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Line up announced

Axtell mainstage line-up

Set in the heart of Phillips memorial park, Godalmings bandstand is transformed into our mainstage where you can find the following audio treats over the weekend….

Main stage Saturday

12 midday – 1pm / The Peas / Skiffle

‘The Peas,, a duo, no rules, the wrong chords but the right melody – and Kazoo’s….

The Peas enjoy playing classic songs from the 80’s and 90’s, but as they have no access to the tools to recreate the songs with a full band they have just cracked on with what’s to hand and so playing them as they were originally written doesn’t apply here.

With double bass, acoustic guitar and a bass drum ‘The Peas’ recreate their own interpretation with added vocal harmony, mouth trumpets, beatboxing, melodica and bickering…..

1:20pm – 2:20pm / DOJO / Reggae, Roots

Dojo are a collective of jazz and reggae musicians from South Africa, Nigeria, Paris, and London whose starkly political 21st century outlook and uncanny talent for melody and harmony are taking reggae from the underground to the mainstream for the first time in a generation.
Dojo’s live shows, which showcase the band’s heightened sense of showmanship and their remarkable musicianship, have received widespread critical acclaim.

2:40pm – 3:40pm  Mike Dennis/ Violinica, Hip Hop

Mike Dennis is a classically-trained violinist whose boyhood love of Run DMC, Beastie Boys and Gangstarr led him to create a unique kind of string-heavy hip hop music he refers to as Violinica. 

 

4pm – 5pm Time for T / Tropical folk rock

Comprised of smooth eclecticism, TIME FOR T have risen from the creative centrifuge that is the southern UK city of Brighton via Portugal, Switzerland and all corners of England. Their unique breed of sound travels through a rhythm of afrobeat, indie, folk and rock & roll to create waves that grow with torrential intensity. Once locked in from the climbing beat, the lyrics and their deliverance by frontman Tiago Saga transport the listener through stories and experiences with photographic vividness.

5:20pm – 6:20pm La Inedita / Ragga, Dancehall, Chichamuffin

Formed in 2010 in Lima, Peru. La Inedita is positioned on top of the Peruvian independent scene. Exploiting the many musical influences of its 4 members, La Inedita have created their own style: Chichamuffin, fusion of Chicha (traditional Peruvian cumbia) of Raggamuffin and Dancehall with subtle touches of Hip-Hop and other nuances.

Main Stage Sunday

1:20pm – 2:20pm Josiah Mortimer

Josiah Mortimer is a political singer-songwriter from Cornwall and based in London. He recorded his first EP at 16, and has since recorded two further EPs. His music has been played on BBC Radio Cornwall BBC North Yorkshire, and he has performed alongside a wide range of artists across the UK.

 

2:40pm – 3:40pm  The Whitaker Brothers

Tim and Simon Whitaker, collectively known as The Whitaker Brothers bring a unique progressive acoustic sound; blending Caribbean steel drums, with acoustic guitars, deep lyrics and harmonious rock vocals.

 

4pm – 5pm  Holly Holden / Tropical Soul

Holly Holden is a singer and songwriter from London. Early influences such as Amy Winehouse and Regina Spektor inspired her to start writing and performing during stints living in Bristol, Berlin and Ecuador. In 2012, she self released an acoustic album, ‘Feet on the Ceiling’.

 

5:20pm – 6:20pm  / The Cracked / World/Afro/Latin/Dance

The Cracked are the hazy Balearic vibe of Ibiza to the rich Latin sounds of South America, dropping African beats and harmonies to a backdrop of English pop on a sunny summer afternoon.
Infectious Fusion dance that steps to torrential up beat rhythms,oozing harmony and mouth watering melodies.

SOS  stage Saturday

The Staycation Other Stage or “SOS stage” will be hosted in the Phillips memorial cloisters and take on a decidedly nautical theme this year. Curated by Captain Jon Atkins and his motley crew, they are bringing the following to you over the weekend

12.00–12.30  / Derek and the day dreamers

Local boy Rob Guthrie brings his dreamers to the park, expect greatness!

12.50–1.50  Objaydar/alternative pop music

Objayda’s secret lies in the unlikely songwriting partnership between Tarn Ockenden & Tim Howe following their chance meeting at a recording session back in 1982.  The band have toured extensively over the years reaching some unusual corners of the globe and performing to some half a million people along the way. They have also written, recorded and released nine studio albums shifting several thousand copies and coveting media coverage from the likes of BBC Radio One and Two

 2.10–3.10  Rony Berrebi

RONY is an indie pop-soul artist, with sound forged in fiery groove and bass lines. With an open flow of emotions at its core, his music is set to take you on a melodic journey that blends new hooks with old stories to talk about what makes us all human.

