Line Up for Chagstock 2019 will include:
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Fun Lovin' Criminals
SATURDAY NIGHT HEADLINE ACT
They are, still, the world’s finest and only purveyors of cinematic hip hop, rock ‘n’ roll, blues-jazz, latino soul vibes. The planet’s “best-loved cousins from New York”, who, through the mid-late 90s, chronicled life in their native city while bending the global ear to the sonic possibilities of exuberant hip-hop gangster-rock merged with lounge music, funk, mariachi trumpets and ‘Bass-o-matic’ Barry White. While possibly smoking a cheroot, in a sweat-dripped Puerto Rican nightclub, somewhere on the Lower East Side. Like The Killers and Kings of Leon today, the UK loved them first, the most; whip-smart story-tellers in smarter Saville Row suits, who told vibrant, satirical, comically tall tales of living large in the neon metropolis via music, drugs, crime and existential ennui. With a penchant for a beautiful “lady”.
Formed in New York in 1993 by nightclub-working colleagues Huey and Fast, FLC gate-crashed the euphoric Brit-pop party in 1996 and brought along some unexpectedly unique swag, the generational classic album ‘Come Find Yourself’ which gave us the cackling refrain ‘stick’em up punk, it’s the Fun Lovin’ Criminal’ and the Pulp Fiction–sampling ‘Scooby Snacks’, the Valium assisted stick-up stunner with its immortal refrain, ‘Runnin’ around, robbin’ banks, all whacked on the Scooby Snacks’. Huey, at 27, was already an ex-con and Desert Storm marine veteran, a charismatic New York smooth-talker with Irish/Puerto Rican roots and immaculately tended goatee. Girls, you might say, responded.
From The Jam
FRIDAY NIGHT HEADLINE ACT
The Jam had amazing chart success with 18 singles and 7 albums to make the top 40 in the United Kingdom from their debut in 1977 to their break up in 1982. Their last 5 albums were all top ten hits and their last 8 singles made it into the top 10. Just Who Is the 5 O’Clock Hero? made the charts at no 8 as an import and remains the best-selling import singles of all time in the UK.
BRUCE FOXTON is a part of the English Rock and Roll establishment. Most commonly recognised as the bass player in legendary bands The Jam and Stiff Little Fingers.
In The Jam, he and drummer Rick Buckler were the driving force, power and rhythm section behind singer, guitarist, and songwriter Paul Weller. After The Jam split in ’82, Foxton pursued a solo career. He had a hit with the single Freak and collaborated with other musicians, until he got the call from Stiff Little Fingers’ Jake Burns,staying with with SLF for fifteen years. Bruce is now touring again performing all the classic tracks he helped to create in The Jam.
RUSSELL HASTINGS has been working with Rick Buckler since November 2005. A musician/vocalist in his own right Russell has shocked audiences nationwide this year with his authentic and passionate interpretation in performance (vocals and guitar) of The Jam’s back catalogue.
SMILEY is the newest addition to this power trio, probably one of the most sought after drummers on the planet, his credential speak for them selves. over the last three decades Smiler has been the backbone to some amazing performers including Joe Strummer, Robbie Williams, Archive, The alarm, The Mock Turtles, Bad company, Republica, Spear of destiny, Roy Harper, Noel Redding, Hard Fi, Squeeze, Lily Allen, Alexandra Burke, Billy Bragg, Mick jones, Glen Matlock, Phil Daniels, Terry hall, Steve Cropper and Screaming Lord Sutch to name but a few.
Mad Dog Mcrea
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs.
It was at Glastonbury in 2013 (notably the Avalon Stage), the release of their ‘Happy Bus’ video, take-up from national radio from esteemed folk such as Mike Harding, and others………. Matched with the unshakable dedication of their massive and loyal to the hilt, fan base – that Mad Dog Mcrea began to become more than just a very popular, West Country festival act; – whilst obviously killing it live – Mad Dog Mcrea, determined that their fans and media alike – should see them as serious and acclaimed recording artists too.
Mad Dog’s new album ALMOST HOME, produced by Sean Lakeman, is an album fuelled with the all the essential Mad Dog energy and antics that the band have become known for – Dave Podmore writes engagingly about Mad Dog stuff – as one might expect, all night drives, police car chases – Folk musicians, in particular have been playing tribute to the hero’s of WW1 of late – MDM are no exception, offering up their bone chilling song – “You Can’t Find Me”. “The Sound” written by Seth Lakeman includes beautiful guest vocals from Suzi Mac.
In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea. are, in every sense of the word, a live, band – ALMOST HOME – in-capsulates that – and so much more.
