Music Tent The Ratells Ellen and The Escapades Fossil Collective Northern Generals Jodi and The Jupitrons Lets Buy Happiness rumblebird


An added extra to Cliffhanger 2012, the Basecamp music will be fun filled, lively and perfect for a summer evening with a couple of drinks and a deck chair.  There will be local talent from in and around Sheffield, which is set to be a perfect way to kick off Cliffhanger 2012.   A family friendly music arena but restrictions will apply in the evening within the Beer tent.

Friday 6th July 2012
17.30 until 22.00
Bar Closes Midnight
Price: £10

The Ratells
The Ratells
With a sound variously described as “post punk indie pop”, “sparklingly melodic” and “epic”, The Ratells are now an established, must-see band in the vibrant South Yorkshire music scene.

Exuberant, high energy sets infused with the band’s infectious buzz have attracted a large and growing fan base to venues across the region, including sell-out shows at the O2 Academy Sheffield (1500 cap), The Plug, The Leadmill, and The Boardwalk. The band have been nominated for countless awards in the past year including Exposed Magazine’s Band of The Year and picked up Hallam FM’s ‘Band of The Week’ accolade after their performance at Tramlines Festival in 2010.

The band, hotly tipped by BBC Introducing’s Christian Carlisle and Iain Hodgson, are also well known for their close relationship with fans and relentless self-promotion including guerilla gigs on trams, train stations (see video), busking to the queuing public at Tramlines festival as well as a growing number of music videos and free downloads – available through their BandCamp profile. The band send regular mail outs to their 800 strong mailing list as well as keeping a regular blog on their website to ensure fans are kept fully up to date with band affairs.

Recent EPs “Fearful Lullaby” and “The Steelworks Sessions” showcase a matured, nuanced sound influenced by bands such as the Editors dancier rhythms likened to bands such as Foals and The Sunshine Underground. This perhaps explains why the band have shared bills with Kaiser Chiefs, Reverend and The Makers, The Courteeners and Frankie and The Heartstrings.

Summer 2011 will see the band publicising their recent sessions back in the acclaimed Steelworks Studio with numerous festivals already confirmed such as Tramlines (Ash, Los Camepsinos!) and First Days of Freedom (Mystery Jets, The King Blues). New track ‘Legacy’ was released as a free download from the bands Facebook page in May 2011 and both ‘legacy’ and ‘The Ratells’ were trending on Twitter within hours of the release. Double A Side ‘Phobia/Take Aim’ is planned for release in September 2011.

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The Northern Generals

The Northern Generals
The Northern Generals are a young exciting band from Sheffield, consisting of Doug, Josh, Rhiannon and Tom who have played at some of Sheffield's most prestigious venues. A mixture of different genres sees the band play an array of types of music, which hopefully will be recorded and made into an EP in 2012.
The band have played many gigs in which it has been said they are a good, good live band who know how to 'work the crowd'.

2012 looks to be a positive for TNG with an EP coming out as soon as possible and more gigs to be arranged, the next few months are going to be a very exciting time for The Northern Generals.

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"It’s a rare thing when you discover a band like Rumblebird: a collaborative of gifted Sheffield musicians who have created a whole bunch of encapsulating songs, which can only be described as an incredible fusion of alternative funk, soul and indie music. With driving bass-lines and tight guitar work, Rumblebird set a head nodding groove and a classic soul vibe with each individual track and perfectly blend together the modern vibe with a classic retro feel (with strong influences from 1950’s 12 bar rock n’ roll, 1960’s soul/ pop similar to Buffalo Springfield and 1970’s rock like CREAM). It’s been a long time since we’ve heard classic songwriting sound so fresh, and with lead melodies you’ll be singing for weeks, guitar work that will keep you thinking and original tunes you thought you’d never hear the like of again, this is truly a talented group of musicians that you want to stick around, forever."

