Robin S, Danny Rampling, Rozalla and Dub Pistols headline 15th annual vegan festival on Bristol Harbourside
Extra dollops of (vegan) formaggio as VegfestUK hosts "Show Me Love" House Party on Saturday followed by a reggae/dub/dance evening on Sunday
2017 event taking place on May 20th 21st; space available for 180 stalls and 15 caterers
Space available for 230 stalls and 18 caterers; flexible rates available for both traders and charities
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House, reggae and EDM mixes plus good food and company draw massive crowds who braced the downpour to enjoy another fabulous Vegfest!
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Live Acts Stage
A number of quality musicians to keep you entertained through the evenings on both days at the Live Acts Stage near the Main Exit
6:00 - Mobius Loop
7:00 - Furlined
8:00 - The Kings of Outer Space
6:00 - The Skimmity Hitchers
7:00 - Bert's Animal Band
Mobius Loop create gloriously eccentric gypsy folk stories, fusing world music and conscious rap with eruptions of free-form dance charged with an intimately powerful and intense energetic live performance. Mobius Loop are on a mission to raise positive vibrations, projecting an organic co-operative voice for humanist spirituality, vegan philosophy, grassroots philanthropy, true democracy and alchemical magic, in the name of Hemp Redemption and the infinite unknown
Wry lyrics, rich vocals and lush, swooning cello are the defining features of Furlined, a Bristol band formed around the songwriting talents of vocalist/guitarist Neil Crossley. Described as ‘Morrissey meets Americana’, Furlined blend alt country influences and British chamber pop sensibilities, with life-affirming themes set against suburban longings and everyday regrets. “Furlined bring a genuine beauty to ordinary things,” concluded Rock‘n’Reel in its review of the band’s second album Win A Dream Wedding. MOJO was equally effusive: ‘Neil Crossley has one of those Jackie Leven /Richard Hawley voices that do male vulnerability beautifully… a band with distinct aural charms’.
The Kings of Outer Space
Back in 2009, Bristol barber and singer Giggsy and guitarist Mike Crabtree were encouraged by Western Star Records boss Alan Wilson to record a track ‘Ghost Town’ for an upcoming compilation album. They quickly enlisted local musicians Greggsy from the Cheaterslicks and Matt from The Mantarays along with Mikeys brother Steve to play drums, and so ‘The Kings Of Outer Space’ were formed.
A good response to ‘Ghost Town’ led to Western Star releasing two albums for ‘The Kings’, ‘Cosmic Debris’ and ‘How To Fly A Rocket’. Both albums received well deserved praise in the music press.
The band also earnt themselves a reputation for being a great live act with their modern take on B movie rockabilly, but due to personal commitments the band could only manage a few outings a year. Tired of turning down good opportunities down, Giggsy and Mikey decided the band needed to change if it was to go on.
At the beginning of 2016 new recruits for the ranks were found and first to join was bass player Scott Milsom (Coffin Nails, Big Boss Man, The Zorchmen). Shortly after drummer Jason Cook (Blaggers ITA, Neck, High Class Joes) joined and work on a new album started which was going to come out on Scott’s Greystone Records. At the tail end of the recording, guitarist Gav Lusby (Kill Van Helsing, The Cheaterslicks) joined up and the new line-up was complete.
The ace line up soon got The Kings Of Outer Space a more powerful, tight and energetic sound which has gone down well with audiences far and wide. ‘Space Invaders’ the new album has gained some good reviews and is selling well. Videos for Cosmic Boy and Zombie Walk released on youtube have attracted thousands of plays and numbers are rising.
The Kings Of Outer Space are taking off!
The Skimmity Hitchers
Rising from the cider soaked floors of Dorset's back street boozers, the Skimmity Hitchers now roam the full girth of the West Country and beyond. Bringing their dry and fruity blend of Scrumpy & Western music to venues, festivals and fairs, these scrumpy swillin' reprobates appeal to young and old, and everyone from folkies to cider punks, beardy badgers to shifty blaggers.
The 'Hitchers blend razor sharp parodies and original material with a raucous stage show, spontaneous audience interaction, cheeky banter and general cider shenanigans...
In their quest to bring proper job drinkin' music to the masses the band have stolen the show at events of all types and sizes.
Highlights include Camp Bestival, Boomtown Fair, Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and headline slots at the Great Dorset Steam Fair and OutCider Festival, but there's simply nowhere these four fruity fellas can't instigate a good time.
They have Christened children, tamed hordes of hairy bikers and even serenaded Tony Benn with his own personal number. Oh, and believe it or not they're the first Scrumpy & Western band EVER to play the USA having toured Oregon, Washington and Vancouver BC in February 2016.
“A dread combination of a barrel of scrumpy and a Johnny Cash CD. This is a compliment.” - Speakers Push Air
“The standout band for me on Friday were without doubt the Skimmity Hitchers, mostly because they sing about cider and they rave about badgers... Their performance on the Bandstand on Friday evening was the first performance by any band all day that had got the whole audience engaged.” - Mint South review of Camp Bestival
“Oh no, not you lot again!” - John Morgan, Drummer: The Wurzels
Bert's Animal Band
Possibly the strangest of all bands. High energy and raucous one minute and then, at the moment you’re sure it’s all really just a shambles, they shift instantly to expose their carefully crafted compositions and poignancy.'
This will be the first summer touring their new 'Vegan Album' which you can hear at www.bertmiller.uk