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Main Stage - Evenings

A number of headliners to keep you entertained through the evenings on both days

 

SATURDAY

6.00 - Bristol Rock Choir

6.30 - Chris Cross

7.30 - Nicky Holloway

8.30 - Rozalla

9.00 - Danny Rampling

10.15 - Robin S

 

SUNDAY

5.00 - The Scribes

6.00 - ZionRuts

7.30 - Dub Pistols

 

Bristol Rock Choir

Rock Choir has been taking the country by storm since 2005. Now with over 24,000 members across the UK, the choir are used to entertaining crowds with upbeat, pop music sung by over 100 voices! Expect to sing and dance along with singers from Bristol and the surrounding area.

Website - www.rockchoir.com

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/rockchoirbathbristolcheltenhamstroudyate/

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Chris Cross 

Long time Yeyo/Yaoh collaborator/ originator/(co-founder)/ resident (he played at the 1st ever Vegest)...

House head extraordinaire Chris Cross returns to the Vegfest main stage, the past occasions on which he graced us with his presence were to warm up admirably for The Happy Mondays in 2013, as well as house music legends The Man Like Adamski,The Beautiful Alison Limerick and The Grand Daddy Himself Marshall Jefferson in 2016…

Chris is flying in fresh from the Balearics to entertain y'all with an eclectic selection of mind & mood altering beats to satisfy the most discerning taste buds, put your best foot forward & let the good times roll!! Triple XxX Posse Hold Tight!!

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Nicky Holloway

Nicky Holloway was born in Isleworth, London. He began playing records in the disco pub scene around the Old Kent Road in 1980. He first started to organise club nights, such as Special Branch in London Bridge in 1984 alongside Pete Tong and Gilles Peterson.

Holloway (with Paul Oakenfold, Johnny Walker and Danny Rampling) was one of the "Ibiza four" - four DJs who travelled to the island for a holiday in the summer of 1987. They visited a club called Amnesia and an Argentine DJ called Alfredo Fiorito, which inspired them to promote Balearic beats back in the UK. 

Holloway opened the club night Trip at the London Astoria in Charing Cross Road at the end of May 1988, and was one of the first legal acid house clubs. Trip then changed its name to Sin.

In April 1990, he opened the Milk Bar venue in London. It hosted Paul Oakenfold on Friday nights and Pete Tong and Dave Dorrell on Saturday nights, Darren Emerson on Mondays, Danny Rampling's Pure Sexy and Glam on Wednesday, Brandon Block and Lisa Loud playing FUBAR on the Sunday night. Dave Morales, Tony Humphries, the Brand New Heavies and Jamiroquai got signed after doing spots at the club.

During the summer of 1992 he opened venues in Ibiza under the Milk Bar banner which ran for a couple of seasons. Nicky has continued to produce music and is widely known as one of the first DJs in the UK to go digital. Maverick producer Arthur Baker walked into his own club one night, The Elbow Room in Islington and was blown away by what he Nicky doing using a piece of software called PCDJ at that time laptop hard drives where too small so he had to carry around a full desktop PC.

In 1999 Nicky helped create a DJ based website called Trust The DJ with his close friend Lynn Cosgrove which was so ahead of its time it ran out of funding before most people had broadband.

In 2008 Nicky started to run classic house club nights under the name of Desert Island Disco however after a few good years decided to stop doing the events as the format was being copied by many other promoters and he simply got bored.

Nicky now organizing parties called Now & Then where the format is new and old music and still plays regularly for such events as Promised Land & Summer Solstice and was recently included in a list of 50 DJs over 50 still cutting it.

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Rozalla

Rozalla began performing at a young age in her native Zambia singing in clubs and at events; then at age 13, she was singing on a children's TV show. While still in her teens, she relocated to Zimbabwe where she fronted various R&B cover bands before beginning her own recording career with a resultant five number-one hits on that nation's chart.

In 1988, Rozalla moved to London to work with the Band of Gypsies, a production duo who with her, wrote and produced her most successful singles and her debut album.

Her first UK single "Born to Luv Ya" became a club hit in 1990, but Rozalla’s career took off when the dance anthem, "Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)", reached number 6 in the UK singles chart in 1991. The single became a Top 10 hit in many European countries soon afterwards and reached the Billboard Top 40 in the USA the following year. It was later included on her debut album 'Everybody's Free' which made the Top 20 in the UK Albums Chart and went silver. The album produced two more big hits in "Faith (In the Power of Love) and "Are You Ready to Fly?" reaching number 11 and 14 respectively in the UK Singles Chart.

