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2nd - 4th of August 2019!

ELEVATION 2019

Our Bands - Year Three

The Best Bands Above Mean Sea Level

Line-Up 20182018-09-12T15:54:47+00:00

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Headliners 2018


Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs.

It was at Glastonbury in 2013 (notably the Avalon Stage), the release of their ‘Happy Bus’ video, take-up from national radio from esteemed folk such as Mike Harding, and others.

Matched with the unshakable dedication of their massive and loyal to the hilt, fan base – that Mad Dog Mcrea began to become more than just a very popular, West Country festival act; – whilst obviously killing it live – Mad Dog Mcrea, determined that their fans and media alike – should see them as serious and acclaimed recording artists too!

Mad Dog’s new album ALMOST HOME, produced by Sean Lakeman, is an album fueled with the all the essential Mad Dog energy and antics that the band have become known for – Dave Podmore writes engagingly about Mad Dog stuff – as one might expect, all night drives, police car chases – Folk musicians, in particular have been playing tribute to the hero’s of WW1 of late – MDM are no exception, offering up their bone chilling song – “You Can’t Find Me”.

“The Sound” written by Seth Lakeman includes beautiful guest vocals from Suzi Mac. In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea. are, in every sense of the word, a live, band – ALMOST HOME – encapsulates that – and so much more.

The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard!

This is music that transcends the run-of-the-mill Irish Wannabes and leaves them standing.”
– Acoustic Magazine

It’s always a joy to me when something jumps up and smacks you between the eyes – Mad Dog Mcrea did that to me
– Mike Harding

Mad Dog Mcrea – Almost Home video

Mad Dog Mcrea – Raggle Taggle Gypsy – Live

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SAM GREEN AND THE MIDNIGHT HEIST

Folk-Blues Jams with Hill-Billy Beats and Catchy Choruses!

Sam Green and the Midnight Heist are a Roots-Rock band from the North Devon Coast, in the southwest of England. This high energy 4 piece bring together Delta Blues, Pacific Northwest Grunge, Hill-Billy Soul and Californian Punk-Rock to create their own blend of progressive modern Roots Music.

Returning in 2017 in preparation for the release of their first full length album in early 2018, and marking the recent release of Sam’s solo/one-man-band album; Sam and the band are excited to be out on the road playing new music to their ever expanding audience.

The 2016 release of the band’s third EP “Factory Studio Sessions”, was met with huge enthusiasm as they lit up the 2016 circuit starting with a headline slot at the Isle of Wight Festival in June, all the way to closing the BBC Introducing Stage at Looe Music Festival at the end of September and everywhere in between!

A classic retro sound. Kicking out the folk blues jams!!
– BBC Introducing in the West

One of the best sessions of the year
– BBC Introducing Devon

A great talent indeed
– Bristol After Dark

Hill-Billy Beats and catchy choruses
– Rapture Magazine

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THE RIVALS

High-energy Mod classics and originals. The Rivals are real crowd-pleasers!

The Rivals are a four-piece Mod-influenced outfit hailing from the South-West of England. Their high-energy set consists of classic covers from legendary bands such as The Who, The Jam, The Kinks, The Small Faces, Miles Kane and many others – plus their own original tunes delivered in a style faithful to snappy Mod roots.

On stage The Rivals demand audience attention and involvement: anyone attending their gigs should be ready to use their voices and move their feet, as the energy of the band is undeniable. A great show is guaranteed and not to be missed!

The Rivals are Tony Ambrose on drums, Mo Slade on Bass/Vocals, Nick Wright on Lead Guitar/Vocals and Mike Woodland Rhythm Guitar/Lead Vocals.

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THE KINGSTONS

The Kingstons are an exciting 5 piece contemporary band based in West Devon and have a fresh, unique sound incorporating an eclectic blend of influences with a passion for ska and reggae!

With the motto ‘ska for the soul’, The Kingstons are currently setting the west country alight with their feel good brand of dance music, with the band all contributing to the writing of their own original songs, painting pictures of life in today’s Britain, drawing on influences including soul, jazz and blues, to create a modern ska/reggae sound for 2018!

The Kingstons are currently setting the west country alight with their feel good brand of dance music, with the band all contributing to the writing of their own original songs, painting pictures of life in today’s Britain, drawing on influences including soul, jazz and blues, to create a modern ska/reggae sound for 2017.

The Kingstons have recently supported The Neville Staples Band and Chainska Brassika. Last year The Kingstons released their debut EP and their tracks I still miss you  and Talk of freedom  have been played on BBC Introducing Devon & Cornwall.

N.U.M.B.

NUMB effortlessly combine urban vibes with classic song writing. The Melodies make you think that the world is a wonderful place, the lyrics make you realise it’s not. If you’re not impressed, then you’re just not listening”… Paul Reeve – Muse Producer!

