Music Event One is proud to announce the third stage of the fringe festival to accompany the Rochester Castle main stage featuring Public Image Ltd, The Wedding Present, Theatre Royal and Kids Unique. Joining the Nags Head Stage and The Royal Function Rooms as part of the ME1 fringe is The Eagle Tavern Stage. This new-music stage at The Eagle Tavern on Rochester High Street runs from 12pm-5pm, is free to enter and features some of the best young bands from Kent and beyond. As with The Nags Head stage we are giving away an exclusive free download EP featuring all the acts.
Pedalo Fred – 4:15pm
Pedalo Fred are 4 lads hailing from Medway in Kent, with rock/pop songs that get you on your feet and dancing. The band is Jamie Bowen – Guitar/Vox, Elliott Attard – Guitar/Backing Vox, Stephen Anglin – Bass/Backing Vox, Lee Thwaites – Drums and they make up Kents bets party band. Pedalo Fred come at you full-throttle with euphoric tunes driven by powerful upbeat tempos, making you raise your hands up high, point to the ceiling, jump out of your socks and say ‘fuck it!’
The Instamatics – 3:15pm
Flashback to a five-bulb pop of new wave creations and soul-styled dirty leaps. Flashforward to silver-tinged whiskers and a lick of the old-fashioned pause button. Pressed under the modern weight of valve-spaced greats since 68, The Instamatics are here to take a picture. Peel back for taste. Open up for sound. And enjoy.
The Pantomime Villains – 2:15pm
The Pantomime Villains are a 4 piece indie-rock/alternative band from Margate, Kent. , The group found blindside success with their debut release the ‘Told You So’ EP Ban The Mindreader Records which topped the Play.com digital chart. These four 18 year olds who abound with youthful verve and exuberance are the sound of adolescence and yearning teenage dreams and have since released 7” single ‘Hook Line and Sinker’ with Dartford’s Dead Lovers on The Preservation Society Presents label and supported Spector and Turin Brakes along the way. According to Anthony Thornton from Uncut Magazine. ‘it’s clear they could just be the shot in the arm that guitar music needs’
The Wildes – 1:15pm
The Wildes are Thanet’s newest and most vibrant musical export. Their seaside take on the alternative lo-fi pop of C86 has been making them friends fast across the South East They’ve already gained support slots with Ash and a recent BBC Kent Introducing feature, quite an achievement for band that has been in existence less than a year.
Crybaby Special and The Monsters – 12:15pm
According to Billy Vibes from Artrocker, Crybaby Special and The Monsters are ‘more entertaining than Bruce Forsyth in the big brother house with eleven serial killers.’ Their willingness to play anywhere and anytime has meant their bruised and angry vaudeville has grown into a fearsome and often intimidating live experience that may just ruffle the feathers of those expecting any easy-going start to the Eagle Stage of Music Event One.
The Eagle Tavern is part of a wider Music Event One Fringe throughout Rochester. Entrance to The Eagle Tavern stage is free. Tickets for Music Event One are priced £26 and available from Ticketmaster, Medway Council Box Office and Rochester Hight Street Visitors Centre.