SATURDAY 26 AUGUST
Saturday headliners are Los Pacaminos, formed in London in November 1992 when, as an antidote to the bleak English winter, some of the best musicians in the business teamed up to play together and share their passion for Tex-Mex and Americana music (Tex-Mex music is somewhere between the Mariachi and Norteno styles of Mexico and the Country/Blues sounds of South-West America.)
Los Pacaminos is fronted by Paul Young, one of the UK’s finest and best loved vocalists. Paul, who will be familiar to all from his number one solo hits “Wherever I Lay My Hat”, “Come Back and Stay”, “Every Time You Go Away” and many more says, “Los Pacaminos started out just for fun, playing simply for the pleasure of it, and it just took off from there. What’s really nice is that everyone else in the band can sing too, and they do, all in their own different styles. It’s real bar room stuff, foot stompers, not too many slow songs – a real party atmosphere.” Paul however is not the only luminary in this seven piece band which comprises some of the best known names in the music industry. The other band members are:
Drew Barfield, Lead Vocals/Guitar
From A&M siginings The Keys and The Big Heat, Drew has written songs for Go West, Joe Jackson, Paul Young and Level 42. Jamie Moses, Lead Vocals/Guitar/Mandolin An accomplished session player who has played with Sir Tom Jones and Queen, he has also worked with The Pretenders, Mike and the Mechanics, Chaka Khan, Gary Barlow, Tony Hadley, Pete Townsend and Dave Stewart to name but a few.
Melvin Duffy, Pedal Steel Guitar
Probably the finest young pedal steel guitar player in Britain. His credits include Jimmy Nail, Leo Sayer and Deana Carter. Recent tours include First Aid Kit, Chris Difford and Robbie Williams. Pacaminos handling Bass and Drum duties include:
Steve Greetham (Bass/Vocals) who has worked with Joan Armatrading, Paul Young and Julia Fordham, David Levy (Bass/Vocals) who has played with Roachford, Rory Gallagher, Chris De Burgh and many others, Mark Pinder (Drums & percussion) who played with several renowned cult acts including the Vampire Bats and Zaine Griff before he headed off to join Paul Young and
Alison Moyet and Jim Russell (Drums & persussion), an in-demand session drummer whose credits include Scotty Moore, Elvis Costello, The Human League and Bob Geldof.
The Mods came together in the 90s as a group of professional session musicians ‘keeping their hands in’ between tours. Expect first class musicianship, spirit, fun & entertainment and classics from the 60s and early 70s that encapsulate the true essence of Mod music and it’s evolution with songs from The Who, Small Faces, The Kinks, Toots and The Maytals, Desmond Dekker, Spencer Davies, Stevie Winwood, The Stones, The Beatles, Booker T and The MG’s, Manfred Mann, Yardbirds, The Animals, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Argent, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Willson Pickett, Joe Tex, The Blues Brothers, James Brown, Sam and Dave, Arthur Conley, Junior Walker, KC and the Sunshine Band, Wild Cherry, The Showstoppers, Ray Charles, Etta James….this list could be endless.
The Mods have toured all over the UK and Europe playing theatres, clubs and festivals. They have been commissioned by the rich & famous for numerous exclusive private parties. The Mods played residencies at the exclusive ‘Le Moods club’ in Monaco. They have headlined The Harley Davidson Euro Festival & other Harley events including Austria, St Tropez & Silverstone.
An amazing band made up of amazing musicians that have worked with the following artistes:
Queen, Paul Rogers, Chaka Khan, Fish, Annie Lennox, Paul Young, Bob Geldof, Tina Turner, Pete Townshend, Deborah Harry, Rick Wakeman, Ian Dury, Bill Wyman, Jeff Beck, Nile Rogers, Steve Strange, Spear of Destiny, The Fun Lovin Criminals, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Gilmour, Foo Fighters, Elton John, Paul Young, Roger Chapman, Iron Maiden, Sam Fox, The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Midge Ure, Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis, Jack Bruce, Kiki Dee, Steve Lukather, Ronan Keating, Mel C, Peter Gabriel, Rhino ,Toyah, Roy Wood, Judy Tzuke, Phil Manzenera, Steve Ellis, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Bill Wyman, Mark King, Roger Daltry, Aretha Franklin, The Boomtown Rats, Duran Duran, Bowie, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Paul McCartney, George Michael, Voyager, Marillion, Mike Oldfield, Judie Tzuke, Joan Armatrading, and… many, many more. The Mods are: Tim Huggins – Lead vocals, Mickey Simmonds – Keyboards, Johnny Marter – Drums John Kennard – Guitar and Steve Barnacle – Bass
RUDY WARMAN & THE HEAVY WEATHER
Rudy, Shane and Zenon are a family band from the South-East of England that are very much on the way up. As Rudy himself says, “Everything we do is homemade (so) feel free to join us in our journey of self discovery!”
All their music is completely original and has a style that people all over the UK certainly seem to enjoy, winning them new fans wherever they appear. Recently back from a UK tour supporting Kula Shaker, they will be touring with them again this December.
Rudy Warman and The Heavy Weather are: Rudy Warman (vocals/guitar), Shane Warman (vocals/bass) and Zenon Warman (drums/vocals)
DALE BENNETT & THE INCIDENTALS
Dale Bennett and the Incidentals are a pop/indie band based in Suffolk (UK). Formed just over a year ago, the group is comprised of five members: Dale Bennett (Front/Acoustic), Luke Andrews (Drums/Cajon), Alex Coombes (Lead Guitar), Jack Sunaway (Bass Guitar) and Rob Bullock (Keys). The band plays original music written by Dale, along with a broad mix of material from different musical eras.
