The Turbans are a nomadic, travelling group of musicians spreading their special mix of Middle Eastern, Celtic, Mediterranean music to the world.. You are never quite sure who will appear in the band, but there is a constant flow of brilliance and energy within, that is matched only by the audience reactions. Mesmerizing and engaging the crowd never ceases to be astounded by what they create, and frankly when they play on the Lizard Stage, you will get the vibe in it’s entirety!! We love them, so will you..
The T’Afrobeat masters are back at Rollright.. Our long lost cousins from the Snowdonia mountains have agreed to pack up and pop down to our lovely hillside and be part of the party again.. If ever there was a band to make you shake then Drymbago is it!! This ten-piece Afro-tropical-funk band literally smokes! Combining familiar West African rhythms (think Fela) with upbeat Latin melodies, Ethiopian horns, and crunchy Colombian accents, Drymbago draws on their love of vintage dance-floor music to create grooves that even Afrobeat legend Tony Allen has acknowledged. We can’t wait for this one!!
This band is super high energy, unhinged, and musically extravagant, taking traditional acoustic idioms and delivering with punk abandonment and virtuosic flare. A dynamic three piece offering a unique sound emerging from Celtic, Gypsy Swing, Roma and Flamenco and tuned in savvy. Wrapping pan European traditional acoustic music with infectious grooves, epic, pounding, sing along, punch the air anthems to intricately arranged instrumentals. Challenging the limitations of what people might expect acoustic instruments to sound like, the use of bowed harmonics between fiddle and bass can be as menacing and eerie as it can be psychedelic and mesmerising.
Brightons 20 legged groove machine returns to the Rollright Fayre to deliver another smack down of sixties garage, ska and filthy pop lines with blistering horns, and thumping beats and keys.. With a recently completed album, produced by the one and only Prince Fatty, we are certain this bunch of misfits have come on in leaps and bounds since they last performed here and we certainly cannot wait to hear em!!
London based gangsta-nerd duo with sassy lyrics n fat beats
Formerly of Nizlopi (yes ‘the JCB song man’) Luke Concannon joins the Rollright clan once again.. It always feels a bit of a homecoming hearing Lukes songs drift over the hill’s for us, as he was part of the original line-up for the very first Rollright, and even before this at some of cousin Rollo’s birthday gatherings which inspired the beginning of this event.. So it is with great gratitude and pleasure that we welcome him here again.. This is Soul fired, Folk Hip-Hop from the Depths. Full of life, music, and stories, his gigs are exuberant and fierce! He loves to get people involved, so get ready to sing and dance. These gigs are passionate life or death struggles to ‘give everything’ and to engage the people in an act of celebration and dissolution into music!
Forget the usual tags – ‘singer-songwriter’, ‘folk-soul’, and ‘troubadour’. If you’ve caught him live, either solo or collaborating, you’ll understand Randolph Matthews operates in his own parallel world, well away from traditional mainstream record label marketing formulae. His music is an evolving journey, rooted in purity and unshackled expression, drawing on the greats of yesteryear in soul, Neo African rhythms and conscious words. Sure, you’ll hear echoes of Marvin Gaye, Jon Lucien and Bobby McFerrin, influences in the true sense, allied to an open-minded approach borne from years performing live and collaborating with a wide variety of groundbreaking London and international artists.
Plane and simple this band is F***ing Sick!! They describe their sound as ‘Pikey Circus’, and frankly we don’t think there is a better way to describe them. A loutish, London swagger, mixed with heaving brass and heavy ska slidin’ pirate skulduggery, these guys will literally rip your feet off if you don’t get up and move to em.. Be prepared, be aware, you have been warned!!
Backed by a powerful 5 piece band, Pasco Tom will take you on a musical journey from the Missippi delta to the far depths of India. Armed with his weissenborn lap slide guitar, he has been described as´a love child of James Talyor and Ben Harper'. He has been taken under the wing of the Animal Farm label and released his first single with them on 25th March.
There's a violence to the countryside, encapsulated in the sumptuous prose of D.H Lawrence's in which metaphors engorge and heighten into states of pure ecstasy. A fantastic and virulent strain of writing which, thanks to Marika Hackman, now exists in song. Marika's music channels something very different to the happy-clappy nature of recent folk hers is a far more potent vision in the lineage of Syd Barrett, but presented by an enigmatic beauty with a striking vocal delivery more akin to that of Nico deftly exploring an unsmiling bereft landscape. "I don't know why I started writing; it's something I've been playing around with since I was so young that I can't remember how it began. I think living in the countryside for most of my life has affected my writing as nature usually manages to creep its way into my songs..."