Annie Mac is Radio 1’s Queen of dance music. On Friday nights from 7pm-10pm over 1 million listeners tune in to hear Annie kick-start the weekend with her dazzling selection of the best new dance music. Outside of her radio career, Mac is also one of the most in demand DJs right now, having graced the decks at some of the world’s best clubs and festivals including Space Ibiza and Manchester’s Warehouse Project. Her Annie Mac Presents (AMP) brand has gone from strength to strength, putting on some of the most exciting parties around, whilst also helping to transform artists like Disclosure and Rudimental into household names. Annie is somebody who’s infectious energy translates both on the airwaves and the dance floor, and we are beyond excited for her to bring the party to Leefest this year!
Raised on a steady diet of the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and the brothers Gallagher, English singer/songwriter Jake Bugg blends the melodious, working-class swagger of the La’s and the primal, bluesy simplicity of the White Stripes with the wry, weathered romanticism of Jens Lekman. Born in Nottingham, Bugg picked up the guitar at the age of 12, and within a year he was composing his own songs. Working his way through the ranks of support slots through to headline status, Jake Bugg has also released 3 albums and won a Brit award, all before the age of 23!
The cat is out of the bag! Making caustic, earth-shattering, anti-establishment anthems, Slaves are here to show you what punk is all about. We’re beyond excited for this very special hometown show!
Kate Tempest started out when she was 16, rapping at strangers on night busses and pestering mc’s to let her on the mic at raves. 15 years later she is a published playwright, novelist, poet and respected recording artist. Winner ofTed Hughes Prize for Innovation in Poetry and author of bestseller, ‘The Bricks That Built the Houses’, Tempest has also released her second album, ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’ late last year to widespread critical acclaim. We are delighted to have Kate headlining the Thursday night of the festival!
Following the release of their marvellous fifth album Boy King, we are delighted to welcome Wild Beasts to the Neverland this summer.
“On the last day of making Boy King I had a minor breakdown in knowing what part of myself I was revealing. It’s a bit ugly, a bit grubby, arrogant,” says Hayden Thorpe, reflecting on the recording of Wild Beasts’ fifth album, their most naked and direct to date and a marked change from the optimistic aesthetics of 2014’s Present Tense. If that album found Thorpe, Tom Fleming, Ben Little and Chris Talbot in reflective mood, absorbing a fascination with online culture and electronic music, Boy King has them, as Fleming puts it, “back to being pissed off”. Wild Beasts’ ever-present knack for sensual melody via Thorpe and Fleming’s duetting vocals, Little’s sinuous guitar groove and Talbot’s potent rhythm section carries in Boy King an aggressive, snarling and priapic beast that delves into the darker side of masculinity and Thorpe’s own psyche. As Hayden himself says, “After five records there had to be an element of ‘what the fuck?'”. Wild Beasts decided to find their way into the follow-up to Present Tense with a complete change in how they approached their craft. This moment of realisation that they needed to change how they wrote songs was, says Thorpe, hugely liberating: “The only thing you can do from that point onwards is turn your vehicle into traffic and play chicken with yourself, and do all the things you said you’d never do.”
Wilkinson (DJ Set) ft. MC AD-APT
Hailing from the leafy suburbs of South West London is Wilkinson. This DJ/ Producer has cut his teeth on the Capital’s club scene and released on labels such as Hospital. Now a firm fixture of Andy C’s RAM Records roster, Wilkinson has achieved immeasurable success within the last few years playing at some of the world biggest clubs and gaining a top 10 single with, ‘Afterglow’. His set in the depth’s of the Skull Ridge Goldmine will be a LeeFest moment to remember!
Jungle (DJ Set)
Many people will already be aware of Jungle in their full band form: a central creative core of exceptional London-based producers, songwriters and frontmen J and T, who would expand to a thrilling seven piece band to perform live. Their one (eponymous) album to date was released in 2014 to huge acclaim – a mesmeric, future-facing, modern soul record that was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize while selling over 100,000 copies in the UK alone. At the same time, Jungle have built a parallel burgeoning career as exemplary DJs and impeccable curators. It’s a direction which has allowed J and T to explore a whole world of more club-focused sounds, showcasing a kaleidoscopic away of electronic influences while absorbing the wide eyed euphoria of the dancefloor. Initially building their name on the DJ scene by throwing a series of parties over the last two years with much respected London promoters Percolate, Jungle have since shared DJ line ups with a who’s who of contemporary club culture including Leon Vynehall, Ben UFO and Midland. Meanwhile, the duo have released mixes for Giles Peterson and Solid Steel, and helmed an influential Spotify ‘In Residence’ series to widespread acclaim.
