Strike The Sun

Band members are Louise, Mark, Josh, Craig
Hometown is Ipswich, in Suffolk, UK
A female fronted alt-rock band based, storytellers & noisemakers.

Strike The Sun formed in 2015 from the fragments of several successful bands. Craig Shimmon (drums, previously of Dear Sleeper) was looking for something musically new and exciting. This came in the form of meeting Mark Coventry (Guitars), Phil Stone (Bass) and Louise Brett (Vocals, previously of Violent Playground) for a jam session that quickly evolved into the dynamic and hard-hitting ‘Strike The Sun’.

2016 saw the band play various music festivals including Swan Fest, Ipswich music day and Sax Fest along with many shows at local venues. The band have had great success in writing, self-recording and releasing their debut 4 track EP entitled “The Storm”, which received lots of local airplay. Immediately writing new material, late 2017 saw a return to the studio to record the “starve a fever” 3 track ep, released on Backwater Records, with a rebrand from local artist Keiran Page. A departure from Phil, beloved bass player, paved way for Josh Faulkner to inject a new energy & stage presence, which has had a great impact on the performance of live shows, which are the heart of what strike the sun are about.

Craig, Mark, Josh and Louise are busy writing new music to perform to their ever growing fan base.

The Majestic

The Majestic

The Majestic are a London based 5-piece band with a unique brand of roots-rock reggae delivered in a whacky visual sing-a-long style. The present lineup has been together since late 2010 but their roots spread much longer.

They play at a number of festivals including Cosmic Puffin, Boomtown Fair, Sheffield Tramlines, Penn, Summer Breeze and Summer Saturnalia to name a few. The season culminates with headlining the Zion Festival in Malta.

Ghosts Of Men

Ghosts of Men

In the Autumn of 2014, a freak musical collision forced Ghosts Of Men to become but two.

This is the fallout; a truly massive guitar sound and huge groove laden drums mixed in with seductive vocals make for a musical experience that is at the same time as fresh and new as it is dirty and as old as time.

Dripping with funky, sleazy riffs and primal choruses, less in this case really does mean more.


Pet Needs

Pet Needs

Formed by Derby brothers Johnny and George Marriott, PET NEEDS play fractured party music. Imagine a bar fight between Art Brut, Against Me! and La Dispute. It’s like that.

With explosive live performances of singalong anti-anthems, PET NEEDS are currently smashing sets on stages throughout the UK, screaming stories of chance meetings, self-destruction, perceived freedom, lampposts and woods.

”Scrunchy melodic rock n roll… right up my street!”- Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music.

One if It’s All Indie’s “Top 20 must see bands at Camden Rocks 2018.”

Pet Needs

Electric Cake Salad

Electric Cake Salad

ELECTRIC CAKE SALAD are an alternative/electro/rock band from the Midlands. The trio is comprised of Steve Gianolio-Jones (guitar, vocals, programming), Rob Leaver (bass) and Mick Morrell (guitar, backing vocals). The band are signed to Flicknife Records.

“A truly unique direction, that mix elements of rock with electronica for a refreshingly original and exciting sound.”

Electric Cake Salad burst onto the Midlands scene back in 2005 with a distorted mix of crunching guitars, pulsing drum loops and midi samples. They effortlessly traverse a multitude of different genres, fusing together 80s and 90s rock and old-school rave and electro. Even styles as diverse as dance, drum and bass and electronica are not beyond their fingertips; they have meddled with them all, taking them apart and stitching them back together in their own unique way.

Guitarist and vocalist Steve said, “We don’t sound like other bands. We aren’t aware of other bands that mixes in 80s rave with rock and electronica. It’s something that’s unique to us. We didn’t start out with some grand plan; we’re like musical magpies – if something sounds good, we’ll borrow it, change it, and turn it into something new.”

Critics, too, have been quick to point out how unusual Electric Cake Salad’s methods are, with notable reviews in Record Collector Magazine, Pure Rawk Magazine, an excellent album review in RGG and the local press. They have also received international and regular airplay on TBFM Radio and various internet and FM stations. Guitarist Mick added, “We are defined by our unique sound – there is no drummer – all our sounds are mixed together through drum machine and electribe midi’d together.”

