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The Continental's 10th Beer Festival - The Music

Friday, 31 May 2013 - 6:00pm - Saturday, 1 June 2013 - 10:00pm

Our Beer Festivals are almost as well known for their fantastic LIVE MUSIC LINE-UPS as they are for the copious beverages on offer; this time is no exception with some amazing acts taking to the stage in our outdoor marquee. And it's all FREE. 

 

Scroll to the bottom for full line-ups and stage times. 

 

For your edification and listening pleasure on Friday 31st May & Saturday 1st June we have...

 

TEMPLEBYS

 

 

Cited as 'Preston's very own Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings', the Templebys have been working up a storm with their own brand of northern boogaloo and hot-grit soul, playing to audiences all over the country. Past and present engagements include Kendal Calling and opening up for the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Experience - this is their Beer Festival debut and we know you're going to love 'em. 

 

"The Templebys have been refining their authentic sound for time, and their tracks sit neatly next to the likes of Alice Russell, Breakestra, Sharon Jones & The Daptones, The Meters, Laura Vane & The Viperstones, Vicki Anderson etc..." Paul Thornton, Dig Deep @ Preston FM

 
"Funk driven quartet, One of the most exciting prospects to come out of Preston for a while" Danni Skerrit, Quenched 

 

VICTORIAN DAD 

 

 

Forged from the creative furnace of David Rybka - Victorian Dad is an industrious smelting-pot of rock, grunge, folk, passion and man power with a sleeve-pinned heart. The band’s first album The Thin Thread hit the airwaves this year - but the Industrial Revolution has already begun and people are taking notice, among them Mike Joyce (drummer of The Smiths), Tom Robinson of BBC 6Music, and Huey Morgan of Fun Lovin' Criminals fame.

 
“The rhythms are complex, catchy and imaginative; the songs are authentic, lyrical and cleverly arranged. The delivery is gutsy and theatrical" ​BBC Manchester
 

DEEP CABARET 3 

 
 
Deep Cabaret 3 brings together Matt Robinson, of The Inititiative on bass clarinet; Paul Sherwood, of Quercus, on hurdy-gurdy and Steve Lewis, of Orchestre DC Dansette, on voice, guitar & shruti. Pure jazz meets pure folk mediated by an impure jack of none who plays guitar as only a drummer could.
 
Noir-drenched dronesongs meet desert blues improv - fulsome and romantic one moment, edgy and disturbing the next. Then there are the lyrics, adapted from the likes of Beckett, Borges and Bukowski mashed-up with BBC sit coms, buddhist self-help books and Danish grooks. A smoked salmon, cream cheese and dill pickle bagel with extra mustard!
 
"lyrically poetic, generally subtle, ridiculously well put together and sounding consistently almost nothing like I would have expected. Very enjoyable indeed!" Ed Sprake, Mix Up 
 

THIS DIRTY SWAMP 

 
 

Last seen here supporting Eddie and the Hot Rods, 'the Swamp' specialise in collossal classic rock riffage, with elements of bluegrass, prog and soul. Recently upgraded to a four piece for maximum effect.

 

"The words This Dirty Swamp conjure up some strange images. Perhaps Shrek, or maybe the eco-warrior Swampy. Some may think that, but in the City of Preston, This Dirty Swamp means only one thing: heavy duty, high powered ROCK, and on this night The Swamp certainly Rocked!" MetalTalk

 

SEAMUS MCLOUGHLIN 

 

 

Local hero Seamus McLoughlin is a songwriter who writes about real life and delivers with a conviction that’s hard to ignore. This is a songwriter who is creating waves and building momentum like his songs, thanks to a unique voice, classic musical arrangements, poignant lyrics and great melodic hooks.

 

"Acoustic song writing wizardry." Ark Preston

 

LAEKYN

 

 

Laekyn are a four-piece whose music combines spacious melodies, minimal electronica, ethereal vocals, and dense textures. The mysterious band name took shape through rather unconventional means, trawling through a sea of gabble before an epiphany in the form of fortunately placed letters on their kitchen fridge. The band met studying at university, preferring to work in near darkness, with only the company of an old lampshade, aspiring to make music far away from the dank terraced house they resided in.

 

HEAT VS LIGHT

 

 

 

Heat vs Light are an alternative rock band from Burnley and Preston. They play sprawling, melodic, guitar music inspired by the likes of Broken Social Scene, The National, British Sea Power, The Antlers and Mark Kozelek. They released their debut album Murderers last year which was followed up by two stunning music videos for the tracks 'Rabbit' and 'We Miss Ourselves'. They are currently working on a follow up EP and play shows whenever they can having recently shared stages with 'I Like Trains', 'Brontide' and 'Peace'.
 
