Winchester Musicians Play Glade This Weekend!

Glade Festival and the Winchester Music Development partnership have teamed up to give two local bands the chance to play at the electronic dance music festival which takes place this weekend from 16th to 19th July at the Matterley Bowl, outside the city.

To enter the competition local bands under 25yrs were asked to send in demos or links to their myspace pages to The Tower and in early July a selection panel including young people from Winfest helped to choose Capital X and I Remember Tapes; the lucky winners destined to become part of the UK award winning festival line-up.

Female duo Capital X, described as sounding "like the Bladerunner soundtrack top speed", are an electro-rock-n-roll synth machine hailing from Winchester. Band members Julz Baldwin & Ruby Churchill attended Henry Beaufort & Kings schools respectively, then met through their passion for music at Peter Symonds college. Since the band's beginning in 2005, Capital X have shared a stage with acts such as Gary Numan and Robots In Disguise. The electro ladies say they are “so excited to be given the opportunity” to play Glade and there’s no doubt they plan to make their performance on Sunday evening on the Rabbit Hole stage one to remember.   

I Remember Tapes are an all male ballsy and defiantly energetic 4 piece band from Winchester. Their sound is a mash up of punk, The Smiths, Duran Duran and Roxy Music; Brian Ferry being a relative of front man Tom Ferry.

By relentlessly gigging across the South East the band has earned a reputation as an explosive live act. Alex Tutt (guitar), Luke Aldridge (drums) and Ben Airey (bass) were born in Winchester and went to Peter Symonds college. They and singer Tom Ferry live and work locally. The band who are “all really excited!” about playing Glade, kick off the Solent University stage on Friday lunchtime with a guaranteed riotous performance.     

This first Winchester Music Development initiative has stirred up a swarm of interest. WMD aims to promote and celebrate youth music and as the Glade competition has been a thriving success we hope to weave more local talent into Winchester music events in the future. Winchester Music Development partnership consists of The Tower, The Railway, The Theatre Royal Winchester, Winchester Discovery Centre, and Hampshire County and Winchester City Councils.  The partnership was born out of discussions about the Tower’s change of management last year.

For more information, call Faye Pain at Winchester City Council, on 01962 848 303 or email

And from October, Winfest, the city’s popular music gigs organised by young people for young people, will be happening at the Tower in Romsey Road, as part of another Winchester Music Development partnership initiative.