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20 Amazing Acts to Add to Your Festival Entertainment
Festival season is just around the corner. With the first of May's bank holidays kicking off four months of pure festival fun. We take a look at some of our favourite music festival entertainment ideas, with 20 awesome acts to really rouse your crowd.
Are you wondering how to book festival acts or are looking to find great festival entertainment hire? Or to simply check out who is hot this festival season? You're in the right place. Champions Music & Entertainment offer thousands of incredible festival acts crossing all genres.
Ideal Headline Acts For Festivals
Descending from the tiny town of Glastonbury, which becomes the biggest town in the south-west during 8 amazing days in June, Reef are one of the most exciting rock bands around. You may remember them for big hits, Place Your Hands and Naked which was the soundtrack to the Sony Minidisc commercial. Remember those? The West country rockers are already on the bill for Derbyshire's Bearded Theory in May and Castell Rock Festival at Chepstow Castle in August.
It is no surprise to see that Rudimental are on the march again this festival season. Taking their banging brand of drum and bass to Europe, Rudimental can be seen live at the Open'er Festival, Poland, Hideout Festival, Croatia and the Grape Festival in Slovakia this year. Playing songs from their chart-topping songbook, the BRIT award-winning band can wow your crowd with the likes of Feel the Love and Waiting All Night.
Nile Rodgers & Chic
You don't get much bigger and better than Nile Rodgers and Chic. The musical Hall of Famer is the man behind some of the greatest tracks ever recorded, including Le Freak, Good Times and We Are Family. He has proved his longevity in the industry with a stream of recent hits, that include the massive 2013 collaboration with Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams, Get Lucky. Chic may not come cheap, but they bring a party with memories to last a lifetime.
Providing a summer soundtrack that is among the world's favourites, Vampire Weekend is an exceptionally gifted rock band with hit songs such as Oxford Comma, A-Punk, Holiday and Giving Up The Gun leading the way in their vast and exciting repertoire. They have just announced a Madison Square Garden Concert for Septemeber and prior to that will be appearing across the US and Europe.
Danny Foster & The Big Soul Corporation
For something a little different, and to feature the timeless hits from soul and Motown, Danny Foster & The Big Soul Corporation are ideal. Danny was part of hit pop band, Hear'Say which enjoyed success with hit songs such as Pure and Simple. Having featured at the Royal Variety Performance, Top of the Pops and the BRIT Awards as well as appeared alongside Lionel Richie, Danny Foster and co are a wonderful addition to any music festival entertainment.
Perfect Famous Solo Artists
Proven to be a highlight of festivals across the world, young singer-songwriter Sigrid has become a sought-after act. Having supported the pop superstar, George Ezra on his UK tours, Sigrid is now a star in her own right. Already on the line up for Latitude and the Isle of Wight festival, the Norwegian's distinctive vocals are loved at all festivals. Enjoy her hot hits like High Five and Sucker Punch today!
2018 was a busy year for emerging singer-songwriter Tom Grennan. After featuring on Chase & Status' hit single, All Goes Wrong in 2016 and appearing on Later...with Jools Holland in 2017, he did not rest on his laurels in 2018, heading up F1 Live and bringing out Found What I've Been Looking For which features as the theme song on Sky Sports' Super Sunday and on the soundtrack of FIFA 2018. He joins George Ezra, The Vaccines and Kate Nash on the bill for Neighbourhood Weekender in May and is a must-have this festival season.
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- Kate Nash
A long-time festival favourite, the musical legend of Billy Ocean is well known. With a string of R&B and pop hits such as When The Going Gets Tough, the Tough Gets Going and Carribean Queen, Billy Ocean has won a host of awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award at the MOBO Awards in 2010. Busy touring the UK prior to the festival season, he will kick it off alongside Beverley Knight at Kew the Music festival.
KT Tunstall made her name with an incredible live performance of Black Horse and the Cherry Tree on Later...with Jules Holland. Soon she was hot property in the UK, picking up nominations for the Mercury Music Prize, BRIT Awards and BBC Sound of 2005. She has made a hotly anticipated come back in recent years, to win the Inspirational Artist of the Year Award at the Music Week Awards in 2016. Now she can be found touring the UK's biggest venues and last year was found headlining the DIVA Music Festival, celebrating inspirational women in music.
