As head honcho of London’s massive Movimientos collective DJ Cal Jader plays the freshest Latin beats. From Salsa, Merengue and Reggaeton to Cumbia, Ska, Reggae, Hip Hop, Dancehall, Funky Latin and global bass.
Dj CousCous with VJ Alcotraz - A special AV set from the Lizard Stage maestro alongside old Souk Sound cohort Alcotraz – Heavy bass ridden skank, gypsy brass, afro-reggae and deep electro breaks.
It's alive! A monster ripped from the brains, throat and fingers of 12 Stone Toddler. A thumping souzaphone heart, a swing beat swagger, a croon-rock cry over skittering Wurlitzers and spaghetti Western guitar. Toddler was the pre-titles cliffhanger. This is scene one.
Gypsy Hill is the latest project to come from London DJs / producers: DJ Kobayashi and Herbert Newbert. Bringing together the balls and the brass from the Balkans, surf-rock Mediterranean guitar lines, Arabic & Jewish melodies, massive bass-lines and a whole heap of electronics, scratching and beats, we think this is the perfect way to climax the Saturday night festivities at Rollright.
An exciting new band are emerging from the animal farm, Zoo For You, and eclectic, super cool eight piece, with storming brass section, playing a mix of latin, funk and are both rhythmically original and lyrically distinctive"!
“Absolutely georgeous, like an aural bath with the warm water lapping over you” is what Cerys Matthews @ BBC 6 Music had to say, and we heartily agree. All but the hardest members of our crew collectively gushed when Kate Stables took to the stage last summer, with her band ‘The Kit’! These guys are seriously on the rise now, so catch them at this intimate festival before they go stratospheric!
With a brand spanking new CD release ‘On an On’, we are very happy to welcome Syd Arthur to the Fayre for the first time. We have been distant admirers of this band for quite sometime as they have been ‘not so silently’ ripping up venues across the south east and beyond for the past 5 years.
The enigmatic beauty that is Shona Foster returns to the Lizard Stage, and happy we are about that fact too! Shona’s music defies easy categorisation. When you hear it, you’ll know that Frank Zappa was bang on when he said that writing about music was like dancing about architecture. We could talk of haunting melodies and enchanting rhythms or about how an Ella Fitzgerald/Tom Waits/Tim Burton collaboration might sound – but that still wouldn’t even be close. I guess you will just have to check it out yourself.
Old folk hits a new groove as three troubadours collide in a rich harmondy, with songs that speak and voices that ring. Home is their Woodburner nights deep in Hackney's underground, but it's a sounds that resonates far beyond. Fresh from the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, Bard are set for a massive summer of touring so catch them while you can..
One evening in a rickety shed at the bottom of the garden, there was a dirty piano with clean keys. It was feeling fidgety. A bass stirred beside it drinking the last of its rum and oil. In the corner was a restless little drum kit that could not stop shuffling. Then all hell broke loose and Boogie Troop was born. Boogie Troop's piano-driven performances groove, swing and shuffle their way through an intoxicating mix of original tunes, covers, rocknroll classics and the occasional rag.
Another band staking a claim to be ‘Lizard’ stalwarts, Cakes and Ale came to our attention last season when they mastered a beautiful, fully acoustic evening at The Playgroup Festival, captivating the audience with strong gypsy rhythms and awesome clarinet lines. With hints of the Balkans, old time English folk and a political underbelly, this band are firm favorites with us!
The ‘Magpies Nest’ head honcho, Sam Lee is aiming to drive folk music to new audiences around the UK. As the proud recipient of the 2011 Arts Foundation Award for folk music this coveted development grant recognises the unique journey Sam’s music is taking. His forthcoming debut album, ‘Ground of it’s Own’ has already garnered critical acclaim, and the mix of unique instruments on show makes each performace brim with intrigue.
Folk songs from the UK, Ireland and the USA. This 3 piece, led by the wonderful Kerry Bloom on lead vocals are sure to transport you on a musical journey through old time folkloric tradition, conjuring up visions of hilltops and hay bales.. Hold on, check outside the tent door, and you may see just that whilst you’re listening!
A true family member, and local lad, Pasco Tom will open up the stage on Saturday morning with his wistful blues and folk Americana. With a fresh EP, Living Forever, dripping in luscious slide guitar, out now, Pasco hopes to take on a new direction as a solo artist. Let’s get up early and get behind him.