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An all-ages pop weekender over the long Easter bank holiday in Cardiff!
Originally started as a two-piece in 2012, Glaswegian Honeyblood has a sound that has been described as 'slacker-grunge-garage-rock', but founding member Stina Tweeddale prefers to call it ‘crunch-pop’. Her sound has drawn comparisons to recent favourites Best Coast and Frankie Rose, along with hints of 90s female guitar heroes the Breeders and Throwing Muses. Three albums in, Stina has decided to claim the sole spotlight of the project and said that makes sense, as Honeyblood has always been Stina's voice. Before it was even a band, or a name, Stina was writing the songs that would form the backbone of the band's identity.
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Fuzz-pop band Joanna Gruesome are a five-piece band from Cardiff whose sound is said to span both punk and indie, and has been described as being reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine, Huggy Bear and Dinosaur Jr. Their album Weird Sister, released on Fortuna Pop! In 2013, was described by Pitchfork as “one of the most purely exuberant, hook-stuffed indie-pop records you're likely to hear this year”.
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BC Camplight is the moniker of American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brian Christinzio. The Philadelphia singer-songwriter, falling somewhere between Ben Folds and Badly Drawn Boy, moved to Manchester UK in 2012, where he's brought his brand of quirky indie-pop to new audiences.
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Former members of Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong, Toy are: Tom Dougall (vocals / guitar), Dominic O’Dair (guitars), Maxim Barron (bass / vocals), Max Oscarnold (synths / modulations) & Charlie Salvidge (drums / vocals). Their live shows are a mesmerising mix of flailing limbs, massive analogue synths, twin guitars and an ever-evolving psychedelic sound.
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Fear Of Men
Brighton four piece, fronted by the haunting vocals of Jess. Fear Of Men's hypnotic sound falls somewhere between the 4AD greats like Cocteau Twins and early Lush.
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Hooton Tennis Club
Alternative indie / lo fi slacker rock from Liverpool.
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The Boy Least Likely To
Charming pop from this cartoon-obsessed duo. Switching between sounding like English gents one moment, to Swedish popsters the next, The Boy Least Likely To make the simplest of music with the maximum of effect. 'A homespun blend of tender country folk, Beach Boys melodies and ramshackle disco that sounds like Belle and Sebastian mucking about in the rec room.’ – RollingStone.
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SLUG is the musical venture from the mind of Ian Black, a merrily disruptive influence on the North East music for more than a decade. With SLUG, Black wanted to get away from the tinnitus inducing noise rock of his formative bands, letting the idea dictate the song’s form and sonic palette. Black says of the album “'What ifs' play a massive part.... what if we use a stoner metal riff and use it like a dub bass part or what if we combined the drumming style of John Bonham with James Brown beat and the squelch bass of Claudio Simonetti and Fabio Pignatelli”. Taking inspiration from film soundtracks (Enter the Dragon, Suspiria), 20th century abstract and minimalist music but also the rock and funk chops of Led Zeppelin, Prince and Funkadelic, the resulting album is concise, unselfconscious, idiosyncratic and exquisitely executed. Animators Brothers Quay, Phil Mulloy and Jan Svankmajer oblique approaches to subject matter also rubbed off on Black and lend the SLUG album an air of the hypnagogic.
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North London female indie pop three-piece Poppy Hankin (vocals, guitar), Iris McConnell (drums) and Sophie Moss (bass) are Girl Ray, a band influenced by the old C86 Indie scene along with the more contemporary likes of Cate Le Bon. Formed when all three members were just the age of 16, they have created a sound mature beyond their years, with echoes of Nico meets The Beach Boys. "The influence of shambly 1990s indie such as Pavement and, most obviously, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, is clear on their winningly gauche debut, but it stands in a longer line of British faux-naifs stretching back through Postcard Records and the Raincoats" - 4/5, The Guardian
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Glasgow indie rockers, Spinning Coin, recall the soft/sharp juxtapositions of indie pop during its epoch in the mid-late 80s. See their recent single ‘Raining On Hope Street’ for conviction, the title track being the melancholy counterpart to the B-side’s more raw and boisterous sound. The band are also associated with the ever-reliable Fuzzkill Records, having teamed up with them to release their self-titled EP in 2015 – a record which unveiled their authentic ramshackle pop. Lyrically progressive, Spinning Coin also focus on politics without the aggression. If you like indie pop with substance that’s rugged at the edges, then this is the band for you.
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Chris creates fragmented songs that verge of the cool side of lo-fi with his intimate and occasionally gleefully noisy tales of love, life and bus routes!
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The Just Joans
The Just Joans are a six piece band from Motherwell, Scotland. Their music is dominated by vocals in a strong Scottish brogue. The accompaniment is beautifully lo-fi and the product is a warm and achingly delicate perfect slice of folky indiepop.
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Cardiff Indiepop collective signed to Spanish Indiepop label Elefant Records. Fusing keyboards, guitars, violins and trumpets, the group sweetly blend 60's girl group sounds with modern influences like Camera Obscura, Belle And Sebastian and The Aislers Set. Their material has been featured on the Spanish Netflix teen drama series 'Elite'.
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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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Featuring Rachael, from London afro-punks ‘Trash Kit', and Eilidh, from lofi-pop acts Golden Grrrls and Skeleton Bob, this duo fire up a lively storm of hypnotic, African tinged guitar lines, post-punk spikiness and propulsive drumming, all topped off with sun-tinged pure-pop joy.
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Manchester based noise-pop and grunge DIY three-piece. Their fuzz-drenched approach to alternative rock carries echoes of underground ‘90s champions like Cave In, Hundred Reasons, Idlewild and Garbage.
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Lorna are a 6 piece band indie/dreampop band stationed in Nottingham.
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Sleaze blues from Cardiff fronted by Laura Bryon. Having wandered through spells in King Alexander and as Le B, Tender Prey finds Bryon dealing in gut punches of garage blues, stark guitar confessionals and ghostly girl group clanging.
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Being described as being a mix of Bjork and Kate Bush may seem absurd for some artists, but Heledd Watkins, the lead of Cardiff's HMS Morris, demands attention with her “Pulsing, brooding, decadent and ornate cinematic electro pop” and an arrestingly captivating voice.
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Deerful is Emma Winston. Emma is a London-based multi-instrumentalist, singer, maker and academic who, after several years spent as a session keyboard player and vocalist for artists and bands including Darren Hayman, Owl & Mouse and Enderby’s Room, decided to begin making music of her own. She writes and performs story-led, electronic pop on miniature synthesisers about running away, staying in place, brokenness, recovery, and taking up space in the world.
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Gulp are Guto Pryce (bassist of Super Furry Animals fame), Lindsey Leven and a Roland MC-505 box donated to them by a kind yogi. They are joined by Gid Goundrey on guitar to enrich a sound which has been described as cinematic, dazzling and hypnotic
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Linda Guilala, Van-illa, Winter Coat, Rogue Jones, Neurotic Fiction, Artefact
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