BOSTiiiN FESTIVAL 2018 brings together some of the finest musical acts that the UK's Alternative Festival scene has to offer.
The music will run non-stop throughout the day, from noon until 11pm, across two stages: the 'One Way' Stage and 'The Firepit' Stage. As one act finishes, the next one begins, and with a compère and stage manager for each stage, we will guarantee to always run to time throughout the day, so you won't miss a thing. (We like to run a tight ship here at BOSTiiiN HQ!)
Your compères for the day will be the wonderful Stevie Simpson and Brian Stone, whom we are delighted to welcome back after the success of Bostin' Days 2, with them as our trusty anchormen.
As well as three amazing hour-long headline acts, you get 16 fabulous half hour sets from some true stalwarts of the festival circuit.
Let's take a look at our stellar line-up...
THE BLACK TAR RIVERS' BOOZY BIG BAND
The Black Tar Rivers' Boozy Big Band originally formed for a ‘one-off’ performance, especially for Bostin’ Days 2, as the support act for the Friday night of the festival. Their incendiary performance was nothing short of a shock to the unsuspecting audience and the band themselves.
In the same way as the original Bostin’ Days album did previously, they perform a ‘Tribute to The Levellers’ with a ‘core band’ featuring members of four separate bands; The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican, The Sweetchunks Band, Treebeard and Blackthorn, accompanied by a host of special guest vocalists from across the UK’s rich alternative festival scene.
The ‘core band’ appeared simply as ‘The Black Tar Rivers’ for a critically acclaimed appearance at Farmer Phil’s Festival in 2017. With all of the eight members being huge fans of Brighton's most loved punk-folk band, they had so much fun returning to the festival stage, that they decided that maybe an annual show under The Black Tar Rivers banner should actually become a ‘thing’. As a result, their only 2018 show, in Yorkshire, sold out in less than 24 hours.
Only BOSTiiiN FESTIVAL 2018 could get them to reform the ‘Boozy Big Band’ for a very special Bostin’ Main Stage headline set, which will feature a host of The Levellers’ finest classic tracks. We know it’s going to be a bostin’ end to a beautiful day.
3 DAFT MONKEYS
With Celtic and eastern influences, our first Bostin’ Main Stage headliner, 3 Daft Monkeys’ dynamic 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 Festival last summer, Mark Radcliffe declared them as one of his “Highlights of the Festival” on BBC TV coverage, and subsequently invited them to play a session on his BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. The band have also performed a live session with Whispering Bob Harris on Radio 2.
With their quirky and original approach to music, and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life, 3 Daft Monkeys have gained themselves a large and loyal cult following. Their music is hard to pigeon-hole, mixing and crossing many musical genres from Celtic, Klezmer, Gypsy, Balkan, Latin, Ska, Dub Reggae, Indie, Rock and even a hint of Shostakovich. 3 Daft Monkeys have always maintained an independent and cottage-industry approach to their musical career, and have gained a huge following whilst ploughing their own furrow through the music business, gaining momentum through their live performances and intensive European touring schedule.
With a 4-piece line-up, the band weave enchanting melodies with catchy choruses, virtuoso vibrant fiddle, rhythmic 12-string guitar, 6-string bass, bespoke hand-percussion and 4-part vocal harmonies. Fascinating lyrics of personal and whimsical observations on life, and folk tales both ancient and modern, are told within the swirling layers of their music, all with the essential catchy sing-along chorus.
The band’s diversity is reflected in the acts for whom they have been invited as special guests, including touring across the UK and Europe with the Levellers, and opening for bands such as Hawkwind, Bellowhead, Show of Hands and Dreadzone, as well as headlining their own national tours.
3 Daft Monkeys have played at a huge number and variety of festivals in the UK, including Fairport Convention’s Cropredy, Beautiful Days, Trowbridge Village Pump, Towersey Folk Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival and Boomtown Fair. Their eclectic mix of styles has drawn them a following right across Europe.
