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Kendal Calling is an independent boutique music festival in Cumbria's beautiful Lake District, bringing a diverse selection of rock, indie and dance music to its intimate setting each summer.
The last edition's lineup was headlined by The Libertines, Run DMC and Catfish and the Bottlemen, while away from the music, festival-goers can enjoy a wide range of food and drink, as well as quirky art installations, pop-up bars, a market and a cinema.
Kendal Calling is also a family-friendly festival, hosting its very own kid's area, complete with all kinds of entertainment for the little ones, making the festival an ideal choice for a child's first festival.
Please visit www.kendalcalling.co.uk/ for more information.
Manchester's Courteeners both look and sound as though they've come straight out of another time and place, and yet, somehow, are bang up to date. Think Babyshambles meets The Smiths and you'll be somewhere close to their gritty, electrifying sound. 'NME strongly advises that you do put your life in the hands of this rock 'n' roll band'.
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Former members of dance hit makers Sub Sub (best known for their no.3 hit 'Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use), who as Doves became purveyors of indie-rock anthems like 'Pounding' and top ten singles 'There Goes The Fear' and 'Black And White Town'. Their mellow guitar-driven indie sounds with irresistable chord arrangements sometimes give way to playful dance undercurrents. After a lengthy hiatus, the band announced in December 2018 they were back.
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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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Chic featuring Nile Rodgers
Chic are an American disco and R&B band that were founded in 1976 by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards. The group, still fronted by Rodgers, are best known for hit songs including Le Freak, Dance Dance Dance, I Want Your Love, Good Times - the latter of which provided the bedrock of The Sugarhill Gang's A Rapper's Delight, the first multiple-platinum Hip Hop single. The group regard themselves as a rock band for the disco movement 'that made good on hippie peace, love and freedom'. In October 2012, Chic were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the seventh time. Nile Rodgers, whose 1958 Fender Stratocaster has played on an estimated $2bn worth of hit music, also has numerous producer credits to his name - including Let's Dance, David Bowie's biggest-selling album, and Madonna's blockbuster album Like a Virgin, plus records by Sister Sledge, Duran Duran and Diana Ross. In March 2013, Rodgers was profiled in the highly rated BBC4 documentary special, Nile Rodgers: The Hitmaker.
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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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Tom's long career all began with his first hit 'It's Not Unusual' in 1965. Now Tom has found a new audience, thanks in part to his coaching on ITV's 'The Voice', and also in reaching fans of traditional R'n'B and gospel material with the trio of critically acclaimed albums he's released since 2010. Although he is best known for hits including 'It’s Not Unusual', 'Kiss', 'Delilah', 'What’s New Pussycat' and 'Green Green Grass Of Home', he is first and foremost an artist with a true rhythm and blues soul, as recent albums 'Praise & Blame', 'Spirit In The Room' and 'Long Lost Suitcase' have demonstrated, full of simple, raw and soulful songs. Knighted by Her Majesty the Queen in 2006, Sir Tom is indeed a living legend. His irresistible show traverses musical eras and genres, cuts across class divides and appeals to young and old, male and female, mainstream and cutting edge. Tom has always been about the power of the song, the power of the voice.
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Years & Years
Years & Years play soulful electronic pop, and are rooted in '90s RnB, citing TLC and and Aaliyah as influences. Crowned as BBC Music's Sound of 2015, Years & Years are a London-based trio consisting of bassist Mikey Goldsworthy, keyboard player Emre Turkmen and vocalist Olly Alexander, who joined the band when Mikey heard him singing in the shower after a party at his house. "This trio are making dance music that wears its heart and soul on its sleeve – their countless electro pop anthems will fill many a festival tent next summer." - Alison Howe, Series Producer, Later… with Jools Holland, BBC Music TV
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Formed in 2009, Nashville/LA quartet Rival Sons play a brand of soulful hard rock dripping with the blues and swaggering to a good-time groove. They're arguably the one of the best bands in the swelling ranks of '70s revivalist acts.
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With no hype machine, no radio play and no record label backing, Gerry Cinnamon has achieved record breaking success and cemented his status as Scotland’s most successful independent artist. Gerry’s music crosses generations in a way that only a handful of wordsmiths can - relatable, relevant and a true story teller. Unsigned and unmatched in his ability to operate outside of the mainstream Gerry has become a cult hero and force to be reckoned with.
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The singer of Liverpool band The Rascals, Miles Kane also co-fronts The Last Shadow Puppets alongside the Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner. As a solo artist, Miles has built up a head of steam on the live circuit, proving to be one of the most exciting young talents in the country.
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Throughout their illustrious career, Gomez have always been pioneers in their craft – they came onto the scene in England in the '90s alongside bands like Super Furry Animals and The Beta Band and went on to win the Mercury Music Prize in 1998 for their debut album. Known by many for their genre-blurring music, Gomez blend their shared love of alt-rock, glam, nashville country, post-punk, dancehall, top 40 pop and much more.
