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We're excited to introduce our 2019 lineup, which is headlined by the acclaimed 
alternative rock band, Toploader. In all we have 17 acts across three stages,
playing a variety of sounds. 
Below is the Bancombe Joinery and Trebble Roofing stage, running order last to first:

The Decatonics, formed in 2012, are an established 8 piece female fronted ska band from Dorset. Comprising of two singers, an energetic back-line and powerful horn section. Drawing on a wide range of influences from Ska, Trojan, Rocksteady, 2Tone, Soul, Northern Soul, Reggae and Bluebeat, our vibrant live show has built up a great reputation for its party atmosphere and a strong local following.  As well as our regular pub and club gigs you will find us at festivals such as Dorset Volksfest, The Dorset Steam Fair or at Teddy Rocks, where we have played for the last 5 years. Other highlights to date have been support slots with The Skatelites, The Neville Staples Band, Bad Manners and The Dualers.  Since 2017, The Decatonics have been part of the Specialized Project, recording tracks for their CD and performing at their annual Big One Weekender Festival.

Sponsored by Paul Thorne Electrical


Since forming in 1997 Toploader have over two million album sales to their name and a string of top 20 hits both home and abroad. Their debut album ‘Onka’s Big Moka,‘ sold over one million copies and remained in the Top 5 of the UK album chart for over six months earning them 4 Brit Award nominations.

In 2000 the single ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ became a global hit spending over a year in European Airplay Charts transforming Toploader into a household name.


In 2013 the same track re-entered the Top 40 for three weeks and topped the 10,000,000 hits mark on Youtube, an incredible thirteen years after it was first released, cementing it as one of the biggest songs of recent times.


Their second album ‘Magic Hotel’ reached number 3 in the UK Albums Chart and saw Joseph Washbourn (singer), Dan Hipgrave (guitar) AND Rob Green (drums) embark on the biggest tour of their careers playing to over 100,000 people in the UK alone.


In 2013 Toploader released two singles ‘Turn It Around,‘ co-written with Eg White (Adele,James Morrison) and produced by Andy Green (Keane, Scouting For Girls) and ‘This Is The Night,‘ produced by Tim Bran (London Grammar). Both tracks were excellently received by the press and gained strong support with BBC Radio 2 with placements on the ‘A’ Playlist. ‘This Is The Night’ gave them their first No.1 in the Radio 2 Airplay Charts.


With a reputation as a genuine crowd-pleasing live band Toploader have backed the likes of Paul Weller, Robbie Williams, Noel Gallagher, Tom Jones, Simple Minds and Bon Jovi, where they became the last British band to play the original Wembley Stadium. They have also appeared at a host of festivals including Glastonbury, V-Festival, T In The Park and Chris Evans’s CarFest.

Sponsored by Somerton Windows, Dan Davies Building, Mary and Ian Vardy

Black Friday

For over a decade the seven strong, unstoppable Black Friday have been playing their foot-stomping mix of high energy, home-brew folk across Cornwall, Devon and far beyond.  Their music is influenced by their celtic roots and folk heroes, their catchy original folk-punk songs and take on folk favourites by the likes of Flogging Molly and Pogues will keep you dancing all night. "I really enjoyed that! Can I buy you a double Jameson!"- Shane MacGowan, the Pogues "Having seen you live it was as a good a night as I could imagine stood in front of a band!"- Mark Lamarr, DJ, BBC Radio 2 "Joe Strummer was a good friend of mine, and he would have loved your version of The Guns Of Brixton!"- Gaz Mayal, Gaz's Rockin' Blues Club, Soho, London "Any place you set up in the people would have a joyous time!" - Mark Lamarr, DJ, BBC Radio 2"Fantastic, absolutley fantasic"- Dawn French"Great gig man"Louis Theroux

Sponsored By Nick Shore Building

Ben Waters

Ben is recognised as one of the UK’s supreme boogie piano players and has worked with The Rolling Stones, Ray Davies, Chuck Berry, Jools Holland, Jerry Lee Lewis, Shakin’ Stevens, Screaming Lord Sutch, PJ Harvey, Amy Macdonald, Bobby Womack, Mick Hucknall, Charlie Watts, The Ronnie Wood Band, Paul Weller, Dave Gilmore, Dave Stewart, The Teenagers, Nine Below Zero….and the list keeps growing!