Mabel has had a monumental rise in music. After making her musical breakthrough with the hit single, Finders Keepers in 2017 she continued her rapid ascent in 2018 with megahits, Ring Ring, Fine Line, My Lover and Don't Call Me Up. She has been nominated as the Best British Breakthrough Act for the 2019 BRIT Awards and is already set to feature at Liverpool Sound City 2019, Soundscape Weekender and South West Four this summer.
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5 Amazing Tribute Act Festival Ideas
The undisputed prince of live music right now, Ed Sheeran has ensured his reputation with streams of hit songs. You can enjoy the hits from his incredible songbook; Perfect, Shape of You, Thinking Out Loud, Galway Girl, Castle on the Hill, Lego House, The A-Team and many more today with an authentic lookalike and soundalike. Jack Shepherd is one of six Ed Sheeran tribute acts on our roster. He has featured on ITV, BBC and Capital FM and even appeared at an event when the real Ed Sheeran had to pull out, making him a perfect act for festivals.
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Some acts are utterly timeless and everyone will know their popular songs, The Beatles are one of those. That's why booking a Beatles tribute band can be a truly exciting addition to your music festival acts. Whether your festival is themed or you merely wish to add one of the world's favourite song books to your occasion, you can do so with award-winning acts such as The Cavern Beatles, a resident band of the cavern club. You can also enjoy The Bootleg Beatles, whose performance prompted Beatles guitarist, George Harrison to say, 'You probably know the chords better than I do'.
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If you are putting on a festival that focuses on Blues or comedy, look no further than a Blues Brothers tribute band. Playing the hots hits from the incredible musical, we have a range of authentic acts able to capture the sounds and good times of the 80s. The Birmingham Blues Brothers and The Amazing Blues Brothers come complete with the famous black and white police car, while The Chicago Blues Brothers performed live at the London O2 Arena in 2017.
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For a high energy tribute act to wow your guests, why not employ the services of a Kylie tribute artist. With all the amazing hits such as Locomotion, Spinning Around, Can't Get You Out of My Head and I Should Be So Lucky among others, and an authentic all-singing all dancing performance - there are a host of amazing tributes to the queen of pop. This includes the National Tribute Music Award Winner, Rogue Minogue.
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Champions Music & Entertainment offer many great tributes to legends of Motown and soul. From Belinda Davids impressive display as Whitney Houston to Buzz D'Angelo's James Brown Experience and The American Four Tops tribute to The Drifters, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and The Four Tops, we have plenty of acts to fill your festival dance floor.
2 Hot Festival DJs Right Now
Forever in the charts, Calvin Harris is one of the biggest and most longstanding famous DJs and producers in music. His 2018 hit with Dua Lipa, One Kiss stormed the UK Charts, spending 8 weeks at number one. He followed this up with Promises alongside Sam Smith which also topped the charts. His latest collaboration and first of 2019, Giant saw him team up with Rag 'N' Bone Man. Calvin's illustrious history in the charts has now seen him enjoy 26 top tens. There is no doubt he is one of the finest festival acts either as he has been seen at the biggest music festivals including V Festival and Glastonbury in years gone by.
The Mac Twins
The identical twins head up the Saturday night slot on Virgin Radio and have DJd at some of the world's biggest events. Massive on the corporate events scene, they have spun the decks at product launches for brands such as Diet Coke, Hyundai and Armani, as well as for the crew on Love Island. They are no strangers to festivals either and their signature sets have proved popular at the Sunset Festival, Festifeel and Mastercard Fashion Undressed Festival.
3 Talent Show Stars
After coming to the nation's attention on X Factor, where he eventually finished runners up, popular Cockney Olly Murs has taken the charts by storm. He has enjoyed an impressive eight top ten UK Singles including Please Don't Let Me Go, Dance With Me Tonight, Troublemaker and Up. He has become a judge on The Voice UK and is back on tour ahead of the summer. Always popular with festival crowds, Murs is capable of getting crowds up on their feet.
Runner up on the second series of X Factor back in 2005, Andy Abraham is back with his poignant tribute to Nat King Cole's Songbook, celebrating 100 years of the soul icon. The popular soul singer is a great choice to engage discerning audiences at soul festivals.
If you're looking for some class in your festival tent, Britain's Got Talent's incredible Impact Dancers are a wonderful choice. They have entertained viewers on Graham Norton and Don't Tell the Bride and can transport audiences back to the glitz and glamour of the 1920s in the blink of an eye.