Headline Bands Announced for Cider Festival

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better… We are so pleased to have such an exciting line up at this year’s festival. So to start our line up announcements, let’s go straight to the top and get you all fired up with our headliners…

Friday 23rd | 9pm



Fireroad are considered to be one of the hardest working, professional, easy to work with bands in the country.

Richard Jones was originally in the band that became The Stereophonics. He has launched his own band to a great response regarding the bands live shows and original songs with big hooks and great choruses.

The band has a great catalogue of songs with great hooks and big choruses. Their debut album ‘I Got Sound’ is out now on Habit Formed Records.

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Saturday 24th | 9pm

The Emperials


“Bristol’s Ska-institution”, “The South West’s favourite ska band” and “Longstanding local ska legends” are three recent descriptions of Bristol based ska band, The Emperials.

A long running major force on the UK’s Ska scene with a live reputation for fun, entertaining, professional and very lively shows. With an 8 piece line up; the rock solid drums, pounding bass, skanking guitar and Hammond keyboard provide the basis of the band, with a tight and highly energetic brass section adding the blasting horn lines, all topped off by versatile lead & backing vocals.

With versatile sets consisting of vintage ska; with either popular ska sets from the days of 2tone, Trojan and Studio One, original ska, our favourite rarities, or a mixture of all from our huge repertoire. Sets vary depending on the event, and in 12 years we have never failed to fill a venue, get the dance floor packed, festival crowds dancing, and everyone singing, dancing and shouting for more.


Sunday 25th | 9pm

Big Mac’s Wholly Soul Band


Big Mac’s were formed in 1990 as the house band for the legendary Hollywood Club in Newport.  Within months of their formation The Commitments film was released and the band, being of a similar size and specializing too in 60’s Soul music, were inundated with work, constantly playing in every club, pub and eat house in South Wales. In a short time they were supporting The Commitments at a number of venues and were soon welcoming offers of work that took them to holiday camps, five star hotels and nightclubs both in the U.K. and abroad.

The line up comprises a tenor sax, trumpet and trombone, bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, two dynamic female vocalists and charismatic frontman Mike ‘Big Mac’ McNamara. Vocalists, however, are only as good as their backing band permits and Big Mac has The Wholly Soul Band… easily the best in the business.


Sunday 25th | 7.15pm

Henry’s Funeral Shoe


Henry’s Funeral Shoe was formed by two brothers in 2008 from South Wales, inspired and influenced by many of the albums that singer/guitarist Aled Clifford had looted from his father’s vinyl collection when he was growing up. The Who, CCR, Peter Green, Robert Johnson and the Beatles were favourites, and Aled quickly became a gifted guitar player, aided and taught by Ned Edwards, a long time collaborator of Van Morrison.

Aled soon played with various bands, eventually doing some recording sessions for producer Ian Grimble, and even recording at the legendary Abbey Road studios. His younger brother Brennig started playing drums at nine. At fifteen he joined a local band, learning his trade by performing covers of The Clash and Thin Lizzy before moving on to writing original material. The dexterous brothers have finally joined forces to create some of the loudest soulful rock’n’roll to come out the UK in a long time.

Having released two critically acclaimed albums through Alive Records in LA & produced by Jim Diamond in Detroit at the famous Ghetto Records, toured extensively throughout Europe and the USA twice, they’ve also played alongside Kiss & Lynyrd Skynyrd.

HFS are working on new material for your listening and dancing pleasure.

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Monday 26th | 3.30pm

James Clode Band


Closing the festival on Monday afternoon is JCB, an eight piece contemporary folk rock band from Cardiff.

James attended a lot of open mic nights in and around Cardiff for 3 years until one evening he attended an evening at the Rumney Folk Club where he came across the local house band that played there regularly. One cheeky email later and he was sat at a table in a kitchen with 7 out of the 8 members rehearsing two of his songs to perform at the next folk club. 3-4 months later they signed Xenia (Violin) to make it 8. One the Vocalists/Percussion artists (Elaine Morgan) represented France in the Eurovision song contestalong side Dan ar Braz back in the early 90’s. Now they play at regular events in and around Cardiff, with a full set list of original material written by James and the band. Their album (due out on 5 April) has been produced by the amazing James (voodoo shazzam) Sharam, and their first single came out on 15 February.

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