The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard!
“This is music that transcends the run-of-the-mill Irish Wannabes and leaves them standing.” – Acoustic Magazine
“It’s always a joy to me when something jumps up and smacks you between the eyes – Mad Dog Mcrea did that to me” – Mike Harding
“A sound mixed, mashed and finely honed through years of live gigs” – Rock ‘n Reel Magazine
“This is rowdy, heartfelt, room shaking and spirit-stirring music that only the dead can’t enjoy.” – ltdstate.com
“Musical magicians Mad Dog Mcrea are synonymous not only with a damn good party but also quality musicianship and the odd surprise” – Talk Torbay
Holy Moly & the Crackers
2017 and 2018 have been huge years for Holy Moly & The Crackers. The ever-evolving folk-alt-rock group, led by vocalist Ruth Patterson, from Newcastle Upon Tyne released their new album ‘Salem’ in July 2017 on their own Pink Lane Records label. The album received acclaimed reviews from R2 Magazine, Folk Radio UK, The Crack, Clash, No Depression, Blown Speaker and has been championed by BBC Introducing and RadioX.
Following the album release, HMATC have toured the UK twice, selling out venues across the country, and made successful debuts in The Netherlands, France, Germany and Italy as well as continuing their success on the festival circuit: They’ve pulled off an accoladed appearance at Glastonbury, appeared at Boomtown Fair, Bestival + Camp Bestival and graced the main stages at festivals such as Beautiful Days, Bearded Theory, Moonbeams and Colours of Ostrava in the Czech Republic.
‘Salem’s’ lead single, the barnstorming indie-rock anthem ‘Cold Comfort Lane’, was included on major Spotify playlists including Fresh Finds, Fierce Femmes & New Noise, then found significant sync success, with ‘Cold Comfort Lane’ used by E4, BT Vision, Capital One, Ultimate Ears, KIA Sportage Cars and the end credits track for the 2018 summer blockbuster movie Oceans 8.
2019 brings Holy Moly & the Crackers back out on the world stage with a brand new album in the Spring, an enhanced confidence and an army of growing fans. Come along for the ride – the craziest party in town always has room for one more…
With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners as they come on with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms which have taken crowds by storm across the UK and beyond!
The band have been relentlessly touring through 2017, stompin’ their way round the British folk scene with sold out headline shows promoting their debut album ‘What the Hammer’. As well as this, Noble Jacks have appeared at major festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, and main stage Beautiful Days – to name but a few! The band headed to Costa Del Folk in Portugal in October 2017 shortly before their November run across the UK.
2018 is here and the band are primed to take it by storm! Their recent April tour of major cities has been a huge success, with 5 of the 8 shows selling out in advance, including The Haunt in Brighton (350 cap) a whole month before the show!
An incredibly bright future ahead for this amazing artist!
Coco & the Butterfields
If anyone ever doubted the ability of music to re-route people’s lives, a page from the formative days of CoCo and the Butterfields will soon turn that around.
It’s 2012 in the historic city of Canterbury, where Songwriter Tom Twyman has a plane ticket in his hand, for the journey to a new life he’s mapped out for himself in Australia. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Dulcima Showan, meanwhile, has just left sixth form and is all set for art school in Dublin. Neither of them ever makes it though, because by now they’re in the early stages of a band that has very different plans for them.
The decision to stay was difficult at the time and yet so simple in hindsight, it saw the pair lead CoCo and the Butterfields on a steady and unmistakable upward incline, developing an enviable reputation for their exhilarating live shows as their inclusive, acoustic-based sound has ripened to maturity. During the ride, they’ve played to enthusiastic audiences all over the UK and Europe, selling out thousand capacity venues, touring the island’s o2 Academy’s and appearing at some of the world’s most prestigious music festivals such as Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Bestival! On top of this, the band have played numerous support shows for the likes of Bastille, King Charles, Scouting for Girls and Wheatus to name a few.
In recent years CoCo have literally lived in their recording studio, taking the time to create a collection of songs that offer an honest and intriguing insight into their lives both together and personally. Starting with an exclusive premiere on Clash Music for their brand new single Monsters, within that description lies a tangible sense of triumph over adversity, and how a negative can be deftly orchestrated into a positive, in the story of Twyman’s tumultuous upbringing.
Constantly touring, constantly writing and never quitting, CoCo and the Butterfields will be making music for a long, long time
3 Daft Monkeys
Bringing vibrant and sparkling new songs from their new album “Year of the Clown”, festival favourites 3DM return to perform a brand new set of their quirky, original and upbeat ﬁddle-driven tunes. Now with a 4-piece line-up, the band are taking their famously dynamic live show to new danceable dizzy heights.