In 1992 Rozalla supported Michael Jackson, opening all 43 of his performances on the European leg of his 'Dangerous' tour.

Rozalla showed a different side of herself with different styles of music on the 1994 album Look No Further, including work with music legends such as Diane Warren, the late Frankie Knuckles, and Jellybean Benitez.

From this album four more dance singles all reached the upper regions of the UK Singles Chart: "Never Love The Same Way Twice", "Baby" and "This Time I Found Love", plus her cover of "I Love Music", a version that featured in the film 'Carlito's Way'. In addition a dance version of REM's "Losing My Religion" became, and remains, a huge clubland hit.

In 1996, a remix of "Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)" by the German producing duo Aquagen reached the UK Top 40. Her 1998 album Coming Home saw her reunite with the Band of Gypsies and spawned a stateside club hit with its lead single "Don’t Go Lose It Baby".

in 2003 she entered the the UK Singles Chart once again alongside Plastic Boy on the vocal trance single, "Live Another Life". This track was included on the compilation The Best Of Rozalla which was issued soon afterwards.

A Global Deejays remix of "Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)" reached number 7 in Australia in 2009 after it had been used as the theme song to So You Think You Can Dance, and Rozalla toured that country to support it with great success.

She issued the jazz/soul album Brand New Version in 2009, under the name Rozalla Miller, and Rozalla promoted the album by performing as the support act for Billy Ocean on over 50 dates on his sold out UK tour.

Rozalla continues to perform in clubs all over the UK and the world, and has recently released a brand new song "Can You Feel The Love" featuring David Anthony.

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Danny Rampling

Danny Rampling is a bonafide music visionary and a revolutionary dance music pioneer. Through his legendary ground breaking Acid House club Shoom and subsequent long-standing associations with Kiss FM and Radio 1, Rampling ́s catalyst influence has helped to shape dance music for over 20 years.

As a DJ for Kiss FM - Rampling extended his influence over dance music and the changing attitudes of young London. His reputation grew rapidly as he toured worldwide and became a household name through his six year tenure at Radio 1 hosting The Love Groove Dance Party and generating sales in excess of one million compilation CDs. As a result Rampling became a brand unto himself, building an international army of fans and a vast array of top flight business contacts around the globe.

In addition to his tour schedule Rampling is regularly called upon to DJ at high profile private parties and fashion show happenings. These have included spinning for George Michael, Primal Scream, The Pet Shop Boys, Mick Hucknell, Gloria Estefan, Depeche Mode, Patrick Cox and Boy George, headlining the second birthday of the W hotel in Doha, and programming the catwalk music for top Italian fashion designer Antonio Berardi.

In 2009 Rampling launched his own clubnight brand Atmosphere with a series of select parties at exclusive club Paramount at the summit of Centrepoint (London) and in 2011 Danny took the brand worldwide.

2010 saw Rampling take up residency at Aura (Ibiza), playing weekly on the decadent `White Isle ́ whilst also holding down a busy international schedule, and sitting as a panellist at the 2010 WMC in Miami alongside the Director of Music for Oxfam US.

Danny is a trustee of the Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation, a charity which unites the global dance music community to raise vital awareness and funds for humanitarian and environmental causes.

Rampling celebrated the 25th anniversary of his legendary club Shoom in December 2012 with a special sold out London party, a Shoom album and a book of his 25 years of House Music. Currently working in the studio on collaborations with Mark Wilkinson, Guiessepe Moreno and Mat Playford. Rampling ́s well-established radio presence also continues with regular shows on some of the biggest dance music stations including NYC based Kult.fm and London’s www.shedradio.com a 3 hour Monthly Saturday Night Show (Tokyo Time) on NationTokyo Radio with his wife Ilona.

There has been an extraordinary evolution in consumer choice and lifestyle expectations and Rampling remains at the forefront of these trends, retaining a unique awareness that has been the hallmark of his long career. In addition to his artistic achievements, his business interests and internet marketing & music consultancy Rampling ́s acclaimed book Everything You Need To Know About DJing & Success, originally launched in 2008 as a downloadable e-book, has recently been published by Aurum Press. To supplement the 350 page DJing bible in which Rampling shares his 20+ years’ experience of the industry, the hardback release comes with a four hour DVD of inspirational interviews courtesy of leading figures in the DJ industry including Pete Tong, Joey Negro and David Morales.

http://dannyrampling.com/ 

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Robin S

Robin S, born and raised in Queens, New York, began singing at the age of five in a church choir. Blessed with perfect pitch and a genuine talent to entertain, she took up vocal training at the age of eight under the direction of the legendary Brook Alexander. Alexander, who also instructed Melba Moore, he made learning easy. His style taught me how to create different sounds by using my facial expressions and tones. It enabled me to obtain the skills to become a performer. 

