Playing over the weekend, and whats on...
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Original members Irwin Sparkes (guitar and vocals) and Alfonso Sharland (drums) took their united moniker after leaving the outskirts of Reading, England, and embarking on a road trip throughout America, where they visited Indiana University (whose mascot happens to be the Hoosier). Upon returning from their travels, they added Martin Skarendahl on bass and later signed a deal with RCA Records. The Hoosiers' first two singles, "Worried About Ray" and "Goodbye Mr. A," peaked at number five and number four, respectively, on the U.K. charts along with the following hits ...... Worst Case Scenario, Cops and Robbers and Choices . These guys are going to rock the place, with a close up and personal gig for you guys!
Bez is best known as the maraca player, dancer, and mascot of rock band Happy Mondays, having been invited by lead singer Shaun Ryder shortly after the band was formed. He is chiefly remembered for his bizarre style of dancing and use of maracas. He was originally booked to perform for us in 2015 but due to date clashes he couldn't make it. So now with his DJ son he is here for you to dance and get you singing to all the Madchester classics of the day!
Now, whilst the DJ and Producer and all round ‘international legend’ known as ‘Slipmatt’ has no affiliations with Sicilian families or crime (thankfully), he is most definitely in this case one deserving of the titles ‘Godfather’ and ‘Boss’. Here’s the exception to the rule though, he did not give himself these names, these accolades were not created off the back of some 90’s hype campaign, the name Godfather – in reference to the ‘Godfather Of Rave’ is a name he has worked very hard for nearly three decades to earn, and earn it he most definitely has.
Funke and the Two Tone Baby is a one man sonic explosion. Uncategorized and uncharted. Jammed halfway between frenzied alt-blues and metronomic dance beats. Combining guitar and harmonica with beatboxing and effects that seamlessly collide the organic with the mechanical to create a fresh sound of unstoppable rhythm and unrelenting melody.
From supporting Skinny Lister, Beans on Toast, Hayseed Dixie and Mercury Prize nominees The Comet is Coming to a 40 date festival tour in 2017, including standout shows at Beautiful Days, Bearded Theory and Hungary’s Sziget Festival, Funke has quickly becoming a must-see act on the festival and touring circuit.
Mike Fox is back !! Not exactly a local as he lives in Cornwall, Mike has played here on two previous occasions, but he and his family make the trip to give you the best of his amazing song writing talents. One bloke and a guitar will have you memorised and begging for more !
Slip back in time and old skool Ibiza finalist Ray Mitchell will be hitting the decks Saturday night with a mix of Kevin and Perry classic Ibiza trance anthems as well as your favourite club classics.
show n shine
"Show 'n' Shine" - For those who wish to display their cars in the arena..... you could win an award ! On Saturday it is a free for all, any marque of vehicle can park in the arena for fun
( no prizes)... on the Sunday.... VW's only.....free to enter... just rock up in the arena.. fill out a form and see if your lucky... Categories are...Best Split, Best Beetle, Best Bay, Best Custom, Best T4/T5/T6, Best Water Cooled, Best Rat look, Best Other, Done on a budget, Furthest Travelled, Daily Driver, D.I.L.I.G.A.F
Free stuff for the kids....
On both Saturday and Sunday , there will be free activities for the kids to enjoy free of charge. These will include a colouring in competition, circus skills, sand art ( limited numbers) and paint your own VW ( limited numbers) . Why not colour in the kids T-shirts too? ( T-shirts are £5 , limited sizes. )
We are the only VW show in the UK with a full size family fun fair. The fun fair is being supplied and run by " Forest Amusements ", and the rides are kept at a low price to make it less hurtful on your pocket.