Legendary British new wave punk band The Stranglers arrive in Ramsbottom off the back of a major UK and Australian tour. With a career spanning four decades, 23 UK top 40 hits and 17 UK top 40 albums, taking in new wave, art rock, gothic rock and even pop, The Stranglers have never stopped performing and close the festival in style with the final headline show of the weekend.
Hot Chip frontman Alexis Taylor sings new songs, reinterpretations of his own writing and a selection of favourites, in intimate arrangements pared back to just piano and voice.
As folk rock's rowdiest rabble since 2009, Skinny Lister's world has always been an adventure-filled place to be. Wherever they play their lusty shanties, punk folk roar-alongs and crazed whirls of love, fighting and booze, you'll still find them out dancing with the crowd, passing around their flagon of rum or crowd-surfing to the bar, double-bass in hand, to neck shots mid-song.
Singer-songwriter Tom Hickox released his latest album Monsters in the Deep to an incredible critical response in March. "magnetic storytelling and vibrant melodies" UNCUT
The Eskies have brought their unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses far and wide, sullying soirees and lowering inhibitions of get togethers and social occasions wherever they have ventured.
"Like The Clash from New Orleans" Nikolaj Torp Larsen, The Specials
Combining a rich musicality with continent-spanning influences, Macclesfield three piece Cassia have made their mark with their own brand of calypso-flavoured tropi-pop, resulting in a deft balance of the quintessentially British, and the unequivocally exotic. New single Weekender was released on Scruff of the Neck in March.
After British folk singer Will Varley opened for both The Proclaimers and Frank Turner, there's no stopping his growing success. From rowdy drinking songs with sprawling chaotic arrangements to his sparse solo performances, Will covers a range of subjects with his trademark sprinkling of social commentary, politics and wry humour.
Having played over a thousand shows all over the world the Tankus the Henge live experience is something to behold. Combining wild showmanship and musical dexterity their sound incorporates rock, funk, blues, ska, roots and gypsy rhythms and their songs tell stories of wonder and woe.
Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, Martin Harley is almost unique in the UK in his playing lap slide. During year-round worldwide touring he's absorbed a plethora of diverse influences, honing his craft into the classic songwriting style he possesses today.
"No doubt that he is a slide guitar master. He is the business" Roots Magazine
Hawk combine an abrasive edge with celestial vocals, creating driving, expansive songs that touch on themes of inequality and exclusion. Amongst the band's supporters are Noisey, Stereogum, Clash and Amazing Radio, who have all commented on Hawk's dynamic sound and compelling subject matter. Their new EP She Knows came out in March.
F E L L is Nicolas Burrows. Subtle and expansive arrangements full of understated guitars, shimmering organs and dark synths weave around Nicolas' distinctive vocals.
"Beautiful, sheeny, witty, baroque pop... very very special indeed." Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
Master of flutes, whistles and Uillean pipes Michael McGoldrick joins forces with fiddle player John McCusker and guitarist John Doyle. Folk music from three musicians with a global reputation.
Featuring some of the finest West African session musicians alive today London Astrobeat Orchestra come to Head for the Hills to play songs by Talking Heads. When you consider the afrobeat vibes that run through the best Talking Heads albums, it's appropriate that this collective of musicians from West Africa and beyond should offer this razor sharp take on the finest of David Byrne and Co's timeless compositions.
Manchester band The Exacters play heavy funk. With a pounding rhythm section, honking horns and the powerful vocals of Yemi Bolatiwa in their live show, this is a performance not to be missed.
Leftfield folk trio Harp and a Monkey specialise in poignant, humorous and melodic short stories about northern life, love and remembrance. Their third album, War Stories was labelled "bold and brilliant" by The Sunday Observer. The band has appeared in-session on BBC Radio 2's Mark Radcliffe Folk Show and Clare Balding shows.