We're carefully curating our future lineup, meanwhile check out the incredible acts that performed at the 2017 festival...
The World Stage
As the name suggests, the World Stage features the best of music from around the world, culminating in household talent towards the end of each evening. Throughout the day we will be teasing and delighting your ears with anything from classical Berber music to African drummers; with the focus on easy-listening, chilled, perfect summer songs to bring back and enhance those special memories from wherever exciting and exotic places you have visited. Towards the end of each evening we will be bringing you a few special sets from more familiar faces to keep the summer vibe going throughout the night.
Ryan Swain, World Stage Host
Ryan Swain is a British award winning TV, Radio & Live Events Presenter, Host & Compere. Ryan has propelled into the limelight rapidly in the current years and has worked alongside some of the biggest names in showbiz. Performing at events nationwide he is currently Flamingo Land Resort's resident host. Ryan has been entertaining families for the past ten years, with various talents and accolades under his belt.
Ryan is also recognised internationally from his success on social media, respectfully gaining over 15 million views on his videos online. With his cheeky humour, high energy and quick improvisational skills we are confident he will light up the stage with his presence and will make it a memorable weekend for all our special guests.
Damon Hess and Sonique- HEADLINER - Saturday 29th July
We present a unique collaboration between an amazing world class DJ and a talented singer who is no stranger to the charts. Damon Hess and Sonique Clarke are teaming up to give Atlas an extra special show to rev up our Saturday night, with live vocals and dancers along to a great mix of tunes, new and old, to get everyone up and dancing!
Sonique shot to fame as lead vocalist of 1980s electronic dance band S Express, racking up a series of top 40 hits before embarking upon a highly successful solo career. In 2001 Sonique scooped a series of prestigious awards including Best British Female at the 2001 Brit Awards ceremony, fighting off fierce competition from Dido, PJ Harvey & Sade. At the 46th Ivor Novello Awards that same year, Sonique also won the International Hit of the Year for her single It Feels So Good, from the number 1 album Hear My Cry, which also featured the hits I Put A Spell on You and Sky.
She has recorded four solo albums, has released more than 13 singles and can point to a long list of collaborations with other artists' projects from William Orbit to Josh Wink to Tomcraft.
Damon Hess is a DJ and Producer from Sheffield, holding 5 top 10 UK Club chart hits. Damon has recently signed with GLE, Warner Bros Records along with Sonique in conjunction with Radio 1 DJ Producer/Presenter Charlie Sloth, where the amazing UK number 1 track back in 2000 Feels So Good is making a comeback, set to hit the top 10. Damon is a regular on the UK and Ibiza top club scene, including Eden, Ushuaia and Gatecrasher.
Toploader- Saturday 29th July
Since forming in 1997 Toploader have over two million album sales to their name and a string of top 20 hits both home and abroad. Their debut album 'Onka's Big Moka,' sold over one million copies and remained in the Top 5 of the UK album chart for over six months earning them 4 Brit Award nominations.
In 2000 the single 'Dancing in the Moonlight' became a global hit spending over a year in European Airplay Charts transforming Toploader into a household name. In 2013 the same track re-entered the Top 40 for three weekend topped the 10,000,000 hits mark on Youtube, an incredible thirteen years after it was first released, cementing it as one of the biggest songs of recent times.
Their second album 'Magic Hotel’ reached number 3 in the UK Albums Chart and saw Joseph Washbourn (singer), Dan Hipgrave (guitar) AND Rob Green (drums) embark on the biggest tour of their careers playing to over 100,000 people in the UK alone.
In 2013 Toploader released two singles 'Turn It Around,' co-written with Eg White (Adele, James Morrison) and produced by Andy Green (Keane, Scouting For Girls) and ‘This Is The Night,' produced by Tim Bran (London Grammar). Both tracks were excellently received by the press and gained strong support with BBC Radio 2 with placements on the ‘A’ Playlist. ‘This Is The Night’ gave them their first No.1 in the Radio 2 Airplay Charts.
Toploader’s highly anticipated 4th album ‘Seeing Stars’ including the upcoming singles ‘Roll With The Punches’ and ‘Boom Song’ (produced by Andy Green) is scheduled for release in early 2017. The album will be accompanied by a full UK tour and a host of festival appearances including at our special event.
With a reputation as a genuine crowd-pleasing live band Toploader have backed the likes Paul Weller, Robbie Williams, Noel Gallagher, Tom Jones, Simple Minds and Bon Jovi, where they became the last British band to play the original Wembley Stadium. They have also appeared at a host of festivals including Glastonbury, V-Festival, T In The Park and Chris Evans’s CarFest. Now we can add Atlas to that stellar festival lineup!
Goldie Lookin' Chain (GLC)- Saturday 29th July
After a string of self released (and now heavily bootlegged) albums, Goldie Lookin' Chain finally broke big in the summer of 2004. Subjected to a bidding war from several major labels, the band signed to Atlantic Records earlier that year, and released the now legendary Greatest Hits album, which reached no 5 in the UK album chart and spawned four top forty hits including the number three smash Guns Don’t Kill People, Rappers Do. The band’s success continued to grow, with appearances at a series of major UK and European festivals as well as a string of headline UK and European tours.
