A stellar lineup has been announced for the third annual Graze Festival, taking place on Sunday 27th August 2017 in Twyford, near Winchester.
One of the most successful hip-hop acts to emerge from Great Britain, Stereo MC’s formed in London in 1985, when rapper Rob Birch and DJ/producer Nick Hallam formed the Gee Street label as a means of promoting their music.
Following the release of the album Supernatural, Stereo MC’s toured with the Happy Mondays and EMF before entering the studio to record their 1992 breakthrough Connected, a sample-free album recorded completely with live instruments which spawned major hits like “Step It Up,” “Creation,” “Ground Level,” and the title track. One of the UK’s most exciting live acts, they will bring their unique atmosphere to the Graze headlining slot.
As Brit-pop remained popular in England during the mid-’90s, Republica hit the charts with a sound closer in feel to ’80s indie-dance groups such as the Pet Shop Boys and New Order. Vocalist Saffron, born in Nigeria, began writing songs, and after recruiting guitarist Johnny Male and drummer Dave Barborossa, Republica debuted with the single “Out of the Darkness.”
U.K. indie-dance label Deconstruction signed the group and released its self-titled debut. Their most noted tracks, “Ready to Go” and “Drop Dead Gorgeous” became hits both in England and in the States.
The Agency is probably the most popular band ever to play in Twyford. Their soul-dance nights at the Parish Hall in the nineties and early 2000s are legendary.
Originally from Bournemouth, the band officially split in 2015 but have agreed to re-form for this one-off appearance especially for Graze Festival. Expect bold brass, serious funk and James Brown workouts.