Darwen Music Live 2023
The UK’s Biggest Free Music Festival in Darwen
FULL LINE UP AND LINKS BELOW!
SATURDAY 27TH MAY
12:00pm – Leah Haworth
Local ex-DACA pupil Leah has pursued her love of music and ended up attending the Brit School and performing and producing in London, we are proud to welcome her back to open this years festival https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ko4gEVsTpg
12:45pm – McNally Music Act
Following on from last years showcase, McNally music tuition will be putting forward some new exciting talent.
1:45pm – Body Water
Despite only writing together for just over a year the band have already caught the attention of BBC Introducing, been featured on Radio 6 and recorded live sessions for Independent Venue Week.
Visually and musically inspired by gothic horror, their witch-like lyricism will have you chanting along to a psychopath’s inner thoughts whilst their gritty, ‘80s guitar-heavy sound will transport you back to the Sunset Strip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_g73Y6-Wc6s
2:45pm – Kerrang’d
The UK’s live tribute to Kerrang! covering rock/emo/alternative classics from the early 90’s-00’s!
3:45pm – Inciders
Local ska/reggae band covering all of your favourite classics. Get ready to jump and prance
4:45pm – Kind Hearted Thieves
DIY Folk Rock Musician from Blackpool UK, inspired by the likes of Eddie Vedder & Chris Cornell
5:45pm – Tokyo Storm
Joe Bartnicki and Bob Peach, two seasoned musicians from the West Midlands, formed Tokyo Storm with a shared passion for AOR (Album Oriented Rock) music. The duo set out to rekindle their writing skills and create a sound that would pay homage to the classic rock music they grew up with.
6:45pm – Bonfire Radicals
The electrifying sound of Birmingham’s fiery, (un)traditional folk band Bonfire Radicals is both intensely creative and irresistibly fun. Their live set is a frenzy of energy – “dynamic and high octane” (Fatea Magazine) – and captures the adventurous breadth of their musical imaginations which emerge from a melting pot of tunes and songs from the British Isles to the Balkans.
7:45pm – Lanterns
Melodic guitars, addictive rhythmic drums, and prominent dreamy vocals that stick like GLUE
8:45pm – The Blow Monkeys
For those too young to remember, The Blow Monkeys were a staple in the pop charts in mid 80’s to early 90’s, enjoying a string of hit singles and glowing reviews for their very sophisticated brand of music.
In 2008 after an 18 year silence, Dr. Robert and gang returned with a glorious new album – Devils Tavern. 5 further albums have followed and they show no signs of stopping.
SUNDAY 28TH MAY
11:30am – Darwen School of Music Showcase
DSOM showcase some of their talent. Come down and support what could be the stars of the future.
12:45pm – Gvani
Manchester based beats writer and producer who has now started performing too.
1:45pm – Lyra
Lyra are the latest injection of fresh air from the smog ridden streets of London. Catchy guitar lines, absurd bass fills and vocals reminiscent of 90’s rnb make this act unmissable.
Since forming in 2016, Lyra have been pushing the envelope of their genre. Maintaining a balance of reality in a world of synthetic
instrumentation is a concept to which they hold true
2:45pm – This is War
Featuring Paul Carden former frontman of The Black Velvets (one of Liam Gallaghers fav bands). Touring with The Who and Motley Crue to name but a few Paul is an absolute showman with incredible vocals. TIW is energetic funk punk infused with good old fashioned rock and roll. Inspired by the likes of Television,Talking Heads,Undertones and The Subways.
3:45pm – Rafters
The Rafters are an East Lancashire Punk Rock four piece. Forming in 2019, the band have released 5 singles to date and had their debut single Slippin Away featuring on the goals segment of Soccer AM.
4:45pm – Kooky
A London based Retro / 1970s sounding pop group.
With all original songs full of melody and harmony.
Expect pop/rock and disco tunes that will make you want to clap, dance and sing along. Their uplifting sound has often been compared to ABBA.
5:45pm – D-Kel and Los Bandidos
Distinctive South London rap artist D-Kel presents his new alternative, energetic and emotive new band ‘D-Kel & Los Bandidos’. The unique hybrid of Punk, Reggae, Indie Rock and Rap combines perfectly to form an innovative, exciting, fresh new sound. The 4 met through there passion of similar music and their willingness to start a band with a DIY mentality, Punk attitude and with the vision of creating up-tempo ‘feel good’ music.
6:45pm – Design Rewind
Design Rewind is Billy Strahan & Jonathan Towers.
With influences that include Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, The 1975 & Toto, Design Rewind have been described as a “modern throwback” drawing from a cherished era in songwriting to create a fresh sound.
7:45pm – Northern Soul Train
Calling all soul boys & girls! If Northern Soul classics with a sprinkling of Motown favourites is your passion, played by the UK’s premier Northern Soul Band, then this is an experience you can’t afford to miss!!
8:45pm – The View
The View are a Scottish indie rock band. They incorporate various styles such as punk, pop, alternative rock, and folk in their music. They are best known for their 2007 single “Same Jeans” which reached number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.
The band have released five studio albums since their platinum selling debut Hats Off to the Buskers, which topped the UK Albums Chart in January 2007 and was nominated for the 2007 Mercury Music Prize.