When the band is not re-defining genres in the studio, they are making waves on the live circuit, performing at clubs and festivals up and down the UK. Regular faves of the festival scene, they have also recently been seen on stage throughout the UK and Europe as support to Jesus Jones, Hawkwind, Psychedelic Warlords and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.

In June 2014, Electric Cake Salad released the single, ‘Baby Firefly’ to critical acclaim through local, national and international airplay. This included a two-hour special on TBFM Radio concentrating on Electric Cake Salad’s music, interviews and bands that influenced or could be linked with Electric Cake Salad. In October 2014, ‘Baby Firefly’ was reissued and reached the Number 1 spot in the TBFM charts for 2 weeks based on listeners and airplay.

Signed to the legendary Flicknife Records, their new album, “Subdiffusion” is available as download, CD and vinyl.
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Electric Cake Salad

Shooty and the Bang Bang

Shooty and the Bang Bang

Shooty and the Bang Bang are a 4 piece rock band based in North Essex that love playing live and putting on a show for our fans. We aim to write modern riff based tracks with sing along choruses with a wall of guitar and bass behind them. You can often find us playing in venues around North Essex or in and around the home counties. Check out our Facebook page for details of all upcoming events, shows and festivals that we will be appearing at this summer. Anthemic rock drops, the best Colchester band since Blur.

“Very good; some excellent guitar parts and strong vocals.” 7bitarcade
“One of the most exciting live experiences to be birthed out of Colchester” The Gig Report

Shooty and the Bang Bangs



SURFQUAKE are a Surf Rock Band, aiming to deliver the kind of driving, rock ‘n’ roll rhythms, made famous by the likes of Dick Dale, The Ventures, Link Wray, The Trashmen & many others, whilst adding a little extra raunch of their own to the proceedings. Hailing from Colchester, Essex (admittedly, a town not known for it’s “gnarly waves”), this dynamic 4 piece not only keep the surf-guitar tradition alive but drag it kicking & screaming into 2015 with a modern approach that will leave you throwing S-turns & verticals in your living room before you can say WIPE OUT!

SURFQUAKE perform hits from the halcyon days of surf-guitar plus some classic TV and Film Themes, as well as self-penned tunes that sit neatly amongst them. In 2012 Surfquake released their debut album ‘Surf and Destroy’ with over 50 minutes of sensational surf sounds, and have had 3 tunes broadcast by DJ Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 2 and BBC6 music.

It might come as some surprise for you to find out that NELSON the Go-Go Guitarist for this Instro Combo was previously on Bass Guitar duties with alternative rockers NEW MODEL ARMY for 22 years – certainly a change in direction here (and instrument of course). He’s joined by NOSERIDER on Hot Rod Bass, CARABUNGA on Quayboards & Theremin and THE DUNE on Surf Drums.

SURFQUAKE have been together for nearly 5 years – they have mainly gigged in England but have ventured into mainland Europe on numerous occasions including 3 tours in Germany / Holland and they’ve also gigged in France. SURFQUAKE have been invited to play at lots of small festivals in the South of England including : Stowfest, the Kelvedon Festival, Wivenhoe Mayfair, Colchester Free Festival, Ipswich Alive and V-dubbin’ and Southend VW Elemental (Volkswagen Enthusiast festivals), Mersea Island and Twisted Iron Biker Rallies, Brightlingsea Music Festival and NASC Street Car National Events and of course COSMIC PUFFIN. They’ve also played 2 music Festivals in Northern France.

Although mainly a headlining act Surfquake have also supported The Blockheads, The Meteors and The 3 Daft Monkeys. Live favourites include : Hawaii 5-O, The Munsters Theme, Batman, Miserlou (Pulp Fiction Theme), Joe 90, 007 Theme, Wipe Out!, Pipeline, Surfin’ Bird, 5-4-3-2-1, Surf Rider, Sabre Dance, Rumble, Walk Don’t Run, for a full list of tunes and songs check out the website:      

So wax up your boards, & ride the rockin’ & rollin’ waves with SURFQUAKE.