In the short time since their formation, they have already played a number of prestigious gigs including two support slots for Barclay James Harvest (Ipswich Regent Theatre & St Andrews, Norwich), two at the Luna Lounge (London), one more in Kentish Town for Hot Vox. They have also had some of their brand new material played on BBC Radio Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire when their track ‘Breaking Out’ was chosen as an ‘Uploader of the week’. So far this year they’ve played alongside The Hoosiers, The Lambrettas and Dr. Feelgood at the Lechlade Festival, voted the best festival in the Cotswolds and are due to play at the Green Meadows festival in Peterborough shortly before coming to play for us here in Dover.
THE NEW TRADERS SOUL BAND
Led by Micky Pierce (vocals & bass), the NEW TRADERS bring to life the classic sounds of 60s soul as well as some rarities from the later UK Northern Soul scene. All the great hits are there from Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Booker T & the MGs, Eddie Floyd, Al Wilson, Gloria Jones and many more.
The NEW TRADERS are: Micky Pierce (vocals/bass), Ben (guitar/vocals), Steve (keyboards), Pete (drums/vocals), Aggie (trumpet) and Delia (tenor sax).
One of Dover’s newest young bands, STELLAR TALK are raidly making a name for themselves via their energetic and exciting covers of modern rock classics. Over the last year the boys have risen steadily throught the ranks, building a solid reputation and a following to match.
SUNDAY 27 AUGUST
Our Sunday headliner needs no introduction. In a career spanning over 40 years TOYAH has amassed thirteen top 40 singles, recorded twentyfour albums, written two books, appeared in over forty stage plays, acted in fifteen feature films and presented hundreds of television programmes. The hit singles It’s A Mystery, I Want to Be Free, Brave New World and platinum-selling albums Anthem and The Changeling confirmed her status as one of the most significant talents of the 1980s. From touring with her own UK band, performing in her up close and acoustic shows to working with her trans-atlantic rock band Toyah and The Humans, she remains one of the busiest and in demand of UK music stars.
In a journey that has taken her from punk princess to cult stage actress to high priestess of TV, TOYAH WILLCOX is a uniquely gifted performer and an inextinguishable flame. Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, she is one of Britain’s iconic household names – an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved stage/screen actress and music composer. We are delighted to welcome her to Dover where we are sure she will be a highlight of this year’s festival.
FLOX, real name Florian Gratton, is a composer and performer of Anglo-French bi-nationality. Living in France since the age of eleven, he has been sowing the seeds of his innovative `NU REGGAE’ music, a new genre somewhere between roots reggae and electro, for some years now performing with his band in venues all around France. Deeply influenced by the Jamaican Culture, from LKJ to The Police, to the more modern Fat Freddy’s Drop. FLOX have recorded sveral albums including Take My Time (2006), The Words (2009), In Dub (2011), All Must Disappear (2012), Alive (Live at Leather Goods – 2014) and Homegrown (2015).
BEN RUSSELL & THE CHARMERS
BEN RUSSELL AND THE CHARMERS, are one of the most respected, feel good, reggae bands in South East England, renowned for their unique and vibrant earthy sounds, a blended style where European and Australasian reggae meet. Front man Ben Russell, is on a musical mission to spread positive vibes across the UK after moving from his native land of Australia. Since forming in 2010, BRC have become one of Kent’s most highprofile reggae bands, performing hundreds of gigs and festivals throughout the UK, steadily gathering a loyal following.
In 2013, Ben Russell And The Charmers supported the all Maori New Zealand reggae band Katchafire, marking an important step in their career. As well as sharing a stage with internationally renowned artists such as Katchafire (NZ), The Banyans (FR), The Dualers (UK), By The Rivers (UK)
In just a few short years the RATZKINS have earned their place in the premier division of local bands alongside much longer-established outfits. Their performances feature an eclectic mix of songs from artistes as wide ranging in style as such as Del Amitri, Waterboys, Stereophonics, Coldplay, Crowded House and many others as well as a sprinkling of original material. The RATZKINS are brothers Laine (guitar/vocals) & Damion (lead vocal/ukulele) Napier, Rory Wilson (guitar), Paul Reeder (bass). The line up is often supplemented with other musicians including Chris Wong (drums) and Izolda `Ivy’ Trojanowska (violin).
SALVATION JAYNE are a young, forward-thinking female driven rock band with a distinctive dirty sound, and are steadily making a name for themselves on the UK scene due to their charisma and energetic live performances. By mixing elements of rock, nu wave and blues, Salvation Jayne have created their own heavy, dynamic and dirty style, woven with dark lyrical themes which often take influence from TV shows such as American Horror Story and Dexter. Formed in 2013, the band have worked hard paying their dues and earning the respect of music fans across the UK, gaining a large supportive fanbase after their many performances at several prestigious venues and festivals. 2017 sees Salvation Jayne with a fresh look, a brand new EP and video for their single ‘Burn It Down’, with more touring plans, and an ever increasing fanbase, including AC/DC drummer Chris Slade, and Clash drummer Topper Headon who described the band as “…. brilliant!”.
Kevin is one of Dover’s perennially popular solo performers and rightly so. He is a first class singer and guitar player and has built a large and staunch following. Kevin’s repertoire not only includes many of the greatest singer-songwriter anthems of all time but also displays his ability to adapt more unlikely band material from the likes of Paul Weller, Oasis and even The Who to his unique style. We are delighted that Kevin has accepted our invitation to open our show on Sunday.