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This year Barn on the Farm celebrates its 10th anniversary and in an auspicious start to the new season was recipient of ‘Best Grass Roots Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards 2018.
Barn on the Farm is an independent down-to-earth gathering of like-minded music lovers who congregate as one united community each year on an actual working farm in Gloucester. (Pigs, hens etc but beware of ostriches!). It is the place to hook up with old friends, party with new ones and check out an impressive range of music Ahead of the game when it comes to sourcing the best emerging talent it is renowned as the go-to festival for discovering the headliners of tomorrow. Ed Sheeran, Hozier, George Ezra, James Bay, Ben Howard, Rag’n’Bone Man, Tom Grennan, Tom Misch have all passed through the barn gates before exploding internationally.
Small but perfectly formed, Barn on the Farm is spread over 3 stages (The Barn, Outside and Main), only a hop, skip and hoedown apart. It started 10 years ago with Josh, a barn, a couple of bands, a few pints and very high expectations.10 years on, Barn on the Farm is looking forward to celebrating with some very special friends this summer. Expect the unexpected.
Barn on the Farm is an eco-conscious festival which continues to reduce its waste, single use plastics and tackle its impact on the environment. There are locally-sourced craft beers, ciders and ranges of food inc vegan offerings, yoga classes, screen printing workshops, microlight flights over the farm & Gloucestershire, secret & immersive performances, and it’s fully accessible being no more than 15 mins from Gloucester town centre and train station. For lovers of the weird and wonderful, the Barn on the Farm family has created Invisible Sports which is played regularly across the event.
Please visit www.barnonthefarm.co.uk/ for more information.
**Please note Sam Fender has been replaced by Dermot Kennedy due to ill health**
Dermot Kennedy is a singer and songwriter from Dublin who set out on his solo journey in September 2014. He crafts songs which are at once stripped-back yet explosive, his emotive vocals being both soaring and intimate with R&B influenced percussion. His tracks have amassed over 50 million plays across streaming platforms. "His voice is fusion of Gary Lightbody and Foy Vance, but it’s intensified by his addition of production and a slightly hip-hop leaning beat. But one thing was consistent - each song is a cataclysm of emotion" - Spindle Magazine.
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Lewis Capaldi grew up in the small town of Bathgate outside Glasgow. He picked up the guitar at aged 9 and started writing songs shortly after. By the age of just 12, he began sneaking into pubs around Glasgow, honing his craft playing impromptu sets anywhere he could find an audience. He found global fame in 2019 with his multi-platinum hit, Someone You Loved, and since then has gone on to tour the world while scooping up GRAMMY nominations and Brit Awards. 2019 also saw the release of his long-awaited debut album, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, which sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide within the first year, with combined global streams of over 3 billion.
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A songwriter, banjo player and producer from Brooklyn. She received an unexpected break when Pharrell Williams dropped into her study class to give some tips. Maggie played him her latest song, Alaska, a precise fusion of folk and dance music. As the chorus kicked in, Pharrell’s eyes grew wider and wider. By the end, he was her biggest fan.
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Jade Bird is fast becoming one of the most exciting new British voices. With her debut release the ‘Something American’ EP and 2018’s follow-up breakthrough single ‘Lottery’, Jade has won the hearts of people across the globe. She has already performed on ‘Later’ with Jools Holland, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and at SXSW she won the Grulke Prize for upcoming talent, following her win of the ANCHOR Prize at the Reeperbahn festival in 2017. Twisting big themes of disillusionment, divorce, cheating, sorrow into the realities of an independent-minded, modern British female, Jade’s music transcends genre with a wealth of influence coming from everywhere, and anywhere. Classic, contemporary, and a total breath of fresh air in the current musical landscape, Jade Bird is that rare, next-generation artist who appears as clued up on the past as she is determined to learn from its lessons: in control, sometimes in your face, and in possession of gifts beyond her years.
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Grace grew up in Brighton listening to the likes of Lauryn Hill and Nina Simone, which is evident in her powerful songwriting, which shows emotional and musical maturity. She began songwriting during her school days, and at the age of fourteen was already performing her own material in public. One year later, Grace had converted her bedroom into a makeshift recording studio and when she reached Music College she taught herself the piano by watching YouTube videos. 'Carter is symbolic of a new generation of young artists. She’s not just singing about partying — Carter is going to make you feel something.'
