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Meraki Festival 10-12 AUG 2018 St Albans, Hertfordshire
Herts Showground, AL3 7PT
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All Saints

All Saints
All Saints to headline Meraki Festival August Friday 10th!!

The group’s debut album, All Saints (1997), peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart and went on to become the third best-selling girl group album of all time in the UK. The album contained three UK number ones: “Never Ever”, “Under the Bridge”/”Lady Marmalade” and “Bootie Call”. “Never Ever” is the second best-selling girl group single of all-time in the UK, behind the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe”.[1]

It also won two Brit Awards: Best British Single and Best British Video, and the group were nominated for Best British Breakthrough Act. Their second album, Saints & Sinners (2000), became their first number-one album and achieved multi-platinum success. It included the UK number one singles “Pure Shores” and “Black Coffee”.

Nik Kershaw

Nik Kershaw

Nik Kershaw signed with MCA Records in 1983. His debut album ‘Human Racing’ gave Nik his first UK top 5 singles with the hits ‘I Won’t let the Sun Go Down on Me’ and ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’ and launched his career worldwide.

The equally successful ‘The Riddle’ followed with the title track, ‘Wide Boy’ and ‘Don Quixote’ all reaching the UK top 10 and in 1990, after four MCA albums and sales of over 8 million, Nik left the spotlight to concentrate on song writing and producing.

The following years saw him working with many artists including Elton John, Chesney Hawkes, Ronan Keating, The Hollies, Colin Blunstone, Imogen Heap & Gary Barlow. Nik rekindled his recording career in 1998 with the critically acclaimed album ‘15 Minutes’ and has subsequently released three further albums: ‘To Be Frank’ in 2001, ‘You’ve Got To Laugh’ in 2006 and in 2010 the solo acoustic album ‘No Frills’.

Gabrielle

Gabrielle

Gabrielle is back! The record-breaking, chart-topping singer songwriter returns this Summer with the album, Under My Skin, her first studio record in 11 years. The album drops on 17th August and can be pre-ordered now from here. The first single from the album, Show Me, premieres on Thursday and can be listened to here.

Last year, Gabrielle connected with Grammy-nominated producer Steve Chrisanthou to write the comeback single, Show Me. Clicking instantly, Gabrielle describes Show Me: “‘When Steve first played me the music to Show Me, I knew I had to write to it. It excited and inspired me. I feel like it’s me, it’s classic Gabrielle and I love it’”.

The release of Under My Skin will mark 25 years since the release of her debut single, Dreams. The #1 single stormed the charts all over Europe and Australia, going Gold in the UK and cementing Gabrielle as one of the most exciting new names in pop music. Two and a half decades later, Under My Skin is sure to remind the world of Gabrielle’s signature, heart-warming, soul-stirring voice. Under My Skin is released through BMG and will be available on CD, Vinyl and all digital and streaming platforms.

Simon McBride

Simon McBride
Simon Mc Bride

Ireland has produced it’s fair share of Guitar legends and Northern-Irish virtuoso Simon McBride is without doubt the rightful heir to a throne first vacated by Rory Gallagher, and more recently by Gary Moore.

He is unquestionably one of the finest blues-rock guitarists playing in the world today, combining lightning speed with a level of expression and inventiveness that few can match. Add to that a soulful, gravelly voice and self-penned songs that speak of love, loss and righteous defiance, and you have a 21st century blues-rock icon, in the flesh.

The Vox Collective

The Vox Collective
THE MADONNA SHOW

VOX Collective is a dynamic group of top UK session musicians, including vocalists, drummers and guitarists, horn players, MDs and string ensembles. In it’s first year, VOX Collective has put together a large variety of shows honoring musicians like Outkast, Madonna & Carole King, and has sold out numerous shows at London’s legendery venues like Jazz Café and XOYO, as well as venues across the country.

Members of the collective have performed with global artists including Justin Timberlake, Rag’n’Bone man, Emeli Sande, Paloma Faith, Joss Stone, Laura Mvula, Jason Derulo, Beverley Knight & Nicole Scherzinger, to name but a few.

McGoozer

McGoozer

McGoozer (aka McGoo) is a Scottish singer/songwriter whose voice you’ll have heard a thousand times before. You might recognise his vocals from McDonalds’ I’m Lovin’ It campaign, or when he starred in The Official Tribute to the Blues Brothers multi-year tour of Europe - or maybe when he toured relentlessly with Mike & the Mechanics (which included being the opening act for Phil Collins on his world tour).

So, if you think his voice sounds familiar, it’s because he’s been singing to you for years! Now he steps into the limelight as himself: Welcome McGoozer.

In September 2017, his first solo album, Songs From The Mirror, hit number five on the iTunes UK Singer/Songwriter charts. The album is now available via Right Track Records and distributed worldwide by Universal Music Group. The music of McGoozer speaks from the heart and for the heart. Creating positive music about universal experiences, filled with soaring vocals and beautiful melodies, McGoozer’s voice will make your soul smile!

The Wicked Jackals

The Wicked Jackals
The Wicked Jackals

Watford-based melodic hard rock band The Wicked Jackals (formerly Guns of Anarchy) formed in early 2013 when frontman/guitarist Ollie Tindall met Drummer James Norkett in a chance encounter outside a local nightclub. Within weeks, the lineup was completed with Lex Gifford and Marty Venus on board.

