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The UK’s Only Family Festival Where All Activities are FREE!
Meraki Festival 23-25 AUG 2019 Herts County Showground
Hertfordshire, AL3 7PT
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The Shires

The Shires
The Shires: Sunday 25

The groundswell of interest in country music in the UK is now officially unstoppable. But one of the acts helping to make country cooler than ever on this side of the Atlantic aren’t from Tennessee or Texas, they’re from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. They look and sound great, and they’re all set to take their country-influenced music to the world. Step forward, The Shires.

Judge Jules live Band

Judge Jules live Band
Judge Jules & a 10 piece band

One of the scene’s most best-known names for more than three decades, Judge Jules has never shied away from pushing the boundaries in dance music.

At Meraki Festival 2019, for the first time ever, audiences will be able to experience the iconic tracks that have defined his career through a ten-piece live band with Judge Jules at the helm.

With complete creative free rein, Jules curated every element of the performance. Each track has been bespoke reinvented and reworked in a style unique to this live show, featuring a full ten-piece band, with brass, percussion, drums, bass guitar, lead guitar, keyboard, singers, and of course Judge Jules himself. A 90-minute showfrom start to finish, the music has been selected to represent the breadth and scale of his career.

Paul Young

Paul Young

Performing as part of our incredible Headline Amazing 80’s Line-up Act!!

Formerly the frontman of Kat Kool & the Kool Cats, Streetband and Q-Tips, he was turned into a 1980s teen idol by subsequent solo success going from strength to strength.

Paul will be rocking out with the Amazing 80’s singing some of his biggest hits!

CARWASH

CARWASH
CARWASH: Sunday 25

CARWASH is the premier PARTY night out in London and they are coming to Meraki on August Bank holiday Sunday! Join hundreds of dressed up people packing out the our disco tent and dance to a fresh mix of Disco & 80s / 90s Pop anthems. Get ready for Dance, Party Tunes and Club Anthems…

Sean Lock (Adult Only)

Sean Lock (Adult Only)

This man needs very little introduction…

One of the best comics in the UK and best known faces on TV, Sean Lock will be headlining our comedy tent on Saturday 24th August.

Please note this is an adult only show and it starts at 4pm sharp!

Carol Decker (T’Pau)

Carol Decker (T’Pau)

Performing at part of the Amazing 80’s Headline act.

Carol Decker from t’pau will be performing some of her biggest hits with the incredible Amazing 80’s band on Friday 23rd.

This is one not to be missed!

Daft as Punk: Pyramid Show

Daft as Punk: Pyramid Show

They are the No1 DAFT PUNK tribute act. With custom made helmets from the USA and all the banging classics, they are as close to the real thing as is robotically possible. This is a 2 hours LIVE set plus perfect imitation DAFT PUNK helmets, with light show, projection mapping and the full pyramid!

Danny Rampling

Danny Rampling
Danny Rampling

Danny Rampling is one of the first Superstar DJs. A true Pioneer and Visionary of the Dance Music scene that we know today.

Through his legendary Acid House club Shoom in the 1980’s, and his Radio shows with BBC Radio 1 and Kiss FM, Danny became a catalyst that has helped to shape Dance Music and Radio for over 25 years, and has paved the way for the likes of David Guetta to be who they are today.

Voted #1 Dj by DJ Magazine in their first ever top 100 poll ; MIx Mag/DMC World Awards : ”Best Radio DJ” – 1992 ; Music Magazine : ”Outstanding Contribution to Dance Music Award” – 1998 ; Ibiza Music Awards : ”Best Radio DJ” and ”Outstanding Achievement Award” – 2000 ; Ibiza Music Award : ”Lifetime Achievement” – 2005 ; DJ Mag : Nominated for ”Best of British Outstanding Contribution Award” – 2012

Danny Rampling has sold over a Million compilation albums, presented with an array of Gold Discs, is also regularly featured on TV documentaries for C4 National Geographic, BBC, MTV, and The Gadget Show for his music knowledge and expertise. He has become a household name in the UK and has become a brand unto himself – building an army of fans. Rampling was the mastermind behind adopting the Smiley Face logo to represent the Acid House / Rave movement, which has become one of the most recognisable symbols of Dance Music Culture we know today.

