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dutty moonshine big band - LAid Blak
45'S - THE BATCH GUEYE BAND - THE LEWIS CREAVEN BAND - TRUE STRAYS - THE SCRIBES - SKATATONES - TROY ELLIS AND HIS HAIL JAMAICA BAND - RED RAY AND THE REPROBATES - RIN TINS - PUSH PUSH MALCOM - FALLING FISH & MORE TBA
We are very proud to announce the booking of Killer Queen, For the last 25 years they have been selling out the same venues as their legendary counterparts have. Touring their show all over the world from India to Indianapolis.
Killer Queen have headlined stadiums across Europe, Asia and America including the awe inspiring Red Rocks Arena in Colorado – one of the most prestigious venues in the world. The Beatles, Springsteen, U2 have all played there and the band are delighted it's become a regular fixture on Killer Queen's tour sheet.
the neville Staple band
Neville Staples 2-Tone legacy is huge .2-Tone fused traditional ska music with punk rock attitude, energy and musical elements. The movement helped to transcend and defuse racial tensions in Thatcher-era Britain. The actual imagery of 2 Tone has become almost as famous as the music itself. The famous black and white chequered design has become synonymous with ska.
dutty moonshine big band
Dutty Moonshine is the creation of Michael Rack – a long-established DJ and musician with a penchant for the seedy world of vaudeville and even seedier basslines. Described as the ‘bastard child of Electro Swing’, Dutty Moonshine is anything but typical. Combining the classic sounds of the swing era with everything from garage and grime to drum and bass and ghetto funk, Dutty Moonshine creates a unique sound which is as relentless as it infectious.
Urban Reggae Heavyweights Laid Blak from Bristol, England and are taking the UK Live music venues and underground club scene by storm. Along with supporting ed sheeran they have supported artist like the wailers, lee scratch perry, desmond decker, john legend, d marley, horace andy, and soo many more great acts.
BATCH GUEYE BAND
Batch is a West-African Griot, a storyteller through his music and dance. His mother, grandmother, and those before them had been singers.
Batch's energy as a dancer is as vibrant and colourful as the patchwork clothes of his BayeFall people. Like his music, his dance style is a collection of both traditional and modern African cultures, and his combination of strong and fast movement promises to be a striking display.
he 45s are a Bristol based rock band playing the best in motown, soul, rock and blues with an edge. Playing from a repertoire including the likes of Elvis, Otis Redding and James Brown the band will play songs you know with a raw sound you won't associate with these acts.
THE LEWIS CREAVEN BAND
Formed in Bristol with some of the best musical talent around, the Lewis Creaven band have gained a reputation as one of the hardest working bands on the scene, thanks to their non-stop gigging schedule and widespread popularity. The live show features classics from artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder,
The Scribes are an alternative hip hop three piece based in the UK consisting of lyricist/multi instrumentalist Ill Literate, rapper Jonny Steele and beatbox maestro Lacey, whose unique talents have combined to make a much heralded sound quite unlike any other on the scene today and deliver breath taking performances full of energy and off the cuff freestyling guaranteed to move any crowd
A sharp-dressed, high-octane experience, that has to be seen to be believed: Skata Tones’ fusion of ska, reggae, rock and good times has been lighting up stages all over the South West in 2016/17. A well-received debut appearance at Beautiful Days Festival confirms that this is a band with serious momentum.
TROY ELLIS AND HIS HAIL JAMAICA BAND
Troy is one of the sons of the legendary Alton Ellis OD. He was born in Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica. He used to perform on the streets from a young age when he realised what he wanted to achieve in life. Troy was inspired to form the band after the release of an album his dad made called Hail Jamaica which was a family vibes album containing songs from some of Troy's brothers, sisters and his aunty.
The True Strays. Rhythm and blues fuelled, good time vintage roots rock and roll.
Taking influences from Chess Records’ Muddy Waters and Little Walter, British Invasion R&B, Grunge and modern day blues artists; all levelled out with a serious dedication to writing a great song.
RED RAY AND THE REPROBATES
This isn't American music by Brits. It's good, honest, drink-fuelled fun; country music, but not as you know it.
Self-described “dirty, working-class mother*******,” the Reprobates are a microcosm of the times – angry young men whose new album – Red Ray and the Reprobates – perfectly encapsulates a state-of-being felt by anyone struggling to get-by in uncertain times.
THE RIN TINS
They’ve been called the ‘definitive Bristolian party band’ by South West music legend Cozzie O’Cozfunkel, were 'the people's choice' at Shambala 2014 and described as ‘splendid gypsy rockabilly’ by The Zen Hussies own Jules Landau.
These young bucks are ready to Rutt. Bristol Boys through and through they start their journey (after finishing their exams at Bristol Volksfest. Playing their first festival slot they will open the main stage for us on Saturday. So fresh faced they make hand picked oranges taste sour. Don't miss these guys, these guys make the waves, they don't ride them.
