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Dan Gillespie Sells fronted The Feeling for more than a decade, penning their hit singles ‘Sewn’, ‘Never be Lonely’, ‘Fill My Little World’ and ‘I love It When You Call’. He will be appearing on Saturday night as a special guest vocalist with the Meraki All-Star Band.
Lemar achieved international recognition (and bagged a £1 million record deal from Sony) after appearing on the BBC show Fame Academy.
In the years since, he has released a number of critically-acclaimed albums, including Dedicated, Time To Grow, The Reason and more recently, The Letter (2015). Lemar has achieved chart success around the world with singles that included “Dance (with U)”, ‘If There’s Any Justice’ and ‘Time To Grow’ and has toured and played at huge festivals all around the world. He was also one of the artists included on Band Aid 20′s single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”.
As a pioneer of the club scene, passion and persona behind the decks coupled with crowd connection and unrivalled mixing has earned Judge Jules unforgettable sets at the world’s most iconic clubs and festivals including Gatecrasher, Ministry of Sound, Global Gathering and Creamfields.
In the studio, Judge Jules has released over 100 tracks of which ten have reached the top 40 in the UK national charts with countless more gracing the upper reaches of the dance charts. He’s mixed compilations for Ministry of Sound, Universal and Warner Bros, which have racked up over 3 million sales, and he’s currently in the studio gearing up to drop a whole host of new beats for 2017. Earning his place amongst DJ legends, Judge Jules has received accolades such as #1 DJ (Mixmag), Best International DJ (Dancestar Awards), Best Radio DJ (Smirnoff’s Dancestars), and has consistently featured in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, peaking at #3 in the world, alongside the industry’s greatest.
Jules’ presence and reputation in Ibiza is legendary, and his famous brand, Judgement Fridays (formerly Judgement Sundays) is the longest standing DJ residency in Ibiza history. The night continues to pack out its Balearic home week in, week out over the summer season, totting up 16 years of events on the island.
Judge Jules is not planning on slowing down. Instead, he’s continuing to innovate and lead as he always has done taking the ‘Judgement’ brand to the next level in the form of a record label, and UK tour to influence a whole new generation of dance music lovers. Having spent plenty of time locked away in the studio, 2016 saw a serious return to form in terms of productions with the launch of his own ‘Judgement Recordings’ and releases on Coldharbour Recordings, Sirup Music and more. With tracks like ‘Turn On The Lights’, ‘Burn In The Sun’, ‘With A Song’ and ‘Te Quiero’ all gaining high profile support and on chart placements on Beatport, Jules is still very much at the top of his game both behind the decks and in the studio.
With his early ambitions earning him the name Judge Jules, the legal world has become something of a backbone throughout his entire career and having re-trained whilst on tour, during part of the week, in addition to his DJ travels, Jules is a music lawyer with Sheridans, advising labels, DJs, artists and a wide range of other music industry folk. Jules has also lent his expertise in the legal field to a regular ‘Industry Insiders’ column in Mixmag offering advice to up and coming DJs and artists.”Phases come and go, genres are born and laid to rest in the blink of an eye, but one thing is for certain… Judge Jules is here to stay.
First coming to prominence in the late 1990s as lead singer of indie band The Audience, Sophie Ellis Bextor launched a solo career in the early 2000s with the double-platinum album Read My Lips, and achieved global success with singles that included ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’, ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)’, and ‘Get Over You / Move This Mountain.’
Following the release of her new album Familia, Sophie Ellis-Bextor released the single Crystallise on 28th October, via EBGB’s/Red Essential. She has also announced a UK 2017 tour, tickets for which are presently on sale.
Since gaining national notoriety with his incredible rock vocals on BBC’s The Voice, Mitchell Emms has been the frontman for Cambridge-based rock band The Treatment. He’ll be appearing in our Saturday night headline slot as a guest vocalist with the Meraki All-Stars.
Mamas Gun are a musically diverse, feisty and fabulous five-piece band fronted by singer/composer/producer ANDY PLATTS. Andy is joined by keyboard player DAVE “EIGHTIES” OLIVER who’s musical education has embraced everything from barbershop singing to French horn and now includes jazz, soul and Cuban playing. Alongside stand out guitarist TERRY “SPILLER” LEWIS who now resides on UK’s south coast and who’s musical journey has seen him work with legendary Marvin Gaye/Minnie Ripperton/Michael Jackson producer Leon Ware, Lewis Taylor, The Impressions (the late Curtis Mayfield’s former group), Jamie Woon, The Valentine Brothers, Jean Carne to name a few. Bass player CAMERON ‘the Mounty’ DAWSON is the youngest at only 21 years old but already an old soul in his musical capability and contributions & newest addition Chris Boot on drums who’s talent, enthusiasm & vibrant skills significantly add to the energetic and memorable stage shows that Mamas Gun never fail to deliver.