Sponsored by J Elliot

Abba’s Angles

Abba’s Angels, one of the UK's premier Abba Tribute Bands have been established since 2000. Featuring some incredibly talented singers and musicians they offer one of the most captivating and authentic tributes to one of the greatest bands of all time. They have appeared on BBC 1's the One Show ( see video below right), Children In Need, Sky1 TV, featured on Star for a Night, been recommended in the Sun newspaper and on the front cover of a Sunday Times Magazine. Abba's Angels have even been interviewed on Sky News in front of half a million viewers regarding the rumours of an Abba Reunion!

Sponsored By Somerset Wedding Campervans

The IOUs

We are The IOUs; a rock and pop band based in Somerset. We formed in 2012, however we have been playing gigs together in various forms for over 10 years. We cover a wide variety of bands / artists and when a booking is received we are always open to getting specific song requests.  We love nothing more than performing at venues in front of crowds throughout Somerset and beyond.

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Twisted Vinyl

Arguably the most exciting live band currently performing on the South West circuit, Twisted Vinyl won the prestigious ‘Let Me Entertain You’ competition in 2015, and was subsequently invited to perform at BBC Radio Somerset’s Christmas Celebration show, as well as being invited to Abbey 104 for Will Rooney’s Christmas special that same year. Performing barnstorming covers of timeless songs ranging from the 50s to modern classics, they have built up a worthy reputation for themselves, and have now released their debut EP; Twisted Vinyl. Be sure to keep up to date with what their up to, as their future endeavours include writing more songs, alongside the continuation of performing regularly on the South West circuit and beyond. With their fresh image and infectious enthusiasm, these young local lads will rock your socks off!

Sponsored by Ableson Roofing 

Area 52

Area 52 are an energetic, exciting wedding/function band. We 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. We are a professional band that really enjoy playing and this comes across in our high energy performance, guaranteed to fill the dance floor.

Sponsored By Avalon Sciences

The Mangledwurzels

We are a three-piece Scrumpy & Western band from Somerset, writing and performing in the style of Adge Cutler and The Wurzels. Formed in 2005, the band have established themselves, performing across the West Country and beyond, with their highly entertaining live performances blending classic Wurzel songs with self-penned original compositions and a smattering of pop standards 'Mangled' in true Wurzels tradition! A deal signed with independent record label Loose Records (who had the real Wurzels on their books in the 1990s) resulted in The Mangledwurzels release of two albums - containing their brand of Wurzels-Flavoured, Cider-Fuelled, Scrumpy & Western songs, reeking with rustic charm.

Sponsored By The Royal Oak

Talisman Reggae

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'. One of Bristol's finest live acts are back and ready to party once again.

Sponsored By H&M Motors

Chris Jagger 

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Nevertheless are an upbeat 4 piece rock covers/originals band passionate about the music they play.  With a 10 year pedigree in covers of up-tempo classic rock and pop songs, the Somerset based Nevertheless have evolved to create a strong originals set, with influences across the musical spectrum which appeal to broad audience base. They will playing tracks from their latest EP as well covers that everyone recognises and loves, including tracks from artists such as Travis,Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Stray Cats, Van Morrison and Queen.

Sponsored By Figs Catering


Based in Bristol, Turner have been an unstoppable force in the alternative and indie scene across the south west of the UK. The band consists of Molly Dibley (Vocals and Keys), Finlay Dawes (Vocals and Guitar) and Jake Dawes (Drums). Since their debut single release back in December 2016, the eclectic three piece has had the pleasure of playing alongside some great bands such as Crazy Town, UKID and Decade, across some historic venues like the Cheese and Grain (Frome) and The Exchange (Bristol). With explosive songs and catchy hooks, Turner are guaranteed to make your feet move and your body shake!   Having founded the band off of the bones of a teenage punk-rock project, Turner went into the studio in August 2016 after a summer of experimental writing, aiming to push themselves out of their comfort zone, as well write music they would love to listen to. Having started the summer with a tentative acoustic set on a small stage at the world-renowned Glastonbury festival, a fire had been lit under them, and ambition was coursing through them. This was the beginning of something exciting.  Launching their project on social media in October, they began to generate interest amongst their close friends, and those on the local music scene, but it wasn't until the release of their debut single "Velvet Bubblegum" in December-along with music video- that a hype began to build around them. Reaching over ten thousand views across all platforms, within the first week of release, the reception of their new project was far beyond anything they could have imagined. Turner are: Molly Dibley - Vocals and Keys Finlay Dawes - Vocals and Guitar Jacob Dawes - Drums

