22-25 July 2021 Jodrell Bank Observatory

Bethlehem Casuals

Music Jesus would listen to! Bethlehem Casuals are a seven-piece DIY ensemble hailing from Manchester, spreading the good word of the groove to the masses. From Welsh folk cello, jazz klezmer sax to Bulgarian percussion, we won’t fail to spur on stamping feet and smiling faces.

Following a raucous live session for BBC Radio 6’s Marc Riley, the in-demand Tropical-Kraut Rockers performed a headline set at Latitude before grooving their way around Europe to Mandrea Festival, Green Gathering, Liverpool Sound City and Manchester Jazz Festival. These seven self-styled groove gremlins also organise their own biannual festival and previously sold-out ‘Keep It Casual Fest’.

The Casuals have shared the stage with artists such as Natty, Afriquoi, Omni, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and performed in iconic venues such as Gorilla, Hootananny Brixton, Deaf Institute, Band on the Wall, Sefton Park Palm House as well as in polytunnels, museums, kitchens and on rooftops.

“All over the place in the best kind of way.” – Marc Riley, BBC Radio 6
“An absolutely phenomenal record.” – Jericho Keyes, BBC Introducing North Yorkshire
“Inimitable style drenched with freeness and flexibility” – Gracie Gladston, Gracing Your Ears

Days

Sunday 2019