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Performance Stage

The Performance Stage sees a whole programme of acoustic and chillout acts throughout the weekend between 12pm and 5pm, before our headline acts take to the stage at 5pm, the sound goes up a bit and everyone starts dancing!

Admission to the event is completely FREE for the whole weekend, including our headline acts.

Friday May 25th (see below for artist details)

2pm                  Danieal

3pm                  JenJen

4pm                  6Fears7

5pm                  Denise Morgan

6.15pm              The Magnus Puto

7.30pm              Neville Staple of The Specials

Saturday May 26th (see below for artist details)

12pm                Crows Parliament 

1pm                  Rob Jackson 


3pm                  Jazz Steer

4pm                  Jenny Said Yes

5pm                  Baraka

6.15pm              Dub Mafia  

7.30pm              Finley Quaye

Sunday May 27th (see below for artist details)

12pm                 Anthea Neads & Andy Prince

1pm                   Louise Jordan 

2pm                   Lonely Tourist 

3pm                   Jim Chorley 

4pm                   Genius Collective 

5pm                   Mellow Star

6.15pm              Talisman

7.30pm              Johnny Clarke meets Soothsayers


Neville Staple of the Specials

Neville Staple is the lead singer of The Specials and also the founder of the Fun Boy 3. Here he brings his own band to VegfestUK Bristol with their own dynamic brand of ska to lighten up Friday night in spectacular fashion. Bristol loves its ska and especially when its free! Bristol will suddenly find its dancing shoes and turn out en masse, so expect large crowds and big smiles as Neville rocks the amphitheatre on a summer evening... www.myspace.com/nevillestaplefromthespecials

Finley Quaye

Finley Quaye is a Scottish reggae artist, most famed for winning the 1997 Mobo Award for best reggae act and the 1998 BRIT Award for Best British Male Solo Artist after his album 'Maverick A Strike' went gold in less than 3 weeks. He has entered the UK charts on many occasions, reaching the Top 20 twice with his hit singles 'Sunday Shining' and 'Even After All'. He has collaborated with the likes of Beth Orton and William Orbit (in his 2004 single 'Dice') and has worked with artists, both on stage and in the recording studio, such as Iggy Pop and Primal Scream. He has also supported James Brown, The Verve, Ben Harper, Fun Loving Criminals and Robbie Williams and has been supported by the likes of Amy Winehouse and Natty. He will be gracing the VegfestUK Bristol stage on Saturday night, bringing cool reggae vibes as well as some tracks to get moving to... be prepared for an epic performance from this famed musician – and all free of entry! www.finleyquaye.com

Johnny Clarke meets Soothsayers

Johnny is best known for his classic 1970's work with producers Bunny Lee and King Tubby that spawned massive tunes like ‘None Shall Escape The Judgement’, ‘Blood Dunza’, ‘Roots Natty Congo’ and ‘Move Out Of Babylon’. A Rastafarian, many of Clarke's songs concern his faith and the beliefs of the Rastafari movement, such as anti-violence and the legalization of marijuana. He helped define the Flying Cymbals period that preceded the Roots Rockers sound of the mid to late 1970s. Clarke was one of the first Jamaican artists signed to Virgin Records' Frontline subsidiary in 1976. More recently Johnny's work with Soothsayers and The Red Earth Collective has taken his voice into a phase where his rootical tones are perfectly matched with the band's afro-infused, dubby sound. This all makes for an amazing live experience where Soothsayers’ new work and Clarke's classic material complement each other to create a set of adventurous dubsonics, classic reggae and pounding afro-beat with a message. www.myspace.com/soothsayers

The Magnus Puto

The Magnus Puto are born out of late nights in the Bristol music scene. They are keeping big crowds jumping and gaining a real reputation for dropping heavy beats and tearing stages apart. From guerilla gigs to the Invisible Circus stage at Boomtown, to supporting Plan B at the Pilton Party, and gaining Michael Eavis’s dancing feet; the past year has seen the boys gaining a real reputation for themselves in the South West. Innovative and original; The Magnus Puto are influenced by a range of styles spanning electro, dub, ska and hip-hop. Their instantly recognisable sound results from an eclectic group of musicians with different musical backgrounds; expect progressive builds, heavy drops, big swingin brass and stampeding rhythms. www.themagnusputo.com


