Bug Jam Evening Gig Guide*
Bug Jam hosts FIVE music arenas including the Main Stage, Dance Tent, Retro Tent, BugWam and Fuelers Bar, on both Friday and Saturday evenings, catering for all tastes from indie and dance djs through to live bands and tribute acts.
No under 13s allowed in the Dance Tent after 11pm.
|Friday (8pm - 11pm)||Saturday (8pm - 11pm)|
The Spitfires Info
Oh My God! It’s The Church Info
|Friday (8pm - 1am)||Saturday (8pm - 1am)|
The Electric Swing Circus Info
Mr Tea and the Minions Info
C@ in the H@ Info
90s Explosion Info
|Friday (8pm - 1am)||Saturday (8pm - 1am)|
|Friday (8pm - 1am)||Saturday (8pm - 2am)|
|VJ Gary / Karaoke Info||Silent Disco Info|
FRIDAY - Main Stage
Islands is the new album by Northern Irish rock group Ash. The trio’s seventh studio collection is an open-hearted set of songs dealing with love and loss, friendship and betrayal, identity, salvation, redemption and rebirth… all the important stuff. Pound-for-pound, it’s also the strongest, most exhilarating long player of Ash’s storied 26-year career, an album which reaffirms the trio’s status as one of the most idiosyncratic and singularly thrilling guitar bands on these islands.
The group’s first two Infectious singles, Petrol and Uncle Pat, topped the UK indie charts: the third, the irresistible Kung Fu, equally indebted to martial arts legend Jackie Chan and punk pioneers Ramones, marked the trio out one of the nation’s most exciting new bands. 1995 saw Ash crack the UK Top 20 for the first time, with pop-punk classics Girl From Mars and Angel Interceptor, before the Top 10 success of Goldfinger prefigured their debut album, 1977, crashing into the UK album chart at number one.
The years that followed were something of a blur. The band closed Glastonbury festival in 1997, recruited London-born guitarist Charlotte Hatherley that same summer, headlined Reading festival as a quartet in 2001, and racked up a second number one album (Free All Angels), a Top 10 album (Nu-Clear Sounds) and six more Top 30 singles in between. Free All Angel’s lead-off single, Shining Light, earned Tim Wheeler an Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song while the incendiary Burn Baby Burn garnered a Single Of The Year accolade from Q magazine.
The Spitfires take in a wide range of influences from Reggae and Ska through to punk and soul. This melting pot has helped infuse the band’s own sharp sound and style.
The Spitfires have released three albums - ‘Response’ in 2015, ‘A Thousand Times’ in 2016 and ‘Year Zero’, which was out in July 2018. Year Zero is the band’s best received album to date and reached number 1 in the UK Independent Chart as well as reaching 8 in the UK Vinyl Chart. The Spitfires also hit Number 1 in the UK Vinyl Singles Chart with So Long back in April 2016.
The Spitfires work ethic and acute social commentary has made this fiercely independent band one of the most popular underground success stories in the UK today. As well as supporting the likes of The Specials and Paul Weller, the band have also played to vast audiences at The Isle of Wight, Reading and Beautiful Days.
FRIDAY - Retro Tent
The Electric Swing Circus
Ladies and gentlemen, hold onto your hats…. the circus is coming to town!
The Electric Swing Circus is a live 6-piece fusion of saucy 20's swing and stomping electro beats. With an explosive sound that reverberates back through time, the ESC hotfoot their way through everything from, rock to electronica, house, big beat and rock n roll, all with their own unique style of swing.
Mr Tea and the Minions
Bristol based, serial knee jerkers Mr Tea and the Minions play their own unique take on full power Balkan flavoured Ska, Dub, Swing and Folk, inspiring uncontrollable silly dancing and wild bouts of jumping around wherever they go.
A sure-fire party starter on the festival circuit (25 festivals in summer 2017 alone), they have appeared at Glastonbury, Boomtown, WOMAD, Secret Garden Party, Belladrum, Bearded Theory, Nozstock, and Goulash Disko (Croatia), to name just a few, and they have played gigs and club nights all over the UK, plus a few abroad.
