wille and the bandits

On stage at 19.55 - 20.55


Essentially Wille and the Bandits is a classic blues rock three piece 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 raised the band’s musicianship and their unique edge to Rock and Blues.

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

“Love the soul in their music”
Bob Harris

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 song writing 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!

“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
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 ... breath-taking"


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Dronfest Music Festival
Cliffe Park, Callywhite Lane,
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