Stereophonics to headline Weekender Festival 2022

STEREOPHONICS are set to headline the very first Friday night at Weekender Festival in September!

After two long years away, Weekender returns this September at the Royal Jersey Showground for the Channel Islands’ great summer festival.  Organisers are delighted to announce that this year, for the first time ever, Weekender will feature an extra special opening night on Friday 2nd September headlined by one of the all-time great British bands!

On Friday 2nd September, one of Britain’s greatest rock acts, STEREOPHONICS will make their first ever appearance in Jersey, and take to Weekender main stage for what will be an unforgettable night of music at the Showground.

The legendary Welsh group, consisting of members Kelly Jones, Richard Jones, Adam Zindani and Jamie Morrison – have sold over 10 million records, and have now reached Number 1 with 8 of their 12 studio albums, after their latest release ‘Oochya’ went straight to the top of the album charts back in March. 2022 marks an amazing 25 years together for STEREOPHONICS, and you can expect a must-see set full of all their classic tracks like ‘Maybe Tomorrow’, ‘Have A Nice Day’ and ‘Dakota’ to name a few, as well as some of their incredible new material.

Joining the ‘Phonics on the Friday night at Weekender will be a lineup packed top to bottom full of exciting talent from right across the country. Featuring Manchester indie-pop powerhouses PALE WAVES, as well as the UK’s Eurovision hero and Tik tok sensation SAM RYDER, alongside a much talked about Liverpool band STONE, who’s sound has have been likened to legendary brit pop heavyweights Oasis.

Manchester indie-pop powerhouses PALE WAVES are the latest incredible name to join the brand new Friday lineup at this year’s Weekender!

Fronted by the brilliant Heather Baron-Gracie, PALE WAVES are one of the most important emerging indie-rock bands in the country. They look to inspire inclusivity, self-discovery and being whoever you want to be through their music!  Their latest album ‘WHO AM I?’ went as high as No.3 in the Album charts and has received critical acclaim for it’s timeless 90’s feel and for tracks like ‘She’s My Religion’.

SAM RYDER won the nation’s hearts with his recent show stealing performance, and infectious personality, at the Eurovision Song Contest representing the UK with his iconic track ‘Spaceman’. The track has since gone on to No.2 in the charts, and is just the start of things to come!

Sam initially shot to global fame on TikTok and became an internet sensation, with his powerful vocals making him a superstar around the world. This will be a must-see performance from one of the UK’s most exciting artists!

STONE are Fin Power (vocals/guitar) and son of CAST’s John Power, Sarah Surrage (bass), Elliot Gill (lead guitar) and Alex Smith (drums). In true Gen Z fashion, STONE are a diffusion of the limitless cultures and subcultures they’ve had access to growing up in the digital age. Through their music, the band hope to capture the dizzying experience of youth culture in Liverpool and the paradox of their own young adulthood as they navigate the limbo between youth and maturity.

The band have many influences musically, the four band members channelling everything they listen to from N.W.A. to Led Zeppelin. The band’s sound is a melting pot of alt-rock, punk and hip-hop delivered via northern truth. Sonically, STONE like to deliver walls of noisy guitar derived from 90s Pixies/Pumpkins-esque alt-rock and Gang Of Four-style angular post-punk, accompanied by huge Bonham-style drums and punky, driving bass. Lyrically, Fin is influenced by numerous artists such as The Streets, Dave, Joy Division and many more. STONE is a brutal, honest truth delivered from the northwest.

STONE enjoyed a ‘Song of the week’ accolades Radio 1 back in March with their Single release ‘STUPID’ which has huge similarities to the big britpop sound of OASIS. The band also enjoyed being main support to Yungblud on his national tour in Oct 2021.