2005 saw the release of the top twenty album Safe As F**k, which once again littered the charts with a new collection of party anthems including the titanic Your Missus Is A Nutter and the romantically tinged RnB. Once again, touring as far afield as Japan, the USA, and a plethora of UK festivals kept the show on the road, and the party continued to grow into a worldwide phenomenon.
The GLC’s popularity continued to spread, yet outrage was sparked when, in 2006, after selling eighty thousand copies of Safe As F**k, the major label bigwigs decided to drop the band and concentrate on other, more namby pamby acts (granted, You are Beautiful is a song that has spawned a thousand children, broken a million hearts and crushed over a billion souls). Fans across the globe were outraged and messages of condolence and support came flooding in from as far a field as Tokyo, Los Angeles and Cwmbran, the home of south Wales’ finest under cover shopping centre.
Nonetheless, the band where not disheartened and put themselves into a self imposed exile whilst deciding which step to take next. During this time, self-sufficiency became the key and the GLC discovered the true meaning of the term ‘rugged individualism’. A communal house was rented in Newport, and the band went back to the drawing board, creating a new catalogue of musical delights.
By day, members of the band worked simple jobs in order to keep the GLC cogs oiled and running smoothly. Not even illness and a near death experience could slow down the creative whirlwind that was going on behind the doors of the residential equivalent of Abbey Road. Samples were replaced with real instruments, scribbled lyrics became word documents, and at one point the band even worked towards creating the ultimate male voice choir.
With the self Released ASBO 4 Life, GLC took it back from the now crumbling major Labels and continued to rock hard, followed up by the now legendary "Mixtape 2" and one of the uks most Christmassy Christmas albums "Its a Goldie Lookin Christmas (The Fairytale of Newport)" GLC continue to rock Live music venues and international Festivals the World over. We welcome GLC's brand of alternative rap to Atlas!
Sian Evans- Saturday 29th July
Throughout the 2000s, Welsh singer & songwriter Sian Evans was known for being a front woman and singer-songwriter of the band Kosheen, a popular & well respected trip-hop/drum’n’bass group that, during that decade, placed two albums within the Top Ten of the U.K. album chart. Kosheen had released five studio albums.
After having spent almost two decades writing and performing with Kosheen, Sian has performed all over the world including Australia, Russia, Japan and the USA to name only a few, as well as countless UK and european festivals.
In 2011, Sian Evans teamed up with Dj Fresh writing and featuring on the number 1 smash hit 'Louder' with sales of over 140,000 in its first week of release and quickly topped the U.K. dance, indie, and pop charts. Since then the single 'Louder' has won many awards including the Urban Music Award for best dance single and has been a worldwide hit. She also penned 'Hot Right Now' for Rita Ora, providing her with her first ever number 1 hit. A month later, Roger Shah released Openminded!?, an album featuring Evans on a handful of tracks.
Taking a step back from the world of electronic music, Sian has teamed up with her long term writing partner Ron McElroy for her new solo project. Their UK debut sold out Camden Jazz Café. They have also performed in Salzburg, Belguim, Ukraine, Russia and sold out the Roof Music Festival in St. Petersburg, this time performing with the whole band. Mixing new works with Sian's substantial back catalogue (including Kosheen and DJ Fresh), they have brought about a perfect musical storm, with rays of sunlight shining through.
Sian’s live performances have always been delivered with her unique ability to convey every lyric to each and every member of her audience with flawless vocals, charismatic charm and boundless enthusiasm. We can't wait to hear her amazing vocals live!
Blow Trio- Saturday 29th July
Young Belgian group Blow Trio are one of the latest hot exports from the continent, fusing jazz, punk and dance music in their superbly enigmatic live stage shows. Sometime referred to by fans as ‘Drum n Sax’, this young band cut their teeth in underground clubs across Belgium and the Netherlands and have been known to perform flash street performances in some very unusual settings.
Their pioneering style and appearance quickly gained them notoriety online where in no time at all they had amassed over 10,000 followers for their outlandish shows and soon they had caught the attention of major national promoter Live Nation who instantly snapped them up for representation in their home country. The band went on to electrify audiences at festivals in France, England, Spain and even Brazil playing to thousands at the legendary Copacabana Beach in Rio.
Rose Betts- Saturday 29th July
Currently residing in South London with her band, she’s been tirelessly refining her skills and taking SOFAR Sounds by storm.
Taking inspiration from the rain running in SW12 gutters, the moon rising over Camberwell and winter in a bustling city. There’s an unshakable, wholesome quality about Rose that makes her music, her sound and presence feel so wonderful.
She writes alone, but when she plays to an audience she brings them together with soaring melodies and beautifully crafted lyrics that not only capture the imagination but connect with the soul.
This girl and her piano defiantly blur genres, demand attention and for a minute, make you forget the mania of modern life.
“Boasting a voice as delicate and ethereal as it is strong” – Fresh On The Net
“Rose Betts is a truly gifted melody maker and poetic storyteller, with tales based on truths and music that befittingly warms and comforts you like a cosy moment on a cold winters night.” – The Elgin, Notting Hill.