New for this year, our biggest build to date. Inside the doors of this service station you will be entertained to the wee hours. A beer garden and an outdoor performance area will also be running throughout the day.
NORMAN JAY MBE - A.SKILLZ -
EDDIE TEMPLE-MORRIS - Mr switch vs Jimi needles
ROB LINGO - FUNK FROM THE TRUNK - SOUL TRAIN - AVON SOUL ARMY - SON OF DR FUNKENSTEIN - DISCO STU - TED RADCLIFFE - MR WHOMPY SOUND SYSTEM - EATS PIZZA - PERFORMANCES FROM THE FORGOTTEN CIRCUS & MUCH MORE TO FOLLOW
NORMAN JAY MBE
Norman Jay is unquestionably one of the most respected and popular DJs in the world today. Co- founder of the legendary Good Times Sound System and London dance music station KISS FM, Jay fostered the ‘Rare Groove’ scene pushing the boundaries of the UK’s emerging club culture. Awarded an MBE for services to deejaying and music, in 2017 he released ‘Mister Good Times’ capturing the true spirit of Good Times, and is currently taking his legendary Good Times party to selected venues around the UK, continuing to convert generations of clubbers to the cause, championing new sounds, yet never forgetting his musical roots, thus guaranteeing nothing but ‘Good Times’.
A.Skillz is a true party rocker behind the turntables, captivating crowds with his ability to embrace all aspects of music that he takes inspiration from and mash them up into a unique cocktail, infused with his own signature flavour of funk. With his DJ bookings taking him to the four corners of the world, he has appeared on stages big and small and no matter what venue or style, he always brings the house down...
MR SWITCH VS JIMI NEEDLES
A brand new act brought together especially for Bristol Volksfest, individually these two DJs unique blend of Hip Hop, Funk and Soul start parties wherever they go. Together they are a formidable team with unparalleled mixing and scratching techniques. 4 x World DJ Champion Mr Switch and Award Winning Jimi Needles will be one not to miss over the weekend.
Eddy is the founder member of Berlin based band, Losers. He DJs around the world, produces and presents The Remix on Soho Radio, presents Mobil One The Grid on Channel 4 'The Patron Saint' of The Secret Garden Party. Chair of C.A.L.M. Music Board.
A versatile, party rocking DJ, expect to hear anything from straight up funk, beats, boogaloo, soul & hip-hop, through to more uptempo breaks & ghetto style Miami bass.
After setting up the infamous brand in 2005, Lingo & FFTT moved to the forefront of Bristol's funk-influenced music scene in 2008 and has not looked back.
Simon was formerly a member of the world reknown Dance Group the Guru Project who had numerous global hits from "I need a miracle 2012" feat Coco Star, "This is the night" and "We love".
Simon Kaye plays music from Deep & Jackin House through to Balearic and Tech House which was heavily influenced by his time dj ing in Ibiza as a resident for 3 years.
A Volksfest regular for many years, Will has been DJing from a very young age, his first gig was at 11 when he DJ'd his school disco. He has been a regular fixture around the nightlife in Bristol. Club Bangers and Rock Anthems until the wee hours.
Hailing from Chicago, Ainslie Rockwell is touring the country and has his first UK gig in 10 years at Bristol Volksfest. This DJ will be playing some the finest Hip Hop and Funk from around the globe. Chicago Vibes in your eardrums. The sound of the 'Windy City'
SIMON KAYE - MIXMASTER MCMANUS - AINSLE ROCKWELL
show and shine
26 years of Bristol Volksfest and counting, this is purely down to the support of our 'show and shine' participants. Trophies and a cash prize are up for grabs in this pestigious event. This really is the Jewel of the weekend and runs all day on Sunday. Click here for more info
After Last years amazing display of free kids entertainment, bigtop mania are back with a bang, Big Balloons, Clown shows, Trapeze performances, crazy bikes and a relaxed atmosphere. Don't take yourself to seriously around here or you may get a cream pie in your face. Free kids entertainment all weekend. Does it get better than that?
ken fox wall of death
Back with us after a 1 year absense Ken Fox's crew will amaze you you on a primal level. Feel the fear as you watch bikes and car hurtle towards you on a vertical wall, the award winning team has featured on TV specials and toured the world with their amazing show.
Walk around the main arena and you will find many wonderful and unique Cars and Vans on display. Many of our clubs have supported us from the first ever Bristol Volksfest and have been major contributors to the show scene around the UK, this your chance to talk to them and get advice and inspiration from the 'hardcore' VW folk.
Bristol Sport are joining us from their HQ just 2 miles away at Ashton Gate. There will be training sessions for our younger vee-dubbers and players from Bristol City, Bristol Rugby and the Bristol Flyers may well be making an appearance over the weekend.