Author: Pete Sullivan

Giving the classic Jamaican roots reggae sound a modern twist, Concrete Rose are a relatively new yet very exciting outfit hailing from Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom. Featuring members of other well-established bands such as Ferocious Dog and Unknown Era, the four-piece have combined their wealth of musical experience to create a signature style. Their unique blend […]

Concrete Rose
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In past years at Smile we have always tried to incorporate as many of the arts as possible, and for a few years we created a pop up gallery space for artists to display their art and even create new work whilst at the festival.  After struggling to find adequate space we missed it out […]

Roundhouse Art Gallery
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Muddy Summers & the Dirty Field Whores are a musical melange drawing in left-bank swing, Balkan gypsy dreamscape, jazz waltz fusion and cowgirl reggae-hop – all bound together with sentient political verse with a razor edge that feels no need to growl before it bites. Their influences include politicians, rich folk, racism, sexism, fascism, homophobia, […]

Muddy summers & The DFWs
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Brian Stone is a lively, original singer songwriter known for engaging, entertaining performances. Fun and energetic, with masses of crowd participation; this is not your regular solo acoustic act. His catchy, original songs strike a chord with audiences of all ages and have gained him a rapidly growing fan base. In the words of John […]

Brian Stone
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Matty James Cassidy hails from Northern Ireland.  Blending Country, Rock and Blues he is one of our finds of the year! Whether you’re a fan of the great hell raising troubadours of the past like Hank Williams or more recent greats like Tom Waits, you’ll find plenty to love when it comes to Matty James […]

Matty James Cassidy
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The first thing that grabs your attention about Irish singer songwriter Amy Montgomery (apart from her Bohemian look) is her raw and beautiful voice honed from relentless busking throughout Ireland. Her vocals seem to channel the spirit of Janis Joplin and Grace Slick whilst also acknowledging her all time favourite Alanis Morissette. Amy has just […]

Amy Monygomery
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Meet the Sweetchunks: Ash is pretty and plays the bass, Chunks is loud and plays the banjo, Mike is Tall and plays god,and guitar. Curuthers serves drinks. Together they music to get drunk to! The Sweetchunks Band play an unusual, yet compelling amalgamation of parodic folk, rock, chap-hop and drinking anthems, fused into a Steampunk […]

The Sweetchunks Band
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Acoustic Butterfly hail from Glasgow, Scotland.  To emphasise just how much we love their music, at our wedding we played the song ‘I’m All Smiles‘ for Becky to walk down the aisle to, they have become our own personal  soundtrack, they make us smile, they can make us weep, they are truly our favourite festival […]

Acoustic Butterfly
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Popes of Chillitown play ska/dub/punk with a progressive edge. Impossible to tie down and with enough energy to power a small city, their songs drag you through punk, two-tone, rock, hip-hop, reggae, drum & bass, dub, metal and more. Renowned for their energetic live shows, they have amassed a loyal following over the years. Since […]

Popes of Chillitown
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More newness comes in the form of the stunning indoor bar area housed within a converted tractor shed.  With one the sexiest bars  I have ever seen (you’ll see), a host of sofas and seating as well as a wooden stage, which we have decided to use as a busking stage that will likely be […]

Best Bar Ever
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Captain Accident is a reggae/ska/soul artist who creates a unique blend of soulful lovers rock, roots reggae, ska, dub and rocksteady at his home studio in Cardiff. This sound is then brought to life on stage with the help of a collective of musicians known as “The Disasters” although in reality, they are far from […]

Capyain Accident & The Disasters
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New Site, New Spaces! That’s right, the fantastic new site comes with a permanent stage, in a small woodland space.  So what to call a stage situated within woodland…. That’s right…  The Kokopelli Stage is born at Smile 2020 and we say goodbye to our Hidden Stage (Which apparently was altogether too well hidden). Check […]

The Kokopelli Stage
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Formed in 2012 Headsticks have developed their own brand of Revolutionary Punk Roots Rock’n’Roll, through constant gigging which has seen their profile continually rise alongside the growth of a fanatical fan base. Supports with bands as varied as The Wildhearts, Lindisfarne, Spear Of Destiny, Buzzcocks, and Ferocious Dog have seen their music cross over genre […]