Dub Mafia

Since forming just two years ago, Bristol-based Dub Mafia have become one of the most popular dance acts in the UK, Europe and beyond. The seven-piece band – who blend drum and bass, dub, dubstep, bashment, breakbeat and world music into their own unique sound (with a strict policy of ‘no backing tracks’ – ever) receive rave reviews wherever they play – from sweaty clubs to packed festivals. Fronted by singer Eva Lazarus, the band have won over hundreds of thousands of fans over the last year, including show-stealing performances on the main stage at Outlook in Croatia (Europe’s biggest drum and bass music festival), the Matscher Au Reloaded festival in Northern Italy and a special guest slot in Romania supporting the legendary LTJ Bukem. www.dub-mafia.com



One of Bristol's finest, and straight outta Easton, Talisman were one of the UK's top Roots Reggae bands in the later '70s and early '80s. The band's prowess earned them support slots with acts as diverse as Burning Spear, The Clash and The Rolling Stones. They have reformed with the original line up after 30 years apart, to support the re-release of their classic roots single ' Dole Age' on a brand new album, 'Dole Age - The 1981 Reggae Collection'. March 2012 sees the band re-release their first album, 'Takin' the Strain'. Originally formed in 1977, Talisman were consummate performers constantly vying for the title of one of the country's most popular live reggae bands. They left memories of gigs still talked about today. Until now it has been hard to find their LPs such as "Jam Rock" but the tracks have now been lovingly compiled into a CD containing even the original 7" singles and live cuts from shows, including their appearances at Glastonbury. www.talismanreggae.com

Denise Morgan

 Born in Manchester to Irish parents and sibling to seven crazy brothers and sisters, this fiesty redhead was always an attention seeker. She's been singing for quite some time now and loves it. Gigs at pubs and festivals, writing songs, recording, collaborating - She loves it all. She has supported acts such as Amy Macdonald, Kathryn Williams and Ben's Brother. She has also co-written tracks with Bristol's own Rob Smith (of Smith & Mighty). Most recently, Denise featured as part of Tom Jones', 'TeamTom' on BBC One's The Voice UK. Denise delivers refreshing pure vocals and soul-baring songs which tell the tale of her life so far. She continues to write and perform her Celtic-Soul music to followers old and new and is recording a new album early next year. You can listen to some of her music at www.myspace.com/denisemorgan & http://soundcloud.com/denise-morgan 



Baraka is a unique combination of musicians from Ghana, Senegal, Germany, Dominica and Northern and Southern Ireland. Each musician contributes their individual sound and style - Reggae featuring a Kora and Djembe, Township with a Calypso bassline, Hilife with Blues Harmonica, Soca with Balafon and Flute. Baraka features musical collaborations that you are unlikely to hear with any other band. This is not just one person's music translated by backing musicians - as so many "world" music bands seem to be. Baraka is edgy, experimental and innovative without losing sight of the fact that entertainment is the key. The result is a heady mix of global beats, intricate rhythms and soaring melodies. www.barakamusic.co.uk


mellow star 

Mellow Star is the brainchild of songwriter, producer and artist Theo Clarke. Theo traces his passion for music back to first hearing the Reggae and Dub sound systems of St Pauls Carnival in his youth. He cut his musical teeth during an apprenticeship with the now-legendary Coach House studios in Clifton, Bristol. Theo is committed to pushing the musical boundaries and Mellow Star take influences from genres as diverse as Hip Hop, Jazz, Reggae, World, Classical and film music. Combining the talents of and a dazzling team of musicians and singers, the Mellow Star experience is visual, dramatic, soulful and above all musical...www.myspace.com/mellowstarmusic

friday may 25th daytime acts

2pm: Danieal

Danieal is a singer/ songwriter who performs all genre's of music, as she has been influenced by an eclectic mix from an early age. She has released her highly anticipated mixtape 'Damsel In Destress?' which is out on FREE DOWNLOAD via her website (www.danieal.co.uk). With her album to follow you can expect to hear a lot more from Danieal in 2012!