With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys’ style of world folk music reflects the global village in which we now live. Their infectious dancing rhythms lead you through a musical journey of the senses and emotions, and will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated.
After experiencing the band’s notoriously energetic live performance at Glastonbury, Mark Radcliffe declared them as one of his “Highlights of the Festival” on BBC TV, and subsequently invited them to play a session on his BBC Radio 2 Folk Show.
Following a highly successful crowdfunding campaign, 3DM have just released a brand new album. The title track “Year of the Clown” is a social and whimsical comment on the strange and disturbing times we find ourselves in, where the ‘elected principles’ in the world circus appear to be the fools.
After meeting Katy in May and seeing her perform BBC Radio 2’s Paul Sexton wrote…
Katy Hurt has lived a whole lot of country for an artist who’s yet to hit 20. American culture is stamped on her singer-songwriter soul, from a childhood partly spent living there with her family. Then she returned to the UK to put her love of Nashville sounds and styles to very good use. Hence the rapid emergence of one of the most exciting prospects on the burgeoning British country scene. Hurt’s confident, distinctive EP Pieces Of Me is the latest evidence of a career that’s already produced an iTunes UK Country No. 1 in last year’s ‘Love You More,’ among other successes. Next will come a debut album, fuelled by her already considerable experience as a songwriter on both sides of the Atlantic, and as a vivacious and magnetic performer.
If all of this sounds like a young woman on a mission, believe it, because Katy has been working to get here for as long as she can remember. “When I was a baby, my dad called me the child that never slept,” she recalls with a smile. “He found the only thing that worked was if he put Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline records on. I would go to sleep. But then it got to the point where I knew all the words, so I wouldn’t go to sleep because I was too busy singing along.”
The heady sense of the unfamiliar suffuses Will Varley’s music – somehow so rooted in the ancient folk traditions we know intimately yet with a voice and lyricism that resonates unlike anyone before him. Perhaps it’s the collision of his relative youth and wisdom. Or perhaps it’s the times, and how Will is able to capture them in his soul-searching and musings.
From rambling along England’s south coast playing shows along the way to supporting Billy Bragg, The Proclaimers and Frank Turner, Will’s travels have led him to places far from his home in Kent, the Garden of England.
With 5 studios album under his belt, and not forgetting his breathtaking Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire album recorded in February for his album launch, Will Varley is in the strongest position he’s ever been.
Luke Jackson Trio
Luke Jackson is an un-pidgeonhole-able (is that a word?) singer songwriter who has travelled a fair few thousand miles around the British Isles, initially with his dad Paul into pubs and bars, well run house concerts and more recently into folk & blues clubs, venues and festivals.
Luke’s songwriting draws on his experiences, family life, poignant stories he’s been told and fortunately, they’e all written in English as in his own words, he’s dreadful at languages!
His performance style and songwriting skills are constantly developing and improving as confirmed by him winning the Male Artist Of The Year from Fatea in 2014 and 2016 and being nominated in 2013 for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Emerging Talent and Young Folk Categories.
An accomplished performer who impresses from the outset and takes his audience on a shared journey with a full bus down the bye-ways of love, hope, sorrow, and melancholy via the service stations of folk, roots, blues, Americana and soul.
Playing as a trio with Andy Sharps and Elliott Norris, he regularly tours Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and all points of the UK as well as showcasing at the International Folk Alliance conference in Kansas, a residential songwriting train journey from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Montreal, Ontario in Canada.
Luke can fill rooms with his trio line up in particular, with people leaving after the concert feeling refreshed and impressed by the ‘originality’ of the sound and shocked with how ‘full’ and ‘complete’ the trio sound with three part harmonies and the ability to have the crowd, clapping, stomping and singing along.
What They Say:
“I was hugely impressed by every part of Luke’s music – he’s a great singer, writer and performer, a striking new voice.” Frank Turner
“Jackson is one of the most dynamic and exciting live performers of his generation” Folk Radio
”Reminds me of Jeff Buckley, which can only be a good thing – Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2
“Every so often a new voice emerges, one so stunning that it knocks you sideways. Jackson has been compared to a young Richard Thompson and for once these are not empty words” – Acoustic Magazine
“Two words, bloody brilliant” – Maverick 5 star review
New Crisis, the Chagstock House Band has appeared in a number of forms over the years…..I wonder what will happen in 2019!
The early evening slot inhabited by New Crisis is meant to be a party starter for the Saturday night. They usually play a range of covers from over the decades, and from varied genres.