At the age of fifteen, Robin went to join both jazz and cover bands in the New York metropolitan area, performing at dinner clubs, lounges, and other venues. During her tenure as a member of the band Top Shelf, she met the owners of Homeboy Recording Studios. They immediately realized that they found the perfect accent to their music and began laying demo tracks for Robin's vocals. 

"Show Me Love", Robin's first gold single, introduced her as one of the premier vocalists of the early 1990. Her first release was in 1990 under Robin Stone (that's what the "S" stands for). The chart-topping single, punctuated with energetic remixes from Stonebridge Productions of Sweden, originally gained popularity in Europe on Champion Records only in 1993. The success of the record caught the eyes of executives at Big Beat Records and Robin S was on her way to fulfilling her dreams. 

Robin's debut album on Big Beat/Atlantic Records, "Show Me Love" immediately broadened her fan base. The diverse sounds of the record, which changes between beautiful lush ballads like "What I Do Best", Who's Goina’ Raise The Child", and bold toe-tapping rhythms, were created by a variety of producers, including Junior Vasquez, Nick Martinelli, and David Morales. 

"Love For Love", another chart-topping track from Robin's debut is a fiercely hypnotic track filled with syncopated beats, added her to the elite list of dance diva. I don't mind being called a diva one bit. "There are some great divas in the world like Aretha Franklin, 

Patti Labelle, Phyllis Hyman and Nancy Wilson". "If I am going to be considered a diva like they are, then I welcome the title" says Robin! 

And Robin's efforts paid off. In 1993, Robin was named BEST DANCE ARTIST at the Billboard Awards and Show Me Love received 2 awards for BEST DANCE SINGLE and BEST DANCE ARTIST. Robin also earned 2 awards at the industry Annual Winter Dance Music Conference for BEST DANCE ARTIST SOLO and BEST NEW DANCE SINGLE.

Robin's live performances on the stages of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, just to name a few and abroad continues to work its magic and show off Robin's diversity. She finds no trouble engaging her audience. "When I do a show, I want people to feel as if they are an intricate part of my performances." I often bring individuals on stage to dance with me and “I don't choose the ones who are already clapping and mouthing the lyrics, they are already happy and convinced! I pick the people who are silent, ones that are expressionless, they are the people I'm trying to reach." 

Robin's performances have been seen by fans all over the world, having performed in Holland, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, The Ivory Coast, Finland, Amsterdam, Portugal, France, Japan, Russia, Switzerland, and Turkey, and the list goes on. In addition to her many club shows in the United States, Robin has also appeared on numerous television programs in such as: Showtime at the Apollo, "Coming Home", a Thanksgiving Special Hosted by Nancy Wilson, The Robert Townsend Show, Americas Most Funniest Home Videos, The Maury Povich Show, The Jenny Jones Show, The Ricki Lake Show, The Arsenio Hall Show (singing with the band on 2 occasions). The Disney Channel, VH1's White Nights AIDS Special, MTV U.S. and Canada, MTV's Lip Service, BET (singing and an interview with Donnie Simpson) and many others. Her soundtrack contributions such as "SPACE JAMS",(she wrote and sang the song "Givin you all that I've got"), "BAPS" (she co-wrote and sang "I can't wait" with Michael O'Hara and "Love is shining down on me" with Tony Moran and Nikki Richards), "DR. DOLITTLE", (she sang the song "Dance" feat. Mary Mary written and produced by Warryn Campbell and Mary Mary), "KNOCK OUT" (she sang and co-wrote with Michael O'Hara the song "At My Best"), "WELCOME TO WHOOP WHOOP" (she sang "Once in a Lifetime Love" produced by David Morales) 

In the years since turning worldwide dance floors and pop radio airwaves upside down with the massive smash "Show Me Love," Robin has traveled an enlightening journey toward heightened self-awareness and creative maturity. After working on her song writing for several years, she began recruiting a sterling array of producers and tunesmiths that includes Bryce Wilson, Tony Moran, Wayne Cohen and Shepard Solomon, King Britt and John Wicks, Eric "E-Smoove" Miller, Darrin Whittington, and Steve Dubin who guided Robin on her hotly anticipated second album, From Now On (Big Beat/Atlantic, 1997). 