His show ”Love Groove Dance Party” on BBC Radio 1 ran for 7 years on a Saturday night in the UK, and attracted Millions of global listeners every weekend. Danny Rampling’s radio presence was also instrumental in turning Kiss FM from a pirate radio station into the main player that it is today with his influence over Dance Music and changed the attitudes of young London in the 90’s. Danny was the first British DJ to play at the Miami Winter Music Conference, and was one of the first DJ’s to play in South Africa. With past Ibiza Residencies in Pacha, Amnesia, and Privilege, he has helped shape the Dance and Club scene on the island of ibiza and in the UK as we know it over the years.

Garry Christian (The Christians)

Garry Christian (The Christians)

Gary from the Christians will be joining our incredible Amazing 80’s line-up on Friday 23rd. Get your dancing shoes on people, this incredible evening of 80’s classics is not to be missed…

Drifters Revue

Drifters Revue

Drifters Revue – Lets Drift

With a sound so close to the original hits you won’t believe your ears, During performances they manage to strike the perfect balance between raw ability and true showmanship.

As one of the select few to perform with some of the original members of The Drifters, their sole aim is to keep the spirit of The Drifters and Motown music alive and kicking across the globe, and weave our Drifters and Motown magic into the hearts and minds of every generation.

J’Adele

J’Adele

J’Adele is voted the official UK no.1 best live tribute act to international superstar Adele.

The incredible 10 times Grammy award winner is perfectly replicated by Sarah Evans, whose witty charm and incredible voice enthrals all audiences.

She will kicking off the main stage for Meraki Festival 2019 with a beautiful 90 minute set of Adele classics, so grab a Pimms and join us at the Main Stage!

Katrina (Katrina & The Waves)

Katrina (Katrina & The Waves)

Formerly the lead singer in Katrina and the Waves, Katrina will be performing some of her biggest hits with the Amazing 80’s headline band on 23rd August!

Grab a Pimms, get those lighters in the air and start Walking on Sunshine!!!

Tankus the Henge

Tankus the Henge
Tankus the Henge: Saturday 24

Tankus the Henge have built their reputation on unforgettable songwriting, spectacular live performances and relentless hard work, playing hundreds of shows across Europe and building a devoted fan base along the way.

Their funk-fuelled repertoire is wildly eclectic, ranging from New Orleans inspired swing to heavy rock riffs, and since their beginnings in the ratty alleyways of London’s Soho, the band has evolved into a wild groove machine.

Musically inspired by bands from the British invasion of the 60s and artists such as Tom Waits, Blur, Randy Newman and Queens Of The Stone Age, and with lyrics influenced by 20th Century American Literature, specifically the Beat Generation and Gonzo journalism, Tankus the Henge defy categorisation. Their hair-raising show, like no other, has to be seen and heard to be believed. Like a psychedelic, rock n roll octopus – only with four more legs.

Alex Francis

Alex Francis

Alex Francis released his first single ‘The Last Time’ in early 2017 before embarking onto a successful tour of the UK and Europe supporting pop legend Melanie C. Alex also provided guest vocals on Melanie’s 2017 single ‘Hold On’.

Alex’s EP ‘A Stronger Love’ caught the attention of Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones who invited Alex and his band to open their European tour in early 2018. Last summer Alex toured Europe with Sting and performed at major festivals all over the continent including MadCool in Madrid, Blue Balls in Switzerland and The Isle Of Wight Festival. He finished 2018 with his first shows in the US in New York at the Mercury Lounge and at the Capitol Theatre in Portchester.

Alex’s new single ‘Whatever Happened’ (Funnel Music) arrives February 15th. Alex will tour the UK & Europe in February and March with Nashville’s Megan Davies and then perform at SXSW in Austin, TX on March 11th.

Angie Brown

Angie Brown
Angie Brown: Live vocal set with guest DJ

The voice of Angie Brown can be heard all around the globe performing as a live PA singing all her classics from the 90’s through to the present day. She has performed some of the most prestigious parties for some of the world’s most rich and famous including the King of Morocco’s Birthday party and Kate Driver’s wedding (sister of Minnie Driver). As a live PA Angie has played clubsthatvaryfromSpace(Ibiza), Heaven (London& Gran Canaria) to venues in New York, Golden Gate, San Francisco, Dubai, India and Europe, she has been the headline guest for the UK’s biggest Mardi Gras parties bothinManchesterandLondonforthepasttenyears.

