The Atomic Rays
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Energetic and theatrical Pub Rock
Friday July 13th 2018
Doors Open: 6:00 pm
The Engine Room
6:30 pm - 8:30pm
Pop and rock from a fab 4-piece outfit
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Two sets of rock and classic rock covers
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Rock 'n' Roll Party Tunes!
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Classic Disco, Pop and Funk
Saturday July 14th 2018
Doors Open: 12 noon
12 noon - 2:00pm
Rock, Pop, Country and a pinch of modern
The Love Reggae Band
2:30pm - 4:30pm
An afternoon of classic reggae and soul
The origins of Racing Mars can be traced back to the mid nineties when guitarist Andy Newey and bassist Chris Finn first came together to form Cyan in their native Bristol, England.
During their time with Cyan, Finn and Newey took on the role of main song writers, with Newey already influenced by bands such as Iron Maiden and Def Leppard and guitarists such as Steve Vai and Gary Moore, contrasting with Finn's influnces by bands like The Cult, The Alarm and Big Country.
The Friday night of our 23rd Beer and Music Festival gets off to a cracking rock-tinged start with two fantastic bands.
To begin the evening, we have The Engine Room; a four piece outfit, who bring their own brand of pop and rock.
Later that night, it's over to Racing Mars for two sets of rock and classic rock covers. Don't forget to bring your air guitar!
The Engine Room are a 4-piece rock and pop outfit who have been playing together for over three years.
During their relatively short time as The Engine Room, they have performed in local venues such as The Lawns (Yate), Pucklechurch Social Club, The King William (Staple Hill) and Page Park (Bristol).
We'll have a full Engine Room biography here shortly, but in the meantime you can check them out via their Facebook group.
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This unlikely pairing produced an interesting blend of power and catchy guitar hooks that gained Cyan a lot of support locally. Cyan split in 2002 and Finn and Newey eventually linked up with vocalist Tim Wallace in 2003 to form Rockmungus, playing mostly covers around the South West of England and releasing some original work in 2012. During this time Finn and Newey also formed another sideline covers project called Trash Casino where they linked up with drummer Neil Rogers, formally of Anno Domini, who's AOR influences inspired the band to return to writing more rock based original material, with Finn, Newey, Wallace and Rogers adding rhythm guitarist Tony Barrett-Powell to form Racing Mars early in 2014.
Finn and Newey had written plenty of material during their time together and set about recording an album in 2016 which would become 'Measure of Decay' released in April 2017, using their live experience and natural sound, the album was produced by Finn, with the recording spread over several months at Red Room Studio's in Bristol.
The band draw on a lot of influences from the Rock and classic goth rock genres, with a wide spectrum that can sound similar to The Cult's 'Love' album in some songs and Dogs D’Amour’s 'In The Dynamite Jet Saloon' album in other songs, with a distinct eighties feel throughout. Songs such as 'She Sells Sanctuary' and D’Amour’s ’Last Bandit’ have definately influenced their songs, but there is also an underlying classic rock feel that has no-doubt grown from their experience with covers songs in previous projects.
The band have announced plans to release another album in early 2018, and a further album has been penned for release later in the year.