Another Fine Fest: 10 of the best bands


ULVERSTON'S biggest celebration of live music, street theatre and arts arrives on June 17 and 18, so all this week we're shining the spotlight on the must-see acts.


Avant garde UK-Korean electro pop act Tirikilatops will be back at Another Fine Fest after playing a starring role last year.

The technicolour trio mash up kimchi beats, offbeat lyrics of frontwoman Bom Carrot's adventures, hacked keyboards, rice wine, Halloween attitudes and earworm melodies, pulling in all manner of experimental and electronic influences.

  • Market Cross, Saturday at 11.15am

Lyons and La Zel

The festival favourites have two appearances on the Saturday, while the pair also appear in the Fire Beneath the Sea on Sunday's line-up.

Soulful vocalist Léa La Zel and beatboxer, guitarist, rapper and flautist James Lyons blend together elements of funk, soul, jazz and hip hop in a highly unique performance of original material.

  • Market Cross, Saturday at 1.15pm & Melodrome Stage, Saturday at 4.40pm

Paloma Café

The three-piece, indie-pop band, play their own original material that brings together all the members' eclectic influences such as REM, The Smiths, Teenage Fanclub and Blur.

Formed more than a year ago, one of their early shows was Another Fine Fest last summer, and they recently received radio play on Steve Lamacq's BBC 6Music show.

  • Amigos Courtyard, Saturday at 1.45pm & Rose and Crown, Saturday at 7pm

Bad Transmission

Hometown ska-hop live band Bad Transmission are always popular inclusions on the line-up, and they return with a further two sets this year.

Mixing elements of hip-hop, dub, ska and soul, with male and female vocals, this long-running, ever-adapting outfit have played festivals across the country, and supported the likes of The Selecter.

  • Market Cross, Saturday at 3.55pm & Hope and Anchor, Saturday at 9pm


A brand-new band on the Furness live scene, the talented young outfit have made a big impression in recent months.

Drawing from prog rock, classic rock, and metal, there are elements of Biffy Clyro, Rage Against The Machine and Mars Volta in their eclectic live show, soon to translate into their debut EP, due to arrive shortly after the festival.

  • Hope and Anchor, Saturday at 4.30pm & Piel Castle, Saturday at 9.15pm


A world jazz outfit, incorporating everything from jazz, rock, soul and surf, Valparaíso have become a stand-out name on the local scene since their first appearance earlier this spring.

The experienced line-up, who feature up to seven members on stage at any one time, have only had a handful of live shows so far, but look set for a busy summer ahead.

  • Kings Arms Colliewood Stage, Saturday at 9.15pm

The Mooncats

Headliners at last year's Dickensian Festival in Ulverston, The Mooncats are back in their familiar role of rounding out live music proceedings in Amigos Courtyard.

The four-piece "Barrow grime" act have played each of the Another Fine Fests since reforming in 2014, having built up a strong fan base for their indie-influenced rock when they first started out a decade ago.

  • Amigos Courtyard, Saturday at 10pm


Young psychedelic rockers Serene continue to make waves with each live show, appearing at festivals across South Cumbria already this year.

The Furness trio are on the brink of releasing their debut album, having released a handful of well-received singles over the past couple of years.

  • Piel Castle, Saturday at 10.45pm


The Ulverston school kids have already had huge success, both on and off stage.

The seven-piece band signed to Fierce Panda records - the same label responsible for early releases by Coldplay and Placebo - and have appeared on BBC Radio 1, BBC Breakfast, and played to thousands of fans at a Manchester City home match last season.

  • Melodrome Stage, Sunday at 12.40pm

Paper Cranes

Arguably Furness' best-known band, the acoustic indie duo have played shows all over the country - as well as dates abroad - and supported chart-topping acts such as Ocean Colour Scene and Nizlopi.

Jon Dawes and Beckah Lloyd both provide vocals and guitar, while Jon also adds percussion, as they perform their own folk-influenced tracks and stripped-back covers.

  • Melodrome Stage, Sunday at 1.40pm

Another Fine Fest will take place in Ulverston on Saturday June 17 and Sunday 18. For live coverage throughout the day, follow @Cumbria_Live on Twitter

Monday, June 12, 2017 at 12:55PM
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