Lichfield Fuse Festival

The Music

Live music at Fuse is spread across our two main music marquees, Evolution and Momentum. Both will be buzzing with live music throughout the weekend from the following acts. Check out our At A Glance page for the detailed day by day schedule!

Friday 13th July

Tankus The Henge

Having played over 1,000 shows all over the world the Tankus the Henge live experience is something to behold. Combining wild showmanship and musical dexterity, their sound incorporates rock, funk, blues, ska, roots and gypsy rhythms.  With charismatic frontman Jaz Delorean looking like a lost character from a Terry Gilliam film, experience for yourself why the band is a favourite on the festival circuit.

Scott Doonican

Scott Doonican is back on his own to take The Bar Steward Sons’ extensive back-catalogue of comedy parodies and perform them stripped-back on just an acoustic geetar and banjulele. Expect a fine selection of the Doonicans’ greatest hits, including “The Lady In Greggs”, “Nandos” and “Jump Ararnd’.  As Jarvis Cocker said: “the greatest thing to come out of Barnsley since the A61 to Sheffield”!

Lord John And The Night Porters

Lord John and the Night Porters take inspiration from the pioneers of the British blues invasion, blended with the classic sounds of Southside Chicago and brought bang up to date. Some songs will be familiar, others will become favourites, all will have you on your feet…praise the Lord!

Martian Social Club

Cuddly cultsters Martian Social Club bring their eclectic blend of psychedelic prog-funk to Fuse. With a highly entertaining live show featuring songs about lampreys and various items of paraphernalia on stage you will not have seen anything quite like it.  So join in the fun of their psychedelic tomfoolery and musical extemporisation!

Maxwell Avenue

Maxwell Avenue are a young local pop/rock band with a lively stage presence and catchy choruses which fans of The Vamps, McFly, Busted and 5 Seconds of Summer will love.  They are one of just 7 acts selected from 6,000 applicants across the country to take part in the final of the national SoundWaves Music Competition!

Third Angle Projection

Local three piece Third Angle Projection deliver grungy, scuzzy tones with an energy and passion that few can match.  The band has recently recorded a new EP and completed a tour in France. This is grunge rock at its best, leaving a real vintage rock taste in your mouth.

Saturday 14th July

The Cracked

The Cracked will bring something different and exciting to Fuse – melding the hazy Balearic vibe of Ibiza to the rich Latin sounds of South America, and then dropping in African beats and harmonies to a backdrop of English pop.  The end result: infectious, irresistible fusion dance music. Think fusion without pretension, Santana without Carlos. Bring your dancing shoes!

Skaciety

Skaciety will blow you away with their fast, energetic ska/punk, playing songs from their new album ‘Overstaying Our Welcome’.  Live they are a force to be reckoned with – in both 2015 and 2016 the Musically Fresh blog site voted them Best Live Act and Best Band. So get your dancing shoes on and join in a live show that will have you jumping!

Captain Flatcap

Captain Flatcap are a multi-genre, instrumental electronic dance music 3-piece wielding trumpet, flute, guitar, mandolin, keyboard and percussion, producing a unique sound centered around vintage remix that melds together swing, ska, funk, folk, filth and squelch!  Influences are as eclectic as their sound, including everything from Bonobo to System Of A Down.

Cantaloop

Cantaloop are a fabulous funk soul group from the Midlands that mix a perfect blend of funk, soul, rock, hip hop and R&B to create swaggering, jaw-dropping live shows that have ignited and unified fans throughout the UK and Europe.  A personal recommendation to us from Huey Morgan of Fun Lovin’ Criminals!

Colour Me Wednesday

Colour Me Wednesday might just be England’s best-kept musical secret. They blend a twenty-tens pop-punk sound with an English indie pop pedigree, enriching skilful song writing with a harmonic musicality reminiscent of bands like The Sundays and a trace of the plaintive inflections and subtly ironic politics of legendary groups McCarthy and The Housemartins

White Eskimo

White Eskimo is a pop rock band with everything: great songs, excellent musicianship, charisma and above all a pure passion for what they do. With influences ranging from Blink-182 to Beethoven this Manchester band has really found its own distinctive sound.  Having worked with top producers such as James Lewis (Sunset Sons, Arctic Monkeys and Rudimental) White Eskimo has a catalogue of great music ready to be unleashed.

The Ska 45s

The Ska45s deliver blistering live shows of ska, reggae and rock steady music from the 2-Tone era.  Picking songs from the likes of Bad Manners, The Selecter, The Specials, The Beat, Madness and The Bodysnatchers plus carefully chosen Reggae & Rocksteady tunes, their live shows are fun, fun, fun!

Gasoline & Matches

Gasoline & Matches are an explosive duo setting the UK Country scene alight. They deliver a unique blend of heart felt vocals fuelled by edgy guitar licks and a smokin’ rhythm section.

