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The 707

Cambridgeshire based band The 707 are well known in the region, playing both classic and modern covers from the 1970’s to the present.

Specialising in genres such as indie, pop, rock and new wave, The 707 have long been a crowd pleaser and quality act.   


Named after the year of the London Olympics, 2012 share the Olympian mindset ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’ as they strive to deliver a show beyond that which can traditionally be expected from a four piece rock band.

With a line-up of some of Peterborough’s most talented musicians, matched with a certain level of technical wizardry providing full orchestral, choral and electronic accompaniment, the band perform a wide ranging repertoire from classic and eighties rock to re-imagined contemporary pop.


Uprising are a collective based in Peterborough and the surrounding counties who create their own unique sound influenced by their joint passion for reggae music.

They draw inspiration from many styles across the genre; from roots to dub and dancehall.

Their aim is to produce new and exciting songs featuring strong elements of the essence of Reggae music combined with sweet guitar and clever, conscious vocals delivered in both English and Polish, reflecting the varied heritage of the group.

Killing Aura

Killing Aura are an alternative /punk rock band from Nottingham formed in 2020.

The band has toured the UK on a co-headline tour which included a sellout home town show and to date has released four singles with over 100,000 combined Spotify streams.

Killing Aura are due to release their debut self-titled album in June which will be supported by a another hometown show and further single releases.

Support from radio stations such as the BBC via BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio and Voice FM have helped them secure shows with bands such a Reverend And The Makers as well as festivals including TWF.

Very much a DIY self promoted and managed project, Killing Aura write, record and produce all their own material.

Last Minute Brigade

Well known to the Peterborough music scene, Last Minute Brigade will be bringing their infectious high energy show to The Willow Festival in July for one of just a handful of special appearances in 2023.

Their take on classic indie, pop and rock tunes has earned them extensive praise and a loyal fan base, so expect a party atmosphere for their TWF gig in July!

Gary Lee Ward

Original acoustic folk singer / songwriter and frontman of the band Flashback Photograph, Gary Lee Ward has to date performed at over five hundred gigs including Bestival, Camp Bestival, Common People, The Cambridge Junction and Swanbourne Music Festival as support for The Zutons.

Influenced by artists such as Johnny Cash, The Zak Brown Band and Mumford and Sons, Gary has had his original music aired far and wide and has recently been in the process of releasing his debut solo recordings.

As well as an appearance at TWF 2023, Gary will be touring with Tanglewood guitars later in the year and has secured a endorsement deal with G7th, The Capo Company.


Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues is a professionally trained opera singer who obtained her degree from the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. Prior to this she attended the world class Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.

Just as at home singing opera, classical, musical theatre and classical covers of pop favourites, Gabriella will be backed by virtuoso classic guitarist Steve Bean for her performance at TWF 2023.

As well as a memorable performance for HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Gabriella has appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall & Bridgewater Hall among other notable venues;

Locally her solo work has been enjoyed at concerts at Peterborough Cathedral, St John’s Church, Stamford Arts Centre, Peterborough Celebrates Festival, Peterborough Pride, Black History Month, Peterborough Town Hall and Peterborough Christmas Light Switch On.

Gabriella was chosen as a judge for the BBC Radio Cambs ‘Make a Difference Awards’and during the award ceremony performed an original song that she was commissioned to write with award winning Rap Artist Xidus Pain. Gabriella is also a regular on PCR FM.

Young Decades

Recording all DIY, Young Decades have to date released ten singles and attracted almost a million streams of their music within a relatively short time span.

Plenty of airplay has followed including BBC radio stations in Northampton, Derby, Stoke, Leicester, Nottingham and elsewhere.

The band’s plan is to gig and tour relentlesslyin order to support their recording output;  “until we die” is their mantra!

“Incredible Band, Massive Songs” – Rob Adcock, BBC Introducing Stoke

“A Genuinely Exciting New Band – Go And See Them” – Dean Jackson,  BBC Introducing East Midlands

The Gillies

Award winning acoustic Americana  / folk duo The Gillies have recently won Best Single in the GSMC 2023 Music Awards for their song ‘6 am’. The track is one of five released on their most recent EP ‘Can’t’, another of which was chosen for release on Fatea’s Spring Showcase Session.

‘6 am’ has also been aired across several UK radio stations including BBC Radio Kent, Resonance FM and Riverside Radio, as well as being played in Germany, Nashville, Canada, and Australia.

The Gillies have recorded five albums to date and have been working with award winning producer Phil Dearing of LSound Studios in London.

A tour of Brussels, Germany and Austria in 2019 has inspired the duo to tour the UK in 2023, with a return to mainland Europe and possibly Australia in 2024.

Memorable festival appearances have included opening up for Deepdale Festival in Norfolk and playing the Medicine Stage at Maverick.

Elizabeth & Jameson

Elizabeth & Jameson are an award-winning UK acoustic collaboration comprising Hannah Elizabeth and Griff Jameson.

Together they create an indie-folk sound which encompasses their individual musical backgrounds, Hannah’s influences being firmly planted in traditional folk-roots, whilst in contrast Griff has formed his musical reputation within the folk pop/rock genres.  

Their music represents simplistic stripped back harmony driven classic song writing, incorporating violin and acoustic guitar.
Spending the last few years touring folk and acoustic venues and events across the UK, including Cambridge Folk Festival and The Great British Folk Festival, the duo have picked up a healthy fan base and several high-profile support slots

Being awarded the NMG Award for best Acoustic, Folk & Roots Act of 2019, and opening four shows for Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra as part of their 2019 Autumn/Winter tour were a highlight.
Their debut studio album, Northern Shores & Stories was officially released in May 2020 and has also been receiving critical acclaim across the acoustic folk/roots community.

“Impressive talents… will shine bright into the future”
FATEA Magazine

Emily Benevolent

Emily Benevolent uses her music to spread kindness and wishes to help others realise they’re not alone. She sings from the heart, accompanied by acoustic instruments and inspired by the earth and all it has created.


