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Hub Festival 2018: 3D Brass, Adam Stafford, Agiris & Sunbane, Aleighcia Scott, Al Moses, Arvas, The Audio Pirates, Bas Jan, Bel Blue, Big Thing & more
All the amazing music Cardiff has to offer on one street over one weekend. Rock, reggae, folk, blues, funk, hip hop, pop, jazz, indie, metal - as many genres as we can find, with promoters / labels / bands working together to show the rest of the country that Cardiff is absolutely buzzing.
Please visit www.facebook.com/HubFestivalCardiff/ for more information.
Solo venture for Adam of critically-acclaimed Falkirk band Y'all Is Fantasy Island. Adam's prolific career in music and film have come out of a lifelong struggle with severe dyslexia and depression. To date`Adam Stafford's amassed an impressive body of work in both music and cinema. His numerous achievements include a Scottish Album of the Year-nominated solo album Imaginary Walls Collapse, video direction of The Twilight Sad's 'Seven Years of Letter' and an experimental tape-collage Miniature Porcelain Horse Emporium. Famed for his mesmerising performances on stage, he's played alongside Warpaint, The Twilight Sad, Norman Blake, King Creosote and Ela Orleans.
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Cardiff-born pop singer whose influences include reggae, soul, gospel and funky
house amongst others.
Aleighcia is a regular voice on Radio Cardiff and has toured the UK as part of the Real Deal Comedy jam.
Aleighcia Scott tour dates
Bas Jan is a new music project by Serafina Steer, joined by Sarah Anderson and Jenny Moore. Steer has foregone her trademark harp – instead it showcased their knack for creating joyous experimental pop, taking in jangly, funky synths and basslines as well as Sarah Anderson’s blistering violin solos.
Bas Jan tour dates
Cardiff based. Big, dreamy, pop-tinged, in your face, influenced by bands such as Cocteau Twins, Wild Nothing and War on Drugs.
After a chance meeting at Bargain Booze, Dan, Jen, Matt and Jonny were stoked to find a shared love of discount wine, shoegaze and dips. Settling on the name Big Thing because the other names they came up with were even worse, the band started writing, recording and playing house shows, in their own houses, to nobody.
Big Thing tour dates
Cardiff's own Electronic artist Conformist aka Michael Simmons.
"A dizzying rush of outsized ideas and a head-spinning deluge of audacious beats and samples...staggering" Wales Online
"A wonderfully schizophrenic patchwork of sounds and a raging maelstrom of energies and textures....brilliance" Ringmaster Review
Conformist tour dates
'Digital Criminals are a female fronted three piece Electronic Pop-Rock collective from Pontypool, South Wales that formed in 2013 to write and produce music that could inspire the lost generation, reignite hope and regenerate ambition, despite economic and social decline. '
Digital Criminals tour dates
A student blues / funk / rock / cover band based in Cathays, Cardiff who love playing popular tunes from the 50's onwards.
The majority of their set consists of cover songs, however they have also started writing our own material. Artists they cover include Maroon 5, Michael Jackson, James, Brown, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Radiohead, Paolo Nutini and The Animals.
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Trumpet player for Cardiff Indiepop band The School, her solo project tells the gruesome tales of history and humanity exposed via paper plates, hats and an assortment of noise-making accessories. A solitary show-woman, Francesca mixes macabre ballads with wistful laments, and puts on a show encompassing a musical human hat stand, as well as artfully exhibiting the latest techniques from the world of amateur bonnet making!
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Kent-based mechanical alt-blues band 'Funke & the Two Tone Baby' is the pseudonym of multi-instrumentalist Dan Turnbull.
Described as creating ‘new, exciting and innovative music’ (R2 Magazine), in two years Funke has gone from pub gigs in Margate to performing 300+ shows and festivals across the UK and Europe.
Combining effects pedals, beatboxing and grooving bass lines with traditional instrumentation, powerful vocals and relentless energy that provides tracks with a ‘distinctive and contemporary twist’ and gets people ‘grooving like an apoplectic orang-utan’ (Sound of Confusion).
