The Artists

Baka Beyond

We are so thrilled that Baka Beyond are this year's headline act. Originally inspired by the music of the Baka Forest People, Pygmies whose music and dance have been celebrated since the time of the Pharaohs, Baka Beyond use the Baka rhythms to fuse music from the band-members’ Celtic and African roots. The resultant music is highly infectious and crosses boundaries of genre, age and ethnicity.

Banda Bacana

Banda Bacana are a 9 piece outfit from North Wales who have a talent for getting people off their seats and onto the dance floor. Their groove based music has a wide range of influences from Latin, Jazz, Afro Beat, Funk and Caribbean, and their tunes have a distinct driving beat interlaced with beautiful vocal and sax harmonies, percussive flare and weaving guitar and bass patterns.

Cowbois Celtaidd

Think of the Pogues meet the levellers at Woodstock and bond over a shared love for Bob Marley.

Djangogs

The spirit of the 'swing' era of the 1940s in North Wales! The acoustic trio brings alive the spirit of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli- the classy sound of acoustic jazz, from foot-tapping classics of the swing era to more modern tunes given the Manouche treatment. Dance if you want; or just get transported to the evocative era of Art Deco.

Drymbago

North Wales’ funkiest tropical ensemble have developed an exciting live show of original music over their many years together. Playing at festivals across the UK and Europe and having supported a number of legends on the scene such as Tony Allen and Quantic. Drawing on a love of Colombian, French Caribbean and African music they create a unique sound that crosses styles and borders.

Eve Goodman

Eve Goodman writes songs from the heart; here is a young woman who transmutes the personal into the universal. After her degree in Literature, Eve left the city to live in a cabin on a Cornish farm, where she wrote and recorded her first EP, Low Sun. In her current writing, Eve explores the territory of grief and rising up from the wasteland of loss after losing her father. Against the pain, Eve offers the quiet harmony of a voice who is finding joy again. If you sit, listen and wait, this beautifully crafted new folk light, will unveil earth, soul and a deep connection to what it is to be human in these troubled, inspiring times.

Freedom Sound System and Friends (Racubah, DJ FoWax, DJ Flyffilyfbybl, DJ Badly & Ska Beat Soul)

Freedom Soundsystem have been smashing dancehall across North Wales and beyond with their handbuilt soundystem and an explosive selection of fresh new releases, old roots classics, and explosive dubplate specials.

Hannah Willwood

Hannah is a 21 year old singer/songwriter from Snowdonia, now based in Leeds, exhibiting a unique blend of folk, jazz and indie. Her influences stem from the likes of Laura Marling and Lianne La Havas. Now studying Songwriting at Leeds College of Music, she is currently working towards a single and EP release.

Hedge Gods

Hedge Gods are a high energy dance band from North Wales, whose sound is a witches’ brew of contemporary and traditional sounds, with a sprinkle of weirdness and bucketfuls of rhythm.

Jonny Steele

Impro vocalist and guitarist who involves the crowd. Beautiful guitar and inspiring lyrics.

Mamatung

Freak folk outfit Mamatung bring a sprinkling of scouse ceremony with a journey to the centre of the heart. A set entwined with spirited melodies, chants, serendipitous harmonies and a magical mixture of musical instruments.

Martin & Henry

Martin Daws is an acclaimed Spoken Word Poet with 20 years professional experience writing, performing and recording while maintaining a leading practice as a freelance creative educator. Numerous festivals appearances nationally and Internationally including Glastonbury, Edinburgh Fringe, Bet Lahem Live (Palestine), Penn Writers (NYC), Poetry Connection (Helsinki), First Fortnight (Rep Ireland) and Focus Wales. Featured poet in 9Bach’s acclaimed “Llechi”. Author of two Spoken Word Poetry book/albums Skintight the Sidewalk (2008) and Geiriau Gogs(2016). Awarded the role of Young People’s Laureate for Wales 2013-16. Delivering nationwide poetry projects and events, advocating for the importance of young people’s voices being heard.

RAM RAM

Up beat dance friendly fusion of reggae, ska, funk, original tunes with the odd cover thrown in.

Thernody Choir

Songs for all the seasons of life - weddings, funerals, parties, - and Christmas!