Maribou State (DJ Set)
Brighton 5-piece, Fickle Friends first caught people’s attention in 2014 when their debut single ‘SWIM’ amassed over 750,000 Soundcloud plays After becoming HypeMachine’s 25th most blogged artist of 2014, the band have also received acclaim from Zane Lowe, Billboard & BBC Introducing.
Fickle Friends’ upbeat summertime synth-pop has made them a firm festival favourite and we’re excited for them to make the trip to the Neverland this August!
Crazy P (Live)
Seven albums, a career spanning 20 years and yet Crazy P remain stronger and more relevant than ever. Funny how the tides of time turn, and how the sounds of a typically British type of house and disco are now more du jour then ever before. Way before the rise in prominence of disco, house and soulful pop Crazy P have spearheaded the revival (and perpetuation) of these sounds since 1997.
Hailing from Byron Bay, Australia, Parcels are a five piece who blend contemporary electronica with matured disco funk.
After creating, one of the tracks of the Summer so far in the form of, ‘Overnight’ in collaboration with Daft Punk, we know their set in The Neverland will be one to remember!
After featuring on tracks by Gorgon City and Wookie, Zak Abel has made a name for himself as one of the most exciting singer song-writers in the UK right now.
Kidnap Kid is a London based music producer and label head.
At a young age he has developed a name synonymous with consistent quality and outstanding musical ability. In 2016, Kidnap Kid launched ‘Birds That Fly’, a record label and nesting ground for his and others’ musical output.
Today’s generation of aspiring young musicians often have just one choice in their pursuit of a career – to take the plunge and independently mastermind a digital cottage industry from which their songs can be discovered by a like-minded audience. That’s precisely what Oxford’s twenty-year-old singer-songwriter Lewis Watson did. After gradually building his own fan-base, his economically-produced debut EP ‘It’s Got Four Sad Songs On It BTW’ topped the iTunes singer-songwriter chart on the first day of release, outselling the likes of Adele, Madonna and Ed Sheeran in the process. It’s a model that plenty of artists aspire to recreate, but few ever make any serious progress with.
Already, Watson is beginning to take further strides towards his glowing future. At the end of 2016 he embarked on a Sold Out UK tour and released EP ‘Another Four Sad Songs’.
Retelling almost any part of his story to date prompts Watson to observe: “…and I never thought that could happen.” By dictating his own destiny, he’ll need to suspend his disbelief for some time to come.
As a DJ, Andy Carthy aka Mr. Scruff plays across the board, flitting between soul, funk, hip hop, jazz, reggae, latin, african, ska, disco, house, funk, breaks, soundtracks and loads more. As a producer he makes music that draws on these influences, with a large dose of cheek and good humour. His cartoon drawings illustrate gig flyers, record sleeves and CD covers, and usually accompany him at gigs as live animated visuals.
Regarded by fans and his peers alike as one of the UKs finest DJs, Carthy’s sets manage to navigate through influences of blues, jazz, soul, funk, disco, boogie, deep house, reggae, dancehall, electro, hip hop and more. These sets have bolstered his standing as a passionate, digger, collector and, above all, an unrivalled selector of the good stuff.
Bedford born Singer Songwriter Tom Grennan first found fame as a guest vocalist on Chase and Status’, ‘When It All Goes Wrong’. The feature brought Grennan into the public spotlight appearing on Later.. With Jools Holland and in the Radio 1 Live Lounge.
Grennan’s debut E.P demonstrates his inclination towards blues and soul and showcases his raspy emotive vocals. This unique style has seen Tom place on the highly acclaimed BBC Sound of 2017 list and now he prepares to embark on a Spring UK tour.
Oxide and Neutrino
Cutting their teeth on London’s pirate radio stations like Supreme FM and Delight FM, Oxide and Neutrio quickly made a name for themselves as some of the most prolific UK producers of UK Garage around. Now considered UKG royalty the duo still continue to bring the party to clubs and festivals all over the world, after almost 20 years in the game.
Moxie is many things: a Londoner born and bred, raised on raving and records; a seasoned DJ, playing big-room clubs and sweatbox basements worldwide; a charming radio host, as at home on national FM as regional stations and independent start-ups. It’s this balancing act between the underground and the mainstream that’s seen her become one of the UK’s hottest DJs. Refusing to be pigeonholed into one particular sound, Moxie’s sets navigate the entire dance music spectrum from vintage disco cuts to the harder sounds of break-beat and techno.
Moxie now holds down a bi-monthly radio show on London’s NTS whilst also recently launching On Loop, a nomadic Club Night and label. The night has travelled across the breath of the UK and even as far as Amsterdam and Lyon. We cant wait to welcome Moxie to The Neverland this Summer!
Keston Cobblers Club
There’s something simply unmistakable about Keston Cobblers Club. When the band play, it’s a captivating and engaging experience. Frequently blurring the artist/audience divide by performing from the floor or whipping the crowd into a dancing frenzy; visiting far-flung venues at their fans’ request; assembling a 60-strong amateur ‘Cobblers orchestra’ with total strangers; chartering an old Routemaster bus to launch their EP in the way it should be experienced (on the move); and now, organising this summer’s Camp Wildfire festival – with 50s-style forest adventures and artistry by day, music and hedonism by night – as a way of fully immersing the audience in the spirit of their brand new ‘Wildfire’ album. All of this is to say: you don’t just listen to Keston Cobblers Club. You’re involved.
Pumarosa are a five-piece band from London, whose music has been described as “industrial spiritual” and brings together the brooding, heavier songwriting of PJ Harvey or Patti Smith with the groove-led and nocturnal electronics of The Knife and Cocteau Twins.
2017 has seen the band release their debut effort, ‘The Witch’ to mass critical acclaim and now they are set to join us in The Neverland later this Summer!
After spending time as a session drummer for Kate Tempest and Micachu, Georgia Barnes has made her step into centre spotlight. Georgia’s inimitable raw energy can be heard on her self-titled debut, taking influence from the likes of M.I.A and Missy Elliott. In 2017 she returns, with new track, ‘Feel It’ and makes her maiden voyage to The Neverland!
Childhood create lush, melodic indie pop. After releasing their debut album, Lacuna early this year to widespread critical acclaim, their set in The Neverland is not to be missed.
Shame, five 19-year-old’s building their reputation as one of the best new live bands in London, are already cemented following tours with The Garden and Fat White Family and shows with The Fall, King Gizzard before heading off to Pitchfork Paris – not bad considering they hadn’t even released a single.
‘The Lick/ Gold Hole’, then, is their much anticipated official debut, a clattering one-two knockout of a double A-Side bursting at the seams with punk energy, but with the patter of the Streets, the spittle of Mark E. Smith.
Produced by Local Hero (Dan Foat and Nathan Boddy), ‘Gold Hole’ will not join up with the already be familiar ‘The Lick’, as Shame prepare their assualt on your exasperated ears.
Superfood are a Birmingham based four piece who have forged a path as one of the breakthrough names of 2017. The band jolt together retro vibes and catchy hooks to make contagious indie that wont leave your head for weeks.
Makeness can be mapped to the vast, open hills of Scotland, and a desolate ridge of the same name where producer and songwriter Kyle Molleson arrived after a less-trodden path. His childhood was spent moving between Edinburgh, The Outer Hebrides and South West England, before an interest in music and technology in part led to a degree in Electronics at Leeds University. Here, playing bass in Glad Hand led to numerous trips north of the border to work on albums in the hillside studio he helped build.
Drawing on a passion for Afrobeat, New Wave, Folk Music and Detroit Techno – from a unique vantage point in the Scottish wilderness – Makeness’ debut EP contains four largely-instrumental songs, but all still vocal in their movement, openness and depth. Atmospheric and insular opener ‘Rogue’ introduces a debut EP themed around the idea “of having two realities, and not being able to distinguish which one is real life.” It’s a selection caught between places and states, with the rhythmic, increasingly-urgent ‘Laca’ and ‘Langa’ finished following a move to London, and starkly contrasting with the wide open spaces of Makeness’ roots.
IDER are Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville, two friends based in North London whose blend of soaring pop and delicate electronics took 2016 by storm. Emerging first with their smoky R&B tinted debut ‘Sorry’, IDER quickly enticed fans such as stellar songwriter and producer Shura and Radio 1’s Phil Taggart and Huw Stephens. The duo followed up ‘Sorry’ with a vulnerable, perfectly poised second cut called ‘Pulse’, drawing comparisons to London Grammar and FKA twigs.
