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More bands! (more to follow)First lot of Early Birds sold out - New Batch released - Limited numbers!!!!Get those art application in!More bands! Spanner - you asked for 'em - we gottem! Spanner has been mixing politics and pleasure since around 2000, and we aim to still be at it when it’s time for dancing on the ruins of the empire. We’re taking bookings for the after party now! Our sound is a small contribution to the soundtrack to revolution and we hope to inspire both much dancing and more direct action. We play militant, ska’d up punk that’s not just for entertaining “alternative” consumers or being part of the illusion of rebellion. Punk for us has to be more than noise and more than a hairdo. We want punk and punks to be part of a community in opposition and resistance to this murderous system which leaves everything it touches damaged or dead. We know that with our creativity and determination we can make a new world, and punk is about doing it now! We’d also very much like our music to strike fear into the hearts of capitalists, cops, bosses and politicians everywhere… if only they could hear the words!

We love meeting DIY bands, gig collectives, subverters, squatters, rebels, resisters, renegades, revolutionaries and fellow trouble makers from all over. It reminds us that we are everywhere!!! We are always looking for gigs and festivals to play, so get in touch if you think you could do with a Spanner in the mix.

New York Brass Band New Orleans inspired music from the mean streets of York, North Yorkshire, UK.

“A must-see, stomping genre-splicing brass outfit” The Guardian

The Soul Circle Gang The Soul Circle Gang, a fresh and innovative Leeds based band, brings together eight experienced musicians who weave elements of funk, soul, reggae, world and jazz into unique new sounds. Led by Lara Rose (who has previously sung with The James Taylor Quartet, The New Mastersounds, The Haggis Horns and Corinne Bailey Rae) The Gang are in their element live, delivering sparkling performances featuring energetic grooves, dexterous improvisation, soaring vocals and sweet harmonies. (Imagine Parliament fronted by Chaka Khan.) The 'Live In Session' EP, released in 2012, gives a taste of their dynamic live sound. China Shop Bull China Shop Bull play an extremely heady cocktail of ska, rave and drum and bass. The 6-piece have been on the festival, punk and party scene since 2006, releasing one album ‘Rave To The Grave’ and a new 12" vinyl on Tantrum Records.They've toured the UK and Europe extensively and have performed alongside acts as diverse as Dreadzone, The Dub Pistols, Sonic Boom Six, The Skints, Pama International, Random Hand, Goldie Lookin Chain, Sicknote, Voodoo Glowskulls and Subsource.Building a fast growing following with their infectious sound and lively shows, China Shop Bull have previously been invited to festivals such as Rebellion, Boomtown, Solfest, Beats Not Bombs, Alchemy, Brisfest and Kendal Calling to name but a few. Early Birds After the success of last year’s Alchemy we fully expect to sell out early this year (and live in tickets will go pretty quickly!) We've sold out of the £60 early birds but there are a limited number of £70 available on the website along with family tickets (2 adults and 3 under 16s) at £185. We expect these to go quickly so gett'em soon! Art Grants We're opening up the options for arts grants earlier this year to give people more time to be creative. We've had some great installations over the last couple of years and want to keep it going. Up to £300 for art that fits with the ethos of the Festival - low carbon, re-cycled wherever possible, tactile or involving people installations will always get preferential treatment.

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