Saturday 28th July
The Albion Codex
File under: Doom/Prog/Acoustic | Facebook | Reverbnation
The Albion Codex are a Doom/Prog/Metal band from West Yorkshire. After all knowing each other from the local metal scene, they decided to get together mid August 2012 to create music that each member could put their own individual taste and style into. Taking musical influences from Doom, Progressive, NWOBHM, Death metal and Acid Folk, and lyrical influences from Paganism, Nature, Folklore and the stories of Robert E Howard, the members bonded in music and friendship instantly. Studio booked, amps up full, strings tuned low, riffs invoked and songs composed, The Albion Codex was born.
File under: Acoustic Folk | Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook
A young Leeds-based acoustic/folk band, playing a mix of folky foot-stompers, melodic acoustic songs and raucous country numbers. Communion Leeds describe their sound as ‘an exciting pairing of thoughtful, traditional folk styles and clever pop song writing’, and this has earned them a growing reputation on the Leeds Music Scene for interesting and entertaining performances. This is also helped by the great number of instruments on stage, with each member filling at least two roles.
File under: Glam/Punk/Sleaze/Rock | Official Website | Facebook
Combining the energy of punk, the flash of sleaze and the sheer reckless abandon of being in a band with no aspirations towards commercial acceptance – simply the rush of playing noisy, filthy rock ‘n’ roll for the pure hell of it – they fire off compact bursts of concentrated rock fury, infused with a wicked sense of humour. They’ve toured with Spear Of Destiny, UK Subs, Rat Scabies & Brian James, the Rezillos, TV Smith, Anti Nowhere League, Tokyo Dragons, Vice Squad, and Adam Bomb among others. The Kingcrows intend to spread their insanity further and bring their manic, fun rock ‘n’ roll show to as many people as possible. Be ready.
Lauren Housley Band
File under: Soul/Pop/Acoustic | From: Manchester | Official Website | Facebook | Soundcloud
A fresh, big voice with the full, rounded flavour and maturity of a retro-classic panorama. Dove-tailing the tender tones of Dusty Springfield, the grandeur of Marlena Shaw with the virility of Ray Charles – as delivered by a strutting young lass from Yorkshire. A busy run of clubs and festivals across the country, with regular shows at Kendal Calling, Matt & Phreds jazz club and her own Soul Sessions nights, has honed a golden-toned sound. This, alongside on-stage action with the 11-piece Riot Jazz Brass Band and a seminal show at last year’s Soundwave Festival in Croatia, has established Lauren as a new dominant force in Manchester’s live music scene.
File under: Alternative/Indie | From: Somerset | Official Website
Armed to the teeth with an artillery of life-affirming tunes encapsulating the band’s reflection on all aspects of suburban culture from the good, the bad and the surreal. With infectious hooks, their songs speak of hope, conviction and hard work – compelling lyrics about their immediate environment, life and people from the heart and wrap them up with the energy and emotion of a widescreen setting. By no means activists, but more idealists wearing rose-tinted glasses. Packed with sentiment, passion and belief.
File under: Acoustic Singer-Songwriter | From: Sunderland | Official Website | Facebook
Raised in the North East of England, son to a South American exile and a lass from the pit village of Trimdon, Antonio Lulic is a folk-rock singer-songwriter whose deep and gravelly vocal combines with a powerful yet intimate lyrical style to deliver passionate and uniquely soulful music. While on tour at the end of 2011 with international number one artist Ed Sheeran, Antonio released his acoustic EP ‘Rough’ and spent November touring the UK and France with fellow London singer-songwriters Kal Lavelle and Ryan Keen, as well as performing on a showcase stage at the SXSW Music 2012 festival in Austin, Texas for the third year in a row; a performance that music blog Twangville called ‘Captivating’.
File under: Rock | From: Guildford | Official Website | Facebook
White Pigeon is the brainchild of Chris Nugent – a brand new rock band from the UK. Think Spinal Tap meets Tenacious D, with a bit of Iron Maiden and The Darkness thrown in for good measure, it’s proper rock – like what your Mum made.
The Repeat Offenders
File under: Indie Rock | From: Aylesbury | Official Website
The Repeat Offenders are The Stone Roses meet The Rolling Stones, with an Oasis attitude. It sounds like utter chaos but their sound is tinged with a Richard Ashcroft vibe to even things out. They deliver a true rock and roll set, full of BRITISH attitude. When listening to their music, you feel like you are there with them, on a journey of life experiences told with grit, anguish and melody that wants to make you move.
