Ahead of the screening of his film Tangled Up With Dylan: The Ballad of AJ Weberman and also The Mighty Boosh On Tour, Oliver Ralfe from Ralfe Band will be performing brand new material in this intimate and unique venue.
For this exclusive live solo set, Oly Ralfe will be debuting brand new songs alongside favourites from Ralfe Band albums Swords and Attics Thieves, plus songs from Ralfe Band’s highly acclaimed soundtrack to British feature film Bunny and the Bull.
Andy Briggs is the author of Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy, the first in the brand new series, rewritten for the modern age and part of the Tarzan centenary 2012 celebrations. He started writing with his brother Peter Briggs – working on movie projects such as Judge Dredd, Freddy vs Jason and Foreverman for Spiderman creator Stan Lee and legendary producer Robert Evans. Andy went on to work on Warner Bros Aquaman – while at the same time landing an eight-book deal with Oxford university Press for Hero.com and Villain.net.
Currently he’s working with Disney on Inventory X amongst several other exciting TV and feature projects, including Merian C Cooper’s War Eagles.
With influences as diverse as Blink 182 and Bob Marley Cheltenham-based Swift Manouver could claim to have a pretty unique sound. Mixing their love of rock and reggae the band have grown a reputation for quality live performances which has made them one of the top acts in the South West. With a set consisting of 90% original material and a couple of classic covers thrown in come and see why they won last year’s Track of the Year – BBC Introducing Gloucestershire.
Cardiff band The Method fuse 60′s beat, garage and psych with a dash of 2 Tone, old school indie and punk to create a sound that’s unique, but with more than a touch of familiarity to the educated ear. If you like The Coral and The Bees then this is for you.
According to the band not a lot of good comes out of Malvern and they reckon they’re not bucking the trend. Having listened to some of their pounding, swaggering garage rock we’d strongly disagree. In fact we think there is a touch of The Kings of Leon about them.
Get your fix of Tallulah on the BBC Introducing Stage.
Sam Brookes has recently supported Scott Matthews and Cherry Ghost and went on tour with Ray Davies. He also recorded his debut album for Helium Records and is now looking forward to it being released in July.
With all this experience behind him, Sam is already an accomplished musician and performer with an emerging depth and maturity that increasingly shows in his writing. His finely crafted songs, immaculate phrasing and beautifully modulated delivery reach easily beneath the skin of his audience. The magical space he creates and the elasticity of his writing and playing have the echoes and jazz arches of giants like John Martyn and Tim Buckley who he includes as his influences along with Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Laura Marling.
Anchor and The Wolf are an exciting mismatch of musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds. Collectively they create a grand and emotional sound with a foundation of touching and warm lyrics. Totally encapsulating, their ‘cinematic folk-pop’ takes influence from Sigur Ros, Noah and the Whale, Bon Iver and Arcade Fire, whilst bringing something completely new and unique to the table..
As well as captivating audiences across the country through appearances at a number of high profile venues, they have recently supported fellow rising bands: Out like a Lion, Bronze Medal and Life in Film. Members have also supported established acts such as; Bombay Bicycle Club, Stornoway and Hadouken. The BBC Wiltshire introducing ‘favourites’ are swiftly building up a name for themselves around the UK.
‘Grabs hold of your heart and squeezes until there’s not a single drop of emotion left in it’ – Sam Lee, Swindon Advertiser
AJ is a Hip-Hop artist who fuses elements of Reggae, Drum & Bass, Dub Step & Indie to tell stories related to his own life. A well known MC, Host and event organiser all across the Country, his new album Lyricologist was released in April.
Secret Rivals are an Oxford based 4 piece, formed in late 2008 through a shared obsession of records such as Idlewild’s ‘Captain’ and bands such as You Say Party We Say Die and The Cribs. Secret Rivals self released their early recordings on ‘What Fists Are For’ in late 2009, catching the attention of BBC radio and XFM. Although unasahmedly low-fi, the record received praise from local and national music journalists, who described it as ‘a frantic frenzy of energy and melodies’ (Glitzine) and ‘a cult classic’ (The Mag).
In Jan 2011 Secret Rivals signed to London indie label Kittiwake Records who will released the single ‘Tonight Matthew’ in April 2011. February saw the band interviewed by BBC Oxford Introducing, following which they were invited into the BBC 6Music studios for an interview with Tom Robinson in March. ‘Tonight Matthew’ was also picked up by Rasio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank who named the track his ‘tune of the day’ in Febuary 2011 and gave the band its first BBC Radio 1 air play in March. The band continue to play regularly across the UK and have recently shared stages with the likes of The Chapman Family, La Faro and Wilder.
Wychwood returns to Cheltenham on 31st May - 2nd June 2013. We are the family friendly festival! Day & weekend tickets are on sale now.
Band announcements include The Human League, Bill Bailey, Soul II Soul, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Kate Nash, Toploader, Dreadzone, The Beat, Sam Lee, Moulettes, Eddie & The Hotrods, John Otway, Caravan Palace, Public Service Broadcasting and many more!
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