Cambridgeshire based five piece metal band Hereward have been picking up plaudits from across the region for their on-stage performances and their eclectically influenced original songs. Musically accomplished and technically skilled, the band have recently released their debut EP Angel In The Storm to a positive reception.

Flashback Photograph

Folk-rock band Flashback Photograph have been gigging for over ten years and on their travels have appeared at an eclectic array of events, including the Trumpington Chinese New Year Festival, Kelmarsh Show, Tolly Fest and MCN’s Festival Of Motorcycling, with an upcoming slot at Bugjam 2023 confirmed.

A support show with the Zutons at Swanbourne and gig at Camp Bestival are among many highlights.

The band’s self penned album “About Time” was released to favourable reviews, as were the singles that accompanied it, all supported by a stellar album promotional performance on BBC Introducing.


Satya stir up a special blend of dub reggae, trip-hop and jazz, with intimate and thought provoking lyrics. Their singles ‘Take Me As I Am’ and ‘Change Our Way’ both received airplay across various radio stations, including BBC Introducing. Satya’s debut album ‘Rising Sun’, was met with favourable reviews and a new album is in the pipeline.

“ Lovely, intoxicatingly classy music. Epic vocals and lyrics, absolutely bang on in sentiment, in sound and integrity, backed by a lovely band. Just the bee’s knees in classic dub roots style. Balanced and punchy at the same time, if the world could sing its own song this is what it might sound like”…..Ragged Records


Matt Howard

Singer / songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist Matt Howard is well known in his home city of Peterborough, having been gigging in the area since he was just thirteen years of age. Matt mixes original material with covers of hits by artists such as Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Amy Winehouse and more.

Joe Drury

From classic Bowie to brit pop, Joe Drury covers the decades with his acoustic guitar backed repertoire. Local to the area and regular at the many live music venues across Peterborough, Joe has made himself a name for quality performances and imaginative song choices.  

Dependant Variables

The Dependant Variables are a high energy female fronted party rock band well known in the region. The band appear at The Willow Festival after welcome appearances at Yaxley Festival, Bourne Festival & the City Centre Festival.

Caustic Lights

Stylish Caustic Lights perform music covering several genres, whether you’re into rock, pop, indie, soul, country or musicals, with seven years worth of gigs under their belts, the guys will entertain you

Lee Clingan

Local to Peterborough, acoustic guitarist and vocalist Lee Clingan has been making waves across the city and beyond with renditions of classic hits which span the decades. His performance at The Peterborough Beer Festival in 2022 was a highlight and has been followed by numerous well received gigs.

Tommy Philpot

Tommy is a well established singer/songwriter, working solo on acoustic guitar with a loop pedal and kick drum. A favourite at the Peterborough Christmas lights switch on in 2022 and at the Peterborough Beer Festival with his renditions of classic tracks by artists such as Ed Sheeran, Elvis, Bob Marley, Gerry Cinnamon and Arctic Monkeys, as well as his own material, Tommy has entertained big crowds and intimate gatherings at many a venue.

Thomas Dunleavy

Seventeen year old Thomas Dunleavy is a singer songwriter from Peterborough. Armed with just an acoustic guitar he writes songs with catchy hooks and melodies delivered with a soulful voice with lyrics about the world as he sees it.

Tennessee Twin

Tennessee Twin are an acoustic duo from Cambridge, UK. Their songs, blending modern country, folk & Americana, are known for their lyrically honest and musically melodic songs that span the emotional spectrum, while their performances draw from a lifetime as live musicians.

Performances include the prestigious British Country Music Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, West County Music Festival, Multiple Foodies Festivals & Country On The Coast. They’ve also appeared overseas including dates in Nashville, Denver, and Amsterdam.

Awards include:-

British Airways/Nashville Music City Songwriting Competition 2018

UK Country Showcase Awards – Best Newcomer 2019

UK Country Showcase Awards – Duo Of The Year 2019

UK Country Showcase Awards – EP Of The Year 2019 (‘Tips In A Jar’)

SW20 Radio Country Music Show – Best Group at Spring Festival 2020

Award Nominations include:-

UK Country Music Awards – UK Duo Of The Year 2020

UK Country Music Awards – UK Duo Of The Year 2021

Live Country Sessions – Best Duo 2021

Belles & Gals UK Country Music Spotlight Awards – Best Duo 2021

UK Country Music Awards – UK Duo Of The Year 2022



All Fall Down

All Fall Down are a melodic punk/hardcore band. They released their first single ‘Take Me Back’ just as the pandemic hit, but lockdown didn’t phase them and they have gone on to play notable gigs including support for punk rock legends ‘Belvedere’. Further material is due for recording and release in 2023.

Mark Shepherd

Mark Shepherd is a singer-songwriter from Cambridge with a strong, distinctive baritone and
a dark brand of folky, thought provoking acoustic rock/Americana that explores the stygian

side of life with a rough warmth sure to stay with you long after you finish listening.

His new single Would You Help Me does what it says on the tin: the song is about struggling

to cope mentally and a call for help.

Mark has featured on BBC Introducing and a host of blogs. Performances all over the UK
and USA have included The Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge Rock Festival, Camp
Bestival, London: 02 Academy Islington, Borderline, 229 the venue, The Islington, The Spice
of Life… New York: Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, Pianos, Arlene’s Grocery and

many more.

A musical omnivore, Mark grew up listening to Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, Jimi
Hendrix as well as Miles Davis and Kraftwerk, Devo and Gary Numan. School bands lead to
a recording deal with a label that went bust before the band’s music was released. Mark did
a physics degree and invented (what was it?), forming several companies and raising a

family, all the while playing in local blues/rock cover bands.

In 2017 Mark released his first solo album, “Bad Man”, and followed it up with a string of
releases: The Grand Scheme of Things EP (2019), and singles She Didn’t Answer (2019),
The Grand Scheme of Things (2019), Driving (2020), Devil in The Mirror (2021). The music
was enthusiastically received on BBC Introducing and BBC Cambridge who invited Mark for


Pre-Covid, Mark made trips to the US twice a year. Radio Free Brooklyn embraced the
Englishman who performed a host of gigs in small venues from New York to Austin and the
Bay area, drawing favourable comparisons to artists as different as Paul Weller, Garth

Brooks and Danny Vaughn.