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Glasgow trio The Fratellis had phenomenal success with their debut album 'Costello Music' entering the UK Album Chart at number 2, spawning the huge anthem 'Chelsea Dagger; and went on to win the Best British Breakthrough Act at the Brit Awards in 2007. They went on a 4-year hiatus in 2009 to pursue solo projects, but returned in 2012 and have been on the road and recording ever since, with their 6th album 'Half Drunk Under A Full Moon' released in May 2020.
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IDLES are a heavy post-punk band from Bristol. They want to entertain and hurt in equal measure. They believe that art and violence work. Their spirit colour is coral pink. One of them loves queuing, one struggles counting, one has been arrested 8 times, one doesn't like music and one puts sausage rolls on his pizza! 'IDLES are hard to capture, because they're not Fat White Family, they're not Sleaford Mods, they are very much their own incarnation of uncompromising rhythmical punk rock. Lyrically, a mixture of dry obsessional humour and poetic slogans. But, best of all, they really get the adrenaline pumping' - Steve Lamacq, BBC6 Music.
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The BRIT awards winner of Best British Female Solo Artist of 2006 needs little introduction these days - the evidence of her success is unavoidable in Britain today. By her own testimony, her rather personal and reflective music is rooted in her adopted childhood; 'I grew up knowing I could have had a million different lives. It makes your life mysterious and your imagination go wild.' She's earned a solid reputation as a live performer and also pioneered the use of live sampling in chart music, which features significantly in her concerts with the use of a pedal she refers to as 'Wee B**tard'.
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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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'Perfectly formed pop' (Bugbear). A band who manage to do something new with the rock sound. Their music is unusual and boundary pushing, but luckily they have the technical prowess to pull it off, sometimes mastering kitchen utensils as well as more standard instruments. The Syd Barrett-worshiping indie outfit formed in the early '90s when the group's shock-headed frontman, Blaine Harrison, was only 12. The band was initially called the Misery Jets, in honor of the Heathrow-bound jets that habitually roared over their native Eel Pie Island, but they changed their name when Blaine (who, again, was very young at the time) misspelled 'misery'. They notched up a few UK top 40 hits in the 00s including 'Two Doors Down' and 'The Boy Who Ran Away', and a string of successful albums including 2008's 'Twenty One' which went Silver. 2020 sees the release of their sixth album; 'A Billion Heartbeats'.
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Northampton-bred wordsmith Slowthai has built his name over the past few years with relentless flows, aggressive tones and witty wordplay. His energy is elevated during his live shows, giving the audience an up close and personal experience with an infectious mood, either leaving the audience raging with excitement or simply shocked at how one man can radiate so much confidence and energy in any circumstance or crowd.
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Badly Drawn Boy
Mercury Music Prize winner Badly Drawn Boy provides 'Beatific, rhythm-infested melodies, resplendent in wondrous brass, stark string accompaniment and obscure found sounds'.
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The Welwyn Garden City trio (Billy Lunn – guitar/vocals, Charlotte Cooper – bass/vocals and Josh Morgan – drums) started playing in their local area in 2003 and, after beating 5000 applicants, they were picked by Michael Eavis to play at Glastonbury. Hype surrounded them in the wake of that performance, and judging by the relentless urgent energy and polished songwriting they are able to conjure up, it seems justified.
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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 Joy Formidable
North Wales indie-grunge three-piece, fronted by the enchanting Ritzy Bryan. Abandoning the traditional record industry route, they came to prominence upon releasing 2009 mini album 'A Balloon Called Moaning' as a free download. Their Breeders and Yeah Yeah Yeahs brand of indie-rock, with their trademark sound of crashing guitars and tight hooks, has seen them gain continual support by BBC 6 Music and a loyal fan base.
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Dream Wife started out as a fantasy… literally. Icelandic singer Rakel and British musicians Alice and Bella played their first show as part of a performance project at art school in Brighton. Stuck in dreams of 90s club kid nostalgia they continue on making music, embracing their love for edgy pop. Dream Wife name David Lynch's women as a big influence; 'powerful and seriously f***ed up'. They play with the aesthetics of the 1960's yé-yé girls movement, along with current influences such as Sleigh Bells, Le Tigre and Grimes. Dream Wife ooze with girl power; infecting the crowd with their trademark 'poolside pop with a bite.' The music juxtaposes simple pop hooks, beats, cutting riffs and dreamy vocals.
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The Big Moon
The Big Moon are a young London pop-punk four piece consisting of Juliette, Soph, Celia, and Fern. Musically they’re somewhere between PJ Harvey’s more widescreen rock moments and Howling Bells’ ragged intensity, but with a crackling girl-gang energy recalling Elastica.
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The Rifles burst onto the UK music scene in 2006 with their attitude-laden debut 'No Love Lost'. Making heavy rock 'n' roll inspired by the likes of The Clash, Dylan and The Rolling Stones, the London four-piece cite influences as far reaching as The Smiths and The Streets, their sound is heavily sixties mod yet thoroughly modern. Sharp vocals, quick-witted songs, rolling guitars and a crucial hint of ska coming from their tighter than tight rhythm section make The Rifles the perfect London soundtrack.