The summer months came and went with IDER performing a handful of acclaimed support slots with Tegan and Sara amongst others whilst writing and recording new material. IDER capped a thrilling first year as a fully functioning band with the Eastern influenced ‘King Ruby’ and the emotionally charged ‘Million’. Support rained in from Wonderland, DIY and The Line of Best Fit – and the pair bagged a “Track of the Week” from Huw Stephens in the process.
The Northern Irish artist, singer and electronic composer Hannah Peel has made serious waves within the past 12 months, releasing her debut album Awake But Always Dreaming to widespread critical acclaim. Peel’s experimental pop has lauded by the likes of BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne, who described her latest offering as one of her albums of the year.
Matt Wills is a 22 year old self-taught guitarist from Kent now living in West London. He spent 2015 writing and touring playing alongside Halsey at Koko and O2 and Alessia Cara at Dingwalls. Matt is heavily influenced by singer songwriters such as Ben Howard, Ed Sheeran, Jack Penante as well as bands like 1975 and The Kooks.
They’re yin and yang, good cop and bad cop, Andre and Big Boi. Distinct and opposing characters that shouldn’t compliment each other, but undeniably do. Ewan Merrett, the pessimistic hip-hop junkie and documenter of everyday miseries, and his brother Callum, the happy-go- lucky hook lover with dreams of a Flaming Lips-level stage spectacular. Together they’re the magical dichotomy at the heart of Bad Sounds. By which, of course, they mean good.
With a sound meeting somewhere between A Tribe Called Quest and Beck, 2016 saw Bad Sounds pick up support from the likes of Annie Mac, who crowned them her Hottest Record twice that year. Rounding off the year with their first sold out headline shows in London and their spiritual hometown of Bristol showed them just how far they’d come. 2017 is set to be bigger still, with a five-date UK tour in March, the release of next single and of course a trip to The Neverland!
The Bay Rays
The Bay Rays have been playing together in various outfits since their early teenage years, when they met at school in Kent. Now after touring with Estrons and Slaves in the sort of cramped, drenched venues that were once frequented by luminaries like The Strokes and Kings of Leon, and headlining the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury, they’re releasing their debut EP called Satisfaction.
The Bay Rays live show is one that is built for losing yourself. Where other bands seem to miss something when they perform, never clicking in the right places, The Bay Rays have the advantage of long-term friendship. As a result, their live show gels into a unique form of kinetic energy.
CHILDCARE finished 2016 playing their biggest shows to date – in front of thousands as part of Bastille’s nationwide arena tour. This came hot on the heels of the band releasing killer single ‘Film Club’ to comprehensive acclaim. ‘Film Club’ was the first taster of a new EP that also features the stellar ‘Kiss?’ and represents an emphatic statement sure to cement the adoration of all those newly turned on to the London quartet courtesy of that tour.
It all started when Ed Cares, one of west London’s most in-demand male nannies, was overheard humming a song he had written, by Katie, aged six, who persuaded him to form a band. Josh, eight, boldly proclaimed: “You’re probably my second favourite artist after Katy Perry.” And so, after sourcing some neighbourhood musicians capable of living up to Josh’s heady billing — specifically Emma Topolski (bass), Rich Legate (guitar) and Glyn Daniels (drums) — Ed soon had an able band to perform with under the only logical moniker in the circumstances: CHILDCARE. Having honed their vivid and visceral live show on stages including Reading and Leeds festivals and now some of the land’s major concert venues, CHILDCARE have released two singles to date, ‘Omega Grey’ and ‘Film Club’, earning extensive national radio play and enthusiastic coverage from key online tastemakers.
Strong Asian Mothers
London’s Strong Asian Mother’s blend of styles and emphatic live show has been making waves on the capital’s underground gig scene for a while. Best friends since their early years, Amer, Kalim and Josh have played in bands together throughout their childhoods but it was under Strong Asian Mothers that they really found their strength. Tying together influences from Hip Hop and Trap with Pop in a live band aesthetic really sets this band out all on their own path.
Fiercely independent and with a steadfast vision for the minutiae of every aspect of their presentation, Kagoule are band born out of the school-yard, the trio of Cai Burns, Lucy Hatter and Lawrence English coming together a half decade ago. “We represent the sound of boredom,” says Hatter, of the band’s inception. “The sound of three 15 year olds wanting to do something,” says Hatter.