“Awesome!” – Tom Simkin, BBC Introducing.

“Americana, as you’d expect, is pretty much the preserve of the Americans. Mark
Shepherd, a very clever Englishman indeed, provides a glorious, emotional and
insistent offering of the highest standard.” – Fireworks Magazine

Dan Knight

Dan Knight’s single Alive reached #15 in the iTunes chart back in 2015 and enjoyed extensive nationwide radio play on BBC Radio Cambridge, BBC Radio Northampton, BBC Radio Introducing and a great many other local radio stations.

Follow up single releases such as ‘Winter Sun’, ‘Ripples’ and an EP titled ‘Breakthrough’ have been supported by UK tours, festival appearances and a sell out ‘Breakthrough’ release party.

Dan’s compelling lyrics and love of storytelling shine through in his pop/folk influenced writing, most often reflecting his life experiences.  

Stray Native

Stray Native are a riff heavy, hard hitting rock band formed in the summer of 2022. A well received gig at the Six Six Bar in Cambridge led on to a sell out gig at The Met Lounge in Peterborough. During their short history, the band have released a debut single “Grow” and an EP ‘Predators’, both of which have enjoyed radio airplay, notably on KL1 Radio.

Motor City Vipers

Motown & Northern Soul all the way with one of the region’s premier eight piece bands. Motor City Vipers shine with their superb brass section and big soul grooves. If your foot doesn’t tap to this, you’re probably not alive!

Latino Sound

Starting life as a trio, Latino Sound expanded into a five piece powerhouse of Latin groove, releasing their first self penned album in 2013.

Now regulars at various festivals and resident band over a ten year period at REVOLUCION DE CUBA in Norwich, Latino Sound have built themselves a faithful gigging support network, which includes the Revolution bars based in Sheffield, Milton Keynes & Nottingham.

The Palmy Ukulele Band

Not just any old Ukulele Band, P.U.B. present the joyful sound of their own ‘spin’ on sing-along, foot stomping tunes crossing the decades.  Comprising a full-house of talented uke players and singers, wild kazoo players, mesmerising Melodica Master and unique rhythm section, this is an experience not to be missed.

Caitlin McCarthy

Singer songwriter Caitlin McCarthy has become a regular on BBC Introducing and at only 14 years of age her performance at the Godiva Weekend was chosen as one of the best moments of the festival. Returning in 2022 Caitlin went on to share the same stage as The Feeling, Bananarama & Tom Grennan at the same event. Caitlin was also chosen by her home town of Coventry to lead the entertainment for the Christmas lights switch on in front of over 6000 people and has recently headlined at The Camden Club and the iconic Bedford Club in Balham, London.

Henry Birkett

In his latest Americana / Indie EP ‘Illicit Love’ Henry Birkett takes the neo-vintage sound to a new level. Recorded in rural Austria, his music reflects classic legends of the 70s in a glorious mix of passion and attitude. Lyrically binding you to your seat, the stories in every song will fulfill people wishing they could escape to a simpler time.

Das Kapitans

Peterborough based Das Kapitans wrote, recorded and released 12 albums during 2021 and are the creators of Socks On Records which looks to bring many local bands together to share audiences. The band often enjoy airplay on radio stations and podcasts around the globe. Prolific is an understatement where Das Kapitans is concerned.

The Morphics

The Morphics are exponents of retro garage rock and to date they have released several well received recordings, most produced at Chime Creation Studios. Their 10 track debut album “Horror Movies” released in late summer 2022 has enjoyed a healthy amount of airplay across the UK and beyond and can be found on Bandcamp and other music streaming platforms.

G Man

Musician, singer / songwriter G Man, aka Graham Cleaver, writes and performs blues / country / rock music, influenced by both the sounds of the early to mid 1900’s and the classic artists of the 60’s and 70’s such as The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and Pretty Things amongst others. G Man is a regular at venues in the region, as well as running his own open mic sessions and performing in the duo Toofa.

The Dodo Appreciation Society

Original songwriters and new to the scene, three piece alternative comedy rock band The Dodo Appreciation Society love to amuse audiences with wacky stage antics as well as playing music that they believe is interesting, fun and engaging, even to the point of making a song up on the spot with crowd participation! Influences include Blur, Primus, Gong and Tool.


Sara Ashley

Country Americana singer / songwriter Sara Ashley is no stranger to the festival and gigging scene having lived and performed in Nashville prior to moving back to Hertfordshire. Sara now lives locally and is continuing to make new friends and fans in Cambridgeshire.

Soviet Films

Having received radio airplay on the BBC and abroad, 2023 sees prog rock band Soviet Films release their fourth record. Regular collaborators in the local scene, there are few things Soviet Films enjoy more than sharing their epic compositions and feeling the energy and connection of a live show.

Black Pines

Essex hard rock band Black Pines have sold out every London and Essex show they’ve played to date, had their singles added to the New In Rock and Breaking Rock Apple playlists and enjoyed extensive radio airplay, especially in the London area.

With stadium worthy dynamics and vocals reminiscent of Jeff Buckley’s soaring range and Chris Cornell’s raucous tone, the band have been winning over audiences wherever they appear.

The Latiesha Maria Band

The Latiesha Maria Band are a four piece soul and RnB band from Peterborough, playing both covers and original music.

Popular on the local scene, the band play The Willow Festival for the first time in 2023.

Shane Poole

Acoustic indie pop singer songwriter Shane Poole has a throaty voice likened to Keely Jones and Rod Stewart.
Accomplished musician and performer for over twenty years, Shane has appeared at many an event including as support for Feeder, Roachford and The Editors and has received radio airplay via Steve Lamacq on BBC Introducing.

The Gangsters

Having played alongside ska legends The Selecter, Hepcat and the late great Laurel Aitkin, The Gangsters have enjoyed their fair share of notable gigs.

