The lineup for 2018 has yet to be announced, but this is who we had in 2017

Million Dollar Bash

Million Dollar Bash

The only tribute band who play both Bob Dylan and The Band in the UK. Based in Dorset, these seasoned musicians who normally play in different outfits, gig together as the Million Dollar Bash only a few times a year.

The sound is raw, unrehearsed but brilliant and always leaves the audience spellbound and wanting more. For anyone who likes Dylan or the Band, this is a must see. They will be playing out the festival on the Marquee stage.

Ady Milward....Drums/Vocal
Chris Lonergan.....Bass
George Hall......Lead guitar
Roye Membury.....Vocals/Guitar
Chris Kipper Roberts.....Vocal/Guitar
Tom Caulfield......there in spirit.

Listen to this clip of Dylan's I Shall Be Released:

The Mad Hatters

The Mad Hatters

The (operation ) Mad Hatters are a Weymouth based ska/reggae band who put their own twist on music by Toots & Maytals, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, The Specials, The Clash, Madness, Pink Floyd and many more.

Their aim is firstly to move those in the know and convert 'non believers' to a better world of Music and understanding - delivering a show that makes YOU love music that little bit more!

Band Members:
Micky - Vocal
Sion - Vocals & Riddem guitar
Handlebar Mark - Sax
Dom - Boooooom Bass
Hingmae - Drums

London Gay Men's Chorus Ensemble


The London Gay Men’s Chorus is no ordinary choir. It started life in 1991, when nine friends sang Christmas carols at Angel Underground Station to raise money for the Terrance Higgins Trust.

Fast-forward to today and this once small band of singers now calls itself the London Gay Men's Chorus, has over 200 members, and is the largest gay choir in Europe.

Our LGMC Ensemble is a smaller group of experienced singers, made up of around 16 members of the main Chorus. Experienced and talented performers, the Ensemble can quickly learn a range of repertoire and deliver incredible close harmony performances in their own shows and, for example, for corporate events. The Chorus entertains, inspires and educates through song – performing a diverse range of music to the highest technical standard and regularly playing to sell-out crowds at the Southbank Centre, Cadogan Hall and the Roundhouse.

Over the years, the Chorus has worked with a diverse range of artists including Mark Ronson, Elton John, Lesley Garrett, Dolly Parton, Hannah Waddingham, Simon Callow and Sandi Toksvig. The LGMC has also appeared on Children In Need, Comic Relief, The One Show, The Graham Norton Show and Top of the Pops. For more information visit



When a reflective and soulful singer-songwriter from Dorset, Sarah de Warren, crossed paths with Manchester based music producer Feri Gyemant, the result was an unexpected, surprising and transfixing fusion of sound that led to the two forming XTALK. Although both had their respective solo projects before XTALK, Feri and Sarah had a musical connection that they simply couldn't ignore, and instantly began writing songs that pushed genre boundaries, resulting in songs that transport you to new dimensions the instant you hear XTALK's signature heavy beats beautifully and delicately contrasted with Sarah's lush vocals that call to mind hints of Massive Attack, BANKS, and Lamb, while still retaining a sound unmistakably its own.
Although XTALK recently launched, the duo has already performed in a coveted Kendall Calling festival slot and appeared at Sofar Sounds Sheffield. Their debut single ‘Wasted’ was broadcast on BBC Radio 1 after huge support from BBC Introducing in Manchester. The duo also performed live on the Introducing show.

XTALK's live shows draw you in with ambient electronic vibes where Feri provides the beats, synths and live vocal mixing with the help of Ableton Live and Push, Sarah sings and plays the keys, and the audience almost always falls into a haze of ethereal yet energising sound that leaves them transfixed the moment the duo begins to play. The future is indeed looking bright for XTALK, as they prepare to release their next single, and are playing a steady stream of impressive venues around the UK and Europe. True to the band name, XTALK will leave all who cross paths with its sound talking for days.



Seren are a country/folk duo who play a mixture of their own original songs with a few memorable covers performed in their own unique style.

Kerrie and Simon have worked together for over 20 years, in local band The Dolmen, and some conceptual music with Taloch before forming folk trio Coppertongue.

Seren is a newer venture, and they have added a slightly country style to their music.

Kerrie is the vocalist, guitarist and flute player, whose songwriting skills and melodic voice give Seren their unique sound.

Simon plays bass, a beat box and backing vocals and has brought some songwriting ideas to the music.

Portesham Ukulele Band

In November 2013, a Ukulele club started at the Kings Arms in Portesham, hosted by Lucy Brodle and with just half a dozen attendees at their first meeting.

With some complete beginners, and a number of more experienced players, the club has steadily grown under Lucy's superb tutelage and on occasions has had more than 30 players in attendance. The band are keen to emphasise any perceived ink between the initials of the band and the location of where they meet weekly, is entirely coincidental.

Members of the group opened Chesil Rocks in 2014, played again in 2015 and this year have moved up the order!

Catch them in the marquee during the evening.


Kevin Avebury (also known as Andrew Hurst)

Festive music from medieval times to the present is what Kevin/Andrew performs - playing the lute or classical guitar.

Kevin/Andrew studied guitar, lute, piano, composition and figured bass at the Royal College of Music and has performed concerts as a soloist, in duos, trios and larger ensembles.

He is also lead guitarist in the Dorchester based rock band Margot Escargot, which released an EP in December 2016.

A track from the EP ws played on ITV's This Morning on 9th May 2017.

In April 2015, he wrote, performed and posted on youtube a moving tribute to musician Tom Caulfield, who had ended his life just weeks before. The title of this piece was called The Bridge and here it is:



Joe Southcott

Ever since he was a child, Joe always had a great interest in magic and used to love watching his dad performing magic to him.

When he was 13, he began learning close up magic and this year entered his first talent show - Dorset's Got Talent - and although he came second overall, came first in the judges' voting.

Matt Kilsby

Matt Kilsby

A local resident, Matt's day job is a long time city career in finance - however his passion is in magic.

Inspired by his Grandad when he was young, it's something Matt has now been practicing for over 10 years. He's excited to share some of it with you at this years' Chesil Rocks !


Jenny Moon photo

Jenny Moon

Jenny tells stories to children and adults in a variety of settings that include at present schools, care homes, memory cafe's, National Trust properties and lunch clubs etc.

She would love to spend more time writing her own stories, but most .are traditional stories from all over the world. the important thing is that they work as oral stories (many do not). In her other life, Jenny dabbles with art, writes, walks and cycles.

She works part time in higher education, running workshops on reflective learning, critical thinking and using story in education in locations worldwide.

Roaming Barbershop Choir

Half-Eight Quartet

half eight March 2015

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