Saturday 18th June - Chesil Rocks
For our big event on Saturday 18th June we have an incredible line up - Tankus the Henge, the London Gay Men's Chorus, the Leylines, Sarah de Warren, N.U.M.B (Never Underestimate Musical Belief), Hustle, Stealing Whiskey, the Venn Collective, Bridport Big Band, the Dorset Wrecks, Wessex Musical Theatre and the Portesham Ukulele Band.
Performances will alternate between the Outside Stage and the Marquee Stage.
Tankus the Henge
Tankus the Henge are a cult British band based in London, known for their wild showmanship, musical dexterity and a relentless touring schedule. Their music is a genre bending, never ending, furious and joyous force and they are simply one of the best live bands on the planet! Their funk-fuelled repertoire is wildly eclectic, ranging from explosive rock riffs to New Orleans swing and the occasional singalong around the piano. They have a formidable reputation for both the frequency and intensity of their live performances, and are near-permanently on tour across Europe. We are so excited to see them at Chesil Rocks this year!
Not quite folk, slightly punky and decidedly 100% heart-pounding revelry, The Leylines create a unique sound with lyrics on social issues, life on the road and partying with friends. Firm favourites of the festival circuit, the band's violin and guitar driven sound has seen them headline multiple tours across the UK as well as performing at world renowned festivals, such as Glastonbury, Farmer Phil's Festival, Boomtown Fair and Bearded Theory. The Leylines are: Steve Mitchell (Vocals & Rhythm Guitar), Hannah Johns (Violin/Piano/Backing Vocals), Dan Thompson (Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals), Sean Booth (Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals) and Dave Burbidge (Drums).
Sarah de Warren
Vocalist, songwriter, artist and engineer Sarah de Warren has established herself as a sought after voice and recognisable name in the dance world. She has written for and featured on dozens of records for A-list DJs, as well as attaining more than 2 million monthly Spotify listeners on her own artist project and a total 100 million streams across her songs. Sarah has releases with Kaskade, Gareth Emery, Mike Perry, Tritonal, Harris & Ford and Excision and many others. Her songs have entered the UK iTunes Dance Chart, the Viral Charts (Global #5, US #8, UK #2), been aired on BBC Radio 1 and received regular DJ support from the likes of Armin Van Buuren - who picked out no less than four of her songs for his 2021 year mix. Her song 'Calling Home' with Gareth Emery was voted into position #29 in A State Of Trance's top 50 of 2021. There aren't many dance labels Sarah hasn't worked with, with releases on labels such as Armada, Spinnin', Sony NITRON, Protocol, Loudkult, Realm, Enhanced and Ophelia. Receiving regular New Music Friday support in more than 20 countries and spots on Spotify’s editorials, it’s no surprise that Sarah's streaming success continues to grow rapidly across her features, writing credits, and her own releases.
Infectious rhythms, soulful vocals and funky grooves.
Hustle has earned the reputation of becoming one of Dorset’s most sought after party bands by playing classic hits and new dance floor fillers you just can’t sit still to.
The band are festival favourites and have also made appearances at Quayside Music Festival and Wareham Wednesdays.
Hustle’s line-up features lead vocalist, Maria Greenwood who reads the breakfast news for Greatest Hits Radio Dorset. Maria is also the music news reader for Planet Rock, a digital station which has a weekly audience of 1.3M listeners. The rest of the talented line-up features guitarist Glen Conroy, Mike ‘Fingers’ McDaid on keys, bassist and vocalist Phil Evans-Jones and drummer David Hackett.
We make all our audiences one promise. That, the good times start with Hustle.
Bridport Big Band
Based in the West Dorset town of Bridport, the Big Band formed in the 1990s and still counts many original players amongst its ranks today. All 30 members live locally and together create an entertaining amateur community band who delight their audiences with a varied selection of traditional and modern big band music.
Musical Director Matt Barge joined in 2017, bringing fresh dynamism and leadership to the co-operative group, and the band are fronted by singers Julie Harris and Cameron Shaw. In a nod to their strong musical roots as the Rex Trevett Big Band, the band retains a handful of pieces from the original repertoire.
The enthusiasm and diversity of players shines through in the fun and uplifting atmosphere the Bridport Big Band bring to all their performances. In recent years the band have been invited to play in many venues across Dorset including a popular regular Saturday morning spot in Bridport’s Bucky Doo Square, and are regularly approached for a wide variety of musical events.
Five piece Dorset based folk band Stealing Whiskey are coming to Chesil Rocks this year for the first time. They deliver a unique blend of sound, fusing banjo, mandolin, guitar, double bass, sax and percussion. Their vibe is modern folk and is designed to lift your spirits!
Portesham Ukulele Band
The Portesham Ukulele Band (affectionately known as PUB) began back in November 2013, after the landlord of the Kings Arms pub put the feelers out in the local community for a ukulele player/teacher with a view to starting a ukulele evening once a week. He was put in touch with local musician Lucy and she has been leading the group ever since.
It started with two or three enthusiastic villagers using some colourful ukuleles, provided by the pub landlord, until the word soon spread (mostly by the diners who had their meals interrupted we think!) By the following month the pub was over run with excited beginners.
Over the years the group has steadily grown in size and confidence - our chord dictionaries and our repertoire now spans a number of ring binder folders (also now available in our online folder) and our regular Chesil Rocks Festival and Christmas Sing Along performances are the stuff of legend. New folk are welcome to attend our regular sessions at the Kings Arms pub on a Monday night, where you will be greeted warmly with a sing and a strum.