Sponsored By Cliff Bassett

King Ina Academy Choir

Come along and support Somerton’s stars of the future in the form of the King Ina Academy Choir. The choir will be opening up the main stage and the festival so be sure to get in early to catch them.

Sponsored By Abbey Garage

Wagonkerd stage, running order last to first:
Silent Disco

We are excited to announce the DJ line up to take from 8pm through to midnight with

Starborn Se7en, Charlie Mega, Mike Braithwaite and Zaranis; and from Glastonbury Fm DJs Toulliche, John Lime, Ian Liversidge and DJ Lee Nova.  These guys will cracking out their best tunes to compete for your attention, not to be missed!

Sponsored by Oliver Raybould

Hang 11

Hang11 are a young rock/funk/blues trio hailing from the Rhondda and Rhymney Valleys of South Wales.  They 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 consist of Anwen Francis on drums, Bradley Dickenson on vocals/guitar and Josh Evans on bass guitar.  Influences include Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Vulfpeck and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Sponsored By Medusa Stone

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 its toes, and encourages them to get on their feet in equal measure. Jumping from well-known slow dance numbers from the likes of Adele and Ed Sheeran, to turning it up to 11 with a bit of AC/DC, Oasis and Foo Fighters a Cover All Bases setlist always caters for everybody.

Sponsored By CRS Building

Craig And Alex Priddice: 

Craig and Alex Priddice are serious music lovers, consummate songwriters and experienced performers. Craig and Alex Priddice are a well established act on the local scene having played most of the local venues. Career highlights include performing at Glastonbury 2017 & 2016, GODNEY Gathering 2016. They have performed at the prestigious venues 'Louisiana', 'Fleece', 'Ashton Gate' and at 'The Thekla'. They have played for Michael Eavis and have supported Beans On Toast, Lonely Tourist, Gaz Brookfield, Nick Parker and Harry and The Gondolas to sell out crowds.  After their successful sets at Croissant Neuf and Backstage John Peel @ Glastonbury Festival in 2017 they booked into Orchard Studios to record their debut EP with a full band called "Stones". It is available on all streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes etc) and CD from SPACED OUT RECORDS in Street and musicexpouk.com.  The younger Priddice, Alex, toured across London for four years before joining Craig, playing his own compositions. This culminated in him playing the legendary Halfmoon Inn in Putney; previous host to the likes of The Who, U2 and Kasabian. "STONES may be short but it perfectly demonstrates why they are in demand" (Georgie the Journo) “One of the freshest sounds on the acoustic circuit” (Nick Parker)

“Voted one of the best local acts!" (BASIS MAG).

Sponsorship Available

Jack Humphries

Jack is a folk, blues, acoustic indie-rock influenced original singer songwriter. His performances include loop pedal stomping floor percussion. With a blend of heartfelt original music and a raw soulful performance, Jack has been gigging intensely across the southwest, developing a sound and performance that's leaving a mark on every venue, with an energetic presence and stomping floor percussion mixed with slower well structured somber originals. Jack’s EP ‘Wait For The Night’ is available from the 31st May following a sell out launch party with his latest single ‘Draw Your Bow’ available for download.

Not From Nebraska

Emerging acoustic outlet from Katy and Scott from one of the areas most upbeat covers bands. An acoustic segment has become a feature of Cover All Bases' set and this new act  promises to take it further with reworked versions of some of the defining songs of our generation. Nothing is off limits when you're Not From Nebraska, so expect the unexpected!.

Sponsorship Available

Children’s Silent Disc

Details to follow:

Sponsored by Oliver Raybould