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A young singer / songwriter from London, who with his silky voice, has been compared to contemporaries such as Kwabs and Lemar.
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Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Benjamin Francis Leftwich is a singer/songwriter from York who has the sort of voice, delivery and material that tiptoes in to your soul, makes a big old comfy featherbed and refuses to leave. He has drawn comparisons to Damien Rice and José González, though he cites Arcade Fire, Ryan Adams, and Bruce Springsteen as his inspirations.
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A young singer-songwriter from Brighton. With her tuneful acoustic folk-pop songs and youthful charm, Maisie earned a widespread YouTube following in the mid-2010s. In 2017, when she just 17 years old, her debut single, 'Place We Were Made', became a viral hit, amassing millions of streams. She has met with comparisons to Birdy and Taylor Swift.
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"Sounds like the middle ground of hip-hop, indie and slacker-rock for fans of Jamie T and Beastie Boys" - NME The members of Leicester 5-piece Easy Life have a shared love of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk and Punk, creating a musical melting pot of genres with laid-back smooth grooves, all delivered effortlessly by front man Murray.
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Cavetown is the project of young Oxdord bedroom singer-songwriter and musician Robin Skinner. From singing the Harry Potter theme at the mere age of two, to being taught the acoustic guitar by his father at the age of eight, to gradually building a YouTube following of over 300,000, Robin has seen himself grow from out of the bedroom and into the world. With nods to the late great Elliott Smith, his music captivitates audiences, combining his nostalgic and introspective lyrics with gentle vocals.
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Flyte is a young alternative four piece from London. Rooted in classic pop songwriting and propelled by the sound and sensibilities of New Wave, Flyte's songs are infectiously melodic and compellingly lyrical.
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Some artists seem to come into the world fully formed, emerging seemingly out of thin air with a raw talent that can’t help but grab your attention. Lily Moore is one such artist. The young singer / songwriter has come a long way from her beginnings busking on the streets of Brighton to supporting Tom Grennan on his 2017 tour. Taking inspiration at an early age from legends such as Etta James, Lauryn Hill, Sam Cooke and all points in between, Lily’s song writing has developed into a, disarmingly honest, stripped back style that brings to mind the likes of a young Amy Winehouse or Lianne La Havas. Initially playing the open-mic circuit in Brighton (Moore is London born but moved there at an early age) her extraordinary talent was recognised when she won a competition to be the first act on at The Great Escape 2015.
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Bristol-born Lauren Aquilina is a songstress armed with melancholic piano-driven melodies driven by lyrical content delivered with an overwhelming underlying honesty.Lauren’s pop-tinged songs referencing loves lost and memories made are sure to resonate with all who hear them.
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Apre are the refreshingly, tightly-sealed writer, production and multi-instrumentalist London duo who first met at Chess Club. They were introduced through the owner Sue, who let them use the back room of the club to start making songs and rehearsing their creations live. Already, the pair are showing a retrospective eye for detail, mixed with a slight sense of the surreal, creating alternative, wonkie electronic indie music.
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Mixing warm tropical grooves with infectiously raw guitar melodies, Cassia, best served with white rum, have grown to be one of the most buzzing bands coming out of the North of the UK.
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The Howl & The Hum
York-based four piece The Howl & The Hum combine rumbling, melodic dark pop with haunting, evocative lyrics, and a hypnotic yet energetic live show, With a magpie mentality they cut their teeth playing in and learning from local bands and busking, with a strong songwriting core and an inventive, progressive view on what place guitar music has in today’s culture. Their inspirations ranging from Leonard Cohen and Phoebe Bridgers to Lizzo and Kendrick Lamar, and have been likened to Massive Attack, Radiohead and Alt-J.
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A soulful pop singer-songwriter from Oxford but based in London with heartfelt lyrics, gravelly vocals and rocky guitar riffs. Rhys Lewis takes his influences from the soul greats Al Green, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations, along with the classic smooth pop of James Taylor. He began playing Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys covers at open mic nights while trying to scrape a living washing up and serving food in Oxford pubs and canteens, then suddenly found himself signed to the prestigious Decca label and shot straight to no.1 on the Spotify viral chart with his breakthrough track 'Waking Up Without You'.
