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Meraki Festival 23-25 AUG 2019 St Albans, Hertfordshire Buy Tickets
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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.

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.

2019 Artist Announcements Coming Soon

2019 Artist Announcements Coming Soon

In 2018 we had some incredible artists from Morcheeba, Pixie lott to All Saints and 10cc!

Our 2019 line-up will be released throughout March & April 2019, so watch this space...

Super Earlybird tickets are on sale now if you want to get in early!!

Soul Brothers

Soul Brothers
Soul Brothers

Having worked with the top singers, choreographers and artists in the UK, performing the best of soul and Motown, this high-energy, soul-drenched trio have flawless choreography, sweet harmonies, and powerful leads, that set any festival alight.

Meraki All-Stars

Meraki All-Stars
Meraki All Stars

The Meraki All-Stars is band created especially for Meraki, featuring musicians who play with some of the biggest names performing today. Assembled by Meraki's own Dave Marks, this supergroup is filled with members who've played with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Hans Zimmer, Dizzee Rascal, Elbow, Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Ian Gillian (Deep Purple), Wet, Wet, Wet, Bats For Lashes, Professor Green, Belinda Carlisle, Amy McDonald, Mel C and many more...

They'll be closing our Saturday night with a massive party set, they'll be joined by special guests, The SOUL BROTHERS and for their grand final, they'll welcome on more special guest vocalists in a special one-off tribute to the King of Pop himself, with a set of MICHAEL JACKSON classics.

Northsyde

Northsyde
Northsyde

Founded in 2005, four-piece blues rockers Northsyde began life as Funkydory. Their debut album “Still” was released in 2006 and the band toured consistently over the following two years supporting it, growing a dedicated fanbase. With a grooving combination of Rock, Funk and a serious nod to the Blues, their follow up album “Mercy’s Medicine” was released independently in 2009, again to strong acclaim.

The band is fronted by vocalist Lorna Fothergill and guitarist Jules Fothergill – she, with a dynamic and powerful vocal style, has been described as “Robert Plant meets Aretha, with a hint of Janis”. while Jules’ incendiary guitar stylings have made him a mainstay of the UK Blues scene.

Through a consistent approach to gigging around the country, Northsyde have grown into a well-oiled music machine, capable of entertaining even the most discerning audiences, whether headlining UK Music festivals or playing smaller support slots, which have included Guilfest, Maryport Blues Festival, London’s Ealing Festival and Cambridge Rock Festival (supporting Joe Bonamassa) and various festivals throughout Europe.

Noble Jacks

Noble Jacks
Noble Jacks

With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are taking no prisoners as they come on with the high-energy foot stompin’ rhythms which have taken crowds by storm across the UK and beyond!

The band toured relentlessly through 2017, stompin’ their way round the British folk scene with sold-out headline shows promoting their debut album ‘What the Hammer’.

Noble Jacks have appeared at major festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, and rocked the main stage at Beautiful Days – to name but a few! The band headed to Costa Del Folk in Portugal in October 2017 shortly before their November run – with incredible demand for 2018 building throughout the year.

Scarlette Fever

Scarlette Fever
SCARLETTE FEVER

Acclaimed in the UK & US media from the tabloid pop pages to the teen press, from Curve Magazine to a brace of prestigious appearances on the BBC Radio 2 playlist, Scarlette is constantly looking to expand her musical horizons and her eclectic and infectious music is all the better for it.

After touring with Mike and The Mechanics, Robbie Williams, Ollie Murs & Caro Emerald (to name but a few), Scarlette was aptly dubbed as ‘Janis Joplin without the crack’. Her raw, honest rocky performances are a treat not to be missed.

ARK

ARK
Ark

“ARK is a new artist whose vocal is filled with emotive and ethereal tones. With songs inspired by love, heartache, and time spent in the grey haze of London, ARK writes with honesty, and she isn’t afraid to make public what is most personal. The shadowy musical backdrop to her songs provide the perfect setting for her world-weary sigh and powerful falsetto which delivers her rich melodies.

Originally from Hampshire, where she grew up surrounded by a diverse range of music, it was at the age of 15 when she discovered Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’ that she began writing songs, and hasn’t stopped since. ARK’s childhood was spent singing and harmonising Motown covers at home with her sisters, attending world music festivals and learning piano from a local eccentric. Her live performance is nothing short of captivating and majestic; a melancholic and immaculate expression of being human.”

STEViE BOR

STEViE BOR
DubMarta

STEViE BOR is a singer, songwriter, and multi-talented entertainer. He has charmed audiences all over the world with his exciting high-energy live shows, retro style, heartfelt songwriting and teddy boy looks.