“You just melt when you listen to this woman sing” - Rafe Offer, founder of Sofar Sounds
2016 has seen Rose go from strength to strength with the release of three singles, a music video launch at The Ivy in central London and a sold out performance at the Courtyard Theatre for her single launch of “Orange Trees”. She has had high profile radio play with Edith Bowman playing “I Can Never Give My Heart” on BBC Radio 2 and “Orange Trees” being selected by BBC Introducing Herts. Most recently she supported The Milk for their sold out show at the Union Chapel.
2016 also saw the release of her first official EP “The Stars Look Down”.
Nick Aslam and Rebel City Revival- Saturday 29th July
Nick Aslam is one of the UK’s most original sounding acoustic singer-songwriters. The maturity in his song writing has been compared to the grit of Cash meeting the romance of Richard Hawley. Nick's work with UK producer Martin Glover (Youth) has seen him grow in to his new project “Rebel City Revival".
This outfit take note from the greats with influences ranging from Bowie and Lennon right through to the Arctic Monkeys but still when the industry is at its palest this band have managed to create something fresh, interesting and larger than life. It's music for stadiums.
Nick Aslam's Rebel City Revival have just returned from a tour with Jersey Budd. Hungry from the council estates and streets of Burton On Trent he continues his quest in the music industry with great support from the BBC & local radio stations across the UK which has already landed him great support slots with the likes of Mark Morris (from the Bluetones), Boz Boorer (Songwriter for Morissey, The Smiths) as well as playing acoustic stages at some of the UK’s festivals and 02 Academy's.
Praise for Nick and the band:
"Nick Aslam and his band are spectacular live; he has a tremendous stage presence, you need to see him!" - Dean Jackson - BBC Introducing
"Nick Aslam is often regarded as one of the best up-and-coming singer songwriters in the country and he brought his Rebel City Revival to the show. It is clear to see why Nick has received so much adulation recently as his voice carries through the packed room, and his band match the performance to perfection" - LeftLion Magazine
"A breath of fresh air" - Essentially Pop
Tiger Lilly- Saturday 29th July
Tiger Lilly is an award winning alternative indie pop artist from Slough, hailed for her raw and emotive 'heart on her sleeve' lyrics and captivating live performances.
Danielle Moubarak (aka Tiger Lilly) who was severely bullied at school from a young age was given the nickname ‘Tiger Lilly’ as a form of bullying by the kids in the playground as she was ‘too dark to be Wendy’ then resembling the character from Disney’s Peter Pan with her dark skin and long black hair from her Iranian/Maltese background. The artist turned to music as a form of therapy to cope with the adversity and would sign off her lyrics ‘By Tiger Lilly’ from the age of 11yrs old never planning on showing the world her songs. Later on in life Danielle was diagnosed with ‘Borderline Personality Disorder’ which led to a turbulent and painful existence unable to sustain a job or a relationship and in 2014 Danielle tried to take her life. As a suicide survivor Danielle feels blessed to be given a second chance at life and has been working over the past 3 years to rebuild everything with a new purpose to help others find hope.
Now with a crowdfunding campaign underway entitled ‘Music & Mental Health Awareness’ Tiger Lilly is returning to her musical roots with her new single ‘Broken Glass’ which has already won an ‘Akedmia Award’ in LA for ‘Best Pop Song’ and has been receiving stunning reviews and regional airplay. The artist plans to use her experience to help others during her UK tour by raising awareness for mental health issues and bullying by giving talks in schools around the country and telling her story.
“Tiger Lilly is back with a new sound which is quite beautiful and evocative. A powerful, emotional and very honest voice in our independent music scene- Lorraine Solomon”
Director of Success Express UK
Tiger Lilly's music has been aired on numerous radio stations across the world including 7 BBC Radio stations and has been featured in several national and international music and lifestyle publications as well as being broadcast live on BBC Persia TV and several performances during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Dorney Lake as part of 'The Games Walk Festival'.
Reef- HEADLINER- Sunday 30th July
Since the arrival of Jesse Wood on guitar in April 2014, Reef are back stronger and better than ever. 2016 was a rich and fulfilling year, with an overwhelming response at radio and TV to the comeback single How I Got Over, 5 weeks on Radio 2 A list, 3 appearances on The One Show, and a 4 month summer stint of festivals including Isle of Wight and an ecstatic Glastonbury Festival comeback, and a sell out UK tour just over. All whilst fitting in recording the band's first studio album in 17 years with legendary long time Reef producer George Drakoulias, pencilled in for September release with full U.K. tour.
We welcome their amazing talent to close our Sunday session!
Red Hot Chilli Pipers- Sunday 30th July
Bagpipes with Attitude, Drums with a Scottish accent, a blazing rock band and a show so hot it should carry its own health warning!
Since they walked away with the top prize on UK primetime TV talent show, 'When Will I Be Famous' in 2007, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers haven't stopped for a breath, other than to inflate their bagpipes!
The band's achievements have reached incredible heights with their groundbreaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock/pop anthems which they proudly call 'Bagrock'. Taking their signature sound to the masses, The Chillis have fast become a global phenomenon, rocking far-flung shores from Melbourne to Milwaukee and everywhere in between.
