Saturday 24th June

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1.00pm to 1.30pm: Code of Conduct
Rock band Code of Conduct start out as a bit of fun, but the band have developed into a popular rock band. They recorded their first EP and played gigs all over Suffolk and beyond. Now with a new drummer on board, the band are planning to record a follow up EP.

1.40pm to 2.10pm: King Kalou
King Kalou are an original five piece rock band from Ipswich.

2.10pm to 2.30pm: Bex and Freda
Bex and Freda is the result of a collaboration between a songwriter / pianist (Bex) and a concert ukulele (Freda). They started out together at the beginning of 2014 playing open mic nights and solo gigs around Essex and Suffolk. In 2015 they were joined by Jim on percussion. They have since played at many venues and festivals around the east of England, including UkeEast (Norwich Arts Centre), Ipswich Beer Festival, FolkEast, Ipswich Waterfront Celebration, Dubs At The Hall, Alive & V-Dubbin, The Apex bar, PettaFiesta, EddyFest and various pubs and other small venues across the region. Freda has since semi retired and instead Georgie the soprano and Berti the baritone generally appear at gigs, and sometimes the piano and a dulcimer named Dolly come out to play too.
Bex’s songs are mostly inspired by personal experience and cover all sorts of topics including love, life, hate, spiders, cider and idiots. Last year they released their debut EP, From Where I Stand, which has gained airplay on BBC Suffolk Introducing and other local stations.

2.30pm to 3.10pm: Druids

Created in the deep depths of Suffolk, Druids are a band described as ‘Space Rock’ on DJ Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 Music feature, Mixtape. In March 2017, Druids released their self-titled debut album and have since been performing their titanic set of hard glam hooks live to the people of the Earth.
“Druids are from a world much more special than ours. Quite simply the freshest and most fascinating rock band to emerge since the dawn of history” – Graeme Mac, BBC Introducing Suffolk

3.10pm to 3.30pm: Bex and Freda
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3.30pm to 4.10pm: Super Things
The Super Things are a fantastically talented 5-piece covers band based in Ipswich, Felixstowe and Colchester. The deliver a highly polished and powerful set of covers, featuring rock, soul, funk, blues and pop. Get ready to boogie!

4.10pm to 4.35pm: Honey and the Bear
British folk and roots inspired duo, Honey and the Bear, combine delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with powerful guitar riffs, foot stomping rhythms and catchy melodies. Multi-instrumentalist pair Jon Hart (guitar, bass, mandolin) and Lucy Sampson (guitar, ukulele, bass, banjo and percussion), have been writing together since early 2014, having met at a songwriting event two years previous. Since then, they have played many venues across East Anglia as well as travelling to Germany for their first European tour. Together they have played an array of fantastic UK festivals including Ely Folk, FolkEast and Maverick. 2016 saw the release of their debut EP ‘About Time’, which received airplay on BBC Radio Suffolk, as well as Cambridge Radio & Norfolk Radio.

4.35pm to 5.25pm: The Downsetters
The Downsetters from Ipswich are one the UK’s leading original ska and reggae bands. The 6-piece outfit play their our own unique brand of interskalactic ska and luna reggae which is proving popular not only with the UK crowds but also fans in the States and Europe.

The band have released a number of highly acclaimed records whilst gaining a great reputation for their energetic live shows. They have the stage with many ska legends – including Bad Manners, members of The Skatalites, Madness and The Specials as well as backing legends Keith and Tex on their hit ‘Stop That Train’. In 2014 the band played many festivals nationwide including 2 nights at the world famous Glastonbury. Their second album ‘The Asylum Hotel’ is mixed and produced by Grammy nominated producer Daniel Boyle who has worked with the legendary producer Lee ‘ Scratch’ Perry.

5.25pm to 5.50pm: Honey and the Bear
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5.50pm t0 6.40pm: The Vagaband

Norfolk-based The Vagaband are an indie roots band at the forefront of the region’s vibrant folk rock scene. In 2013 they were listed in The Alternate Root’s poll of Top 20 New Roots Bands of Europe. Equipped with a rich array of instruments (pedal steel, flugelhorn, mandolin, clarinet) the band incorporate Americana, Celtic folk, vaudeville and filmic instrumentals, drawing inspiration from both sides of the Atlantic. Their live show is the result of a well-oiled touring act who cut their teeth during early years as a street band. Since 2010, The Vagaband have gained a respectful following across the UK festival scene. Appearances include Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, Bestival, Red Rooster & Maverick Festival. The line up fluctuates between around a core of 9 musicians.

6.40pm to 7.05pm Front Porch Two
Front Porch Two are a duo version of the legendary local acoustic rock / blues band, Back Porch featuring Mike Rushmore on vocals and percussion and Toni Vines on guitar and vocals. Expect a couple of sets of foot stomping fun featuring a selection of covers and originals.

7.05pm to 7.45pm: The Rock Hudsons
‘Three’ ……that’s the magic number. The Rock Hudsons were formed just a few years ago by three friends with a passion for great harmonies and a desire to challenge the limitations of a traditional three piece line-up. Never ones to avoid a challenge but more an ethos of ‘how could we do this song with this set up?’ Shared lead vocals as well as various instrument changes make for an entertaining set of well known (and some more obscure) covers. “And sometimes and somehow” they say ” it just seems to work out brilliantly.” The Rock Hudsons will be playing on the mains stage 6.55pm but hopefully you will also hang around ‘til later and see the full spectrum of their musical talents in the clubhouse.                 

7.45pm to 8.10pm: Front Porch Two
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8.10pm to 8.50pm: Albion Mills
Albion Mills are a four-piece band from Ipswich, specialising in performing music from the golden age of pop and rock; 1966-1974. Albion Mills’ mission is to remind everyone just how great that period of music was. From The Beatles to Pink Floyd, with a bit of Cream in between, Albion Mills, known for their tight harmonies and precision to musical detail,  recreate the great songs as close to the originals as possible . Having often being featured on BBC Radio Suffolk, and playing regularly across East Anglia, the boys have gained a strong and loyal following all over East Anglia. Come and enjoy Albion Mills – A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

9.05pm to 11pm: The Rock Hudsons (in the Stowmarket Rugby Clubhouse)
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  • WHAT IS STOWFIESTA?

    StowFiesta is a free annual community festival, organised by Stowmarket Town Council, which takes place at Chilton Fields, Stowmarket and features top quality musical acts from both the local area and further afield as well as family entertainment and a wide range of stalls. The festival launched as 'StowFest' in 2007, evolving into StowFiesta in 2014. The 2017 festival takes place throughout Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June.