Photo Credit: Poltimore Music And Arts Festival

In conjunction with our Poltimore Music And Arts Festival post, we are very pleased to share the full line-up with you.

The Music in Devon Initiative (MIDI) is announcing the first wave of live bands across two stages for the 2024 Poltimore Music & Arts Festival on Friday 22nd March and that tickets are now on sale;

Held in the grounds and the inside of Poltimore House over 2 days on the May bank holiday, Saturday 25th & Sunday, 26th May, the live band line-up on the Main and Acoustic Courtyard Stages will be;

The Main Stage; Sun 26th May
Billie Bottle 1-1.45 pm
The Upper Hand 3-3.45pm
Twilight of the Pleasure Gods 5-5.45pm
Rameagle 7-7.45pm
Moriaty 9-9.45pm
Datura Roots Collective 10-10.45pm
The Acoustic Courtyard Stage; Sat 25TH May
3 Days of Wonder 12-12.45 pm
Rosy Grace 2-2.45 pm
Soot Sprite 4-4.45 pm
Bradley the Busker 6-6.45 pm
Kid Hyena 8-8.45 pm
The Main Stage; Sun 26th May
Billie Bottle 1-1.45pm
The Upper Hand 3-3.45pm
Twilight of the Pleasure Gods 5-5.45pm
Rameagle 7-7.45pm
Moriaty 9-9.45pm
Datura Roots Collective 10-10.45pm
The Acoustic Courtyard Stage; Sun 26th May
Jacob Terry 12-12.45pm
Sonyechko 2-2.45pm
Just Liv and Bob 4-4.45pm
SVVIM 6-6.45pm
The Kabins 8-8.45pm  

A limited number of “Early Bird Tickets” are available on a first come first served basis; 

• Weekend tickets are £60, with “Early Bird tickets” at £50 

• Day tickets for the Saturday and Sunday are £35 with early bird tickets at £25 

A second wave of line-up announcements will be made in due course regarding all the other performers, wellness practitioners, DJs and attractions. Visitors will be able to explore hidden rooms inside Poltimore House with quality entertainment, secret cinemas, chill out lounges and markets. Outside, you can explore the historic grounds whilst diving into Main Stage performances alongside local food and drink vendors with a variety of options for all tastes. Performances on the Main Stage will run at opposite timings to the indoor Acoustic Courtyard Stage, so you’ll never have to miss a performance!

Wander through the Sacred Gardens and discover Wellness & Healing areas, with workshops and activities to help heighten the festival experience whilst looking after the body and mind. If you’re lucky, you might even find the Hidden DJ Tent, where you can party to your heart’s content to the very best of Exeter University’s student DJs!

“Our multiple-genre line-up is diverse by design with hip hop act the Scribes and their finesse in audience participation headlining Saturday and high-energy, retro-pop band Pattern Pusher also playing Saturday. Then we have quirky concept-prog jazz from Billie Bottle’s Temple of Shibboleth, Moriaty’s huge guitars and Afrofuturist psychedelic RnB from Sonnyechko. Also on the bill is a journey through an eclectic blend of roots reggae, smoky blues and jazz from Sunday headliner Datura Roots Collective. Then we move through Shoegaze from Soot Sprite, into old school folk & hip hop, experimental and dance music from Kid Hyena and special acoustic performance from electronic artist SVVIM and more!”

Nick Hall, Director of MIDI and Head Organiser.

The festival was once Exeter’s only student-run festival and one aspect that makes Poltimore Music & Arts Festival a little different from most is that there will be students involved in all aspects of the event. The organisers hope to continue the tradition of giving valuable work experience to support students in entering the creative industries.

The University of Exeter’s ‘Access to Internships’ scheme has kindly funded the wages of two students to support the Poltimore Festival, where they’ll gain valuable event management experience. They will be deeply involved in volunteering and work experience across a range of essential festival activities, from stage management to sound engineering, social media, reviews, design and marketing.

“Previous writers, photographers and designers from Student Magazine Exepose have gone on to work for major publications, including The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The BBC, OK! and Xbox 360 Magazine, so we’re really happy to continue to support young people getting started in the industry.”