"I feel as if I'm soaring on these songs," the singer says with pride. She is inspired to take flight by a deftly mined musical environment that transcends the traditional boundaries of dance music. "From Now On", succeeds in delivering the credible grooves of underground club culture, while also showcasing fine live musicians, who bring soulful warmth to every one of the album's songs. "There is no match for the experience of singing with a band. It's nourishment to the soul for every singer." After all, you can't feel the funk with a computer-generated guitar." 

It was venerable songwriter Michael O'Hara --- acclaimed for his highly successful collaborations with Anita Baker, among others --- who first helped Robin find the confidence to begin sharing her insightful words and infectious melodies. "He was the first writer to take me seriously," she says. "He took me under his wing and shared his magic with me." The two crafted "Shine On Me," a storming house music anthem that is the centerpiece composition of the album. "That was the first song I recorded for the new album and it was about as painful as giving birth, because it was mine" but it has been just as joyous Robin says with a laugh."  Michael and I have written so many songs together since then. He brings out the best in me." As her second song "AT My Best" to shape and form. "This song was my letter to GOD". If you listened very closely to the lyrics, you'll hear her story.

The world's first taste of From Now On was via the premiere single, a sassy rendition of Alton McClain & Destiny's famed 1980 chestnut "It Must Be Love." The track was produced by Groove Theory's Bryce Wilson, who earned platinum marks at the helm of the Toni Braxton smash "Your Love Is Making Me High." Robin brilliantly approaches "It Must Be Love," which places her in an arrangement featuring a tight funk groove and an elaborate orchestra.  "This song is beautiful in that it captures the spirit of an era that I love. I gave myself to that energy and that allowed me to really dig into the song, have a lot of fun with it, and made it my own" the singer says. 

Looking toward the future is what is most important to the Atlanta-based singer these days. It's a change in perspective from the days when she first found herself inside a studio, belting out what would become the hits "Show Me Love" and "Love 4 Love." "I was simply happy for the chance to sing --- and I still am," she says. "But there's a difference now. I now look at myself as a messenger of patience, of persistence, of hope and of love... and as a messenger of the fact that perseverance and faith will win out in the end. With that kind of focus and goal, you can bet that I'm not going anywhere. Cause "What GOD has for me, please believe it is for me"!  Besides, I've got work to do... and through God's grace, it will get done."

After her second album, a single, entitled "Midnight" was released on a 12". There were so many songs that the world has never reviewed like her remakes of "You know how to love me" and "All I do". However, her success is still amazing, as she in 2004 has made her European Tour, soon after the re-release of her first album, and also took part on the play When a Man Cries, by JD Lawrence. Now Robin S has been performing on many Shows and 90's Parties worldwide. Robin can be best quoted as saying "I've grown so much, emotionally and spiritually and I am very clear on my vision.  Wisdom and maturity is my experience so the BEST IS YET TO COME"!

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The Scribes

The Scribes are an alternative hip hop three piece based in the UK consisting of lyricist/multi instrumentalist Ill Literate, rapper Jonny Steele and beatbox maestro Lacey, whose unique talents have combined to make a much heralded sound quite unlike any other on the scene today and deliver breath taking performances full of energy and off the cuff freestyling guaranteed to move any crowd.

Known for their award winning live show The Scribes push the limits of hip hop to almost breaking point, both musically and lyrically, to create the group's trademark sound featuring a seamless blend of live instrumentation and sampling set against a block rocking backdrop of booming bass and hard hitting breaks, with appeal reaching far beyond traditional hip hop fare.

The group have toured extensively across the UK and Europe with artists such as Macklemore, Dizzy Rascal, Lethal Bizzle, Example, Pendulum, De La Soul, Wu Tang Clan's GZA, Wiley, Coolio, Plan B, Goldie, Tinie Tempah, MF Doom and Chase and Status to name (drop) but a few and has seen them grace the stage at Glastonbury Festival, Urban In Ibiza, Bristol O2 Academy, Boomtown, Peterborough Arena, Leopallooza, Gottwood, Beach Break and more across the UK & Europe.