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers sound is a fusion of traditional pipe tunes and contemporary anthems - tracks from across their four albums include the likes of 'Clocks' by Coldplay, ‘Chasing Cars’ by Snow Patrol, ‘Let Me Entertain You’ by Robbie Williams, Queen's 'We Will Rock You', a rock medley of Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' and AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck'. Plus, 'Flower of Scotland', ‘Amazing Grace’ and 'The Hills of Argyll' get a look in too, Chilli style of course!
"The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are sassy, sexy and hugely entertaining. They are enormously talented musicians who are so skilled they make it all look effortless. This album stirs the blood and will enliven any party. - Lorraine Kelly
"Bag Rocks! The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are great live performers with passion and enthusiasm that has captivated the world - great ambassadors for Scotland. I'm a fan!" - The Duke of Argyll
"It's a unique musical experience" - Max Clifford
"The Red Hot Chilli Pipers' twist on our national instrument is a huge amount of fun. They have taken the bagpipes to a whole new audience and given them a rock 'n' roll edge which definitely earns them the Biffy seal of approval!" – Biffy Clyro
Fatman Scoop- Sunday 30th July
Fatman Scoop is notorious for shouting his name and requesting that you do whatever he tells you... so put your damn hands up! Whether it’s Scoop’s rambunctious baritone hyping a track or video cameos for P.Diddy, 50 Cent, or Elephant Man to name a few, Scoop’s booming voice, catchy hooks, electrifying energy and charismatic presence never go unnoticed! As Mr. Do-it All (dubbed by Hot 97), Scoop has been holding down his popular (daily) radio show for years on the nations most listened to hip-hop station, NY’s Hot 97 FM. Scoop has also been growing his 42 market syndicated show (Full Throttle Radio) over the past year and change; in addition to guest spots as celebrity DJ/Co-host of BET’s 106 & Park. At one time, Scoop even had a popular column in Source Magazine called ‘Scoopology’. With Scoop’s never ending credentials he has even recorded music for blockbuster films like ‘You Got Served’ and ‘Save the Last Dance.’
Furthermore, Scoop has created original songs and/or recorded
commercials for brands such as Mountain Dew, Reebok, Nike and Bombay Sapphire to name a few, and has collaborated or been featured alongside music artists and tracks produced by award winning producers or artists like Timbaland, BabyFace, Busta Rhymes, Dance Hall Kings Sean Paul and Elephant Man. In a category that includes dozens of successful music artists, Fatman Scoop is considered the ultimate party hit maker (think Lil Jon minus production plus a larger physical and vocal presence.) Just ask the countless number of artists that have recruited Fatman Scoop to make their party tracks.
Laboratorium Piesni- Sunday 30th July
Laboratorium Pieśni (Song Laboratory) is the group of female singers from Tri-City (Poland), created in 2013.
Using traditional, polyphonic singing they perform songs from all over the world, mainly: Ukraine, Balkans, Poland, Belarus, Georgia, Scandinavia and many other places. They sing a capella as well as with shaman drums and other ethnic instruments (shruti box, kalimba, flute, gong, zaphir and koshi chimes, singing bowls, rattles etc.), creating a new space in a traditional song, adding voice improvisations, inspired by sounds of nature, often intuitive, wild and feminine.
The traditional songs are often brought from their source - different regions of Poland, Europe and world, by the members of the group - having their unique history and evolving in the course of work. Finally they are performed in a new form - traditional or enriched.
Laboratorium Pieśni is a winner of TRYTON PRIZE on FAMA Festival 2014 for the greatest artistic personality of the festival.
Laboratorium Pieśni, apart from singing and participation in festivals, is also conducting field researches, in order to find new-old music: trip to Albania - polyphonic songs (2014), research in Kashubian region - funeral songs (2013/2014), research in Lower Silesia region - carol singers rituals (winter 2013).
The group is also creating theatre performances, where they are using traditional songs to tell stories about disappearing rites: 'Pory Roku' (Seasons) 2013, 'Puste Noce - Pieśni, które już się kończą' (Empty Nights - Songs that have come to an end) 2014.
Voices: Alina Jurczyszyn, Kamila Bigus, Lila Schally-Kacprzak, Iwona Majszyk, Magda Jurczyszyn, Klaudia Lewandowska, Alina Klebba, Karolina Stawiszyńska.
Panjabi MC- Sunday 30th July
British star and world iconic DJ Panjabi MC is bringing his chart- dominating Bhangra fusion dance tracks to Atlas! He is well known worldwide as a pioneer in the global popularization of traditional Panjabi music, merged with hip hop, R&B & dance. The assiduous MTV EMA & MOBO award winner became an international sensation with the phenomenal hit song "Mundian To Bach Ke". It became the first purely Asian vocal led record to make the BBC Radio 1 play-list, debuted at Numbers 5, and 1 in the National and UK Indie singles chart respectively and is by far the biggest record of its genre.
Regularly attracting crowds around the world over, the hitsmith is responsible for some of the most memorable diverse pop gems, including Jay-Z's Beware of the Boys and Jogi - one of the most listened to songs in Eastern Europe inspiring parody clips from all corners of the globe.
