"The Space Hoppers"
After 10 years together of playing weddings, corporate events, private functions they have formulated a great mix of musical entertainment for any occasion.Collectively they have over 100 years of experience playing in bands and doing all sorts of musical projects.The Spacehoppers have now been a solid unit for 10 years and are constantly evolving with modern musical tastes, while keeping one foot firmly in classics from the 60's, 70's & 80's.
A cross between Amy Winehouse and Carmen Miranda, Vanessa oozes retro style in spades; her husky voice belts out Amy classics with soul. Vanessa has a strong following around all the local venue circuits where she is well known for being the sultry songstress with soul..
Get on your feet for the Hostiles, a ska-punk band hailing from Ayr, Scotland, described by Punktastic.com as upbeat, effervescent, bouncy and danceable. Reflecting the transatlantic origins of the band members themselves, their sound introduces sunny US ska-punk to slamming Scottish ska-core, dragging the best of both of these musical worlds kicking and screaming onto the stage. The Hostiles live show is detonated by the meeting of these highly-combustible elements, underpinned by the two-pronged brass backbone of trombone, and the band’s relentless drive to perform. Since releasing their debut album in 2009, The Hostiles have played hundreds of gigs and captured cult followings in Scotland, England and further afield. Enjoy a good skank before they make their way back up and over the border.
This year Hagfest is proud to announce that we have an Emmy award-winning band on board!
Butterfly Stone is a five piece band originally formed by Emmy award winning composer and producer Mark Willott. A unique combination of guitars, horn section, full orchestrations and dirty underground synths combine to create a truly original sound.
Hagfest is pleased to announce Daddy’s Girl as a key part of our line-up. A toe-tapping, hip swinging cover band who will blast you with great tunes through decades
Fronted with a sprinkling of glitter and glamour this female vocal duo can sure pack a diva punch that’ll have you rockin in your shoes. And their super-slick backline can really rock out – after all their generation
"Rumours of Spring"
Formed in the West Midlands of England, Rumours of Spring play a mix of Acoustic music in the Modern Folk genre that draws on a wide range of influences and a keen listener will find Folk, Rock, Blues and even the odd bit of Jazz finding its way into their sound. The band was founded in 2012 following a semi-impromptu recording session between three friends over a beer or two. This quickly built into bookings across the UK, including support gigs for the Levellers, Dave McPherson (alternative metal band InMe) folk giants, Oysterband and Glastonbury giggers, Mad Dog Mcrae. Their first album ‘After The Rain’was released in 2013, and the second is hotly anticipated in the Autumn of 2016.
"The Good Rebels"
After 13 great years in the Midlands band VESPA , Dan Brudzinski has announced his new band The Good Rebels. Taking 2 original members from his original band and recruiting a new drummer and keyboardist The Good Rebels head into a new exciting time and sound, fusing the old rock n roll sound with energetic beats in ‘See the Sun’ and melodic sounds featured in ‘Sleeping City’. Think Oasis meet the Verve. The band are currently rehearsing ready to record a debut album later on this year – we hope they’ll “Live For Ever’!
Listen to The Good Rebels
Jeff Best is a local music scene legend who has had his own music played on Kerrang! and several BBC Stations. He once played at a local Battle of the Bands hosted by Take That's Mark Owen. He is a regular haunt of many Birmingham pubs and clubs such as the Robin, Flapper and Firkin and the River Rooms. He's also played in London's Covent Garden and Cavern Club Liverpool - all the to rehearsing in a local sofa factory obviously paid off!
We think his partnership with Gavin Davies as 'The Carousels' will go down a storm with Hagfesters reminiscing for a 90s Britpop sound with influencers from the Beatles and the Stones.
Listen out for their new track Rain, recorded in November - obviously we hope this isn't a reflection of the weather on the day!
A retro fest of old fashioned guitar that will take you back to your uni years when Ross Kemp was everywhere on TV and you were too busy reading the Prisoner of Azkhaban to go to lecturers.
Not so retro that Millenialls won't get it, after all catchy guitar chords, intense drum delivery and anthemic lyrics never go out of fashion, right if the success of Radio X is anything to go by.
"The Bright Eyes"
The Bright Eyes are a live party and function band from around the Dudley area that pride themselves on their live authentic performances - all of their vocal harmonies and instrumental sections are performed without the help of backing tracks. The band have never been one to turn down an opportunity, playing at weddings, charity events, private functions and everything else in-between.
The Bright Eyes are proud to bring you some of their favourite Rock and Pop hits from the 60s all the way up to the 2000s all executed with style and class, their roster of tracks is designed to get you dancing and singing along and it does not disappoint. They bring the cheese of the 70s Glam Idols like TRex and Bay-City-Rollers along with the hard rockers from the 80s to the 2000’s such as Billy Idol, Aerosmith and The Darkness. Their set list includes favourites such as Uptown Funk and I Got a Feeling as well as the ultimate summer feel-good track, Happy by Pharell Williams. They also have a distinct retro look which will make them stand out on our new and bigger stage.
Make sure Hagfest gives Chawn Hill a warm welcome - our youngest band members are only 15 and 16 but already working the festival scene like pros.
Listen out for 'revive' which is their go-to festival anthem - they've performed at several music festivals this year including the Bewdley Youth Festival where they went down a storm.
The boys are from Hagley RC where their music teacher Mr Mallinson inspired them to form the band and gave them the encouragement to make a go of it.
With a strong Britpop influence the boys cite influences such as Oasis but also Stereophonics and Kings of Leon for some of their material.
Check out the boys website, on YouTube or follow them on Twitter@chawnhillmusic