BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 25 February '16

The Phoenix Rose to perform live at both VegfestUK Brighton and Bristol 2016

The wonderful Jarvis Smith will be back at VegfestUK Brighton and Bristol this year to perform with his band The Phoenix Rose.

Jarvis and his band will be performing at the following times:

VegfestUK Brighton: Saturday 5pm at the FxEctive Factor
VegfestUK Bristol: Sunday 4pm on the Main Stage

The Phoenix Rose

The Phoenix Rose is a band that celebrates the power of music to reach all people with uplifting themes and irresistible grooves.

The band was born when Jarvis and his cousin James Keefe began composing songs together in 2003. When multi-instrumentalist Steven ‘Fingerz’ Carty joined, the band began to perform live.

Audiences loved the unique blend of pop, rock and reggae as frontman Jarvis whipped up the crowd with his skanking.

The festival circuit

After years playing small London venues from Camden to Clapham, The Phoenix Rose met Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis while performing at a local eco centre.

Michael invited the band to play Glastonbury Festival, and The Phoenix Rose embarked on a festival run that included Sunrise Festival, Croissant Neuf and the Isle of Wight Festival.

Struck by its Isle of Wight set, renowned producer Native Wayne Jobson (No Doubt, Toots & the Maytals, Gregory Isaacs) offered to produce the band’s first record. Jobson brought Junior Marvin (Bob Marley & The Wailers) and Patrixx Anthony (UB40) to record guitar and trumpet on the album. Recording first in Fingerz’s bedroom, the legendary Junior Marvin would tell surreal Bob Marley stories at the dinner table.

Coming soon: the album

Fusing pop, reggae, hip hop and Indian music, the album bridges worlds and honours Nature through harmony. Jarvis’s passion for the natural world extends to his tireless advocacy of sustainable living. He is the co-founder of Magazine, an ethical lifestyle title – distributed quarterly with the Guardian and partners – that reaches over 3 million UK readers. 

2016 festivals include VegfestUK (Brighton and Bristol), Valley Fest, Shambala (TBC), Glastonbury (TBC), Kemp Town Festival and Concorde 2 in Brighton, with more announcements to come.

P.E.A. Awards

Jarvis also founded The P.E.A. (People. Environment. Achievement.) Awards, which celebrate the achievements of businesses and individuals in everything related to living a green eco-friendly lifestyle. The P.E.A. Awards turned its whole menu vegan for its awards ceremony last year.

VegfestUK 2016 tickets


Tickets cost £7 (day)/£10 (weekend), plus small booking fees.

Click here to buy your tickets and here to join the Facebook event.


Advance tickets are on sale now for Vegfest Bristol! £5 (day)/£8 (weekend), plus booking fees.

A buy one get one free offer is available on advance tickets to Vegfest Bristol until March 31 2016. Click here to book.

Tickets can be bought on the door, subject to availability: £8 (adults)/£4 (students/claimants).

Kids under 16 go free.

Click here to find out more about Vegfest and all the festivals scheduled for 2016.