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Saturday at the Festival

25th May 2024 @ 6:06am – by Webteam
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Ed – note two late changes
The last slot in the Bridged Inn, the Culprits have been replaced by Colin Browne & Mick Gilliker.
Due to ill health, Mike Waldron is no longer able to be at the Public Hall this afternoon.

The first full day of the Festival with eighteen musical acts for you to choose from.

And the Arts and Crafts part of the Festival will be in full swing in the Public Hall (10am to 5pm).

Buskers Alley will no doubt be alive with unusual performances from 11am to 4pm – including yourself if so inclined!.

Deadpan – The Shroppie Fly 12.40PM

Making their festival debut, Deadpan play a variety of punk and rock hitswith their own sound. They all met at college whilst studying music andare hoping to release their first independent songs later this year.

The Pluckers – The Bridge Inn 1.10PM

Tony (vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele, mandolin) and Andy (vocals, acoustic guitar & percussion) have been regulars on the festival circuit for a good few years, performing their own highly polished versions of well loved classics, this brilliant pair are always great fun and hugely entertaining.

Lobster – The Lord Combermere 1.30PM

There are three big, smelly boys from Crewe that want to play you some songs! Loud, gritty, fast, and hard! They've been around for 2 years now and sound better than ever. So bring the family, the kids and come see everyone's favourite boy band, LOBSTER!

Loud Mouth Women – Audlem Methodist Church 2PM

Formed 25 years ago in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, this wonderful community all female choir have been a regular at the festival for some time, bringing songs from around the world in joyous harmony. Always enjoyed by everyone, the weekend wouldn't be the same without them.

Sinclair – The Shroppie Fly 2.10PM

Formed in 2020, Sinclair is a 5-piece alternative rock band from Manchester. Influenced by The Doors and Joy Division, The Clash and Cage the Elephant, Sinclair's sound is one of raw energy and distorted hazy tones. Driven by catchy guitar riffs, mesmerising melodies and robust, provoking vocals, along with tight and powerful drums and bass lines.

Vox Americana – Lord Combermere 2.50PM

Fronted by American singer-songwriter Helen Walford, Vox Americana are an Alt Americana band based in Leek, Staffordshire. With musical influences that include Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits, and Gillian Welch, they perform locally and further afield, focusing on original material, as well as a few carefully chosen covers thrown in for good measure.

Greg Murray & The Seven Wonders – The Bridge Inn 2.50PM

James Gregory Murray & The Seven Wonders fuses Americana & Latino, with brash & anthemic choruses, and have uplifted many a festival-goer in their time, having been described as 'Earnest, emotional, heartfelt & awe-inspiring 'Influences include Springsteen, Arcade Fire & The Waterboys.

Bowden RUFC Male Voice Choir – Methodist Church 3.40PM

Formed in 2017, this is, we think, the only English rugby club male voice choir. A wide range of numbers, from sea shanties to lively pop covers, and the odd more serious offering, the focus is on fun from this nearly 40 member choir as they perform for the first time at the festival.

Grace – The Shroppie Fly 4PM

Grace, the 'local heroes' of Staffordshire, have had a loyal following for many years. Their original brand of melodic rock has captivated listeners, and they have extensively toured the UK supporting bands like Pentangle, Wishbone Ash and The Strawbs, as well as headlining at significant local venues.

Bau Cat – The Bridge Inn 4.30PM

Hailing from North Wales, Abby Butler and Jim Davies are Bau Cat, crafting a sound and writing songs that highlights their broad scope of influences, stretching across decades, both are Country, Soul, Blues and anything alternative lovers, Abby and Jim are making a concoction of new and old,
that sounds like a little world of its own.

The Kings Pistol – The Lord Combermere 4.40PM

Describing themselves as "Three middle aged men who should know better", taking influences from the 60s and 70s to create a unique brand of rock and roll that is immediately engaging. Their musical craftsmanship is abundantly evident in every live show. Expect a high energy performance from a band that are the quintessential power trio.

Audlem Voices – St James Church 5PM

From classical to pop, they sing it all, and are always looking for new and exciting pieces to add to their repertoire. The choir is led by a talented and experienced musical director, who works tirelessly to ensure that their performances are always of the highest quality.

Burning Heart – The Shroppie Fly 6PM

Back in 1984, an album was released which brought together the best American Rock Bands of the Era. It contained classic hits from Asia, Boston, Foreigner, Journey and Toto. Now you can relive this phenomenon with Burning Heart; the only tribute show to this iconic Era of American rock

Good To Go – The Bridge Stage 6.20PM

A professional and super energetic four piece party band that cover all genres, lead by the exuberant Jemima, we welcome this great band to the festival for the first time. Sure to have you up dancing and singing along, a splendid time is guaranteed for all!

Indie Anna Tones – The Lord Combermere 6.30PM

A return to the festival for this ever popular four piece cover band with great energy, fronted by the irrepressible Anna, putting their own stamp on well known songs from Foo Fighters, Queen, The Stereophonics and The White Stripes, among many others, this band will leave you feeling upbeat, fired up and ready to party!

Old Money – The Lord Combermere 8PM (inside)

Featuring Lee on guitar and local musician Simon on keyboards, this duo bring a fantastic selection of (mostly 60s and 70s, with a nod to the 80s and more recent) covers. The set contains very familiar but seldom covered songs along with lively crowd pleasers, we know you'll have agreat evening.

Tony Skeggs – The Shroppie Fly 9PM (inside)

Tony is a fantastic musician and all round great guy. As a resident performer at Liverpools famous Cavern club, he certainly knows how to put on a brilliant performance, with a huge repertoire of classic songs including Dylan, Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Rod Stewart, Squeeze and more.

Colin Browne & Mick Gilliker – The Bridge Inn 9.30PM (inside)

Worthy replacements for the Culprits who have had to pull out.

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