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..

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..

La Inedita confirmed to play Staycation Live

We’re very excited to announce that La Inedita will be performing at this years Staycation Live Festival bringing their unique flavorful mix of Peruvian Cumbia with Raggamuffin and Dancehall.

The band somehow found out about each other’s music skills through an internet network of friends and they got together to jam and it was during that very first jamming session that  the blending of different music styles including Chicha and Raggamuffin gave birth to “Chichamuffin” ! The band began to play in many areas of Barranco and Downtown Lima and gained a lot of recognition and love from their fans and as a result have been asked to play in a variety of music festivals, college campus celebrations and will now be landing on British shores to unleash Chichamuffin to the Godalming massive. La Inedita have shared stages with well-known Peruvian bands, such as: La Sarita, Bareto, La Mente, Sabor y Control, Vieja Skina and have recently released their album “Chichamuffin”, which is available to listen online as well as to download for free on their website:

“One of the more impressive of these groups that has come across our radar lately has been La Inedita. The group hails from Peru and plays a combination of chicha, a style of cumbia influenced surf-rock and psychedelia that was popular in the 70’s, as well as dancehall/reggae burners, that is all topped off by rapid fire Spanish rapping/singing in a style somewhat reminiscent of reggaeton. The group’s blend is made more impressive by their evident instrumental talent; the guitar solos sting and bite, the rapper can really flow, the rhythm section is able to generate both genuinely threatening intensity and a dance floor filling groove (and often both at the same time).” – Afropop Worldwide / Brooklyn, USA

“Direct from Lima, Peru La Inedita brings its flavorful mix of Peruvian Chicha with Ragamuffin and Dancehall. Peru meets Jamaica. Feel the fire!” – Sindicato del Sonido / México / USA

“La Inedita has an incredible style of fusing dancehall, raggamuffin and chicha.” – Generation Bass / USA

“La Inedita: Leaders of the new Peruvian urban cumbia.
Direct from the barrio of La Victoria, Lima…La Inedita are tough! Masters at rhyming and rocking these guys are not for the faint hearted and are massively talented with a sound and style akin to Rage Against the Machine and Asian Dub Foundation. Often drawing on their cumbia or reggae roots these guys are the leaders of Peru’s urban underground.”
Latino Life / UK

Free Hugs ! Courtesy of Time for T

Time for T are confirmed to play Staycation Live festival 2017. 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.

“A real summer haze”
– BBC Radio 1

“I’m experiencing the comparable fiery magic that good music can have when it takes hold of your body and soul.”
– Earmilk

“The band don’t take themselves too seriously, even if their music oozes sophistication.”
– Artrocker

“The Brighton group keep things direct, with their folk-drenched songs harking back to late 60s types such as Blind Faith or The Band.”
– Clash

“Brighton’s psychedelic troupe, Time For T.”
– Wonderland Magazine

“A non-manic flavor of psychedelia, the colorful, jaunty sort that feels confident enough to swagger and playful enough to grin. The majority of their tracks contain ‘world music”’ vibes, which completely makes sense considering the members are from all edges of Europe. Morrison-sexy meets The Kooks frisky meets The Rolling Stones personality. ”
-The WIld Honey Pie

“Devendra Banhart cavorting with Little Joy after too many spiced ciders. One of the most diverse and exciting bands on the Brighton scene.”
– XYZ Magazine

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