This stage will usually offer a clear contrast to the bands in our other marquee.
Sons Of Liberty
The band from Bristol (UK) have established themselves as one of the most popular live and recording bands on the current original hard rock scene. With a reputation built on a solid foundation of extensive live touring, blistering live performances and a passion for creating exceptional new rock music the band's trajectory has been extraordinary. Please welcome the UK's very own 'southern rock' band - Sons Of Liberty!
Based just up the road in Northampton, Empyre signed to the record label Kscope in late 2022, Their new album 'Relentless', the follow-up to 2019’s 'Self Aware' will be released March 31st. Sonically, Empyre perform intense, atmospheric rock, with a dark and introspective edge. In the words of Planet Rock “Everything about Empyre’s beguiling music is colossal sounding" and their latest single 'Hit and Run' recently won Classic Rock Magazine's "Track of the week".
The Hayley Griffiths Band
From Japan to Chile to Russia to Paris, Hayley Griffiths has performed in over 400 cities across 35 countries and 6 continents! Prior to performing lead vocals for Karnataka, Hayley spent years touring in the international phenomenon Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance and in 2023 has celebrated her love of both the Celtic and Rock genres with her double album release ‘Far from Here’ and “Melanie.’
Imagine a scorching desert crossroad, vultures circling high above three heat shimmering ratrods, windows down in the haze and you'e heading towards the sound of Manchester's Blackballed. Winding around the sound of roaring engines, hard hitting rock riffs and filthy blues grooves, wrapped in a gauze of pyschedelic soulfulness. A squeal of acceleration breaks free from a blast of streaking colour and scorching tyres, exploding into one huge melting pot of highly tuned, well oiled musical mastery.
Ruby Dawn's powerful yet atmospheric sound evokes the spacious grooves of Pink Floyd and the edginess of Porcupine Tree and groove of Massive Attack, but with a truly unique post-progressive style of their own. Humanitarian issues as well as reflections about today’s world are the themes behind Carola Baer's lyrics, delivered with soulful intensity, while the band's music is a majestic mix of rock, minimalism, and haunting hypnotic space.
Originally forming as Rooster back in 1990, Peterborough's very own Crowbone (a name they have used since 2019) have played around the UK as well as France on a couple of occasions. Very popular on the local music scene, they have performed at many outdoor festivals and are always a crowd pleaser. Expect a mixture of classic blues/rock tracks sprinkled amoungst their own material that has been in the making in recent years.
Beguiled prides themselves on playing challenging songs with lots of dynamics. The Band had a hit song with singer/guitarist and songwriter Phil White's "Man in the Mirror" which reach number 15 in the Australian charts of all places in 2019. They have recorded 7 studio Albums and one live double Album. Together with original guitarist ‘PJ’ Jennings, Chris Ross (bass/keys) and Nick Meyers (drums) their influences range from Pink Floyd and Dream Theatre to Sabbath and Zeppelin.
Atlas is a 5-piece melodic rock band from the north of England founded by keyboard player James Thorley in 2017 with the intention to create a band that centered its roots around the 80s AOR and melodic rock genre whilst delving into other areas of hard rock, metal and progressive rock. They have released two studio albums to date and toured the UK sharing the stage with The Quireboys, Eric Martin (Mr Big), FM, Vega, Big Country and Praying Mantis.
Sam Millar & the Sass Bandits
Sam Millar is a musician from Greater Manchester, formerly the guitarist and main song writer in Bigfoot. After Bigfoot’s split in 2019 Sam released 2 solo EP’s ‘Holy Sass’ and ‘Radio Gouda’ with a full album to follow in September 2023. After the positive reviews of the releases, ‘The Sass Bandits’ was formed to take the songs out on tour with as a full 5-piece live band.
Liliths Army are a three piece grunge-rock band from the UK. Described as “Babes in Toyland Meets Nirvana”, the band provides a full-throttle music assault. They have previously toured the UK and NYC at various legendary venues, and have played the festival circuit including Glastonbury. The band released their new single “Get Away” in February 2023, which was preceded by the single “Stoop” in 2022. Both are available via i-tunes and online stores. Two guys, one gal - a musical trio not to be missed!