MantonFest 2018 is now over. We will bring you information about 2019 as soon as possible.

Katrina of the Waves                                               

KatrinaEverybody remembers the lightning paced cracker that is Walking on Sunshine, the breakthrough Katrina and the Waves single that was a huge hit in many territories and has become a summer anthem that still receives airplay across the world today. 12 years after the wonderful summer of 1985, they climbed back up the charts with Love Shine a Light, which remains the UK's most recent Eurovision Song Contest winner (with the highest score ever given) and reached number 2 in the UK.
Katrina of the Waves, a grammy nominated artist who performs all over the world, is coming to Manton to guarantee that we get some sunshine on our big day.

And don't it feel good!

John Coghlan's Quo      

John Coghlan's QuoJohn Coghlan’s Quo take you on a breathtaking journey of his golden past in one of the UK’s most celebrated and much loved rock bands.

As a founder member and the original backbone of Status Quo, John drives his current band through hit after hit of heads down, no nonsense Status Quo classics with the same flair that created the unique 1970s sound that fans and critics alike regard as the classic Quo period.

With Paper Plane, Caroline and Down Down - the ultimate in feelgood music -
We’ll all be rockin’ all over Manton.

Whatever You Want - Whatever You Like

Whole Lotta Led                        

Whole Lotta LedWhole Lotta Led are regarded as the finest full-time professional tribute to Led Zeppelin.
Steering clear of wigs and costumes, they achieve magnificent levels of accuracy in recreating the feel and sound of the original albums.
Since their formation in 1996 the band have continually led the field of Zep tributes with over 1,300 shows under their belt - performing Stairway To Heaven more times than any other band in the world, including Led Zeppelin - their monumental two and half hour shows have received high praise from Zep fans the length and breadth of the UK.
Full of seasoned professionals that have played with numerous established artists, 
Whole Lotta Led perform some of the greatest music ever written, delivered with a passion and enthusiasm that is second to none.
The band have also been active in raising funds for The ABC Trust, a charity founded by Jimmy Page’s wife to help underprivileged children in Brazil, the involvement with the charity eventually led to a meeting with Led Zeppelin’s legendary guitarist Jimmy Page who has given the band his blessing and wished them all the best.

Whole Lotta Led – Setting The Standard

The Swinging Blue Jeans                        

Swinging Blue JeansFormed in Liverpool by Ray Ennis and Les Braid in 1961, The Swinging Blue Jeans were cruising when the Merseybeat sound poured out of our radios in the early 1960s and caused a storm on both sides of the atlantic.
Initially a skiffle group named The Bluegenes, they took their unique blend of skiffle, jazz and rock n’ roll to become one of the most exciting bands on the Mersey scene.
A hard working band with regular gigs at the Cavern Club and appearances at the Star Club in Hamburg, The Swinging Blue Jeans were a hard act to follow and they were soon snapped up by EMI, who released a string of hits on their HMV label.
One band that had to follow them on stage, was The Beatles!  who first appeared at the Cavern Club as guests of the Jeans.

There have been many line-up changes over the years and the current crop stick very close to the original Jeans style, playing through the hits with all the spirit of the 1960s.
With hits such as Hippy Hippy Shake, Good Golly Miss Molly, You’re No Good and Don’t Make Me Over, you are guaranteed a fab time.

For Goodness Sake!


BarrelhouseThe mission of Barrelhouse is to play vintage blues with a hard edge groove and they achieve this with style!  A busy gigging and recording band who have spent much of the last year promoting their album ‘Mooncalf Blues’, it’s great to have them join us this year.

Guitarist Tim Harvey makes all his own guitars and even plays a four strong guitar fashioned from a cigar box!  He is joined by drums, vocals, bass and blues harmonica…. a bit like Seasick Steve on overdrive!   

Producing a huge sound, this band will give your hips a workout with their up-beat original tracks and classic covers.

Empty Gestures                                    

Empty GesturesThe Empty Gestures are MantonFest regulars that never disappoint.  With a set full of the finest upbeat rock and pop, you’ll be up on your feet, singing along with hits from across the decades, this Gloucestershire based five-piece will give you plenty of what you want!

 Lead vocalist Mike Nuttall is backed by guitarists Will Ponting and James Adnett alongside Andy Charles on drums. They formed The Empty Gestures from the remnants of other long since departed bands, some say they are the product of misspent youth, others that mid-life crisis played a big part in their formation. Either way, they are always welcome here.


Skedaddle‘Manton’s very own Skedaddle are thrilled to be playing at MantonFest again this year.  Skedaddle are a six-piece semi-acoustic band playing a crossover of blues, jazz and soul.  The band bring a mix of covers and original material in their own unique style.
Sensational vocal harmonies are provided by Jane Witcomb and Amanda Cramsie-Smith bringing a fresh and uplifting approach to classic tracks and long-lost tunes.  Original compositions are by their bassist Stuart Whant and completing the line-up are Chris Witcomb (guitar), Eddie Witcomb (bass/guitar) and Joe Witcomb (drums).’

The Harry Miller Band                       

Harry MillerThe Harry Miller Band presents a tasteful ensemble of delicate guitar riffs, accompanied by soulful vocals with jazzy melody lines and stark, honest lyrics. The creatively flowing drums and the mellow tones of the bass make for the ideal silky backdrop. They propose a sometimes dark, sometimes cheery but always beautiful perspective into the band’s vivid psyche. Drawing influences from artists such as Tracy Chapman, John Martyn and Michael Kiwanuka, at heart of it all, there is fantastic songcraft and pure feeling.

The Harry Miller Band have been together for almost 3 years and in that time they’ve built a loyal fanbase in Guildford, London, Bath and Somerset. They have played a number of gigs at well-respected venues such as Marlborough Jazz Festival, Moles, The Nest, The Louisiana, St Mary’s Redcliffe Church and The Boileroom. Additionally, they’ve recorded live sessions with BBC Radio Wiltshire, Eagle Radio and Metropolis Studios which has seen massive names such as Adele, Drake, Amy Winehouse and Ed Sheeran record there. They've also joined Port Erin and Syd Arthur on parts of their UK 2017 tour.

Ed Witcomb                       

Ed WitcombEntertaining our audience in the intervals will be Manton's very own Ed Witcomb.   Performing with a relaxed and laid-back style, complemented by mellow blues based vocals and thoughtful, catchy guitar riffs, Ed will play a combination of chilled acoustic covers and original material.

Emily's Pole Fitness                       

Emily's Pole FitnessAlso performing in the intervals will be dancers from Emily's Pole Fitness.

Compered by   

BBC Wiltshire

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