August Bank Holiday Musical Mashup takes place this bank holiday weekend. With stalls, facepainting, sumptuous food & drink, and of course excellent music. Beverages will flow, burgers will be barbecued and bands will bring us a barrage of amazing music. Fingers crossed for the typical British bank holiday weather (sun of course).
The free festival will take place on 2 stages, the Abbey Green main stage and the Rufus Court Acoustic Stage at Alexander’s.
As always the festival is merely the host for the cream of Chester’s vibrant music scene – the best showcase for the enormous range of musical talent that Chester has to offer.
The Northgate Festivals – Massive Musical Mashup will take place on Sunday, August 24th kicking off at noon with the acoustic stage, with the action on the main stage starting at 1.30pm.
This year’s line-up includes an eclectic mixture of styles from the energetic Neon Madmen to the chilled out folk vibes of Portlights through rock, indie and covers bands, including The Continentals.
Visit: www.NorthgateFestivals.org for more info
On the Main Stage
Earth O Foxes
Chester-based originals band combining traditional folk harmonies with country/roots influenced instrumentation and contemporary pop hooks.
Blues-based, riff-oriented Rock’n’Roll w/ a modern edge. Comparisons have ranged from Zeppelin-esque, Bluesy Strokes, and “RAWK”. Emphasis on good songwriting and creating music that envelopes the listener and leaves them tingling for more.
Coming straight outta Chester, via too many vias to get into, the daymons got it together in late 2012, though their collective history goes back many more years… Jim, Tim, Guy… Through shared houses in lesser parts of London Town, call-centre drudgery and pre-dawn raves in abandoned cinemas… Through Britpop nearly weres, hard rock players, electronica, dub-step before anyone had called it that, and the world’s first ‘Roses tribute, these fellas have been around the block and beyond, landing back in the old town; same place, same time.
Formed in early 2013 when brothers Dan and Chris Ratcliffe (rhythm and lead) moved south of the Scottish border and met up with bassist Mike Jones, drummer Al ‘the animal’ Martin and frontman Rich Sanna.
The band have set about creating a buzz in the local scene playing gigs, festivals and battle of the band competitions, building a strong fan-base and creating a name for themselves as a band who put on one hell of a good live performance!
Wrexham based band The Revolutionary Spirit deliver explosive psychedelic rock, and are a band destined for big things, with their debut LP on the horizon.
A six-piece band from the Chester area covering the North West of England and North Wales, although we have been known to venture further afield on occasions. We play a mix of retro and modern day floor fillers from the 70s, 80s, 90s and noughties right up to now.
‘Anthemic and infectious stadium ready tunes’ are the blueprint for one of the UK’s most promising acts, Delamere. Having broken into the forefront of the Manchester music scene with a sell out show at the infamous Deaf Institute, Stoke based Delamere have proven their ability to conquer new cities with consummate ease in order to build upon their already cult following from their home town.
The band from North Wales are have big things planned, and hope to make an impression with the public, being influenced mainly by Oasis, Stone Roses, The Rolling Stones and The Libertines, the band takes on a similar style to The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys and Rolling Stones, with a hint of The Strypes showing in some of their original tracks and live performances.
Originating from the North Wales/Shropshire countryside, Portlights produce alternative indie anthems, and are known for their love of big guitar sounds and bigger drums.
These three good friends combine vocals reminiscent of David Bowie and Black Francis of Pixies fame; with uplifting choruses taken from influences such as Arcade Fire, The Joy Formidable and Two Door Cinema Club.
On the acoustic stage:
Mr Cottonhouse (Gary Ward)
Having many years experience performing and teaching the guitar, “Mr Cottonhouse” is the long awaited solo project which sees a return to performing acoustic blues.
With an old battered guitar, resonator guitar, stomp box, slide and slightly distorted vocals (to give that old blues recording effect) Mr Cottonhouse offers a fresh approach to the blues whilst still maintaining an authentic feel for the genre.
Self taught artist & musician, many years in various groups/bands as lead/rhythm guitarist…
A well-known Staffordshire artist who specialises in Indie/Folk acoustic music is also a classically trained singer and violinist, presently studying Music at The University of Sheffield.
A busker by trade, in Chester, York and around the UK and more recently in Germany. A regular to the Alexander’s Unplugged Nights, and a fine musician!
Beguiling, earthy, vibrant, and refreshing, Ashley Fayth’s award-winning brand of whimsical pop-folk has landed her showcases at CMJ, SXSW, Liverpool Sound City, and at top music festivals across the UK, Canada, and the U.S.A.
Fran & Fred
Fred has a vast array of experience as a guitarist with 20 years of playing to his credit and enjoys the challenges of trying new material. Fran has sang for years, originally with her brother, as part of a professional 5 piece group and also with an amateur operatic society!
We enjoy the ‘bare bones’ approach to playing with exposed voice and guitar or ukulele.
House of Cain
Recognised as one of the emerging stars of the Northwest music scene, House Of Cain are pushing the boundaries with self penned roots, blues and folk music. HoC captivate their audience with a range of complex time and tempo changes, intricate arrangements, thought provoking vocals and three part harmonies, for which they are quickly gaining their reputation.
A folky blues tinged band from the hills of Yorkshire.
They’re a 2 piece Folk/Indie outfit, close friends who have combined their talents to create Thomson Oldeman, Originals & Covers with an Oldeman twist…