The Summer Westival
Friday 26 - Saturday 27 July
The Summer Westival is probably the best indoor festival in the world, complete with real grass – totally weatherproof yet still creating that timeless festival vibe.
We've all got our favourite festival memory, of sharing a crazy weekend with people you love and unexpectedly finding your new favourite band. The Summer Westival is crafted with those moments at its heart. Come and create a great memory with us this July…
Tickets for all three sessions are on sale now – Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening. Tickets are priced £15 (£12 concessions) for each evening, with the afternoon priced at £7.50 (FREE for children aged under 12). A full-day ticket for Saturday, covering both sessions, is priced at £20.
All tickets are available from the West End Centre Box Office on 01252 330040 or you can book online.
We are the Ocean
The huge, anthemic rock tunes of We Are The Ocean will headline the Main Stage on Saturday night. With their invigorating third album, Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow, We Are The Ocean have proved that they are a band prepared to push musical boundaries yet still write brilliant... pop songs perfectly at home on daytime national radio. They ended last year by supporting You Me At Six at Wembley Arena, having also, in 2012, supported Lost Prophets, appeared at Download Festival and been part of the huge Vans Warped Tour in the USA. The summer of 2013 will see them once again tour Europe.
British born by way of Norweigan and Pakistani parentage, Nadine Shah is a vocalist/pianist from a small North East town called Whitburn overlooking the waves and jagged rocks of the North Sea. Nadine has recently completed her debut album "Love Your Dum and Mad" with producer Ben Hillier, and is set to be one of the biggest new names in music in 2013.
"Her dark tales of lust, loss and vengeance bring to mind Broken English-era Marianne Faithfull” (Guardian)
Frontman of anti-folk group Tom Williams and The Boat, performing a special solo acoustic set
Ska-punk heroes and purveyors of brassy pogo-ing perfection” according to Kerrang! New Riot return to the Westy after a gloriously bouncy set here in January, when they headlined The Rooms’ presents… gig. They’ve toured the UK, Europe and USA with punk legends Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake, and are never less than a guaranteed good night. The perfect, infectious Festival band then.
The Severed Limb
Taking skiffle and roots music back to the masses, complete with a line-up featuring washboard, guitar, double bass, drums and accordion. The venerable Steve Lamacaq described them as rampant and joyful” during their BBC 6Music session and Imelda May personally invited the band to support her at the Royal Albert Hall last year.
One of the UK’s best acoustic guitarists. Strongly influenced by folk, jazz and country, his fingerpicking style is both technically brilliant and musically enthralling. A lecturer at Guildford’s Academy of Contemporary Music, Tristan also plays guitar and bouzouki for BBC Folk Award-winner Jackie Oates.
"I believe he is one of the finest of the new acoustic generation” (Gordon Giltrap)
Lindsay West and David Millar play what might be neatly described as alt-folk, using as many instruments as two people can possibly juggle on stage to bring their songs to life. Main vocalist Lindsay hops between guitar, harmonium and synth, while Dave tinkers with guitars, banjo, ukulele and accordion, tapping out beats with bits of drum kit spread out on the floor at his feet. You may have seen Lindsay supporting Roddy Woomble at the Westy last month.
The Crosstown Trio
Bringing camp-fire ambience and a wonderfully eclectic style all the way from Farnham! Blending blues, folk and roots music, with nods towards jazz and funk, The Crosstown Trio have played both GuilFest and Weyfest and, just last week, graced the Westy stage in support of The Blockheads. www.thecrosstowntrio.co.uk/
Bringing a touch of sultry glamour to proceedings, Derbyshire duo Hannah Garner and David Amar create soaring jazz-pop which has prompted Radio 2 breakfast show host Chris Evans to declare "these guys are going to be huge”.
Brilliant Aldershot art-punks, one of our favourite new bands
Welcome the Howling Tones
Timeless rock tunes and huge riffs
The new pseudonym of Fleet singer-songwriter Charlotte Clark
Hailing from South London and rural Ohio, Flight Brigade write 'transcendent'(Indie Bands Blog) melodies with driving rhythms and sweeping instrumentation. Having supported Grouplove, Dry The River, Stornoway and King Charles, the band also won two live competitions to play main stages at Hop Farm and Blissfields festivals. Alongside live sessions on BBC Radio 2 & BBC Introducing, the band's EP has been championed on national radio in Canada (CBC Radio 2). They are currently finishing their debut album, co-produced by Gavin Monaghan (Kings of Leon, The Editors).
Further acts will soon be announced for both the Main Stage and Acoustic Stage, plus other festive activities and stalls.