Friday 5 July

Festival Fanfare

5pm – 5.05pm

Celebrate the opening of our new Free Stage with a rousing performance of the winning fanfare from our public competition, and look out for pop-up performances around town! To enter this competition please click here. Closing date is Monday 1 July.

Olá Samba

5.05pm – 5.20pm

The Olá Samba Bateria hail from Cheltenham and get the Festival party started with the traditional sounds of a Brazilian Carnival with modern western twists.

The Soul Destroyers

5.40pm – 6.25pm

The Soul Destroyers are a 14-piece line up with 7 awesome horns, 3 singers and a rock solid rhythm section to create an unnatural phenomenon of truly awe-inspiring musical power. You can expect soul covers from all the usual suspects but don’t be surprised if you end up at some very unexpected musical destinations.

Bostin Brass

6.45pm – 7.30pm

Bostin Brass are a New Orleans style brass band who have created their own brand of Brummie infused second-line soul music for the best part of a decade and can be seen popping up all over the country to wow audiences from school playgrounds and mardi gras parades to concert halls and festivals.

Ayanna Witter Johnson

7.50pm – 8.35pm

The definition of eclectic soul, singer, songwriter and cellist Ayanna Witter Johnson shows that classical and alternative R&B music can successfully coexist. Ayanna performs music from from her newly released debut album Road Runner which pays tribute to her Jamaican roots with its authentic urban grittiness against the backdrop of incredible musicality.

Afro Cluster

8.55pm – 9.45pm

Cardiff based Afro Cluster are renowned for their unique and exciting blend of afro funk and hip hop. Utilizing cuts, big brass sounds and rhythm section as well the MC stylings of Skunkadelic, they’ve been frequently described as having a colossal sound and an explosive live show.