Successfully integrating Rap, Reggae, Indie, DnB and Folk, NUMB are the genre-blending, song writing masters of their craft. With a reputation of an outstanding live performance, sublime grooves and infectious hooks that stay in your head for days, NUMB provide that festival feel to any event. They’ve smashed over 700 live shows, been nominated for ‘Album of the Year‘ and ‘Band of the Year‘ for the SW Music Awards, supported acts such as Peter Andre, Arrested Development, Mica Paris, Finley Quaye, Frank Turner, The Beat, Dreadzone, The Dub Pistols, graced the stages of many festivals including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Farmer Phil’s Festival, O2 Wireless Festival, Beachbreak Festival, Solfest, and never fail to deliver whether it’s a festival, venue, or private party, large or small!

Within their first year the band signed their first small record deal, recorded, produced and released their first studio album ‘Local Anaesthetic’, had their song ‘Night Time’ featured in Brit Comedy Film ‘Three and Out’ Starring McKenzie Crook, Colm Meany and Gemma Arterton, and attended the world premiere of the film on the red carpet in Leicester Square in London. In 2009 NUMB released their second studio album ‘Salt of the Earth’ and in the following years the band gained sponsorship from Faith Guitars and THTC Clothing, were shortlisted from 30,000 bands to the last 10 in the 02 Wireless Competition (which saw them play the 02 Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, London), were finalists in The Global Battle of the Bands and in 2013 they released their third album ‘Fruit of the Boom’. The band are continuously touring and more recently released their self proclaimed best album to date ‘Irieprofen

NUMB pride themselves on their songwriting ability and Queen/Beatles producer Malcolm Toft said they were the best thing he’d heard in over 10 years. With dynamic performances, oodles of great songs and that rare ‘feel good factor’, NUMB are an alternative Hip Hop band with a passion for music and on a mission to supply the goods.

THE DAMBUSKERS

Fiddle fronted, high energy, ‘Celtic Rock & Roots 4-piece’!

Rollickin’ songs and foot-stomping fiddle from the West Country!

The Dambuskers blend original material, traditional song, jigs’n’reels and choice covers from heroes: Pogues, Levellers, Waterboys. Very much a live act, and a festival band at heart.

“Watching their set at Brampton Live was like stumbling across a damn good party!!’’ – (Ken & Sue Bradburn, Co-directors – Brampton Live Festival & Emerging Music).

“Dambuskers are the most exciting folk rock band I have seen.  Walk into one of their gigs and you will feel the buzz instantly.” – (Andy Knight, Festival Organizer – Bideford Folk Festival).

BICYCLE REPAIR MAN

We are Bicycle Repair Man.
We do not mend bicycles.
Only broken hearts.
We have far too many instruments for our own good.

Bicycle Repair Man cover an eclectic range of pop & rock songs across several decades, adding an outlandish folk twist with mandolin driven melodies & vocal harmonies. See songs you know performed in ways you might not expect,  from Bryan Ferry to Men At Work via Bon Jovi. Matthew (mandolin/vocals) & James (guitar/vocals) are now beginning to add some upbeat original songs to their set; with the aim of getting feet tapping along to the beat of the stomp box which adds depth to a full acoustic sound.

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BENNY GUITAR CARR

Benny Guitar Carr is a guitarist from Devon who is passionate about blues, jazz and roots music. Ben performs regularly as an energetic and engaging solo artist playing slide guitar and building up a big sound using a cajon, drum kick pedal and tambourine. Ben also has a rockin’ band The Hot Rats and a foot stomping duo Ben & Sy’s Stompin’ Blues – both feature on his latest album Good Times.

Elements of blues, jazz, folk and self-penned songs are warmly portrayed through warm and soulful singing. Through his music, Ben celebrates blues heroes such as Bessie Smith, Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson and Howlin’ Wolf. Also you can expect to hear music influenced from some of the great crooners of jazz, from Bing Crosby to modern day artists such Tom Waits.

“Excellent guitar playing and excellent artwork” – as quoted by Paul Jones when Ben’s new album ‘Good Times’ featured on his BBC Radio 2 show in March 2015.

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OFF THE WAGON

Raucous foot-stomping sounds from North Devon’s very own jugless Jug Band!

Raucous Skiffle, Gypsy, Spasm, Jug , Steam Punk and Bluegrass from a murky old rusty washboard, a wheezing rattled out accordion, a bruised and abused banjo and a decaying foghorn of a voice. Bringing you a gypsy/piratesque mashup of original songs and shanties, alongside a menagerie of subversive covers!

Off The Wagon will really get this party started in style so don’t miss this perfect, scene-setting band for our 2018 festival!

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