Last year saw the birth of this new, exciting festival, set under the hill near Evesham, created by a small team of music and creative enthusiasts, who were determined to create a unique experience, with a personal touch, and above all, amazing music.
It couldn’t have been better. We saw people of all ages joining us, dressing up, dancing, stage invading, hula hooping, wall climbing, face painting, wood carving, skanking and smiling, always smiling! We were so touched by the words of support and are incredibly grateful for everyone who worked hard to make this event happen.
Which is why, we are so unbelievably delighted to announce that Under the Hill will return in 2018, bigger and better than before. This year we invite you to join us on Friday 25 May, for a chilled out evening of music, film, and meeting new faces. We will then start the main music on Saturday 26 May, with even more diverse music including Reggae, Ska, Electroswing & Gypsy Punk. This will be topped off by another rave in the woods, with top DJs in Drum & Bass and Electro, an absolute highlight from last year.
So if you are looking for a small, eclectic, intimate festival, with diverse music, make sure you are part of the new festival on the block. We will be releasing a LIMITED number of earlybird tickets, so get these before they sell out. We also have Bell Tent Glamping available, space for Campervans, and return bus tickets from the closest train stations.
Big love from all of us at Under the Hill, including your guardian Owl, Odin.
We are very excited to have the legendary DJ, A.Skillz, headlining this years' festival. A.Skillz is a magician behind the turntables, captivating crowds with his ability to embrace all aspects of music that he takes inspiration from and mashing them up into a unique cocktail, infused with his own signature flavour of funk. He mixes a wide range of beats across genres such as hip hop, soul, funk, and rock with dubstep, drum and bass, and electro. A.Skillz has sold out tours across the globe, been voted best ‘mini mix’ by BBC Radio 1 listeners, clocked up over six million plays on his Soundcloud page, and was awarded with the title 'Best DJ' in February 2012 at the Breakspoll International Breakbeat Awards.
TANKUS THE HENGE
The world Tankus the Henge inhabit may be one that they have created for themselves, but it is one with an open invitation. It’s a wild, twisted and joyful rollercoaster ride that tears at your heartstrings and pushes you off the cliff at the same time. A six piece powerhouse of a band drawing visual and musical influences from old time fairgrounds to modern day circus; The Beatles to Tom Waits and Gogol Bordello to Radiohead, they embody a look and a sound that lies somewhere between their South East London home and the carnival town of New Orleans.
THE UNDERCOVER HIPPY
Drum and Bass MC turned singer songwriter Billy Rowan, aka The Undercover Hippy, is definitely not your average singer songwriter. His music brings together soulful vocals, infectious reggae rhythms, and the lyrical delivery of a skilled mc. Starting out as a solo act in 2007, he has since teamed up with some fantastic musicians and performs as a four piece, mixing guitars, keys, drums, bass, and backing vocals to create a high energy, interactive and highly entertaining live show. Combining intelligent, provocative lyrics with dangerously catchy hooks and a feel good groove, this is music for the thinking man to shake his arse to. Think Natty meets Eminem…on a protest march…at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Buffo’s Wake are a twelve-legged beast hatched in the murky backwater of Brighton, UK. Armed with accordions, violins and a bucket full of gusto they waltz, tango, mosh and kolo their way through various influences from Eastern European, Balkan and Russian folk, to punk rock and cabaret, telling tales of debauchery, deformity, zombies, incest and anatomy and making the audience dance into the night in the process.
A brand new live act that take the feel-good vibes of classic Swing music and combine it with the energy and attitude of Golden Era Hip Hop. The result is something that is familiar enough for crowds to immediately connect with, whilst original enough to thrill them with its freshness! Comprising a rapper, beatboxer, singer and DJ, The Swinghoppers put on a captivating show with enough variation to keep even the most seasoned partygoer enthralled.
HEAVY BEAT BRASS BAND
Heavy Beat Brass Band are the UK`s newest and most authentic New Orleans style brass band. Remixing Modern Jazz, Pop and Funk with the sounds of a roaring Mardi Gras Band. Inspired by the heavy drum beats of modern day second line brass music, Heavy Beat aims to bring the sound of New Orleans to the UK. Inspired by The Hot 8 Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, New Birth Brass Band, Youngblood Brass Band, New York Brass Band and many more. Expect an eclectic mix of original music, New Orleans style covers and lots of brass!
