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A brilliant line-up of music

Here's the line-up we had in 2015. Watch this space for next year's festival music.


On Friday evening we have two great local-ish bands, so this will be an evening to savour.

The Misdemeanours, who hail from as far away as Penrith and two of whose members went to school in Kirkby Stephen, are a four piece playing a "mixed bag of Americana/not quite folk-y, foot-tapping music". Have a look at their Facebook page and listen to a couple of their (gentler) tracks on Soundcloud.
Jon Palmer Band
Then we've got a stonking band from just a little south of us, across the border. The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band is a 5-piece folk, roots and rock & roll combo based in and around the musically vibrant West Yorkshire market town of Otley.

The line-up includes guitars, mandolin, whistle, double bass, violin, and drums and everyone sings! Check them out at


Once again we've got local legends Long Meg - 'still standing after all these years!' - to get everything going with a lunchtime ceilidh. If they haven't worn themselves out through the afternoon they'll also be kicking off the evening's entertainment with a short set.

For the earlier sesssion on Saturday night we've got something a bit different, Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra. Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, they play their own brand of Western Swing, Blues, Gypsy Jazz and Country, or 'North Eastern Swing' as they've coined it. The songs are penned by Rob Heron, a crazy fool for country music and a full time dandy-cowboy. His songs are full of character, satire, and good old fashion hollerin’.

Emerald Armada

We have then got a superb band - The Emerald Armada - coming all the way from Northern Ireland to play the final set on Saturday night. Check them out at They've got a nice little collection of their music to listen to if you click the Music button at the top.

"Never has it been such a pleasure to dance amongst such an animated and colourful crowd, as The Emerald Armada’s infectious folk had the venue rocking from the first strums of an acoustic guitar to the last."
- BBC, Across The Line

Earlier in the evening Beer'n'Bangers Festival stalwart Kev Kendal will be performing one of his fine 'accoustic-mod' sets, along with sessions by singer-songwriters Hannah Rodriguez and Rob Keefe.

And, for those who want to clear out the last of the beer, we'll be finishing off as last year with some 'South Coast' clubbing with our friends from Brighton.

This is a seriously good line-up and the evening is bound to sell out. Don't forget to book your tickets!


Kirkby Stephen Beer'n'Bangers Festival is organised by Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team, Kirkby Stephen Scouts and Upper Eden Rotary Club.
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