Massive artists including Beyoncé (Me Myself & I), Beenie Man (Jogi), Twister (Beware), Lady Gaga (Judas) and Cher Lloyd (Swagger Jagger) have teamed up with the iconic producer on official dancerfloor remixes. With Over a 100 million combined views on YouTube, and having also been included on the world #1 selling game "Just Dance 4", there's no doubt PMC's Live P.A's and unique DJ sets will showcase why he is one of the world's most in demand producers.
The Shakers- Sunday 30th July
We are delighted to add another band to the Atlas Festival Line up; The Shakers are a 5 piece funk rock and roll band from South London. Mixing classic rock n’ roll guitars with funk filled bass lines, the band will be bringing their own brand of ‘Slacker Rock’ to Scampston Hall this July.
Since releasing their debut record in 2016, The Shakers have been busy selling out venues across London, appearing on BBC radio shows, a Channel 4 TV show and have been named “ Best of British Unsigned” indie band of the month.
The band recorded their second EP at Red Bull Studios in London with producer Louis Fulford-Smith. The first single of which, Brixton Kiss, is available now and has been received to great reviews.
Having played a packed out set at Glastonbury Festival last year we cannot wait to have The Shakers bring the groove to Atlas Festival this year.
“An irresistible fusion of classic funk guitar and rock and roll” – Madeline Mae, Burn FM
“Slacker Rock at it’s best” – The Evening Standard Magazine
“The Shakers offer a hot and magnificent sound” – System Failure
“A chilled out vibe that shows confidence, ability and funk in equal measure” – We Close Tonight
“The south London five piece whose sound can have your grandmother dancing with the best of them” – Fortitude Magazine
Seeds of Creation- Sunday 30th July
Seeds of Creation were established in Hackney in 1979 by Algerian Seddik Zebiri. The band has been through many incarnations, but the current line-up was formed in 2010. Seeds of Creation offer a distinctive take on jazz, with Berber and Afro-blues influences. This
multicultural band create an absorbing, compulsively danceable sound, drawing on Seddik’s Berber roots. Seeds of Creation's fusion of Berber, jazz, and Afro-funk create a rich and original sound of remarkable melodies and earth-grounded grooves. Seeds of Creation have played at all the major world music festivals and venues in London, and have built a strong following. This year, they plan to record their second album, as well as touring the country playing gigs and festivals.
The Bondurants- Sunday 30th July
The Bondurants are a 5 piece Alternate County band from Yorkshire. The band's line-up consists of Simon Pollard (Vocals, Guitar), David Robinson (Bass), Matt Lee (lead guitar), Ed Hicken (Pedal Steel and Guitar) and Liam Warner (Drums).
Drawing upon influences such as Ryan Adams, Tom Petty, Credence Clearwater revival, Bon Iver, Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor they produce a distinctive sound with heavy country inflictions while remaining true to their Yorkshire roots.
The Bondurants have gained a loyal fan base and have graced the stage at well recognised festivals including Reading, Leeds and Bingley music live. The band have also featured on BBC introducing shows on Radio Leeds and have been broadcast on all 39 BBC local radio stations.
Having just recorded their debut album ‘The Devil Above’ the band are well primed to unleash their new material to unsuspecting crowds across the UK. ‘The Devil Above’ will be released on various formats October 2017, though promotional tracks have just been released on the bands website.
The Bondurants have gained critical praise from a variety of sources including:
‘Utilising both widescreen rock and country inflictions, The Bondurants are well geared for some large scale success’ Quote Croon magazine
‘Cruised through their set with the kind of authority you expect to see when you attend the O2 Academy or bigger’ James Elson, Leeds, Music Scene Live Gig Review.
‘Lord have Mercy pulls all the good bits from Kings of Leon’s ‘Youth and Young Manhood’ and to be honest reminds you of how good Kings of Leon used to be’. Quote Tim Hoadley, Leeds Music Scene online
The Band have a busy schedule of festivals and shows over the summer with a planned Album launch party in October followed by a UK tour 2017/2018 (details TBC).
NIRIS- Sunday 30th July
NIRIS' sounds are primarily instrumental latin, spanish, flamenco, jazz and Ambient/Electro. Performing mostly their own compositions, NIRIS perform instrumentals on guitars and also piano where this is possible. NIRIS has always been a duo act however, they have now recently invited another flamenco/latin/jazz guitarist to join them on some occasions.
Their recent project, The Last Of Us, hit over 3 Million SoundCloud Plays and had over 115K Facebook views. They have a number of collaborations lined up for 2017, featuring Mike La Funk and Barraka MC.
Who are NIRIS?
CHRIS HATWELL- this 20 year old full time student performs classical and spanish guitar and performs on piano. He also writes his own compositions and has worked his way up from a working class background gaining music scholarships into top London Music Conservatoire TRINITY LABAN. Chris also won a National Competition to compose JACK PETCHEY ANTHEM, he was 16 at the time beating off stiff competition from around the country.