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ZionRuts

ZionRuts Family is a Roots Reggae Band that was formerly founded by two of its lead singers – RUTSMAN SPICE and ZIONDAWTA in 2014 when Rutsman was coming from his African Tour. Ziondawta was doing her jazz projects but after the two met they formed Zionruts family giving life to reggae music where most of the people didn’t understand and appreciate that kind of music.

The band consists of six members which brings the Roots Reggae Sound to life namely Blessing Shamu our bass player, Mthakazelwa Nyathi the rhythm guitarist, Kenny Davies the guitarist who jammed with Transit Crew a band formed by Misty in Roots drummer Munya Brown which also used to be Rutsman Spice band back in the days, Ras Talkmore Mandimika the drummer who used to jam with Reggae Revealers.

Through the inspiration of Reggae Musicians like: Bob Marley, Roots Radics, Twinkle Brothers, Third World, Misty in Roots, Marcia Griffiths,  Rita Marley to mention just a few, Zionruts family managed to create their own sound of reggae music which is within the international vicinity. 

We have released our debut album “Kip On Surviving” which consists of twelve songs of which 3 songs are in vernacular (Shona Language) namely Ngoma (African drum),Musango (Wilderness or Bush), Mutinhimira (Sound in this song our sound).  This album like the title express it’s all about motivation, upliftment and focusing in life knowing Jah Heal in all situations.  “Kip On Surviving” album was launched in Brynston on the 27th of May 2016 at Katjushas a Russian owned restaurant. The response from the crowd that managed to come through was marvelous.

On that album we worked with a Spanish Producer on three of our songs the other three with Jamaican Producers with the others concluding from Africa. It was never easy to reach the stage of releasing this album as it took us 2 years recording and trying to come up with the perfect sound that we all were in love with.

On achievements Zionruts have shared a stage with Sizzla and the Lucky Dube band at the Reggae Spring Festival in South Africa, performed at the Chronixx Jamaican event, performed at Pretoria State Theatre launching our album, performed at the Market @ the sheds in Pretoria. Also recorded a Xenophobia Song with Sizzla and eight other South African artists yet to be released.  One of our song on our newly released album “To Selassie l” is currently number 3 on Reverbnation charts. “To Zion” from our previous album is number 5 on Mzansi reggae.

Currently we are performing each and every Wednesday at Manhattan hotel in Pretoria at the reggae acoustic night from 6pm till 10pm. We did our album launch in Kempton Park on the 30th of July and the appreciation was just too much the way the people responded to our music really surprised us. We continued our launch tour on the 16th of  August in Bronkospruit, 20th of August at a festival in Pretoria Burgers Park at the Feast of Clowns Festival.  We still working on performing in other parts of the country so that our music reaches nationwide. 

Our music is all about elevating people in a dimension where there is peace, love and unity in harmony.  We hope to distribute our message in music to all corners of the world to give people who are giving up on life hope as it is all that we have (life).

Zionruts family is welcoming all means of promotion, sponsorship or assistance to help elevate our band and message in our music where it truly belong, to its rightful people.

You can listen to Zionruts songs on youtube, soundcloud, reverbnation and hocty.com.

On press release you can see our press release under Kempton express.

You can also follow us on twitter, facebook, myspace.

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Dub Pistols

Over an 18-year career the Dub Pistols have worked with heroes like The Specials, Busta Rhymes, HoraceAndy, Madness and Gregory Isaacs. They’ve burned through different members and hundreds of thousands of pounds on assorted capers and hedonism. It should have been a recipe for oblivion, but the band that started out in the mid-90s with Barry DJ’ing while musicians jammed over the top has metamorphosed into a mighty reggaematic bass-driven live machine, a super-tight festival regular that keeps winning over new fans at Glastonbury, Bestival, Beat-Herder and across Europe. Latest album ‘Return Of The Pistoleros’ is out now via Sunday Best Recordings.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dub.pistols/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dubpistols

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dubpistol/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4LYX3rRdXV2l99wR5YPFoK

Stream latest album ‘Return Of The Pistoleros’: https://open.spotify.com/album/0tRh6pH21ROVU1W3U29PpJ

Spotify ‘Best Of Dub Pistols’ playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/dub_pistols/playlist/1x9VsLDhgvHqGXRMBd4i9T

http://dubpistolsmusic.co.uk/

http://sundaybest.net/

Dub Pistols - Pistoleros (Official Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyF2nz5ZKNo

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