Infused by DIY punk rock spirit, the bands debut album Urth includes tracks such as singles ‘Glue’ and ‘Made Of Concrete’ and takes inspiration from a wealth of sources including the best US underground obscurities of the 80s and 90s, the dark folk music of Pentangle and playing style of Bert Jansch, contemporary fantasy and sci-fiction literature, ancient wood-cut artwork and so much more. Sound-wise they recall the energy and ideas of Bikini Kill, the sugar-dusted grunge of Smashing Pumpkins and the angular rhythms and confrontational post-hardcore blueprint of Fugazi, Slint and fellow Nottingham band Bob Tilton, with a pedal rack (metaphorically) half-inched from Dinosaur Jr.
British punk band Milk Teeth have set aside the usual fast and loud sonic template in favour of the thick distorted guitars, downbeat but catchy melodies, and shifting dynamics of ’90 grunge and indie rock. After two years of consistent touring and two blistering EPs, 2016 saw the band release their debut LP, ‘Vile Child’ to widespread critical acclaim. Their set in The Neverland this summer is definitely not to be missed!
SuperGlu, the band from Manningtree in Essex have been rapidly shaping up to be one of the most exciting forces in British guitar music of recent years. Since their formation at the end of 2014 the four piece have been praised for their laser-precise punk pop workouts by the likes of DiY magazine and Clash, been enthusiastically spun and bigged-up by radio tastemakers like Huw Stephens and John Kennedy. The music, often fast and furious, is informed by the couldn’t-give-a-shit attitude of punk, but at the same time never shies away from seriously generous dollops of pop catchiness, although never with the interesting knots and gnarly bits smoothed down or ironed out.
Emerging from the creative cauldron of the Brighton scene that has also birthed contemporaries including Black Honey and Fickle Friends, are The RPMs.
Hailed by the BBC as a ‘spookily young Brighton trio with killer melodies and an Arctic Monkeys rasp’, The RPMs gathered early plaudits for their debut ‘Digital Disobedience’ EP which saw the three-piece notch up plays on Huw Stephens’ BBC Introducing and John Kennedy’s Shock of the New (Radio X), gain tip-offs from 6 Music taste-makers Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson, plus ‘track of the day’ features in the likes of Clash, Gigslutz, Record Of The Day and more.
John Joseph Brill
Liverpool based singer-songwriter, John Joseph Brill’s music resounds with soul-bearing intimacy and a sonic intensity.
Catholic Action are a product of Glasgow’s famously fertile music scene but have won fans across the UK thanks to their peerless pop masterpieces. After a run of rapturously received gigs in their hometown the group released their long-awaited debut release for Luv Luv Luv Records (Spector, Only Real, Splashh, The Garden) earlier this year.
Peddling an uproarious blend of rock, soca, funk and roots, London-based five-piece Bokito have coined a phrase for their unique genre mashup: tropical indie. Anyone fortunate enough to have witnessed the group’s jaw-dropping live sets, where edgy grooves and unforgettable hooks are delivered as if every show is a sun-baked carnival, would relate to this label.
Bokito take inspiration from such diverse sources as J Dilla, Jeff Buckley, Fela Kuti, Justin Timberlake and Queens of the Stone Age to bring a little of the rousing celtic spirit of Moses’ Irish homeland to London’s global soundscape.
Weirds are a four piece, hypnotic psych-rock band from Leeds.
Produced by Hookworms’ MJ, Weirds’ debut single, Crocodile, had all the bite and urgency you’d expect – and was followed up by the equally feral, sellout double A-side Off The Hook/Heavy Rain.
Namechecking Melvins and David Lynch among their influences, it’s no surprise that their no-frills sound has both an immediacy and a certain mysticism.
Sorry are four teenagers from North London who’s sound meets somewhere in between Grunge and Pop. Having already opened for the likes of Wolf Alice the group are making serious waves within the capital and we’re delighted to welcome them to the Neverland!
Indian Queens is made up of sisters, Jennifer and Catherine who with life long friend Mat, have been making music since early childhood. Born and Bred in Hackney Wick, the band take influence from the city around them and recall sonic similarities to the likes of Warpaint and Massive Attack.
The band describe the project as “a way to escape. We didn’t know how to record an album but we begged, stole and borrowed, got evening jobs so we could record all day. We worked every hour given to us because we knew we had something special at our fingertips. Growing up under the shadows of concrete giants, the songs are a reflection of our city’s energy.”
Formed when two neighbors discovered their mutual love for the Kaiser Chiefs song ‘ Ruby’, #Heavendunne aka DJ Snapchat and MC Hot Dog bring nothing but bangers after banger to their sets which have been filling dance floors from Paris to Worthing.
