Musical line-up for Exeter Festival 2019 revealed

The line-up of local bands and musicians performing at this summer’s Exeter Festival has been revealed.

A free afternoon of music takes place in Northernhay Gardens on Saturday, July 6, before the Hoosiers and Joey The Lips

Acts were earlier this year invited to pitch for a slot at the festival, which runs from July 5-7.

A total of 29 musicians and local bands applied to play and these were whittled down to a final six by a judging panel which included local radio presenter Chris Dinnis.

Organisers Exeter City Council have now revealed the full line-up for the afternoon session – more than five hours of free music.

The Rhythm of Life Choir. Picture: Exeter City Council

The Rhythm of Life Choir. Picture: Exeter City Council

The local bands and musicians will be the pre-runner to the evening’s musical extravaganza in the park – a ticketed event which sees multi-platinum chart-topping band the Hoosiers and high-energy 10-piece band Joey the Lips performing funk, soul, blues and disco.


The afternoon of free music kicks off at noon on July 6 and runs through to 7.15pm. The line-up is:

  • Rhythm of Life Choir describe themselves as ‘funky, dynamic and fun’ and the award-winning Exeter-based choir is made up of 30 singers and cover a wide variety of songs from Coldplay to Muse, Elton John, Sia and Stevie Wonder with boundless energy.
  • Thomas Kavanagh takes influences from a variety of modern pop and rock bands, such as The Script and One Republic. He’s often praised for the diversity in his voice, and has a new single ‘I’m Here Now’ which has received airplay on the BBC.
  • Funk’d Up are passionate musicians from Devon who love jamming and playing jazz and funk with a tight rhythm section and ear blasting horn section, covering well known songs from jazz and funk to rock and pop.
  • Callan Fouster is a 19-year-old singer, born and raised in Exeter on rock, blues, and soul music. He regularly gigs in and around Exeter at various venues, both as a solo act and in his band, ‘Neva’, following his passion for music.
  • Haytor are a young energetic five-piece band based in South West England, with eccentric and lively performances, and catchy pop hooks. They describe themselves as a ‘charismatic renovation of guitar driven indie-pop’.
  •  Break Beat Bandits are a powerhouse of a band, incorporating vocals, keys and bass with a full samba bacteria, playing songs from the 90s as well as acknowledging their samba roots The band prides itself on creating a party atmosphere and say they can’t wait to play Exeter festival.
Thomas Kavanagh

Thomas Kavanagh. Picture: Exeter City Council

Between 6.30pm and 7.15pm, it’s the Soul 7 Disco Explosion with Chris Dinnis.

Councillor Rachel Sutton, lead climate and culture, said: “We had a terrific response from local bands and musicians and we’ve put together a fantastic afternoon of acts that showcase local music at its finest.

“It promises to be a fabulous day in the park, so why not get down to Northernhay for five hours of fabulous local music and maybe even buy a ticket and stay on for the Hoosiers and Joey the Lips later the same evening.”

The all-new Exeter Festival opens in Northernhay Gardens on Friday, July 5, with screenings of Bohemian Rhapsody and The Greatest Showman.

Saturday, July 6, switches to music with Festival in the Park, combining the best of local talent in a free five hours of music followed by the ticketed Hoosiers and Joey the Lips event in the evening.

Sunday, July 7, is a Funday in the Park featuring a day of entertainment and activity for all the family.

The day kicks off with a screening of Mary Poppins Returns at 10am.

Callan Fouster

Callan Fouster. Picture: Exeter City Council.

From noon to 4pm there will be a free four-hour programme of demonstrations on the stage delivered by Legacy Leisure and dance company Capoeira Libertacao.

There’s no need to book – just turn up and enjoy the fun.

A host of organisations are putting on activities in the park throughout the afternoon, including the Exeter City Community Trust, Planet Earth Games, St Luke’s School, South West Athletics Academy, Committed Dance Company, Ride On, Tennis for Free, Devon Wildlife Trust and Freemoovement.

A special Exeter Blue Boy trail will also be held on the day, a free fun activity trail with things to find across the city to celebrate Exeter’s rich heritage and its famous Blue Boy statue.

For more information and tickets, click here.

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