Elwood is a professional 3-piece band based in Central Scotland with over 20 years combined experience in the live entertainment industry. With an extensive set list ranging from rock ‘n’ roll, classic disco and motown to heavy rock, blues and contemporary floor-fillers.
Esperanza are a nine-piece ska collective from Glasgow famed for live shows where their infectious rhythm has the crowd involuntarily jumping in time. In several hectic years of gigging around Scotland and beyond, they have honed and perfected a high-tempo set, with superb self-penned songs, until there isn't an ounce of fat left on it.
The quality of the band’s live shows has led to them being increasingly in demand: playing at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony; festivals up and down the country; and sharing stages with some of the biggest names in ska, punk and reggae, including Toots and the Maytals, The Skatalites, Bad Manners, The Beat, The Selecter, Neville Staple, The Undertones, Fishbone and The Toasters.
"Esperanza are more at home on Jamaica Street than on Bob Marley's native island, which is perhaps why there's urban grit in amongst the Caribbean sunshine of their debut album, Permanent Ska. The Scottish Specials? Indeed, and they've now recaptured the energy of their gigs." SUNDAY HERALD
"Highlights included Scottish seven-piece Esperanza’s snappy, brass-buoyed ska." THE SCOTSMAN
They say music is the best pain killer and when it comes to choppy up-beat rhythms and addictive melodies The DF118’s are just what the doctor ordered. Branded as psychedelic ska, The DF118s serve up a potent cocktail of – surprisingly enough – upbeat ska and colourful psychedelic rock. Influences range from 80’s bands such as The Specials and The Beat to more recent acts such as Dread Zone, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Toasters, Dread Zepplin and The Ozric Tentacles. At first glance, this strange brew of influences seems slightly odd – but after one listen you’ll get the hang of it. The 5 founding members of the band have been playing musical chairs together in various bands for over 20 years. Their journey towards DF118 medication takes in names such as Esperanza, In Transit, Diff’rent Level, Di Mojo Ann, Techno Scrapies, The Emotional Tourists, Slider and The Tartan Rascals. Possibly the most successful previous collaboration for the band was with The Counterfeit Clash who toured and gigged all over the UK for almost 20 years. All 5 members of the DF118’s were involved with the Counterfeits to some extent. (Rab on guitar, Johnny on drums, Shug was reserve bass player, Accy was manager & roadie and James was roadie & driver). After almost 20 years of paying homage to The Clash however, it was time to take the music in new and original direction. So in their latest cocktail, we hear the DF118’s produce a sound which is both familiar and fresh. Lyrically, their songs take you on a hedonistic rollercoaster ride. One minute you’re at the dizzy heights of 21st century life, then you drop into the reality of a Monday morning. Along the way, we hear stories of love, trans-sexuals, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, festivals and parties. It’s good old sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll all the way - served up DF118 style. The songs are heart felt, honest and provocative. Sometimes tongue-in-cheek and sometimes disturbingly gritty. All in all, the DF118’s administer a fresh musical cocktail that will have you addicted after 1 listen. Be warned!
Event: Elwood, Esperanza, DF118, Bad Boogaloo
Date: Saturday 25th November 2017
Time : 12:00 - 03:00
Tuesday 21st November
Open Mic Night
Wednesday 22nd November
Slam Punk, Awry Ceilidh Band
Thursday 23rd November
The White Panthers, The Gorms