Entertainment - What's on when?

Excellent drinks shouldn't be served in silence. To fill your ears while you empty your glasses, we've assembled a superb range of artists. Who's playing when you'll be at the festival?
Seven Miles Out Records

Live music in association with

Seven Miles Out Records and The Stockport Music Story

Stockport Music Story
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Jon Vivant

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Jon Vivant are a dynamic four-piece of established musicians who always bring the party. Their uplifting brand of street folk inspired rock will get the audience up on their feet and electrify the room.

Jon Vivant are heavy on the sax as the lead instrument which punctuates all their original songs and provides the punch for their popular covers. With their top-notch musical pedigree, Jon Vivant have headlined numerous festivals and gigged consistently around the North West bringing their unique charm and energy to every event.

This is a band you do not want to miss. Once seen, never forgotten. Jon Vivant are the perfect band to kick off the Beer and Cider Festival in style.

Performance Times:

  • First set - 8.15pm - 9.00pm
  • Second set - 9.30pm - 10.15pm
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Montgomery's Angels

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This impressive five-piece band have been together for over ten years, playing melodic blues and bar-room boogie. A typical set includes classic hits of The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Creedence Clearwater Revival and for music aficionados, sublime songs by Bonnie Raitt, Marcia Ball, Delbert McClinton and Lucinda Williams.

Lead singer Mandy Montgomery (vocals/harp) started singing professionally at the age of 17, recording for Rocket Records in Strawberry Studios with her long-time friend Paul Young (Sad Cafe) singing backing vocals on her record. Mandy sang with Dougie James Soultrain when they played support to The Jacksons on their British Tour. Mandy organises and runs the annual Stockport Blues and Roots Festival in collaboration with the Spinning Top where she also co-hosts their monthly Blues Jam Night.

Montgomery’s Angels are a match made in heaven and they make sweet celestial music together. The band comprise of seasoned musicians: Paul Minshull (piano/vocals) who has played blues boogie piano on tour with Chuck Berry, Louisiana Red and Lowell Fulsom and guest appearance with The Norman Beaker Band; Andy Burns (bass/vocals) who has performed with The Jackson Burns Band, George Borowski and The Norman Beaker Band; Rick Lucas (guitar/vocals) who has played with The Mighty Revelators and countless bands across the North West; Mike Smith (drums) who has played with Norman Beaker on The Old Grey Whistle Test and toured with Nico of The Velvet Underground in America and Chuck Berry in England, Italy and Spain.

Montgomery’s Angels will entertain you with their signature brand of classic country rock and blissful blues boogie.

Performance Times:

  • First set - 3.30pm - 4.15pm
  • Second set - 4.45pm - 5.30pm

The Tall Faces and Friends

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The Tall Faces are a three-piece powerhouse of musical muscle specialising in British Mod Sounds of the 1960’s with a fast-paced set of mod, soul, r ’n' b and northern soul. This dynamic trio comprise of Chris on vocals and stand-up cocktail drum kit, Chris on guitar and vocals and Rick on bass and vocals. The Tall Faces have honed their craft focussing on melody and harmony so expect to hear one of the tightest bands around.

Their love for the 1960’s is evident in their choice of great covers from classic artists - The Kinks, The Who, Small Faces, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Spencer Davies Group, The Hollies, The Dave Clark 5 and many more.

The Tall Faces will also be joined by guest vocalists throughout their set including local rock ’n’ roll legend Pete Maclaine who along with his band, The Clan, were regulars on the Stockport gigging circuit in the 80’s, 90’s and noughties with long-running residences in the pubs in Stockport Market including The Boar’s Head and Bull’s Head.

In the 1960’s, Pete Maclaine and The Dakotas were the first band from outside of Liverpool to play at the legendary Cavern club and Pete regularly played on the same bill as The Beatles and many other famous sixties’ bands which lead to Pete being signed to Decca Records. Pete Maclaine and The Clan released their first single ‘Yes I Do’ in 1963 and Pete recently performed this song with The Tall Faces in front of a packed out auditorium at the Stockport Plaza as part of ‘The Stockport Music Story’ celebration concert.

Also performing with The Tall Faces is Ali Dickinson, who’s been a supporter of the Stockport blues scene since the late ’90’s performing guest vocals with Acropolis Now who had a residency at The Boar’s Head. Ali is a regular face at The Spinning Top Blues Jam where her talent was spotted by fellow musicians and she was asked to join a rock and roll outfit called 90 Proof who are well-known on the local music scene for their high energy adrenaline-fuelled performances. Ali will be bringing her own vocal style and energy to her guest performances with The Tall Faces.