MISTA TRICK LIVE
Mista Trick is a producer and DJ of all things Swing n Bass. He has performed at festivals including Glastonbury, Boomtown, Nozstock, Swingamajig and Shambala, releasing tracks on Ragtime Records, Pashmount Music, Breakbeat Paradise and Sony.
In 2017 Mista Trick took Swing n Bass to the next level, introducing a live 6-piece band with vocals from Elle & The Pocket Belles and rapper Gambit Ace. This exciting new fusion brings together traditional swing, bass, old school hip-hop and electric guitar. Mista Trick Live is set to crowd fund their debut album this February.
King Punch are a lively 7-piece ska-punk band hailing from London, England. Known for their energetic live shows, they are equally at home smashing together a blend of ska, punk, hard rock and swing in crushed London clubs or up on big festival stages. Either way, everyone's going to be going home sweaty and smiling.
Pieman has been Beatboxing on stage for over 10 years. He mixes styles from Glitch to Hip Hop to DnB, with elements of story telling and theatre. Following his success at the UK Beatbox Championships in 2015, Pye has been developing his unique style in new and unusual directions. From head bopping to jaw dropping Pye's live show is something that has to be seen to be believed.
Extra Medium is more than just your typical DJ from the U.K, with a moustache that can be groomed from ear to ear. He has an incredible talent for upcycling 1920’s to 1950’s classics into bass heavy Electro Swing. And for the last year Extra Medium has produced music in his own ‘extra’vert style, creating quite the rapport among talented musicians and DJ’s alike.
Fizzy Gillespie is a 21 year old DJ & Producer who is best known for taking the Vintage sounds of 1930’s Swing to 1960’s Soul, as well as everything in between, and fusing them with the modern sounds of Drum’n’Bass, Jungle & Garage. Yet, his eclectic music collection can see him play for any occasion. His sets are all about having fun and losing yourself in the music
Straight from the jungle, this cat loves nothing more than a good ol' remix. From RnB to Hip-Hop, Swing to Rock n Roll, he'll find us e'ry phat rendition of classic crowd pleasers but with a floor-stomping side of BASS!
Emil ‘Boro’ Borisov aka. Emil Prize started off way back when in 1999 and in the last 10 years he has taken the Bulgarian club scene by storm with his unique mixing style and happy personality. He has played in nearly every major club in Bulgaria and has entertained thousands of people. The greatest success of Emil Prize till now have been his Camp Sessions parties where he has single-handedly attracted thousands of Bulgarian party goers several times a year for the last two years. The beauty of camp sessions is the fact that Emil Prize has created an environment for the Bulgarian ‘Camp’ aka. The extreme lifestyle demographic to come together and enjoy life with positivity and creativity. Camp sessions has become a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the nightlife scene in Bulgaria, with a very talented local crew of DJ’s and MC’s which always know how to entertain a crowd along with Mr. Prize himself.
Danny Wav is a stone cold love machine! He’s your wing man, he’s a timelord, he’s the person you’d want to tag if you were wrestling a moustachioed Mexican mean machine and were in some kind of hideous triple nelson neck hold about to lose all sensation in your face and hands. Born wild and once fully feral, he was hand reared by kung fu nuns who taught him a respect for the ladies and exquisite table manners. Danny’s a DJ, who isn’t these days? But Danny’s different, he’s mean and lean and cut his teeth (and teats) in his previous act Dutty Moonshine – bad boys! Danny is a one man party starter, wobbly bass, scratchy shenanigans, full on overloader of happy times, he starts parties like a boss, bingo halls to dancehalls, leisure centres to leather centres (sofas on 50% sale!) He’s safe, he’s sexy, his gun fingers are set to stun, but are filled with Fiyah!
mex.fS is an acoustic lap tap/percussive guitarist originally from England. He has taken his show all around the world, street performing and gigging in 4 different continents, as well as composing and performing music for theatre in both Australia and the UK. mex.fS will be setting the scene for the new Friday night of Under The Hill Fest, so make sure you get there early to catch this special performance.