Huge thanks to Demelza Riddell for curating a programme full of outstanding music from the South West and across the UK and beyond. Keep an eye on this page for more line-up announcements in the coming weeks!
DJ Puckey (Cabaret Voltaire)Sun 12th, 12:00 am - 12:30 am at Main Stage
Dakar Audio ClubSat 11th, 8:15 pm - 8:45 pm at Main Stage
Dakar Audio Club are an original Afrofusion band formed by husband and wife songwriters Nick and Fatou to express their love of African Soukous , Mbalax , Reggae and Desert blues.They are also influenced by British 60's and 70's Psychedelic rock , folk and Jazz , Afrocuban styles and ensembles like the Rail Band de Bamako and Orchestra Baobab. Dakar Audio Club has evolved to it's current 6 piece line up featuring Si Egan adding electronica and samples , Mick Voo (Spin2, Nightbird,Mr.Voo and the chairs) on bass ,Tim Finch on Drums , Allan Kerr (Ombiviolum) on percussion , Dave Wood (Rifiki) on Guitar - Live performances also feature occasional special guests and old friends. To date they have received great audience responses at their dancefloor filling live shows and are currently embarking on recording and touring projects for 2015.
Dora SunSun 12th, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm at Main Stage
“Dora’s rich deep voice draws you into the stories of the songs she’s written… the audience were clearly appreciative.” Nancy Kerr and James Fagan.
A self taught musician, Dora sings and plays the guitar, she also plays the fiddle and the tin whistle, both of which she learnt to play when she lived in Ireland in the 1990’s. Dora has written many songs and tunes, influenced by her magical nature, a love for the Earth and the traditional music of the British Isles and Eastern Europe. Dora has the unusual ability to write songs that sound and feel magical, ancient and traditional.
Freak By WireSun 12th, 10:00 pm - 10:30 pm at Main Stage
Original Uptight Rock.You Will Get Some. www.facebook.com/FreakbyWire
HazaarSat 11th, 10:45 pm - 11:15 pm at Main Stage
A raucous orkestra of klezmer mayhem, this gypsy circus of madness will take you across the balkans on a night of merry dance. Hazaar play unique arrangements fusing elements of funk, dub, rock and jazz into their krazy circus style performances. Hazaar has brought together seven musicians each with a very different history of influences and styles. The traditional tunes that the band perform have become a fresh fusion that demonstrates the virtuosity and creativity of these individual artists. Hazaar's set is bursting with character from many genres that combine to create an authentic yet modern, on-the-edge approach to the klezmer traditions. A band guaranteed to bring laughter, song and dance! www.facebook.com/hazaarmayhem
Lonely EddieFri 10th, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm at Main Stage
Lonely Eddie is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist performing atmospheric, emotional, electronic pop. At live shows you will find him doing a lot of multi-tasking, surrounded by pedals, drum pads and synths performing as a one man band. ‘Making music to the same calibre of Bon Iver in our tiny studio’ ‘Like a more endearing Jack Garratt’ 'The best live session of the year, if not ever’ - BBC Introducing
Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Soundcloud @iamlonelyeddie or /iamlonelyeddie
River RootsSun 12th, 9:00 pm - 9:30 pm at Main Stage
River Roots are a vibrant mix of roots and alternative acoustic, with hints of folk and reggae beats, bringing diverse sounds and a playful uplifting vibe. Conscious, mind opening music delivered from the heart. Fusion of their soulful harmonies and positive energy illuminates the stage. They share their musical journey together while bringing people together. The music is majorly influenced by a nomadic lifestyle and connecting with nature, with a positive uplifting message.
This Nomadic Duo tour internationally, performing at many UK festivals, including: Boomtown Fair, Beat-Herder, The Green Gathering, Boardmasters and Buddhafield. www.riverrootsband.com
RivermouthSat 11th, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm at Main Stage
RiverMouth…finds poetry in the ingredients of a tube of toothpaste, writes songs about the best campsites in space, and would definitely time travel to the Triassic period if given the chance. Expect soulful vocals, funky guitar, and the unexpected, oh and a sing along! https://open.spotify.com/artist/3S0jlWad9rEq5QfBh4ncPM
SamanticsFri 10th, 8:15 pm - 8:45 pm at Main Stage
Samantics is a next generation one man band. Using a loop-station and a sh*t load of instruments he creates live, multi-instrumental spoken word. He's not a stereotypical rapper, he's not into maiming and murking Gs but he does like gaming a slurping tea. www.samantics.co.uk
Seize The DayFri 10th, 10:45 pm - 11:15 pm at Main Stage
We are very pleased to welcome back Seize The Day to Of Grid 2018! Seize The Day are a radical English acoustic band with global roots. They write songs to celebrate, inspire and support the liberation of life.