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Blood Red Shoes
Blood Red Shoes are a girl/boy guitar/drums shout-rock duo from London influenced by The Slits and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Steve, who plays drums, used to be in Cat On Form.
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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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Beans on Toast
He’s a hippy, a punk, a poet, a drunk, a die-hard romantic and an eternal optimist. Singing simple songs that tackle big issues: Political protest songs for the modern day, honest and open Love songs. Songs that will make you laugh, but also make you think with no holds barred honest lyrics and quick wit.
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Kyle Falconer is a Scottish musician, best known as the lead vocalist of The View.
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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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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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Hailing from various parts of the UK, ramshackle Indie six-piece Sports Team met whilst studying at Cambridge. They’re now based in Harlesden (west London), tucked 'between the McVities biscuit factory and an evangelical church'. Channeling a lyrical cynicism that touches on young-professionals and provincial clichés, with influences ranging from indie pioneers Pavement, through to 90s post punk also-rans The Family Cat, Sports Team have cut through the ranks of London’s live scene and become one of the country’s most exciting and important discoveries.
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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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Based in West Lothian, Scotland, this four-piece who grew up together are taking the Scottish scene by storm with their anthemic, sing-along indie tunes.
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The Pearl Harts
After touring as a session drummer around the world, Sara and her best friend Kirsty then spent a year secretly recording and playing secret shows, amongst which was a gig at legendary biker haunt, Ace Cafe. "Combining sweet vocals with some killer basslines, the duo of The Pearl Harts don’t half manage to make a racket. Spiky guitars and booming drums, with hints of Queens of the Stone Age or Nirvana...there’s still so much to get your ears around..."
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Glasgow Punk band.
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Zuzu's hook-centric indie rock assimilates the noisy spirit, tunefulness, and swagger of the Brit-pop and Merseybeat of her hometown of Liverpool.
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Sophie And The Giants
Sophie and the Giants are practitioners of innovative, left-leaning pop: a raw fusion of collective influences, which range from the likes of Siouxsie Sioux to Blondie and Jamie T. The band was formed by Sophie (vocals), Chris Hill (drums), Bailey Stapledon (bass) and Toby Holmes (guitar) while all four of them were still at college. Shortly after, they moved to their adoptive hometown of Sheffield where they’ve been refining their intense, life-affirming sound and rapidly expanding set of songs which have since taken them on tour with the likes of Tom Grennan, Yonaka and Reverend and The Makers.
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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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The Postcard Band
A Carlisle based trio who take their influences from bands including The Jam, Beatles and Teenage Fanclub.
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Despite growing up in the same picturesque village, Chris Davids and Liam Ivory, aka Maribou State, customarily ignored each other at school, but discovered their shared passion for music at university in Leeds and became firm friends. Since then they have steadily built a glowing reputation via their debut album, a string of well-loved EPs, and a fistful of remixes (Including Kelis, Lana Del Rey, and Ultraísta). Plaudits from the electronic press have flowed thick and fast alongside support from radio heavyweights: Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Annie Mac, Giles Peterson, and Pete Tong amongst others. Intrigued by the dynamics of electronic music for the dance floor as much as with the richness and human quality of live instrumentation and song craft, the have worked tirelessly to evolve and forge a unique, compelling and deeply soulful marriage of the organic and the synthetic, showcased on their debut LP, Portraits.
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Leftfield (DJ Set)
Spinning deep roots, conscious world, and dark drum`n`bass,... fusing organic sounds and music technology to create a unique vibe. (Spitz)
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Timucin Kwong Wah Lam, known professionally as Jax Jones, is an English DJ, record producer, songwriter and remixer. He is best known for his 2017 single, You Don't Know Me, featuring RAYE which peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart, Instruction, featuring Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don and Breathe featuring Ina Wroldsen. He also featured on Duke Dumont's single, I Got U, which peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart in 2014.
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The name High Contrast needs no introduction any more… though when a young, fresh-faced Lincoln Barrett signed on the dotted line back in 2000 he was a complete unknown. Signed on the strength of his mini-disc demos, the Welsh wonder has smashed his way through the D+B scene and has become one of its iconic and much respected heroes.
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Producer, remixer, DJ and Rinse FM host.
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Danny Howard currently presents Radio 1's Dance Anthems and was the winner of their 'Superstar DJ' competition in 2011. Danny has already notched up a list of enviable gigs, including playing at Space Ibiza, Ushuaia, a bi-weekly resident at Judgement Sundays as well as Judgement in Majorca.
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Nottingham bass producer and DJ.
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Manchester's Krystal Klear is resident DJ at Hoya:Hoya and producer of some of the most compulsive modern disco and boogie of recent years
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With a unique sound, Melé is capable of delivering on every level - from club music to deeper productions interspersed with, hip-hop snares, grimey synths at techno tempo it's Melé's rhythmic inventiveness, and virtuoso touches that really set him apart.