Born in London, STEViE spends most of his time touring the world with his own Rock'n'Roll shows. With a love for Pop, Country and Rhythm n Blues, STEViE has recently completed an exciting new EP of original material which he is proud to be launching at Meraki.

Previously, he has starred in West End shows such as Hairspray alongside names such as Belinda Carlisle, Micky Dolenz, Brian Conley and Phill Jupitus; and the London transfer of the broadway Rock'n'Roll hit Million Dollar Quartet as Carl Perkins. He also played the role of Perchick in the national tour of Fiddler on the Roof directed by Craig Revel Horwood with Paul Michael Glaser in the lead role and also played Buddy Holly on several occasions.

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!

Boogie Storm

Boogie Storm
Boogie Storm

In a galaxy not so far away, in a time not that long ago – legendary music mogul Simon Cowell said of Britain’s Got Talent “If we could find Stormtroopers who could dance … then this show is going into a different league” – then once Boogie Storm had finished their now legendary audition and he had used his golden buzzer without hesitation: “My dream has come true, thank you”.

It’s an accolade that few can match, and even fewer can beat – but for Boogie Storm, it was the beginning of what has since been a rollercoaster of a journey.

Dressed head to toe in iconic white Stormtrooper outfits, the six members of Boogie Storm are a force to be reckoned with. Crushing dance routines so tight they’d impress Yoda himself, the group have accumulated over 50 million YouTube hits to date, and there seems to be no sign of them slowing down. Having reached the live final and finished third in Britain’s Got Talent’s 10th anniversary in 2016, the troop have now been nominated for the best performance of 2016 at the National Reality Television Awards, as the accolades just keep on coming.

Being invited to dance at the official Star Wars wrap party with Ellie Goulding is now seen as just a scratch on the surface for Boogie Storm; they have had the honour of performing at Anfield in front of nearly 50,000 people in their home city of Liverpool, and with their reputation reaching galactic proportions, they also unleashed an interstellar performance at the AEO awards in London.

You could say that the force is strong with Boogie Storm, and you’d be right.

Seb Wesson

Seb Wesson
Seb Wesson

Seb Wesson’s acoustic folk stylings hint at an alternate reality where the nimble fretwork of Richard Thompson found itself on the American alternative rock scene of the 90s. Sweetly sung melody and beautiful harmonies drag over effortless guitar picking with the fragility and laid-back cool of a romantic slacker dream. A unique fusion of styles, his songs are a soundtrack to love, loss and watching moments pass across a lazy, hazy summer.

Seb plans to release the follow up to the Tigers EP (released in 2017 after a successful Kicksarter campaign) later this year with his debut album following later in 2018.

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.

Arc

Arc
Arc

Arc is Anya, Russell and Cara Rodford – two sisters and their uncle – all raised in St. Albans, Hertfordshire. From childhood, each Rodford began finding their musical path, with Russell picking up the guitar at age 9, Anja began singing with local bands, and Cara soon followed suit.

With Anja on vocals, Russell on lead guitar and Cara on vocals and ukulele, Arc’s sound has developed organically over the years. They became best known for their harmony-driven covers, as the sisters weave seamlessly alternating lead and background vocals supported by Russ’ tasteful guitar parts.

Cara has now begun writing original music, which they have debuted at live shows throughout the UK. Touring highlights include: Beautiful Alice festival (2015, 2016), Meraki festival (2017, 2018), and supporting The Zombies at The Stables Wavendon in 2017.Their first EP, simply titled “Arc” is expected in Summer 2018, and they’ll be supporting The Zombies for their UK tour this June.

Rock Choir

Rock Choir
Rock Choir

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.

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: Joe Bor

Comedy: Joe Bor

Joe Bor is an incredibly talented observational comedian and is highly respected on the circuit. He regularly works in many of the country’s top comedy clubs including Glee, 99 Club and The Comedy Store and has also been a tour support for Jack Whitehall, Kevin Bridges and Alistair McGowan.

He's written and done TV warm-up for shows including The Graham Norton Show, Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, Still Open All Hours and Alan Carr - Chatty Man and his corporate clients include Arsenal Football Club, Groucho Club, Proctor & Gamble and Ben Sherman.

Joe has also worked on a range of Buzzfeed videos, writing, starring in and directing over ten viral films that have reached an online audience of millions.

"Joe Bor is a must see!" (Alan Carr)
"Natural born comic ability" (Chortle)

Drum ‘n’ Bounce

Drum ‘n’ Bounce
Drum 'n' Bounce

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who loved nothing more than jumping around to Drum & Bass. That little girl grew up and wanted to show the world how a little pinch of dub and a bucket full of bass could be just the recipe for a perfect workout class.

Drum ‘n’ Bounce will be helping to kick off your day in the right way – with heaps of energy, some classic aerobic moves and banging tunes!

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