Fast forward and the duo-turned-fourpiece had a repertoire of songs ready to gig. Having opened for acts such as Guns 2 Roses, Meanstead, New Device, Metalworks, Tequila Mockingbyrd and Damn Dice (to name but a few), they charge forward, dazzling audiences with a reinvigorated sound that many thought had disappeared from UK stages…

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!

Anna Jaichner

Anna Jaichner
Anna Jaichner

Anna Jaichner's voice blends the grace and ease of a soaring soul diva with the bittersweet sting of an artist plumbing the depths of their soul. Her performances bring together elements of rock, soul, pop and jazz into a deeply personal style that is always engaging and often heart-wrenching.

Hope Russell Winter

Hope Russell Winter
Hope Russell Winter

When young London-based singer/songwriter Hope sings her songs, you hear a wealth of life experience far beyond her years.

Accumulating over 15 million hits and 65k subscribers on her Youtube channel, Hope’s voice is heard by people all over the world and her songs pull on your heart strings. Her acoustic cover of Dusty Springfield’s ‘I Only Want To Be With You’ was used for the 2016 Dog’s Trust #SpecialSomeone ad campaign, aired on prime time ITV throughout the year. She has released two highly successful acoustic EPs in both 2014 & 15, with her ‘Optimist EP’ reaching #8 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Charts.

Hope’s latest release soothes you to the soul. Recorded fully live at Jacket Records studio in Hertfordshire, the full band and string arrangement sweep you off your feet, and the weight just drops off your shoulders. If there ever was a sound that poured calm into your ears and took you to a beautiful place, this is it.

Amelia Lappert

Amelia Lappert
Amelia Lappert

Amelia Lappert is a fresh and exciting new talent on the singer-songwriter scene. Her writing contains elements of country and folk conveyed with a deeply soulful vibe. Amelia’s lyrics and melodies resonate deep within the hearts of her audience, her beautiful tone reaching exquisite heights with clarity and ease.
Born and raised in Hertfordshire, she studied music at Liverpool University which helped bring her out of her shell, (having been too shy to really go for the music career she so desperately wanted.)
She has been gigging in St Albans and around London since graduating in June 2015. Her debut EP ‘Game of Life’ was released in June 2017 and is available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play and Deezer. Her latest single ‘Gone Away’ landed in February 2018.

Laura Evans

Laura Evans

Hailing from the South Wales valleys, singer-songwriter Laura Evans is best known for her captivating soulful voice, storytelling lyrics and pop country melodies.

Laura lived in the USA for over five years, writing and recording in Nashville, where she performed at the famous Bluebird Café. Upon returning to the UK, she recently supported The Shires in concert, sang alongside Charlie Worsham in the round and performed at several UK festivals, including Country2Country at the 02 Arena, alongside a star-studded Nashville lineup.

Superstar DRAKE became a fan after hearing her perform live in Los Angeles and alongside her career as a singer-songwriter, Laura presents a popular weekly Country Music show on SKY, for Keep It Country TV.

Laura is thrilled to be performing on the Meraki festival main stage this summer.

Comedy: Simon Fielder

Comedy: Simon Fielder

Your classic modern multi-hyphenate comedian, Simon Felder has appeared on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel5 and has lent his voice to a multitude of commercials, idents & (BAFTA-winning!) TV shows.

You won’t recognise him though.

He’s supported Ellie Taylor and Andi Osho on national tours, performed several shows at the Edinburgh Festival, done stand-up around the world and hates camping, so this is his preferred method of visiting festivals. Check out all of his hot #content at www.simonfeilder.com

Comedy: Kojo

Comedy: Kojo

Kojo is fast becoming one of the biggest talents to come out of the UK comedy circuit. He has performed around the world, which has helped Kojo become a huge success on the hit NBC series Last Comic Standing and Wild N Out with Nick Cannon in America. Kojo has since performed with Chris Rock and most recently opened for Kevin Hart at Wembley Arena in 2014 and toured with Dave Chappelle in 2015 & 2017 around Europe.

In the summer of 2005, Kojo was recruited by CBBC where he presented THE MIGHTY TRUCK OF STUFF on Saturday afternoons alongside Reggie Yates. Kojo was a hit with MTV Base in the UK with The Fresh Prince of Hackney, The Young Gods of Comedy and two series of his own show, Kojo's Comedy Funhouse.

Kojo has featured on various panel shows for BBC, ITV & Channel 5 and in 2013, released the DVD of his double sell-out Live 'N' Kicking show, recorded at Hackney Empire.

Kojo was asked to host the first ever DEF COMEDY JAM UK TOUR with music mogul Russell Simmons who is also one of Kojo’s idols and mentors. He made his acting debut in Noel Clarke’s romantic comedy The Knot 2011 and was recently seen in the urban comedy movie It's A Lot and Series 2 of Youngers for E4/Big Talk Productions. Kojo recently wrote, produced and played multiple characters in Netflix film The Weekend.

From 2010 - 2014, Kojo presented the Breakfast Show every weekday morning on the national radio station Capital Xtra (previously Choice FM).

Kojo produced his first theatre production Above Romance which was a sold-out production at Hackney Empire and has written a number of movie scripts and TV show ideas, so watch this space - he's having an exciting 2018.
"One of the most animated, energetic and funny comedians I've seen from the UK" (Russell Simmons, Def Comedy Jam)

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