Saturday 1 June
Clean Bandit have consistently pushed the boundaries of modern pop with their diverse blend of electronic, dancehall, classical, R&B and pop.
Their breakthrough success came in 2014 with the single Rather Be, feat. Jess Glynne, a Grammy award-winning worldwide hit that has now surpassed 10 million global sales.
In 2016, they released their 10 million-selling single Rockabye feat. Sean Paul and Anne-Marie. Shooting to #1 in more than 40 countries and having spent nine weeks at the top of the charts in the UK, the track became the longest-running UK #1 in 22 years surpassing Wet Wet Wet’s Love Is All Around.
They recently received two BRIT Award nominations for their 2018 smash Solo feat. Demi Lovato, which became their fourth UK number 1. The band have now notched up 9 UK top five singles, more than Bruno Mars or Adele.
An effortless storyteller with a pure and unfiltered singing talent and song writing ability, Mabel McVey has an instinctive gift of melody. She burst onto the scene in 2015 with her release Know Me Better and since then the 20-year-old star has gone from strength to strength, most recently nominated for a Brit award.
Mabel is the daughter of producer Cameron McVey, best known for his work with Massive Attack, Portishead and All Saints, and singing superstar Neneh Cherry.
Like all trailbrazers, Jacob Banks defies any and all boundaries. His ear-catching signature sound remains equally steeped in the swing of R&B, the grit of rock ‘n’ roll, the gusto of hip-hop and the power of pop.
Jacob has recently introduced “Unkown (To You)” as the first single from his forthcoming full-length album, The Village.
Raleigh Ritchie (real name Jacob Anderson) is an actor, rapper and singer/songwriter from Bristol whose debut album was You’re A Man Now, Boy and whose single Stronger Than Ever also featured on adverts. He’s also got a big following for his role as Grey Worm, leader of the Unsullied in Game of Thrones.
This British singer’s vocals range between soul, jazz and hip-hop, with influences including Erykah Badu, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys and Miguel. Jaz says of her style: “It’s not about being inspired by their fame or recognition – I respect these artists who have made music on their own terms and have their own authentic sounds.”
Another Sky have captivated media and fans alike with their unbridled cinematic sonics, anchored by political poignancy and lead singer Catrin Vincent’s astonishing, otherworldly vocals.
South London newcomers Balcony stand on the borders of two cultures. On one side, they’re stepping into the future by pushing the boundaries of dark pop and future wave R&B. On the other, they capture the heart of timeless songwriting: immediate melodies, towering hooks and hugely relatable emotions.
Ali Horn is back. Liverpool’s prodigal son returns with his kaleidoscopic new single ‘Modern Voodoo’. Released via Rooftop Records, the track is already gaining support from both his local BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music.
Look out for more announcements about the acts who will be joining Clean Bandit and Van Morrison by following our Finale Weekend social channels.
Sunday 2 June
“…there was never any suggestion that Morrison, one of the most prolific recording artists and hardest working live performers of his era, would ever rest on his laurels.”
In a career that spans five decades Van Morrison has produced classics such as Gloria, Here Comes the Night and Brown Eyed Girl, along with a string of enduring albums. This international music titan has a successful track record on both sides of the Atlantic.
Awards and accolades include a knighthood, a Brit, an OBE, an Ivor Novello, six Grammys, honourary doctorates from Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster, entry into The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and the French Ordres Des Artes Et Des Lettres – all attesting to the international reach of Van’s musical art.
His recently released 40th studio album The Prophet Speaks is out now, and his Bath appearance comes hot on the heels of a series of shows in the US.
CORINNE BAILEY RAE
Yorkshire singer/songwriter/musician Corinne Bailey Rae shot to fame with her self-titled UK debut album featuring international hits Put Your Records On and Like A Star. She has received two Grammy awards, two MOBOS and multiple nominations, including Brit awards.
Her third album, The Heart Speaks in Whispers was declared R&B album of 2016 by The Guardian. Corinne’s gigs in 2018 include the Hollywood Bowl, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Billboard Live in Japan. Corinne will also be performing across the globe again this year with confirmed appearances at Billboard Live in Japan, Newport Jazz Festival and Summerstage in Central Park, New York.
Irish rock group Hothouse Flowers have played the streets and the five-piece band have brought the streets to the stages of the world. They call upon their grand repertoire to create a show that is unique to time and place.
“I take pleasure in facing adversity… I don’t see perfection as something that can be created externally. It is an experience. A connection between listener and player… if you feel the music, they will feel the music.” Says singer and frontman Liam O Maonlai.
Jan Kincaid, the former drummer, songwriter, producer, and founder of the Brand New Heavies met Dawn Joseph, the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, when she started singing for the Heavies in 2013. The pair instantly clicked, and within their first week of working together, they were writing songs. Fast forward to 2019, MF Robots play songs with a classic 70’s soul and funk feel.
As a kid, Tom Speight listened endlessly to those early Leonard Cohen albums, even going as far as to borrow his older sister’s classical guitar. That element of simplicity remains in his music, but his recent work feels more inclined towards Ryan Adams’ Autumnal romanticism, or even the simple yet affecting Celtic soul of Damian Rice, where each note has its own place driven by a deeply personal connection to the music.
RENEGADE BRASS BAND
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