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Jodi and the Jupitrons

Jodi and the Jupitrons
“One beautiful Spring evening, Jodi was skipping in the woods when she came upon a clearing in the trees. The half-moon lit a strange sight. There were three old men, each sat on a tree stump, humming tunes to themselves. She carefully stepped closer and heard that one of them was humming a rock tune, she stepped on and heard the other humming a punk song and the next was humming a rockabilly melody. She sprinkled faery dust on their heads and each man became a little younger, pulled out an instrument and started playing music together. Jodi was so moved by the magical sound that she sang as soulfully as she could. Any one hearing a whisper of music on the air that night could hear Jodi and The Jupitrons”.

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Saturday 7th July 2012
17.30 – 23.00
Bar Closes Midnight

The Saturday night is also an added extra to the Cliffhanger programme and another line up that is going to have you tapping your feet and nodding your head! 

Saturday night is proving to be a night not to be missed, so grab a beer (or soft drink) and support some amazing talents on stage both locally and some surprise big acts! 

A family friendly music arena but restrictions will apply in the evening within the Beer tent. 

Price: £15
Ellen and the Escapades
Ellen and the Escapades

The past two years have been an exhilarating journey for Leeds-based quintet Ellen and the Escapades. Blending elements of folk, pop and rock, the band’s distinctive and unabashedly appealing sound seems to have everyone talking. After winning 2010’s Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition and playing BBC Introducing stages at both Reading and Leeds Festivals, the band have gone from strength to strength.

Ellen’s dusky, enchanting vocals and strikingly well-crafted songs have already captured the attention of BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and Amazing Radio. Fans include Lauren Laverne and Steve Lamacq, and the band were recently playlisted for ten weeks on Amazing Radio. Supporting the likes of Josh T. Pearson, First Aid Kit and Paolo Nutini has brought the band’s music to even bigger audiences all over the country.

Summer 2011 saw an abundant string of festival appearances for Ellen and co, including major festivals Glastonbury, Bestival and Green Man, and a range of smaller boutique festivals such as 2000 Trees, Lounge On The Farm and Winterwell. Their Green Man appearance on one of the festival’s biggest stages attracted a full capacity crowd and resulted in unprecedented press attention, including hugely complimentary reviews from Clash Magazine and The Line of Best Fit.

Autumn single ‘When The Tide Creeps In’ hit the top spot in both the Folk and Rock Charts during the week of its October release, and the band’s subsequent Pledge Music campaign saw them reach 100% of their target in just eight days. The next two months saw an excited band make plans towards their debut LP and take to the road for countless live dates as far apart as Exeter and Edinburgh.

Ellen and the Escapades release their highly anticipated debut album ‘All The Crooked Scenes’ on 16 April with a London launch party hosted by Communion. Before this, the band head out on a 20-date UK tour where they will showcase tracks from the forthcoming album and sell a limited run of special edition CD/DVD advance copies prior to its official release.

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Fossil Collective

Fossil Collective
Fossil Collective, a two-piece from Leeds, consists of multi instrumentalists David Fendick and Jonny Hooker. Their first recordings saw them taking inspiration from classic albums by Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac and Simon and Garfunkel and suggested comparisons with more contemporary artists such as Fleet Foxes, Midlake and Bon Iver. But in truth their exquisitely structured songs and glorious, rich harmonies owe as much, if not more, to a solid English song tradition, and their material holds that distinct English quality that many North American artists hanker after.
Talking about what makes Fossil Collective different from other bands they have played in, David Fendick said: “We chose to use the term ‘Collective’ because we want this project to be an assortment of musicians who contribute to the music, with Jonny and I at the helm. In making the album, we had people drop by the studio to add steel pedal guitar, bass, violin and the rest around the songs we had written.” Jonny Hooker adds; “We don’t want Fossil Collective to be limited by the constraints you get with a normal five-piece band, the approach we’ve taken this time gives us a greater freedom to make each track distinctive.”
Fendick and Hooker were both previously members of the hotly tipped Vib Gyor who's 2006 track 'Fallen' became single of the week on iTunes USA. Subsequently, the album 'We are Not An Island' ended up going in at #38 on iTunes top 100, selling more than the big boys for a few weeks until, in the words of the band, "it all went a bit crazy" and they imploded. The resulting break allowed Fendick and Hooker to reflect and return to the music they'd loved and grownup with, records they'd listened to as children.