3.30–4.30  / Mule Train / Blues

Mule Train are a Surrey/Hampshire based blues band, fusing blues classics with a modern energy, gritty vocals and an improvised feel. They kick like the proverbial too, great stuff, not to be missed, listen here https://soundcloud.com/mule_train

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4.50–5.50  Sleepy folk / Alternative Folk

Take a lazy mo’ in the land of the Sleepy Folk. Where there’s fizzy lemon drinks and silly giggles in the wind and if bubbles ever burst with troubles that’s when the folks begin to sing…

6.10–7.10 New Hawleans Jug Band / Skiffle/ Jugabilly

A rollicking collection of meandering musicians led by the irrepressible and irresponsible “Al the Hat”; The New Hawleans Jug band have dominated the underground Jugband blues culture in New Haw, Surrey, for more than 12 years.

SOS stage Sunday

12.00–1230  Surrey Hills Ukulele Big Band / Uke based pop

The Surrey Hills Ukulele Big Band (SHUBB) has been performing around Surrey, Hants and Sussex for the last three years. The emphasis is on the ukulele, but the band also features mandolin, fiddle, bass guitar, harmonica and a wide range of percussion.

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12.50–1.50  / The Step / Alternative Indiepop

“Hot Pick” of the UK Students Radio Chart Show 2016, “The Step” is an Indie/Pop/Rock band based in London. Born in 2007 in Rome with Stefano Donato, the band moved to London where Oliviero Fella joined in 2013. After gigging in important venues around London and playing for Noel Gallagher at his official aftershow party in March 2015 the band released their debut EP in December 2014.

2.10–3.10  Hydlight

An eclectic mix of European sounds, based in London they have managed to embody the spirit of uk and euro entwined pop culture. ”

 

3.30–4.30  / Glass Phoenix /Rock

Glass Phoenix are based around Chichester, West Sussex, UK. They are an original rock band with cutting edge original tracks and outstanding covers.

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4.50–5.50  The Free Radicals/acoustic-electric folk

The Free Radicals are an acoustic-electric folk band from Godalming, Surrey, UK that play English, Celtic, European and American Bluegrass tunes and songs. They were formed in the mid-nineties way back in the last millennium, in the days when no-one else had thought of the name and few knew what free radicals were. 

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6.10–7.10  / Sam Kelly Trio/ Folk

Sam Kelly is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning Cornwall-based singer, song-writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. As a young child Sam spent many a night enraptured, listening to his Irish grandfather tell folk tales, sing folk songs, and play folk tunes on his melodeon. Having caught the bug, Sam has dedicated his life to rediscovering and renewing the sounds of his gaelic heritage, and creating exciting new music that transcends the boundaries of traditional and popular music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little bit of Objayda !

We’re very happy to announce that Objayda will be playing on the SOS stage at this years Staycation Live festival! Objayda’s secret lies in the unlikely songwriting partnership between Tarn Ockenden & Tim Howe following their chance meeting at a recording session back in 1982.  

 

The band have toured extensively over the years reaching some unusual corners of the globe and performing to some half a million people along the way. They have also written, recorded and released nine studio albums shifting several thousand copies and coveting media coverage from the likes of BBC Radio One and Two, Radio Six International, Absolute Radio and BBC and independent television.   Their single Skeleton Bob was recently championed by UK comedian and showbiz celebrity Frank Skinner on his national radio breakfast show and who is reputed to be a fan!

Refurbed Red Lion set to kick festival off.

Staycation Live Festival is not just restricted to Phillips Memorial Park for the weekend, there are a whole host of different events happening in venues all over town during the weekend. Once again the Red Lion will be acting as Staycation central by hosting both launch and after party on the Friday the 4th and Sunday the 6th respectively with firm favourites Spotlight Cannibal kicking the festival off in style on the Friday with a little help from the TST Live DJ’s.

The newly refurbished Red Lion has been transformed in recent weeks and they have one of the finest selection of beers in the town (we’ve sampled quite a few of them) and along with the spanking new decor and landscaped outdoor area the venue has never felt fresher. Saturday night is being kept on the down low currently but expect to see an announcement very soon on the Saturday nights entertainment but with so many requests for last years headliner Frank the Cat to play this year, they will be bringing the festival to a close for the Red Lion Staycation after party on the Sunday evening featuring DJ support from the one and only Johnny H from Kane FM. Sure to be a night of smooth grooves and Soul, perfect for a Sunday wind down.

 

The Sam Kelly Trio to play Staycation Sunday

We are stoked to announce the Sam Kelly Trio will be on the line-up for Staycation Live. All the way from the Cornish shores of Looe, The Sam Kelly Trio is fronted by BGT finalist Sam Kelly and he’s joined  by Jamie Francis and Ciaran Algar, widely regarded to be two of the UK’s most talented multi instrumentalist musicians.

Jamie Francis (on banjo, guitar and many others as well as backing vocals) met Sam when they were studying music and playing at open mics in Brighton. Jamie fronts his own alt-blues trio called “Stark” and their new EP “Controlled Aggression” is OUT NOW and brings his own varied musical influences to bear on the songs he writes with Sam. He is building a reputation as a formidable multi instrumentalist player.