Ryders Creed

Ryders Creed are a five piece hard rock band from south Staffordshire.  In just over a year the band has made huge strides, including winning Hard Rock Hell’s Battle Of The Bands 2017 competition. If AC/DC, Audioslave, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Rival Sons is your thing then come along and make some noise with the boys!

Skilly Skillz

Skilly Skillz is an Artistic Human Percussionist (human beatboxer) who has performed to thousands of people all over the United Kingdom – including to HM The Queen at the Diamond Jubilee!  He creates comical shows for audiences with his defined and special sounds. As well as performing on our Momentum Stage, Skillz will be running workshops in The Imaginarium on Saturday to teach people how the beatbox – so have a go and learn something new!

Wildfire Folk

Wildfire Folk is a show-stopping ensemble of young musicians that delivers folk music as you’ve never heard it before! Formed by Lichfield Arts as a one-off project, it has developed into a band in its own right. Think raucous brass riffs against flutes and fiddles, grounded by funky percussion rhythms – a show not to be missed!

The UPTEMPO Collective

Lichfield-based charity The Samantha Marizta Trust is proud to present The UPTEMPO Collective, a group of musicians with a difference. The core band consists of patients from hospitals across Shropshire and Staffordshire working with the NHS and Arts for Health.  They will launch and perform songs from their new album ‘Dear Patience’ at Fuse, so come along and show support for this special cause.  100% of all the money raised through album sales and donations will be reinvested to fund yet more art and music based projects to help support young people and raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing.

Lichfield's Got Talent

Nicole and Fern are just 16 and 17 respectively.  Despite their tender age they were both finalists in this year’s Lichfield’s Got Talent competition, coming 2nd and 3rd in the grand final after sailing through the heats.  Come and see them sing on a big stage again at Fuse!

Corinne Lucy

Sounding like the lovechild of Joni Mitchell and Karen Carpenter, singer/songwriter/guitarist Corinne Lucy won the song writing competition run recently by our sister event the Lichfield Festival Of Folk L2F. Watch her perform her winning composition along with others from her catalogue.

Sunday 15th July

The Undercover Hippy

The Undercover Hippy is drum and bass MC turned singer songwriter Billy Rowan. He brings together soulful vocals, infectious reggae rhythms and the lyrical delivery of a skilled MC. With his fantastic backing band he creates a high energy, interactive and entertaining live show. Combining provocative lyrics with catchy hooks and a feelgood groove, this is music to shake your booty to. To quote BBC Radio 6 Music’s Tom Robinson: “like the love-child of Steel Pulse, Kate Tempest and The Sleaford Mods”.

Marquis Drive

Having had their set at Fuse 2017 curtailed by technical issues we are bringing Marquis Drive back for a proper work-out. Lovers of the Madchester, Britpop and Indie scene will have the chance to sing along to their favourite anthems from the likes of The Verve, Happy Mondays, Oasis, The Stone Roses and The Charlatans

Greg Murray and The Seven Wonders

Greg Murray And The Seven Wonders is an exciting 8 piece led by charismatic singer/songwriter James Gregory Murray that plays brazen barn-dances, beautiful ballads, death country, dramatic Americana, rock, reggae and folk – with added colour from their incredible brass section! Add the fact that virtually all band members sing and it’s no surprise that their gigs generate a fantastic party atmosphere.

Jeramiah Ferrari

Jeramiah Ferrari fuses together reggae, rock, ska and punk to make a truly unique brand of dancing reggae ska. Brought up on a diet of Bob Marley, Toot and the Maytals and Sublime, the band has shared stages with luminaries such as The Wailers, Madness, UB40, Level 42 and The Selecter. If you haven’t seen them before you need to, as their groove and energy is impossible to ignore.

Sugarthief

Sugarthief document modern teenage experiences via jangly guitars, slick bass lines and hook-laden lyrics. They have blossomed since forming in late 2015, with sold-out shows across the UK under their belts already, a recent tour with The Twang and multiple plays by Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6 Music.  And to cap it all they have just won Best Alternative/Indie Act at the Birmingham Music Awards 2018

Lady Sanity

Lady Sanity is an award-winning female rapper who draws her inspiration from artists like Lauryn Hill, MC Lyte and Missy Elliot. With hard-hitting bars, profound lyrics and an authentic personality to round it all off, Lady Sanity is leading the charge for the new era of real female emcee’s, having just won the ‘Best Solo Female’ category at the The Birmingham Music Awards 2018.

Blast Off

Blast Off is Lichfield’s funkiest community jazz band, led by Nick Dewhurst.  Originally set up as a one-off project for Fuse 2014, it proved so popular that it has carried on to this day. The band continues to develop, with local players of all ages encouraged to join.  Come and experience their big sound!

The Orange Circus Band

The Orange Circus Band take their cue from roots, rock and gospel music and traditional songs taken from The Blue Ridge Mountains in order to produce original music that has a wholly unique, fresh and raucous sound. You can expect wild playing, beautiful harmonies and boundless energy guaranteed to raise the roof and warm the hearts.