Keeping our promise to bring you rising stars and undiscovered gems, as well our commitment to finding out why music makes us feel the way it does, we've got singers, bands, DJs and, err, neuro-scientists picked from the very top drawer.
Why not put your late Saturday night into the hands of flâneur, raconteur and bon-viveur Marcel Lucont, who will present the cream of alternative cabaret and comedy acts in his incredible hit show Cabaret Fantasique.
Headlining Also's manin stage on saturday might, Gabby Young is that rarest of things - a true musical original. Almost uncategorisable, Gabby’s unique perspective on the world around her is inspired by her singularly surreal imagination. Described by BBC6 Music as "Howling mad and completely irresistible" BBC 6Music, together with her amazing band she offers a slew of stunningly beautiful, often haunting songs that are a genre bending explosion of gypsy folk, pop, rock, jazz, cabaret – and a whole lot more.
This is our traditional Sunday afternoon highlight. A very special festival moment that we've built over the years. Expect the unexpected as our very special guest gets to play for the whole Also crowd.
Bringing their cider drenched, horn driven, ska-beat up the M5 to join us on Friday night, this Bristol-based 9 piece is responsible for the most fun we had at a festival last year. To call them energetic would be a gross understatement. They'll have you swinging from the rafters before you can say 'someone call the health & safety officer'.
British born Nigerian Eckoes is both a sharp-sighted futurist and nostalgic sentimentalist in both her music and her listening habits (being a huge fan of James Blacke and Lionel Ritchie). Her music comfortably crosses cutting edge textures and soulful pop. A statuesque presence standing six feet tall, she'll be bringing her gorgeous sounds in a special Sunday acoustic set for Also.
Enchanting, mesmirising and authentic, Lubiana is a singer, songwriter and kora player from Belgium and Cameroon. She fuses African folk, with soul and jazz and electronica reflects her unique connection to her heritage through the prism of European culture and sounds.
Born in Santander, Gizmo grew up in Bilbao and arrived in London by way of Cardiff, studying as an aspiring documentary maker. A lost summer busking for food and accommodation across southern France however lead him down a different path; one year later, Gizmo began receiving seals of approval from seasoned artists like La Yegros and Gavin James, who he went on to support on tours across the UK and Europe. Warm, engrossing and full of character, “Freedom for a Change” and Gizmo’s new EP continues the remarkable story of a humble gem of a star in waiting. He’ll be bringing his gentle, haunting vocals with Latin and reggae guitar rhythms to ALSO.
Cabaret? West Side Story? Jesus Christ Superstar? If you're a fan of emotions getting so high you've just gotta sing - you won't miss this session for the world. If not, don't worry the venue for this event is completely sound proofed. However, we KNOW some of our Also-ers are looking for the opportunity to belt out 'I Know Him So Well' and their like, with a live piano accompanist, and we want to be the ones who make that dream come true. You're welcome.
If a cappella is your bag, join the in festival choir for The Also Choir session, you're in for a lot of fun. This session is led by one of the best in the business, the leading vocal coach for TV's megashow The Voice, Juliet Russell. Learn a song in the morning, then perform together in harmony, as part of a very special candlelight "happening" during Saturday night. Bring your noise to this unique Also Festival Experience. All welcome, and when we say all are welcom we really mean, all are welcome. Go on - give it a go! You're in the most unbelivably talented hands.
Want to be a pop star? Got the attitude, the moves, the outfit, but not necessarily the voice? Then this, my friends is for you. We will be opening up the Also stage to those who want to perform as their favourite star without having to actually sing as well. Distracted by needing to know the notes? Worry no more. Get on stage and do your thing. Make it look great and we'll make you sound great.
Do you feel love? Do you want to relive the beauty, the glitter and the elegance of the New York Disco scene? So do we daily, so as this is our festival we're doing a Studio 54 session in the Orangery on Friday night. Please email us if you intend to arrive by horse.
What you want? Baby we've got it? Yes, we'll be celebrating iconic singers and songwriters in pop up choir sessions throughout the weekend which allow you to go deep on some truly anthemic tracks with some of the UK's best vocal coaches. So, if you fancy a vocal work out to Kate Bush, Prince, David Bowie or Aretha Franklin, you'll be led by fantastic singers and vocal coaches to help you unleash your inner icon. Yeah baby!
A collaboration between perfumier Sarah McCartney and composer Juliet Russell. This choral piece created by Juliet and performed by the London International Gospel Choir is designed to explore our brand new Also Perfume from the wonderful perfume house of 4160 Tuesdays (we do believe we are the only festival in the UK to boast its own superb signature scent). Understand how sound and scent affect, influence and complement each other in this scented soundscape.
After a great reception last year our Northern Soul Session returns for Saturday afternoon. Sprinkle talc on the... erm .. grass... and lift your soul in the sunshine!
Reliving (what we think) was the Indie heyday of the eighties and early nineties (but mostly eighties) we revisit JD's, the legendary Liverpool indie club of the late eighties. Lot's of messy aeroplane twirls and shoe-gazing through fringes (for those who still have them).
London International Gospel Choir (LIGC) is a ball of energy, harmony and power. One of the largest community choirs in London, their reputation for energetic and dynamic performances has led to high-profile appearances at the Royal Festival Hall, Hull City of Culture, Stockholm, the X-Factor final and the Rugby World Cup. Guaranteed to raise the roof.
Have you ever seen a cool looking jazz hepcat and thought "I'd like to get into jazz but where do I start?" Well wonder no more. Matthew Morgan, a vinyl buff who has been falling down a jazz-hole for over 20 years, will take you on a whistle stop tour of some of the highlights of the jazz world. From cool to spiritual, from hard bop to eastern flavours and from vocals to fusion, join us for an exploration of what makes jazz the best music in the world. And once your jazz whistle is wet, shake your funky things to some floor-filling jazz monsters.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, as disco lay dying on the floor of Studio 54, New York City's music scene began to flourish in some whole new direction, and began to produce some of the finest in rap, soul and funk. Join our Saturday night Block Party in the Orangerie for this one hour pop up DJ set tol be transported right back to the streets of early 80s New York.
In this hour long treasure hunt of song lyrics, key lyrics from famous songs will be acted out around the festival site. It's up to you to decipher the lyrics being acted out in front of your very eyes, and the song it comes from. Imagine a man in leopard skin jeggings in a boat zipping across the lake with his sails a-flutter. It's Rod Stewart's 'I Am Sailing'. Simple!
DJ Vertigo takes command of the legendary Disco Bunker from midnight on Saturday for his usual Saturday night Sunday morning adventure. This will go off...
Commit bigamy. Renew your vows. Marry yourself or someone you've just met. Get us to sort you out an arranged marriage. Marry your tent. The Also Wedding Chapel will pop up each day and we will try to accommodate your wishes. NB: Not legally binding!
It's late Friday night, you're down the pub. People are swilling all around you. You think there might be someone you fancy here but you're not sure where they are. Suddenly a squawk of feedback and a drumkit kicks into life, what's that they're playing? It sounds familiar but different, ugly yet beautiful. Slowly it dawns on you what this is: the Friday Night Pub Rock Band.
Formed in haste when their useless sons failed to turn up for a scheduled gig, these busy, working mums know how to step in and save a show. Whilst usually peddling a line in punked-up power-pop, for ALSO the ladies will be rocking a late night DJ set in the orangery honouring the founding females of hip-hop.