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Weyfest – Rebecca Downes

August 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm UTC+0

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Delighted to be returning to open this wonderful 3-day festival. We will be followed by Broken Witt Rebels and headliners Brand New Heavies.

Birmingham-based Rebecca and her band are a ‘must see’ live act that often leaves newcomers simply blown away by the power of the performance.

With her co-writer Steve Birkett alongside her, a very tight band behind, and Rebecca’s powerful voice to the fore, the 5-piece outfit performs original rock/blues tracks from the EP Real Life, the highly-acclaimed debut album Back To The Start and the superb second album Believe, punctuated by one or two classic covers.

Rebecca was voted Best Female Vocalist and Best Emerging Artist at the British Blues Awards 2016 and was again voted Best Female Blues Vocalist of the Year in the FORM UK Blues Awards 2018.

Rebecca was born and grew up in Wolverhampton. She first started performing live music when aged 13 and as a teenager wrote and performed her own material.

The current band started when she linked up with Steve Birkett a few years ago – a partnership that ‘clicked’, to the intense excitement of those around the pair. Their core genre was the Blues, but right from the start they have stretched their music in the direction of rock and that move is set to continue.

The next studio album, which should be released in early 2019, is being completed now. Again, the approach to this has been very careful and considered, with a lot of focus on making sure that the end product is a true representation of the vision of the songwriters. At the outset Steve and Rebecca took advice from Chris Kimsey, (Producer of The Rolling Stones and Peter Frampton, amongst others) and after recording some of the tracks have been mixed by California-based producer Bill Drescher who has worked with artists such as Rick Springfield, Spinal Tap and the Allman Brothers Band as well as producing the music for the hit TV series Stranger Things. Final mixing and mastering will be completed in December 2018 and January 2019. The songwriters believe that the new material is very much of a style and production that really delivers the vision they have of their music.

Whilst they are keen and excited to get it released, interest from third parties in both the USA and UK has to be explored before the final release day is agreed and a launch tour is set up. In the meantime, they will carry on songwriting and undertake gigs that meet their objective of bringing the music to a wider audience.

2019 promises to be an exciting year for Rebecca and her music, so why not sign up for the website newsletter and follow her on social media to keep up with news of the new album and all the latest gigs.

Join us on the journey, catch and enjoy a live performance, come and say hello, be part of something exciting, spread the word and, above all…



August 16, 2019
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm UTC+0
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Weyfest Music Festival
Rural Life Centre
Farnham, GU102DL GB
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