Performance Times:

  • First set - 8.00pm - 9.00pm
  • Second set - 9.15pm - 10.15pm
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Laszlo Baby

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Hailing from Eastern Stockport, Lazlo Baby bring you Balkanic folksy ska with high octane exuberance. Whilst dabbling in the delights that klezmer, gypsy and trad Irish music have to offer, Lazlo Baby stitch together pounding melodies that'll clobber you with their enthusiastic brouhaha! Lazlo Baby are Dave - accordion, guitar and vocals, Sid - bass, guitar and vocals, Jip - clarinet, sax, whistle and vocals, Jon - drums and vocals, Adrianne - cello and Dom - fiddle.

Lazlo Baby began to play their twist of folk-punk-ska in 2010 with a single goal – to have fun and have great experiences. In the early days they ran a regular Acoustic Soup night for local bands and artists, which gave them ample opportunity to perform and explore new tunes and sounds, melding trad folk into their own material.

Fourteen years on and counting, they have played at numerous enjoyable events including Kendal Calling, Beat Herder, Just So Festival, Northern Green Gathering, Gobefest (the UK’s only Transylvanian music festival), New Mills Festival, Off the Tracks, Rustic Fest… But more to the point the Lazlos have made great friendships long the way and had an absolute blast.

Lazlo Baby just love the festival scene – energising audiences by blending European and Irish folk traditions with dollops of ska and punk. Alongside our festival they are oft found playing at other beer festivals, charity gigs, parties and folk clubs.

Performance Times:

  • First set - 3.00pm - 3.45pm
  • Second set - 4.00pm - 4.45pm

Crème Brûlée

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Crème Brûlée are a five-piece party band from Manchester who love to play the songs you want to dance to.

Crème Brûlée started in 2016 as “The Groomsmen” when bass player James was planning his wedding and realised that four of his groomsmen - his brother, Ben (guitars & vocals), Rick (keyboards, guitars & vocals), Scott (guitars & backing vocals), and Pete (their first drummer) were all experienced musicians. A plan was formed to create a band so that he could fulfil his dream of... playing at his own wedding!?

As bizarre a dream as that was, it was so much fun to play music together at a party, that they decided they’d like to get together regularly to do it some more! And so Crème Brûlée was born! In 2023, they welcomed the very talented Jack on drums.

Crème Brûlée love what they do because it’s easy to know if they're doing a good job by how full the dance floor is! They’ve spent the last seven years honing an eclectic repertoire from 60s classics right up to present-day pop so that they can play something for everyone and help to create a fantastic atmosphere. They love to help people celebrate; performing for birthdays, weddings, private parties, and you might even catch them playing to a pub crowd now and then!

If you were wondering, the name of the band is a reference to a TV show we all loved in the early 2000s. If you know, you know. As Les McQueen would say, "It’s a sh*t business"... (but they’re glad they’re in it!).

Performance Times:

  • First set - 7.00pm - 7.45pm
  • Second set - 8.00pm - 9.00pm
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The Stockport Music Story

Stockport Music Story

The bands at this year’s Festival have been curated by John Barratt from Seven Miles Out Records who organises the award-winning monthly food and music event Stockport Foodie Friday in Stockport Market and runs The Stockport Music Story project, a celebration of Stockport’s musical history from the 1960’s to the present day.

The Stockport Music Story aims to shine a spotlight on Stockport’s music legacy through artwork, walking tours, events and exhibitions and the project is supported by Arts Council England and the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The Stockport Music Map features many fascinating music facts about Stockport and over 200 hand-drawn illustrations from local artist Emily Flanagan and is on sale at The Warren, Stockport Museum and is available to buy from their websites www.stockportmusicstory.co.uk or www.sevenmilesoutrecords.co.uk

John regularly hosts the popular Stockport Music Map Walking Tour around the town centre and has curated a trail of commemorative record plaques to honour the people and places that have played a key part in Stockport’s Music Story which include The Sinking Ship in Royal Oak Yard, Hologram Studios on Park Street, Inter-City Studios on Great Underbank, Yellow 2 on Bamford St, 10cc at Strawberry Studios, Unknown Pleasures on Syndikat and Blossoms at Stockport County.

John has also curated the Strawberry Studios Forever vinyl album - a celebration of the music recorded at 3, Waterloo Road, Stockport. The album features young musicians from Stockport performing cover versions of classic songs originally recorded at Strawberry Studios by 10cc, Godley & Creme, Neil Sedaka, Joy Division, New Order, Buzzcocks, Inspiral Carpets, Happy Mondays, The Smiths, The Charlatans and The Mock Turtles. The album will be released in May on Seven Miles Out Records.

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