Ringmaster 2013: Kings of the Circus

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Ringmaster 2013: Kings of the Circus

Photographer:John Paul Brown

Matt Miles - 11 September 2013

Spread over five stages named after circus performers and tiger tamers, the inaugural Ringmaster Festival is very much embracing the big show theme. Taking place at Hopton Court, Hopton Wafers, Worcestershire from 27-28th September, check out these gour acts performing at the very first edition of the festival.

Blitz Kids

Blitz Kids do what they do quite perfectly; melodic rock music that’s not only got attitude but is catchy with it. Belonging to that vast section of ‘alt-rock’ filled with cheap carbon copies of bands like Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and Billy Talent, Blitz Kids manage to blow those fakes away, crafting a sound and place of their own within that zone. The band has a confidence and a swagger to their ballsy pop rock that is honestly well deserved. Quickly amassing a die-hard fanbase, make sure you go and catch these boys to see just what all the fuss is about.


Rumhoney make music in the same powerful vein as a band at the peak of their game, ‘She Is So Fine’ sounds like it could have been lifted straight from a greatest hits album. Borrowing influence from bands like Aerosmith and Rolling Stones and channelling it into something new this English-American sounding band have become placeless, timeless and completely charming. This kind of music can only be made with your tongue firmly in your cheek, a concept Rumhoney obviously have a firm grasp of.


Night Engine

Night Engine frontman Phil McDonnell is marginally less creepy than Danny Elfman, yet he still manages to pull off that synth punk sound and style that Elfman made with Oingo Boingo. Night Engine are bound to draw comparison, their influence drawn heavily from that ‘80s glamorous synth band sound, Bowie and Bolan were obvious teen idols for these boys. They have however made the sound their own, diluting it with their own musical prowess, the result goes down very smooth indeed. Current release ‘Give Me A Chance’ is a fine example of this gripping, finely-oiled musical machine. Night Engine will be powering on for a long time yet.

Dolomite Minor

Here are two boys who can manage enough noise that you can’t help but notice them, Joe Grimshaw on axe and vocals, Max Palmier on Drums. Dolomite Minor serve up sleazy, raw rock’n’roll, the kind of sweaty, head banging, tobacco stained riffs that make you chug your beer in one and throw the empty cup on the floor just so you can raise your fist in appreciation! Bands of this knockout calibre come around very rarely, for a band so young these guys can shred at a level that puts more veteran bands to shame.

Ringmaster Festival tickets are available now and priced at £39.50 for Saturday night £49.50 for entry on Friday, two nights of music and camping.

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