Mamas Gun released their debut album Routes To Riches in 2009. This was followed by album THE LIFE & SOUL (featuring a further playlist with UKs queen of soul Beverly Knight) & their latest release, CHEAP HOTEL, which hit top playlist spots in over 4 different continents. Mama’s Gun’s music combines the euphoria of soul and Motown music with the spirit of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lewis Taylor and the Average White Band at their blue-eyed-soul best. The records are all about musical enjoyment and nothing to do with the fleets of fashion, and this “philosophy” has obviously hit a nerve, as the band have achieved playlist status for 4 of their singles on Radio 2 and enjoyed an Album Of The Week feature on the Smooth Radio network among other achievements. More interestingly perhaps, Mama’s Gun gone on to have a huge impact in Japan, where they were heralded as the most played international act in the country, beating Madonna to No. 1 in the airplay charts whilst doing so.
Most recently, their music can be heard in one of the latest Hyundai Car adverts and is often used by some of the UKs top online influencers/vloggers in their promotional videos. The band are currently in the completion stages of their next album, which is scheduled for global release at the end of 2017.
The Meraki All-Star band is a special group that has been put together for one night only, to headline our Saturday night party. Featuring an incredible cast of musicians that includes members of Elbow, The Feeling, ABC, Dizzee Rascal, and some special guest vocalists, it’s the perfect way to close out our big Saturday night with a string of hits you’ll know and love!
Vambo’s inspiration stems back to the hard rock of the 70s, at the same time they remain contemporary in both songwriting and recording.
Vambo are: Jack Stiles, (Vocals), a compelling stage presence with an undeniable centre stage magnetism and a powerhouse voice and range to match.
Pete Lance, (guitar), a captivating performer coupled with outstanding guitar playing skills.
Steve Price, (Drums), a superb technician and the driving force behind the power and the subtleties that are vambo trademarks.
James Scott, (Bass), an outstanding musician, his fluid and imaginative bass lines underpin every vambo performance adding energy, quality and depth.
Their material is organic, dynamic and overflowing with raw energy and power reflecting the outstanding musicality within the band. Great, original rock music performed by 4 musicians of the highest calibre.
In any generation, there are precious few singers that can tap into a seemingly bottomless well of emotion. Jo Harman is just such an artist.
From delicate, fractured introspection to the righteous fury of a woman scorned, the range and raw honesty of her songwriting provides a landscape over which her voice soars, delivering lyrics and melodies that are always beautiful, often heartbreaking and never less than stunning. joharman.com
Nim Miller has spent years touring all around the world playing to huge audiences with Paloma Faith as part of her backing band ‘The Faithettes’. Nim will be joining the Meraki All Stars as a guest vocalist on our Saturday night headliner slot.
Josephine & The Artizans are a Hip-Hopera band from London. The group blend Classical Music with Hip-Hop to create a unique, fresh and innovative sound.
Classically trained Josephine was growing increasingly tired of the cultural gap between the pop-scene and classical world. They are both, of course, based on the same thing. For years people have been becoming more and more catholic in their tastes, so she decided to create something which is neither classical or commercial, but a blend of both.
Josephine & The Artizans have received wide spread acclaim since supporting bands such as Tom Jones, Paloma Faith, The Fratellis and Tom Odell on the main-stages of the UK’s biggest music festivals. The band have received amazingly positive reviews and airplay on national radio stations from such reputable sources as Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music, BBC 3 Counties, and Premier Radio as well as an overwhelming response from online and printed press, for example Fresh On The Net, Aesthetica Magazine, Love Music Magazine, Adam Not Eve and The Times. The group have also been creating a buzz with their unforgettable live show in their hometown, London, with performances on the main stage at the massive O2 Islington, the legendary Bush Hall, Brixton’s award winning Hootananny and Camden’s world famous Jazz Cafe.