Whatever needs to change or be defended in this world, they sing to make you laugh about it, cry about it, dance about it – maybe even inspire you to believe that you can DO something about it!
Seize The Day came out of Britain’s Road Protest Movement in 1996, when Theo and Shannon began playing together at the site of the Newbury Bypass in Southern England. Since then the line-up has expanded and gone through many incarnations, with our sounds evolving along the way.
Seize the Day have played at major British festivals like Cambridge, Glastonbury, the Big Chill, and the Big Green Gathering, and a host of smaller ones. They also perform at theatres, fund-raisers, folk-clubs, night-clubs, village halls and colleges. But you’re just as likely to meet us at your nearest frontline protest, whether it’s against GM crops, or war, or fossil fuels. Globally, they've toured American towns and cities, Indian farming villages, and visited Ireland, Palestine and the big WTO protests in Prague and Seattle. Nowadays they don’t like to fly because of the CO2 emissions of air-travel.
The Invisible Opera Company of TibetSat 11th, 9:30 pm - 10:00 pm at Main Stage
The Invisible Opera Company of Tibet is a deepspace funk-punk psychedelic rock band infused with a hint of jazz and a twist of gnome. Founded by legendary frontman to Gong, Daevid Allen, and guitarist Brian Abbott in 1992, the band has toured the UK with Daevid Allen and Ruz Hibbs (of the Australian Invisible Opera Company of Tibet) and appeared at many festivals over the years. They have produced several albums, both studio and live, with an ongoing recording and performance history. The latest studio album Songs From the Temple of Now features both Daevid Allen and the God of Hellfire himself, Arthur Brown! Their set comprises of all original material addressing the Tibetan situation, future politics, deep inner space, the nature of things and a few classic Gong and Daevid Allen favorites. Sonic transmissions from Radio Gnome guaranteed for a heart opening, mind expanding and a vibey uplifting experience.
Three Acres And A Cow, A History Of Land Rights And Protest In Folk Song And Story
with 3 Acres and a CowFri 10th, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm at Main Stage
Friday 10th August 4:30- 6:30pm Main Stage Three Acres And A Cow’ connects the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with current issues like fracking, our housing crisis and Brexit via the Enclosures, English Civil War, Irish Land League and Industrial Revolution, drawing a compelling narrative through the radical people’s history of England in folk song, stories and poems.
Part TED talk, part history lecture, part folk club sing-a-long, part poetry slam, part storytelling session… Come and share in these tales as they have been shared for generations.
Featuring Robin Grey and Roo Bramley, see https://threeacresandacow.co.uk/ for more information.
TrikkeballakkeSun 12th, 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Main Stage
Trikkeballakke comprises of mainly Italians living in Exeter but also included in the mix there are people from other nationality. The music and dance draw from the living folk traditions of Southern Italy whilst also being influenced by Mediterranean, African and middle eastern modes and rhythms and especially from the Greek and Albanian tradition. The variety of the composition of the musicians and performers , allows the band to progress in developing a sound and a dance that reflects the ancient tradition of this music, which it has been influenced by different cultures since more than 2000 years ago.
Up and Coming Teen band
with Metronomic Underground
VerdisaFri 10th, 9:30 pm - 10:00 pm at Main Stage
These young energetic and soulful musicians are not to be missed. For the last 6 years, these lads have been working hard across the UK & Europe playing hundreds of shows, headlining the 02 Academy in Bristol, performing at Glastonbury Festival and releasing their debut album ‘Juno’ which had airtime on BBC Radio 2. “It just sounds great …. It’s a beautiful combination of voices” – Claire Balding (BBC Radio 2) “We rarely come across a band that impress us and make us feel more happy to be alive” – Mike Love “The perfect blend of blues, jazz, funk and soul!” – Graham Maclean (Ents24) “Super catchy tunes delivered with a soulful verve that’s simply infectious.” – Dave Henderson (Williams Green Stage at Glastonbury) Their feel for a wide range of music is extraordinary, fusing many genres with a genuine message of harmony and positivity. With electric guitars, beautiful harmonies, smooth jazzy saxophone and powerful rhythm section, the Bristol based 5 piece always leave audiences craving for more of their infectiously catchy music