEBSITE
Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes
Show of Hands return for their third performance at Chagstock, including a magical headline set back in 2011. One of the UK’s most successful acoustic acts (and local heroes to boot!) the talents of Steve Knightley and Phil Beer once again joined by Miranda Sykes, will be celebrating 25 years of magical music making. WEBSITE
Warming up for the main stage headliner on Friday night will be King King. If this is your first time discovering them, you’re in for a treat. They are simply the living, breathing, here and now of Classic Rock music. Since their live debut shook the Monaghan Blues Festival, King King have woven their magic across continents, hauling in a raft of fans, plaudits and awards along the way. WEBSITE
The Correspondents consist of singer Mr Bruce and a producer Chucks. Formed in 2007, within two years they went from house parties to festival main stages with a show that quickly established the duo as one of the best live acts in the UK.
Since their inception they have toured far, wide and relentlessly bringing their unique live show to huge crowds, earning themselves Telegraph Top Ten Glastonbury Highlights two years in a row. FACEBOOK
Hunter and The Bear
“The heroes British rock needs right now” – The Huffington Post
Hunter & The Bear go into 2018 as they left 2017…….. with throttle open and foot down.
Ending a massive year of touring and festivals last year with a sold out 15 date UK tour and the release of the crowd enchanting ‘Skin Tight’ in November, the band quickly got to work challenging themselves to raise their songwriting game once more. The first that their ardent fans will hear of their efforts will be new single ‘Charlotte St’ released on March 30th – a gritty and powerful pean to boy meets girl with an anthemic chorus and thunder in the rhythm section.
March sees the band play a sold out show at The Garage in London on March 2nd – their biggest headline show to date and Glasgow King Tuts on March 29th, a gig that sold out in less than four hours.
A summer of festivals and an eight date UK tour in October ensures that Hunter & The Bear will take another huge leap forward this year.
The Hot Sprockets
Take some good-time revolutionary spirit, add a pinch of psychedelic flavour, simmer it down with some Indie Soul and you are somewhere close to the cosmic vibe of The Hot Sprockets, five blood brothers from Dublin City, drawn together by their mutual love of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Performing live, the Sprockets’ take-no-prisoners, white hot, bone-breaking approach has lit a fire in men and women of all tastes and flavours, captivating audiences with numerous successful tours across the USA, Canada, UK, and Europe.
Their inherent ability to get the party started wherever they go has led them to take stage at festivals such as Glastonbury (UK), Latitude (UK), Kansas City Irish Fest (USA), Eurosonic (NL), Zwarte Cross (NL), Ebrovision (ES), Fuzion (DE), Indie-Week Toronto (CAN), Electric Picnic (IRL) and countless others around the globe.
Volkswagen, Heineken, AIB (Allied Irish Banks), Bulmers (aka Magners), and Today FM are among some of the companies which have used their songs for major ad campaigns, both in Ireland and further abroad. They have also been featured on National TV countless times here in Ireland and have graced TV stations in the USA, Europe, UK, and Australia.
With two critically acclaimed albums under their belt, Honeyskippin’, and Brother Nature – the second of which shot straight into the top 10 of the National Irish Charts – the Sprockets are gearing up towards the release of their third album “Dream Mover”, due out on April 6th 2018.
Produced and recorded by Dave “Skip” Christophers, and mixed by Charlie Russell (Jamiroquai, Kasabian, The Strypes), listeners can expect to hear an earthier soulful psychedelic side to the Sprockets. Sonically, this album marks a huge leap forward for these independent rockers!
Having already unleashed “Right Spots” – the first single off their eagerly awaited third album – and with two more singles and corresponding videos on the horizon, anticipation grows, as Dream Mover is due to have audiences revelling in the classic hooks and sounds the Sprockets are cherished for.
Martin Harley (solo)
Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation.
The new studio album ‘Static In The Wires’ was released in February 2017, it was produced by Martin & Daniel Kimbro and recorded in Nashville. It follows the critically acclaimed ‘Live At Southern Ground. A ‘Spellbinding 50 minutes’ as The Observer put it. It is Martin’s 7th album to date and the 2nd to feature Daniel Kimbro as well as 14 time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas (Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton), Derek Mixon (Chris Stapleton, Sam Lewis) and Micah Hulsher (Alabama Shakes). The album was tracked live at Wow & Flutter Studios in East Nashville over four days. Engineered and mixed by analogue guru Joe V McMahan making use of every corner of the space. The drums sounded great in the kitchen and if you listen carefully you can hear the freight trains rolling past.
The two musicians met through a mutual friend Sam Lewis at Hippie Jack’s music festival in Crawford Tennessee. After a brief backstage rehearsal, the two took to the stage for an hour of largely improvised music. A few weeks later they were cutting a record at Zac Brown’s iconic Southern Ground studios. Their live shows seek to bring aspects of blues, Americana and folk to the table. Martin plays a 100 year Weissenborn (Hawaiian acoustic lap guitar), Daniel plucks beats, scratches and bows his double bass to create and an unexpected array of textures and sounds.
Recently Martin has headlined Music City Roots in Nashville, performed on the Cayamo Cruise with Chris Stapleton, toured coast to coast with ZZ Ward, Delta Rae and opened for Iron & Wine, Bruce Hornsby, Five for Fighting, World Party, Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa amongst many others. His music has features on hit TV shows such as the Vampire Diaries, Banshee, America best Bars and VH1’s Morning Buzz. Last summer in Canada he and Daniel played Winnipeg, Vancouver, Canmore and Calgary Folk Music Festivals as well as shows in the Caribbean, the US and Europe.
Daniel has played the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, Tennessee Theatre, Bonnaroo, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, MerleFest, Hardly Strictly, Bluegrass, StordFest, The Kate Wolf Folk Festival, The Edmonton Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Blue Note Tokyo, Chateau St. Michelle, Jammin at Hippie Jacks (Jack’s) and many more.
Alyssa and Doug Graham have spent nearly their entire lives exploring music together. Friends since she was 7 and he was 9, they became a couple in their teens, then husband and wife. Somewhere along the way, they also became The Grahams, a dynamic Americana duo who’ve married their love of adventure with a desire to build on foundations laid by their musical predecessors.
New Crisis are the Chagstock house band. They play an eclectic mix of covers from across the decades and get the evening session going with a bang on the Saturday.
The Luck is the brother and sister duo of London-born Max and Esmay Luck. Their 2018 soft rock sound emerged after listening to many of the soft rock and Americana bands in their childhood, including Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty to Joni Mitchell and The Eagles. They formed a band together in 2011 and spent the past few years performing and recording in California in venues including The Troubadour, Hotel Cafe and NoName in LA as well as the House of Blues, Chicago and Hotel Utah in San Francisco. They found a great audience on the streets of San Francisco, playing at the infamous Pier 39 and established an online television channel where they perform concerts 3 times a week.
They are now back in their hometown, London, UK ahead of the release of their debut album. The pair worked with producer Paul Broucek, President of Music at Warner Brothers Pictures, three-time Grammy Award-winning engineer/mixer Ed Cherney (The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt) and Paul Hicks (Grammy Award winning musician, engineer and mixer, The Beatles) to record the album. With over a million and a half Spotify streams to their name, stay tuned for more release details, coming soon!