In WILLIAM. guitarist / vocalist Tommy Hill combines a sweetly soulful voice and incendiary guitar playing to craft catchy pop songs that bridge the gap between The 1975 and John Mayer’s bluesier albums.
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. sebwesson.com
Anjali Perin draws on her British and Sri Lankan heritage to create a jazz-tinged style of soulful songwriting which blends influences like Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell and Ella Fitzgerald with South Indian Carnatic music and Bharatha Natyam (Indian classical dance).
Her sets are filled with spontaneity, navigating the length and breadth of musical dynamism, from intimate moments singing over solo piano to soaring scat solos over a funk-infused rhythm section – with musicality flowing across every phrase, groove and lyric. anjaliperin.com
Artist Details coming soon…
Emma McGrath, aged just 16, is already turning heads. With influences ranging from Tracy Chapman to Bombay Bicycle Club, she crafts hard-hitting acoustic music carried by an incredibly powerful voice.
At age 15, Emma won the PRS Foundation’s Lynsey de Paul Prize for Female Songwriters, released her first EP ‘The Judgement’ and has since gone on to release another single – ‘Sit With Me’. Sit With Me was featured on BBC Radio 2, both on Dermot O’Leary’s show and Bob Harris’ Sunday show, and was twice listed as the BBC Introducing ‘Track of the Week’ on BBC 3 Counties Radio. emmamcgrath.co.uk
When young St Albans-based singer/songwriter Hope sings her songs, you hear a wealth of life experience far beyond her years.
Accumulating over 5 million hits and 30k 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 2 highly successful acoustic EPs in both 2014 & 15, ‘Optimist EP’ reaching #8 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Charts.
“The next Adele?” – Mike Naylor (BBC Three Counties Radio) “She’s unbelievable” – Roberto Perrone (BBC Three Counties Radio)
Singing solo and accompanying herself on piano; Hope delivers a hugely compelling performance with her exceptional songwriting alone. Having played the top of the Gherkin, The Bedford, The Horn and popular UK festivals including Party 4 Patrick, Berkofest, Balstock and Wilkestock.
Her latest release, ‘Sanctuary’ is available now from all major digital music stores. The ‘Sanctuary Support Edition’ which includes the live string and acoustic versions of the track plus a digital support edition booklet is available exclusively at jacketrecords.com
Adrian Garcia will be fronting The Latin Funkers and bringing his very own brand of funked up Latin music to Meraki!
The band was born to create a unique concept of Latin music entertainment for functions of all shapes and sizes in the UK and around the globe. Combining the fun world of Latin music with the “funkyness” of Western music, this band create a contagious sound that will transform any event into a Latin fiesta.
Latin Funkers are a mix of the finest latin musicians in the UK who basically can play it all. As individuals they gather vast experience, having played for the the likes of MTV, ITV, Net-a-Porter, Beckham’s family, Damien Hirst, BBC radio, James Bond franchaise, etc…
Katie Masson and Juan Fos are a UK-based acoustic duo that write and perform in a refreshing fusion of styles that include Soul, Pop, Country and Latin.
The combination of soulful voices and a varied, versatile approach to instrumentation allows them to create a unique sound, blending percussive energy and a dynamism that’s rooted in the very best traditions of classic songwriting. katieplusjuan.com
Harmless Funk are a collective of some of the finest musicians working in and around London. While they play a polished brand of classic funk from the 70s and 80s, their sets are filled with dynamic contemporary ensemble work and flashes of cutting-edge individual virtuosity.
Lauren Archer is an 18 year old singer-songwriter from Harpenden who cites her inspirations as Banks, Birdy, Dua Lipa and Tove Lo. She infuses folk undertones with an electronic pop edge and asserts that her primary focus is lyrics and storytelling.
Currently working on her debut release, Lauren has been recording with some of the most in-demand producers in the UK and already has interest from a variety of record labels and publishers. With a raw and focused approach, it’s surely only a matter of time before Lauren Archer is a cited as one of the bright young stars of British Pop music. Watch this space…
Artist details coming soon….
Adam Protz creates meditative instrumental music that will leave you peaceful and reflective, even in a world that is often stressful and hyper-connected.
Movements EP is out now! Listen and download at http://www.adamprotz.com/
Cardinal Kings are a hard hitting 3 piece Indie/Pop/Rock band from Beds, fusing incredible songwriting with super catchy guitar hooks and spellbinding vocals. Recently releasing their debut EP in Jan 2017, a 4 track album with a mixture of tracks showing off the young lads excellent songwriting skills they have a brand new single ready for a summer release in July.