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An indie rock 3-piece from Edinburgh who formed in January 2016 and burst onto the Scottish music scene with hooky choruses and radio ready tunes.
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A singer/songwriter from London whose influences include Carole King, Nick Drake and Paul Simon.
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Alternative indie / folk two piece from the London borough of Camden. 'Jim and Daniel grew up partying together. Now singing together, they create songs with a strong narrative and a sweet purity runs through their acoustic sounds. Proudly representing their Camden roots, the North London twang is carried through their songs. Beauty is formed through their simplistic way of arranging a song, stripping back to basics of an instrumental and a vocal. The kind of raw vocals that warm your belly and make the hairs on your arms stand on end.'
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Rising vocalist-songwriter-musician. Emily’s vocals have already drawn comparison to artists such as Alessia Cara, Nao, Jessie Ware and Tori Kelly and her unique R&B Pop sound and stand out vocals are creating a strong industry buzz.
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Millie Turner is an exciting Pop prospect from London.
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Only The Poets
Only The Poets are an indie-rock quartet based in Reading and London, who have graced the stage on BBC Introducing and have supported bands like Coasts,
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Formed at London's prestigious Royal Academy of Music, when Oscar Gormley (vocals, guitar), Sam Becker (bass), Charlie Woof-Byrne (keys) and Jake Brown (drums) began noodling around together away from their formal classical training, Sun Silva are a band based in precision and technical prowess, meticulously brewed into something even bigger and greater than the sum of its many parts. All four members are proficient piano and guitar players, while the quartet's various studies ranged from classical percussion to baroque bassoon.
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Singer with a beautiful soulful voice.
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With his unique vocals and rap style, the London born, Irish-bred Maverick Sabre is an amazing contradiction between cultures and genres: Ireland and England, hip-hop, reggae, folk and blues.
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Listening to Zak Abel's strong, distinctive and soulful vocals with influences from the likes of Bill Withers and Gil Scott-Heron, the listener would think he was older than his years. This North Londoner has been writing since he was 15 and signed his first record deal at 17. His debut release Higher with Wookie gained huge specialist support, and Zak has since been building quite a profile, having been guest vocalist with Bondax this summer, and most recently performing with Gorgon City.
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Birmingham grunge-pop quartet Swim Deep's own brand of fuzzy grunge influenced pop has been making waves across the UK, putting them at the forefront of the blossoming West Midlands music scene.
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Talented Wiltshire singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin became something of an internet sensation, notching up over 3 million plays on You Tube with her gentle acoustic cover versions of songs by Paramore and You Me At Six. She then went on to reach no.1 in the UK singles chart in 2012 with her haunting cover of Frankie's 'The Power Of Love', thanks to heavy exposure through that year's John Lewis Christmas commercial. Not wishing to be labelled as a mere covers girl, she went on to release her own self-penned or co-written material, with two hit albums, 'English Rain' and 'Light Up The Dark', along with a string of EPs. Her breathtaking combination of beautiful vocals and self-taught piano and guitar musicianship draws influences from Damien Rice, Jamie Cullum, James Morrison to Paramore and Joni Mitchell.
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Nina Nesbitt is a Scottish singer-songwriter and musician, best known for her single, 'Stay Out'. Nesbitt received her big break when she met Ed Sheeran before a radio gig he was scheduled to perform. After asking him for advice and playing him a song on his guitar, she was invited to support him on his European tour.
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The Japanese House
The Japanese House is the solo project of Londoner Amber Bain. Crafting a mix of lush dream pop and brooding electronica, the Buckinghamshire native worked under a handful of different monikers before using the Japanese House name in 2015. The name was inspired by a childhood trip to Devon, where she posed as a boy for a week, earning the affection of a neighborhood girl who was later heartbroken to learn Bain's true identity. 'The music is a dreamlike display of both careful restraint and free-flowing creativity. Bain experiments with seemingly incongruent tapestries of sound, the earthy and the metal, the muted pastels and radiant neons, the futuristic and the familiar, to create something that’s neither purely cerebral nor of the heart.'
