The festival kicks off at 12 noon and runs until 8pm. Running order:
On stage: 12:00 – 12:30
CaraCara are a Hertfordshire based Alternative Rock band. They play all originals and their first single is releasing independently in September 2014.
On stage: 12:40 – 13:10
Nick and the Sun Machine are a four piece folk/pop/rock band from St Albans, Hertfordshire. Their music is a diverse mixture of challenging and melodic, electric and acoustic, switching between blistering hard rock one minute to intricate folk balladry the next.
This unique concoction of progressive yet approachable music is brought together by the band’s powerful and distinctive four-part harmonies giving the songs a sense of unity amongst the various musical styles.
With an array of eclectic compositions at their disposal (by front man Nick Stephenson) and innovative arrangements provided by the rest of the band, Nick and the Sun Machine are gaining serious momentum and are headed in exciting new directions after a busy 12 months. They have launched an album and an acoustic EP, supported by the million selling Toploader and have performed at various UK festivals including Standon Calling, Wilkestock, Folk by the Oak and very recently the Isle of Wight Festival.
On stage: 13:20 – 13:50
Hailing from Croxley green we started out as a three piece in July 1986 rehearsing in a friends shed, much to the annoyance of his non-rocking neighbours, we decided to move onto a local studio. A fourth member was soon added and we got our first gig at the Clay Pigeon in Eastcote. I remember we took the train which was about a mile from the venue it must have been a site walking with a double bass drums and guitars. We played many gigs over the years, mainly pubs and clubs including St Albans’ legendary The Horn of Plenty (now called The Horn). We had our first record released on a compilation album called Taken by Force, the song She’s Hot on fury records.
We take traditional Rockabilly songs and some more up to date tunes and do them our way. Our final gigs were played as a three piece around 1991-1992 when the band disbanded. After 20 years the band has decided to do a reunion gig or two, we’ve played The Horn and the Flag amongst others and are loving it again, getting the chance to play Croxfest is awesome, as this is where it all started all those years ago.
On stage: 14:05 – 14:35
Digital Doctor are an Electro/Experimental/Pop/Rock trio who have several pop songs under their belt.
The band was formed by Dorian Graze bassist/synth player Ian Jowett and Carnival singer Sarah Perry in early 2012. Initially intended as songwriting project the duo formed the band. Having written several demo snippets (mainly electronic) the pair were joined by Dorian Graze guitarist Steve Woodley in late 2012. The band’s first gig was held at the Eight Bells, Hatfield in May 2013 followed by the ‘Digital Doctor EP’ a month later. The band are currently working on new material.
On stage: 14:50 – 15:20
Poke are a busy five piece covers band based in the Cambridge area. Whilst the majority of their gigs are private functions and corporate events, Croxfest will be their fourth festival gig of 2014. They’re really excited about Croxfest as guitarist Matt lived in Croxley Green for many years and went to school locally.
Their set-list is varied and it’s guaranteed that you’ll already know most of their songs, but they like to play something a bit different to set them apart. Listen out for some 80’s New Wave, some classic 70’s dance grooves, something anthemic and something downright funky!
On stage: 15:35 – 16:10
The Sonny Walters Band were born out of the album “I Think I’ve Gone Country” that has taken them from the studio to the road and across the country. We play and write songs about love, heartbreak, dumb ass’s and true stories that will make you laugh and sing along. The SWB are currently No 3 in the British Country Music Charts with their own composition “A Picture Of My Life” which has stayed in the top ten for 3 months now.
The band love performing and entertaining live and are enjoying radio play of their album tracks right across Europe, America and Australia. Please join us on facebook or go to sonnywalters.com for more details. You can find our music on itunes, Amazon and most other music sale sites including Spotify.
On stage: 16:25 – 17:00
UK’s number one Anglo Cuban band, The Swanvesta Social Club formed in 2007 in the Latin Quarter of St Albans. They have released two albums: “Never Mind the Bongos” and “The inauthentic sound of Cuba” (still available on Amazon and iTunes). They have twice topped the Sounclick World Cuban Charts.
Their horn and percussion heavy music mingles original material, traditional Latin numbers such as Guantanamera, and Cuban versions of pop songs such as “I gotta Feeling“, “Save a prayer” and “Can’t get you out of my head”. The Swanvestas are noted for their live performances at festivals. These have included, Rhythms of The World, The Acoustic Festival of Britain, and Three Rivers Festival among others where they have played alongside artists such as Fairport Convention, Seth Lakeman, Matt Cardle and The Animals.
This autumn they will release a new EP “Time flies when you’re having Rum”. It is now their pleasure to bring Latin Rhythms to Croxfest.
On stage: 17:15 – 17:55
The Nameless Three are a five-piece party folk act based in Hertfordshire. Fusing bouncy folk vibes with a range of both modern and classic covers, they play something to appeal to every age group and really know how to get a party going! Throw some three-part close harmony vocals and an album’s worth of original material into the mix and you’re left with five guys who really know how to make their acoustic instruments rock, but who still haven’t quite got the hang of counting yet…
On stage: 18:10 – 18:55
The Rock Remedy are a high energy, female fronted modern & classic rock band consisting of professional musicians on drums, bass and guitar and full complement of vocals. Remedy cover everything from Led Zeppelin to Foo fighters via Fleetwood Mac, Bon Jovi and Michael Jackson.
They have their own unique rock take on popular songs and combined with their chemistry on stage and genuine love of performing, every show is different. The band members are all professional musicians who also play with various other local acts, including Scandal (Lucy – vocals) and Bad Wolf (Ian – bass).
They are well established on the Hertfordshire music scene playing many local venues and they also perform at corporate events, weddings and biker rallies throughout the UK.
On stage: 19:10 – 19:55
The Informers are a power trio from the Herts, Beds and Bucks area who play cherished favourites from the 70s & 80s – delivering powerpop, ska, rock, new romantic (oh yes!) and new wave & punk tunes with a passion!
A very hardworking band that always makes sure the crowd are sent home with grins on their faces, sore feet from all that jigging about and humming tunes they forgot they knew!
A brilliant time guaranteed!