Performing on the Thursday
Wed 7th – Sun 11th August 2024
Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire
As one of the premier independent festivals in the UK, Lakefest has bloomed beautifully from its modest roots more than a decade ago. Nestled within the serene valley of the Malvern Hills and spread over the picturesque estate of Eastnor Castle, its location is nothing short of breathtaking. Lakefest radiates a distinct charm and resonates with a strong sense of unity, lively enjoyment, and laid-back ambiance. It stands out as one of the rare festivals that genuinely embraces a ‘family-and-friends’ spirit, ensuring a welcoming and safe environment for all attendees.
Weekend Ticket with Camping
Join us for the whole festival which includes access from Wednesday evening to Monday morning (7-11th August)
Includes camping and parking. Prices from £149 for 5 nights.
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The Twang: Country-Rock Revivalists with a Modern Edge
Based in Birmingham, England, The Twang emerged in the late 1990s, pioneering a country-rock revival that fused the rootsy sounds of Americana with the raw energy of rock and roll. Their unique blend of gritty guitars, twangy melodies, and heartfelt lyrics resonated with audiences worldwide, establishing them as one of the most influential bands of their generation.
Formative Years and Breakout Success
The band’s origins can be traced back to 1997 when Phil Etheridge, a charismatic singer and songwriter, and bassist Jon Watkin met while studying music technology at Kidderminster College. Their shared passion for country-rock music, inspired by legendary artists like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and Neil Young, ignited a creative spark, leading to the formation of The Twang.
In 2007, The Twang signed to independent record label B-Unique, releasing their debut album, “Love It When I Feel Like This.” The album showcased their electrifying live sound and Etheridge’s powerful vocals, capturing the attention of music critics and fans alike. Songs like “If I Was a Carpenter” and “Drinking in America” became instant hits, establishing The Twang as a rising force in the music scene.
Refined Sound and Critical Acclaim
The Twang’s subsequent albums, including “Jewellery Quarter” (2009) and “Guapa EP” (2011), further solidified their reputation as a band with a unique and evolving sound. They incorporated elements of folk, blues, and even psychedelic rock into their music, while retaining their signature country-rock roots.
Their 2014 album, “Neon Twang,” marked a critical turning point, showcasing a more mature and refined sound. The album was met with critical acclaim, earning them nominations for the Mercury Prize and the Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough Act.
Enduring Legacy and Continuous Evolution
The Twang’s impact on the music industry is undeniable. They were one of the leading bands of the country-rock revival movement, helping to revitalize the genre and introduce it to a new generation of listeners. Their music has influenced countless artists, inspiring them to explore the boundaries of country music and blend it with other genres.
Beyond their musical contributions, The Twang has also been praised for their energetic live performances and their ability to connect with audiences on a personal level. Their shows are known for their infectious energy, captivating stage presence, and Etheridge’s heartfelt interactions with the crowd.
The Twang Today: A Force to Be Reckoned With
Despite a brief hiatus in the late 2010s, The Twang has returned with renewed vigor. In 2019, they released their seventh studio album, “If Confronted Just Go Mad,” which showcased their continued evolution and willingness to experiment with new sounds. The album was met with positive reviews, reaffirming their status as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.
The Twang continues to tour extensively, performing at major festivals and clubs worldwide. Their fan base remains as devoted as ever, spanning generations of music lovers drawn to their unique blend of country-rock grit, soulful melodies, and heartfelt lyrics.
Pioneered the country-rock revival movement
Released seven studio albums, all met with critical acclaim
Gained a devoted international fan base
Influenced countless artists across genres
Known for their energetic live performances and ability to connect with audiences
The Twang live at Lakefest 2024
The Twang will be performing on Thursday at Lakefest 07-11th August 2024. Don’t miss out and get tickets now!