GuilFest 2011 - Lineup

Miles Winter Roberts

From Farnham to Guilfest… (via Ibiza, Hamburg, Moscow, Cannes, USA, Belgium and Bangkok…)

A not-so-local Local plays Guilfest this year. Born in Farnham but raised in Ibiza, Miles Winter Roberts attended Guildford Technical College way before the concept of Guilfest had been thought about.

A regular on the local Wine Bar Scene with his twin brother Guy and college friend Gavin Thomas back in the early eighties, they made a cheeky impression with 'Wandering Hands', which they took to Ibiza in '84. The twins returned to the island in '85 and were snapped up by a German record label in Hamburg by November of that year, and subjected to Euro Disco performances all over the East Block. They won the prestigious Sopot festival in '87 in Poland, and went on to tour the GDR and neighbouring countries over the next two years, with high-profile TV appearances.

The Wall fell in '89 and after a failed attempt to 'get the west', the brothers went their own ways and Miles grounded his percussive rock band, Miles From Nowhere, in Hamburg, to local success.

Back in the UK since '94, Miles has been keeping busy, from writing for film soundtracks to performing to Hollywood A-listers on yachts in Cannes, and singing to Madonna in intimate restaurants. A debut MWR album, 'Shoo-Lallelujah…' appeared in 2000, and then, under 'Winter Roberts' a number of recordings were done with the great Steve Brown of Wham! fame (& The Cult, Manic Street Preachers) which resulted in a big-banded EP 'Escapado' and a live album 'Daymaker' in 2006.

Currently spreading his time performing all over Europe, and enjoying DJ collaborations in Asia, Miles has developed a unique chunky Acoustic Beach style with songs that go straight into your head, at the same time as being heralded a 'musician's musician'. A qualified entertainer, his one-man show is as compelling as when he fronts a band.

Comparisons to James Blunt, especially for Miles' composition 'My Head in Your Cloud' are taken with the right attitude. Preceding 'You're Beautiful' by some years, many of Miles' fans were convinced his song had been 'lifted'. "James has done me a favour by identifying an audience who I know will appreciate my stuff too." says Miles. "We met last year and had a laugh about it, so it is with great joy that our worlds should collide this July at Guilfest…"

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