Gaz Brookfield returns to the festival as our Bostin’ Acoustic Stage headliner.
A stalwart of the UK’s festival scene and reknowned solo acoustic guy, since winning Acoustic magazine's 2010 Singer Songwriter of the year, Gaz has spent his time on the road, touring the UK and Europe. In this time he has shared the stage with the likes of The Levellers, Frank Turner, New Model Army, Nick Harper, Newton Faulkner, Miles Hunt, Seth Lakeman and many more, racking up over 1000 gigs to date.
Gaz remains the only unsigned solo artist to sell out The Fleece in his home city of Bristol. A feat he has now achieved five times, the last three selling out over six months in advance. Often playing as many as 200 gigs a year, Gaz's relentless and never-ending tour schedule takes him to every corner of the country and beyond. The last few years saw Brookfield play at over 100 UK festivals, including Glastonbury, Beautiful Days, Bearded Theory and many more, firmly cementing him as a festival favourite for the future.
BAILEY & SIMPSON
Pete Bailey (formerly of festival heroes Leatherat) and Stevie Simpson (One Bloke One Mandolin) are two blokes with a bunch of eight stringed instruments.
Stevie's music is gutsy, edgy and raw - a hardcore, barstool troubadour - with a voice as raw as cigarettes and single malt in a backstreet bar late on a Saturday night. Pete doesn’t update his biog… ever. But don’t let that put you off… be intrigued… he’s quite the enigma. As the frontman of the much-missed Leatherat, Pete has played to over 150,000 people during the course of the band’s existence; in more than 300 venues, festivals, clubs and pubs. They supported Status Quo at the Cropredy festival, 2010.
Together, on their mandolas and mandolins Bailey & Simpson make a bewitching sound, which will be a delight for every BOSTINiiiAN’S ears.
THE BAR-STEWARD SONS OF VAL DOONICAN
Once described by Jarvis Cocker as, "the greatest thing to come out of Barnsley, since the A61 to Sheffield," The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican are on a mission! Determined to follow in their spiritual father’s immortal footsteps and keep his legacy alive, the Barnsley Kings of Comic Parody have a talent for ruining your favourite songs so that you’ll never hear the lyrics the same again, on acoustic geetar, synthesiser ukulele, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, accordion and keyboard. To complete their squeaky-clean image, estranged brothers Scott, Björn and Alan have become instantly recognisable for their immaculate hair and their stylish choice of knitwear.
As Yorkshire’s hardest working comedy band, in their 12 year history the brothers Doonican have played over 850 side-splitting shows and have brought smiles and belly-laughs to audiences across the UK; from Barnsley to Barnstaple, from Glasgow to Glastonbury. The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican can’t wait to bring their shenanigans back to the Robin 2 for Bostin’ 3 and they promise that they WILL rock you… but gently!
Formed in September 2013, Black Thorn are a four-piece band, young and energetic with a catchy new-wave folk-rave sound. Most of the band’s material is original, and their influences are diverse (Seth Lakeman, Calvin Harris and Fat Freddy's Drop). They use mandolin, accordion, acoustic guitars, bass, trumpet, percussion, beat-boxing and vocal harmonies to create an eclectic sound.
Their debut album, ‘Butter Side Up’ was released in 2016 and every track on it has been played by the BBC. Their music has been featured in Sheffield’s Top 50 Tracks of 2014, 2015 and 2016 (when they reached Number 5!!). They were also featured on the Mark Forrest show where their music was played on all 39 BBC radio stations around the UK, and Tom Robinson has brought them to a nationwide audience on his own radio show. They’ve played countless festivals across the country, including a coveted slot on the BBC Introducing stage at Latitude, Bearded Theory and Farmer Phil’s, to name but a few.
