North Leeds Charity Beer Festival band line-up
As well as dispensing quality beer the festival is known for some serious entertainment. Every year we showcase the local Leeds talent and 2019 will be no different. We have a full programme of bands playing over the two day festival.
Friday 5 April
ROUNDHAY UKULELE GROUP
The Roundhay Ukulele Group are set to open the 8th annual North Leeds Charity Beer Festival. RUG is a community music group, which meets every Wednesday at The New Highwood from 8pm. People of all ages and experience come to play songs they love on the Ukulele. RUG aim to get everyone singing along as they entertain you with songs from The Beatles and The Beach Boys through to The Clash and The Carpenters!
FIREFLY - Acoustic mood food, Jazz to Blues from the versatile vocal skills of mother and daughter Ayshea and Alyssa Megyery
Snake Oil are a Leeds based 'up-tempo' rock & blues cover band. They perform the length and breadth of Yorkshire and beyond with an extremely popular, well received and ever changing set. Playing tracks from the old favourites such as Eric Clapton, Free, Cream and Pink Floyd, ZZ Top, Gary Moore, Queen, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac through to the more bluesy Bonnie Raitt and Frankie Miller.
9.30pm - 11pm
With a fresh modern sound , Elevation Avenue is one of the most exciting live bands in the North! Elevation Avenue perform a mix of soul, funk, pop and rock covers to entice any crowd!
We take great songs that everyone will know and love, and give them a modern infectious twist! Our set includes timeless funk hits from Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Prince, and James Brown, reggae music from Bob Marley, through to classic rock such as Areosmith, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and Santana. There’s also a lot of modern stuff like The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Justin Timberlake, Amy Winehosue, Outkast, Black Eyed Peas, Daft Punk and Bruno Mars to bring the set right up to date!
Saturday 6 April
ALWOODLEY SINFONIA [IN THE MARQUEE]
12noon - 1.00pm
Saturday's proceedings begin with a first for the beer festival, Alwoodley Sinfonia will be playing in the marquee. Formerly known as Alwoodley Chamber Orchestra the group which has its origin in the 1950's performs a classical repertoire.
1.00pm - 1.30pm
Catapult are a bunch of friends who decided it was never too late to form a rock band, based on the rule that if it ain’t fun we ain’t doing it. With a broad range of influences, Catapult cover songs by Blur, White Stripes, Elvis Costello, Dandy Warhols, and the Stray Cats."
GERRY AND THE ATTRICS
2.00pm - 2.45pm
Geri and the Attrics are the oldest rock band ever to come out of Hepworth. We have lawyers, judges, travel agents and a group of guys who like playing 60’s music. We have played with some big acts none more so than 2nd on the bill to Nookie Bear. We have played the Arena (Huddersfield Rugby’s old ground) and our world tour has so far taken us as far as Congleton. A band with a lot of history as well as great enthusiasm.
3.00pm - 3.30pm
Little Mistakes are a three-piece country / bluegrass band who play original material and covers. Singer-songwriters Adam Wolstenholme and Louise Starks are joined by double bassist James Lynch to form an irresistible combination of witty lyrics and luscious harmonies.
BLIND DEAD MCJONES BAND
4.00pm - 5.00pm
The Blind Dead McJones Band formed out of a pure chance meeting between the blues legend and the Boys back in 2008. The boys had been having a casual wee jam session at the wise owl pub (now been demolished) when they noticed this mysterious looking fella keeping a keen eye on them. This turned out to be the great Blind Dead McJones who coincidently needed a new band and took on the boys.
The band perform a fine selection of Blues classics from the likes of McJones, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy etc, as well as some of their own more rocky material.
5.30pm - 6.15pm
Kinda Blue with their mellow, laid back, expertly played traditional rhythm and blues are appearing at the Beer Festival for the fifth time. They are a 5-piece band from Leeds, playing a diverse range of blues styles. Their music is influenced by Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Peter Green, John Mayall, Freddie King, BB King, Albert King, Ray Charles and so many more... Vocals / lead guitar – Nigel; Guitar – Steve; Keyboards – Sue; Bass – Dave; Drums – Barry
EXCEL AND THE MACROS
6.45pm - 7.30pm
Work colleagues Tom and Mark started practising together, before playing a selection of early Beatles and Stones songs at Tom’s 40th birthday party – where the band were characterised by a raw Rock n Roll sound led by Mark’s powerful vocals. The band have a new drummer, Scott Wolstenholme, who although now 70 years of age, points out that he’s younger than his drumming heroes Ringo Starr and Charlie Watts. They have been building on the Rock n Roll theme, with songs from the likes of Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and Eddie Cochran added to their set.
8.00pm - 9.00pm
Bluesharks play bluesy, funky rock with a touch of reggae and it's the first band in which the three Wolstenholme brothers have all played together. The band features a unique blend of three guitar sounds with Adam playing a Telecaster, Max a Les Paul and Graeme a Stratocaster. The rock-solid rhythm section features Ian on drums and James on bass with Adam and Laura providing the vocals. Bluesharks’ set features classics by Muddy Waters, BB King and the Stones mixed with less-obvious choices by artists including Primal Scream, The Doors, Robert Cray and Bruce Springsteen, and an increasing amount of original material.
SCOTT AND THE ANTARCTICS
9.30pm - 11.00pm
Successors to Waley and the Marlers after Simon Waley left for Pakistan, but the rest of the band remain, with Mark taking over as male vocalist. Fortunately we retain Ayshea and Kay on vocals. Drummer Scott Wolstenholme says ‘No band named after their drummer has ever been any good’ but same eclectic mix of material as in previous years, with even more classics to enjoy.
Details of the band line-up are correct at the time of publication and the entertainment has been booked in good faith however could be subject to change without notice. Further details and regular updates will be posted on our soical media channels.