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BAAMfest 2016

BAAMfest 2016

Echo Town

Opening up this year’s BAAMFest will be 2 brothers from Newquay with a unique sound and fantastic energy.

We are proud to present Echo Town.  Ric and Robert Harrison achieve a full band sound with just two pairs of hands. Transplanted from Yorkshire to Cornwall their fanbase is divided between the two places and wherever they’ve played along route between the two locations. Instantly recognisable for their multi-instrumental performances and eclectic sound they mix the culture of the surf soaked South West with contemporary freedom songs.

A live performance sees the brothers adeptly using guitar, lap-slide, stomp box, harmonica, didgeridoo and percussion with soul full singing and harmonies all full of energy.

In 2015 they released their third and most successful album to date, which propelled them onto a year of tours including shows at Oceanfest, Green Gathering and Looe Music Fest

 Echo Town

Echo Town


Land of the Giants

We couldn’t be more excited about our Friday night headliner.  These guys are going to rock the tent.

Meet Land of the Giants.  If you haven’t seen them live yet, you’re in for a treat. Formed in October 2009 with lofty aspirations, Land of the Giants have been busy pounding dance floors with their raucous, feel-good, highly-addictive shows. With ideas too big to be pigeon-holed, the Giants fuse many a musical style and are quite frankly genre-defying.

Expect inspired songwriting with a heavy dancefloor sensibility. Pumping drum and bass licks, scorching guitar, soulful yet commanding vocals and a jumpin’ brass section.

One of the hardest working bands around with festival appearances at Glastonbury, Bestival, Boomtown and Wilderness under their belts, they are hailed as one of the best emerging live bands in the country. There truly is no one out there making music the way these boys do, with extraordinary passion and a cheerful swagger that has them tipped by many to be THE ones to watch in 2016.

“A phenomenal Live Performance” – BBC Introducing

Land of the Giants

Martin Harley Band

Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation.

Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, Martin is almost unique in the UK in his playing lap slide. During year-round worldwide touring he’s absorbed a plethora of diverse influences, honing his craft into the classic songwriting style he possesses today.

In the US, Martin has headlined Music City Roots in Nashville and toured coast to coast with ZZ Ward, Delta Rae and opened for Iron and Wine, Bruce Hornsby, Five for Fighting, World Party, Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa amongst many others.

Martin has spent much of the last 12 months touring solo and more recently with collaborator Daniel Kimbro.  He is just back from playing sold out venues across Germany and later this summer embarks upon a North American tour.

However, for this very special event, Martin and his band have reformed to give us the chance to see them put on an amazing show that will likely be the only chance you’ll get this year to see them together on stage.  We cannot wait for this!!

Martin Harley

Martin Harley


Mark Dolan

Host of Channel 4’s iconic comedy series Balls of Steel, Mark also fronted three hit series of globetrotting documentaries for C4 (The World’s …and me) – in which he met the most extraordinary people on the planet, including the smallest man, tallest woman, richest teenager, cleverest child and the owner of the world’s largest breasts! A bestselling book followed the series, The World’s Most Extraordinary People and Me, published by Harper Collins.

Mark’s first big break came with the C4 hidden camera comedy series The Richard Taylor Interviews, in which he posed as a lunatic boss, interviewing unsuspecting candidates for a fictional position in his company. Mark also hosted the Mad Bad Ad Show for C4 with Micky Flanagan as team captain, and spent five years at Sky indulging his passion for movies as the host of their flagship film show 35mm.

Mark also launched both E4 and More 4, fronting new shows for each channel. For E4 he presented the anarchic comedy programme Show Me The Funny and for More 4, the late night topical chatshow The Last Word.


Mark began his career as a stand-up in 2000, reaching the final of the live C4 stand-up competition So You Think You’re Funny. Since then he has performed stand up all over the world and is currently previewing his brand new 2016 show 10 Things You Need To Know About Life.Mark’s first love is radio and in the mid 90s he cut his teeth in the media as a radio producer. In February 2014 he returned to the medium, fronting a mid-morning show on Fubar Radio, the world’s largest comedy radio network with a weekly reach of 500,000 listeners.

Since then, Mark starred in the hit Channel 4 series Taxi Gags, featuring some of the UK’s leading comedians telling gags in the rear of a black taxi! He also hosted a sequence of Text Santa for ITV1.

Mark has just shot a movie panel show pilot for Sky 1 called There’s Something About Movies, a topical comedy show called The Buzz and he recently showed off his cooking skills, winning the Celebrity Come Dine With Me Special. He is currently developing a live comedy show called The Sex Guru, in collaboration with sexologist Wolfgang Weinberger. The show will embark on a nationwide tour later this year, alongside a monthly residency in the West End. The show has been optioned for TV and is currently in development.

Mark Dolan

BAAM Easter Egg Roll, 28th March 2016

2016_BAAM_EggRollDecorate a hard boiled egg, show everyone how beautiful it is, then throw it down the Downs!

Meet at the flag pole, Summerleaze Downs, Easter Monday 11am

Arts and Music Quiz evening, 18th March 2016


Bude Arts and Music organised a Quiz Evening on the 18th March, in aid of BAAMfest 2016 and it was a great success.

£5 per person, teams of 4-6 with nibbles
Doors open at 7:00pm, quiz starts at 7:30pm

Rosies Kitchen
Crooklets Beach

A little Funk for your Soul, 6th February 2016

Funk.Soul_Falcon06.02We are having a party and you are all invited 🙂

It’s the beginning of the year and BAAM are offering a funk/ soul night to get everyone up dancing and out of their January Blues.

We have a great line up this time with one of the best Funk/soul bands in the Southwest Jessica and the Rabbits with DJs from Soul Beat Radio to pump out the tunes between band sets until 1am.

If that’s not incentive enough, the night will also be broadcast Live on Soul Beat Radio. Why not come and party in Bude and show the nation what a great place the southwest is to live.

Happy New Year

Saturday, 6 February 2016 at 19:30 – Sunday, 7 February 2016 at 01:00 (GMT)
The Falcon Hotel – Breakwater Road Bude, England EX23 8SD GB

The Falcon Hotel
Bude Surf Cabin


Lantern procession 4th December 2015

12310676_1050697344989528_3015753861409948359_nWe were all ready for the late night shopping procession on Friday 4th December. Hopefully we did light up Bude or at list created a little glow.

Thank you Mary Hallett for the beautiful star you created for BAAM! Franca for organizing the lanterns building workshop and all the lovely people that joined the procession.

Also thanks to energia samba band for leading it and providing a great atmosphere in the town for late night shopping. I think Santa loved it… He was tapping his feet.