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Electric Fields 2019: Metronomy, Frank Turner, The Vaccines, Friendly Fires, Sleaford Mods, The Fat White Family, Nadine Shah, The Skatalites, The Futureheads, Kero Kero Bonito & more
Electric Fields has been moved to SWG3.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
The brain-child of disillusioned drummer Joseph Mount, Metronomy are an alternative electronica group producing funk-infused beats, android-esque vocals and highly addictive bass-lines.
Metronomy tour dates
Former singer for hardcore outfit Million Dead turned folk troubadour, Frank Turner has seen his fame flourish through, essentially, the old fashioned route - hard work, continuous gigging and word of mouth. His singer-songwriter solo career steadily grew from cult status to an arena filler, eventually playing London's O2 and Wembley Stadium.
It has been an eventful decade for the troubadour from Winchester who now resides in Holloway, North London. Turner released his debut album, “Sleep is For The Week”, in 2007 and has been on a stunning upward curve ever since. He is now one of the country’s most cherished songwriters, a man who plays the biggest venues in the land and whose records reach the higher echelons of the charts but who has never lost sight of his original MO: write, record, tour, repeat.
His blend of folk-punk-rock and powerful lyrics has seen him continue playing to an already devoted fanbase, but he picks up new fans with every festival appearance and tour.
Frank Turner tour dates
London-based four-piece The Vaccines firmly believe that less is more, with songs like 'Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)' clocking in at under two minutes! Their fast and furious brand of giddy rock 'n' roll could almost be the sound of the Libertines and Ramones falling down the stairs at 100MPH.
The band released their debut album What Did You Expect From The Vaccines in 2011, which became the biggest selling debut album by a band that year, while the 2012 follow up, Come Of Age, reached number one in the UK album charts. They have continued to have top 5 chart albums with 2015's English Graffiti and 2018's Combat Sports.
"On record the Vaccines wallow in the echo-drenched wooziness made famous by the Jesus And Mary Chain, but live they reach back further through pop's past glories, stirring the shimmering girl group drama conjured by Phil Spector and scuzzed up by the Ramones." -The Guardian.
The Vaccines tour dates
Indie/Electro three-piece from St Albans, Friendly Fires lie somewhere between the poppiness of Snap!, the funkiness of Prince, and the electronic dance-iness of Daft Punk. Their self-titled debut album was nominated for the 2009 Mercury Awards and spawned the indie club anthem 'Jump In The Pool'.
After their 2nd album 'Pala' in 2011, which reached no.6 on the UK album chart, the band went on a hiatus due to some personal tragedies and illnesses within the band, but returned in 2018 with a new track co-prodcued by Disclosure and their long-awaited third album being released in 2019.
Friendly Fires tour dates
Punk influenced duo from Nottingham, Sleaford Mods "deal in grotty, cheap, abrasive, two-bit punk ferocity" - NME.
The duo has been favourably compared to The Streets with the humour and wit of Ian Dury, John Cooper Clarke and Half Man Half Biscuit.
Sleaford Mods tour dates
Formed in a squat in Peckham in 2011, South London's Fat White Family comprise Lias Saoudi (vocals), Nathan Saudi (keyboard), Adam Harmer (guitar), Martin Dead (drummer), and Saul Adaczewski (guitar).
Their albums and live shows have garnered critical and public adulation for their skuzzy mix of country, rock & roll, post-punk, and nihilistic psychedelia, recalling the likes of the Fall, the Birthday Party, Butthole Surfers, and Charles Manson. Various band members have also had successful side-projects, including Moonlandingz and Insecure Men.
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British born by way of Norweigan and Pakistani parentage, Nadine Shah is a vocalist/pianist from a small North East town called Whitburn over looking the waves and jagged rocks of the North Sea.
Having earned an early reputation for that uniquely rich, soulful voice; Nadine released her debut album Love Your Dum and Mad to critical acclaim in 2013 and her 2017 third album Holiday Destination made the shortlist of the 2018 Mercury Album Prize award.
