Hotly-tipped British rockers, Hunter & The Bear will close Chagstock’s marquee stage on Friday, with Dublin ‘blood brothers’ The Hot Sprockets bringing proceedings to an end on Saturday. Also announced for 2018 are, as always, a diverse mixture of fabulous acts including Martin Harley, The Wood Burning Savages, Xylaroo, The Luck, Huw Eddy & The Carnival, and Dessie Magee.
Described succinctly by the Huffington Post as “The Heroes British Rock Needs Right Now“, Hunter & The Bear have spent the last few years loudly reinvigorating the UK’s live music scene, picking up scores of new fans (including Radio 2’s Bob Harris) after incredible performances at festivals including Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and T In The Park, alongside supporting the likes of Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and Simple Minds on tour.
Led by Jimmy Hunter (Hunter) and Will Irvine (the Bear), the London-based four-piece have one simple stated aim, “to be the best live band on the planet”, and they are making headway fast. They released their debut album, Paper Hearts and Holograms, last year to critical acclaim, with Classic Rock awarding it 4 Stars, lauding the British guitar-driven quartet’s stirring rock as “the perfect tonic for jaded palates....Their controlled power and intensity hits all the right spots”
The Hot Sprockets are five blood brothers from Dublin City drawn together by their mutual love of Rock 'n' Roll. Take some good-time revolutionary spirit, add a pinch of psychedelic flavour, simmer it down with some indie soul and you are now somewhere close! Performing live, the Sprockets' white-hot, maximum intensity approach is lighting a fire under men and women of all tastes and flavours. With their third studio album, Dream Mover, being unleashed in 2018, you better get ready for the ride because they are more than a band, they are a force of nature.
As previously announced, two exceptional acts will headline Chagstock Festival 2018. Saturday main stage headliner Imelda May began her professional career in 2003, releasing No Turning Back. In 2007 she signed with Ambassador Records and recorded her second album. Love Tattoo, which reached No. 1 in Ireland and received wide critical acclaim. It caught the attention of Jools Holland, who she later supported on tour, leading to a critically acclaimed performance on his BBC2 show Later... Imelda has recorded with a huge variety of world-class artists, including Lou Reed, Jeff Beck, Smokey Robinson, Tom Jones, and Sharon Shannon; she performed at the Grammy’s with Jeff Beck in tribute to Les Paul; performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and recently performed the Irish anthem in Las Vegas before the Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor fight.
Buzzcocks will headline the main stage on Friday. Formed by Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto in February 1976, the band were completed by the addition of Steve Diggle and John Maher. In August 1977, Buzzcocks released the landmark ‘Orgasm Addict’ single. This was swiftly followed by ‘What Do I Get?’, the band’s first entry into the UK top 40 singles chart and the first of a string of chart singles. Over the next three years, Buzzcocks toured extensively and released a trilogy of outstanding albums: Another Music in a Different Kitchen, Love Bites and A Different Kind of Tension, as well as the hugely influential and popular Singles Going Steady compilation.
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