NICK ENGEL- this 31 year old guitarist has worked with music since his childhood for pleasure and for employment. He has performed in many gigs and venues and also composes various pieces of his own work. Nick collaborates with Chris and that's how NIRIS was formed. He now gives back to those younger than himself working as a music teacher in various local schools.
We're certain NIRIS will bring a special vibe to Atlas.
The Thailand Full Moon Party
Thailand's original Full Moon Party in Haad Rin, Koh Phangan, features a wild selection of music created and mashed together to enhance the party-traveller atmosphere. With this in mind, we are staying true to form and the audio here is 'anything goes as long as you dance'! Drum and bass DJs, crazy MCs, dance music galore with a little cheese thrown in for good measure... Recognisable talent and some old-school faces will be making an appearance here to keep you dancing all day!
N-Trance- Saturday 29th July
Kevin O’Toole and Dale Longworth formed N-Trance in 1990 after meeting at the Oldham College, where they were both studying sound engineering. They had been using a variety of monikers such as Quartech, but eventually settled on signing their record contract as N-Trance.
The band continued to write and record music after problems with the sample clearance prevented their song Back To The Bass from ever being released as a single. It was decided a female vocalist was needed for future records, so sixteen year old Kelly Llorenna was drafted in.
By now, N-Trance had developed their live shows and were gaining some popularity, and on their new label Set You Free was finally released in 1993, but failed to enter the Top 40, reaching #83 in the charts. A year later Set You Free was re-released achieving a higher chart position of #39. N-Trance’s next single was a Eurodance song called Turn Up The Power which featured vocals from Rachel McFarlane of Loveland, and a rap by T-1K, reaching #23 on the charts.
After a few years of performing live in the UK, N-Trance’s popularity and the reception towards Set You Free had increased significantly. The record was in popular demand, and after a third release of the song in 1995, the single became a huge hit, being played by television and radio stations. It reached #2 in the charts and was certified Platinum in the UK after selling over 600 000 copies. The single was also released in other European countries and Australia.
The group recorded their first full-length album, Electronic Pleasure, in November 1995, which featured seven of the group’s ever-expanding roster of vocalists (including David Grant), and musicians such as Vinny Burns and Snake Davis. Similarly, N-Trance’s musical range expanded, embracing rap, disco and other styles in its scope. The group’s next single, a surprising cover of the Bee Gees hit Stayin’ Alive, was not only a massive international hit but also featured a vocalist who would help define N-Trance’s sound in the future, the remarkable Ricardo Da Force, former rapper of the KLF. Upon its release in the UK, it debuted at # 2 and internationally became one of the biggest UK exports of 1995, reaching #1 in Australia and being top 5 in a number of European charts.
The release of further commercially successful singles afforded N-Trance the possibility of building their own recording studio and in 1996 Deep Blue was born. They spent the following year and a half recording their second full-length album, Happy Hour, which was released in 1999.
Hit singles from the album included cover versions of Rod Stewart’s Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?, Ottawan’s D.I.S.C.O and the hardcore techno clatter of The Mind of the Machine, which featured the actor Steven Berkoff. A Best of album entitled The Best of N-Trance 1992–2002 was released in early 2001, backed by a trance remix of Set You Free which reached #4.
A couple of years ago the group released The Mind Of The Machine as their third album. Two new tracks, Free Running and The Earth Is Dying, were recorded for the album to go with the recordings previously made in 1997. The album was released as digital download only. That same year, the group announced they were re-inventing themselves with the new singer Lynsey-Jane Barrow and with the return of Dale Longworth.
With rumours in the air about a fourth album, N-Trance keep pushing the boundaries with their epic sounds, spectacular vocalists and overall brilliant performances. We can’t wait to hear them at Atlas!
Tall Paul- Saturday 29th July
Legendary DJ Tall Paul, began his career in the late 80s, playing for private parties at his family’s venue, Turnmills. At the same time Paul started working with pirate radio stations Touchdown FM and the capital’s seminal pirate Sunrise FM. From there he went on to get residencies at Trade, Zap Club in Brighton and from there met up with Shelley Boswell, which lead to regular slots at the Gardening Clubs’ “Club For Life”.
In 1992 Paul put out his first vinyl offering – the white label ‘Love Rush’, a Trade anthem. He then hooked up with Hooj Choons’ Red Jerry and came up with the dance classic “Rock Da House,” and then went on to produce numerous top 20 hits including the club anthems Escrima “Deeper” and “Train of Thought”, and his highest entry to date, Camisra “Let Me Show You”, which entered at No. 5. All this lead to a series of remix projects for artists such as New Order, Stone Roses, Erasure, Human League, K Klass, Wild Child, Energy 52, Duran Duran, Nalin & Kane, Blondie, Bizarre Inc, Keane and The Killlers
Paul has also sold over 1 million compilation albums including Virgin’s The Gallery Modern Masters, Club Nation 1998 and Cream Anthems, as well as winning numerous awards in his career, both from DJ Mag as Best Producer, and from Muzik Mag who awarded him DJ of the year. His enduring popularity has seen him DJ worldwide travelling to the U.S., Canada, Japan, South America, Asia, India, Dubai, South Africa and all over Europe.