Funke And The Two Tone Baby tour dates
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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Jets to Zurich are an Alternative Rock band from South Wales. Among the band's achievements they have become the ONLY band from Wales to secure two number singles on the QBS Alternative Rock Chart with 'The Downward Spiral' in particular enjoying great success on route to the number one slot back in 2010 (beating Arctic Monkeys in the process).
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'Newport based harmonica-soaked folk and foot stomping, swampy blues'.
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Bringing you Cuban rock n roll, dirty Voodoo Blues and sassy raunch and rumble music strictly for those who wanna bump n grind! The band play anywhere, from festivals to house parties, halls to pubs and clubs to boudoirs!
Johnny Cage & The Voodoo Groove tour dates
One of Bristol's renowned Riot Grrrl bands. Described as 'Anarcho-Riot Grrrl Garage Punk with Psychedelic grooves and a pinch of 80s HC', since
forming in 2016 the band have made their place as one of the staple Riot Punk bands in Bristol, with lead singer Holly Elizabeth paving a new ethos and attitude in the scene.
Strong, independent and a force of nature to be reckoned with: Holly Elizabeth is today's answer to 'Bikini Kill''s Kathleen Hanna: using her voice not only to front the KMK's but to also ensure that inclusivity is promoted at every KMK gig.
The KMK lineup - three women, two guys - are inspired by everything from classic punk to 90s riot grrrl and b-movie soundtracks. Their sound is a
mix of classic British/stateside punk, hardcore elements, b-movie soundtracks and gothic garage psych. The KMK's will have you on your knees for sure!
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MWWB play some of the heaviest cosmic doom you are likely to hear this side of Jupiter, describing themselves as "3 ape descendants and an astral seraphim combining their powers to generate colossal interstellar arias of plutonium weight."
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Violinist. Rapper. Looper.
"Violin in hand and a multitude of effects and loop pedals at his feet, he builds up to a string and percussion crescendo before opening his mouth and… wow! This guy doesn’t just spit rhymes, they just cascade out at a speed that is as ferocious as his lyrics." - Wake The Deaf (Ben Gallivan)
Performing using Jess (violin), a loop pedal and a cajon, Mike builds up layers of dense harmony and embellishes with thoughtful, energetic rhymes drawing inspiration from daily British life and the perils and profits of love with a geeky fanaticism for rhythm-bending and syncopation.
You won't have seen an artist like this before.
In 2016, Mike released "Smiles & Cries" on his own label, D-Funk Records. The single, "Stuff" was picked up as Tom Robinson's 6Music
Recommends track in March 2016.
In 2017, Mike released two consecutive EPs, the "Junction 19 EP" and the "Junction 29 EP". Both respectively concern his love for Bristol and Cardiff.
2018 sees Mike release his latest LP, "Edge in Wordways" and a UK tour to accompany the release in November.
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Talented singer-songwriter, sometimes joined by her 7-piece band.
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Shades of 60’s psychedelia, blues-rock and punk permeate the air ways when these guys are playing. The Cardiff four-piece are big fans of hefty guitar sounds and supercharged, foot to the floor rock and roll, not shying away from bringing their personalities to life with their music.
Rainbow Maniac tour dates
Since relocating to Bristol in 2012, Regime have started to make a name for themselves across the South-West with their solid performances. Consisting of two sets of brothers and a Spaniard, Regime play heavy hip-hop mixed with dancehall, reggae and rock. Conscious (and often hilarious) social commentary combined with heavy reggae bass lines, slick hip-hop riffs and a consistently danceable groove make Regime a perfect party/festival band.
Regime tour dates
She Makes War is the solo project of Bristol based multi-instrumentalist producer and visual artist Laura Kidd. Blending urgent indie rock with melancholy torch songs, SMW’s new album “Brace For Impact” will be released on 28th September 2018 via My Big Sister Recordings.
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Beautifully melding elements of soul and hip-hop, this 8-piece collective have an upfront, bright and energetic stage presence to match their growing catalogue of lyrical originals with big bass and dynamic lyricism.
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An instantly noteworthy new voice on the scene, singer-songwriter Vince James brings simple, yet skillfully constructed songs, combined with whiskey-soaked vocals and insightful storytelling through his lyrics, which are packed with astute observations from growing up in a small town in his native South Wales.
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