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Performance Area

Performance Area

The Performance Area is situated on the Ground Floor and here you will find some fantastic live perfomances, mainly acoustic, for your entertainment.

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12.00             Ian Haywood - Composer and Pianist

1.00               Mitchell and Vincent

2.00               Vegfest Open Mic with Baz and Joe

3.00               Vegfest Open Mic with Baz and Joe

4.00               Ruth Hawe

5.00               Mitchell and Vincent



12.00             Charlie Leavy

1.00               Against the Grain

2.00               Ben Godwin

3.00               John Robb

4.00               Dominic Berry

5.00               Barbara Helen



12.00 - Ian Haywood - composer and Pianist

Ian is a vegan composer and pianist. His music is inspired by the natural world in which we live and by the animals that we share it with. His passion is to use his music to help promote veganism and respect for nature. He will share this inspiration with us so that together we can make the world a better place.

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1.00 & 5.00 - Mitchell and Vincent

David Mitchell and Graham Vincent are an acoustic duo based in Dorset and Somerset who play lively traditional music from the British Isles on Fiddle and Guitar. Much of their set is instrumental but this is mixed in with a few broadly traditional songs.

Playing at festivals, concerts and events all over the South West and beyond, they have been described as performing, "Distinctive yet fresh traditional folk," and musicians who "tell stories with their melodies".

Twitter: @mitchellandvin plus @mitchellandvinc

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2.00 & 3.00 - Vegfest Open Mic with Baz and Joe

A 2 hour Open Mic at this year's Vegfest! Baz and Joe will play a few tracks and will then open the stage up to you guys. They'll have a nice silver microphone and a lovely wooden guitar you can use and, depending on how busy it is, you can play 2-3 songs each. If you're coming to Vegfest on Saturday then you really should come play them a tune. All acts - all abilities - all styles - all ages - all welcome. Names will be taken from 1pm in the performance area. See you there!

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4.00 - Ruth Hawe

Ruth has been a vegan activist for over 40 years. Her outreach is linked to ecological, humanitarian and peace initiatives as only united shall we transcend our world's problems. Her novel "Holy Cow", launching here at Vegfest, is an attempt to penetrate the armour of public resistance to necessary change in eating habits. It is intentionally seeded with core principles and visionary inspiration within the entertaining storyline. Books, music and art have always been the prime movers of social transformation. If the truth is revealed within a good read, it shall be accepted as self evident. That was Ruth's hope, her wish and her prayer whilst writing.

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12.00 - Charlie Leavy

I'm Charlotte, but EVERYONE calls me Charlie & I'm 17. I've been writing & singing my own songs for the last couple of years. I mostly write with my Martin and occasionally play in a band as the bassist/lead vocals.

Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music, "Out there in Streaming Land there are naturally gifted singers and then there are the rest of us, and you can tell within seconds that Charlie Leavy belongs effortlessly in the first category. In the coming years she'll be able to pick pretty much any direction she wants to and, with enough hard work, make a success of it."

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1.00 - Against the Grain

Against the Grain are: Matt Sullivan (flamenco guitar/cajon) and Jo May (cajons, balafon - African xylophone), spoons and medieval style snare drum). They perform mostly original tunes bringing together their different influences - Flamenco, Latin, Jazz, African, Folk... They had a great summer of festivals this year, including Broadstairs Folk Week and Sidmouth Folk Week, and they're currently recording their first album.

Individually, they have performed in many other groups and venues. Matt currently plays with Manos Puestas (, and one of Britain's largest Flamenco groups, Camino del Flamenco. Until recently Jo was performing regularly with the folk band, Zoox ( They have a facebook page at

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2.00 - Ben Godwin

Proud owner of a voice three sizes too big for his skinny, bespectacled frame, Ben Godwin writes songs that owe as much to Allen Ginsberg and Terry Gilliam as they do to more obvious influences like Tom Waits and Nick Cave. A veteran of New York's oddball Antifolk scene, his debut album 'Skin and Bone' was memorably described as sounding 'like an evil clown dancing on a broken piano'. Raw, passionate, theatrical and whimsical by turns, Godwin's songs are a ragged cabaret stagger down some forgotten looking-glass Broadway.

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3.00 - John Robb

John Robb is the award winning indie music mainstay, frontman of punk rock band Goldblade, music author of best selling books including the Stone Roses And The Resurrection Of British Pop and and Punk Rock - An Oral History.

Journalist, TV presenter, regular TV and radio pundit as well the boss of one of the UK's top 5 music culture website, He was the first person to interview Nirvana and the Stone Roses and invented the term Britpop.

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4.00 - Dominic Berry

Dominic Berry is the vegan, flamboyant, queer performance poet from Manchester. He has performed his verse on BBC and Channel 4 and has been described by Benjamin Zephaniah as "Really very inspiring". Dominic's highly energetic, comedic and powerful words have won awards in the UK and abroad (including New York City's infamous Nuyorican Poetry Cafe slam and UK Superheroes of Slam).

This set for Brighton Vegfest will include his prize winning declaration "I'm Coming Out as Vegan", alongside old and new poems detailing Dominic's relationship with diet and ethics. This summer will see Dominic perform a month long run at Edinburgh Fringe and this is a chance to hear many of the pieces Dominic will be taking with him on tour throughout 2014.

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5.00 - Barbara Helen

“Barbara Helen is a charming vocalist, an accomplished guitarist and an impressive songwriter.” - Danny Moore. R2 Rock n’ Reel. (Four star review)

Barbara has had some lovely feedback from those who have seen her perform, and can identify with her songs. Since she evolved to follow a vegan lifestyle, her perception of the world has been a huge shock to the emotions and inspired a collection of new songs that are destined for her next release. In the meantime please ask her for a demo CD with the new songs on, as she's happy to share them.

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