The band pen their own tunes as well as playing classic two-tone and ska by the very artists they have one time shared a stage with.

Their motto is “if you love ska, dance til u drop”.

The Money Shot

The Money Shot are a party band with songs spanning genres, time and space, with plank spanking solos aplenty!

From Lady Gaga to Radio Ga Ga, expect anthems and album favourites for dancing, singing along, and celebrating everything awesome about live music.

The Tour*ettes

Pretty much a family affair, seven piece band The Tour*ettes having been gigging to delighted audiences since 2020 with their big harmonies and upbeat take on Ska, Mowtown, Pop, Rock etc.

Mississippi Mothers

Mississippi Mothers are a six piece band paying tribute to the legendary Lynyrd Skynryd.

Playing both the classic and brilliant later southern rock songs Lynyrd Skynyrd released during their very long and prolific career, Mississippi Mothers appear at The Willow Festival for the second time.

Zakk Zoot

Zakk Zoot is a veteran musician and prolific singer/songwriter who’s been performing around the Peterborough music scene since he was just 12 years of age.

With a powerful husky voice and a personal take on acoustic covers, Zakk has always managed to impress and delight his audiences over several decades.


Czapa is an originals band based in Peterborough. It’s  focused mainly on a fusion of ska, reggae and punk rock .

Czapa was formed in London in 2012 as a Polish band, but has evolved over the years into an amalgamation of English and Polish musicians each with their own artistic input and each bouncing off the vibes of the others. 

The band has toured across both the UK and Poland since it’s inception, promoting it’s dynamic approach to songwriting and it’s first album release.

CZAPA have bigger plans for the future which include further tours of new territories , another album release and plenty of gig and festival appearances.

Jack Hinks

Jack Hinks is an alternative singer-songwriter who started playing guitar at the age of thirteen years and has been performing for more than fourteen, with ten of those being at professional level.

After working in corporate function bands, electronic experimental projects and his own alternative band, Jack recently moved to London to further his career, but initially made a name for himself in Edinburgh with his performances and compositions for theatre. Jack also produced remote session recordings and provided years of live spoken-word improvised-accompaniment.

Having supported such names as Horse McDonald and Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters), Jack has become a staple name across several scenes, and his track, ‘Los Angeles’ was BBC Upload London’s Rising Record of the Week during April 2023.

Jack is currently endorsed by Faith Guitars & Lucem Guitars.


Rebelation are an Internationally renowned reggae ska band, receiving regular global airplay and media coverage in general.

Having consistently toured throughout the UK and Europe, they are festival regulars with a reputation as an explosive live act.

The band cover subject matter that deals with social and political challenges, all with a vibe of positivity, inclusivity, hope and resolution.

Dame O Fitzpatrick

When not touring with The Collective Band, Dame O Fitzpatrick performs his own brand of acoustic music and alternative punk rock as a soloist.

Currently working on not just one, but two new albums, Dame O has been featured on Peterborough’s Most Wanted radio show with tracks taken from his three previous EP’s and via multiple single releases.

He is a supporter and regular on the open mic scene, as well has fulfilling professional gigs for the past fifteen years or so.


Two brothers and one talented bassist “ The best Blunden isn’t even a Blunden” make up the alternative rock band Blunden.

The trio write, record and produce all of their own material with an output of three singles to date and one EP to be released in May ‘23, with a further album planned for 2024, some of which has already been recorded.

The bands home town radio stations in Milton Keynes have been supporting with airplay, and tour to promote the EP release is on the cards after well received gigs at venues such as The Craufurd Arms, The Six Six Bar, The Weedon Weekender and The Campbell Park Festival.

The Famous Unknowns

Classic rock band The Famous Unknowns bring you several decades of big tunes by bands such AC /DC, Rolling Stones, 4 Non Blondes, Stereophonics, Foo Fighters, Reef, Wheatus etc.

Peterborough based and regulars at venues in the region, as well as appearing at The Willow Festival, the band will headline the MCN Festival Of Motorcycling in 2023 too.

Smoke Over Elsewhere

Nottingham’s own country boys ‘Smoke Over Elsewhere’ are bringing their blend of original southern hard rock to The Willow Festival.

If you like bands such as  Black Stone Cherry, Clutch and The Cadillac Three then you should love ‘Smoke Over Elsewhere’s’ signature country twang and brand of southern Americana.

Blending hard hitting riffs and groovy beats since 2021 the band has picked up some high profile gigs and plenty of praise.


Based out of Manchester and with ties to the Midlands, Cottons write and perform light and energetic original indie tunes.

To date the band’s music has enjoyed support from the likes of both Natalie Eve Williams at BBC Introducing, Manchester & Dean Jackson of BBC Introducing, East Midlands.

2022 saw Cottons open Bearded Theory Spring Gathering’s on the main stage, also being the first band to play that slot since the pandemic. Further notable gigs in 2022 included slots at Kendal Calling and City Square at The Etihad.

More recently Cottons were creating traction in the Midlands and selling out a headline show at the high profile Bodega and as support at Manchester’s Gorilla.

Four new tunes are planned for release in early 2023 with more festival gigs in support.

Edward Young

Often featured on BBC Introducing due to his songwriting which now spans two albums and a handful of singles, Edward Young is heavily influenced by artists such as U2, Kings of Leon, Inhaler, Stereophonics, Coldplay, The Beatles, Adele, and Muse.

Though better known for his singles ‘Fallen’ and ‘Blank Page’, a musical highlight has been releasing ‘Hold On (For Another Day)’. The song is one of hope written for those who had a tough time during the COVID-19 pandemic during which Edward created Hope Nation, an army of key workers from all over the world who sang a very special version of Hold On to raise money for the NHS.
Edward’s material is self penned, recorded and produced, with a focus on personal expression and storytelling, both of real life and fictional experiences.

David Reid

David and his band, The Contrast, have released eight critically acclaimed albums since 2001. Steven Van Zandt described them as ‘One of the best bands on the planet – and England too.’
In 2014, David co-formed ReidGraves with activist and poet Ron Graves combining pop and experimental music with songs and spoken word. The duo have released three albums.
Both projects receive regular radio airplay around the world, including many tracks by The Contrast featured as ‘Coolest Songs in the World’ on Steven Van Zandt’s Underground Garage show and Sirius channels.
The Contrast’s notable live shows include appearances at SxSW, New York’s CMJ festival and Hard Rock Calling – plus supporting Mott the Hoople during their final tour in 2013.
David is currently working on a set of solo guitar instrumentals that channel retro surf, country, folk, jazz and cinematic influences.

Waldo Rumkins

Waldo Rumkins – two voices, one acoustic guitar covering a wide range of songs by artists such as Amy, Adele, Duffy, Maroon 5, Del Amitri, The Beautiful South plus many more.

The Collective Band

Seven piece original cross-genre hip-hop mayhem.  

East Midlands based The Collective Band have been busy playing festivals and shows to appreciative fans for several years now, with plenty more planned for the summer of 2023.

Mainly mixing reggae, rock and hip-hop, the band have recorded a plethora of infectious tracks and released several well produced videos to showcase their impressive work.

Matthew James Aylett

Original folk and blues influenced acoustic artist Matthew James Aylelt draws influence, especially lyrically, from such legendary songwriters as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt.

Demanding listeners take their ears out of the cities and into the flatline skies of the fens, its factories and at points, it’s lonesome albeit softened reflections, Matthew’s introspective debut EP “Factory Blues” is to be followed shortly by a full album.

Recent support shows during their visit to the area with Mark Morris of The Bluetones and Ben Ottewell of Gomez were a highlight as Matthew continues to perform up and down the UK.

Mr Griff

Mr Griff is the brain child of session drummer turned front man Ian Griffith. A six piece Funk, Soul, Rock band who have just finished their second album in as many years, launched at Cambridge’s Junction 2 on 27th Jan 2023.
“Moody, cool as hell, jazz funk driven beauty”…BBC Introducing.

James Edmunds

Affectionately known locally as the “Human Jukebox”, James Edmonds has been gigging in the region for over fifteen years, entertaining with his own take on classic pop, folk, country and rock tunes. With a passion for performance and audience interaction, James has built a loyal following both from venues and fans alike.  

Janus Stark

Drawing praise from fellow rock luminaries Foo Fighters, Die Toten Hosen and others across the globe, Janus Stark’s experimental and melodic punk approach has raised a few admiring eyebrows.

Led by former Prodigy, English Dogs, U.K. Subs and Steve Ignorant guitarist Gizz Butt, Janus Stark recently released their fifth album “Face Your Biggest Fear”. Inspired by the pandemic, lockdowns and frustration at the world’s precarious position, the album conversely burns brightly with hope, positivity and an indefatigable enthusiasm for the future.

Firing on all four cylinders, Janus Stark deliver full-on high energy live shows as experienced by many fans during their tour for their latest album release.

“The twisted Beatles-a-like of “Every Little Thing Counts” resolves into a poppy-surf-punk wig-out with a strident and insidious chorus which is truly infective”…. Vive Le Rock Magazine

Burning Codes

Burning Codes is the project of Irish, Belfast born singer and songwriter Paul Archer.  
The project includes collaborators Iain Archer (Grammy nominated and Ivor Novello winning singer and songwriter – James Bay, Snow Patrol), Nathan Connolly and Jonny Quinn of Snow Patrol, Carey Willets of Athlete and Terri Hooley among others.

Paul also contributed vocals to five tracks on Snow Patrol’s multi-platinum ‘Eyes Open’ album.
Paul’s music has been featured on the Hollywood film Aquaman, Mercy Reef and the critically acclaimed movie A Patch Of Fog.

To date Burning Codes have released six albums, all of which received high praise, including five star ratings in national music press publications.

Influenced by artists such as Sonic Youth, Velvet Underground, Joy Division and Sigur Ros, Burning Codes has enjoyed extensive coverage both on TV and radio within the UK and abroad, with the video of “She’s The Only One” notching up many hours TV air time in the US.

“Breathtaking, kicks redemptive ass”……Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol)

“ Your concept of intimacy and space is very interesting. Beautiful music ”….Michael Rother (Kraftwerk)

The Reckless

Lincolnshire based band The Reckless cover classic rock and pop, with a focus on the 80’s. Entertaining and much in demand at venues across the region, this female fronted five piece are always on the money and ready to rock ‘n’ roll.

Mark Rowlands

Mark Rowlands is best known for performing songs with a comic slant, including versions of Postman Pat, songs from The Jungle Book and self penned ditties which range from the salacious to downright X-rated, probably depending on the level of alcohol intake!

However, not all of Mark’s output is unredeemable, as he has his serious side and lends his vocals and guitar playing to tracks by artists such as Wheatus, Will Smith and The Bloodhound Gang.

Broken Colours

Broken Colours play a blend of indie, funk and rock, touring the UK and abroad, including memorable shows in Denmark and Italy.

After taking the winners spot at London’s ‘Be On The Scene’ contest, Broken Colours released their debut EP ‘Butterflies and Compromises’, which included the track ‘Snakes and Ladders’, later featured in the movie ‘Soundtrack To Sixteen’.

The band’s second and self-titled EP gave the band their first chart success, just shy of reaching the top 50 on iTunes’ alternative charts.

Festival appearances at ‘Camden Rocks’ and ‘The Great Escape’ and playing support for artists such as Feeder, Carl Barat, The Feeling, The Blockheads and Charlotte Hatherley, among others, as helped grow their appeal and fanbase.

Nominated by BBC Introducing and RTE Ireland for Best Indie Pop act via the online radio awards, Broken Colours plan more releases and a tour for 2023.

“They’re just so difficult to resist, besides the fact that their sound rings bells with scrupulous indie rock devotees. Powered by their rock roots bestrewed with a dose of classic alternative lush, Tony Goff & The Broken Colours deliver an orderly reinvention of contemporary rock dicta.” –

“The Buckinghamshire based rockers blend a vibrant mix of styles together to craft their own unique and invigoratingly uplifting sound – fusing together a solid Indie Rock sound with elements of Funk and Soul” –

The Charlie Scott Duo

Charlie Scott and Dan Poole come together from a number of projects which have been gigging in the region and beyond over several years.

Both well respected musicians within their own right, the duo put their own spin on well known songs by artists such as John Mayer, Harry Styles, Sam Fender, Santana, Jimi Hendrix and others.

Mark Stevens

Flat cap-donning, bearded troubadour Mark Stevens is a country-tinged folk artist, storytelling via his music with lyrics which speak of life in both it’s ugliest and most beautiful moments. Mark’s self penned debut EP “Rodeo” was released in 2022 and its lead single ‘The Boat Song’ was featured on BBC Music Introducing among other radio stations. A regular at festivals and events, Mark is a fine songwriter and performer with tender vocal and sublime guitar work.

Andy Wild Hughes

Multi instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Andy Wild Hughes has to date released six self penned solo albums, four EP’s and numerous singles. Much of Andy’s material is homegrown and recorded at his Personal Noise studio in Thorney.

A prolific songwriter and gigging artist, Andy has had his music aired across several radio stations such as BBC radio, and has played live on others, including the Doc Mason Show.

A standing ovation for his support gig with Hot Chocolate at The Princess Theatre in Hunstanton was one among many appreciative reactions Andy has enjoyed when performing live.

Influenced by artists such as Manic Street Preachers, The Stone Roses, The Who and The Beatles, Andy shows no sign of slowing his relentless output of material.

Jacqueline Taylor

Singer / songwriter / guitarist Jacqueline Taylor writes music about her life experiences using open and honest lyrics which resonate with her audiences. A raw soulful and folky talent, Jaqueline has toured her music and her love of making art across the UK.

Georgia Meek

British alt-pop artist Georgia Meek made her explosive entrance onto the UK music scene with her critically acclaimed single ‘Bare’, which quickly thrust her Spotify audience into figures just south of half a million. Following the success of “Bare”, Georgia released the follow up single “Lavender” in 2022 which has been aired on BBC Radio 1’s Future Pop show, again to critical approval.

Georgia will appear with her band at TWF and has international collaborations planned with other artists in the pipeline for 2023 too.

Shawn Radley

Songwriter Shawn Radley has embarked on an acoustic pop solo journey, as well as continuing to front the band Endeavour. Soulful melodies & insightful lyrics define his music, with a new single “Silent Storm” due for release in June 2023.

Neil Cousin

“Neil Cousin is a singer songwriter living and recording music in the Fens. He writes songs about nothing, stream of consciousness anecdotes and unreliable testimonies to events which never happened. Struggling under the burden of modern life, the lyrical beast continues its journey into the soul of the animal mind, disregarding the past and the future and only seeing only the now, only the next few steps, only what is in front of its nose. Glazed eyed yet unwavering, passing like night from song to song, there is no end in sight”.

Neil’s music has received airplay across a multitude of radio stations, including BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Introducing. His two album releases to date “Bonfire” 2011 and “The Dreams Of Animals” 2016, both received a positive critical reception.

‘absolutely captivating’ – Kitty Perrin (BBC Introducing Norfolk)


No strangers to the regional live music scene, BHDC have been known to say they’ll perform anywhere, from a broom cupboard to Wembley. Genuine crowd pleasers, this Spalding based female fronted rock and pop band plays something for everybody, unless you’re into Tchaikovsky, then it doesn’t!

Junk Puppets

Remember the ‘80’s? Well you will with Junk Puppets authentically re-creating those classic keyboard heavy dance and pop tracks of the era. Initially an originals band and signed to a label, Junk Puppets appeared at TWF back in the day on several occasions, but after a lengthy hiatus and some personnel changes, the band re-emerged as a local venue regular and favourite with it’s take on everything 1980’s.

Fired Up

Four piece rock band Fired Up have been gigging the region for over eight years with their take on classic tunes by artists such as Neil Young, The Beatles, Guns & Roses, Joan Jett and Thunder to name but a few. The recent addition of talented guitarist Justin Oorloff will strengthen the already strong line up and will hopefully see the band doing their thing for many years to come!


Superb harmonies, huge song catalogue and engaging performances are the trademarks of acoustic duo Division. Since their formation the duo has been gaining a foothold and following across the local counties as well as receiving great responses at local venues and festivals.

Blue Harlequin

Guitar driven rock, prog and blues band Blue Harlequin play TWF for the first time, with their self penned modern take on the rock genre and reworked classics. Based in East Anglia, the band have picked up a healthy amount of radio coverage for their tracks including airplay on Smart Radio, Radio Seagull and West Norfolk Radio.


Fun packed Sapphire-Six deliver a party atmosphere wherever they perform, covering tracks by artists such as Pink, Blondie, The Cure, Electric Six and many others.

Fire Fall

Melodic rock band Fire Fall recently released their single Autumn Rain, followed by the Fire Fall EP, both enjoying positive feedback. The releases were backed up by a solid performance at Bedford Esquires and the making of their first video. Festival appearances in 2022 and a support show for metal band Fury have given the band the impetus to make 2023 a bigger year, with more shows to be announced.

True British Mayhem

Punk / rock n roll band True British Mayhem are a common experience at venues across Peterborough, with their no nonsense song delivery and enigmatic frontman Robbie Connell leading the troops. If you like bands such as Ramones, The Sex Pistols and The Clash etc, you’ll love TBM.

The Nuggets

The sixties were without doubt great years for evolving music, with the emergence of bands such as The Kinks, The Beatles, The Who and a plethora of others. The Nuggets take us back to that stunning time with their energetic tribute to those great artists and their classic hits.


‘Gritty and in your face’ Moskito are a fever inducing cacophony of dark melodies, mixed with abrasive yet tender sounds. The band have received features and plays from industry heavy weights such as Rolling Stone, Rock Sound, Planet Rock and Kerrang! Moskito to date have released several singles, some recorded with Thomas Mitchener at Broadfield Studios, as well as self producing material in-house. The tracks also received positive reviews and airplay on BBC Introducing.


Well known to the local area’s gig scene and far beyond, Velocity have played their fair share of interesting shows, most notably at The Palace of Westminster, The British F1 Grand Prix and Silverstone Moto GP. Performances for Radio Times and Mr Jools Holland were also a highlight.

Viral Peach

With one album release to date ‘Filthy Dirty’ (recorded at Peach Studios and mixed and mastered in Cape Town, South Africa) and another due for 2023, along with a healthy gigging schedule spanning both mainland Europe and across the UK, Viral Peach are making their mark with their cigar box guitar rock and blues influenced material.

The Midnight City band

Uptempo six piece disco / soul band The Midnight City Band recently appeared live on the Doc Mason Show and are regulars on the local and regional gigging scene. All long standing pro musicians and fronted by two female vocalists the band will have you on your feet and ready to boogie!

The Main Event

Fun filled and raucous party duo The Main Event perform lively renditions of classic tunes from across the pop decades.

Audience participation and general mayhem is the order of the day, with this stompin’ acoustic act.

The Good Times

The Good Times are a recently formed band consisting of male and female vocalists, guitarist, bassist and cajon player/percussionist.

Fenland based and a three piece band, they perform an eclectic mix of covers by artists such as David Bowie, Dido, Fleetwood Mac, The Raconteurs, Alanis Morissette and R.E.M. etc.

Happy to perform just about anywhere, The Good Times found themselves playing live on Peterborough City Radio’s Most Wanted programme and are rapidly establishing themselves across the region.

Lily James

Lily James is a singer songwriter who has charted on Big time radio and CMR Nashville and her song ‘I’m Leaving’ was named as 1 of 10 UK and Irish Best Songs of 2017. 

Lily performs live as a duo featuring the talents of Jeff Bulled at a variety of venues from house concerts and pubs and private events.

Scooted n Booted

Scooted n Booted is a Ska covers band playing songs from artists such as Madness, The Specials, Bad Manners, UB40, Desmond Decker, The Selecter and many more.
The band was formed in 2012 and gigs mostly in East Anglia and adjacent counties.

With a mission to get audiences on their feet and stomping to the beat, Scooted n Booted have become a welcome sight at many a party and festival.

Ella-Louise MacLean

Nineteen year old Ella-Louise MacLean comes from a musical background with her mother fronting a well known local band too.

Playing piano and ukulele to back her voice, Ella-Louise’s influences include artists such as Elvis Presley, Billie Eilish, Ed Sheeran and Adle.

Due to leave the local area soon to study music at BIMM University London, Ella-Louise aims to make her living in the music industry via cruise ship work and teaching.

Martina Harrison

Martina Harrison is a Peterborough based folk singer / guitarist, originally from Czech, who performs songs from her home country.

In true folk music style her heart felt melodies and lyrics introduce her cultural heritage as she sings about love, nature, camp fires and the ups and downs of life.

Martina mainly performs solo at local open mic events, but has also been involved in folk and country music collaborations with others. Apart from her folk music she devotes to her love of gospel and harmonies by singing in Peterborough Community Gospel Choir.

Wansford Ukulele Folk

Formed six years ago, Wansford Ukulele Folk enjoy appearing at many and varied events, with regular rehearsals being social events within themselves.

The group perform a mixture of songs from multiple genres and were a favourite at Thurning Feast in 2022. WUF play The Willow Festival for the first time.

Burr Island

Burr Island are an Alternative Indie Folk duo, from the West Country. Their close harmonies are complemented by introspective lyrics as they take you on an intimate, melodic journey in search of meaning and value.
The duo, comprised of best friends Tom England & Oskar Porter, explore themes of growth, beauty and truth searching in their music. The pair take their inspiration from the works of Paul McCartney, Crosby Stills & Nash, Nick Drake, The Beach Boys and Cat Stevens as well as modern artists such as Johnny Flynn, Fleet Foxes and Big Thief.
Often described as a modern day Simon & Garfunkel, the west country pair grew from strength to strength in 2022 with several headline shows, plus recording at Kundalini Studios in Devon with Steve Cradock (Ocean Colour Scene, The Specials). In September, they supported Steve Pilgrim & Paul Weller at Union Chapel in London, before embarking on their biggest venture yet, a UK December Tour with Ocean Colour Scene, playing at multiple o2 Academy venues and music halls.

They will support Tunde (Voice of Lighthouse Family) on his UK Tour in May/June 2023 and their Debut Single ‘Distant Stars’ is streaming on all platforms from April 21st. Their second single ‘Nunney Town’, was released on June 16th.

Kyle Boswell

Introducing Kyle Boswell, Towcestrian singer-songwriter.

Kyle is an indie-pop artist who was influenced by the rock music of the early 2000s, which he infuses into his music.

Taking inspiration from local bands such as Kasabian and the Enemy, with a lyrical style more akin to songwriter Alex Turner, Kyle combines these musical styles and the quirky, friendly feel of a small town musician to create a sense of local charm in the stories he creates, using his narrative and powerful vocals to keep you listening and awaiting the next chapter.

Since the release of “Bring Back The Sun”, the title track has featured on several radio stations including BBC Coventry and Warwickshire and BBC Introducing.

Kyle also supported artists such as Danny Vaughn of Tyketto and T’PAU, and The South (previously The Beautiful South).


Acoustic trio 23Reasons have played literally hundreds of gigs in the region and are well known for putting their twist on classic favourites.

With an extensive repertoire and engaging performances, the band is a real crowd pleaser and will appear at The Willow Festival for the first time.


New to the scene and already making waves, four piece band Cush write and perform original music inspired by artists such as Tom Petty, Soundgarden, Led Zeppelin and Nirvana among others, and even the quote the odd 70’ and 80’s TV advert as inspiration too.

Richard Hall

Richard is a veteran acoustic singer / songwriter from Peterborough.

Over the years he has fronted several popular local bands including Jacobs Ladder, Voodoo and Free tribute band Stealer. Currently he is the lead singer and a founder member of the Outlaw Eagles.


His previous band Isiah released a thirteen track original album in 2010 called ‘In The Wings’ which is currently available on Bandcamp.

Acoustically Richard performs a mix of both classic covers and original material and enjoys nothing more than a good old sing along!

Lost Without Cause

Lost Without Cause are a three piece original rock band from South East England.
The band were featured on MTV2 as part of their new talent initiative program, which involved a interview and live performance being aired worldwide and they have appeared with numerous artists including China Drum, Bastille, Kids In Glass Houses, Fozzy, Don Broco, Lower Than Atlantis, Sacred Mother Tongue, My Passion and many others.

The video ‘Trigger’ by Lost Without Cause featured on the front pages of both YouTube and iGoogle, netting the track over 220,000 views and well received gigs at London Astoria 2, Camden Barfly and Maida Vale Studio are just a few of the many memorable shows the band have performed at over the years.

The Fyzz Wallis band

Influenced by grunge and the Riot Grrrl subcultural movement which combines politics, feminism and punk music, The Fyzz Wallis band incorporate more than a tinge of feminism and humour in their observations on modern life.

Crowned the ‘Punk Poetess of Peterborough’ by local DJ and live music fan Doc Mason, Fyzz has long been writing songs from the heart and delivering them live with both sincerity and fun.


Eulogy is a four piece hard rock band based in Cardiff which recently earned the runner up spot in the prestigious Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses show and was described as the most developed band of the event.

The band’s trademark of down tuned heavy riffs with rousing choruses has seen them gig successfully at many festivals and venues, including headlining at the legendary Fleece in Bristol.

Eulogy’s original music is lyrically thought provoking with it’s dark heavy vibe and can be experienced via their recent debut album release ‘Rebirth’.


DIY punk rock band Scumbus have been a solid staple in the Peterborough punk rock scene for approximately ten years now and were created out of a desire to have fun and speak about real thoughts and feelings.

Formed in Peterborough and taking influences from the 90’s and 00’s punk scene, with more than a nod to the 70’s, the band have several releases in the bag and an impressive gigging history.

The Great Leslie

Indie rock band The Great Leslie began their recording career with a bang back in 2020 when their first single release was selected by BBC Introducing as the programme’s ‘Track Of The Week’.

Since then the band have enjoyed success with a number of releases across various media including three of their singles being selected for the Apple Editorial playlist ‘New In Rock’ in 2022, all of which then aired globally.

Of those singles ‘Feel Alive’ was featured on Spotify’s  ‘Hot New Bands’ playlist and chosen as ‘Track Of The Day’ by Gigslutz and supported by both Radio X and Kerrang! Radio. Another one of the three ‘All Good Things’ was positioned in Tidal’s ‘Uk Indie: Best Of 2022’.

On top of this the band saw support from the late Janice Long BBC Wales, Jim Gellatly at Amazing Radio, Planet Rock and Islington Radio to name just a handful.

The Great Leslie’s release of ‘Out Of My Hands’, featured on Channel 4’s show Sunday Brunch and with tens of thousands of Spotify streams and YouTube views, the band are definitely moving in the right direction.

Securing a support slot for Franz Ferdinand on their European tour and playing in front of thousands of people in Manchester at the O2 Victoria Warehouse has been a highlight, as well as appearing at sell out shows with up and coming bands such as  Moses, Two Day Coma and Late Night Honeymoon .

Dogs! Teeth!

A frothing hotpot of alternative rock, Dogs!Teeth! are inspired by bands such as Nirvana, Cardiacs, Scott Walker and The Pixies. The three-piece came together in Peterborough in 2022 over a love of the 90’s alternative guitar sound and they vehemently believe in the ‘all live, no backing tracks’ approach. ‘The craft’ is very important to them, but so is quirky soulful irreverence. The band try not to take themselves too seriously whilst writing about very serious topics.

Although a recent addition to the live band scene, Dogs! Teeth! Have already picked up support from BBC Introducing,, Cambridge 105FM, OFIMonday & Peterborough City Radio 103.2FM.

Their new single, ‘A Family Fantasy’ is a tongue in cheek look at how experiences in childhood can sometimes limit us and stop us from reaching our full potential. It points to the ‘stiff upper lip’ culture of this country as being at times dangerously toxic to our wellbeing. The track is due for a May 2023 launch at The Voodoo Lounge in Stamford..

Tori Lamour

Tori Lamour is a metal band based in Cambridgeshire fronted by Tori herself.

From an early age Tori knew that she wanted to work in the music industry and particularly within the rock genre.

Having learned to play guitar, drums and piano before the age of 14, she managed to land a management deal as a young teenager and embark on a career fronting her band which now sees her playing over 70 shows per year.

Tori Lamour’s debut album ‘Purgatory’ sold in 28 countries and the single from it ‘Dark Valentine’ amassed thousands of views on YouTube, no doubt helped by Tori’s rock chick image and relentless gigging.

A second album is currently in the making in collaboration with two writer / producers and will again be heavily influenced by rock, heavy metal and dubstep.

The Throwaway Scene

Rock/emo band The Throwaway Scene are heavily led by narrative visual pieces with an aim to not only create catchy pop-rock chorus’ but also meticulously illustrate their individual ‘scenes’ to create a unified art piece with purpose and meaning.

Having released as a 100% DIY effort at the beginning of 2022, The Throwaway Scene have already had multiple features on BBC Introducing and were chosen as “Demo of the Month” by Sharptone records.

Their debut gig saw them open for a sold out show with Static Dress in Manchester, following up with appearances at Burn It Down festival in Torquay, Throwfest in Cardiff and support slots alongside Lonely the Brave. The band completed 2022 with a further tour run alongside new alt up-comers Love is Noise.

After an impressive first year the band plan to continue showcasing their trade-mark striking visual pieces throughout 2023 with a co-headline tour planned and more releases.

“They seem set to be a new gem in the current emo revival, and certainly one to keep an eye on.”Distorted Sound Mag