The Bands

Click on the band names to go to their website…



It’s difficult to know where to start (or finish) when describing a band like a.P.A.t.T.! The band themselves have described themselves as sounding “a bit like Frank Zappa, but without the musicianship”, but that not only undermines their undoubted musical ability, but also undersells their marvellously eclectic style. Veering treacherously from sweet electronic pop to throaty roar to twisted ambience, frequently within the same song, this is a band that is not for the faint-hearted or those with closed minds. Expect to find yourself singing along one minute, and pinned to the floor the next, and you won’t go far wrong…Check out their website, and new album ‘Oggadimma’ for more clues…

Tall Ships

Residents of the cultural melting-pot that is Brighton, Tall Ships are part of the new school of British prog-pop that includes bands like Three Trapped Tigers & Gallops, with whom they have shared the stage many a time. Building their songs around a characteristic use of multiple looped guitar themes, they infuse their shows with great style and drive, simply by doing it better than anyone else! With a new album in the pipeline, you can look forward to an energetic and supremely atmospheric performance…

Kate Goes

Accomplished and eccentric songwriting, sweet harmonies, curious concepts, engaging performance…all this and more lies behind the success of Kate Goes. Very much coming from the same Birmingham musical school as Misty’s Big Adventure, and with some similarities in sound, Kate Goes nevertheless bring their own style and influences to the party, and in doing so manage to drag everyone out of the kitchen for an impromptu reel around their fountain 🙂

The Retinal Circus

Bored with all of these run o’ the mill la-de-bloomin-da songs about girls and relationships? Then you’ve come to the right place! The Retinal Circus only deal with shapes, platonic relationships with time keeping devices, spaniards with fantastic ‘taches, seahorses suspended in the vacuum of space, nebulae, Gregorian calendars and an analysis of the human race with the conclusion we are all APES!


Jim Noir

If quirky psychedelic pop is your thing (and even if it isn’t), then Jim Noir will finish off your saturday night a treat. If you haven’t heard his name before, chances are you will have heard his music, as several of his songs have been featured on television programs or adapted for commercials. Which in itself doesn’t say much, except that his music is extremely catchy 🙂 Here at Unorthodox Paradox HQ, we defy you to watch him perform without it raising a smile or getting your feet moving – or having you humming at least one of his tunes for the next week…This will be a highlight of the weekend without any doubt!

Omnia Opera

With last year’s ‘Nothing is Ordinary’ album released to universally lavish praise, Omnia Opera are set to burn up the stage at Fellfoot again this year with their own unique brand of heavyweight psychedelic epics, dripping with plasma. A feast for the eyes and ears, this will be one of only a handful of performances by the band this year, and with a set designed specifically for The Unorthodox Paradox, you’d be foolish to miss it!

Dog Food

An enigma in British music (or any music come to that), Dog Food have been ploughing a totally unique furrow for over 20 years. Classics like ‘Beware the polythene monster’ and ‘Remember Yogi Trumpet’ hint at what Captain Beefheart & The Bonzo Dog Doodah Band might have sounded like, if they had sired a lovechild, plied it with magic mushrooms, and had it brought up by Mark E. Smith whilst watching early Cardiacs videos. Undeniable genius.


They were so good at last year’s Equinox Paradox that we just had to get them back again! Wirral-based Vert:x is the core of Neil Whitehead and Keith Hill with friends joining them for gigs and recording. Kraut-infused spacerock with heavily delayed, phased, distorted guitars fighting for attention with analogue oscillations to a motorised backbeat evoking journeys through endless expanses of time and space at breakneck speed.


Improvisational and spacey, with a touch of jazz, Shropshire’s Glowpeople have come a long way since their inception just over two years ago. Formed from a core of experienced musicians, and pulling in a variety of guests as and when needed, their style is the perfect soundtrack to a lazy summer’s evening, basking in the halflight, with shards of psych energy flitting through the air and into your brain…


An ‘unorthodox’ surprise to finish off proceeedings!


With one foot in the earthy tradition of folk, and one arm reaching into the heady skies of psychedelia, Circulus have been forging their own idiosyncratic path through the UK’s musical undergrowth for many years now. Always an astounding live prospect anyway, the ambience of Fellfoot Wood will suit them down to the ground…

Poisoned Electrick Head

Veterans of the UK psychedelic scene since the late 80’s, and renowned for their exuberant stage shows and unique spiky style, Poisoned Electrick Head have hit the ground running after a lengthy break with a new album ‘Where the power is’ and a series of well-received live shows.


Lifecycle’s sound is hard to pin down, somewhere between psychedelic rock, tribal electro and jazz-tinged breakbeat. Traditional jamming and rock song backbones are given a twist, with vocals and instrumentation warped live via a laptop and guitar-mounted MIDI controllers – each performance is unique with a heavy emphasis on the dying arts of improvisation and interplay between band members.


Labelling themselves as ‘circuit-bent drone rock’, Windscale are a power 3-piece incorporating self-customised toys & keyboards, and homemade effects pedals into their unique sound. Lazy comparisons would be Can, Neu, Hawkwind…but a keen ear for a poppy melody, and a dislike for songs that last much longer than 3 minutes, sets them apart from the vast majority of Krautrock soundalike bands.

Please note dates and times of performances are subject to change in the event of unforseeable circumstances.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Emma
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 16:42:35

    Can we apply to perform next year??


  2. Jez Hellard
    Dec 19, 2012 @ 17:35:17

    Hello there Paranorthadoxers,

    I was told you might like what we do.

    I’m not sure if you accept submissions out of the blue, but I thought I’d get in touch all the same. Also, having been born in Cumbria and moved to the midlands as a child, I relish any opportunity to get back to the hills.

    Here are a couple of videos recorded back in August and there’s a link to my website below.

    Miner’s Picket Dance:
    Harvest Gypsies:
    The Snows:

    All the best for the festive season and beyond,



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