Hello everyone


Just over a week to go until the first ever Brightside Festival and everything is looking great.

I just wanted to send a message out with the final set times and a little more information about each act.


  • Between Acts, throughout the day – Al Watson


Between each set, we have the honour to welcome a very special guest; The Great Al Watson.

Al will be a familiar name and face to a few of you, but did you know he was one of the reasons why The Who formed as a band?

The Who formed from an earlier group called The Detours.  Legend has it, the Detours formed as a direct result of seeing Al and his famous ‘Fury’ act, where his set culminated in smashing every piece of musical equipment on stage.

You may also be surprised to know that one of Al’s most famous works, “Soggy Truck”, apparently features as a sample in the seminal 80’s band Frankis Goes To Hollywood’s most famous track, Relax. 

Also, without Al’s encouragement at an early, and it has to be said, vulnerable age, Robbie Williams would never have had the courage to go it alone.

The world owes him a great deal.

Al will be performing a rare acoustic set between each band throughout the day.  Al has said his agent asks that no-one films him, please, as he has had issues in the past with bootleg gig recordings getting sold online for extortionate sums – just enjoy the atmosphere instead.


  • 12:00 to 13:00 – Ibiza Chill

Brightside in-house DJs will play a chilled Ibiza set to get you in the mood.

  • 13:00 to 14:00 – Duncan McCorkindale

Duncan is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter from the UK. He creates music across folk, blues and country genres, and plays his wide repertoire at pubs and festivals across the West Midlands. He plays acoustic, electric and slide guitar, banjo, harmonica and loop pedal.


  • 14:30 to 15:30 – The Jesus Bolt

Gerard Starkie has joined forces with Hazel Winter as ‘The Jesus Bolt’ . The band was initially masterminded to promote the release of Hazel’s book of poetry ’I’m Scared Of The Pig On The City Farm‘ (launching 22nd September). It has now rapidly transmogrified into a Proper Thing with songs and films and stuff. The first studio recordings will be out to coincide with the book launch in September.



  • 16:00 to 17:00 – The Cosmic Jerks

The Cosmic Jerks have had many incarnations, and presently are an 8 piece ensemble who play a melting pot of different influences brought into the mix by the different band members.



  • 17:45 to 20:00 – The Mustangs

The Mustangs serve up a mix of covers of Rock & Roll, Blues, Jazz, Soul, Rockabilly and timeless Pop that will guarantee as good a time as memorable as the music they celebrate. Over a decade of experience in everything from national BBC radio sessions and studio work to hundreds of shows in both the UK and Europe.



  • 21:00 to 22:00 – Blurry

Blur Tribute Band with the best Damon Albarn look-alike/sound-alike/perform-alike out there...



  • 22:00 to 23:00 – Definitely Britpop

Remember the days of the big battle of the bands, between Oasis and Blur? The period know as Cool Britannia? The time when British bands finally knocked the whole Seattle grunge scene out of the charts and made British music great again?


Re-live those years of the mid-1990's with Definitely Brtpop:



  • 23:00 to close

If you still need a boogie, the Brightside in-house DJs will play you out with a mix of disco, pop and house music to put a zip in your hip and a slide in your stride.


[1] These stories about Al may be a bit made up – just for fun….