+ Intensified + Easydread
Entry Requirements: 14+. Under 16s MUST be accompanied by an adult
Stage Times: 18:30 - EASYDREAD 19:15 - INTENSIFIED 20:00 - HEPCAT
Hepcat was formed in late 1989/early 1990 in Los Angeles, California by vocalist Greg Lee and keyboardist/vocalist Deston Berry. Over the years, fate has coaxed the band through several member changes, but the core Hepcat of today (20 years later) is still comprised largely of original players.
Hepcat released its first album in 1993 entitled "Out Of Nowhere" on Moon Records, which showed the world that Hepcat was a powerful force in the music industry. They didn't release their second album until 1996, entitled "Scientific" on the BYO Records label, which reinforced their tremendous talents.
Hepcat released the higly acclaimed "Right On Time" album in late 1997/early 1998 on the Hellcat Records label, and followed it up a year later with "Push & Shove," it's most recent label backed release.
During their careers, Hepcat has opened for such legendary acts as Desmond Dekker, The Wailers Band, The Specials, The Skatalites, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Ben Harper, Rancid, among many others. Their two videos, "Bobby & Joe" and "No Worries" have both aired on Music Television, and Hepcat has even made a live performance on the Conan O'Brien show.
Originally formed in 2011 under the name Ting & Ra & the Iries, they supported artists such as Zion Train, Dreadzone and The Toasters to name a few, as well as playing festivals such as Alchemy and Solfest.
In early 2013, they underwent a line-up change and it was there that Easydread was born.
Easydread have since played at the likes of One Love Reggae Festival, The Bulldog Bash and Skalloween, Equinox Festival (Headline), Small World Festival, Strawberry Fair (main stage), Bedford River Festival (main stage) as well as supporting Gentleman's Dub Club, The Voodoo Glow Skulls, Mr Woodnote, Kuenta I Tambu, Hackney Colliery Band, Dub Pistols, Popes Of Chillitown & [spunge] .
Easydread combine sounds drawn from a range of influences, from reggae and ska, to soul, punk and rap.
They seamlessly blend powerful political imagery with sweet harmonies and heavy grooves that will get you thinking as well as skanking.