An icon of US indie rock and one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters, it’s fair to say that Steve Wynn is “a force to reckoned with and cherished” (Sunday Times).
Steve first came to prominence as the frontman of The Dream Syndicate, a band that helped define the burgeoning US indie/college rock scene of the early 1980s, before releasing a string of critically acclaimed solo albums in the 1990s and 2000s. The Dream Syndicate reformed in 2012, and released their first new material in 30 years with 2017’s much lauded How Did I Find Myself Here?
Steve has recorded and played with REM’s Peter Buck and Led Zeppelin’s Jon Paul Jones, and has played, by his reckoning, well over 2,000 shows in around 30 countries, from the northern tip of Norway to downtown Tokyo. Steve visits Oxted (his only UK date of 2018 and his first visit to Oxted!) to kick off a European tour.
Randy and The Rockets, Surrey’s ‘best rock ‘n’ roll band’, will open the night. They will be showing a more rarely seen side, in their appearance at the festival, in a stripped-back performance featuring some of their own songs, with a few well-chosen covers thrown in for good measure.