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Many know Paul Woolford's name through the 2005/6 slow-burning hit "Erotic Discourse", released on 2020 Vision, the Leeds label with which he made his name initially. The success of this proved he has the ability to create a genre-defining sound and led to sales of over 15,000, capturing the imagination of DJs across the board.
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DJ Barely Legal
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The Jungle Warriors
Improv world-jazz band based around guitarist Jan Kuiper.
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Monki's box-fresh sets include everything from piano house to hissing snares and skeleton shattering sub-bass.
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Waze & Odyssey
Currently creating a storm, this mysterious duo have a prolific release schedule coming up with releases on PetFood, Wolf Music, Southern Fried, Sccucci Manucci & Traveller Records.
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Goldie Lookin' Chain
With more razzle-dazzle jewellery than Mr T, this novelty rap act from South Wales manage to make The Streets' Mike Skinner appear positively middle-class. The 15 chavs that make up GLC were somehow signed to independent label EastWest on the dubious strength of a handful of tracks that had been burnt to CDR and passed around the pubs of Newport. Now, armed with songs about smoking weed, shagging monkeys and, erm, 'cider enemas', they are headlining gigs around the UK.
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The Cuban Brothers
The Cuban Brothers are a unique entertainment proposition. Born of the loins of seventies Havana, nurtured on a diet of soulful, sexy tunes and inspired by the beats and breaks of a thousand B Boys - they're the only act that truly combines music, comedy and dancing for the more discerning crowd...
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Fleetmac Wood is a remix project and a party dedicated to one of the greatest bands of our time, Fleetwood Mac.
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Broken Brass Ensemble
Young eight piece from Holland Broken Brass Ensemble combine traditional New Orleans brass with hiphop, balkan, funk, fanfare in a sharp, swinging, high energy show. Their music is their own though they aren’t afraid to shake up their audiences with a surprising cover now and then.
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The Urban Folk Quartet
The Urban Folk Quartet play a unique fusion of folk and world music which, combined with funky rock grooves, guarantee a performance full of energy and humour. The West Midlands band consists of demon fiddle players Joe Broughton (Albion Band, Conservatoire Folk Ensemble) and Paloma Trigas (Carlos Nunez) with the irrepressible Dan Walsh (banjo, guitar) and storming rhythms from cajon player and percussionist Tom Chapman. The level of instrumental capability and infectious enthusiasm never fails to excite audiences everywhere. “Up there with the best of them. Amazing musicians.” – BBC Radio 2.
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Rackabeat and DJ Moneyshot collaborate to bring that vintage sound of sampled funk, psych, hip-hop and rock back to the forefront of club music.
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Brick Lane's beatboxing veteran. This conscious Hip-hop beatboxer is known for making sick beats with just his voice and a loop station.
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Soulful and Psychedelic, The Hempolics are an infectious mash up of Reggae, Electro, Hip-Hop, Dancehall and Rock n Pop. Formed in 2009 by producer/engineer Grippa and recently returned from extensive recording sessions in Jamaica with Faithless sooth-sayer Maxi Jazz, up and coming collective, The Hempolics, take on the classic UK reggae sounds of Matumbi, The Cimarons and Smiley Culture and give them a distinctly 21st century feel, taking in dubstep, drum & bass, garage and soul
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Cameroon-born Muntu Valdo has been attracting international attention with his mesmerising solo sets, fusing intricate African guitar lines with loops and samples to create sun-kissed groove heavy Sawa Blues. His music is deeply rooted in the blues, mixing African traditions with striking modernity and technical mastery. He’s travelled all over the world and played with some of the great names of African and international music including Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Damon Albarn and Lucinda Williams.
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CoCo And The Butterfields
If anyone ever doubted the ability of music to re-route people's lives, a page from the formative days of CoCo and the Butterfields will soon turn that around. It's 2012 in the town of Canterbury, where Tom Twyman has a plane ticket in his hand, for the journey to the new life he's mapped out for himself in Australia. Dulcima Showan, meanwhile, has just left sixth form college and is all set for art school in Dublin. Neither of them ever makes it, because by now they're in the early stages of a band that has other plans for them. CoCo and the Butterfields have been on a steady and unmistakable upward incline since then, developing an enviable reputation for their exhilarating live shows as their inclusive, acoustic-based sound has ripened to maturity. During the ride, they've played to enthusiastic audiences all over the UK and Europe, both at their own gigs and countless festivals, as well as headlining at London's O2 Academy. They also signed a prestigious 2016 publishing deal with peermusic. For all its elements of folk and Americana, this is admirably unconventional modern pop, and it's reached new levels of sophistication on their Monsters EP.
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Based in London, Kadija Kamara is a singer songwriter who best describes her sound as ‘Alt Soul’. With a love of 60’s and 70’s analogue sounds, Kadija combines her affinity for retro soul music with a host of modern influences.
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Tetes De Pois
Têtes de Pois are a 'genre-bending 7-piece instrumental band, fresh on the scene, mashing up hiphop, Afrobeat, soul, jazz and more.'
