The Music Barn
The main stage of the festival hosting a range of live music performers from folk to rock, roots to psychedelia.
Another Music Barn favourite - the Abrahams return in 2018 with their unique combination of progressive folk rock skiffle sound. Hailing from Northamptonshire the band include Ross Alexander on Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Electric Guitar, Piano; Max Mclean on Electric Guitar; Neil Bennet on Drums & Percussion and Jamie Gilbert on Bass.
The return of the mighty Bootleg Zoo to the Music Barn for our 2018 anniversary event. The Zoo last played at the Music Barn in 2016 and blew the roof off with their high octance performance. A full on rock band covering artists from the 70's right up to the present day! Expect big sing along tunes, guitar solos and lots of fun, with Abbie on Lead vocalist and rhythm guitar, David on Lead guitar with support from Lou on Bass and Sharon on Drums
24 year old Josh is new to the Music Barn this year and will be playing on the Main Stage in the Meadow. We love his lilting folky tracks where he brings in a wide range of influences from the likes Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole through to accoustic pop stars such as Ed Sheeran, Razorlight, Xavier Rudd, and Mumford & Sons. He released his debut EP 'Visceral Butterflies' on iTunes and Spotify in July 2017.
The Ouse Valley Singles Club
If you are not familiar with The Ouse Valley Singles Club or have yet to catch their live show then you are in for a treat. They are one of, if not the, most original outfits currently playing the live circuit. Influenced by the long forgotten sounds & traditions of 1950’s Skiffle (Google it) they combine this sound with the energy of Punk and the swing of Rock and Roll, whilst occasionally dropping some Reggae flavour into the mix. Then layering this with hilarious Folk-like story-telling, often crossing the parameters of what is deemed to be politically correct but keeping it very tongue in cheek. In doing this, they have created a truly original & highly entertaining sound that has been dubbed “New Wave Skiffle” and they have been described as ‘George Formby meets The Clash’ where Vaudeville music Hall meets Working Men’s club.
The Orange Clocks
Orange Clocks hail from a shed in the depths of East Northamptonshire and specialize in music of no fixed genre; improvising and jamming for long periods, pausing only to consume lots of tea and biscuits. They have been in their current incarnation for a little over two years, although the seven band members have played together in different musical incarnations for many hazy years, united by a love of psychedelic and hypnotic music (amongst other things). Must be seen to be believed!
The Smarties return to perform in the Meadow at the Music Barn in 2018. The band were formed in the Northamptonshire area in 2010 and have performed all over the UK, bringing their hi-octane rock music to new audiences up and down the country. A very popular three piece band , they play a wide range of tracks from across the decades covering a number of genres including rock, blues, indie and pop. Expect lively, high energy on stage performance coupled with full on sing along track selection.
Hailing from Northampton, Sarpa Salpa were formed in 2016 and bring together a heady mix of punchy guitar based riffs with heavy synths and powerful melodies. Sarpa Salpa released their debut single "Across The Water" in April 2017 following a sold out show at The Lamplighter (Northampton). This led to a spring of shows across the summer supporting the likes of FLYTE, Riscas, Jesus Jones & The Scruff across the midlands. Following the summer dates the group returned to the studio to record follow up single "She Never Lies" released on 11/11/17, celebrated with a sold out launch at The Roadmender (Northampton).
Soul Intention is a 9-piece sixties soul band based in Somersham, Cambridgeshire, UK. The line-up consists of a female lead singer, a rhythm section of drums, bass, guitar and keyboards and a four-piece horn section of trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax and baritone sax that also provides backing vocals.
Expect classic tracks from the 1960s recorded on the Stax and Motown labels together with other songs from the same era that have a similar "soulful intention".
Toffees are a UK based young British rock band formed in 2015. They have toured extensively, winning new audiences everywhere they perform and have been featured on BBC Introducing, including live sessions for BBC Radio. Influences include bands such as The White Stripes, Kasabian and Muse.
In 2017 they played alongside Stereophonics, Jake Bugg, Newton Faulkner, Peter Docherty, Elbow and Rita Ora. Toffees are published and distributed worldwide by Monkey Puzzle House Ltd. Also Well 'Oh' Well has recently been voted Amazing Radios 2017 track of the year!
Stay tuned for more performers as they are confirmed.
The Stone Barn
The Stone Barn serves up an eclectic range of music styles from hip hop and funk to Drum n Bass and old Skool house.