Nadine Shah tour dates
The original Ska legends whose influence in the development of the genre is unparalleled. The band has lasted despite countless line-up changes, delighting audiences around the globe.
The Skatalites tour dates
Sunderland-based playing guitar-led post punk in the style of Wire with a twist of XTC. There's four of them in the band and they all sing; not harmony or unison - but all different tunes at once that somehow intertwine. Punk opera, perhaps?
After a hiatus following their 2012 a cappella album 'Rant', the boys announced their return in 2019 with new material along with a promise of playing their classics including 'Decent Days And Nights' and their UK top 10 cover of Kate Bush's 'Hounds Of Love'.
The Futureheads tour dates
An electro-dance trio based in London, consisting of vocalist Sarah Midori Perry, producer Gus Lobban, and producer Jamie Bulled.
Kero Kero Bonito tour dates
Born and raised in Falkirk, Scotland, Malcolm Middleton first found fame as a prominent member of Scottish lo-fi folk group Arab Strap. Middleton's solo career, which he ran alongside Arab Strap until their split in 2006, has provided a perfect outlet for his personal, harrowing and heartfelt songwriting.
'While his morale languishes somewhere in a cold Falkirk bedsit, melodically his songs whoop from mountain peaks.'
Observer Music Monthly
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Free Love is the latest manifestation of Scottish duo Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook (FKA Happy Meals) - a continuation and progression of their utopian dance pop experiments released on Night School Records and Optimo which have seen them nominated for Scottish Album of the Year and performing across the globe.
Touring across Europe supporting Liars and The Flaming Lips, and with festival shows as far as Austin, Moscow and Bangalore, the band have become notorious for their sensual live ceremonies. Using a table of all-hardware electronics, Free Love harness a charismatic chaos and unpredictable energy that sets them apart as one of the most exciting artists around.
Free Love tour dates
Indie rock four piece from Edinburgh. They're in the great tradition of Scottish indie bands - think Bobby Gillespie, Belle and Sebastian, The Vaselines, Teenage Fanclub et al.
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Brighton three-piece Our Girl are singer/guitarist Soph Nathan, bassist Josh Tyler and drummer Lauren Wilson. Nathan’s honest, personal lyrics float in a delicious array of sounds: rhythmic drum and guitar hooks make dynamic jumps to thick garage-rock riffs, then suddenly cut to beautiful, intimate moments of lone guitar and reverb-hugged vocals.
Our Girl tour dates
Gently Tender features ex-Palma Violets Sam Fryer, Pete Mayhew and Will Doyle alongside The Big Moon’s Celia Archer and guitarist Adam Brown.
Gently Tender tour dates
Post punk band from Bristol. The four-piece, who were born out of friendship in spring 2017, have already supported the likes of METZ and Idles.
Heavy Lungs tour dates
'Formed in 2015, Scottish act Onr. have cited influences including Echo & The Bunnymen, Arcade Fire, OMD, Simple Minds and Interpol in creating their distinctively ambitious and high-energy sound. Following years of performing and writing all over the world – all in the name of self-development - Onr. became the final manifestation of Glasgow-born frontman Robert Shields’ vision for his uniquely imposing material. Believing passionately in the translation from written-work to an animated live show, they are known for energetic, heartfelt performances - whilst retaining the detail and delicacy that have won them so many admirers.'
Onr. tour dates
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.
Vistas tour dates
Honey Lung are a four-piece indie band wiith nods to artists such as Sparklehorse, Elliott Smith and Wilco.
Honey Lung tour dates
Heavy Rapids are an alternative rock band from Glasgow, consisting of Dillon Squire, Johnathan Boyd, Antony Becirspahic and Jamie Crawford.
It is inevitable that a group of musicians/friends will always have a wide variety of musical interests. This brings a great deal of ideas and new themes to their rehearsals and production. Musical influences such as Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, Led Zeppelin, Peace, The Courteeners, Tame Impala, The Who, Greenday, The Growlers, Pond, Bob Marley, The Strokes, Kasabian and many more!
