Rebels with a cause
Are you ready for BMAD this weekend? The festival of bikes, bands and beer is back on Paignton Green from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 May 2018. So what's it all about and why should you check it out? Have a read of our handy guide.
Now in its 13th year, BMAD is the biggest bike festival in the UK, attracting thousands of bikers from across the UK, Holland and Germany. Custom, Chop, Streetfighter, Trike and Vintage... if you're into your bikes or bike-curious (like us!), it's a feast for the eyes with huge displays and thrilling demonstrations.
If you just like to feel that festival vibe, there's live music on two stages with both original and cover bands; as well as 50 ales from the Devon Dumpling to Old Thumper and 20 ciders from Happy Daze to Malvern Gold to slurp on at this beautiful beach location.
This isn't just a great day out, these are rebels with a cause. BMAD actually stands for Bikers Make A Difference. Every pound raised goes to support sick, disabled and disadvantaged young people in the local TQ area and so far BMAD has raised an applaud worthy £450,000.
The BMAD music picks...
This little lot will have you foot-stomping, head banging and dancing your way through the weekend: Don't miss headliners Departed on Friday night from 9.45-11pm on the Biker Bar Stage. This Torbay rock band supported Michael Schekner on tour across the UK last year and have recently been picked up by BBC Introducing. Let your ears do the deciding, just listen to the video below to hear the incredible vocals from Mark Pascall and witness the full band at BMAD with Ben Brookland (lead guitar), Howie Spring (bass) and Connor Spring (drums).
Saturday the music kicks off on the Biker Bar Stage with local young guitar heroes Ethyrfield from 12.45pm. This three piece rock band, made up of Zach Cornish (lead vocals and bass), Ben Cornish (lead guitar and backing vocals) and Dan Aston (drums), have already won national awards and are ones to watch as they emerge into the rock scene with a massive bang. The line-up also features Vambo, Saints of Sin, The Jack, Riders To Ruin, SQY, Dizzy Lizzy and the epic AC/DC tribute band - Hells Bells. Fancy a lighter listening feel, head to the Beach Bar Stage for When We Were Monsters, Harbour, The Dockneys, Eat The Rich, Funky Munks, Quo-No UK, Firebird and the Chris Olster Band.
Mosh and ska out all Sunday too with Loco, Russell Sinclair, the Smokin' Locos, The Simmertones, 4th Street and the crazy antics of Stop Stop on the Biker Bar Stage and Manocuhe Jazz Quartet, Heads of Tails, High Voltage, Double A and The Bay and the Primitive Noise Band on the Beach Bar Stage.