Akey- Saturday 29th July
AKEY is a Producer/Remixer/DJ from the East Yorkshire area. He is known to play a multi genre of dance music (house, deep, funky, future, electro and more). Akey's sets have caught the eye from many promoters from over the years and has managed to to gain residencies up and down the country and even in Spain, Marbella.
From the production side Akey has had one of his own original tracks signed to an American based Record Label named ‘Audiophile Live’ which managed to gain support from Gareth Emery & Grammy nominee ‘Ming’ but the support doesn’t stop there. Akey has recently received airplay support from BBC Introducing with his original track 'So True'. In the past he has been supported from the likes of Matt Nash, Dave Silcox, The Squatters, Tom Bull, Official Nancie and more.
Akey has DJ’d at various events around the Yorkshire area such as Hed Kandi, House of Tequila, Bed & Butter, Too Funky, Get Shaky and more. Akey has been on the same bill with many well known artists such as; Hannah Wants, Majestic, Tom Zanetti, Ben Dooks, Corey James, Nick Hannam, Ryan James, James Hype, Danny T, Tom Bull and more
Rui da Silva- Sunday 30th July
Producer, DJ, record label boss and musical innovator.
Rui Da Silva is an electronic music producer. He runs Kismet Records, his own, successful, independent music label.
2001 saw his music leap from club to radio when his song ‘Touch Me’ became an international number one single. Today he continues to produce club tracks and experimental electronic music, as he puts it, “trying to change the sound and evolve as staying still gets me bored”. He has recently produced and written with Queen of Hearts, Tamra Keenan, AniMal, Ruby Goe, Aggro Santos and Ayah Marah. Recent remixes include the Alexandra Burke single ‘Let it go’, Chris Willis forthcoming single ‘Rock DJ Superstar’ and Rock band Thousand Foot Crutch ‘Courtesy Call’. His remix of ‘New Times’ by DJ Wild with the prolific Clive Henry received critical acclaim and was made record of the week in the DMC magazine during September 2012.
And the future? More production of course he says; “If I don’t do music I feel agitated. Trying to learn a little bit more. Making music is like cooking, you must plan it, and you need to source the right ingredients. But if you cook all the time you can start experimenting. The best part of the creative process comes from mistakes but to make a track you must also be organised, it’s the pull between these two poles that makes a great song!”
DJ Kippax- Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July
UK-based DJ Kippax is both a producer and scratch DJ/turntablist, playing an eclectic selection of everything from old skool house and hardcore to classic hip-hop, funk and drum & bass.
For over 15 years DJ Kippax has been honing his scratching and mixing skills. And he’s been gathering music for longer still! His shows are a real delight as he really is one of the true scratch masters on the scene and his impressive scratching and mixing skills will have you dancing all night!
Expect a mashup of great tunes you haven’t heard for years and some new funky bangers too.
Influences include Q-Bert, DJ Woody, DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, Keb Darge, Craig Charles, Studio One, Aphex Twin, Altern8, James Lavelle, DJ Hype, Aphrodite.
Rogue One- Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July
Rogue One aka Will Short & Jonny English, are currently signed to and hold down a residency with Bristol based Framework Music alongside award winning artists and their residencies at Blackhouse & Fraktal in Wales. Playing and producing a full spectrum of D&B, they are rapidly gaining momentum within the UK scene, executing high octane shows alongside a stronghold of the World's most respected artists.
Collectively played at events supporting Andy C, High Contrast, Shy FX, Kove, Dimension, Friction, London Elektricity, Nicky Blackmarket, Kenny Ken, Frankee, Lynx, Ed Solo, JFB, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Black Sun Empire, DC Breaks, June Miller, Aphrodite, Insideinfo, Emperor, The Clamps, Volatile Cycle, Moving Fusion, Vandal and many other of the scenes dons earning their respective stripes!
With a highly anticipated debut EP, European tour dates and a number of high profile bookings including some of the UK's most renowned festivals, the future is looking hot for this D&B duo! Previous festival bookings include Symmetry, BoomBap, Hidden Village, Balter, Colourfest, Kaya, and Glass Butter Beach.
Since their September 2015 launch they have been firmly placed as “ones to watch” with support coming from some legendary figures within the scene. We are proud to add them to the Atlas lineup and can't wait to get the Full Moon Party started!
Jimmy K- Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July
With appearances in the United States, Ibiza, Cyprus and all over the UK, including EggLDN, a key club for the House Music scene, the journey has been a long one for J.
He gained experience playing Drum and Bass music initially, at establishments like Mass Club and Bug Bar in Brixton, in London, also spreading North to Leeds and playing at Stylus club and Majestic for the promotion 'Innovation' thrown in amongst the top players in the game, line ups you would only dream of!
Music at a slower tempo was always in the background however and J's interest broadened onto a range of different genres and House Music, specifically the 'chunkier' Tech House.
Surrounded by people like DJ Double O, Lee Marks, Dan Genal and Ed Case from State Unknown, this was only natural.