Some of the biggest parties though have to be the big arena ones when touring as part of the ultra-successful 80’s band Heaven 17 and as part of the “Here and Now” tour where she played Wembley Arena, Birmingham NEC and Sheffield Arena.

Annabel Williams

Annabel Williams
Annabel Williams

Described by Jamie Cullum as ‘the best live vocalist I’ve heard in a long time’, Annabel Williams is one of the U.K’s most respected singers and it’s busiest Vocal Coach. Hailing from Harpenden, Annabel has over 15 years in the music industry under her belt and has sung with and taught! some of the biggest names in music, including Al Jarreau, CeeLo Green, Nicole Scherzinger, Michael Bolton, Amy Winehouse, Katy Perry and Alison Moyet, to name a few.

Currently in her 7th Year as the Vocal Coach on X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, Annabel can often be seen appearing at London’s top music venues, including Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and The Hideaway. Performing a selection of classic Soul and Blues by artists such as Etta James and Aretha Franklin, Annabel and her band promise to deliver a powerhouse set which is sure to have you singing along.

Rockaoke

Rockaoke
Rockaoke

On Saturday afternoon, you’ll have the chance to take centre stage and perform with the legendary Rockaoke! We’ll invite audience members to take the mic and show us what you’ve got – this is your chance to perform at a festival!

Beast Decoys (Europe’s No.1 Beastie Boys Tribute)

Beast Decoys (Europe’s No.1 Beastie Boys Tribute)

Callow Saints

Callow Saints
Callow Saints: Sunday 25

Callow Saints are a four-piece combo hailing from the badlands of North Bucks.

Switching effortlessly from achingly beautiful, soul-laden ballad to ‘punch-to-the-guts’ rock within a few bars, this band has an immediacy that commands your attention from the get-go. Prepare for their songs to be your earworms for days – guaranteed!

Live, Callow Saints are the antidote to bland, unchallenging formulaic pop, grabbing any crowd by their collective throats and shaking them down until they know the meaning of something wonderful.

Club De Fromage

Club De Fromage
Club De Fromage

Welcome to the legendary Club De Fromage. Started by ex-gangster Fat Tony and now run by his half-wit son, Slow Alfie, this is the DJ set that time forgot. Bring your dancing shoes (you’ll need them!) and let Slow Alfie and the Club de Fromage performers entertain you on a bumpy trip through the musical decades!

Jarred Christmas & The Hobbit

Jarred Christmas & The Hobbit

CHRISTMAS & HOBBIT: The MIGHTY KIDS Beatbox Comedy Show
Calling kids aged 5 to 100, join our MIGHTY gang! A sensational interactive show, where the worlds of comedy and beatboxing collide with electrifying results. Pick-up beatboxing tips to impress your friends, make mind-blowing music, win prizes and laugh through your pantaloons!
Fantastic family fun and silliness galore, with award-winning comedian Jarred Christmas (as seen on CBBC’s Joke Machine and Dog Ate My Homework) and world champion beatboxer & UK Loopstation Champion, Hobbit.

‘Best Kids Show’ Nominee – Leicester Comedy Festival
“Utterly hilarious” Time Out
“Breath-taking vocal percussion” The Stage

Big Howard YuckFest

Big Howard YuckFest

Howard is touring a brand new Stand-up show for Kids called Big Howard’s LOL-tastic Yukfest for Kids and Well Trained Adults! It will be a combination of stand-up, songs, animation and other stupid things.

Hal Cruttenden (Adult Only Comedy)

Hal Cruttenden (Adult Only Comedy)

Hal Cruttenden will be bringing his stand-up to Meraki on Augsut 24th!

Hal is a writer and actor who has appeared on Mock the Week, Live at the Referendum, Live At The Apollo and much more…

Grab a beer this is going to be a real giggle!

This is adult only comedy and it starts at 4pm sharp!

Lou Conran (Adult Only)

Lou Conran (Adult Only)

Lou Conran will be MC’ing our comedy afternoon at Meraki Festival on Augsut 24th.

Pretty much one of the most confident and playful comperes in the industry she is definitely going to get the crowd ready for Sean Lock and Hal cruttendens stand up performances!

*Adult only comedy and starts at 4pm sharp!

Abbie & the Roses

Abbie & the Roses

Abbie and The Roses are an English alternative pop band that formed in London in 2018, consisting of vocalist Abbie Rose, guitarist and vocalist Nick Crowe and a collaboration of other musicians.

