A 14 year old Singer/Songwriter from Ashford who performed for Create Community Stage in 2018, returning to open our Main Stage in 2019. You may know Cooper Stout from CBBCs Almost Never, Phill Thorne's Breakfast Show, or his various gigs at open-mic nights across Ashford. Visit website
A rock band from Deal, Kent, formed in 2017. Last year they released their debut album "The Secret Ingredient", and have played all around the UK, however they now plan to bring together a community through local music. The Maywaves take pride in performing original music that gets stuck in your head, providing a little for everyone. Visit website
Fennie is a Rapper/Singer/Songwriter, currently pursuing a career as a Recording Artist. He was a finalist in ‘The Come Up’ Music competition sponsored by Island Records and GRM Daily. Local residents may know Fennie from his latest single 'Elsa', a stape on the playlists at Cameo Ashford, The Gallery Maidstone, and The Cuban Canterbury. Visit website
A Soul rock band hailing from the south east of England, blending influences of seminal rock artists David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen with those of soul legends like Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin, adding several nods to the funk of Kool and the Gang. The result is a mix of compositions with real feeling and energy, and a band who are about groove and songs that make you move. Visit website
Jaz Ellington may be best known for his appearance on The Voice UK in 2012, where he performed a ground-breaking rendition of John Legend’s ‘Ordinary People’, stirring up a frenzy on social media. Since then, Jaz has gone on to perform various gigs around the country, and has even opened for the legendary Lauryn Hill. Jaz was selected as one of the top six singers to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, and has also landed himself the opportunity to work with Will.I.Am on a project for NASA. Visit website
LUCA are making their own stamp on the recent Afrobeat revival, melting the raw potent funk of Fela with 70s prog and metal influences to create a funky apocalyptical nightmare. Luca Afrobeat Band have released two EPs to date, with a third on its way in 2019: stay tuned! Visit website
Influenced by artists such as Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill and MIA, CHA:DY's vocal talents were spotted by various electronic producers including Belgian producer diMaro which saw their collaboration ‘History’ receive over a million plays on Spotify. Already making a name for herself on the London live circuit with her enigmatic and engaging live shows and a notable performer, she has performed on famous stages including O2 Academy Islington, 229 Club, Under The Bridge, Sofar Sounds, and I Luv Live. Visit website
Armada Of Secrets’ music is wildly bass and drum driven with intense, raw vocals that blend abstract dance and rock elements into one fresh sound that listeners can enjoy. It’s relevant, untamed and the band themselves have struggled to define their sound for years, but it’s infectious once heard.
A calling card towards the hook-laden, sweeping charm and visceral energy of indie-rock, North America hold their roots in the feels of the 60’s. North America have earned prestige for the reflections of their lyricism and their live performances across their hometown of London. Expect more infectious sounds in 2019. Visit website
5 piece alt-pop group The Lightning Seeds headline this years Create Festival, and we couldn't be more excited. Whether it’s a throwback to the World Cup days with 'Three Lions', or the indie hits of the 90s with 'Lucky You', 'Pure', and 'All I Want', we're looking forward to hearing you all sing along.
Revelation Ashford Stage
Female fronted dream pop from Kent, Tokyo Tea Room have been championed by the likes of BBC Radio 6 and BBC Introducing. Combining melodic bass lines, ocean deep vocals and dreamy guitars to create a unique blend of psych/pop/rock. They were chosen by Abbie McCarthey (BBC Radio 1/BBC Introducing) to play at By The Sea Festival alongside Wolf Alice, Super Furry Animals and The Mystery Jets. The band are currently working on an album, and will be touring and releasing lots of new material in 2019. Visit website
A contemporary folk & blues singer/songwriter, whose single 'Eat My Heart Out' was Record Of The Week on BBC Introducing Kent and ‘Shock Of The New’ by Radio X. The lead single, off his debut album, “Torn”, was premiered on Dermot O’Leary’s BBC Radio 2 drive-time show. Returning in 2019 with new music, Thomas continues to impress with the latest refinement to his craft. Visit website
Twin sister songstresses Susan and Catherine on bass, guitar and lead dual vocals delivering lush harmonies with Diarmuid pulling at heart strings on violin and Doug (formerly of Noah and the Whale) injecting the energy on drums make up the indie pop-retro vibe Tall Poppies. After their performance last year, Revelation couldn't wait to have them back. Visit website
Best known as the frontman of Kent band The Standard Lamps, Mike released new album 'Imaginary Friend' in May 2018, while the band take a short break. The Standard Lamps supported The Who 9 times on their 2014 and 2017 UK tours as well as supporting The Bluetones on their 2015/2016 UK tour. The band enjoys a strong local following that continues to grow up and down the UK. Visit website
Karobela are a hard hitting, in-your-face modern rock band from Kent. You can hear influences from classic acts such as Zeppelin and Hendrix, as well as modern day greats like Kaleo, Royal Blood and The Pretty Reckless – making Karobela’s sound fresh and unique, yet solid and familiar. Your heart will be racing and your feet will be stomping. Visit website
Lake Folks is an indie-folk artist from France, based in London, whose music varies between delicate guitar-voice folk to some more Americana-flavoured pieces. You may find in his music accents of Ben Howard, Bob Dylan, Villagers or Mumford and Sons. After a few months of settling in the London music scene, he got back to studio with a full band this time to record his second EP ‘Someone Else’s Dreams’, released in March 2019. Visit website
Powerful riffs emerge from deep within the raw and distorted growl of Estelle's baritone, accompanied by the heavy, thumping, rhythmic beats of Neil Price on the drums. Ifluenced by The Pixies, PJ Harvey, Björk, Nine inch Nails, Led Zeppelin, and Nirvana, expect rock with a dreamy and otherworldly quality. Visit website
Describing herself as ‘an accidental musician’ she finds it hard to take a step away from her passion. Making quite a name for herself along the South Coast, Marie won the Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent Award earlier this year and has catapulted herself onto stages at Glastonbury Festival in the summer.