With regular appearances on 'Flex FM', 'Life FM' and guest appearances on other stations, he returned home to 'IceCold', an old pirate radio station he started on at 15 years old, now an internet based station, reaching a global audience of thousands worldwide. He hosts his Sunday Rehab Show, that plays Upfront House and Tech House Music. Within the show, he includes regular guest appearances from label signed producers and established DJs; people he knows well and has regular contact with.
Now working from home on his solo production projects, but also in a Soho recording studio with Producer and DJ One Six (Cr2, Stealth Records and featuring music on a Toolroom Records Ibiza compilation), formerly part of massive Electro House Music collective 'Stupid Fresh’. Also remixing work on his own, for House duo State Unknown (Concrete Digital, Favouritism Recordings and featuring music on a Simma Black Records compilation), he has just finished a massive bootleg remix in conjunction with State Unknown, of Dawn Penn's ‘You don't love me’ and also a solo production three track ep of his, due for release in the summer on their independent label.
Jimmy K is definitely a fixture to stay within the scene and is only going in one positive direction!
Dave Mun- Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July
Dave Mun is an Italian DJ who has been based in the UK for 10 years. London is where he grew his already existing passion for electronic/Dance music and the art of DJing. He likes any type of music but what he loves to play most is Deep/Tech House with some shades of Techno.
Since 2011 he has played to huge crowds in some of the biggest clubs in the capital such as Ministry of Sound, Egg London, Pacha, XOYO and Fire, and supported some of the top world DJs over his DJing career. Dave has been a regular on the Ibiza scene playing at Sankeys and many other of the island's party bars, along with appearances in Berlin and various clubs in Italy.
Dave will be bringing his signature raucous set to the Full Moon Party so get ready to dance, dance, dance!
D.O.PE- Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July
D.O.PE is a young, exciting artist duo, consisting of brothers James & William who are half Thai, half English. They sing, rap, DJ & MC in both Thai and English, as well as write & produce all of their own music in the genres of Hip Hop, R&B, Trap, EDM and Pop. Previously, the group was a 3-piece BoyBand under ATIME RD, GMM25, GMM Grammy Thailand. However, brothers James and William carried on as a duo after leaving the Record Label. They released their first single, "Down South" in May 2017.
D.O.PE is collaborating with Woof Party, a new trap, hip hop movement of DJs that are organising trap & hip hop parties across Thailand, and will join the tour starting in August of 2017. Currently, D.O.PE are in London and will be performing at several clubs in the capital over the next two months, before heading to us ready to bring some quality party music to Atlas!
The Long Haul Campsite Stage
For those of you choosing to fly Long Haul (stay for a long weekend), you will have exclusive access to our Long Haul Campsite Stage. Keeping you entertained from Friday 28th until Monday 31st, the music here is mainly acoustic, indie-pop-rock and ultimately fun! Emerging talent features heavily here so you could be listening to the next big hit in a personal and intimate environment...
The Tribe- HEADLINER- Friday 28th July
The Tribe are the UK's freshest Hip Hop Reggae energy collective. Typically they blend hip hop drum grooves with smooth bass lines and classic offbeat reggae guitar skanks. Vocally they execute sweet and soulful pop which provide the perfect counterpoint to staccato rap verses.
They've spent the last year recording an album produced by "Bullysongz" -who is currently a feature of Armin Van Buuren and Galantis's big hits at the moment. The Tribe have spent the last year recording a new album and have just finished the video for their latest track "Break".
They are real festival crowd pleasers and hugely popular at last years festivals. This summer they are performing at Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Blissfields, One Love, Victorious and a number of other great festivals and events, with taking centre stage at Atlas now on their summer set list!
Pacific- Friday 28th July
Pacific are a Piano-led Alternative/Indie band from Cheshire. The band consists of brothers/songwriters Anthony Orzel – Vocals/Piano and Daniel Orzel – Bass/Backing Vocals, Dave Bithell – Lead Guitars/Backing Vocals and Drew Burns – Drums/Percussion.
The release of the band's EP, What Are You Waiting For, follows the success of its lead single ‘Time to Forget’, which reaped Pacific’s first BBC Radio 1 play on the Huw Stephens show, along with airplay on a further eighty UK radio stations.
Pacific have previously received strong backing from BBC 6’s Mark Radcliffe, who praises the band’s music as “outstanding”, along with constant support from BBC Introducing, who often invite the band for live interviews and to film live sessions. Additionally, Q Magazine have featured previous singles, with NME also sharing the band’s past music videos. Having shared stages with Maximo Park, Echo and the Bunnymen, Starsailor and more, the young band are ambitious and excited to share their fresh, energetic sound with anthemic melodies at Atlas Festival!
The Bondurants Acoustic- Friday 28th July
The Bondurants, who are playing their main set on the World Stage, produce a stripped-back acoustic set exclusively for our Long Haul Campsite Stage.
Stage Door Guy- Saturday 29th July Evening
A Mancunian went to New Orleans. Drank too much whisky. Was helped out of the gutter by local Bluesman and legend Mr CJ Williams. Punk blues was born. Stage Door Guy were born.
A mix of Dr John Cooper Clarke, Dead Kennedy's with a hint of Professor Longhair. Catch their unique set on the Long Haul Campsite stage!
The journey not the arrival matters.
T. S. Eliot