Nick Hall, Director of MIDI and Head Organiser.

Main Stage; Saturday 25th May

Drea and the Pandas 1-1.45 pm

Photo Credit: @Capture Photography / Charles Derry

Drea & The Pandas is a captivating new band on a mission to dismantle the illusion of separateness and celebrate the interconnectedness of all beings. Led by the visionary Drea Paizs, this eclectic group of musicians hails from diverse backgrounds, embodying the rich tapestry of human experience.

Despite being newcomers, Drea & The Pandas have already made a profound impact with their electrifying performance at the MIDI TV Music Awards this year.

To be announced 3-3.45 pm

Pattern Pusher  5-5.45 pm

Pattern Pusher are a dynamic trio hailing from South West of the UK. They have ignited the alternative rock scene with emotionally charged songs played with infectious energy. The band have been carving a unique path in the world of music, and their journey is one that commands attention.

Pattern Pusher are more than a band; they are storytellers and energy-purveyors. Their songs resonate on a deeply personal level. As they continue to push the boundaries of their craft, Pattern Pusher are poised to leave an indelible mark on the world, one note at a time.

Haytor 7-7.45 pm

At the core of Haytor’s sound lies a captivating blend of introspective, cynical lyrics fuelled by a potent mix of energetic riffs and anthemic choruses.

Based in the Southwest UK, Haytor has grown with each release, garnering support from BBC radio and their expanding dedicated fanbase. Comprising of vocalist Austin Robison, lead guitarist Jonny Lewis, drummer Cal Verney and bassist Dave Kittow, Haytor’s performances are a fusion of high energy and vibrancy, crafting unique indie-rock that pulsates with charisma.

Free’Minds 9-9.45 pm

FREE’MINDS – JamC || Chatta || Riffree UK Hiphop collective made up of 3 British MC’s.

As experienced performers within the UK hip-hop scene, these guys bring some serious energy to the stage. Captivating their audience with unrivalled word play and individual prowess, they know how to get a crowd hyped.

They toured across the UK showcasing their debut album ‘Break The Chains’ including various guest appearances on shows such as the Kila Kela Podcast Show, BBC Introducing, Fubar Radio and Slam Jam.

During 2017, they supported Jman and Illinformed for their controversial Babylon Dead Tour and took the stage by storm, gaining headline support acts for artists such as The Four Owls, Ocean Wisdom, P Money and many more. Festivals include Boardmasters, Illusive Festival, Beat-Herder Festival & Exeter Street Arts Festival.

The Scribes 10-10.45 pm

The Scribes are a multi-award-winning hip-hop three-piece. Their unique blend of beatboxing, off the cuff freestyling and genre-spanning music has created a live show quite unlike any other on the scene today, with appeal ranging far beyond traditional hip-hop fare.

The Scribes are sponsored by independent, ethical and fair trade clothing company THTC alongside artists such as Redman, Foreign Beggars, Black Twang and have released material with American record label “Kamikazi Airlines”, based in LA and co-founded by Dizzy Dustin of legendary hip hop act Ugly Duckling, as well as UK based label “Reel Me Records” (Laid Blak).

They have consistently proven to be an impressive and engaging live act with 2019 festival appearances at Glastonbury, Wilderness Festival, Shambala, Boomtown Fair, Bearded Theory, Leopalloza, Maui Waui Festival, St Paul’s Carnival, Tunes In The Dunes, Shambala Festival, Godney Gathering and many more and have toured extensively across the UK and onto Europe, including slots at prestigious venues such as Camden’s Jazz Cafe, Cargo, Urban In Ibza, Bristol’s O2 Academy, Peterborough Arena and Italy’s Metaponto Beach Festival.

Main Stage; Sunday 26th May

Billie Bottle’s Temple of Shibboleth 1-1.45 pm

Born in lockdown, The Temple of Shibboleth started life when Billie Bottle ran away from Gifford’s Circus in 2020 and started caring for a wise woman in deepest Devon. Here, she was taught the ancient art of traditional housekeeping – it eventually became this melodic, deep and gently humorous music.