“A little like the first Doves record, it is therefore even more of a surprise when they suddenly kick the whole thing into a post-rock cacophony with skewed time signatures, lacerating keyboard and industrial guitar.”   Manchestermusic.co.uk
 
“Their down tempo, dreamlike soundscapes provide an excellent backdrop for interaction between melodic guitar, keyboards and samples.”  Designer Magazine
 

MOBIUS LOOP

 
 

"Mobius Loop have an energy that is incomparable and is rarely found in a group with so many members. The fluid and natural performances of complex rhythm and unconventional harmonies and structures makes them a band you’ll want to see again and again." ItSoundedSweet.com

 

CACTUS KNIFE 

 

 

Cactus Knife play rock with many influences, most noticeably surf and psychedelic pop. The songs have a plodding rhythm to them, like the kind of music you'd hear in a fifties diner. The guy /girl intermittent vocals give it a Vaselines feel, while the guitars sound straight from a late Pixies album or some sixties surf movie soundtrack. 

 

"Ferocious and passionate." Ark Preston 

 

SPIRAL SCOUTS

 

 

Spiral Scouts are more collective than band, playing their own brand of funky folk, and 'acoustic giggerypokery' The songs are penned by George Spittal, and made into what they become by the talents of the rest of the musicans involved.

 

"Rich depth and some simple modest harmonies drawing into strong guitar riffs combine to make a solid sound with a good sense of originality." Ark Preston  

 

TOM HYATT

 

 

Tom Hyatt is a London-based singer/songwriter from Lancashire. Combining a belief in timeless, well-written songs with a strong DIY ethic, he independently writes, records and performs from his current base in Islington.
 
“One of the most intelligent, relevant singer-songwriters in the country.” Louder Than War 

 

KATY PICKLES 

 

 

Katy Pickles is a young singer-songwriter from Lancaster who brings deeply personal originals with a haunting voice and guitar. Performing alongside the likes of Karima Francis, The Heartbreaks, Rae Morris, Seamus Mcloughlin and many more over the past year or so, she continues to gain a committed fan base.

 

FIRSTNAME FRANK 

 

 

A man, a piano, a one bedroom flat, a laptop, a small collection of microphones, musical trinkets, and songs. FirstnameFrank is a simple new project from Frank Beaver, past-time band leader of a six piece vaudeville punk troupe, star27, and long-time teacher of piano, music, and media. 

 

DAVID KELLY 

 

 

David J Kelly is a singer-songwriter and poet from the North West. He performs raw, lyrical folk songs, stories of the road and of the North West, the city and the country.

 

SWEENEY ASTRAY

 

 

Sweeney Astray is the songwriting project of Mike Kneafsey.  Mike works with a variety of musicians to accompany and develop his songs.  The core musicians that have formed the latest incarnation of Sweeney Astray are Anna Ashworth (drums, percussion), Hannah Dacey (double bass, harmonies) who presently studies at the Royal College of Music; Katie Ritson (guitar/vocals/piano) an undergraduate at the Royal Northern College in Manchester and a herself a songwriter, and Elliott Dryden, bass player with The Remedy, and a music technology student at St. Mary's College in Blackburn, Lancashire. 
 
 

GEORGE HARRIS AND THE MEMORY MAKERS

 

 
These hip young folksters from Chorley open the proceedings on Saturday afternoon. An excellent excuse to arrive early! 
 

 

STAGE TIMES*

 

Friday 31st May

 
6pm Katy Pickles 
 
6.50 Firstname Frank  
 
7.40 Cactus Knife  
 
8.25 Seamus McLoughlin  
 
9.10 Deep Cabaret 3  
 
 
Saturday 1st June
*Please note slight change to Saturday's times - Victorian Dad now on at EARLIER TIME OF 6PM and Laekyn at 8pm.
 
12.10pm George Harris and the Memory Makers
 
1pm Sweeney Astray
 
1.35pm David Kelly 
 
2.15pm Tom Hyatt
 
3.10pm Heat vs Light
 
4pm Spiral Scouts 
 
5pm Mobius Loop 
 
6pm Victorian Dad 
 
7pm This Dirty Swamp 
 
8pm Laekyn
 
9pm Templebys        
 
*all timings approximate and subject to change
 

Watch this space for updates - general Beer Festival Info here

Facebook event here

 

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