Their debut album, ‘Tea Your Mind’, was released in 2016, along with an anarchic video to the opening song, ‘Coffee Shop Psycho’. Most recently, they released a garish spandex-filled fitness video to their tune ‘Balkan Blast’, just in time for those New Year’s resolutions.
C@ in the H@
C@ in the H@ (pronounced: Cat in the Hat) creates a fusion of early twentieth century swing and jazz, and chunky twenty-first century beats with bouncy electronic bass. Hailing from Birmingham with a completely innovative style called "Swing with the Big Bass Sound", his DJ sets are about having fun, bringing you Electro Swing with aspects of Turntablism, Dubstep, Jungle, House, Reggae & whatever else fits into the melting pot, as long as it brings a smile to your face and makes you wanna dance.
FRIDAY - Dance Tent
FRIDAY - Fuelers Bar
VJ Gary / Karaoke
Gary has been DJing for 25 years and Video DJing for 5 years. In his career he has held residences in major nightclubs across the country from Liquids, Ritzy's, Oceana's to independant clubs and bars. He has been resident at Northampton's busiest bar, NB's for 7 years.
If you're willing to sing your heart out on stage then be prepared for some karaoke sessions during the night.
SATURDAY - Main Stage
Example’s career spans the past decade and needs little introduction: with three top 10 albums (including the Platinum selling number 1 “Playing In The Shadows”), ten top 10 singles, arena tours and festival headline slots in over 60 countries.
Each of Example’s albums has documented a different stage in his life: quote “What We Made was pretty much entirely written on Stella and MDMA”. His latest project (suitably titled “Bangers and Ballads”) is no exception. His new releases are “about having no rules anymore – being who I am and who I want to be, not pandering to the needs of record execs and radio playlisters.”
2019 will see Mr E.G. release a song a month. “Call it 12 separate singles or an album spread over a year. I don’t care about playing the game anymore – I just want to have fun with my music again!”
Oh My God! It’s The Church
Like nothing you’ve ever experienced before and yet also as familiar as your Grandmammy’s biscuit tin. Nominated for ‘Live Act of The Year’ at the 2017 AIF Festival Congress Awards, this Leftfield Church service has their congregation rolling in the aisles and dancing on the pews! With Shotgun Weddings, Absinthe baptisms and hymns to set your Soul on fire, it truly is a Church service like no other.
Fronted by insane preacher The Right Reverend Michael Alabama Jackson, their Mission from Gawd is to bring people together through Funk, Soul, Disco and their holy water- Absinthe… lots and lots of Absinthe.
Do YOU need saving? Do YOU want to kiss the ring redemption? Do YOU believe in Sexy Jesus? Your answer will no doubt be yes, so spread the word and bring your own congregation to come and be blessed, baptised and all leave believers together from the Pentecostal party that leaves everyone on their knees begging for more.
SATURDAY - Retro Tent
The Retro Tent will be hosted by Dario G with live sets from the cream of 90s dance music.
Dario G is the stage name of English musician Paul Spencer. Dario G was originally a trio, who are best known for their 1997 hit "Sunchyme", which reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart.
The English breakbeat hardcore and house music group, best known for their UK #1 single "Let Me Be Your Fantasy" in 1994.
Urban Cookie Collective
The British Eurodance band, best known for their 1993 hit single "The Key, The Secret".
The singer, best known for her 1995 hit single, "The Sunshine After the Rain".
The English Eurodance singer is best remembered as the former lead vocalist for the Dance-pop band N-Trance in the 1990s. Their biggest hit was Set You Free.
SATURDAY - Dance Tent
SATURDAY - Fuelers Bar
Everyone in the bar is given a pair of headphones on entry. 2 DJs play at the same time on separate channels and you can choose which DJ to listen to, and adjust the volume on your headphones accordingly.
Party with friends in the most unusual way ever. Take off your headphones and you will hear no music, but simply the vocals of many happy, lively people (some great, most not-so-great).
*As part of your Sporting Event entrance only.