Wille and the Bandits

Date:Thu 25 Mar 2021
Time:8pm
Venue:J2
Price:£15 adv

Essentially Wille and the Bandits is a classic blues rock band much in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix experience. But in a similar way to how these bands pushed the genre in their time, Wille and the Bandits try to take their sound beyond what is expected of such a traditional line up.

The use of more bizarre instrumentation and eclectic influences in the song writing often pushes them more into a world music or progressive category. Having toured with artists such as Deep Purple through to the John Butler trio and played major festivals across Europe, the band seem to leave an equally astounding impression on audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds with their energetic and soulful performances.

They have received great critical acclaim, being voted in the top ten must see bands at Glastonbury 2014 by BBC Radio 1 and reaching number 2 in the UK blues chart with their first single on downloads alone. Now touring their third independently released studio album Wille and the Bandits fan base, repertoire of sounds, styles and innovation seems to be growing at an exponential rate.

The band are praised in the press for their albums; bursting at the seams with textures, originality and soul. Rock legends such as Ian Paice, Joe Bonamassa and Francis Rossi have also praised the band’s musicianship and their unique edge to Rock and Blues.

It’s rare to find a band as dynamic as Wille and the Bandits, one that is just as comfortable and as impressive at both ends of the sonic spectrum. In the modern age of disposable music it is refreshing to hear a band that still value the art of creating albums and who continue to bring new instruments and ideas into their songwriting rather than settling for a tried and tested formula. Ten seconds of Youtube will not scratch the surface of the band’s sound and message; this is a band that is very much about discovery and one best experienced LIVE!

 

“Wille is a suberb slide player, I love what these guys are doing” Joe Bonamassa 

 

“Love the soul in their music” Bob Harris 

 

“These boys can groove and sing like whiskey angels and it doesn’t take long to realise why they belong on the festival circuit.” Glastonbury festival 

 

"This incredibly talented band excels in playing not just one or two musical styles but in fact focus on several genres to an extremely high quality." Maverick Magazine 

 

If Cream had spent more time on a beach in Newquay they might have sounded like this.” Blues Matters Magazine 

 

Will Edwards bourbon-laced vocals instantly grab you after hearing the first note sung, the Dobro is a superb instrument and when it is played like this you notice how sublime the band really is. Maverick Magazine 

 

"howling, cinematic psychoblues ... breathtaking" R2 

Under 14's must be accompanied by an adult.

Box office and bar open 1 hour before event start time.

All prices shown include booking fees.

Cambridge Junction works closely with groups and organisations to provide a safe, welcoming space for everyone. We are a venue that strives to be inclusive and promote equality for all. If you have any access requirements or questions please contact Cambridge Junction prior to your visit so we can make your experience as convenient as possible. For more information about accessibility please click HERE.

J2 has flat floor access.

If you have any concerns or need assistance whilst visiting us please speak to any member of staff and they will help you or contact a Duty Manager.

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“best blues-rock band in the world” Blues Rock Review