The Upper Hand 3-3.45 pm

Since debuting in August 2022, Exeter & Torquay based indie rock band ‘The Upper Hand’ have been rising rapidly in the Devon music scene.

Expect earwig hook lines and funky undertones as the recently crowned ‘Devon’s Best New Artist 2024’ and Battle of the Bands winner in 2023, delivers classic rock, pop, indie and blues tunes that leave audiences with smiles on their sweaty faces!  

Twilight of the Pleasure Gods 5-5.45 pm

Led by singer, keyboard player and lyricist Demelza Jennings of 5 Finger Discount, Obedientbone and CakeyGirl with Stuart Crook weaving melodic bass around live breakbeat drums.

Twilight of the Pleasure Gods sounds like Portishead and Morcheeba partying with London Elektricity in a barn on Dartmoor.

Rameagle 7-7.45pm

Rameagle is a psychedelia-influenced rock and roll for Planet Earth, inspired by early Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Gong, space rockers Hawkwind and Throbbing Gristle. They have been described as “excellent glam/psych” by Tom Cox, Sunday Times bestselling author and former music columnist for the Guardian and the NME.

Their music is a heady mix of ethereal flute, swirling synths, languid vocals, hypnotic guitars, breakbeat drums and driving fuzz bass. Visually, they provide a fanciful, dayglow flight through the mountains, forests and fauna of the Rameagle Universe. All the while followed by an iconic pyramid, which provides a theme that links their songs and looms over their adventures.

Moriaty 9-9.45 pm

They have played every town, worked every job. Smiled at every upset. Cried at every joy. They have been through more than most, but yet not enough. Their music is for them now. To relieve the pressure and the pain. They give it everything they have.

Enjoy it. Shout at it. Dance to it like you’re on an Instagram story, and you’re pretending no one can see. Dance like you’re in your bedroom, and no one really is watching. Dance like you’re in your car at the traffic lights, and the cute person next to you catches you in the act.

This music is theirs. And this music is yours, if you want it. Formed during a hazy weekend at a festival in Scotland. Joining forces after differing incarnations. A few jam sessions quickly spewed out what would become, Moriaty.

Datura Roots Collective 10-10.45 pm

Inspired from an eclectic blend of roots reggae and dub, smoky blues & jazz and then twisted up with hip-hop and EDM. The Datura Roots Collective are hard to pin down, yet it manages to retain an identifiable and accessible sound all of its own.

Their unique blend of styles and high-octane live show has seen them successfully rock stages at some of the UK’s major festivals, supporting several heavyweight major artists, including Dubioza Kolektiv, Electric Swing Circus, Don Letts & The Undercover Hippy.

Acoustic Courtyard Stage; Saturday 25TH May

3 Days of Wonder 12-12.45 pm

Described as having music that is mature for such a young band, 3 Days of Wonder takes inspiration from The Police, U2, Foo Fighters, The Script and Big Country. 

They believe that it is important to story-tell in their music, and they have written about things that they are passionate about, such as mental health, suicide, addiction, social constraints, growing up, the fast pace of life and its pressures.

Rosy Grace 2-2.45 pm

Rosy Grace is a singer-songwriter from Tiverton. Folk-focused, she is inspired by artists like Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and Laura Marling.

She has been a part of the open mic circuit for a few years, mainly performing on her own but sometimes with her husband and friends.

Soot Sprite 4-4.45 pm

Soot Sprite is an Indie/ Shoegaze band from Exeter, UK. With one self-released EP and two EPs released under Specialist Subject Records; Soot Sprite are working towards their debut Album. The band, formed initially as a solo project by Elise Cook, now plays with a full band line-up after “working alone felt so lonely, and the sound deserved a good line-up of musicians to make it sound how it was meant to”.

CLASH Magazine wrote, “Exeter’s Soot Sprite blend post-emo tropes with swathes of guitar effects lifted from the shoegaze arena. Sketching out their own aural landscape, the band’s songwriting is rooted in their own experiences, transforming these into something universal.”

Bradley the Busker 6-6.45 pm

Bradley the Busker, an independent artist from Devon, UK, honed his craft through years of playing with bands and other artists before taking the solo route. He made a living by busking and performing at local venues and events, building a dedicated audience. His emotive vocals and impressive guitar skills set him apart as a 21st-century troubadour, captivating listeners nationwide.

