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Uplifting performances from 2 stages in store at VegfestUK Brighton 2017

Uplifting performances from 2 stages in store at VegfestUK Brighton 2017

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Music and VegfestUK events have always gone hand in hand and the upcoming VegfestUK Brighton sees the musical component gone up a notch to include not only 1 stage but 2 stages altogether. There is the Main Stage on the third floor and the Buskers Stage between the main entrance and the main exit. 


Gracing these 2 stages are a number of high-calibre musicians with their own unique styles of music entertaining our large hoards of visitors over the whole weekend. Big welcome to our debutants at VegfestUK at Brighton: Edd Keane, Jo Larcombe, Shacal, Chloe Ray, Gad Zukes, Pete Hicks and Genevieve Lamborn. They will be churning out captivating tunes alongside VegfestUK regulars such as Ian Haywood, De Fuego, Mitchell and Vincent, Captains Beard and Mobius Loop, ensuring an amazing festival atmosphere for all.



More about our musicians below:

Edd Keane

Edd Keene aka The Green Man, has been touring the festival circuit in the UK and Europe since 2007, captivating audiences with his unique Live Looping act.

He is skilled in Saxophone and Flute as well as Guitar, Bass, Percussion and Vocals, incorporating them all into his act.

He records and layers them up completely live with no pre recordings, to create his tracks which range from Reggae to Jazz, Folk and Middle Eastern styles.

A must see at any event, his act is one that must be seen as well as heard. 


Gad Zukes

Gad Zukes are an all family rock band made up of five brothers and sisters. Based between France and the UK, the band has performed numerous times throughout the two countries.

Inspired by the world of Jules Verne (Round the World in 80 Days), Gad Zukes has set out to make new ripples on the sound waves. The two sisters, (Lily and Tee) share lead vocals and add some ukelele folk and driven guitar to the three brothers' (Loz, Francis and James) punk/rock backing. With their catchy melodies, edgy riffs, vibrant and engaging shows, Gad Zukes are a spectacle to be seen by every man, woman and child! 

Sacré Bleu, Gad Zukes has landed!


Genevieve Lamborn

Genevieve Lamborn is a British singer-songwriter born and raised in Brittany, France. At 22 years old, Genevieve has already become a talented performer in the pop, folk and rock genres with numerous projects in France and the UK and she is now launching her solo career as a singer-songwriter.

Inspired by artists like KT Tunstall, Eva Cassidy and Mumford & Sons she has gone on to develop her own style.

Genevieve is currently recording her debut EP, "Beyond the Garden", to be released later this year. She will be touring in both France and the UK, so stay tuned for more videos, gigs and news!

My project: 


Chloe Ray

London based Chloe Ray who grew up in Wallington, South London has just returned from New York City where her latest release "The Waiting Room" was mastered by Grammy nominated Emily Lazar at The Lodge.

Growing up influenced by artists such as Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley, Alanis Morissette, Ani Difranco, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan she found a 12-string guitar and her own unique emotive and spellbinding sound.

After extensively performing and song-writing since an early age Chloe Ray has teamed up with 84 Records and will begin her UK tour in February 2016.

Have a listen to “The Waiting Room” below:



Shacal (formerly Major Arcana) is an animal rights band that use music to get the message of animal exploitation out to the general public.

Based in Barcelona, Sharon and Calero are also "hands on" frontline activists. They have been on many Spanish TV and radio programs and have performed in many countries promoting veganism

Their new AR songs have just been recorded in the famous Abbey Road Studios, London, in both English and Spanish and have the famous 80´s star Aurelio Morata, not just collaborating musically on the tracks, but also as sole producer of this new AR project..SHACAL!.


Jo Larcombe

Jo has been writing and performing for a number of years with a love for folk, country and roots music. She writes for the sheer pleasure of it and also performs acoustic covers with a few twists.

She is currently working with Rob Turner to write and produce a new collection of songs for their forthcoming EP, ‘The Story Line', as well as recording vocals for bass player and producer Flavio Baldo.

Jo is very much looking forward to performing at this year’s VegfestUK event, especially as she and her daughters have all been enjoying the rewards of a vegan diet since visiting VegfestUK Brighton last year! 


Pete Hicks

Pete Hicks is a vocalist with an international reputation and is probably best remembered as the original vocalist with ex-Genesis guitarist, Steve Hackett's first touring and recording band.

Over the years, he has been a guest artist on a number of significant Progressive Rock albums.

