Holding the event in the Band Factory means that we would be stupid not to take advantage of the incredible talents in and around the building. Over the course of the weekend we shall be showcasing the huge variety of musical exploits we have to hand. All of the groups are locally based and keen to support the festival and its cause - The Band Factory.
Some of the groups will even be putting on FREE WORKSHOPS during the day, so you can have a go at some of the instruments you've always wanted to try, but never had the chance!
If you or your band are interested in playing, or if you have any queries about the music at our festival, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
& Sunday 18th
All workshops are beginner friendly and completely FREE for festival attendees.
Available workshops include:
All workshops are held in the upstairs studio, away from the fun and frivolities downstairs!
For more information about each of the acts, click their name to be linked to their individual bios below.
Leamingt-Oom-Pah was formed in 2013 following a panicked call from a well loved local pub who were desperate for a last-minute band to play at their beer festival after a cancellation. We told them that we had an Oompah Band at our disposal (we didn't) and we could certainly play at their festival (a dubious claim).
Jump forward four days, we've rustled together an eight-piece band, ordered some music (but not had chance to look at it in advance) and were psyching ourselves up for the gig. After a 2 1/2 hr performance, the manager came up to us an immediately booked us for the following year!
Since then, we've been polishing the act and are now proud to gig as LEAMINGT-OOM-PAH, playing a wide variety of music including the classic German tunes (Fliegerlied, in München Steht Ein Hofbräuhaus & of course Ein Prosit) and a mixture of more modern popular music from around the world.
We promise to have even the shyest of you up and dancing/singing before the night is out!
ROYAL SPA BRASS
Royal Spa Brass are the town brass band of Leamington Spa. Whilst you won't be hearing from the full band on this occasion, you will be hearing from our smaller 10-piece ensemble, as they play a variety of family-friendly summer tunes on our Outside Stage.
Sambassadors of Groove
The stupendous Sambassadors of Groove are thrilled to be joining us this year, playing on our outside stage.
Beloved resident's of The Band Factory, they're a sure hit and definitely worth a listen!
A bit of a local legend, we're incredibly lucky to have Shanade play at our festival.
Recently featured on BBC Introducing, Shanade has had playtime on radio and at a number of large festivals.
Sun-day-Fun-day will be all the better for having her on board!
PAUL & GLEN ELLIOTT
Arguably the hit of the festival last year, if you haven't met these two, your life will be all the better for it once you do (and they haven't even paid me to say that!).
Folk music is their thing, and their magnificent personalities come across in spades.
Great talents, great people, and we're thrilled to have them back once again.
This dynamic duo of Kelvin (Guitar/Vocals) and Kelly (Double Bass/Vocals) will wow you with their acoustic covers of popular songs, definitely played 'their way'.
Added instrumentation in the form of Kazoo's, mouth trumpets, melodica, beat box, vocal synthesizer, backchat and bickering are also thrown in......free of charge!
You've probably heard them already in their numerous gigs around the Leamington pubs and on the radio, and I'm sure you'll be more than happy to listen again.
If The Peas are new to you, you're in for a treat!
Hughie Louis and the Groove
Fabulous four piece party band; Hughie, Louis and the Groove invite you to sing, swing and get on down to the soul tunes you know & love!
Blues 2 Go
Blues 2 Go. The name says it all. This four piece rocking blues band from Coventry have been together for over ten years and their set includes the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, Gary Moore and Eric Clapton.
Bass - Tim Kelsall
Drums - Russell Munns
Guitar - Pete Gardener
Vocals - Al Maynard
Midweek is a quintet that plays jazz-style vocal and instrumental music such as Autumn Leaves, Doxy, Just in Time, Rio de Janeiro Blue, Moondance and many more.
Midweek originated from Jazz Workshops in Leamington Spa and since 2011 the band has played at over 30 gigs, including festivals, restaurants, charity fund-raisers, parties and jazz club events.
Some say it's Folk Rock, some say Modern Folk, Roots Folk or alt.folk... some say it's Indie Folk rock.
Call it what you like it's a lively musical fusion of rock, folk, celtic fiddle melodies and rhythms to dance to...
These guys have bailed us out after a last minute cancellation, and have come highly recommended, we certainly can't wait!
Carrick are a Midlands based folk and modern acoustic duo made up of Caroline and Rick (hence the name Carrick – if you hadn’t already guessed!)
They are very versatile performers and can play upbeat sets of popular songs suitable for a busy pub at a weekend, through to more chilled out sets of folk songs suitable for a relaxed afternoon or folk club setting.
They are both multi-instrumentalists and so offer a wide variety of interesting sounds that includes male and female vocals and harmonies, guitar, mandocello, tenor guitar, flute, cajon, bodhran, ukelele bass and fiddle.