Rob Cockerton is one of the unsung heroes amongst the house & techno community. Rob is known by many around his native locality as the ‘Godfather’ leading the way as a decisive name for over 25 years at the forefront of the underground scene.
Emma Topolski, former backing vocalist for Laura Marling now steps into centre stage with her new synth pop solo project, Saint Clair.
Hailing from our home of Tunbridge Wells, Lady Bird look set to excite audiences with an eloquent twist on punk. Fronting the three piece is Don Rennols. His lipstick clad geezy front might explain the band’s name. The self-dubbed king-of-the-riff-raff admits he’s always been a show off, ‘ever since ever!’ There’s a comic behind the wit.
When asked about interests and inspirations Alex (guitarist) says, ‘Between us we’ve played a lot of styles and our tastes cover too much to box, but together I think we put out a sound that nods to punk and maybe uk hip hop primarily. I guess they’re linked on some level by attitude.’
They sit holding hands, seemingly committed to sharing a grin.
Five-piece YOWL have gained a reputation as a band of both balance and disharmony; their new EP, ‘Before the Sleep Sets in’, veers from impish morbidity to candid sincerity.
Shining a light on the human condition through several prisms, YOWL focus their outlook into one raging sound that cuts through the banality of the everyday and forces thought from the listener.
Graceland are four sisters from the East of England. They are confident wielders who make thoughtful and angry pop music that is heavy with riffs but punchy and danceable.
Live, they are an impressive force, with a gang-like mentality which leaves no one on the fence. Of course, they love the pop hooks of Fleetwood Mac and Paul Simon that they brazenly reference, but the intricacies are fun to unravel too; Savages, The Birthday Party, PJ Harvey, The Breeders. Graceland have gathered their strength from these artists and the strong independent women around them to form an unapologetic, unique and addictive musical bond.
Nottingham band April Towers join The Neverland lineup!
After originally securing a cult following, as part of grime collective Bomb Squad, Hak Baker then found solace in the guitar, where he felt truly at home.
The East London singer songwriter is aiming for those higher things in life. His music has caught the attention of Skepta and Annie Mac – so definitely a talent worth keeping an eye on!
Expect serious basslines from this DJ duo.
The Modern Strangers
Dreamy synth pop from Tunbridge Wells brothers, The Modern Strangers.
Krywald and Farrer
Percolate residents Krywald & Farrer have been sparking the party fuse since their paths first crossed way back in 2012. An indispensable part of the nomadic boogie crew’s furniture, they’ve vibe shepherded across London, the UK and much of Europe – sharing the decks with a who’s-who of the house, techno and disco elite.
Just as adept working a simmering room up to boiling point as dishing out peak time rollers – their distinct take on warm organic house has proved a hit across the land. Afrobeat, disco and jazz flourishes inform both their sets, and burgeoning production output – which has seen two stellar releases on Rob da Bank’s Silver Bear Records, an infectious cut on Gottwood’s Gottwax, and a secret new edits project we aren’t supposed to mention…
Dreamy, twisted and psychedelic from this exciting London newcomer.
Gleaming psych guitar music from Surrey
Operation Kino are a quartet of chaos, built in Brighton. Musical influences include Rage Against The Machine, Biffy Clyro, Bastions, Dillinger Escape Plan and many more. The band definitely don’t take ourselves too seriously and are known for being a whirlwind of energy, a barrel of laughs and ferociously ‘OK’.
Drug Store Romeos
Slack pysch for jazz enthusiasts.
Leicester based 4 piece who describe their sound as, ‘Screw-you-alt-pop-no-fi-preschool-nihilist-folk-notrock-superband’.
Tunbridge Wells’ most theoretically rigorous art rock band and local masters of misery, Tor, have been playing together since 2012 and have performed in pubs and clubs around the South East and London, to the delight or chagrin of the people who happened to be there at the time. Their defiantly down tempo offerings bely their dedication to subtlety; minimalist textures, complex arrangements and echoes of doom and noise rock mingle together to make them one Kent’s more challenging and unusual acts. For fans of Slint, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Harvey Milk and Codeine
Wovoka Gentle make trippy hybrid folk sounds.
Staffordshire born singer songwriter Lissy Taylor has spent the last two and a half years living in Lexington Kentucky USA, this Southern US influence combined with her smooth vocals and lyrics will captivate and transcend you into a unique blend of americana, pop and blues. This last year she has appeared on TV and performed live on radio shows. Lissy released her debut EP ‘Reminds Me of You’ in 2017 which is now receiving airplay on radio in the US.
