Entertainment

Berkshire’s FI:FEST 2021 Music Festival – Sunday 29th August 2021

Fi.Fest 2021 is even bigger and better than last year! 

Featuring huge bands from the ’90s and ’00s.  The 2021 line-up includes:

  • The LIGHTNING SEEDS
  • THE SOUTH
  • TOPLOADER
  • CHICO

plus many more

In addition to the Main Stage there will be a KidsZone and Food/Drink outlets for all the family.

The Main Stage provides a full day of high-quality entertainment.

The KidsZone is an entire event in itself. Designed with fun and imagination in mind, the KidsZone keeps curious minds occupied with everything from a creation area and role-play fun, to theatre shows, a sandpit and a soft play area for the little ones. Experienced children’s groups, many from the local area, bring their talents and enthusiasm to the zone to give our Fi.Fest families a fun-packed day. Random & Rocks, a great kids disco, finish off the day.

An amazing 10 hours of entertainment, a fantastic summer’s day and evening of great music for all the family to enjoy!

Tickets for Fi:Fest 2021 are available now www.fifest.co.uk/tickets

Enter our competition to WIN 2 tickets to Fi.Fest 2021

Competition closes 10th August 2021

 

The Lightning Seeds

Ian Broudie originally emerged from the post-punk Liverpool music scene of the late seventies playing in the band “Big in Japan” alongside fellow band members Bill Drummond (KLF) Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) Budgie (The Slits/Souxie And The Banshees) and Jayne Casey (Pink Military). Before the band ended in 1979 they created the independent record label Zoo Records which would later feature the bands Teardrop Explodes and Echo & The Bunnymen.

In 1989, Broudie returned to his songwriting with a set of home recordings, including Pure. Over a period of months “Pure” began to climb the independent record charts and before long it was featured on daytime radio and became a chart success. Pure was spontaneously being played on American college stations and championed by KROQ’s legendary DJ Rodney Biggenheimer. It soon became the most requested record in California topping the airplay charts.

In 1990, with the release of the album Cloudcuckooland, the Lightning Seeds were truly off and running on both sides of the Atlantic.

In 1991, after producing The Wild Swans and Pink Industry, Broudie started on the second Lightning Seeds album ‘Sense’. The song ‘Sense’ was the first of many song writing collaborations between Ian and his good friend Terry Hall. “Sense”, along with “The Life of Riley”, became the most effective and memorable recordings born out of this approach and pointed the way to the future sound of the band.

Broudie produced artists such as Dodgy, Alison Moyet, Terry Hall, Sleeper and The Frank and Walters. He also provided free time for some fledgling artists, including The Divine Comedy.

Ian gathered musician friends together to form a formidable band originally consisting of Chris Sharrock (future Oasis drummer) Bassist Martyn Campbell (of legendary Liverpool beat band Rain) and Ian’s neighbour Paul Hemmings (also a founder member of the La’s). This was the nucleus of the live band although keyboard players and others came and went and Chris was later replaced by The Who drummer Zak Starkey. Jollification was released in 1994 on Epic Records; it was easily their most accomplished album so far selling in excess of 900,000 copies.

In 1996, Euro ‘96 was set to be the first major football tournament to be held in England since they had won the World Cup on home soil in 1966. The English Football Association asked Ian if he would write a song for the England team. He had the idea of collaborating with two comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, the hosts of popular TV show Fantasy Football. They then wrote and recorded the song 3 Lions ’96, which became a number one single on two occasions, selling over a million copies in the UK.

Another version of the song, 3 Lions ’98, also topped the chart two years later.

The album Dizzy Heights was released in 1996 and contained many of the group’s most successful hit singles. Ian co-­wrote with Nicky Wire (Manic Street Preachers), Stephen Jones (Babybird) and once more with Terry Hall (The Specials). A reworking of The Turtles’ song “You Showed Me” was also featured.

Halfway through recording the album, Broudie’s studio was relocated to a barge on the river Thames, owned by Pete Townshend, and the recording was finished on board. Dizzy Heights went on to achieve platinum sales, also receiving a coveted 5 star review in Q magazine.

Broudie is currently writing and recording the first Lightning Seeds album for many years.

Toploader

Since forming in 1997, Toploader have over two million album sales to their name and a string of top 20 hits both home and abroad. Their debut album ‘Onka’s Big Moka sold over one million copies and remained in the Top 5 of the UK album chart for over six months earning them 4 Brit Award nominations.

In 2000 the single ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ became a global hit spending over a year in the European Airplay Charts transforming Toploader into a household name. In 2013 the same track re-entered the Top 40 for three weekends, topping the 10,000,000 hits mark on Youtube, an incredible thirteen years after it was first released, cementing it as one of the biggest songs of recent times.

Their second album ‘Magic Hotel’ reached number 3 in the UK Albums Chart and saw Joseph Washbourn (singer), Dan Hipgrave (guitar) AND Rob Green (drums) embark on the biggest tour of their careers playing to over 100,000 people in the UK alone.

In 2013 Toploader released two singles ‘Turn It Around,‘ co-written with Ed White (Adele, James Morrison) and produced by Andy Green (Keane, Scouting For Girls) and ‘This Is The Night,‘ produced by Tim Bran (London Grammar). Both tracks were excellently received by the press and gained strong support with BBC Radio 2 with placements on the ‘A’ Playlist. ‘This Is The Night’ gave them their first No.1 in the Radio 2 Airplay Charts.

With a reputation as a genuine crowd-pleasing live band, Toploader have backed the likes of Paul Weller, Robbie Williams, Noel Gallagher, Tom Jones, Simple Minds and Bon Jovi, w​here they became the last British band to play the original Wembley Stadium. They have also appeared at a host of festivals including Glastonbury, V-Festival, T in the Park and Chris Evans’s CarFest.

The South

To celebrate their 10th year anniversary and 30 years since The Beautiful South released ‘Song For Whoever’, The South feature as part of Fi.Fest 2021, completing the line-up.

The South are an impressive 9 piece band who feature former members of The Beautiful South including singer Alison Wheeler and lifelong sax player Gaz Birtles. Since Dave Hemingway, the original singer, left the group at the end of 2016, Gaz has moved across to front the band with Alison and taken on vocal duties. They play the songs made famous by The Beautiful South and bring back the full flavour and arrangements with this exciting live band.

The South are keeping alive all those timeless songs –  A Little Time (the number one single), Perfect 10, Rotterdam, Song For Whoever, Old Red Eyes Is Back, Good as Gold, Don’t Marry Her plus many more singles and album tracks as well as a few choice South originals.  All performed again live, these songs span an impressive 22-year career starting way back in 1989! 

About the author

hiya bucks

Here at hiya bucks we go on regular walks exploring the local towns, villages, public footpaths, gardens, rivers, lakes and more! We love getting out and about discovering new places to visit and we thoroughly enjoy going to local events and getting involved with the community. We hope to inspire others to step out of their daily routines and see more of our Beautiful Buckinghamshire.