Festival veterans, we're thrilled to have them back again!
THE DOC EMMETT BROWN TRIO
Made up of three highly versatile and skilled musicians from the West Midlands, playing Pop, Rock, Blues, Country, Americana, Jazz, and Bluegrass from way back when and up to the present day.
Wes Finch - Guitar and Vocals
Wes is a singer with a soulful and dynamic voice and an intricate style of acoustic guitar playing. He adds his own expressive delivery to over a century of well known songs from Hank Williams to The Arctic Monkeys.
Jools Street - Violin/Fiddle
Jools' violin background stems from classical playing, and he continues with this as a member of the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also studied Bluegrass playing under fiddle player expert Fletcher Bright. His interpretation of many familiar licks on the violin is mesmerising and a rare treat.
Ben Haines - Percussion/Cajon
Versatile, skilled, and solid. Ben is a sympathetic player, much sought after by many bands and singer-songwriters; proof of his talent as a percussionist.
Gloria Sunset Duo
Gloria Sunset is a winner of the National Vintage Awards, Best Vintage Style Performer. She has an old fashioned voice and specialises in popular jazz,blues and country from 20's - 50's The other half of the duo is the incredible guitarist Dave Page who also adds his vocals.
The duo cover Gloria's favourite artists such as Nina Simone, Peggy Lee, Patsy Cline, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Rosemary Clooney, Imelda May, Caro Emerald and many more.
The Restless Diesels
The Restless Diesels are a 4-piece band who write and perform original songs along with popular cover versions. Material ranges from the 1960’s through to the present day and includes a range of genres from blues, through rock and pop to reggae. The band are equally at home performing in a laid back acoustic setting, or on stage with full backline amplification.
Based in Daventry, Northamptonshire, they play at events and venues around the county as well as Oxfordshire and Warwickshire and are seeking opportunities further afield. Previous appearances include Bicester Round Table Beer Festival, Northampton Umbrella Fair Acoustic Stage, Napton Festival, Daventry Arts Festival and various acoustic shows for NiNi Music Events, to name just a few.
The Restless Diesels’ debut 4-track EP, “Winter Moon”, was released on 28th April 2017. It is available on popular streaming sites such as Deezer and Spotify, and can be purchased from iTunes or Amazon Music.
Dan Hughes is a dynamic UK based musician, songwriter guitarist and producer. Dan has played guitar from a young age having growing up in a musical environment playing with and learning from local session and professional guitarist’s playing pubs and clubs and parties in his home town.
He will also be selling his CD's at the event, with 20% of all takings being donated back to The Band Factory :-)
The Splinter Group
Exciting local band with members based mostly in Long Itchington. They perform covers as well as our own material from all kinds of genres from old to new, with a cross generational lineup.
They aim to bring a fun and relaxed vibe to their gigs - they all love their music and hope the people who come along to watch have a great time too.
Dunn Wiv Whiskey
Contemporary folk duo of singer-songwriters from Northampton, Malcolm Dunn and Whiskey Bob perform a mix of their own original songs and covers, sometimes with a variety of musical instrument sounds produced by Bob on his midi guitar setup! Their first time playing together was unplanned, when Whiskey Bob accompanied Malcolm Dunn at a gig one Tuesday night and the rest is history.
Midnight Blues Machine
Warwickshire based 5-piece band playing a variety of modern and classic rhythm and blues.
The Lounge Club
Bringing together a lively mix of the best of jazz, soul and Latin, The Lounge Club infuses jazz favourites with funky beats and a soulful groove.
Featuring the powerful vocals of Rosie Harris with improvised solos on the tenor sax (Dionne Sambrook) and guitar (Nick Ransford) backed by a lively rhythm section, the band likes to add a twist by adding a contemporary groove to jazz standards and a few surprises.
Malc's solo career was restarted in September 2007 and he recorded the 'Wake Up My Soul' EP at the end of 2007. He had been playing the songs regularly in 2007 and 2008 saw him adding more and more new songs to his repertoire.
His combination of songs, humour and delivery has been a key part in building a bigger fan base and re-bookings at the venues he plays. He also hosts the successful monthly acoustic night 'Ditch The TV', giving a platform for local, national and international acts to play to a listening audience.
Two Wrongs Make A Wright
Father-Son acoustic duo, who agreed to this after a few beers...
Let's see what they can come up with!
If you like hastily assembled comedy/80s songs arranged for acoustic guitar and matrimony then Jennifer and Charles have what you need as the first act on Saturday.
This energetic duo of Dave and Alan will be entertaining us with an array of classic numbers ranging back to to the 60's.
Two cracking blokes, who will certainly go down a storm!