Hunter’s Loaf are the band formed by the founder of ‘Unlabel’ Tunbridge Well’s alternative record label and Unhome guitarist Phil Avey. Unhome’s album ‘A short history of houses’ became a touchstone of the Uk’s post rock fraternity, Hunter’s Loaf added a shot of dark blues into the mix and created award winning sound tracks for Channel 4.
Working on their third album, with former Curve guitarist Alex Mitchell, Hunters Loaf are set to take a more traditionally ‘gothic’ tone, “ We’re not going to be kohling ring’s round our eyes, but there’ll be something reminiscent of the atmosphere of Faith era Cure and early New Order .”
Top Cat Collective
Top Cat Collective are a six-piece funk and hip-hop group hailing from Kent. Combining the insatiable grooves of George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, with the forward thinking aesthetic of J Dilla, and Madlib, their unique concoction of hip-hop and funk is sure to get the floor moving.
‘Masters on the cheeseboard, legends on the dance floor’
Callum Pickard & The Third Look
Coventry-based musician Callum Pickard & The Third Look is set to release new single “June” at the perfect time; the sun is shining, the afternoons are hazy, and “June” is a track most suited to listening on a lazy summers’ afternoon. “June” is a tightly composed, gently acoustic track that displays a knack for rolling, quiet ambition, whilst boasting credits from CJ Camerieri (Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver) and Brian Joseph (The Staves, Bon Iver), giving the song professionalism and maturity beyond the expectations of a 21-year-old newcomer. There’s something tantalisingly airy and fresh about “June”, whether it be the tinge of folk and country in the track, or the crisp, natural vocals that marry together in a cocktail as suited for summer afternoons as a cold glass of Pimms.
London promoter powerhouse Percolate make their return to The Neverland this summer, and bringing along Maribou State, Mr Scruff and Krywald & Farrer.
Regression Sessions is a party that does what it bloody well pleases and suggests you do the same. Tired of always having to choose between quality music events rammed with chin-stroking heads, their parties offer unpretentious fun with a disappointing soundtrack. Lucky for LeeFest, Regression Sessions is here to let you have a cake and eat it too.
Outlandish themes, elaborate costumes and unique performers… The party where nothing is the same twice
Tunbridge Wells Forum
The beating heart of Tunbridge Well’s vibrant music scene come to the Neverland, bringing local talent like Lady Bird and Operation Kino.
A firm LeeFest favourite, Wonderland return to the Neverland this year bringing their inimitable party to the Wondersands beach. Expect serious tunes and lots and lots of glitter!
Southend’s finest queens return to the Neverland this year for another Rainbow Rooms takeover. Expect glamour, lip syncing and general fabulous-ness.
Portsmouth’s biggest party come to the festival for a very special Neverland take over. Expect a soundtrack of the finest House and Bass.
Sounds Familiar Music Quiz
Sounds Familiar Music Quiz isn’t like your usual pub quiz down the Dog & Duck. It’s more a disco in a pub quiz format. In a way – it’s 7 discos in one night! By the end of the quiz expect to be singing and dancing around your table!
Alternative comedy from Viva Tomfoolery.
Straight out of South End on Sea, Pull Up bring the sounds of Dancehall, Reggae, Bashment and Afro to the Neverland for a special party takeover!
Experimental Cabaret, Sideshow, Magic & Burlesque from Apothecary Cabaret!
Learn Swing Dance from The Mudflappers a not-for-profit dance collective who perform and teach lindy hop for the love of dancing and making people laugh!
Disco and Funk fun-times from this London party troupe!
Purple bring their immersive party to the Neverland. Expect other worldly settings soundtracked by eclectic underground line-ups!
House and Techno from Planet Paraíso
Out & Out
House and Techno from London based collective Out & Out.
A very special showcase from Brighton collective Liberty Music.
Chapter 24 Records
Southsea Soul Club
Disco and Soul from Southsea Soul Club
Legendary Drum & Bass party starters, Pure Science make their way to the Neverland for a very special Goldmine take-over!
The System Attic
London based party starters bring their sounds of House and Techno to The Neverland.
The Mythical Menagerie Mermaids and Mermen are the stuff of legend in the Neverland. With irresistible good looks and charm, they have been known to lure many a raver to the depths of Mermaids Lagoon – never to be seen again!
The pirates from Circudelia rule Skull Ridge. These anarchistic, steampunk tribe will amaze you with their fire breathing and circus skills.
