SOMERSTOCK 2021 LINEUP
Somerstock music festival features two outside stages, the Trebble Roofing Stage and the Somerton Windows Stage to provide continuous music from 11am through to 11pm with our fantastic headline act, The Christians, appearing at 10pm to round off the evening.
The Marquee Stage will open with a silent disco for children starting at 12 midday, followed by local and up and coming bands. Finally we have a silent disco for all, sponsored by CRS Building Supplies, running through to midnight, when the Festival ends.
Renowned for an endless string of soulful yet socially aware hits... Forgotten Town, Ideal World, Born Again, Harvest for the World, Whats in a Word, Hooverville, Words, Father, The Bottle and many more The Christians enjoyed huge acclaim in the late 80s and early 90s both in the UK and Europe and often confused people with their band name (in fact just the brothers surname with absolutely no religious connotation!).
Still headed by enigmatic lead singer Garry Christian (who very much deserves the Daily Mirror’s description of him as having ‘one of the finest voices in pop') who has only gained in vocal stature (and wit) over the years! the band are enjoying a revival.
For over a decade the unstoppable Black Friday have been delivering their stomping, high energy home-brew of folk punk music across the south west and beyond. Hailing 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. Their music is influenced by their Irish and Cornish roots and their folk heroes. Catchy original songs and their take on folk favourites by the likes of Flogging Molly and The Pogues will keep you dancing all night.
The band performs well over a hundred gigs a year and they have racked up an impressive list of festivals, among which are Glastonbury, Mad Hatters Wonderland Festival in France, the ‘Jolly Roger’ Pirate ship stage at Boomtown Fair and Boardmasters.
Sponsored by Nick Shore Builders
This is Queen
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. The band features Sammy (2 decades as pro singer, sang for HRH Prince Charles, “You rock!” – Huey Lewis) as Freddie, Dave (custom replica Red Specials are played with real sixpences) as Brian, Jonathan (incredible vocal range and authentic techniques) as Roger and Charlie providing the dependable John Deacon basslines.
Sponsored by George James Properties
British born singer-songwriter and musician Matt Owens first came to prominence as a founder member of indie-folk band Noah and the Whale. Releasing four albums, Noah and the Whale achieved huge success in the UK and overseas, selling over one million albums in the UK alone. The band toured the world between 2006 and 2014, playing hundreds of festivals, including Austin City Limits, Fuji Rocks and Lollapalooza, as well as touring with the likes of Arcade Fire, Bahamas, and Laura Marling.
February 2019 saw the release of Matt’s debut solo album, "Whiskey and Orchids" to widespread critical acclaim including a 5 star review in Maverick Magazine. Nigel Stonier produced the album which featured Tom Waits' drummer Michael Blair, Thea Gilmore, and Carleigh Aikins from Bahamas. The Album received substantial radio play and that summer he played over 25 festivals as far flung as the West Coast of Ireland and Northern Scotland, including Glastonbury.
2020 saw the release of Matt's 2nd album Scorched Earth, to a fanfare of acclaim from the music press and many BBC Radio Shows making it their album of the week. Recorded at Mizpah Studios (under The Forum) and at Airtight in Manchester, it's his first album as a Bathonian. It's also his first behind the production reigns too, containing a slew of singles featuring Elles Bailey, Robert Vincent and members of Noah and the Whale.
Sponsored by Ollie Raybould
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.
The band members each average at least 15 years performance experience & have engaged in tours around various areas of the world including the Alps, The Caribbean, Dubai, America and Mainland Europe.
They have a broad range of professional experience between them 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, and The Yorkshire Playhouse and York Minster.
Sponsored by Paul Thorne (Thorne Electrical)
Whole Lotta Led
Whole Lotta Led are the longest running, full-time professional tribute to Led Zeppelin.
Since their formation in 1996 the band have continually led the field of Zep tributes and with over
1,500 shows to their name they have performed ‘Stairway To Heaven’ more times than any other band in the world – INCLUDING Led Zeppelin.
The founding musicians Geoff Hunt (bass) and Nick Ferris (lead guitar) are still full time members.
The current line-up, for the last 7 years, includes Charles Hart (drums) and Lee Pryor (vocals, acoustic guitar & harmonica). This format is augmented by the addition of a guest keyboard player with the resulting five-piece line-up recreating the sounds of Led Zeppelin’s original studio albums to an astonishing level of accuracy.
Whole Lotta Led have always avoided using wigs and costumes, they do not try to ‘be’ Led Zeppelin,
it has always been about celebrating the incredible music which Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham created during their illustrious career. This has proven to be an exceptionally popular style with the band’s world class delivery and customary two and half hour shows receiving universal acclaim from Zeppelin fans the length and breadth of the UK.
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 in 2011 with two of the original line up, after 30 years apart; to support the re-release of their classic roots single ‘Dole Age’ on the brand new compilation album ‘Dole Age – The 1981 Reggae Collection’. One of Bristol’s and the UK’s finest live acts were back and ready to party once again.
Originally formed in 1977 Talisman were consummate performers constantly vying for the title of one of the country’s most popular live reggae bands. They toured the UK building up a loyal following and leaving memories of gigs that are still discussed to this day.