The return of the mighty OP1 with his distinct blend of Funk and Hiphop mixed in with plenty of stonk. If you love dancing to bit of James Brown and George Clinton mixed up with Jurrasic 5 and NWA then this is your man. A turntablist and scratch specialist DJ OP1 will be closing the Stone Barn between 12am and 2am. Prepared to get sweaty!
Senior Rem vs the Juke Box Janitor
Senior Rem and the Duke Box Janitor love their music. With over 40 years of DJ experience between them they know how to funk up a party. Never ones to be categorised they can pick out little gems and classic tracks from all across the music spectrum , keeping you dancing and also digging out the phone for a sneaky ShaZam.
If you want to see the art of turntablism come and check Senior Rem scratching and mixing some of the craziest tracks out there .
Head honcho at Rebirth and self confessed vinyl hoarder, Andy Brown AKA AyBee will be playing drum'n'bass, bringing his 20 plus year experience of DJing to the Barn. If you love your DnB then you got to catch this guy's set. He will be delving deep into his collection to bring you the very best in upfront jungle spliced with some all time favourites.
DJD aka Dean Church
Promoter and DJ, Dean Church, has 26 years experience under his belt as a DJ playing for some of the biggest promoters in dance music such as Helter Skelter, Fantazia, and Dreamscape as well as some of the biggest clubs across the UK (Sanctuary, Que Club, Air/Code to name a few). His DJing has taken him as far as Germany and Poland. Known for Acid House, Rave, Jungle and DnB but with a love of all feel good music, Dean's influences include Ska, Soul, Funk and anything to make the floor move. Set up Jungle Juice, Flavaunit and Déjà vu local promotions.
Jamie "JayEyes" Ives
Liquid soulful drum'n'bass. Last appearing at the Music Barn in 2016, Jamie returns to the stone barn in 2018 with his own brand of soulful Drum n Bass. Expect lush soundscapes and more chilled out tribal beats for a blissful Summer afternoon.
The One and Only Mark Riley returns to the decks at the Music Barn. Expect blissed out house grooves with some well known classics from this vinyl specialist - perfect to go with hot June sunshine and cocktails!
The Steel Yard
Dance music arena in the Steel Yard playing the best in upfront house music
This girl sure knows how to rock a crowd! A naturally gifted DJ who started rocking the decks as young as 13 years old at The Barn in Lincoln. Known for her tight mixing and ability to read the crowd; just some of the reasons Stacy has always been a crowd favourite.
Stacy is currently working on new material in the studio with Barry Diston at Fidget Studios so keep your ears peeled!
The 1905 Project
Music Barn head honcho, DJ and promoter, Mark Robinson AKA The 1905 Project is bringing his distinct brand of tech and progressive house to the end of the night. Mark has had a DJ career that spans nearly 20 years and will be delving into his files from across the decades to finish the night off with a bang. If you came to the Halloween extravaganza Cirque du Diablo you will know what to expect!
DJ Brendan P
Midlands based DJ who has been gracing the decks of clubland since the mid-90s. Current resident at "Hocus Pocus" club nights, which has been recognised by MixMag as one of the best free nights in the UK & Eire and for the last 2 years. The brand has also hosted major parties over in Ibiza as seen Brendan playing alongside some of the industries finest including Hannah Wants, Shadowchild, Huxley, Darius Syrossian, Josh Butler, Hector Couto. Expect some upfront blissful house from this veteran.
New to the Music Barn in 2018, Errico Parker has been a regular feature on the Midlands club circuit and makes his debut in Steel Yard. His sets combine a wide range of influences from disco and funky house through to the techie side of things. Expect blissed out house during is late afternoon set - perfect as the sun starts to set!
Music Barn favourite and Reverb promoter Kev Fowler AKA Shombo returns in 2018 playing a daytime set from 5pm. Expect chilled out balearic beats and downtempo house. Kev Fowler has releases on Amazing Lab with Luca M and JUST2, and Dusty Grooves,which are getting support from some of the industry heavyweights. As well as music production, Kev runs the widely acclaimed House night REVERB in Northampton. With sold out events, the night brought the likes of Darius Syrossian, Jordan Peak, Hector Couto, Josh Butler, Leftwing & Kody, Jansons, and Latmun.
Returning to the Music Barn after smashing it at our Halloween event, we have the awesome DJ Tom Deacon! Tom has 20 years of entertaining under his belt and has held residencies at various venues in Kettering town for the last 10 years. Currently keeping the punters happy every weekend in Kettering’s best cocktail bar Aura, he’ll be bringing something cool and funky to the party in June!