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An exciting 4-piece instrumental group formed by composer / producer Aaron Wheeler (aka Laszlo) and fellow producer and guitarist Todd Baker. Described as "blissfully different", their refreshing brand of original fusion-based music is rich in harmony and groove, showcasing the diversity and depth of their compositional skill and musicianship. Aaron and Todd are joined by an impressive rhythm section, featuring in-demand drummer Sophie Alloway, and the talented Ida Hollis on Bass.
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Snazzback have been busking the cold-stretch in Bristol, bringing the streets an echo of something else. Their songs play with undulating jazz/ improvisation shimmering afro-cuban rhythms and deep soul/funk grooves. Having hosted several impromptu street-parties last summer in Bristol, the 5-piece street-jazzers are now between street and stage, to bring their freezing new grooves inside and play them off piste!
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The Plimp Souls
Manchester born heavy-funk/soul band The Plimp Souls are brought together by one vision: to play a fresh blend of authentic raw funk. This tight, nine-piece ensemble brings a new twist to the scene. The Plimp Souls are diggin deep into their vaults to bring an exciting selection of rare Funk & Soul .
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Frontman with Manchester indie gods The Charlatans, Tim also performs solo gigs playing a mix of old favourites and new tunes. A busy man, he is also an in-demand DJ playing a heady mix of northern soul, funk and indie when behind the decks. Tim has also turned writer, publishing his well-received biographies 'Telling Stories' and 'Tim Book Two'.
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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.
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BBC 1Xtra DJ.
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The Lake Poets
The Lake Poets is one man from Sunderland called Martin Longstaff. Described as 'stunningly affecting and haunting', the music of The Lake Poets incorporates delicate finger-picked guitar, gorgeous melodies and moving, intelligent and thought-provoking lyricism. Martin's vocal is hauntingly beautiful and his honest and personal songwriting has created a buzz too strong to be ignored by the likes of BBC Radio1 and 6 Music.
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Band Of Hope
A cinematic, post rock band from Leeds whose influences include S;int, Tool and Sonic Youth.
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The Smiths Ltd
The Smiths Ltd are the only Smiths Tribute Band from Manchester, UK.
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A beautifully melodic band with some great joint vocal lines.
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A four piece, fuzz-pop band from Newton-Le-Willows.
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Former Inspiral Carpets frontman and Manchester legend making an appearance behind the decks.
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Eliza & The Bear
A five piece band from Essex who spent their first year together only performing in the close cofnines of a practice room in North London. One of the UK’s most promising young bands with guitar-driven indie-folk hooks reinforced by beautifully orchestrated horns, punctuated rhythms and the emphatic vocals of lead singer James Kellegher.
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The 99 Degree
The 99 Degree pull influences from all over creating a sound that reminds you of everything but imitates nothing. Taking major influence from '50s Rock n Roll, '60s Garage Rock and a big hit of The Doors and the punishing sound of the early Velvet Underground at their loudest, if the legendary Nuggets Box Set was released tomorrow they would be the first band on there. After launching in early 2015, The 99 Degree are ready to show what they have and we think you're gonna like it.
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Manchester Rock 'N' Roll five piece.
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Highly rated Manchester 3-piece Garage Rock band Supported by BBC 6 Music's Steve Lamacq and Chris Hawkins, Radio X and KEXP, playlisted by Amazing Radio and tipped by blogs like Little Indie Blogs, Lopuder Than War and Fred Perry Subculture. Hey Bulldog have appeared at Kendal Calling, Cotton Clouds and Solfest Festivals 'The thing I love about Hey Bulldog is they have so many influences from across the rock spectrum and they seem to fuse them absolutely wonderfully into spine chilling results' Charlie Ashcroft, Amazing Radio "You can have your money back if you hear a better guitar song than that all day' Chris Hawkins BBC Radio 6 Music ‘Some of The Best Garage Rock on the planet’ The Revue
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Having formed officially in 2008 after a number of years playing together, and in various other bands, vocalist Rob Damiani, guitarist Simon Delaney, bassist Tom Doyle and drummer Matt Donnelly have honed the art of rock music with a gloriously melodic edge.
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Reverend And The Makers
Fusing indie rock melody and attitude with dance rhythm, Reverend And The Makers is the brainchild of Sheffield musician Jon McClure, who recorded the original RATM demos with members of the Arctic Monkeys and Bromheads Jacket. The group uses a combination of indie rock, electro and funk to complete their signature sound.
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The Pigeon Detectives
The Leeds-based Pigeon Detectives play an exciting blend of rock'n'roll born out of a love for classic rock music and the indie rock of the 1990s. 'Perfect fodder for indie fans who like to jump up and down as if it's 1995, this band's crunching guitar is simple but effective' says Camden Evening News, reflecting quite accurately the Pigeon Detectives' ethos - to play exciting music to packed out venues.