Auction For The Promise Club
File under: Indie Rock | From: Cornwall | Official Website
Indie rock from St. Agnes, Cornwall – a picturesque fishing village at the southwesternmost point of the UK. Their music echoes the stark juxtaposition of the beauty and ruggedness of their hometown, and sets an emotional and dynamic backdrop for the brutal rawness of singer Zoe White Chambers’ heartfelt lyrics. Taking in festivals like Bestival, Boardmasters, Y Not, Lodestar, Leopallooza and the Olympic Park during London 2012, They are Quiksilver brand ambassadors and have been gaining support on BBC 6Music, NME Radio, XFM, Absolute and Amazing Radio.
File under: Electronic Blues | From: Reading | Official Website | Facebook | Soundcloud
Described as ‘Portishead doing a Tarantino soundtrack’, Vienna Ditto jerked into life in April 2009 when a hastily-recorded demo from their second rehearsal was picked by Linda Serck on BBC Berks and ended up being played on Huw Stephen’s Radio One show. An appearance on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury Festival followed and they have since performed at Maida Vale session for Tom Robinson on BBC6 Music and have appeared on Channel 4’s Hollyoaks Music Show, plus airplay on Radio One and XFM.
File under: DJ Mashup | From: Knaresborough | Official Website | Facebook | Soundcloud
Winner of the Yorkshire Young Achiever of the Year Award 2012 in the Arts Category, which he won alongside actor Mikey North and with four critically acclaimed albums under his belt on Freddy Fresh’s Howlin’ Records label, Rory has been featured regularly on Craig Charles’ BBC6 Music Funk & Soul Show. His mashups are reminiscent of 2ManyDJs and Fatboy Slim, and have received praise from artists such as Afrika Bambaata, Mr Scruff, DJ Cam, and A Tribe Called Quest.
File under: Indie | Official Website | Facebook | Twitter
Yes, that Dodgy! An English power pop rock trio who rose to prominence during the Britpop era of the 1990s. They released their first album in over a decade, Stand Upright In A Cool Place on Strikeback Records in February 2012. With over a million sales worldwide, 12 top 40 singles, huge sets at Glastonbury, platinum-selling hits including Good Enough and Staying Out For The Summer, we are now extremely pleased to welcome them to Wakefield with their brilliant festival sound!
Sunday 29th July
The Michael Ainsley Band
File under: Rock/Indie | From: Wakefield | Official Website | Facebook | Twitter
Although technically a new band, the members of the Michael Ainsley band have been heavily involved in the Wakefield music scene for a number of years, and includes former members of seminal Wakefield band Retarded Fish, as well as members of Runaround Kids and Piskie Sits. They came together as a band at the tail end of 2012 and instantly became one of Wakefield’s most talked-about live acts. Recorded at Greenmount Studios in Leeds they’ve recently released their album ‘Cyclone’ on Wakefield-based Philophobia Music. The album realises the potential of Mikes earlier solo releases (Slip Smash and Out Beyond The Blue EP) with the spontaneity and energy of the live show seeping through onto the record.
File under: Rap/Rock | From: Wakefield | Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook
Since 2010, Archean Soundtrack have been striving to merge anthemic choruses with crunching beats fuelled by poetic Hip-hop and blistering riffs. Their drive to spread their “beautifully unique” (Kerrang! Magazine) music has propelled them into successful slots on BBC Introducing, along with many other radio stations. Since the release of “Reach” Archean have been gigging furiously and after sharing the Proud2 stage with the likes of Lucy Spraggan and CoCo and the Butterfields for the Grand Showcase of the accredited Live & Unsigned, Archean have now unleashed a fresh batch of previously un-heard songs.
Never A Hero
File under: Rock | From: Suffolk | Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud
An alternative rock band from Suffolk, England, the band has seen significant line-up changes throughout the years with the introduction of lead singer Phrixus and lead guitarist Kaji. They’ve toured the UK and had airplay of their debut single From Heroes To Angels. Described by Terry Nails (Ozzy Osbournes’ bassist) as “!&*%^£ excellent!” they should blow you away.
File under: Folk/Country/Gypsy/Ska From: North London | Official Website | Twitter | Soundcloud | Facebook
A real mix of Folk, Ska, Country, with flavours of Eastern European Gypsy, Cumbia, Blues and Jazz! It’s all in there folks! The new album Cold Light reflects the past three years. A marriage break up, health issues leading to chemotherapy leading to a new hair-do (gone is the signature long hair), a new relationship, a new home, death of loved ones. All major stuff. All fuel for creativity. Cold Light is a joyous celebration of the end of an era and the start of a new one, with influences from Joni Mitchell to Tom Waits and Levon Helm. Eva Abraham has many supporters including Courtney Pine, Ani DiFranco, David Grey, Eddi Reader and Brian Kennedy.