With his unique combination of Bareknuckle Folk, Acoustic Punk, and Comedy, Davey Malone has fast become an underground legend. Blending originals and quirky re-worked covers, he can tailor his vocal style to suit, be it a raucous tongue in cheek punk number or a heart rending melancholic ballad, the audience just go with him on his roller-coaster ride of styles and emotions. His gigs are interspersed with audience interaction, jokes and anecdotal stories of his colourful career... Over the years Davey has performed in Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Holland, Greece, Portugal, and at the Edinburgh, Glastonbury, Beautiful days, Larmer Tree, Trowbridge, and Cambridge Folk Festivals, and has played alongside such names as Mark Chadwick (the Levellers), Steve Knightley (Show of Hands), Benji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead), Dan Donnelly (The Wonderstuff), Gaz Brookfield, and Atilla the Stockbroker. Currently residing in Rochester and performing gigs right across the country either solo or with his band the Longtails...
"A folk-punk phenomenon, a dark and dodgy dealer in high tragedy, comedy and sparkling morality. He'll have you laughing, weeping and thinking things you won't want to mention in polite company. Blending powerful political folk numbers with comic ditties, Davey seizes the crowd's attention with witty quips and anecdotes of his colourful career. Commanding the stage with charisma and talent both, he delivers entertainment in spades" - The Good Gig Guide.
THE DEVIL’S PREFECTS
The Devil’s Prefects deliver country music with its tongue firmly jammed in its cheek. Johnny "Country" Crow and Willie "The Fury" Ford are a country duo; two men and a guitar, bringing you songs about beer, automobiles, trailers, zombies, television and more beer. With a nod to Johnny Cash and a wink to Elvis, this is what happens when country music goes bad. These boys do for country music what Scooby Doo did for paranormal investigation. Bring your cowboy hat, we know you have one!"
Had the whole field singing along to instant classics" - UK Festival Guides
"A hilarious country & western pastiche" - eFestivals
Doozer McDooze is a singer songwriter from Essex. He is a modern bard whose rousing vocals and buoyant acoustics weave stories of life, love, and the struggles of the Everyman. At turns irreverent and evocative, Doozer's folk punk vibe is equally fitting for a roaring time at the pub or a night of camaraderie around the campfire. He has toured Europe, and America and tonnes of Festivals such as Glastonbury, Bearded Theory and Beautiful Days. Doozer writes honest, infectious lyrics, with an earworm value. His pre-musical CV shows that he has been, in the past, a roadie/tour manager/merch bloke/driver, a grave digger, Father Christmas, a toilet cleaner and former UK Air Guitar Champion. Nowadays, he’s the Doozer McDooze that we all know and love. We’re delighted to have him back at BOSTiiiN FESTIVAL 2018.
"The sound of a scrap between The Levellers & The Pogues being broken up by Billy Bragg" - Tom Robinson BBC 6Music
FOLK THE SYSTEM
Formed in the early 1990's, Folk The System's firebrand mix of folk mayhem and punk attitude, soon carried them away from the pubs and clubs of their Banbury home.
They have played festivals and clubs from the tip of Cornwall to the wilds of the Scottish highlands, gathering fans and friends wherever they stopped. The band split up in the late 1990's after years of drinking, dancing and general chaos, but always remained friends with many a drunken night ending in plans to reform.
In late 2013, lead singer and esteemed band leader, Simon Hill, bought a new 12 string and sent word to his troops that the music world needed another blast of Folk The System. 2014 saw their first gigs with all 5 original members for nearly 20 years. Now, in 2018, it is clear that they are back with a vengeance and still folkin’ angry.
THE FOX & THE PIRATE
The Fox & The Pirate are an acoustic duo consisting of two festival favourites, Jonny Wallis and Brian Stone. These two talented acoustic singer songwriters, join forces to bring the energy and excitement of the alternative festival fields, to venues across the country. When together, their song-writing skills, combined with great vocals, energy and enthusiasm, have made for a popular cocktail.
Expect to sing, expect to dance, expect to wonder where the rum may have gone.