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Let's Buy Happiness

Lets Buy Happiness

Having formed over a mutual love of North American alternative rock, the 5 piece consisting of; Sarah Hall (vocals) James Hall (guitar/keys), Graeme Martin (guitars), Mark Brown (bass) and James King (drums) began playing local shows in there hometown of Newcastle (England) for their own enjoyment; However it wasn’t long until their melodic, melancholy songs took them to greater heights. The self released ”No Hot Ashes” garnered much local and national attention and with releases of singles ”Six Wolves”, ”Fast Fast” and ”Dirty Lakes” the band have twice been invited to the outstanding Maida Vale studios for both BBC Radio 6 and Radio 1. Dirty Lakes has also been included on Spotifys ”Songs of 2011” list showcasing all the best music from the last year.

Within a year of playing their debut show in a small Newcastle pub, the band were invited by Eavis and Co to play Glastonbury festival in 2010 on the John Peel stage alongside; Foals, Florence and the Machine, The XX and Mumford and Sons. 

As well as supporting the legendary Primal Scream at Electric Brixton for a special one off show, Let’s Buy Happiness toured the UK twice in 2011 with indie/pop success Frankie and The Heartstrings and the great We Were Promised Jetpacks gathering a large fan base on their travels. The band has also supported Idlewild, The Temper Trap, Vivian Girls, HEALTH, Sky Larkin and The Futureheads. 

Self described as; ”melodic soundscapes slapped on driving rhythm sections” James Hall’s older sister Sarah was asked to front the band in mid 2009 gaining applause from The Guardian “…a voice that connotes angelic purity” and Q Magazine ”Imagine a female-fronted Shins.” Sean Adams editor of Drowned In Sound has became an avid fan describing Let’s Buy Happiness as ‘;…one of the most thrilling new bands I’ve seen in years” 
Now in 2012 the band has taken to the studio to begin producing new material themselves and finally finding the sound they are happy with stating; “With this new EP in the New Year, everyone’s going to see what we’re about. It’s a fresh start.” Make sure to keep an eye out on the new release, which will be coming in the near future.

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Lucy Spraggan LogoLucy Spraggan

Lucy’s song-writing and singing has taken her across most of the northern hemisphere; as Lowell George would have put it, from Tuscon to Tucumcari, Tehachapi to Tonapah. Lucy was spotted playing at Manchester’s Pride Festival in 2009 by the organisers of Gaydays, an enormous festival in Florida that has been running for 21 years. In 2010 Lucy used the festival as a springboard, going from there right the way across the United States, skimming the Mexico borders and California playing gigs in almost all of the 50 states over a three-month tour. In 2011 Lucy came 2nd in the National Talent Competition Live and Unsigned and is now Lucy is back home for an explosive summer on the British festival scene with gigs already confirmed for Osfest, Live fest, Nothern Pride, L fest and many more.

Lucy’s music-writing career began with Don Maclean and Kirsty McColl as her major influences, embellished with the folk riffs of Peter, Paul and Mary and taking on the punchy riffs of traditional R and B. A period spent living and playing in New Orleans, sucking in the sounds and sights of that incredible history of music, has brought Lucy to her current style. Her name is now synonymous with the cross-border sound she calls Fop; the melodic middle ground where pop and folk meet, the toe-tapping interpretations of classic sounds and the harmony-heavy ballads that she pulls from modern rhythm and blues, turning the rattle of rap into sing-along folk-style numbers that are hard to forget. Lucy will be opening Saturday’s proceedings at this year’s rat Race BASECAMP 2012!

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