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Josh is best known as co-host of the twice BAFTA nominated and multiple Broadcast and RTS award winning show The Last Leg on Channel 4. With 14 critically acclaimed series under their belts Josh, alongside co-hosts Adam Hills and Alex Brooker, have been praised for their reaction and topical coverage of the weeks most harrowing of news stories, as well as their ability to open up the conversations surrounding disability through their coverage of the Paralympic Games and beyond. The Last Leg is currently in its 15th series, broadcast live at 10pm on Channel 4 on Friday nights. This series includes a Christmas Special on Friday 21st December and the show returns for a two hour long supersized edition at 9pm on New Year’s Eve where The Last Leg Of The Year will welcome 2019 in glorious fashion. Josh has made a number of other notable TV appearances including three series of his critically-acclaimed BBC sitcom JOSH which he created and starred in, team captain on BBC Two’s Insert Name Here as well as regular appearances on BBC’s Two’s QI, BBC One’s Have I Got New For You, Sky One’s A League of Their Own and on Dave’s Taskmaster (winner of series 1 plus crowned the Champions of Champions ultimate winner in 2017). Josh also hosts his own hugely successful 90’s football podcast Quickly Kevin, Will He Score? alongside Chris Scull and Michael Marden. In early 2019 Josh returns to DAVE to host the brand new series Hypothetical alongside James Acaster. Hypothetical is a brand new comedy panel show that tests two teams of comedians on their ability to deal with a series of ridiculous hypthetical scenarios.
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Reginald D Hunter
Originally from the Deep South of the USA, and now one of the North West's favourite comics. Reg is one of the good guys of comedy. A hypnotic, smooth-talking, very human comedian who hits your funny bone with tales of love, hate, death and all that is in between. Reginald has been in the UK for just under two decades and in that time he has become one of the UK Comedy industry’s best-known performers for his distinctive take on subjects including race and sexuality. His work can be brutally honest and is often considered to be controversial but it is always meticulously thought out and he has never been afraid to face challenging issues head on even when the focus is on his own principles or beliefs. Reg has had a hugely successful career and has become a well-known face of primetime television shows such as Live At The Apollo, and is a frequent guest on Have I Got News For You. 'Searing social commentary, deep south wisdom and juicy punchlines' (The Independent) 'One of the comedy scene's leading players and a figure of rare authority' (The Daily Telegraph). “Stand-up comedy’s coolest customer” (Telegraph). “Reginald D Hunter joins the top rank of stand-up comedians working today…A comedian going for broke flying in the face of received opinion in a way that is simply exhilarating...this is comedy of a rare scope” (Times).
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The Lancashire Hotpots
Famous for their songs 'Chippy Tea', 'The Girl From Bargain Booze', 'Keys Wallet Phone' and many others, these St Helens lads mix classic folk music with genius Lancashire-tinged comedic lyrics, full of punderful words.
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Paul Smith (Comedian)
Paul Smith is resident compere at Hot Water Comedy Club. His quick wit and affable nature make him popular with any crowd. Paul has been crowned Liverpool's New Comedian of the Year and was a Finalist at The Leicester Comedian of the Year competition.
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Justin hosts his own show Tea Time With Justin Moorhouse daily on Manchester's Sony Award winning radio station Key 103. TV credits include playing Young Kenny in the award-winning Phoenix Nights (C4), Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow (BBC One), The Charlotte Church Show (C4), 8 Out of 10 Cats (C4), The Grumpy Guides (BBCTwo2) and Shameless (E4). Justin also appeared in the 2009 Ken Loach feature film Looking For Eric. Writing credits include The 11 O’Clock Show (C4), 8 Out Of 10 Cats (C4) and critically acclaimed comedy drama An Insurance Inspector Calls (BBC Radio 4). 'Moorhouse charms the pants off the crowd' (Sunday Times) 'A comedic tour de force. Excruciatingly funny... brought a tear to a critical eye' (The Herald) 'Quirky and imaginative stories... A brilliant entertainer' (The Stage) 'Simultaneously down-to-earth and out-of-this-world' (The List). Justin Moorhouse was named in Ents24's top 5 hardest-working comedians of 2017.
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Dan is a huge star of the national circuit and is a resident compere and act at Manchester's Famous Frog and Bucket Comedy Club. He is an act not to be missed! 'Nightingale can make just about anything funny. He's lightning-quick' (Time Out) 'A superb compilation of brilliantly crafted stories written by someone who unquestionably has a keen and instinctive eye for comedy. Nightingale's buoyant energy makes for entertaining stand up' (Broadway Baby) 'Dan's laughing, we're laughing... funny as hell' (Leicester Mercury) 'A witty and incredibly well timed comic' (Arts Award Voice) 'It is his powers of observation that make him so entertaining. Outrageously funny' (KeepingupwithNZ) 'Magnetic, entertaining and wonderfully funny' (Three Weeks).
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Influential British folk singer who, despite disappearing from the music scene in the mid sixties, made a return in the early 2000's as part of the nu-folk revival, collaborating with the likes of Adem, Devendra Banhart and Animal Collective, and releasing some highly successful solo material.
