Sheppyfest '17 Line Up

This year we are honoured to welcome The Hoosiers to the main stage. Along with all of the other talented musicians playing through out the day, it's set to be bigger, better and louder than last year! 

Headline act

The multiplatinum success of The Hoosiers 2007 debut album, The Trick to Life, and singles such as “Worried About Ray” and “Goodbye Mr. A”, raised huge expectations for its follow-up, not least at The Hoosiers’ record label. The prophetically titled The Illusion of Safety was, all the band agree, a troubled project from the start.

Shattering their previous run of an album every three to four years, the 2015 release of The Secret Service – only a year after their third album – reveals a band hitting their stride through a purple patch; improving as they discover they have more to say than ever.

Tension, creativity, democracy, arguments, time apart, coming back together, and then songs. Lots of them. Gone is the self-consciousness of the dog days around their second album; gone, too, the self-doubt. In their place is a deeply rooted – and hard-won – confidence, and a determination to lock back in to the freedom and joy of the early days.

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  • These young men are up and coming and ready to hit the festival scene this year.

    "After seeing Duveaux on this particular stage [Hard Rock Rising Stage, Isle of Wight Festival] earlier in the weekend, I thought I had found the best new band this stage had to offer. Watching The Carnabys perform though, I have to eat those words because if Duveaux were impressive– these guys are astounding. Every single member of the band has a natural stage presence and showmanship, but their lead singer Jack Mercer quite easily has the swagger to be the next Alex Turner in the making. Aside from mastering the art of crowd charming, The Carnabys have the rock and roll substance to match… every song screams NME insta-hit and forthcoming single ‘The Pocket’ is definitely going to get them abruptly crashing in to every musical radar around" -Natt, 7bitarcade.com

  • Our local heroes will once again take to the stage after storming the crowds of Sheppyfest'16

    With our keyboard led sounding attack, a rhythm section laying down our grooves for our man at the front to soar through a wealth of classic dance and pop tunes, we as FILTA would like to welcome you to our sounds and our exciting live experience. From single tracks to our more adventurous medleys, our aim is to create and perform music that is exciting and gives the listener the desire to move from our first beat to our last, our first note to our last. With a set covering many contemporary songs alongside classic dance anthems, we want to introduce yourselves to a huge completely live sound that is an experience you have not witnessed before.

    From festival arenas to smaller gigs, we are looking forward, over the next few months, to performing our music to a large number of venues, inviting people to enjoy our sound and  become part of our FILTA family. Filta had one goal when coming together. Knowing each other, our musical styles and tastes so well, the boys wanted to mix our love for great pop music with our love for huge rhythms, array of varying sounds, soaring melodies and contrasting textures. The result, FILTA.

  • The Leylines was started by a group of West Country musicians driving home from a session at the legendary Sawmills studios. Levelling The Land by The Levellers was on the car stereo. Something about the sound of the record, the rolling Cornish landscapes and the smell of summer connected in vocalist Steve’s head.

    Steve, a product of council estates and stints in the Army, put his observations on the state of the nation into music and started writing. Adding the different musical backgrounds of band mates Matt (guitar), Pete (bass), Dave (drums) and Hannah (violin), The Leylines have created a style that combines the acerbic social commentary of Paul Weller with a folk-rock vibe that will send you right back to those long, hazy, festival days.

  • Ben’s natural vocal talent was apparent at a young age.  By his late teens, he was lead singer and writer with Solace, a band that quickly secured a deal with Rip Curl. But they lost momentum when two members of the band decided to leave.  Priorities shifted and dreams of a music career all but dissolved into the concept of a more ‘sensible’ future. 

    Beyond the undeniably high quality of his song writing, guitar and vocal performance, Ben Maggs really entertains.

    Audiences are enrapt by his evocative vocals and melodic lyricism, the energetic “nothing held back” visceral nature of his performance and engaging inter-song storytelling, all carried exquisitely by resonant acoustic guitar.  Festival and event organisers, audiences and fellow musicians alike describe Ben’s performances as “mesmerising”, commenting on how he “holds the audience in the palm of his hands”.

    You can expect nothing less than the full and free expression of the heart and soul of this talented troubadour, live or recorded.

    The genre?  Sometimes I want to say contemporary folk, or folk pop, or reference the troubadours of the 70’s, but this music is new.   It’s not really like anything else, but there’s something here for everyone.  Ben’s music is authentic and unique – as brilliantly expressed by an artistic admirer he is “The Inimitable Mr Maggs”.

  • Hundred Faces are a Somerset, UK based band that play a range of well great songs from the 60's to the present day. Through their own sound they bring everything from The Who to the Zutons, Blur to James Brown, Squeeze to the Kaiser Chiefs, The Jam and The Kinks to a live venue near you, with a few floor stomping originals thrown in for good measure.

    No ordinary covers band, they make well known songs sound and feel as fresh and energetic as the day they were written.

    Hundred Faces provide the soundtrack for a mesmerising, energy fuelled night.

  • We are very proud to welcome Apple FM as our compare for the event. As well as this Luke and his team will be asking for song request during the band change over times. So get thinking of your favourite tunes you'd like played on the day! 

    Listen out on Apple FM 97.3 for ticket competitions and event information. 

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SheppyFest was such a fantastic day for me and my family. Despite the rain, we had a boogie and enjoyed the festival atmosphere. We can't wait to go again next year, we hope for some sunshine! :)
Sally Tooze

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