Catching the eye of many local and London promoters they played the return of Stevenage based festival ‘Rock In The Park’ last year as main support slot for headline and touring band Room 94. Along with this they also played support for boy band Union J at the Barrio Festival in June last year. Championed by local BBC Introducing they had 2 of the debut EP’s singles played on BBC shows and have been asked to play this years ‘Stone Free Festival’ at London’s O2.
With things shaping up nicely for 2017 the young lads have everything in place to start revealing themselves as the next big indie/rock band.
Led by local mum, professional jazz-soul singer, songwriter and Ronnie Scotts’ regular, Anjali Perin, MWV is a fresh take on the choir format drawing on influences from across jazz, gospel, soul and pop and adapting unusual tunes that will even make some of our teenagers smile…
All abilities are welcome. All we ask is that you come with an open mind and are able to come regularly – we understand life with kids means some flexibility but we also can’t run the sessions if we don’t have a minimum number of singers. Singing is known and proven to be a feel good activity and has many mental and physical health benefits. It is a perfect stress reliever for busy Mums – So ditch the hairbrush mic or shower head and come and sing for real with us at MWV!
Luke Scurr is one of the UK’s finest classical guitarists (and one of it’s top Bluegrass banjo players!) with a rich and varied repertoire of classical guitar pieces, as well as Jazz, film soundtrack and contemporary pop arrangements.
His relaxed and fluid playing style, combined with a highly curated choice of works is the perfect soundtrack to a beautiful, relaxing afternoon of culture.
Natalie Rushdie is living her childhood dream as a respected & highly in-demand Soprano who has toured the UK with Classic BRIT Award winners BLAKE and performed the National Anthem an amazing five times at Wembley Stadium. Described as a ‘joy to behold’ by Eamonn Holmes, Natalie continues to break boundaries and win fans with her beautiful renditions of light opera and musical theatre repertoire. A loyal fan-base and extensive media coverage have made Natalie one of the most recognised classical crossover performers, establishing her as a force to be reckoned with.
Natalie made her Wembley Stadium debut in 2013 when she was invited to sing the National Anthem for the Football League Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final. A second & third invitation swiftly followed from the nPower Championship Play-Off Final and the Rugby League Tetley’s Challenge Cup Final where Natalie also sang ‘Abide with Me’. Her dulcet tones were so in-demand that in March 2014 Natalie returned to Wembley Stadium to perform the National Anthem once again and in November that year was called upon to support England and performed both National Anthems for the Rugby League World Cup England v Fiji match at Hull’s KC Stadium.
More high-profile performances followed at events for Attitude Magazine, Marie Curie’s ‘Carols in the City’ at Southwark Cathedral, Guildford Cathedral and in Duke of York Square for the Princes Trust. For the launch of the British Heart Foundation’s inaugural Roll Out The Red ball, Natalie was booked for a headline performance while The Saturdays star Mollie King hosted.
In her teens and early twenties, Natalie worked closely with The Order of Malta Volunteers and to this day charity work is held close to her heart. When the NHS’ biggest charity Breathe Arts Health Research asked her to be their Patron Natalie was honoured to accept and regularly performs for staff and patients in London. She has also made performances to support The Children’s Trust, WellChild, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Variety and the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People.
In April 2016, Natalie celebrated The Queen’s 90th Birthday at Royal Hospital Chelsea giving a concert for the Chelsea Pensioners. In the summer following this, it was with great pride that Natalie joined HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. She was subsequently invited for her third time to St James’s Palace to give an inspirational speech and present young recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme Gold Award with their prize. She continues to support their work and as a Gold Award recipient herself, understands the challenge better than most!
In recent years Natalie has become synonymous with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show where she has performed for 4 consecutive years, entertaining packed audiences of up to 2,000 from the Bandstand.
The incredible success-story is still in its infancy, however, with her first album eagerly anticipated.
Written in Ink are a young, quirky and creative four-piece band, based in St Albans and Hatfield. Described after a recent gig at The Horn as “ridiculously promising” and “a dominating presence in the local indie rock scene”, they have crafted an alternative and unique sound, which resonates throughout their eclectic mix of original songs and the odd cover. Their music draws on a wide range of influences, from classic rock like Led Zeppelin to more contemporary bands like Muse.
Band biog coming soon…..