Bradley’s previous demo recordings have already garnered an impressive 20,000 streams and received recognition from Sarah Gosling on BBC Introducing Devon & Cornwall. He has shared stages alongside notable acts like Gaz Brookfield, James Walsh (Starsailor) and Tom Odell at renowned venues, including Brighton’s Hope & Ruin, Komedia, and Exeter Cavern.

Kid Hyena 8-8.45 pm

A Musical Culture Clash formed on the backstreets of Barcelona, now based in the UK. Breaking Boundaries of Genre with the Urban Folk Sounds of Foot Stompin’ Sing Along Tunes, Fiery Percussion, Tap Dance Beats, Double Bass & a whole load of Positive Vibes!

Founded on the backstreets of Barcelona and influenced by old school folk & hip hop sounds, alternative rock, experimental and dance music, the band’s life began with an exploratory period of intensive recording where they released three albums over two and a half years. Some songs went on to be featured on Spanish & UK radio. All the albums can now be sourced via their independent label ‘Planet Road Records’.

Acoustic Courtyard Stage; Sunday 26th May

Jacob Terry 12-12.45 pm

Jacob Terry is an artist with lots of heart and determination. Debuting in 2017 as “Shrug.” with his first release Tales Of Astronauts, he spent a lot of time writing and performing in his hometown of Ilfracombe (North Devon, UK) before releasing two more E.Ps (The Whole Story ad Remember This) and a then self-titled compilation album (Shrug) which included previously unreleased tracks to attract new listeners.

Since the pandemic hit, he’s been working on writing more music, releasing a new single every month from his new studio album – “Uprooted” which is only available on CD until all the monthly tracks are released.

Sonyechko 2-2.45 pm

Sonyechko is an 18-year-old psychedelic RnB artist based in London, drawing inspiration from artists such as Labrinth, FKA Twigs & Björk.

He stays true to pure artistic expression rather than following commercial tropes. On his new project, ‘Chale Wote’, Sonyechko explores his Ghanaian heritage through an Afrofuturist lens.

Just Liv and Bob 4-4.45 pm

Just Liv and Bob formed as a duo five years ago when Livvy was asked to sing for a 99th Birthday Party in a retirement home and needed an accompanist. The rest is history…

Bob has a wealth of experience, resulting from decades of playing with Folk, Jazz, Country and function bands. Vocalist Livvy Hylton-Smith brings timeless glamour and rich, soulful vocals with an extraordinary natural talent as a singer. She continues to blossom.

SVVIM 6-6.45 pm

SVVIM is an alt-pop singer, songwriter, producer and one-man band. Hailed by BBC Introducing as “making music to the same calibre of Bon Iver”, his influences vary from Lauv to London Grammar, Phil Collins to Bon Iver and The National. He’s a sucker for sad songs and love songs. Born in Exeter, Devon, SVVIM is not a huge talker and keeps himself to himself; however, he really finds his voice when songwriting, producing and performing.

Music, to him, is an emotional release, a way to empty out whatever is going on inside his head at the time. Sometimes happy, sometimes sad, but always hitting you with the feels. In April 2020, he started working on producing all of his own upcoming material and brought in gold and platinum-record-certified songwriter and producer Jack Gourlay for the mixing. SVVIM returns with his new single ‘Somedays’, off his upcoming EP, which will be released in May 2021.

The Kabins 8-8.45 pm

Striding from the fields, forests and obscure towns of Devon, The Kabins assault the eyes, ears (and noses) of their audience with their aggressive, catchy, and rich sound.

Despite their unbreakable bond, when looking for creative inspiration, the Kabins walk different paths. While some revel in the glory of classic Britpop and Rock greats, such as Oasis, The Stone Roses, and Blur, Others prefer more contemporary Indie Rock and Bedroom Pop, worshipping bands like Hers. Also acknowledged are Shoegaze and Alternative Rock.

Darren Branch

Darren "Twig" Branch is a music enthusiast enjoying life in South Somerset, England.

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