FRIDAY 28th JULY
The Jar Family
Hugely popular at last year's festival in the Sunday afternoon slot, the band return to
headline Friday evening at Fleur Fest 2017.
The Jar Family are songwriters and musicians from Hartlepool taking their name from
the donations jar they passed around at early gigs.
The band is a tight knit group who had the foresight to realise that they were stronger
collectively than they were individually. Styled 'Industrial Folk' these musicians from the
North East are simply stunning with very different, charismatic personalities and a wide
range of musical styles.
They work together harmoniously, sharing lead vocals and their clever, highly musical
self-penned songs immediately stay in your mind. Echoes of the Beatles and Oasis with
originality, edge, grit and truth.
THE BLOX are six dedicated geezers who have got together to recreate the music of Ian Dury and The Blockheads.
Music which is comprised of elements of funk, jazz, blues, reggae, even vaudeville. Music which is topped
with the comedic lyrics and poetry of that cheeky chappie the late great Ian Dury, affectionately known as "Uncle Ian".
Formed in 1999 by bass player Tony Clark, they performed their first gig in September 2000, seventeen years ago!
Since then they have played at numerous festivals, touring twice with top ska band Bad Manners, sharing the bill
with Hawkwind, and leaving these shores for various gigs overseas, namely Guernsey!
SATURDAY 29th JULY - Showcasing local bands
C U TUESDAY *** Celebrating 20 years ***
Officially a Fleur Fest institution on their return for a 4th consecutive year, local heroes Ian (Buzz) Neil, Keith , Mick and Andy celebrating 20
years play some originals and everyone's favourite Indie tunes by Oasis, Snow Patrol, Pulp, Blur,
Stone Roses and more. Not to be missed!
The Corsairs - “If it’s too loud you’re too old!”
Mark Loveridge founded The Corsairs in 1995. Within three years they became Oxfordshire's premier Rockabilly band. The Corsairs, quoted
as "...high powered energy & fast slappin' double bass" and play a mix of Punk, Ska & Retrobilly.
Last at the festival in 2015, the band make a welcome Fleur Fest return this year.
A four piece 70s Hard Rock and Blues Band playing covers from that classic period including AC/DC Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Hendrix, ZZ Top, Free, Kiss and many others
The Voodoo Penguins are a Rock Covers Band with a few Original songs
The band consists of 5 local based (Abingdon/Didcot and Wantage) lads with passion for playing live music.
The Penguins formed early last year and have had a few line up changes
until November last year where we now have Nick vocals, Andy lead guitar,
Davey guitar, Daryl on bass and the other Dave on drums.
SUNDAY 30th JULY
Roddy “Radiation” Byers & The Skabilly Rebels
Roddy Radiation (born Roderick James Byers, 5 May 1955 in Keresley, England) is an English musician who played lead guitar
for The Specials, as well as many rockabilly bands such as the Bonediggers and the Tearjerkers. He wrote the Specials
favourites "Concrete Jungle", "Rat Race" and "Hey, Little Rich Girl", later covered by Amy Winehouse. Currently, Byers leads
The Skabilly Rebels, a band that mixes ska rhythms with rockabilly.
Byers joined The Specials when the band was called The Coventry Automatics and wrote several songs for the band. The most successful
being "Rat Race", Roddy also wrote "Hey Little Rich Girl", which appeared on The Specials second album, More Specials (1980). The
song was also covered by Amy Winehouse on her successful album Back To Black.
2 Rude Ska
For most ska fans 1980 had to be the year. The music of The Specials along with Madness, The Beat, The Selecter and Bad Manners
were the sounds on your radio. Britain was a bleak place back then, and the music that brightened those days were sounds of the great
2 Tone bands. It didn’t matter who you were or where you came from, it was a movement that united people and it continues to this day.
Fast forward thirty years… a once in a generation band comes along, a band to inspire the next one. A band that makes you forget about
all that is wrong with world. That band is 2 Rude, a band driven by a passion for music.
2 Rude were drawn together at the dawn of 2009 in a call to arms by the inimitable Mark Harry. This gathering brought together a crew
of 7 first class musicians with a calibre that is second to none, and a combined number of gigs literally in the thousands.
The band have played with the likes of Roddy Byers of The Specials on several occasions and supported The Selecter and Bad Manners
as their stature has grown.
Since the band have been touring the country playing their unique style of two toned inspired hits, they have played a string of sell out
shows, headlined festivals and have left thousands of people breathless and shouting for more. 2 Rude have rightly claimed their title as
one of the hottest live acts in the country.