Heavy Rapids tour dates
The Van T’s are a West of Scotland four piece comprised of Chloe Van Thompson (vocals, guitar), Hannah Van Thompson (vocals guitar), Joanne Forbes (bass) and Shaun Hood (drums).
Formed in around 2013 by twins Hannah and Chloe, The Van T’s have already enjoyed widespread praise from blogs and radio including Bella Union honcho Simon Raymonde. This acclaim has spread outwith the UK with radio plays in France and the US.
Despite their newcomer status, their songs are as revitalised a debut as you could hope for. Rapturous surf-pop with rock swagger balanced by sugar-pop harmonies have won over numerous fans already. With influences ranging from First Aid Kit to Wolf Alice, this quartet are the new smell of teen spirit.
The Van T's tour dates
East London's Bad Nerves play "surf punk that sounds like a gang of friends high on speed playing so hard and fast it seems like they're purposely trying to break every string and drum skin in front of them."
Bad Nerves tour dates
Glasgow pop duo Adam and Sam are HYYTS who take their influences from Scissor Sisters, Prince, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Years & Years.
HYYTS tour dates
A young singer / songwriter from Glasgow who is influenced by artists such as Stevie Nicks, Lissie and Jeff Buckley.
Emme Woods tour dates
Lee has a repertoire that's varied and plays the not so well known Django tunes. His playing is fine and emotionally deep but always swinging to the Django rhythms. He is in a league of his own and has played at Le QuecumBar for many years and is well known up and down the country for his Django skills.
Lee Clark tour dates
Luton indie four-piece Hot Mess are self confessed amateurs with a way of writing catchy songs that combine gritty tones with melodic riffs.
Hot Mess tour dates
Since the band’s first gig in February 2011, The Soul Jam has had a reputation for delivering one of the best live shows around. With a mix of male and female lead vocals, the huge 16-piece band faithfully recreates the unique sound and story of the original soul recordings and delivers an uncompromising spectacle that leaves audiences singing, stomping and cheering for more.
The band’s repertoire leans towards the Memphis sound made famous by the Stax label and artists like Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, and Booker T & the MG’s, but the show also includes classic hits by Stevie Wonder, Al Wilson, Ike & Tina Turner, Ray Charles, and many more.
The Soul Jam tour dates
The bonafide Ayrshire born 'comedy fizz bomb' Billy Kirkwood is a must see with a massive cult following, surreal style of storytelling and near non-existent attention span.
'Undeniably funny, unspeakably juvenile' (The Scotsman)
'This vivacious comic with the wild hair and cheeky glint in his eye is a natural performer, and that will get him a long way' (Chortle)
'... Likeable on stage, energetic and enthusiastic' (The Stand Comedy Club)
'Fizzing with energy' (The List)
'Full marks!' (Three Weeks)
Billy Kirkwood tour dates
His likable personality and self-deprecating material make Stephen Buchanan a hit with the audience and fellow comedians alike. He was nominated for “Best New Comedian” at the Scottish Variety Awards in 2016 and was a finalist at the Scottish Comedian of the Year competition that same year.
Stephen Buchanan tour dates
In July 2008, without his knowledge, John's wife put him forward for a competition for newcomers at the Edinburgh Fringe. He had never performed comedy before. He did so well he got through to the final of 'So You Think You're Funny' within the first month of his comedy career. He offers tales of tales of his home life with a wife and 3 young daughters, essentially a 6ft tattooed man who has been subjected to far too much High School Musical and pink fluffy toys.
'His effortless likeability and unaffected charm make his conversational set all the more engaging... a class act' (Chortle).
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A regular fixture at ‘Laughing Cows’ at Manchester’s legendary Frog & Bucket comedy venue and an established playwright with her work having being performed at numerous festivals from Edinburgh to Sydney. Ruth’s comedy is a perilously potent mix of spot-on, slightly surreal social commentary and brilliantly inventive, hummable and instantly hilarious songs.
'An intriguing personality' - Chortle.
'Plain and simple, she's just funny' - Terry Alderton.
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