After supporting Craig Charles at Revelation Ashford as part of Create Platform in 2018, The Fontanas return to play funky Brazilian and afro Latin vibes, infectious and totally feel good tunes at Create Festival!
Community Stage sponsored by County Square
A festival favourite on the Community Stage, Ashford Oaks return again for another spellbinding performance.
Cheerleading dance school in Ashford & Bethersden. Fun, energetic, unique & vibrant dance moves with Pom Poms! Loud performances excite the audience wherever they go!! Visit website
Performing at Create Festival for their first performance ever, the Workplace Choir was set up to break up a Friday lunchtime and give staff something to do together.
The Invicta Ukulele Club Band play throughout the year in and around Ashford Borough and further afield, raising thousands of pounds from gigs on behalf of the Pilgrims Hospice Charity. Visit website
Performers of traditional folk bhangra dancing and fusion bhangra with dhol drummers and singers, 4x4 Bhangra have been supporting the Cricket World Cup across the country. They will also be performing throughout the festival, keep your eyes and ears open!
Cohesion Plus present Four by Four the "Kings of Bhangra" who will be putting on a colourful and interactive dance and drumming performance which orginates from Punjab Northern India, fused with influences from Gravesham in North Kent. Four by Four are recognised nationally as one of the leading Bhangra performers in the UK and have performed all over the World in the last 25 years winning many accolades for their high energy shows.
A well-established community band that plays for a number of local events and raises money for charity.
Ashford based singer-songwriter, Freyja will be performing a mix of original songs and covers. Visit website
MGD dance crew have been together for 3 years, and have had many opportunities performing in big venues and competitions nationwide. MGD placed 8th in their category at the Worlds Championship 2018 in Glasgow, which ended the year on a high. Working with the likes of Nike, Flawless (Britains Got Talent) and Cher Lloyd, also dancing in stadiums, music videos and performing at the London Olympics in 2012, the crew have really expanded and are striving for bigger and better things for 2019. Visit website
A talented acoustic duo who perform originals and covers regularly in Ashford and around Kent at festivals, gigs and open mic nights. In October last ear they supported Gareth Gates at Revelation Ashford, and their first EP is out in June 2019. Visit website
Performing uplifting and enjoyable songs to headline the Community Stage, Ashford Rock Choir is made up of voices from all across the Borough.
DJ Stage sponsored by Ashford College
A Folkestone based dance theatre company, Shades of Bray bring a brand new piece to the stage for Create Festival 2019. Making waves in the local art scene, Shades of Bray are not to be missed. Visit website
Kent based female DJ playing deep/tech house fused with old skool. EDM radio appearances and local residencies. Visit website
DJ Dolly Doowop gets the party started, go-go dancing and spinning a mix of Latin, Soul, Disco, Funk, 90's and World! Visit website
South Deal School started as a collective of friends who lived together in a former primary school in their home town of Deal in Kent. Their parties are the talk of the town and have gained a reputation for great vibes, fancy dress and good time disco music. Visit website
Supplying your sonic surfboard to underground dance music and the promotion of young up and coming Musicians, Artists and Food companies. Visit website
Slope Wild, hailing from Ashford, is a dedicated crate digger with self-hosted endeavours in the electronic and live underground music scene. He currently holds a residency at the UK’s biggest travelling party, Cirque Du Soul. Visit website
With UK Bass and Dubstep influences, the duo Nautik have supported major Drum & Bass names across Kent and the South east, inlcuding Holy Goof, Harry Shotta, and Macky Gee. Expect big noise and a huge party. Visit website