The band have now gone to record three new albums ‘I-Surrection’ in 2013, ‘I-Surrection (Oldwah Deconstruction)’ in 2014 and the latest ‘Don’t Play with Fyah’ in 2017 – mixed by the Reggae heavyweight producer Dennis Bovell.
Talisman have gone on to play Reggae Festivals in Poland, Italy and Belgium and virtually all the UK festivals including Glastonbury, One Love, Beautiful Days to name but a few.
Sponsored by Band Veterinary Centre (Somerton)
Folk, Blues, acoustic indie-rock influenced original singer songwriter. Loop pedal stomping floor percussion.
Jack’s EP ‘Happy as can Be’ was released in 2017 with ‘Wait For Night’ single released in 2019. Jack says of himself ‘Performing with hard hitting floor percussion and a loop pedal, I aim to please crowds. Loads of fun and loads of energy‘.
Area 52 are an energetic, exciting function band. They 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 high energy performance, guaranteed to fill the dance floor.
Sponsored by Bancombe Joinery
The Tom Waters Band
Appearing at Somerstock in 2019 alongside his father, the brilliant Ben Waters who has now retired from touring,
Tom Waters has recorded with music legends such as The Rolling Stones, Ray Davies, and Ronnie Wood. He has made a name for himself on the touring circuit playing with bands such as The Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Mick Taylor, Mungo Jerry, Broken Social Scene and Nine Below Zero.
Between the age of 13 and 16, Tom’s education was unconventionally fulfilled by travelling the world with his dad, the boogie woogie piano ace Ben Waters. This provided him with the opportunity to play with second line bands in Chicago (Southern Comfort Brass Band), pop bands in Canada (Broken Social Scene), join locals to play traditional music in Argentina and Uruguay and to sit with Keito Saito in Tokyo. Tom even had a solo show on Broadway (The Iridium).
Tom now has his own band and returns to Somerton for Somerstock 2020. Educated at the Purcell School of Music and currently attending the Royal Academy of Music, combined with opportunities for touring and performing alongside his dad Tom is fast becoming one of Englands greatest exponents for blues\Jazz saxophone. He was brilliant last year so don't miss him in 2020.
Sponsored by Auto Assure Ltd
Every People Band
EveryPeople are a four-piece, alternative rock band in Bristol with their members hailing Somerset, Nottingham, Wales and France. They met and formed at university due to their shared love of music, Denim, and winter jackets. With emotive, melancholic up-tempo songs that encapsulate rainy days and desolate Mondays, their music is ideal for lovers of Brit Rock Indie bangers.
Sponsored by Medusa Stonemasonry
Al O'Kane is a West Country troubadour who folds Jimi Hendrix into the sound of Celtic resistance rock n' roll. Part Waterboys, part Velvet Underground, Al's music is a cry for action - nestled into a fiery acoustic blend.
2020 got off to a good start with Al performing a prime slot to a packed crowd at Glastonbury Calling Festival, he came second in the GC songwriting competition and had an exclusive song featured on the festival's compilation album (available on bandcamp). He's also released a NEW selection of songs throughout 2020 (with the fourth song "Black Lullaby" OUT NOW) - so be sure to follow him on social media and your chosen music streaming service.
Sponsored by Colin Powell
Their expansive sound blends dream pop and garage rock with the urban ennui of Dietrich and the Velvets. The band's urgent grooves are laced with conspiratorial vocals and lysergic flurries of violin and synth.
Sponsored by Abbey Garage Street
Graffiti Falls are a young band from Somerset and although they have only been together for a couple of years they have an impressive array of original material, under their earlier name of Aqila they won Bandstorm 2019 and have appeared on radio Somerset.
Sponsored by Mary Beth Greenop
Cover All Bases
COVER ALL BASES are a 5-Piece Rock and Pop covers band, hailing from in and around Yeovil in Somerset.
A typical set keeps the audience on it’s toes, and encourages them to get on their feet in equal measure. Cover band favourites from the likes of Bryan Adams, Blondie and Neil Diamond 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 setlist always caters for everybody. AC/DC or The Specials are never too far away if the Hard Rock and Ska fans shout loud enough!
Sponsored by Figs of Somerton
Snake Snake Snake
The Legendary Snake SNAKE Snake are a Somerset 6 piece with equal shots of banjo, guitar, double bass, trumpet, cajon and fiddle. They blend Hillbilly, Mariachi, European, Country, Punk and Rock 'n' Roll rhythms into a strange Somerset melting pot to create a heady mix of raucous uptempo 'Burrow Hillbilly Cow Punk'. Their latest EP 'West Country Soul Vol.1' is out now on all streaming services and bandcamp.
In the past couple of years they have entertained crowds at such festivals as Glastonbury Calling, Bruton Farm Fest, The Godney Gathering, Sat in a Field Festival, Upton Cheney Chilli Fest, Blackdown Hills Beer Festival, Scrumpstock, Outcider, Beside the SeaCider, Chard Rocks and The Lowland Games to name just a few. The Legendary Snake SNAKE Snake are a hugely entertaining live band.
They gig regularly around the South West and can get the most sedate of crowds grooving.
Spondored by Abbey Garage Street
Adult and Children Silent Disco
Sponsored by CRS(Somerton)