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Piroshka is the Hungarian for Little Red Riding Hood, and gives a subtle nod to a certain red hairdo that stood out in the 1990s Brit-guitar-pop scene. It's also the alter ego of four notable talents – Miki Berenyi (Lush), KJ ‘Moose’ McKillop (Moose), Mick Conroy (Modern English) and Justin Welch (Elastica). Making gorgeous bittersweet, euphoric pop that is much more than the sum of the four parts, Piroshka’s music combines physical force with sublime delicacy and lyrics that reflect the brutal times we are currently living under.
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Brighton-based pop-rock four-piece. Lucid dreaming, fuzz filled music with a DIY lo-fi approach, their music will charm you as it ranges from Cacophonous to tranquil and back again.
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Average Sex is a 5 piece indie pop band formed in East London in the summer of 2016 by Laetitia Bocquet and Sam O'Donovan.
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An alternative post - punk trio from Manchester. 'Powerful post-punk, grunge, new wave and blending the best of the rest. A sound you need to hear.'
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Indie band from Manchester with a heap of influences, from the Mod sounds of The Who and Small Faces to the Madchester glory of Stone Roses and Oasis. They've gone through some line-up changes over the years and split up in 2014, but return in 2018. Jonny Brown remains centre stage on vocals and guitar, joined by Harry Lavin, James Highton and Richard Allsopp. Twisted Wheel have supported the likes Kasabian, The View, The Enemy, Paul Weller and were the main support acts of Oasis in the homecoming tour of 2009.
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Giant Rooks are an indie pop band from the city of Hamm in Germany. Founded in 2014, they gained attention in 2016 at the NRW KULTURsekretariat, winning the newcomer category of the popNRW-Preis. The group is composed of Frederik Rabe, Finn Schwieters, Luca Göttner, Finn Thomas und Jonathan Wischniowski.
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Reformed '77 post-punk band, featuring Goldblade's John Robb. A key influence on bands like Big Black and the US underground, The Membranes are a melting pot of post punk, psychedelic rock, noise and drone, and neo classical pieces. The band claim they are "not a rock n roll project, but a high decibel orchestra playing discordant death disco symphonies about life and the universe and beyond. With music that varies from classic Membranes discordant noise, to drone rock epics, to neo classical orchestrated pieces to psych outs, to a walk on the dark side exercise in post punk with dark dub exercises…”
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The band only formed recently and began life as the accidental by-product of a theatre score written by Jamie vocals / guitars / keys / electronics) and Carlos (vocals / guitar / keys). The pair had previously played with bassist Jacob as teenager in an alt-rock band and also had some success in dance music, with a residency at The Warehouse in Leeds. Percussionist Felix - who has toured with Brooklyn jazz ensemble Snarky Puppy - completes the line-up.
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A 'future punk' trio from London whose influences include Nine Inch Nails and The Prodigy. "These boys have a big nasty sound. Dangerous to my ears" -Liam Howlett (The Prodigy)
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Hailing from the coastal town of Portaferry, Northern Ireland, hotly tipped singer-songwriter Ryan McMullan has already earned a reputation for his scintillating live shows. Combining infectious, blues infused melodies with bold sweeping choruses; he is often compared to the likes of Foy Vance and Bon Ivor. 'Portaferry’s young answer to Foy Vance has an ample sleeve that he has acoustically displayed his heart on. Extremely promising!' BBC ATL NI
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Featuring an all-girl line-up of Jessica Branney, Rachel Williams and Carleia Balbenta, three piece indie-pop band Peaness formed in Chester in late 2014. The trio have gigged extensively up and down the country with their unique and upbeat brand of indie pop that has more hooks, charm and depth than a dozen identikit indie-boy bores. The band have won the hearts of unsuspecting listeners across the length and breadth of the DIY scene, right through to BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens. Expect effortless breezy melodies, catchy hooks, even catchier choruses and lyrics that come with a cheeky wink and tongue in cheek innocence. Once you put it all together you’re left with what fans are christening Pea-Pop.
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'A live band with a pop edge. These four lads from Liverpool are ready to take the world by storm with their musical talent...'
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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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Balcony are a London based four piece drawn from three continents. They manage to effortlessly blend their electronic hooks and guitar riffs into some beautifully warm dream-pop.
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A psychedelic / surf rock band from Paris.
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A brilliant and hugely experienced storyteller, whose amazing Talecoat is run through with countless stories for children of all ages...
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Chris Betts has performed all across Canada and the United States at independent venues, comedy clubs, and international festivals including the Comedy Works in Montreal, SXSW and the Zulu Comedy Festival. He moved to London in 2012, since when he has appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was a finalist in the Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year 2014. He has received numerous plaudits for his sharp material and relaxed stage presence. Chris Betts’ mind is a curious place, where the philosophical meets the ridiculous. His material is a perfect balance of incisive social satire and complete silliness. He has a style that is equal parts confident, thoughtful, ridiculous and mischievous. 'Chris Betts is tremendous' (Such Small Portions) 'Betts is in the upper echelon of the city's performers; universally respected and admired for his professionalism, dedication and unique perspective of the world' (www.examiner.com) 'unhurried delivery that reeled the audience in... unflappable stage presence' (London Is Funny) '... properly hilarious' (What's On London) '... an enticing prospect, a Canadian who deals in off-kilter thoughts sharpened by the occasional prod at taboo topics' (The Independent).
