The Cracked… Hazy Balearic fusion


Form an orderly queue and get ready to congo and then samba your way around Staycation Sunday!  Start with Ska guitars, drop in Latin beats and finish with pop vocals. 8 piece band The Cracked don’t take themselves too seriously, they much prefer to pass round the samba whistles and have a fiesta.

Expect 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.

Fusion without pretension…………..

Santana without Carlos………………

Strictly good vibes as Dojo announced to play Staycation Live

Dojo are a collective of jazz and reggae musicians from London, Paris, Nigeria, and Lebanon 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 formed in 2014 when punk Hammond Organist for hire, Ben Cormack recruited Robin Porter, winner of the George Murphy Trophy for Jazz Saxophone, and V-Drum World Championship finalist Conor Bailey to produce the critically acclaimed debut EP, Descry, which built the nuanced melodies of jazz and soul on a bedrock of roots reggae and afrobeat.

After signing to BBE Records, Dojo broadened their line-up to include Essex-based bassist, Alex Wheeler, Parisian vocalist Mileva Corenthin, guitarist Ollie Haycock, backing vocalists Comfort Emmanuel and Marwah El-Murad, and jazz soloists Rosie Turton (trombone) and Simon Dennis (trumpet), who have allowed Dojo the bring the big sound of their studio recordings to the live stage.
Dojo’s music is a celebration of the rich heritage of African, European, and American music. Lyrical content featuring up-to-the-minute political and philosophical observations comes from a combined Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, and Atheist viewpoint. Explorations of joy, despair, human nature, and the reality of living on the breadline in a world city, are underpinned by an overriding theme of harmony and spiritual connection between all living things.
Dojo’s live shows, which showcase the band’s heightened sense of showmanship and remarkable musicianship, have received widespread critical acclaim.

Dojo have toured with reggae luminaries Lee Scratch Perry, Groundation, Max Romeo, The Resonators, and Ibibio Sound Machine, headlined capacity shows at venues including Komedia (Brighton), Floripa (Hoxton), Passing Clouds (Dalston), and Hootenanny (Brixton), and have played UK festivals including V Festival, Victorious (main stage), One Love Festival (stage headline), Brownstock (stage headline), Tropical Pressure (main stage), London International Ska Festival (festival opener), and Rest Festival (festival headline).
Dojo’s debut album, Gaia, is due for release in Spring 2016.

Mike Dennis to play Staycation Saturday

Staycation Live are happy to announce that the awesome Mike Dennis will be performing at this years festival.  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.


“Violin in hand and a multitude of effects and loop pedals at his feet, he builds up to a string and percussion crescendo before opening his mouth and… wow! This guy doesn’t just spit rhymes, they just cascade out at a speed that is as ferocious as his lyrics.” – Wake The Deaf (Ben Gallivan)

Performing using Jess (violin), a loop pedal and a cajon, Mike builds up layers of dense harmony and embellishes with thoughtful, energetic rhymes drawing inspiration from daily British life and the perils and profits of love with a geeky fanaticism for rhythm-bending and syncopation.

You won’t have seen an artist like this before.

In 2016, Mike released “Smiles & Cries” on his own label, D-Funk Records. The single, “Stuff” was picked up as Tom Robinsons 6music
Recommends track in March 2016.

2017 will see the release of two EPs. “Junction 19” in May and “Junction 29” in October. Mike is touring the first of these releases in the UK in May.

“That shit you was doing…took me to different dimensions, man” (Vordal Mega of Cannibal Ox)

“How many brains do you have?!”
(Sensible J/Remi)

Free Recovery to play Staycation Live Saturday

Free Recovery is a Grunge/ Stoner Rock Band that is influenced by the Seattle Sound. The greatest influences of the band have to be Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam. Other musical influences range from bands such as Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog, Green River, Mudhoney, Stone Temple Pilots and Nirvana.  Free Recovery recently released their debut (self-titled) EP in the 21st of August 2015. This coincided with the 25 year anniversary of the debut album released by Alice in Chains called Facelift. It was Free Recovery’s way of paying tribute to the band that is their biggest collective influence.



They have a diverse catalogue of songs that range from the full fat grunge sound to a more chilled sound. The band have a tight rhythm section and a combination of dirty, grunged up electric guitars, mixed with some warm acoustic guitar. Sprinkle soulful, yet gritty vocals in amongst the sound,  great and meaningful lyrics and you have a band that has the whole package. Once you’ve heard the band, you’ll know why  Classic Rock Magazine has picked the band out as one for the hottest bands to look out for in 2016.

Frontman Jimmy is excited to play in the town where he first started gigging and eventually went on to run the open mic at the Red Lion pub in Godalming  ..“The band is really stoked to be playing Staycation. It kinda feels like ‘coming home’ for me, so it would be great to see a big turn-out to support us and rock music in general.”

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APRIL FOOL! Queen legend to perform at Staycation Live Festival 2016!


We are very please to anounce QUEEN star Roger Taylor will join Spike Edney and his All-Star band – also known as SAS – on stage at Staycation Live Festival this year.

Roger, who was the drummer for the iconic, multi-million selling band, will join the SAS on Aug 6th. During his Queen tenure he also wrote some of their best-known hits including Radio Ga Ga and A King Of Magic.

Queen are one of the best-selling groups of all time, having sold over 150-million records worldwide and Spike played alongside Roger during the Queen days.


He becomes the latest in a string of music legends who will feature at this year’s event, including Kiki Dee, Chris Thompson and Meatloaf.

Spike was Queen’s musical director and keyboard player from 1984, since then the British multi-instrumentalist has toured, recorded and performed with the living and late legends of our time for more than 40 years, including, but not limited to, Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton.