Peterborough Beer Fest 2015 – the bands & the revellers, part one.

You know what it’s like – you wait months for something you’re really looking forward to, and suddenly it’s all over, seemingly with the blink of an eye.

That’s my overwhelming and lingering memory of Peterborough Beer Fest 2015 – just how fast did the week go?! I’m sure someone sped up time for a while there!

DSC_8135I sadly wasn’t able to attend every day, so wasn’t able to witness every band, but there is always a way to bring the music to the masses – wonderful new community hub Hereward TV were at PBF for its entirety, talking to a variety of brewers and organisers, and also filming every single musical act!

You can catch up with everything you missed on their YouTube channel, so make sure you head on over there! If you’re interested in volunteering for Hereward TV, get to their website to find out more! It’s extremely worthwhile.

Anyway, I digress, so onto the bands I did manage to see…

I arrived at 7pm on Thursday evening, just in time to see string quartet The Stringlers. I had been wanting to see these girls for some time, so was very much looking forward to this.

DSC_7426From the outset, this band had the audience in the palm of their hand, kicking off with The Stranglers’ No More Heroes then going straight into a Beatles medley – Get Back, Blackbird and Eleanor Rigby. A brilliant start, with the crowd singing along to the wonderfully skilled instrumentals.

DSC_7389Other particular favourites from the set were Sweet Child o’ Mine, Bat Out of Hell and Bohemian Rhapsody, all of which had the audience singing at the top of their lungs – Kat, Di, Helen & Emily really know how to capture a crowd and keep them there!

DSC_7434I can’t wait to see The Stringlers again, and if you want to keep up with them you can follow them on facebook.

Headlining on Thursday night was a band I’ve seen a lot in the past few months – The Expletives. However, rarely on an actual stage as they mainly perform from the cramped corner of whatever pub they’re in.

DSC_7477It’s difficult for me to review The Expletives without being accused of some bias, because the guys are good friends of mine! I can’t lie, though – they are brilliant. Sean works the stage exactly as it should be worked, and the crowd quickly respond to their infectious and obvious enjoyment.

DSC_7643The Expletives effortlessly yet aggressively (in a good way) bashed their way through a 30-song strong set including Tainted Love, Babylon’s Burning, Hanging on the Telephone, Anarchy in the UK, Gordon is a Moron, and finishing with Blitzkrieg Bop – all performed with much aplomb and all getting the audience singing, shouting and dancing along!

DSC_7499I’d love to see these guys get a headline slot on the Friday or Saturday night in future – I reckon they’d go down even more of a storm! If you want to see The Expletives again, they gig a lot in the Greater Peterborough area, so give their facebook or twitter pages a follow to keep up to date with their whereabouts!

DSC_7534Keep an eye on the blog for installments two and three of Peterborough Beer Fest, but in the meantime here are a few photos of revellers from Thursday… enjoy!

DSC_7345 DSC_7346 DSC_7347 DSC_7350 DSC_7353 DSC_7355 DSC_7460 DSC_7461 DSC_7684 DSC_7909 DSC_7936All photos were taken by and are copyright to Fi Stimpson / Music vs. The World. Please do not use any image without prior consent. Thank you!

New Music Releases 11th September 2015

MicachuGentleFolk – Into the Greenwood

Bring Me the Horizon – That’s the Spirit

California Honeydrops – The River’s Invitation

Nomine – Inside Nomine

Presents for Sally – Colours and Changes

Micachu and The Shapes – Good Sad Happy Bad

Craig Finn – Faith in the Future

Empress Of – Me

The Easy Outs – Desolate Row

Masayoshi Fujita – Apologues

Carter Tutti Void – f (x)

Little Simz – A Curious Tale of Trials & Persons

Gary Clark Jr. – The Story of Sonny Boy Slim

Richard Hawley – Hollow Meadows

Ben Folds – So There

Low – Ones and Sixes

Stereophonics – Keep the Village Alive

Slayer – Repentless


New Music Releases 4th September 2015

uncle acidWidowspeak – All Yours

Dâm-Funk – Invite the Light

Five Finger Death Punch – Got Your Six

Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats – The Night Creeper

The Wonder Years – No Closer to Heaven

Painted Palms – Horizons

Travis Scott – Rodeo

The Dear Hunter – Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise

Oh Wonder – Oh Wonder

The Arcs – Yours, Dreamily

Diane Coffee – Everybody’s a Good Dog


Helen – The Original Faces

Savant – Artificial Dance

Lou Barlow – Brace the Wave

Marrow – The Gold Standard

The View – Ropewalk

Public Image Limited – What the World Needs Now

Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls

The Libertines – Anthems for Doomed Youth

New Music Releases 28th August 2015

defeaterDestroyer – Poison Season

Backyard Babies – Four by Four

Cold Showers – Matter of Choice

Halsey – Badlands

Silicon – Personal Computer

Defeater – Abandoned

All Dogs – Kicking Every Day

Foals – What Went Down

Beach House – Depression Cherry

Wildflowers – On the Inside

Sui Zhen – Secretly Susan

Georg Holm and Orri Páll Dýrason from Sigur Ros – Circe

Soilwork – The Ride Majestic

Yo La Tengo – Stuff Like That There

Motörhead – Bad Magic

Steep Canyon Rangers – Radio

Peterborough Beer Fest: Live Music Schedule @borobeerfest

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Tuesday 25th August:

7.30pm to 10.45pm – Open Mic Night

Wednesday 26th August:

8pm to 9pm & 9.30pm to 10.45pm – Grumpy Old Men

Thursday 27th August:

7.30pm to 9pm – The Stringlers

9.15pm to 10.45pm – The Expletives

Friday 28th August:

4pm to 5.30pm – Palmerston Ukulele Band

7.30pm to 9pm – Dizzy Miss Lizzys

9.15pm to 10.45pm – The Activators

Saturday 29th August:

2pm to 3pm – Doug Heath

3pm to 4pm – The Lartey Sisters

4pm to 5pm – Nick Corney and The Buzz Rats

5pm to 6pm – The Lone Groover

7.30pm to 8.50pm – The Tin Pigeons

9pm to 10.30pm – The Replicas

I hope to see lots of people down there supporting the beer fest as a whole – drink plenty (but responsibly!), soak up the atmosphere and try to see as many of these bands as you can! Above all, have a wonderful time! Enjoy!

Peterborough Beer Fest: Focus on… The Replicas @borobeerfest

This year’s Peterborough Beer Fest kicks off on Tuesday 25th August with a trade session, opening up to the public afterwards with an open mic night for those staying into the evening.

The band who will close the musical side of the beer fest on Saturday 29th August is Ska, Soul, Punk, and Indie influenced band The Replicas.

ReplicasThis is a band whose aim is “to leave you with a taste of the songs you remember”. They perform songs by much-loved bands such as The Jam, The Who, The Small faces, Madness, The Specials and many more. Definitely something for everyone, that’s for sure!

The Replicas’ high energy gigs have ensured they’ve always got a good strong crowd who make their presence very well known by singing and dancing along to the songs they know and love!

Replicas 1The Replicas will be on stage 9.00pm to 10.30pm, and this promises to be an excellent end to the night and a definite must-see act!

Peterborough Beer Fest: Focus on… The Tin Pigeons @borobeerfest

This year’s Peterborough Beer Fest kicks off on Tuesday 25th August with a trade session, opening up to the public afterwards with an open mic night for those staying into the evening.

The penultimate band on Saturday 29th August is one I’ve seen before when they were busking on Stamford’s High Street. The Tin Pigeons captured my attention then, and I’m very excited at the prospect of seeing them again!

Tin PigeonsPhotograph courtesy of the official Peterborough Beer Festival website.

Using traditional folk instruments such as a mandolin and a banjo enhances and authenticates this band’s indie-folk style, and produces a sound that will get your foot tapping and your head nodding at the very least!

They do a good mixture of original tunes and covers, and their own EP, “All’s Spent“, is currently available on iTunes. Have a listen to their song “Salinas” here… I particularly love those deep harmonies.

The Tin Pigeons will be on stage 7.30pm to 8.50pm – definitely one not to miss!!

Peterborough Beer Fest: Focus on… The Lone Groover @borobeerfest

This year’s Peterborough Beer Fest kicks off on Tuesday 25th August with a trade session, opening up to the public afterwards with an open mic night for those staying into the evening.

The next act on Saturday 29th August, is The Lone Groover, a one man band who puts energy, personality and the feel good factor into his performance of classic punk, folk n’ bop.

Lone Groover (4)In his own words: “Let’s be clear. I’m not a solo artist, I’m a one man group. There’s a subtle difference. I wanna walk like The Clash and sound like Bob Dylan.”

Lone Groover (2)From what I’ve seen and heard, he does pull it off, and I can’t wait to see in person if he lives up to his desires! He’ll be on stage from 5pm to 6pm, so grab a beer and come along!

Have a listen for yourselves in advance…


Peterborough Beer Fest: Focus on… Nick Corney and the Buzzrats @borobeerfest

This year’s Peterborough Beer Fest kicks off on Tuesday 25th August with a trade session, opening up to the public afterwards with an open mic night for those staying into the evening.

Following on from The Lartey Sisters, you’ll be treated to the very excellent original folk & blues rock songs of local band Nick Corney and The Buzz Rats.

NC & The Buzz RatsNick originally performed as a solo act and released his debut EP, “Signs of Life”, but for his second EP, “The Perfect Landing”, he recruited The Buzz Rats, who have brought a new dimension to the songs. I’ve been fortunate enough to listen to the EP, and it is absolutely wonderful – I for one cannot wait to witness these songs in a live setting!

Here’s “Signs of Life” from Nick’s debut EP:

Get to the live music tent at 4pm on Saturday 29th August and have a listen for yourselves!

Incidentally, the EP will be launched on Friday 18th September at The Brewery Tap in Peterborough. If you need an excuse for a night out, this is it!!

Peterborough Beer Fest: Focus on… The Lartey Sisters @borobeerfest

This year’s Peterborough Beer Fest kicks off on Tuesday 25th August with a trade session, opening up to the public afterwards with an open mic night for those staying into the evening.

On Saturday 29th August from 3pm to 4pm, you’ll have the chance to see acoustic duo The Lartey Sisters.
Lartey Sisters
Head along, and you’ll hear a lovely set of self-written songs combining Faye’s accomplished acoustic guitar playing and Ashleigh’s songbird-like vocals. It sounds to me like a very pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
Have a listen to one of their songs right here…
A quick mention must go to Steve Harley, Robbie Gladwell and the late Lincoln Anderson (of Cockney Rebel fame) – Gladwell has for many years organised The Lartey Sisters shows, and the girls have had the amazing opportunity of recording with Lincoln Anderson as well as having a song, “Nobody’s Here”, produced by Steve Harley himself. Have a listen to the preview of said song right here!