Gloucestershire has long been known for its vibrant music scene, which is positively brimming with talented musicians, artists and bands spanning alternative to zydeco and every genre in between.
From cracking covers bands and acoustic artistes to hardened punk rockers and experimental electro ensembles, there’s something to suit all musical tastes, homegrown and nurtured right here in the county.
Find out more about Gloucestershire’s most established and up-and-coming talent, their musical styles, aspirations and future plans in SoGlos’s exclusive backstage with interview series.
Backstage with Kitten and Bear – From winning battle of the bands before they’d even set foot on a proper stage, to performing a jam-packed summer of festivals just two years later, meet Kitten and Bear, an alternative acoustic brother and sister duo from Cirencester.
Backstage with Witts and Greenstreet – Stroud-based Witts and Greenstreet tickle SoGlos with talk of running their own conceptual record label, hating on other hip hop artists and visions of selling out to make boy band pop when they realise hip hop isn’t cool anymore.
Backstage with Young Kato – Having just stepped off the bus from their first UK tour, Cheltenham pop pioneers Young Kato take SoGlos on a trip back to the 80s and announce their recent signing to a major independent publisher.
Backstage with KSH and the Going Goods – Fresh from the ‘ghettos’ of Cheltenham just six months after forming, alternative acoustic hip hop crew KSH and the Going Goods talk genre-crossing music, free EPs and throwing melons out of windows.
Backstage with Ethemia – Having released debut album just nine months after forming and already planning a stateside tour, contemporary acoustic duo Ethemia shares the secrets of its success with SoGlos.
Backstage with The Joliet Blues Band – SoGlos goes backstage with top tribute band The Joliet Blues Band to talk festivals, fans and fedoras, ahead of its eagerly-awaited homecoming show.
Backstage with George Montague – Fresh from supporting musical comedian Tim Minchin at the Eden Project, George Montague introduces SoGlos.com to the ‘fuzzrop’ genre, and reveals plans to play Jools Holland’s grand piano and drink tea on the moon.
Backstage with Ben Maggs – With just a year of solo performances under his belt, folk pop artist Ben Maggs has already released his debut self-written and recorded EP – here he tells SoGlos.com all about his influences and obsession with Bruce Springsteen.
Backstage with Thrill Collins – Ahead of playing the finest local summer music festivals, Cheltenham-based trio Thrill Collins talks skiffle pop, playing alongside The Wurzels, at a Frisbee Golf Championship and even in an oak tree.
Backstage with Vince Freeman – Fresh off the back of his appearance on BBC One’s The Voice UK, the barefoot, bearded crooner Vince Freeman tells SoGlos.com all about his ten years in the industry.
Backstage with Charlie Baxter – Following the release of his latest album, and ahead of playing a plethora of local festivals, SoGlos.com goes backstage with the one-man electro-pop extraordinaire Charlie Baxter.
Backstage with Avert Francis – After performing solo for just a year, folk and blues artist Avert Francis is already releasing his debut album and playing the best local festivals. He’s even supported American legend Bob Dylan. Well, kind of.
Backstage with Coxon's Riot – SoGlos goes backstage with Coxon’s Riot, a noisy ska-influenced Gloucestershire band, to talk human pyramids, Art Brut and sex appeal.
Backstage with The Roving Crows – Just in time for St Patrick’s Day, SoGlos goes backstage with one of Gloucestershire’s most popular Irish bands, The Roving Crows.
Backstage with Brown Torpedo – SoGlos goes backstage with Danny Ash and Dan Cooper, of the dubiously named Brown Torpedo, an experimental electro outfit fusing elements of trip hop, free jazz and rap…
Backstage with Featherstone – SoGlos goes backstage with the very loud, and very grounded, local band Featherstone – to talk covers, Iron Maiden, and playing Wembley Arena.
Backstage with Tinkerscuss – From Fairy Festivals and fishing trout, to comparisons with Bill Bailey, SoGlos finds out more about the folk trio Tinkerscuss.
Backstage with Cate Cody – Having just released her third album and already garnered an excellent reputation across the county, Cate Cody is one of Gloucestershire’s hottest acts. SoGlos finds out more about the jazz songstress.
Backstage with Zoidberg – SoGlos catches up with local indie rock band Zoidberg to talk Futurama and being on the cover of NME – well, this time next year, that is.
Backstage with Taylor and Williams – Local duo Taylor and Williams have become a must-see act on the local scene. With a new album just around the corner, we go backstage with the boys to find out more about their music.
Backstage with The Divine Secret – Cheltenham band The Divine Secret has been rocking venues across Gloucestershire, and the UK, since 2005. SoGlos goes backstage with Joe, Barny and Ben to get the lowdown.
Backstage with Hesters Way – Gloucestershire alternative rock band Hesters Way has, in despite of the prejudices that come with the name, become a local music scene institution. But as SoGlos discovers, it’s onwards and upwards for these Cheltenham boys.
Backstage with 4ft Fingers – One of Gloucestershire’s most successful bands, 4ft Fingers, spill the beans on rubbing shoulders with Green Day and Iron Maiden, they talk about their ABBA comparisons, and clear up where the band’s name comes from.
Backstage with The Echoes – The similarities with a well known British pop rock band are uncanny, they’re taking to the stage at some of the county’s best venues and already have two record labels sniffing around them – SoGlos goes backstage with The Echoes, Gloucestershire’s answer to McFly.
Backstage with Sons of the Delta – From Gloucestershire to the Mississippi, SoGlos.com talks to blues and Americana band Sons of the Delta about recording in the Deep South, chatting with B.B King over a cuppa and their connection to the Rocky Horror Show.
Backstage with QwEEK – SoGlos goes backstage with Gloucestershire band QwEEK – who talk about losing teeth on stage, fulfilling their wish play the Stroud Fringe Festival and their first UK tour.
Backstage with Raison D'etre – They’re still building a fan base and haven’t yet got around to recording that EP – but when Cirencester rock band Raison D’etre aren’t playing World of Warcraft they manage to knock out some great tunes.
Backstage with CuckooRow – The Stroud-based trio CuckooRow are drumming-up quite a following in Gloucestershire – they tell us they’ve even been chased down the street by fans.
Backstage with Master of None – We talk bizarre comparisons, Robert the Bruce and embarrassing moments after a song’s finished with the multi-talented Stroud-based duo.
Backstage with Irritant – We talk gigs at the Guildhall, touring the UK and sharing a studio with the Sugababes with the Gloucester rockers.
Backstage with The Novocaines – We caught up with the Forest of Dean foursome to talk singles, Stone Roses and steaming mugs of Horlicks.
Are you a local solo artist or member of a band which SoGlos's readers would love to read about? Find out more about taking part in our 'backstage with' interview series by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org - we'd love to hear from you.
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