Formed in late 2018 Rosellas hail from Manchester, producing melody-soaked and guitar-driven indie rock influenced by legendary bands from their city before them. One to watch – their take on warm and uplifting indie music will be sure to get feet tapping at the festival and bring a smile to everybody’s faces!
Chris Tavener is the witty, satirical songwriter saying things that everybody thinks, but nobody says. Rock ‘n’ roll infused with comedy. Folk dipped in satire. It’s like Peep Show set to music! Chris has been known to play as many as 350 gigs a year, making him one of the most hard-working singer-songwriters in the UK. He’s had endorsements from Carl Barat of The Libertines, Will Ferrell’s ‘Funny Or Die’, Paddy McGuinness, Jamie Lawson and Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music.
Jack Woodward is a 25 year-old solo artist from North-West England. He sings original songs to acoustic guitar with a sound likened to Tom Odell, George Ezra and Cat Stevens. Jack regularly plays with his 5-piece backing band at shows around the region to bring life to his own work alongside a repertoire of favourite indie anthems.
The Bright Black
The Bright Black have burst onto the scene in Manchester, impressing many with their fusion of funk and pop. This band is unique and versatile oozing sass and style from head to toe, you can’t deny that this band really could be a big deal. You can expect an infectious and high-energy blend of soul and funk that will leave a lasting impression.
A gifted guitarist and prolific songwriter, Joel Gardner is a refreshingly unique artist with a diverse palette of inspired, original songs. He uses all parts of the guitar to create melodic, catchy music with powerful, thought provoking lyrics. His songs simply explode with positive energy! And we can’t wait to listen to some of his stuff amongst the trees, grass and Cheshire sun.
At just 24 years old, Jess already has seven years on the Manchester Music Scene under her belt, receiving critical acclaim from the likes of BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing, Clint Boon and many more for her unique indie singer-songwriter style. She’s a fantastic and seasoned performer with headline appearances at esteemed venues ranging from Manchester Academy 3 and Factory Manchester; to The Live Rooms, Gullivers, Sacred Trinity Church, The Eagle Inn and The Deaf Institute. A real young talent on the rise!
David Gorman is an Indie-Folk artist from Manchester known for his catchy melodies and heartfelt lyrics, mixed with delicate guitar; he’s one to keep an eye on! His latest single, 'Chicago is Calling', was hugely well received and David also won awards such as Best Male Solo Artist 2016 - Bolton FM and was nominated for 'Best Produced Record' 2017 at Unsigned Music Awards.
Caroline Francess & The Lights
After releasing 4 singles, and 2 EPs, touring the UK, and being titled Exposed Award's 'Best Unsigned Band', Caroline Francess & The Lights have grown a loyal fan base across the country with their larger than life sound. We are more than excited to welcome lead singer Caroline with her pulsating party pieces that will move our festival-goers!
Barratt’s music draws upon his personal experiences of family and friendship, growing up in his hometown of Stockport. This 22-year old singer-songwriter draws upon a diverse mix of musical reference points, from heroes like Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl and Chris Martin. Having recently graduated from his songwriting degree at Leeds College of Music, Barratt is working with producer Neil Claxton of electronic duo Mint Royale on his upcoming singles.
LYZA is a 24 year-old singer songwriter from Manchester with a new single coming out on 11/01/19. Her music is a lovely blend of folk and pop with a stand-out voice that is both incredibly unique yet warmly familiar. With influences from Carole King, Joni Mitchell, David Ramirez & Gabrielle Aplin she aims to take you on a journey of love, life and loss. As well as working on her own material she has made a name for herself as one of the go to backing singers in the city, which is taking her all over the country on various tours with bands and solo artists of all genres.
Charlie is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter who’s sound is rooted in soul and jazz. The young artist has been over to California to record music within the last 12 months. Expect a laid-back, groovy, Sunday afternoon vibes with his excellent vocals and seamless guitar playing.
Waiting 4 Bob
Playing classics for your pleasure and with years of experience of performing live around the Manchester open mic nights, this folk-rock duo perform covers from the likes of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Tom Watts.
John Dhali is an Indie Soul artist with a fiery presence, a rare depth of understanding and a song-writing maturity ahead of his years. With previous radio play on BBC Radio 1 (Huw Stephens) & BBC Radio 2 (Jo Wiley & Dermot O’Leary), his music is full of passion and honesty with a soulfulness that somehow finds its way into the deepest reaches of your being.
Jordan Phillips is a young singer songwriter from Stockport, he first came to our attention playing to the crowds at Stockport Foodie Friday. His skillful rendition of popular songs by classic artist's such as Paolo Nutini and Tom Petty has proved popular with audiences of all ages. His distinctive voice and skilled guitar playing is a pleasure to listen to judging by his many five star Facebook ratings, we're sure his growing fan base would agree!
Kieran Dobson & The State
Offers a potent antidote through his passionate music and idiosyncratic performances, which explodes on to the stage. The Manchester-based musician uses his iconic voice and swaggering style to full effect, intent on banging down the door of social change, raging against the machine. Dobson’s evocative words are a timely reminder that music is a fundamental step towards change.
Singer-songwriter originally from Hemel Hempstead but now living in North Wales, Sion performs a heady mix of soul pop and personal takes on songs with riffs and runs. Aiming to make a difference with her music by telling stories that people have experienced throughout their lives, he's a frequent busker that's taken her sound to the streets over the last five years. Sion will be going to BiMM music school in Manchester in September and working steadily towards getting her big break.
Manchester born and bred this 46 year-old musician uses his song writing as a form of therapy, creating melodic heart-felt lyrics that strike a chord with people struggling and winning this game called life. Starting out as a drummer Paul cut his teeth on the Manchester music scene in various bands before he left for a career in the forces. On his return bearing non-physical scars of battle he picked up the guitar and became a prolific songwriter, mastering his instrument in only three years.