When he's not working in the studio or 'guesting', he's making solo appearances as a singer/songwriter in his own right, playing original Americana-style songs depicting those identifiable situations and recognisable characters that we've all encountered. Songs that are sometimes 'quirky' and often 'melancholic', but always vividly portrayed through entertaining lyrics and music, He has been a Vegan for over thirty years.

Visit his Youtube channel here, and have a listen to one of his previous tunes “Another Sad Case of the Blues” here:


De Fuego

De Fuego is a sensational guitar duo, playing energetic instrumental flamenco and rumba-based music who gained reputation in the English summer festivals with their upbeat passionate sound and percussive guitar techniques. In the past few years they performed in various major festivals, including Glastonbury Festival, Shambala, Secret Garden Party, Sziget Fesztival (HU) and Meadows in the Mountains (BU) and also headlined in smaller UK festivals. In the beginning of 2015 they ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to record their second album "Davide" which was released in October 2015 and being reviewed by many world music magazines, including Fatea Magazine, Songlines, F-roots.

Listen to their promo song from 2015 here:


Mitchell and Vincent

Playing lively traditional music from the British Isles on Fiddle and Nylon strung Guitar; Mitchell and Vincent mix full on instrumentals alongside their own arrangements of traditional songs.

Based in Dorset and Somerset, they perform all over the South West and beyond and have been described as playing: ‘Distinctive yet fresh traditional folk', musicians who ‘tell stories with their melodies' and simply ‘Flippin' brilliant!'. They were picked out as the Lyme Folk Weekend 2014 highlight of the festival after bringing the ‘crowd to tears one moment and to their feet the next'.

Have a listen to their playlist of previous live performances here:


Captains Beard

“Yarrr! The Captain's Beard be a company o' travelin' troubadors on a quest te bring the finest o' sea shantys and forebitters to the ears of all who'll listen. We play songs of the grog, grot and grime that comes o' travelling the high seas.”

Find and "like" them at:   


Ian Haywood

“I am a vegan composer/pianist/singer-songwriter and am delighted to be invited back to play at VegfestUK Brighton in 2017. Last year I released two charity songs, ‘Cargo of Shame’, benefitting animal charities, and my Christmas song ‘City Story’, helping the homeless. I also signed to Oakfield Records last year and released my first album of ambient piano music entitled Inspired by Nature, which is available on iTunes and all major digital media. I will be playing a selection of these at VegfestUK Brighton this year and look forward to seeing you there!”

Listen to “Cargo of Shame” here:


Mobius Loop

Mobius Loop create gloriously eccentric gypsy folk stories, fusing world music and conscious rap with eruptions of free-form dance charged with an intimately powerful and intense energetic live performance. Mobius Loop are on a mission to raise positive vibrations, projecting an organic co-operative voice for humanist spirituality, vegan philosophy, grassroots philanthropy, true democracy and alchemical magic, in the name of Hemp Redemption and the infinite unknown.

Have a listen to their previous tunes in this playlist:



For full schedules of music from the Main Stage and the Buskers Stage at VegfestUK Brighton 2017, click here


Vegan Bodybuilding competition

The hugely popular vegan bodybuilding competition is back at VegfestUK Brighton, on Saturday at 5pm on the Main Stage. 

As in previous years, the event will be bodyweight inverted rows. Entrants will try to see how many continuous repetitions they can achieve. Partial reps will not be allowed & the judges may end any event if they feel a safety issue arises (either to the contestant or the audience).

Males will do full repetitions while females will do repetitions with the knees bent to 90°. There will be prizes for all entrants.


Other activities at the event

Taking place on March 11th 12th 2017 at the Brighton Centre, this massive event consists of a huge amount of vegan food, goodies, shopping, cosmetics, clothing, from 230 stalls and 20 caterers, plus dozens of talks on Easy Veganism, Light Veganism and Deep Veganism, Cookery Demos, an Intersectional Vegan Summit on Saturday, a Vegan Film Festival, a Vloggers Corner, a Teen Zone, a Mature Zone, Kids Cookery Classes, Magic Shows, Face Painting and many more!


Ticket info

Advance tickets cost £7 per day and £10 for the whole weekend, plus booking fees. They are available to purchase at the link here: 

A limited amount of tickets are also available on the door at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. Kids under 16 can enter for free as long as they're accompanied by responsible adults.

Note: ticket price includes access to all areas of the event



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