File under: Folk/Rock | From: Doncaster | Official Website | Twitter | Facebook
Melding the raw and soulful melodies of Wilson Pickett with the edgier guitar-driven music of bands like Jawbreaker, Famous Villains play energetic and harmony-laden rock. Remarkably they show no sign of past disappointment, instead just an up-beat infectious attitude evocative of The Beatles… serious about music but unaffected by everything else.
J The Ex
File under: Electro/Hiphop/Soul | From: London | Official Website | Twitter | Soundcloud | Facebook
J has a notable musical background, making his stage debut at the tender age of 5. Since then he has performed at the Queens Golden Jubilee, Hyde Park 2002, as well as being a 2 time winner in a London schools competition called the Arts Showcase(XLP) among others.
He now performs with his band The Argonauts, their style likened to Nas and Lauryn Hill, citing influences such as Bob Marley and Michael Jackson.
File under: Roots/Rock/Reggae | From: London | Official Website | Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook
The Majestic have been exciting audiences the width and breadth of the country and beyond with their brand of roots rock reggae delivered in their own whacky very visual sing-along style, they are building up quite a following, coinciding with the release of our EP titled ‘Spreading Love’. The present 5 piece line up has been together since late 2010, but their roots spread much longer, and have been supporting bands such as The Selector, The Beat and Dub Pistols.
File under: Indie/Rock/Pop | From: Norfolk | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud
Five-piece Indie rock outfit with soft focus. A sound that has heralded comparisons to The National, Suede, The Cure right back to the organic sounding bucolic earthiness of a freshly-conceived U2. With shimmering spangly guitars that echo Johnny Marr, underpinned by solid well-conceived bass and rumbling rolling drums, Anthems are their stock in trade and they have them in significant numbers.
File under: Alternative Electro Rock | From: Leicester | Facebook | Twitter | Official Website | Soundcloud
Described as ‘an electro Radiohead meets a heavy Alt-J with a dash of Editors’, Tom Robinson at BBC6 Music hailed them as ‘atmospheric, dark and brooding’. A passionate and emotive atmosphere with beautifully-written and arranged songs, heavily dosed with synthesisers and pounding beats. Catch them before they get really big.
File under: Dance/Punk/Pop | From: Surrey | Twitter | Soundcloud | Facebook
Previously recording and touring under the name Ghost of the Highway, the boys in King Canute are used to a heavy and hectic playing schedule and live for the open road and roar of the crowd. They’ve created their own world of fun fast punk fused with synthesized and electro beats that pull you in and makes you move – finally a punk band you can dance to.
File under: Celtic Pirate Punk | From: Ireland | Twitter | Facebook | Official Website | Soundcloud
The Lagan started its life as two friends in a pub over several pints of the black stuff. Tired of playing in bands that weren’t fun, and of playing shows that no one gave a toss about, the plan was to create the world’s first malfunction band who would play shambolic and rowdy traditional Irish songs on acoustic guitars at parties for the princely fee of the promise of The Craic. Then one day, six friends who were prepared to sacrifice life and liver came together to create the sound of traditional Irish folk music played through deafening guitar amps.
That was three years ago. Since then, The Lagan have sold out the Barfly in Camden; been embraced warmly by the existing London Celtic Punk scene, sharing stages with such folk-punk luminaries as The Mahones, Neck, The Roughneck Riot, Smokey Bastard, Louise Distras, The Dreadnoughts, and Bastards On Parade; and headlined Banquet Record’s infamous indie club nights D.A.N.C.E and New Slang and even had a new night named for themselves in New Slainte, a St Patrick’s Day special event.
Wakefield DJ Collective Stage
Throughout the course of the weekend we’ll keep the vibe going in between acts with Wakefield DJ Collective, featuring these stunning DJs.
Miss B began her Djing career in 1996 playing rock music. After learning to mix dance tracks, she spent a year in Tenerife honing her skills. She has had residencies at Nocturnal in Leicester, Sunday Mass in Sheffield and The Assembly in Grantham, as well as playing at Sundissential, Vibealite and Headcharge, and a three week stay in India playing out there. “This will be my first festival gig and I’m over the moon to be here.”
Miss Chief learnt to Dj in 1998. Her trademark sound of energetic bouncy hard house saw her into the semi-finals of Wakefield’s Dj competition in 2000. “Learning to mix tunes was one of the best things I have ever done, and to see people dancing to my tunes blows my mind.”
Woody has had vinyl releases on Tidy Trax, Shock Records, 12” Thumpers and Darko Recordings. He is now working as a Dj instructor on the Music Technology course at Wakefield College.