Somerstock 2020

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The Christians – Black Friday – This is Queen – Rude Boy Mitch and the Two Tones – Matt Owens – Whole Lotta Led – Talisman – Area 52 – Jack Humphries – Tom Waters – Hang 11 Al O’Kane – Shoun Shoun – EveryPeople – Fonzy & Company – Aqila – Cover All Bases – Snake Snake Snake

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Thanks to Trebble Roofing who are the sponsors of the Big Main Stage in 2020; and to Somerton Windows who are sponsoring the adjacent Second Stage at this year’s event.

Appearing on The Trebble Roofing Stage our headline band for Somerstock 2020 is The Christians. Named after the three Christian brothers, Gary, Roger and Russell, in the original lineup, and not a religious statement.  In 1988, they released a cover of the Isley Brothers’ “Harvest for the World”, with all proceeds going to charity. The video for the track was an animation, created by four leading animation companies, including Aardman Animations. The video won several awards, and the single reached number 8 in the UK singles chart, their sixth consecutive British Top 40 hit.

1989 saw another charity single success, this time as performers on a version of “Ferry Cross the Mersey”, released in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster. The single stayed at number one for several weeks in the UK charts and reached number 5 in Germany.

One of the returning bands we shall be welcoming back from Somerstock 2019 is Black Friday.

For over a decade the seven-strong, unstoppable Black Friday have been delivering their stomping, high energy, home-brew of folk, Celtic and punk music across the lands of Cornwall, Devon and beyond. Hailing from the Cornish village of St Germans, Black Friday began their journey in their local pub in 2006.

Their music has taken them across the seas to Ireland and Europe, gathering adventures and stories along the way. With music influenced by their Celtic roots and Irish heroes, alongside catchy original songs, Black Friday were brilliant last  year and we’re really pleased that they wanted to return. The band performs well over a hundred gigs a year and they have racked up an impressive list of festivals to date in both the UK and Europe. Thanks to  supporter Nick Shore Builders sponsor of Black Friday.

With the brilliant Bohemian Rhapsody film reminding us all of the fantastic music created by Queen we have decided to include This is Queen tribute band to play at Somerstock 2020.  This is Queen is an authentic and rocking Queen tribute band playing festivals, functions and shows since 2011. The Queen experience is recreated with authentic costumes, equipment and 3-part harmonies, bringing everything from the squeal of Brian’s guitar solos to Freddie’s signature exchanges with the crowd.  Thanks to  supporter George James Properties sponsor of This is Queen.

Going back over the years the Somerton Music & Arts Festival (including in its previous ten day format) almost always included an evening of ska and two tone; and this year we feature Rude Boy Mitch and the Two Tones.  Thanks to  supporter Paul Thorne of Paul Thorne Electrical sponsor of Rude Boy Mitch and the Two Tones.

Rude Boy Mitch and The Two Tones are lively & entertaining & dress in a selection of suits, hats ties, braces & Doc Martins creating an authentic look to match their energy & charisma. They pack a powerful punch in their sound & front man Mitch leads the way with fun banter, dancing & audience participation.

Between them they have a broad range of professional experience ranging from theatre, classical music, pop music, studio recording & writing for television & dance as well as corporate performance and mainstream festivals such as Glastonbury, The Secret Garden Party, Download and The Big Chill.

They have all performed at venues of notoriety including The Royal Albert Hall and The Royal Festival Hall in London, The Lincoln Centre & Madison Square Gardens in New York, The World Art Stage in Edinburgh, The Queen’s Hall Theatre in Trinidad, Courchevel Ski-slope in France and The Yorkshire Playhouse and even York Minster.

Matt Owens is a British singer-songwriter and musician, who came to prominence as one of the founder members of indie-folk band Noah and the Whale, and for fronting Rock ‘n’ Roll band Little Mammoths.  Matt’s Debut solo Album, ‘whiskey and orchids,’ is due out January 2020. Thanks to  supporter Ollie Raybould sponsor of Matt Owens.

A Whole Lotta Led perform a world class tribute to the music of Led Zepplin. No wigs, no costumes, just music. A Whole Lotta Led are the longest running, full-time professional tribute to Led Zeppelin.  Now in their twenty-third year they are undeniably the UK’s leading tribute to this iconic band.  (Sponsorship still available)

Another band we welcome back from Somerstock 2019 is the reggae band Talisman from Bristol. Talisman were one of the UK’s top Roots Reggae bands in the later 70’s and early 80’s. The band’s prowess earned them support slots with acts as diverse as Burning Spear, The Clash and The Rolling Stones.

