Music line-up for Top of the Gorge
Once you're worn out from a day of adventure, cool down with live music that really rocks. We're adding to our lineup all the time, so keep checking back to discover more.
After a headline set at last year’s South West Outdoor Festival, which got our fantastic site overlooking Cheddar Gorge absolutely bouncing, this seven-piece Bristol-based outfit are back by popular demand. With a full-gas, foot-stomping approach to live performance, Crinkle Cuts will be tearing up the main stage with songs from their new album, Bigger Than Patrick, peppered with classics from the earlier EP Bandits of Skrunk. Backed by a hopping horn section, the septuplet’s sound is best described as an irresistible tapestry of tantric funk, smooth reggae and new-wave latin ska. No matter what adventures you’ve been involved in during the day, we defy you to keep your legs still during their energy loaded set on the Saturday night (23 June). Grab a drink and get ready to spill it.
A highly acclaimed and award-winning young folk duo from Priddy in Somerset, The Drystones are Alex Garden and Ford Collier, two 21-year-old violin, guitar and whistle-playing musicians, who have made a huge noise on the national stage since they formed in July 11. They play a lively mix of their own tunes and arrangements of folk tunes, infused with drive, beat and energy. They have played festivals all over the Country (including Glastonbury, Sidmouth, Broadstairs, Warwick, Bromyard, Purbeck and Folk East). Much touted by esteemed musicologists and DJs, including Steve Lamacq and Mark Radcliffe from Radio6 Music and Radio, they were nominated for the ‘Young Folk Award’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Their third CD is a Songlines "Top Of The World" album - do not moss these guys, a local lads destined for massive things, when they play Top of the Gorge on Saturday 23 June.
Kid Conventional is Sheffield singer-songwriter Jack Weston. With his dark folk style inspired by artists like Bright Eyes and Fleet Foxes, he won Yorkshire Unplugged in 2013. His single "No Promises" (Dec 2015) was named #15 in Top 50 of 2015 by BBC Radio Sheffield Introducing. His EP, "I Will Never Be An Astronaut", was released to glowing reviews in May 2017 and backed up by more than 50 shows across the UK.
In addition to his solo work, he currently fronts the Sheffield Beatles Project, who played acclaimed shows at Tramlines Festival and O2 Academy Sheffield in 2017.
Kid Conventional joins us on Saturday at Top of the Gorge Festival.
Why We Love
A sibling-fronted indie pop band from the South West, Why We Love exploded onto the Bristol scene in May 2014 with their debut single ‘Patina’, and found their feet playing sold-out shows with Wolf Alice, Slow Club, Teleman & Wave Pictures. The band are instantly recognisable for their beguiling brand of sparkly guitar pop, bittersweet lyrics and blood harmonies, all showcased in energetic live shows. The release of their irresistibly summery single ‘All Good Things Must Drown’ confirmed the band’s status as one of Bristol’s best young acts. Discover Why We Love on Friday 22 June at Top of the Gorge Festival.
Exeter-based band Windslide are comprised of Didge Dave (on didgeridoo & cajon), Cigar-box Dave (on slide & cigar-box guitar) and Gideon (on cajon & percussion). Their unique sound is an amazing mash of soulful slide guitar backed by a toe-tapping beat and some seriously sonerous deep didge action. This is perfect sunny session music to chill out to on the grass with a glass of craft ale/cider/gin/win/poison of your choice - and, accordingly, the lads will be playing an extended set on Sunday 24 June at Top of the Gorge Festival.