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Playing a mix of 60s Soul, Funk, Dirty Grooves, Hot Rockin' Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, Ska, Rock'n'Roll, New Orleans, Gospel, Blues & Boogaloo - all on vinyl 45s
Get lost in music and learn authentic samba rhythms, fusing African beats and South American grooves, with Brazilian maestro Marcos Santana and his amazing Tribo drummers. A regular fixture at Europe's biggest Caribbean street party, the Notting Hill carnival, Tribo bring tradition, energy and knowledge together in an uplifting drumming workshop. No experience necessary.
This stunning singer songwriter creates beautiful, compelling music. Her electric guitar adds a raw edge that provides the perfect counterpoint to her emotional and haunting voice. ”Absolutely Stunning" Janice Long, BBC Radio 2 "A touch of class" The Independent.
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! Prizes are to be won!
From ornate Spiegeltents the other side of the world to art deco cabaret spaces in Soho, the Gallic legend once again brings his late-night extravaganza to a tent in the Midlands. Expect special guests, spontaneous happenings, a live band and Gallic superiority. “One of the finest nights in our fair city” - Time Out London
Do not miss this Scottish songwriter, producer and performer renowned for making catchy, digestible pop songs from strange sounds and subjects. With his own special blend of electronic apparatus, acoustic instruments and field recordings, this is an artist who doesn’t quite fit into any box perfectly and that’s just how he likes it. Eclectic, and highly original, JC is a purveyor of perfect wonky pop. “I love this record” - Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
Andrew Yeadon and Moray Nellis create a beautiful brand of harmonic acoustic rock, blending folky overtones with hints of Neil Young, John Martyn, and Pink Floyd. Sharing vocal duties, Andrew and Moray will be singing songs from their new album ‘The Beast Below’. You can catch them on ALSO's picturesque Lake Stage, performing as an exquisite acoustic trio.
It’s back! Got the moves? Got the lyrics down? Got the backing track? The heat is on! This year we’re looking for the best kids AND the best adults to vie for the Lip Synch Battle crown. Last year we had air grabs, flossing, gymnastics and some pretty fantastic performances. Who’s ready?
This distinctive vocalist fuses indie sensibilities with jazzy pop and soulful vibes. She has a gorgeously unique tone, that she accompanies with edgy, melodic electric guitar. Oozing pop star attitude and style, Lola will be playing songs from her debut EP Naked and the singles Makin' You Mine and Lost in My Days.
DANCE is the spine of ALSO, join our Friday Night Milonga to get your Argentine Tango moves sorted - there's a Tango workshop and for 2019 we have an in-festival choreographer, Fiona Ring (Founder of the incredible My Charleston Dance Company) - whether you're a dancing queen or you dance like a member of the royal family - we'll find a few moves for you to be involved in our Saturday Night Extravaganza. Don't miss one of her workshops - open to all levels - you're in for a treat.
Back as a three-piece, the divorcee divas & purveyors of power-pop are bringing a frisson of fabulousness and a dollop of desperation to ALSO 19. Expect tears.
As the last remnants of daylight fade, it’s time to head to the Lake stage, feeling the warm embrace of music and laughter, reveling in the outdoors. Get deep down and dirty in the evening. Back for the fifth year at ALSO, General Disco Procedure's Dan McHarg is here to rock Friday frisky with a riotous set of house, disco, techno, and God-knows-what. Hips to the left, feet to the right, back and forth to the beat.
Join Juliet in easing your body and voice into the Also day. Tuning in through a series of deep breathing exercises, energising stretches, followed by simple chants, nature-related songs and rounds.
Jennifer John is a creative dynamo, a musical inspiration and a heartfelt singer songwriter. The dark blue architecture of her voice blends soulful strength and emotional honesty with beautiful melodies. Her rendition of Wayfaring Stranger featured on the soundtrack of Terence Davies’ film Sunset Song and is as mesmerising the woman herself.
DJ Grace Sands, for many years part of Digs & Woosh, founder members of the DiY Soundsystem came out onto the scene at Glastonbury’s fêted corner of queerness and quality house Block9/The NYC Downlow in June ’16. As a veteran of the festival since ’86, including sneaking DiY’s Black Box soundsystem onsite well after the designated ‘free' fields had gone, appearing and disappearing all weekend in a game of cat and mouse with security, she brought the Pilton partying experience to share with her new found tran sisters. Mixing up the legendary deep, house and garage vibes of her partnership with Woosh, she threw acid into the mix, got fresh with Mel & Kim, dropped Ron Hardy cuts and classic disco to tear up the Go-Go’s, Drag Queens, T-Girls and Block9 party crew. Playing everywhere from Brighton Pride, Dalston Superstore, Bender at the Eagle, Grace is also resident at London’s Adonis parties, regularly playing alongside Hannah Holland. Listen out for appearances on Soho Radio & RinseFM.