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Youngr is the project name of musician Dario Darnell. He performs as a one man band, combining synth, drum beats and vocals.
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Fronted by the ambitious Henry Camamile, Sea Girls are a London-based four-piece (originally hailing from Kent and Leicestershire), who deliver simple storytelling songs and arena-ready anthems. The band play tightly honed tunes, with their fans chanting back every single word. "Sea Girls are poised to become one of the biggest breakout indie bands. With sell-out shows up and down the nation and bangers-a-plenty coming, their path to becoming British indie stars is very much on the cards" - NME
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Hertford singer-songwriter playing original songs on electric guitar with indie and alternative influences. Huw Stephens has already emerged as an influential fan, and has backed Ten Tonnes with regular airplay and even named him in his Alternative Tips for 2018 list. More support came from MistaJam, Phil Taggart, Jo Whiley, John Kennedy, Radio X and BBC Introducing, while MTV profiled him as a Get To Know breaking artist.
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Fatherson are a four piece alternative / indie band based in Glasgow and formed in Kilmarnock. They have been making waves in the Scottish music scene following a string of supports with bands such as Frightened Rabbit, Panic! at the Disco, Feeder, Twin Atlantic and Idlewild.
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Anteros are a London indie pop four-piece fronted by Laura Hayden, drawing influence from the likes of Blondie, old school No Doubt, The Cure, The Cardigans and Blur.
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The Pale White
This emerging Newcastle trio are the lads to propel rock music back to the summit. When they adopted the name The Pale White in 2016 - which 'alludes to the bright light people claim to see before they die' - everything fell into place. A string of demos in the shape of ‘Let You Down’ and ‘Second Place’ followed and support slots with bands like Band of Skulls, Maximo Park and more became a formality, in addition to a string of their own sold-out shows in the city. Born and raised in the North East, the trio are proud of their origins, but are beginning to see the bigger picture. 'Being from somewhere like this is more important than being a small fish in a big pond. We've got the potential to break out of the city where no one's done anything for a while'. Having already featured in NME’s 10 new guitar acts to get excited about right now! who proclaimed 'Blending Queens of The Stone Age, Black Keys and old-school blues, debut single ‘Reaction’ is a thrilling introduction for a band shaping up to be the next Royal Blood', the band have also picked up tastemaker support online from The Independent, Wonderland, CLASH amongst many others. Support at radio includes BBC Radio 1 Introducing, with live versions of ‘That Dress’ and ‘Turn It Around’ recorded live from Glastonbury broadcast on Huw Stephens Radio 1 show, and a Radio X (X-Posure) Evening Playlist for ‘Turn It Around’ and ‘Reaction’ and 6Music.
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Formed in 2013 on the sunny streets of South East of England, Indoor Pets (formerly Get Inuit) play dirty and cheerful indie guitar pop. Frontman Jamie expertly navigates his way around raucous guitar movements and pummelling drum work, delivering some of the finest guitar pop. "They show off their anthemic capabilities and fondness for intriguing song titles, shrouding meaty riffs and huge hooks” - NME
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Indie-rock three-piece from Limerick, Ireland, now based in London. They met and formed when bonding over cheap vodka and the sound of The Velvet Underground. Their musical heroes also include Patti Smith and The Cure. whenyoung are led by female vocalist Aoife Power, whose dreamy, heart-in-the-mouth vocals fizzle between swigs of Guinness and infectious guitar riffs. Aoife mesmerises on stage, and critics have compared her to "Suzi Quatro in her heyday".
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Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Bravely original, his music is a mixture of Sixties soul and new age hip-hop strung together by honest storytelling and passionate vocals. Whether it is in front of a full band or a simple set up of electric guitar and a loop pedal, Etham stamps authenticity and honesty into every performance, with a vocal talent far beyond his years.
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Clean Cut Kid
Livepool Indie/Alternative four-piece Clean Cut Kid deliver infectious ear-worm indie-pop melodies with autobiographical lyircs, once described as “Soulful pop ballads, washed in Mersey water”. Their influences range from the current sounds of Arcade Fire and St. Vincent to legends like Bowie and Talking Heads. "One listen and you're sucked into a world of dirty melodies, infectious harmony hooks, glistening choral swells and reference points including US lo-fi pop and Fleetwood Mac. The latter of which is rather apt, given two of the band, Mike and Evelyn are married" - Liverpool Echo.