Headsticks
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New Festival Site: Cabourne Parva, LN7 6DR That’s Right, Something to Smile About has a new home, and what a home it is…. Imagine a space, owned by a creative, a festival organiser that is as in tune with nature as anyone probably can be, who has had 15 years to build and improve the […]

Smiley Parva Buddha
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Edwina Hayes numbers Michael Parkinson, Perez Hilton and of course us among her fans. Her beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-americana. She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison and the title track of […]

Edwina Hayes
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N.U.M.B are outstanding live and a crowd pleaser with the cool factor. Great sing along original melodies and harmonies fused with reggae dance vibes and intelligent, relevant rap. For all info and links to all sites then please go to www.numbmusic.co.uk. Their unique urban sound is received brilliantly by all ages and the band have […]

N.U.M.B. Never Underestimate Musical Belief
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With their hard hitting, bass driven, vibrant, live electronic dance-pop from another dimension, the band have developed a strong reputation and following in Manchester’s underground music scene. This three-piece draws influences from anything with a pumping groove and amalgamates it into a live music frenzy of thumping electronic drums, heavy bass lines and gritty synth […]

Age of Glass
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From the deepest, darkest jungles of Leicestershire, The Whiskey Rebellion are a band like no other. Performing a blend of Balkan gypsy dance music, celtic folk tunes, and pure unfettered punk, they provide a sweat-laden performance that leaves audiences stunned and gasping for breath. Featuring a line-up including accordion, violin, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and with a […]

The Whiskey Rebellion
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We love this guy at Smile, after being so unsure about booking his band Age of Glass for 2019 we soon found ourselves enjoying his music more and more, yet when he steps onto the stage, you get 2 different people, one mellow and occasionally eccentric, one extremely eccentric.  My own (Pete’s) highlight of 2019 […]

Rory Charles
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Jess Silk first came to our attention when our good friends at Groovy Festival just wouldn’t stop talking about how good she was, and after catching a little bit of her set we agree and know she will fast become a crowd favourite on the festival scene. Jess is a guitarist, singer and songwriter from […]

Jess Silk Live
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SPY FROM MOSCOW‘s solo and full band shows blend grunge guitar with heart-breaking lyrics to produce intimate and explosive live performances. Previous releases include Mile End Sessions (2014) Little War EP (2016) and his recent single Priests Of London Fields (2019). Spy From Moscow have played for audiences in UK, Ireland, Belgium and Holland. We […]

Spy from Moscow
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Smiley & The Underclass are a punky reggae noise from London via. Japan, the Uk and the Caribbean. Formed in a caravan below a motorway in 2014, they quickly captured the hearts of the underground scene with their chaotic and incendiary live shows put together in squats and disused venues across the capital. Releasing their […]

Smiley and the Underclass
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Get ready to skank, pogo, mosh, jig, polka and maybe even waltz – The sound of Counting Coins refuses to stay still, switching from ska-punk to gypsy to hip-hop and back again several times in the same song. Since forming in 2009, Counting Coins have steadily built up a reputation for their raucously energetic live […]

Counting Coins
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“Seriously powerful, watch out for theses guys!” (BBC 1Xtra) “Like Rage Against The Machine meets Roots Manuva.” (Boomtown) “Regime’s music speaks for itself… just roots & reality” (Benji Webbe, Skindred) From the rolling hills of Pembrokeshire via Bristol, Barcelona and California, Regime deliver a brutal and inspirational medley of their broad influences. Loved by teenagers, […]

Regime
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The Hatstand Medicine Band are a travelling troupe of musicological minstrels, peddling the good Doctors unique good-time tonic to all four corners of the land. Formed from a secret combination of early blues and jazz forms, a sprinkle of ragtime, a dash of hot swing, the essence of sweet spiritual, a pinch of the oldest […]

Dr Butler's Hatstand Medicine Band
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