Pronounced 'Frooog' - it was the mid-1960s dance craze and as we like to challenge our in-festival choreographer - Fiona Ring we've asked her to deliver a Fosse-inspired workshop in the field. Fiona is no ordinary choreographer - in no time at all she'll be helping you access your inner monkey, chicken, and heavy weight.
Feast on hot gypsy swing adorned by Franco-Irish folk songwriting. Scratchy Beard lead you through an upbeat, playful collage of trans-European roots music.
Denis Coleman is a a dynamic young singer-songwriter from the USA, based in London. His music blends catchy pop with US R&B and hip hop influences. He released his debut single You last September and is fast becoming an independent pop sensation, catching the attention of the industry by winning the Future Music Songwriting competition. Fresh from The Power of Music schools tour, Denis has been spreading positive messages of anti-bullying through performances and interactive chats with students. Watch him blow up the main stage!
Meet the crowning glory of our Saturday night. There’s no identity crisis in the music of Olushola Ajose. Performing under the moniker AFRIKAN BOY (AB), he makes music that totally reflects his life experience, effortlessly combining a spectrum of sounds and influences, from Afro-beat to Jazz, Grime to Spoken word and more. Not many artists can channel the energies of Fela Kuti, Gil Scott Heron and 2Pac, and balance them with such perfect cohesion. When it comes to energy and passion on stage. AB’s performance is second to no-one
We’re setting up a boutique pop up roller disco on the Saturday evening – think Studio 54 on wheels. You'll need to bring your own skates and your optional glittery leg warmers and let’s go!
Jasmine's solo shows combine complex guitar picking and intricate vocals, effortlessly veering from folk to rock. Her mixed parentage has nurtured a deep love of many different genres. Her solo shows feature her complex guitar picking styles and intricate vocals, effortlessly veering from folk to rock music. Fresh from touring with Ivor Novello award-winning musician, she will be playing songs from her album Blood Red Sun, and new compositions set for release this summer.
Man & The Echo is a beautifully eclectic and strange thing. Sometimes referred to as “odd ball” or “quirky” the band are currently writing their own PR materials. Supported by Steve Lamacq and 6Music, the band's hotly anticipated second album is due for summer release. It was produced Raf Rundell (2 Bears/Raf Daddy) and supported by the Arts Council of England. M&TE have headlined toured the Uk and appeared at major UK festivals including The Great Escape, Kendal Calling and Secret Garden Party and Billy Bragg’s Lefteld stage at Glastonbury. Do not miss their main stage appearance on Friday night.
Ease into Sunday with a hearty late breakfast or is it an early lunch? Whichever way you sway, you’ll be accompanied by the uplifting sounds of the London International Gospel Choir. Expect vivid harmonies, catchy melodies, fantastic soloists and for your soul to be elevated to a very fine state of mind.
DJ Mash returns to the Costa del Also, this year battling with Justin James, a fellow vinyl junkie to bring you a relentless selection of killer tunes from their armory of vinyl. Dropping soul, roots, hip-hop, funk and whatever genre they see fit to get ALSO moving and our Saturday night started.
An acoustic set of honest and thought-provoking tunes from singer-songwriters Alo and collaborator Tom Lennard, on themes of love, loss, power, ecological insanity and the celebration of our common humanity.
This Is A Recording are a live improvised electronic duo performing on analog synths mangled up through FX pedals and tripped out guitar, layered over slo-mo pulsating beats. Their music ranges from ambient, Balearic grooves to psychedelic walls of sound. Think stratospheric harmonics, cosmic melodies, and conscious vibes!
Portobello Live Choir is the capital's rock and roll community choir. Singing classic songs by west London artists such as Gorillaz, Paul Weller, The Clash and Hollie Cook and mixing in gospel, soul and African flavours.
ALSO specialises in entertaining bands and music acts of quality guaranteed to get the main stage going , previous years' acts have included Mad Apple Circus, Lou Rhodes, Matt Maltese, Reubin, Miss Baby Sol and Andro.