The band first burst onto stages last year with their infectious debut single “All This Time”. Mixed by world-renowned engineer Geoff Swan (Ed Sheeran, Liam Gallagher, Kings Of Leon, Charlie XCX, Years & Years), this disarmingly honest break-up tale heads straight to the heart and just won’t let go. Abbie and The Roses’ self-penned and self-produced debut single showcases their expansive sound and deeply personal songwriting, delivering a sharp hit of raw honesty rarely heard in recent years.

2019 is set to be a huge year for the band as they prime to hit UK & US shores with an all new storming set of soul-stirring songs, with sights set on the stratosphere.

Coco & The Burrerfields

Coco & The Burrerfields
Coco & The Burrerfields: 24 August

CoCo and the Butterfields are on a steady and unmistakable upward incline, developing an enviable reputation for their exhilarating live shows as their inclusive, acoustic-based sound has ripened to maturity. During the ride, they’ve played to enthusiastic audiences all over the UK and Europe, selling out thousand capacity venues, touring the island’s o2 Academy’s and appearing at some of the world’s most prestigious music festivals such as Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Bestival! On top of this, the band have played numerous support shows for the likes of Bastille, King Charles, Scouting for Girls and Wheatus to name a few.

In recent years CoCo have literally lived in their recording studio, taking the time to create a collection of songs that offer an honest and intriguing insight into their lives both together and personally. Starting with an exclusive premiere on Clash Music for their brand new single Monsters, within that description lies a tangible sense of triumph over adversity, and how a negative can be deftly orchestrated into a positive, in the story of Twyman’s tumultuous upbringing.

Constantly touring, constantly writing, CoCo and the Butterfields cannot wait to bring their performance to Meraki!

Dave Pearce

Dave Pearce
Dave Pearce

Dave Pearce has been a driving force in the UK Dance Scene for many years. Known for his uplifting energetic “Big Room “ Trance “and “House Music” sets featuring many of the classics he helped break through his popular BBC Radio 1 Dance Anthems shows

Dave has sold over 1 million compilation CDs, achieving Gold Sales on albums for Ministry Of Sound, Universal and BMG, including Transcendental Euphoria, Dave Pearce Dance Anthems and Dave Pearce Trance Anthems

Dave has DJ’d at major festivals and clubbing destinations across the world including London, Ibiza, Athens, Bahrain, Dubai, Mumbai, Doha. He has played all the major UK Dance Festivals including Creamfields, Gatecrasher Summer Soundsystem, Godskitchen Global Gathering . He has featured in the coveted DJ magazine “Top 100 DJ’S In The World Poll “ three times.

Dave kickstarted 2019 with a marathon 4 hour Dance Anthems takeover on NYE “Live” on BBC Radio 2 and two albums in the Top Ten UK Album Dance Chart iTUNES

2018 was a massive year for Dave Pearce seeing him achieve an unprecedented 4 consecutive Top Ten albums on @iTunes UK Dance Albums chart. His Trance Anthems album (March 2018) reached number 1 on the Official UK Dance album chart and became a best seller at Amazon, Asda and HMV – the latest Dance Anthems album (Nov 2018) Reached number 2 on the Official UK Dance Album chart

Huw Eddy & The Carnival

Huw Eddy & The Carnival
Huw Eddy & The Carnival: Saturday 24

Igniting in the cider guzzling southwest and nabbing a bunch of rowdy loud mouth
northerners on the way, ‘Huw Eddy & The Carnival’ was born in Leeds. Pedalling
sound waves with a gob-stopping core of Indie Folk, yet generous lashings of Rock
and Roll and Americana influences, they bring you a non-stop hootenanny of jiving
splendour that forces you to throw down your drink and just dance. They deliver songs
and vocal melodies that will tug at your heartstrings as well as have you chucking your
paws in air through pure uninterrupted merriment!!

Lethbridge Owen

Lethbridge Owen
Lethbridge Owen

Lethbridge Owen is a London-based original musical artist playing folk-rock, pop-rock and more.

Lethbridge Owen are what ‘The Rumours’ line-up of Fleetwood Mac could have been if they hadn’t imploded. Superb!! I love the little percussive pushes, pristine harmonies, lovely production and intricate guitar work – it all flows!”

cerdit:Pete Feenstra

Naomi Banks

Naomi Banks
Naomi Banks

Naomi Banks did her first professional recording for The Early Learning Centre at the age of 6. She later received a scholarship to The Purcell School of Music where she studied singing, saxophone and piano. Naomi then earned a scholarship to Trinity Conservatoire, where she specialised in Jazz voice.

