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Dance music is too narrow a term for the genius of the Hartnoll brothers. Capable of both rib-shaking, energetic techno and incredible multi-layered ambient soundscapes, and blessed with a godlike genius when it comes to their DJing sets, Orbital have succeeded Kraftwerk as the Kings of techno and electronica.
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Beck's rambling collage of sound is built up from cryptic Dylanesque lyrics, Delta blues, hiphop and rock'n'roll. Blended in a carefree, lo-fi style, his sound is original and has earned huge critical acclaim. Beck continues to produce innovative material and looks set to become one of his generation's great singer-songwriters.
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Manic Street Preachers
Despite the much-publicised trials and tribulations they've gone through, James, Sean and Nicky remain the Kings of the Welsh music scene. Highly ideological, extremely patriotic and outrageously popular, having produced classic indie/rock cross-overs such as 'A Design For Life', 'You Love Us' and 'Motorcycle Emptiness'. Music with a message from a trio who've earnt the right to sing it.
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Founded by then-Pixies bassist Kim Deal in the late '80s, along with Tanya Donnelly from Throwing Muses, American alt-rock band The Breeders signed to the 4AD label and in 1990 released their debut album, 'Pod'. Following Tanya's departure, the new line-up of Kim, her sister Kelley, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson went on to worldwide success with the 1993 single 'Cannonball' and accompanying album 'Last Splash'. This classic line-up returned to touring in 2013 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of 'Last Splash', playing together again for the first time since 1994.
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Melbourne-based singer, guitarist and songwriter now making waves over here. Her first UK single 'History Eraser' has picked up extensive play on BBC 6Music. With her brand of 'slacker' garage-folk music, Pitchfork describe her material as 'shambling folk songs about the dangers of gardening and the quiet crises of modern relationships, all with a keen eye for detail and a wicked sense of humour'. Consider a female Yo La Tengo meets Jeffrey Lewis, and you'd be on the right path.
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Public Service Broadcasting
London-based, retro-obsessed group perform wobbly electronics, tight heavy guitar workouts and live drums overlayed with kitsch audio samples mixed in from screened public information films.
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Swedish indie-songstress whose debut album, Youth Novels, was produced by Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John. Sparkling pop songs meet dreamy ramblings on love, life and loss, with a voice to die for.
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Father John Misty
Aka Josh Tillman, former drummer with Fleet Foxes. His music consists of such disparate elements as Waylon Jennings, Harry Nilsson, Arthur Russell and Roy Orbison. Lyrically, his absurdist fever dreams of pain and pleasure elicit, in equal measures, the blunt descriptive power of Bukowski or Braughtigan, the hedonistic philosophy of Oscar Wilde and the dried-out wit of Loudon Wainwright III.
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The Ulster Orchestra
Based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the Ulster Orchestra was formed in 1966 and has established itself as one of the major symphony orchestras in the United Kingdom.
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Irish DJ and producer, notorious for his fiercely eclectic sets and stunning film soundtrack work on films such as Bond and Ocean's Eleven. David also tours fronting a live ten-piece band, The Free Association.
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A 60s inspired pop / post-punk / garage / surf trio from Halifax. Keen lovers of DIY and the Riot Grrrl scene, they met at a house party and formed the band, despite two of them having never played instruments before! They bring to mind classic DIY girl bands like Marine Girls and Dolly Mixture, along with the lo-fi alt-rock sounds of the Pixies and Breeders. Their lilting harmonies, jangling guitars and pounding wave-like bass sounds have been winning them devotees from across the UK.
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Ninja Tune signing Jordan Rakei is an alternative artist from Australia but based in London, the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer is a rare talent whose distinct take on soul captures an emotional awareness. He writes, sings and plays most of the instrumentation on his records himself, and has earnt respect in the worlds of dance, soul and jazz.
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'A great singer and a latter day Delia Derbyshire' - The Observer The Northern Ireland artist who reinvented iconic 80's songs on a hand-cranked music box, Peel has also created original material fusing analogue synths with angelic haunting vocals. The artist and composer is also a member of the collaborative band The Magnetic North.
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Belgian-based Congolese rapper Baloji, an artist who stands at the crossroads of traditional African and electronic music.
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Phoebe Bridgers is an American indie folk musician from Los Angeles. As well as her solo releases, she has released music as part of boygenius (with Julien Baker & Lucy Dacus) and Better Oblivion Community Center (with Conor Oberst).
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A punk rock trio from Derry, Northern Ireland with talent that belies their teenage years. The three members of Touts had to sit their GCSEs in 2017 while simultaneously shooting videos and performing for their fast growing fan base. The band have generated a huge buzz with supports from Radio 1's Huw Stephens, Radio X's John Kennedy and hitting the best new breaking artists playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.
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- Titanic Belfast
- Queens Road
- BT3 9DT