The Real Debate Club
The REAL Debate Club creates immersive environments for REAL debates.
Almond Blossom Yoga
Yoga and mindfullness classes from Almond Blossom Yoga. Perfect for a moment of calm and reflection in the middle of a weekend of partying.
A multi genre party where the only stipulation is that the music’s gotta have that BOINK! One thing guaranteed is the dancefloor will be a bouncingall night long!
Party in Your Pants
Judi and the Doodlecats present Party in Your pants. A unique party experience where clothing is optional and messy paint play is highly encouraged!
Can you really remember sex-ed at school? Is it not time for a lil refresher?
Introducing your all time favourite adult sex-ed cabaret variety show, spiced with equal measures of raunch and information. Trust me, knowledge is power.
They are here to titillate and stimulate all of your senses, reconnect you to your gentials [do you actually know what is down there and how it works?] – All genders and sexualities welcome!
Company of Dreams
Learn how to belly dance with Company of Dreams!
Quizzy Quizzy Dancy Dancy
A ridiculous mixed up general knowledge quiz with rounds such as kazzooeoke, find the sausage and plasticine nose.
Luardos travelthe country in Jesus, a 1971 Citroen H Van – providing the best Mexcian street food around. They are committed to sourcing the finest ingredients, and everything is made from scratch – even the sauces!
Le Bun reinvents everything that people thought they knew about French Food. They serve high quality, unique diner food that combines decadent French ingredients with modern American fare. Cult buns, such as ‘Le Bourguignon Bun’, bring together the most iconic dishes of France and America; beautifully slow-cooked beef shin, dripping with red wine Bourguignon glaze and topped with bacon salt, Truffle Mayo and our crisp champagne slaw. Our most popular creation – Le Truffle Cheeseburger – our French take on the humble Cheeseburger, combines beautiful Rarebreed Beef with homemade decadent Truffle Mayo in our signature Brioche Bun.
A vegan fish and chip trailer breaking the mould of the stereo typical vegan eating, travelling the roads to supply you with cruelty free crispy fried meatless treats!
Delicious hot dogs, comparable to “dogging for your tastebuds” apparently!
Dong, the man behind the wok, is passionate about feeding people. He wants everyone to taste proper Thai, cooked fresh with the right ingredients. When he started Bangwok, he dreamt of riding around London in a tuk tuk, honking his horn and feeding hungry people whenever they flagged him down. It hasn’t quite worked out that way… instead, the hungry masses flock to him as the word spreads about BangWok’s perfect pad thai.
Cakey McCakeface by Wilma’s Cupcakery is the beautiful hub for sweet treats, cakes, bakes and coffees. With delicious gourmet drinks and yummy treats in the most unique and strange flavours we are certain to have something for everyone’s sweet tooth!
Fabulous, mouth watering Pulled Pork and Brisket. Smoked and BBQ’d low and slow.
The Splitscreen Ice Cream Co.
This multi-award winning ice cream is made on an organic West Country farm – and tastes like no other! Expect generous scoops, as well as plenty of Dairy Free and Gluten free options.
Brighton’s Oatopia create delicious porridges and flapjacks, giving you that slow release energy to keep you dancing all day long!
Previous LeeFest artists
Years and Years
Everything Everything are a band who are on a never-ending quest to bring experimentation and creative ambition back to pop music.
Lianne La Havas
Lianne La Havas, is a London-born Britishfolk and soul singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her career began after being introduced to various musicians and singer Paloma Faith, for whom she sang backing vocals.
We Are Scientists
We Are Scientists bring the funk. They are the premier funk band in the world today, using grooves such as skunk, ‘backwards,’ and slippery-slide.
DJ Luck & MC Neat
Horse Meat Disco
The 2 Bears
Will Joseph Cook
The Pearl Harts
Public Service Broadcasting
The 21 year old musician has just made history by becoming the first independent UK rapper to appear on Forbes’ prestigious 30 Under 30 list in their inaugural European edition (alongside John Boyega, Adele + Ed Sheeran), describing her as “one of the world’s finest young rappers”
Roots Manuva became a major player in UK music with his contribution to UK tours such as the Gorillaz album and one with almost unique longevity in a genre in which people usually produce one or two great albums and then vanish.
A U.K.-based MC whose beats and flow brim with drowsy anxiety, Ghostpoet (Obaro Ejimiwe) became involved with music while attending university. He was a member of a grime collective but eventually gravitated toward a less energetic production sound and MC’ing style,