GHOSTS OF MEN
Ghosts of Men are a nicely heavy, dancey, two piece rock band from Essex. The last 2 years have seen the duo take to over sixty festival stages and countless UK venues, sign a record deal, release an EP and an album, as well as two cutting-edge music videos, constantly building an army of fans, nationwide, along the way. Sometimes described as a pair of idiots with the combined mental age of 7, sometimes hailed as geniuses of the genre, it's fair to say these two leave a lasting impression wherever they go.
MAELOR & CHANTELLE HUGHES
Maelor Hughes is an independent solo singer/songwriter based in Accrington, Lancashire. He delivers an energetic twist on traditional music, blending melodic riffs with upbeat folk. Chantelle Hughes (formerly Barrow) is a singer/songwriter from Accrington, Lancashire. Her live performances often involve lots of audience participation with many percussive instruments. Chantelle’s music delivers an intimate fusion of many styles, from reggae to folk…blues to pop. Expect your ears to be treated, as the golden couple of the alternative festival scene are teaming up and joining forces for BOSTiiiN FESTIVAL 2018.
MORRIS & WATSON
Living up to their claim that they are “Decades younger than the average folk band”, Morris & Watson are a young folk duo, who hail from the cultural Mecca of t’North, Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Made up of Lizzie Morris and Dan Watson, together they play foot stompin' tunes, traditional songs, and take the old formula of a folk duo and breathe new life into it, with their own original tunes and songs.
MUDDY SUMMERS & THE DIRTY FIELD WHORES
Muddy Summers and the Dirty Field Whores are here to put the ‘grr’ into grrlband. They are an all female radical feistyfolkpunkpop band based in the Forest of Dean In Gloucestershire, consisting of Gail Something-Else (vocals, stick bass, baritone uke, melodic, flute and synths), Tez Roberts (guitar & vocals), Aimee Bee (El Cajon, percussion & vocals) and Lizzie Morris (fiddle). Their musical melange has been described as a mixture of “left-bank swing, Balkan gypsy dreamscape, jazz waltz fusion and cowgirl reggae-hop all bound together with sentient political verse with a razor edge that feels no need to growl before it bites”
Since forming a handful of years ago (originally as a ‘one-off’ for a Levellers-loving friend’s wedding), Barnsley’s own Parson's Lot, have evolved into a 12-legged clog-stompin’, spit-in-your-eye-diddley-punk, fiddle driven, folk machine.
Musically their focus too has evolved gradually, from the covers of The Levellers, The Pogues and other such luminaries in their early days, to their own incendiary original material. They say that the thing that drives them as a band “is the joy of hearing our own words sang back at us, watching people throw clog leather around with gay abandon, and seeing people leave our gigs spent, dripping, blowing out of their asses and smiling”. We have no doubt that the BOSTiiiNIAN audience will do just that.
Shanks’ Pony play a mixture of ballads, up-tempo festival tunes and everything in between, vocally led, with catchy songs, a bouncy beat and great fiddle riffs. Their first long-awaited eponymous album was released in Autumn 2017, and plans are in place for a follow-up, which should hopefully be ready for BOSTiiiN FESTIVAL 2018.
Expect infectious tunes, infused with lyrics that range from the poignant to hilarious with every stop in between. Nottinghamshire’s own Star Botherers will be bringing a set packed with racking observational stories set to catchy melodies. Andrew (Bart) Hawkins and his mate Dave (Aldo) Drury, front this eclectic five-piece band that play catchy-as-hell tunes counterweighted with damning social commentary and a suitably Northern slice of humour.
THE SWEETCHUNKS BAND
The Sweetchunks Band are a Southampton based eccentric comedy outfit, performing bastardised versions of songs that you know and brilliant versions of songs that you don’t. They are known for their ability to entertain any audience with a fun, engaging performance that leave people smiling, dancing and humming the tunes for hours afterwards. The Sweetchunks Band create a memorable evening of fun and dancing. Expect nothing less than a zany half hour, full of belly laughs, that will leave you with a sense of bewilderment, utterly baffled by what you saw, but delighted that you saw it.