We kick off the festival with a free event at the Adam & Eve Pub with music from Whelligan. This great 7-piece pop band is fronted by James Whelligan with comparisons to XTC, the Rutles, Syd Barrett, Peter Gabriel and Genesis. The band’s sound will take you on a harmonic journey that is sure to have you up on your feet. Whelligan’s songs mine that English vein of quirky, psychedelic guitar pop that Merseyside bands are famous for. With songs spinning effortlessly from one to another, you won’t be disappointed by this amazing band. Whelligan’s work is also a firm favourite on BBC radio.
“Amazing” – BBC Radio 2
“Soothing the working man” – BBC Radio 4
“Outstanding” – BBC Radio Merseyside
Supported by The John Shillibeer Experience – John Shillibeer is a singer songwriter from Auckland, New Zealand, playing solo in the UK for the first time in 10 years. He plays with an Auckland based indie rock band, Fear of Ghosts, and has continued to produce his own solo music, blending alternative pop, acoustic guitars, beat boxes and electronica. Having grown up in London, John played many solo gigs acoustically at the Mean Fiddler, The Borderline and the Marquee to name a few. Originally from Mill Hill, this will be something of a homecoming.
Also supported by Subverse – a North London duo mixing eclectic styles to bring you an array of different vibes and sounds. Soon to release their first House single ‘Figure it Out” Maddy Collins on Vox and Al Pascal on guitar play individualistic acoustic versions of tunes to keep things interesting, stylistic and fresh!
Food available. Free entry.