Ciaran Algar a TWO time BBC Folk Award winners Ciaran Algar. Ciaran is a multi-instrumentalist (Fiddle, Guitar, Banjo, and Percussion) who is quickly becoming one of the most highly-regarded young musicians on the Folk circuit today. In January 2013, Ciaran picked up the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Ciaran Algar received the Horizon Award for Best breakthrough act at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Over 8 years of competing, he won 20 regional titles, 12 British titles and 1 All Ireland title across various categories (Fiddle, Fiddle Slow Airs, Bodhran).
Sam Kelly a Finalist on ITV’s Britains Got Talent as a teenager in 2012, Sam‘s debut EP – entitled ‘Your Way Home’ was released in March 2013, which swiftly created a buzz of interest in the folk scene for Sam‘s music.

He followed this up with the release of the widely acclaimed ‘Spokes’ EP in February 2015. This cemented Sam‘s place further as one of the most exciting young prospects in the folk scene – landing him a nomination in the Best Singer category at the 2015 Spiral Earth Awards, and grabbing the attention of BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show. Touring as a trio with Jamie Francis (banjo) and Evan Carson (percussion), Sam has gained a reputation for an incredibly high class and dynamic live show, and the guys are rapidly becoming firm favourites at venues and festivals in all parts of the country. After a barnstorming performance to a completely rammed Club Tent at Cambridge Folk Festival 2015, the guys were invited to play their first session on Radio 2 live from the festival.

Not content with resting on his laurels, Sam enlisted the extraordinary talents of new band members Ciaran Algar (fiddle) and Graham Coe (cello) and went straight back into the studio to record his debut album. ‘The Lost Boys’ came out in November 2015 to a storm of rave reviews, cementing Sam‘s place as one of the most rapidly rising stars on the UK folk scene, and enticing Radio 2 to invite the guys into the BBC studios as the featured live session guests on the Mark Radcliffe Show – an honour usually only bestowed upon much more established musicians.

The album also landed Sam the Horizon Award for emerging artists at the 2016 Radio 2 Folk Awards. The album has also been championed by numerous legends of folk broadcasting, including Mike Harding – who played tracks from the album for four weeks in a row on his online radio podcast. Sam has been touring the album with his full band – Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, and they’re due to release their first album as a band in summer 2017.”

Winky winky woo, The Whitaker brothers !

Tim and Simon Whitaker, collectively known as The Whitaker Brothers have always been active in the field of musical entertainment.

They joined forces in the late seventies and early eighties forming Triangle Nile, a heavy progressive rock unit, performing extensively on the London scene. Although headlining most venues,they also supported bands such as The Cardiacs and Glen Matlock with the London Cowboys. Collaborating with David Bascombe they recorded a live album at Livingston studios, Wood Green which led to interest at Island records and Morrison Leahy publishing.


Between 1985-89, the brothers decided to venture into the acoustic sphere, forming the band, Ty-Lor of the suburbs, later to become Ty-Lor. Gigs were performed on the rock, folk and acoustic scene. Forerunners in establishing London open mic nights, Ty-lor gained influence which lead to prestigious supports with the likes of Van Morrison, Lonnie Donegan, Roy Harper and in Europe with Donovan. Hailed as up and coming songwriters of the nineties, Ty-lor was rewarded a spot at the Ivor Novello awards. They performed and still do as a duo with the unusual combination of caribbean steel pan and acoustic guitar. This unique sound gave them exposure on BBC1’s program, “What’s that noise”. Recording together, they produced a single and a live album, pricking the ears of Ensign records, Island records and Dizzy Heights publishing and gigging regularly in UK and Europe.

Simultaneously, they met and started touring with Curved Air’s vocalist, Sonja Kristina in 1989, promoting not only the album “Songs from the Acid Folk”, but the Ty-Lor live album and single extensively throughout the UK. Gigs included most of the festival scene such as Glastonbury. The Whitaker Brothers still perform with Sonja sporadically to this day.


The Whitaker Brothers, now renamed, The Whitaker Brothers actively created platforms for other singer song writers with the establishment of The Acoustic Revolution open mic clubs. During the nineties the brothers each produced solo albums; Tim Whitaker, “Infect U”, Simon Whitaker, “I Fall U Fall”, also promoted live in the UK and Europe.

The Peas are back !

Flying straight into the face of Staycation Live policy with full force and without a care at all for what the consequences may be we are booking the same band for the same stage two years in a row… WHAT! I hear you all cry…that is surely pure madness and the fabric of the space and time itself will surely disintegrate? You’re probably right but that’s how AWESOME The Peas were last year and the name most people mentioned as their highlight when asked… so this year we have made an exception and will take that risk..

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An acoustic duo – double bass/vocals and acoustic guitar/vocals (bass drum) with added instrumentation in the form of Kazoos, mouth trumpets, melodica, beat box and vocal synthesizer… backchat and bickering are also provided……free of charge!

Kelvin apparently came 2nd in the world stone skimming championships on Brighton seafront, quite an achievement we think you’ll agree..