In the great tradition of British end-of-the-pier pointlessness, Mr. Lobby Lud hales from the imaginary coastal resort of Regis-on-Sea. Although he aspires to play the tuba whilst riding the bicycle, Lobby Lud is more often seen clutching a ukulele and attempting to hide behind a screen of kazoos and a veneer of respectability. Nobody is fooled. Nowadays he is backed by a splendid bunch of chaps which Mr. Lud has modestly dubbed The Luddites.
Singing thought provoking autobiographical lyrics set to a brash folk punk melody, Ren Stedman can be found singing songs from the heart until the last ember of the campfire fizzles out.
Having started out by finding his feet on the grassroots festival scene, Ren has toured up and down the country and across Europe carrying his guitar and a repertoire of songs compared to “a bloody good punk band distilled down into one bloke and an acoustic guitar”.
A fierce, fable wielding force of acoustic punk poetry, Ren takes influence in writing lyrics that hit you hard from stories of life, love and political change.
One of the Top 20 must see bands at Camden Rocks 2018.
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!” said Steve Lamacq.
The singer/songwriter from Essex will be playing the Ahulabula stage at this years’ Cosmic Puffin. Thrashing her acoustic guitar, her songs and voice throw out a plethora of feministic anti-folk mash-up which nobody can actually describe. Emotive, encaptivating and at times just damn right angry.
Kristina is also performing at the festival this year with the punk bands, T-Bitch and ICC.
Unity Division is a fiery, fun-filled trio hailing from Greenwich. Serena leads the musical faction with massive vocal tone and wall-smashing guitar. Dru’s haunting vocal melds with bifurcated guitar and floor-shuddering bass noise. Vince Cullen dishes out immense kicks and invigorating beats. Working with producer John Cornfield (Muse, Oasis, Supergrass, Robert Plant), Unity Division recently completed their exuberant rock/punk 7 track album “Consumer”. Described as Hazel O’Connor meets The White Stripes and Lene Lovich meets DEVO! Raw, sensuous, electrified.
7pm – Unity Division
8.15pm – Ren Stedman
9.30pm – Slack Mallard
11pm – Ghosts Of Men
12.45pm – Beardy Ukellington’s Orchestra
2pm – Stuart Turner & the Flat Earth Society
3.15pm – Adam Whichever
4.30pm – Muddy Summers & the Dirty Field Whores
5.45pm – The Voodoo Tweed Cult of Your Mum
7pm – Supercharge
8.15pm – Anarchistwood
9.30pm – Skewwhiff
11pm – Pet Needs
12pm – Lobby Lud & the Luddites
1pm – Kristina Stazaker
2.15pm – Jesus Hooligan
3.30pm – The Devil’s Doorbells
4.45pm – tba
6pm – Hubcap Moon
7.15pm – tba
8.30pm – Calico
10pm – T Bitch
Calico are an eclectic 3-piece of two girls and one boy, who have been playing together since 2008.
Calico’s current set has been described as emotive, melancholy and raw. The band continue to draw from a number of influences to create their own unique sound, which will have you intrigued from the first listen.
When Steve the singer out of the hardcore punk band Gout/Lager Louts became ill with throat problems he had to stop singing live. During that time Steve started making his own music from sounds he liked; tractors, angle grinders, drills and anything you can hit like barrels, buckets, scaffold tubes and diesel tanks. Once Steve’s voice improved he set about starting up a live band and was joined by guitarist Jason Sanders, and didgeridoo player Dave Croughan. The end result is a mix of hoe down punk crossed with industrial folk blues that shouldn’t work but somehow does.
Since then Jesus Hooligan have added more and more people to the band, including four extra Burrell Bashers (Adam Smith, Carol Walker, Lester Rouge and Paul Geddes), a drummer (Arup) and Rick Pistol on Darbuka. As a result of this, and their fun, energetic live performances, Jesus Hooligan continue to go from strength to strength.
Hubcap Moon are a 5-piece band from Harpenden, Hertfordshire who, armed with, mandolins, accordions, guitars and drums, deliver their own scrapyard collision of infectious, good time, boot stompin’, beer swillin’, Bluegrass, Cajun, country, rock-a-billy, skiffle-punk, guaranteed to bring a smile to the sullenest of faces and draw out that little touch of trailer trash in your soul.
They formed sometime across the year of 2011. Initially they set out playing for fun, themselves and friends down their local pub but over the past couple of years, their eventful, atmospheric, humour-filled shows have lured in a wider following and with their gigs making the local press and their songs now being played on St. Albans local Radio Verulum, Hubcap Moon have had to expand their horizons and are now happy to extend their gigging to wherever it takes them…
Although taking their main musical influences from familiar Americana country sounds Hubcap Moon also borrow from the British folk tradition, adding another roots element to their unpolished charm; making them more M6 than Route 66. More transport caff than truck stop. More BSA Bantam than Harley Davidson. More Booths Gin soaked than Bourbon Whiskey raddled in their merry musical ways…
Hubcap Moon provide a tonic, a magic potion, a cheeky slug of chrome clear musical Moonshine to take away the blues, touch your heart and make you smile…
HUBCAP MOON are: Petra Gilbert on Drums, Jerry Brewer on Bass guitar, Cath Stainer on Vocals, Accordion & Cajun squeeze box, Dave Stainer on Lead Guitar & Mandolin, and Roger Payne on Vocals, Guitar & Mandolin.