Naomi has worked with Gareth Malone as a featured soloist for a number of years and has also recorded and performed with Keane, Laura Mvula, ELO, Lianne La Havas and many more. She is currently finishing up her debut solo EP which will be released in the coming months.

Swanvesta Social Club

Swanvesta Social Club

The UK’s number one Anglo-Cuban band, The Swanvesta Social Club blend English tunes and Latin percussion to create a unique sound. They mix Cuban folk songs, classic pop tunes and original numbers in a vibrant, exciting way. The line-up features horns, flute and guitars, with up to 4 percussionists.

In the words of Ian Matthews (Kasabian’s Drummer) “The Swanvesta Social Club is excellent”.

They are delighted to be a part of Maraki, the UK’s number one family festival!

Don’t miss this, it will be one hell of a party 🙂

Worry Dolls

Worry Dolls

Sonique

Sonique
Sonique: DJ & Live Vocal set

Sonique, is a British singer, musician and DJ She is best known for her 2000 international hit single’ It Feels So Good’. She was the lead vocalist on two S’Express singles, and the majority of the tracks on the group’s second album, Intercourse. She won the 2001 Brit Award for British female solo artist

Sonique is going to be doing a Live PA and vocal DJ set at the festival – so get those dancing shoes on people!

Kavalla

Kavalla

This is a new up-coming artist not to be missed!

Abi Murray performing as Kavella will blow you away with her incredible vocals and edgy new original sound. Head to Mr Peebles stage on Friday 23 and get ready to rock!

Anjali Perin

Anjali Perin

This local artist is a jazz and soul singer who will be performing some of her incredible original music main stage on Sunday 24th. This is an artist not to be missed….grab a pimms and start your day with the beautiful sound of Anjali Perin!

Kirsty Crawford

Kirsty Crawford

Mr Peebles stage will be opened on Saturday by the incredible Kirsty Crawford. This beautifully talented vocalist is guaranteed to get you on your feet and get you in the festival mood!!!! Great way to start the day at Meraki…& it is never too early for a prosecco!

SOS

SOS

Behind S.O.S is Sophie Debattista, a 24-year-old Anglo-Maltese singer, songwriter, producer and busker, originally born on the Mediterranean Island of Malta but now a local talent!

Obtaining a license to busk on the London Underground, was a game changer. Soon, whilst busking at King’s Cross, she was spotted by the Mayor Of London Culture Team and has gone from strength to strength.

Opening Mr Peebles stage, she will get everyone ready for a day of incredible music.

Amazing 80s

Amazing 80s

The Amazing 80s group will be headlining Meraki Friday 23rd with a two hour incredible 80s show.

The line-up consists of: Paul Young, Carol Decker, Katrina (Ex Katrina & the Waves), Gary Christian (The Christians)

Each artist will be singing a selection of their big hits!

This is a party not to be missed!

Mamas with voices

Mamas with voices

Mamas with Voices is a fun, friendly and funky local choir for local mums.
These ladies love to sing, get creative and put on an amazing show for the whole family!! Community is everything 🙂 at Merkai we love to see the joy in music

Rock Choir

Rock Choir
Rock Choir: Saturday 24

Rock Choir is the pioneering contemporary choir of the UK and remains unique, with over 27,000 members participating in over 400 local communities. At an impressive 150-strong, local Rock Choir members from St. Albans, Hertford and Watford will take to the stage each day to perform a selection of favourites from the decades.

Hits such as Rather Be, A little Respect, California Dreamin,’ Human and Don’t Leave Me This Way, are guaranteed to get the audience on their feet. Rock Choir offers the British public an alternative experience to the traditional classical or community choir and a new approach to performance and entertainment. Its uplifting ethos of fun, friendship and community spirit is a huge part of its attraction.

Lemon Venom

Lemon Venom

This young up-coming group are local talent and will be getting the party started on Mr Peebles stage

Lemon Venom is an energetic Alt-Rock band from Watford. A line up consisting of 4 friends passionate for creating a roaring atmosphere of pure exhilaration. (Ben, Louis, James, Darius)

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