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Oh My God! It's The Church
It's time all you sinners went back to church. To a service where party is the new praising, where you'll be baptised in absinthe and made to dance with the devil himself. Hell, even Jesus gets down and dirty at this show! 'The Church' is a non-stop party church service featuring the best soul, blues and disco tunes fronted by insane Pastor and Pentecostal pervert Rev. Michael Alabama Jackson. By the end you'll be on your knees praying for more - think Sister Act on speed!
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The Raymond And Mr Timpkins Revue
'It's freakish entertainment on a twisted stick', the charismatically challenged uncle and nephew duo, invite you into a world of stylophone rock anthems, brushed velvet arousal and 'indulgent, brilliant tackiness'. Likened to Morecambe and Wise and the Two Ronnies, anyone who can bring the house down with nothing more than a couple of Lidl carrier bags and an Oasis song have to be seen to be believed. 'A mad, anarchic triumph of stupidity over style. Not to be missed' (The Guardian).
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Dele Sosimi & The Afrobeat Orchestra
Dele Sosimi made his name as pianist with Fela Kuti, and his outfit specialises in a modern interpretation of Kuti's music. A fusion of African Yorubu Drummings and funk grooves.
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This exciting project that has already been getting rave reviews and massive accolade from some of the industries biggest critiques. A collective of the biggest voices in house & garage music over the last 20 years with a staggering 8 UK top ten hits between them and records in excess of over 10 millions sales including Sweet Female Attitude, KKlass, Axwell, Bob Sinclar, Cassius, Michael Grey, Full Intention, Herd & Fitz, Chris Lake, A.T.F.C plus more. Guest vocalists have included Leanne Brown (Sweet Female Attitude), Steve Edwards, Lisa Millet, Bryan Chambers, Sheena Winchester (The Weekend) & Jermaine Dalrymple, delivering freshly created, unique versions of their well known songs. Accompanied by De-Tronic – a 9 piece funk infused collective of highly successful musicians with a wealth of industry experience and achievements to say the least.
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A tuneful, joyous band from Manchester playing ethio-trad, folk-hop & barrelhouse-pop, inspired by artists as diverse as Mulatu Atstake, Flook and Junior Wells.
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Necktr are a 9 piece modern soul band based in Leeds, drawing influences from genres spanning from soul, hip-hop and jazz to latin, samba and afrobeat.
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Popular Yorkshire based singer-songwriter Dan Webster is a maverick in the folk music world, influenced by sounds and storytelling of American and British traditions, Americana and Rock and Roll. Dan has three albums to his credit; the latest hitting number 3 in Amazon's Folk Chart. Live, he inspires attention; pulling you into his work with finely crafted melodies and lyrics - delivered with a powerful, and honest vocal.
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'... combining humour with the disenchanted teen-girl angst of Kate Nash, clever street word-smithery of Jamie T and the punk aggression of The Clash....'
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The presenter and DJ, who hosts the mid-morning show on BBC Radio Manchester, officially kicked off his illustrious radio career back in 1981 when he joined the famous Piccadilly Radio. He caught the attention of the Controller there after he saw him playing with his punk band The Salford Jets, who’s hit single, ‘Who You Looking At’ peaked at No72 in the charts. Since then he has gone on to carve out a career which has seen him gather a loyal following picking up a raft of industry accolades on the way. He’s presented on most radio stations across the North West and even had a spell on tele – not bad for the former coal miner!
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An indie / new wave band from Glasgow of whom NME said 'The four-piece are fun and theatrical, sporting eerie stage personas'. 'Gnarly, gothic indie bedlam with a side order of glamour, Walt Disco thrive on unpredictability, on that sense of glitter-fuelled chaos.' CLASH
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The Northern Threads, Indigo Youth, Marblmoon, Celestial North, Barry Postlethwaite, Cinthie, Ellie Cocks, Harriet Jaxxon, Jay Carder, Trudy Knight, The Samba Stones, Kog & The Zongo Brigade, Hippo Soundsystem, Blow 3.0, Stompy's Playground, Annie McLuckie, Binbag Wisdom, Bella Union, Tim Peaks FM , The Silver Field, Keer Her, Mark Radcliffe's Une, Keeley Forsyth, Roxy Girls, The North By South, The Two Shot Podcast, Pablo's Paintings, Cobain Jones, Becki's Choir, Tiny Tim Peaks, Alex Winters, Clare Nasir, Trashed TV, Y.O.U.N.G, Howling Rhythm, Vulture Authority, Scuttlers, The Pagans S.O.H, Thomas Turgoose, Flex 80s Disco Workout Classics, John Leather's Tarantino Disco, Simon Raymonde, Violet, Shards, Amy True, Psychadelephant, LayFullStop, Joe Fleming Band, Flat Cap Brass Band, Hello Bulldog, Secluded Sea, Hello Cosmos
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