New Town Kings
This ska-reggae collective are veterans of the festival scene and have clocked up more than 500 shows across 10 countries. The Essex-based nine-piece blend old-school Jamaican rhythms with a fresh dose of UK-inspired ska. They’ve performed at the likes of Boomtown Fair, Secret Garden Party and the HMV Forum, captivating audiences with their party-fuelled anthems.
From their humble beginnings in a Brightlingsea pub, Soul Kitchen have gone on to become one of the biggest and best loved bands in the area. Their unique brand of sixties soul, funk and ska music, combined with the most energetic stage show this side of Las Vegas, just has to be seen to be believed.
J.S. & the Lockerbillies
If you love to rock ‘n roll, you’ll love J.S, & the Lockerbillies. This band is sure to bring the house down with its collection of cult classics, show-stoppers and rocking rollers from the golden age of jiving. So don your dancing shoes, slick back your hair or throw on your polka-dot dress, because the BMF Big Top is about to shake!
The Iron Boot Scrapers
Now here’s something you don’t see every day – an Edwardian rock band transported to the 21st century. The Iron Boot Scrapers meld the Music Hall of the 1930s to the rock of today, either through their own inimitable original tunes, or with their unique take on well-known pop and rock tracks.
Face furniture are an acoustic duo – Adrian May (vocals, uke, guitar) and Murray Griffin (double bass). Together they perform Adrian May’s Comedy of Masculinity. It’s a wry look at men and masculinity in songs and poems, from ‘All men are bastards’ to ‘Sometimes it’s hard to be a bloke’ to a plea to ‘Tenderise not genderise’ and beyond.
Beer Valley Drifters
This fantastic four-piece is a party favourite with their range of top hits. A general mix of rock, Soul and Americana gives each set a lively vibe that’s guaranteed to get feet tapping and people dancing.