Comedian Alexis Dubus unearths an overlooked national treasure, Merseyside’s cult band Half Man Half Biscuit, whose lyricist Nigel Blackwell was described by John Peel as “our greatest living poet and satirist.” A 16-album, 33-year retrospective in one hour. Dubus unpicks the cryptic lyrical codes, plays some favourite excerpts and celebrates one of Britain’s smartest, funniest and most reclusive social commentators.
'Pianofield' is a soundscape and piano collaboration. Fitting within the modern classical genre, pianist/composer Frances Shelley and sound engineer/software designer Matthew Bickerton blend music and technology to hypnotic effect using acoustic piano, found sound, keyboards and electronics. With ecology and the environmental advocacy central to the band's ethos, Pianofield have designed and developed their 'Solar Powered Grand Piano'. Powering all electronics from a solar panel on the lid of their 'grand piano' shell enables them to make music in wonderful and surprising locations; this time by Also festival's beautiful lakeside location.
As part of the legendary DJ team, Digs and Woosh, Pete Woosh cut his teeth at the legendary DiY free parties and club nights and their weekly Serve Chilled pirate radio show. As DiY established an international reputation, Digs and Woosh guested at many iconic nightspots and helped to shape the identifiable DiY sound. Producing a bewildering number of tunes and remixes, they kept in true to their roots by playing at a vast range of free parties and festivals, always promoting the unspoken DiY ideology of liberation through music. Diagnosed with cancer in 2015, he decided to ‘kill off’ his long term alter ego Pete Woosh and become The Peaceful Ones. Taking a natural and holistic approach to his illness he is currently working on his Spirit Wrestlers project, a not for profit label designed to raise awareness and funds for natural healing networks supporting people living with cancer.
Like karaoke, but with a whole choir and who better to accompany you on the Also Main Stage, than London International Gospel Choir? No one, that’s who. We’ll provide lyrics, music, a glamorous host and twenty backing vocalists. You provide star quality and your best insta-friendly outfit.
Birmingham born & bred with Caribbean roots, this exciting rapper combines hard hitting flow with Grime, 90s Hip Hop & Jazz influences. Winner of the Birmingham Music Award 2018 for Best Solo Female, Lady Sanity has recently released For Figures’, a 5 track EP, supported by the PRSF ‘Women Make Music" fund, charting the rise of her musical journey so far. An electric live performer, Sanity has already lit up the stages of Glastonbury, BoomBap, The Great Escape, Shardfest and Hip-Hop heavyweights KRS-1, Lowkey and Roxanne Shante.
Learn the tricks of the songwriting trade with creative tour de force Sophie Garner. Sophie has released 3 studio albums, toured internationally and was the very first artist to perform on the main stage at London's O2 Arena! She uses songwriting as a powerful tool for building confidence and creative expression with children from 7 to 70+! This session is for 11-18 year olds. Exploring the art form of song within a group is a musical adventure of games, improvisation and of course singing and song writing.
Jill on Top blazed a trail as half of the DJ/Production duo Girls on Top, immediately becoming part of the Mixmag reviews team, topping the bill at DJ gigs all over the UK and featured in iD, DJ Mag, The Face, & TV shows BPM, Hypnosis and Rapture. And they still found time to remix legends like Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk, Loletta Holloway, Byron Stingily and Gizelle Jackson. Exhausted, Jill finally hung up her headphones to start her own DJ agency in 2003, only coming out of retirement these days for special one-offs like ALSO!
Hailing from Brazil, the charistmatic Marcos Santana and his amazing Tribo samba drummers will be bringing the carnival vibes to Also 2019. Mixing Brazilian samba, with African rhythms and South American groove, this is high energy music played by exhuberant performers bringing pulsating rhythms and melodic vocal hooks. We defy you not to dance!!!
Enjoy our music programme from rising stars and undiscovered gems to gypsy jazz and Ibizan chill out up at The Costa del Also's famous, floating lake stage. Even better with a cocktail from the Rum Shack or a plate of pinchos from Getaria.
Boost your serotonin and endorphins, lower your heart rate, raise your oxytocin levels and reduce feelings of social isolation by joining this year’s massed sing, led by Juliet Russell, vocal coach on two of the UK’s biggest entertainment shows The Voice UK and Michael McIntyre’s Big Show.
DJ Vertigo and friends rock Saturday night in Also’s favourite clubbing space, keeping the music flowing and the dance floor going until the cockerel starts crowing!