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Declan J Donovan
Growing up in Harlow, Donovan could never have imagined becoming a singer-songwriter. But the first track he ever wrote – ‘Fallen So Young’, written especially for his brother’s wedding – propelled him to success after he uploaded it to Soundcloud. It garnered a million plays within six months. Self-funded tours around the UK and Europe followed before Donovan signed a record deal in Germany. In 2018, he was one of the only unsigned acts to play BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend, appearing on the bill alongside Taylor Swift, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith and more. He has spent seven weeks at Number One on the European Border Breakers Airplay chart as well as being Top 20 in the European Airplay chart. In Germany, he’s had a Top 10 hit and more than 25k radio plays, Top 10 in the Shazam charts and received more than 10 million streams of his single Pieces on all platforms.
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A singer/songwriter from Dublin, Orla creates quirky, infectious folk pop. Taking her inspiration from the likes of Regina Spektor, Laura Marling, Joni Mitchell and Imogen Heap, Orla is known for her brilliantly original brand of quirky folk pop, bursting with personality and catchy melodies. Her songs are tied together by her distinctive, celtic-infused vocal and trademark animated live performance.
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Prose draw a broad variety of comparisons. In their early press coverage they were described as a combination of down-to-earth UK hip-hop, similar to the Streets or Plan B, and a touch of melodic lad rock that took its cues from fellow Mancunians Oasis. Their lyrical approach was inspired by life experience, often covering very personal subjects. In 2014, they were discovered by London-based rapper Naughty Boy, who in turn introduced them to Emeli Sandé. Their debut full-length album, Home of the Brave was released by Virgin Records in October 2015.
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A soul-inspired singer / songwriter from Hull who has toured with Modern Love, Tom Odell, Mike Yung and Newton Faulkner. As a child, her grandparents’ music room was her secret world. At age 7, she was writing songs influenced by soul classics such as Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin. By 11, she was in a choir called Voice In A Million, performing at venues like The O2 and Wembley Arena. Music became her haven after moving halfway around the world and back at 14-years-old. Since then, she has been working between London and Los Angeles, writing for herself and a range of other projects. In 2018, she began to construct her first project 'Nowhere to Hide', working with world renowned producers Toby Gad, and The Orphanage (Kehlani, Alessia Cara, Demi Lovato). The EP reflects on the painful journey of adolescence with brutal honesty and heart-rending beauty, along with battles of self-confidence and unrequited love.
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Known as ‘Iyamah’, Sophie Bond grew up on the sounds of African drumming and reggae music in the seaside town of Brighton. Immersed in the festival culture, iyamah was raised by her artistic mother, who encouraged Iyamah to have a creative upbringing. She started singing from an early age, copying soul singers like Alicia Keys and Adele from the radio. At 13 she picked up piano and started writing songs, but kept them for her own expression, just like a diary. It wasn’t until she started singing lessons during school when Iyamah’s teacher got her singing big soul hits by Whitney Houston, Etta James and Aretha Franklin at her plays each year, where Iyamah was able to stand out and be heard. The empowering female artists later developed her taste for Neo-soul and hiphop under the likes of Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu.
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All female band playing an array of styles from pop to funk covers. These ladies have toured worldwide, worked in some of the most prestigious venues and worked with an array of international artists.
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Mosa Wild’s Jim Rubaduka (Lead Vocal/Guitar/Keys) and Alex Stevens (Guitar) began making music together at school and on coming to the end of their studies they formed The Intermission Project, which was just that, a project of making music while deciding whether or not to go to university. After that year, Jim & Alex serendipitously picked up Charlie Campbell (Drums) and Edwin Ireland (Bass). The intermission would soon be over, making way for something different with a new focus. Showcasing Jim’s rich baritone vocals, reminiscent of The National, and backed by lush instrumentation that recalls the likes of Justin Vernon and The Maccabees, Mosa Wild’s music is loaded with emotion yet there’s a maturity here which holds back just enough to leave you wanting more.
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JC Stewart, Sam Johnson, Holly Humberstone, Aaron Smith, L Devine, Nick Wilson