They 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’. Thanks to  supporter Band Veterinary Centre sponsor of Talisman.

Another returning band from 2019 is the fabulous Taunton based Area 52 and last year they certainly got the party going!  When we announced their return on Facebook this was met with universal approval.

Area 52 is an energetic and exciting band who have been gigging throughout the South West (and further afield) for over ten years, playing classic soul, ska, disco, rock… in fact anything that gets people up and dancing from the 60’s to the present.

They are a professional band that really enjoys playing and this comes across in their performance, guaranteed to fill the dance floor…  or in our case the Festival arena! Thanks to  supporter Bancombe Joinery sponsor of Area 52.

In 2019 we welcomed Ben Waters and his band to Somerstock. Ben has now finished touring but the baton has passed and his son Tom Waters has now started touring and has made Somerstock 2020 a booking he doesn’t want to miss. Tom will be bringing his own band to play once again on the Somerstock stage. Thanks to  supporter AutoAssure sponsor of The Tom Waters Band.

When Hang 11 performed in 2019 they were in the Wagonkered marquee and they were so impressive that we invited them back to perform on one of our two main stages.

Hang 11 is a young rock/funk/blues trio hailing from the Rhondda and Rhymney Valleys of South Wales.  They were formed in September 2015 at the ages of 18, 16 and 14 and since then have been bringing their own brand of rock, with a bluesy funky edge, to venues and festivals throughout South Wales and the South West.

After 3 years of solidly gigging, honing their sound and improving their stage craft, the band decided that the time was right to enter the studio and recorded their long-awaited debut single ‘Seattle Boy’. This was released in November 2018. The band consists of Anwen Francis on drums, BradleyDickenson on vocals/guitar and Rosh Evans on bass quitar. Influences include Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Vulfpeck and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Thanks to  supporter Lee Pester Builders sponsor of Hang 11.

From the Wagonkered Marquee in 2019 to the Somerstock stage we’re also pleased to offer a place to Jack Humphries and his folk, blues, acoustic indie-rock influenced performance by this original singer songwriter and his loop pedal stomping floor percussion.  (Sponsorship still available)

To take us up to midnight and for children earlier in the day we are pleased to include a Silent Disco to Somerstock 2020.  This was a very popular in 2019 so we just had to have it again. Thanks to  supporter CRS Building Supplies sponsor of the Silent Disco.

At Somerstock we try to provide an opportunity for local bands and up and coming regional bands to play to a bigger audience. This year we welcome Aqila the winners of Bandstorm in 2019. Thanks to  supporters Jeremy & Mary Beth Greenop sponsors of Aqila.

Another great regional band from Bristol plays at Somerstock for the first time in 2020. Fonzy and Company were established in February 2019 and is  made up of experienced musicians from other projects. The band push the genre boundary and write wholesome, fun and catchy music.  Thanks to  supporter Tony’s Fish and Chips sponsor of Fonzy & Co.

Yeovil based band, Cover All Basesa 5-Piece Rock and Pop covers band make a welcome return for Somerstock 2020. A typical set includes favourites from the likes of Bryan Adams, Blondie and Neil Diamond and are supplemented by well-known slow dance numbers from the likes of Adele and Ed Sheeran, with the night invariably ending by turning it up to 11 with a bit of Oasis, Kaiser Chiefs and Kings of Leon – a Cover All Bases set list caters for everybody. AC/DC or The Specials are never too far away if the Hard Rock and Ska fans shout loud enough!  Thanks to  Somerton catering company, Figs, who are sponsors of Cover All Bases.

Al O’Kane is a West Country troubadour who was crowned winner of the Shrewsbury Folk Festival Open Mic competition in 2019, in what has proved to be a momentous year.  Al went on to complete a successful independent European solo tour where he performed 12 gigs over 10 days in 3 different countries.

The songs he writes are based on his imagination, spirituality, humour, opinions and experiences in life, whether that’s people or the situations he’s encountered, his main aim is to get something different whilst staying true to himself. Thanks to  Colin Powell- Home Maintenance sponsor of Al O’Kane.

Appearing on our Marquee Stage EveryPeople are a four-piece Alternative Rock band based in Bristol who combine melancholic melodies with upbeat indie anthems. Thanks to  Medusa Stonemasonry who are sponsors of Every People.

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