3pm: Jenjen

Playing songs of love from her debut album, ENTER on Contact Media; a smoky haze of lazy guitars, native percussion, haunting strings & vocals, mastered at Real World. "Fearless in the Spectrum of what you take on" - Keith da Bass www.jenjen.co.uk

4pm: 6Fears7 

6Fears7 are Bristol’s alternative Funkmeisters soaked in a ready to go attitude. Their sound boasts a unique blend of alternative fusions, reminiscent of the early 90’s, with influences from RHCP, Incubus and Primus. You can expect 6Fears7 to present a raw and energetic funk fused performance, full of off the cuff Jams. www.6fears7.co.uk  


Saturday May 26th daytime acts

12pm: Crows Parliament 

Eclectic, Electric Americana. Born and raised in Somerset, London and Sudbury Ontario, and likened to early Fleetwood Mac, the Pixies and the Kills, Crows Parliament are a trio of talented musician playing original music in the tradition of Muddy Waters, The Doors, Led Zeppelin and the White Stripes. www.reverbnation.com/crowsparliament


1pm: Rob Jackson


More information coming soon 

3pm: jazz steer 

Jasmin is an incredibly talented 15 year old who loves performing arts including singing, dancing and acting. She is a keen attendee of drama and street dance groups and in July will be starring as the main character in the musical 'The Queen of The Seas'. Her voice is impressively strong for such a young age and after last year's popular performance, Jazz is back at VegfestUK Bristol to perform her latest tracks including some very popular covers. This set is not to be missed.


4pm: jenny said yes 

Encompassing influences across the spectrum, Jenny Said Yes bring a folk-infused sound which combines melodic vocals with dynamic riffs and beats. The female fronted band has achieved several residencies from their gigs in infamous Camden. Their ability to linger in the untouched corners of your mind will leave you wanting more.


Sunday May 27th daytime acts

12pm: Anthea Neads & Andy Prince

Reminiscent of English 60s folk-rock and the San Francisco summer of love scene, Anthea is a powerful and distinctive vocalist whilst Andy plays unique lyrical counter-melodies on the bass. Their “love and peace with attitude” lyrics are delivered passionately and their live performances are an uplifting, empowering, poignant and memorable experience. www.neadsandprince.com

1pm: Louise Jordan

Louise Jordan is a young singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist rapidly making an impact on the UK acoustic music scene. Louise's idyllic music carries the listener away from the humdrum and mediocrity of daily life. Louise's performance at VegfestUK will include reworked traditional songs and pieces inspired by literature. www.louisejordan.co.uk

2pm: Lonely Tourist

Lonely Tourist is a Bristol based solo acoustic act who has played around 200 gigs in the South West since moving from Glasgow in 2009. The debut album 'Sir, I am a good man' was released in Jan 2011 to excellent reviews. www.facebook.com/lonelytouristmusic

3pm: Jim Chorley

Jim Chorley is an Acoustic / Folk Singer / Songwriter from Southampton. Playing Ballad Blues, Soulful Country, and even a song about Crop Circles...! He has supported Folk Legends Martin Carthy, Julie Felix, Paul Simmonds of The Men They Couldn't Hang and Most recently Radio 2 Folk award nominees The Emily Portman Trio. www.jimchorley.com


4pm: Genius Collective

A seven piece Hip Hop / Soul / Funk band based in Birmingham, UK. Established in 2010, GC offer a Jazzy take on the Hip Hop Band concept. With the band consisting of a fusion of Hip Hop heads, to classically trained Jazz musicians, their style blends honest, feel good lyrics with funk rhythms to get your head nodding, your mind thinking and your feet moving. Inspired by Bonobo, The Roots, The Bamboos and TY to name a few, Genius Colective aim to hit the scene soulfully with their distinctive sound. 



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