No Festival is complete without the atmosphere of live music! With not one, but THREE stages at the Fayre, you can find music to enjoy whatever your tastes.
1. Main Stage - Market Square - centre of town
2. Stage 2 - High Street side of Newent Park
3. Acoustic Stage - Food Village
Main Stage Bands for 2017
Who’s Next are the #1 live tribute to The Who. They capture a magical point in time when many believe that The Who were the greatest rock and roll band on earth. Who’s Next’s aims to recreate this period in the 1970’s with the aid of authentic stage wear and instruments. The result is a time machine ride back to the days of Live at Leeds, The Isle of Wight Festival, Tanglewood and the Fillmore shows.
The Greatest Hits set includes all of Pete Townshend’s classic pop songs from adrenaline-fuelled Mod classics such as I can’t explain, Substitute and Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere to the psychedelic imagery of Tommy’s – Pinball Wizard, Sparks and Amazing Journey, not forgetting rock anthems like My Generation, Baba O’Riley and a show-stopping version of Won’t Get Fooled Again.
The Curious Incident?
This new Indie Rock with a Caribbean Twist features some heavy whistling & will make you move! It's music with the spice of hot-sauce and the nice of lemonade. It's Kairo (from South Africa) and Diaz (from Indonesia) who found their way to England via The Netherlands. It's music to make land-lovers surf. http://www.thecuriousincident.com
The band has been playlisted by Spotify and Deezer, played on BBC2 and 3FM (NL) and had spot plays on BBC London, BBC Oxford, BBC Suffolk, XFM, Absolute Radio, Wizard Radio and Amazing Radio.
They've had premieres and features on TimeOut ("Local Heroes"), Baeble ("arena-ready, world music, pop-rock with legitimate lyrical depth"), Musician's Union ("the sun-kissed, hook-laden melodies"), Gigslutz, Vinyl District, Popmatters, It's All Indie, Popwrapped and are picking up momentum on YouTube thanks to their energetic and well put together music videos for "Money" and "Diane"
The Filthy Casuals
Winners of Live@thelake 2017 Newent Band Concert. - A showcase of young and local musical talent organized by Soundscape Community Music Association Production
Band Members are Sam (Guitar/Vocals), Harry (Guitar/Vocals) Max (Drums), Scott (Bass) - 2 are from local from Newent and 3 from Gloucester.
Lydbrook Ukulele Band
The Lydbrook Ukulele Band, who are now a firm favourite at Newent Onion Fayre, who are sure to get your foot tapping and your body swinging, whatever your musical preference. Originally from all corners of the country the Lydbrook Ukulele Band are now lucky enough to reside in Lydbrook in the Forest of Dean. In the beginnings many members of the group hadn't even played a ukulele before, but thought it sounded like fun! 'FUN' this has got to be the main aim of the group (and to drink beer of course!). They soon discovered that the humble ukulele was quite an addictive little beast and fortnightly
meetings grew to be weekly meets. Locally Lydbrook Ukulele Band are growing in notoriety and this year is looking like a busy year for them. Most of their repertoire are covers, however they have their very own talented song writer, so you may hear some originals too.
Roving Crows have been carving out their niche in the UK folk music scene since early 2009.
Their powerful live performance and unique sound has seen them receive several awards and achieve national airplay on BBC Radio 2.
They have achieved a ‘ones to watch’ status in the UK folk scene performing
alongside artists such as Kate Rusby, Steeleye Span, Levellers,
Jamie Cullum and Bellowhead.
They have entertained crowds at many national and international festivals including
Cambridge Folk Festival, Trowbridge Village Pump Festival,
Sark Folk Festival, Les Traversées Tatihou (France),
Lakefest and Kings Lynne Hanse Festival among others, gaining a reputation as one of the most hard-working bands on the scene.
The Crows have released 3 full length albums with the latter 2 being produced by Nick Brine (Ash; Oasis; Bruce Springsteen; Seasick Steve) at Rockfield Studios. They have also released a number of self-produced EPs, the latest of which, entitled 'Up Heaval' and featuring a brand new line-up, was released in March 2015 to 4* reviews.
In 2014 they received the award for 'Best Live Act' from Spial Earth, followed by 'Band of The Year' in the Fatea Music awards, adding to their numerous awards from previous years such as 'Best Folk Act' (Exposure Awards 2011) and 'Top Fiddle Player' (Irish Music Association 2011).
Roving Crows regularly receive radio airplay from both regional and national stations, receiving acclaim from presenters such as Mike Harding and Paul O'Grady. Their music video for new single 'Casanova Is Burning' was playlisted by MTV. http://www.rovingcrows.com/