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For three days in August, a township with 55,000 inhabitants arises in the middle of thecountry. The Lowlands festival hosts no less than twelve stages in three large areas (among which a cinema and theatre), about 250 different acts and performances, dozens of restaurants from all corners of the earth, food and drink stalls, a large market with everything from clothes and CD stores to a barber’s shop, relax rooms with brain massages, sports facilities, a sauna / hottub area, its own currency, a local radio station, a daily newspaper (Dutch only) and,last but not least: seven luxury campsites with hot showers.
Though Lowlands covers a wide spectrum of different cultural activities, themain focus still is on alternative music: from rock to pop via hip hop; frommetal to electro via world music and hereby not neglecting drum ‘n bass andtechno.
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The world has gone ape for the celebrity hip-hop supergroup primarily conceived by Blur frontman Damon Albarn and Tank Girl artist Jamie Hewlett, a sound defined by alternative hip-hop and pop sensibilities and framed by hilariously twisted cartoon band members. Gorillaz have enjoyed multi-platinum success as well as a plethora of awards and nominations - an outstanding achievement for a mere "virtual" band!
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West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar has already built up a reputation through the underground scene as one of hip-hop's best lyricists. With the backing of Dr. Dre, Lamar has been compared to the likes of Tupac, Eminem, Nas, and Jay-Z.
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Rock meets hip hop as Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo (both of The Neptunes' fame) and Shae Haley join forces to make punked up funk influenced by metal, soul, r'n'b and more.
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The War on Drugs
Philadelphia's The War On Drugs make lovely, swimming ambient folk-rock with a retro slant and a dreamlike quality not too far from acts such as Dead Meadow, Band Of Horses or Black Mountain. American music at its sentimental, country-inspired best.
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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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Born in London and with her dad as a musician, Dua grew up right from an early age listening to an eclectic mix of great music spanning generations and more, from Tupac to Action Bronson, to Dylan & Bowie and on to Alt J and Chance The Rapper. This early education gave Dua her passion and drive to become an artist herself and she has since immersed herself into her singing, songwriting and performance.
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James Bay is an artist and songwriter from Hitchin. Only in his early twenties, he has already grasped a mature gravelled vocal. His influences include Corrine Bailey Rae, Bill Withers, Adele and James Taylor. Relying on his creative strengths as a guitarist and songwriter, Bay weaves together lyrical guitar work with pop-hook melodies, for a fresh take on the Rock/Pop genre. He’s been called “a folksier Ed Sheeran”, but also has a lot in common with fellow acoustic songwriter George Ezra.
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Bonobo, aka Brighton-based DJ and musician Simon Green, makes beautifully chilled beat-driven music drawing close comparison to the works of DJ Shadow and Mr Scruff. His combination of downtempo, hip hop, funk and dub with catchy melodies skilfully immersed in organic, pastoral atmospheres has seen him quickly grow in popularity since his debut album Animal Magic in 2001. 2017 saw the release of 6th album Migration, reaching no.5 on the UK album charts.
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The Dropkick Murphys are a celtic punk band formed in Boston, Massachussets in 1996 who cite their influences as Stiff Little Fingers, The Pogues, The Clash and AC/DC.
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As a boy, Dublin singer-songwriter James began playing Irish music on a tin whistle and accordion before passing via the hard rock of Green Day and Slipknot to Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra and Sam Cooke to a sound that is somewhere between soul and folk. Having spent much time playing residencies on Dublin's thriving singer-songwriter circuit, Gavin James is now sharing his prodigious talent with the rest of the world, having supported the likes of Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift and James Blunt. His platinum debut album 'Bitter Pill' reached no.5 on Irish charts, while 'Bitter Pill' the song won the 2015 Choice Music Prize 'Irish Song Of The Year' award. His is 2016 cover of The Magnetic Fields' 'The Book Of Love' notched up plenty of Radio 2 airplay and his TV appearances with James Corden and Jimmy Kimmel have brought him a new army of fans. He released his much anticpated follow-up album 'Only Ticket Home' in 2018.
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Gypsy meets punk-rock as Gogol Bordello bridges the gap between Eastern European and Western culture. Their meteoric live shows have earned them a solid reputation as "the hottest global touring act to come out of New York (Billboard)" and "the world's most riotous live band (Rolling Stone).” Their wildly energetic live shows are celebrated by fans worldwide and have brought them to nearly every corner of the globe. Frontman Eugene Hutz founded Gogol Bordello in New York City in 1999, after leaving Ukraine in the aftermath of Chernobyl. In keeping with his vision of creating an international groove, he recruited musicians of all ages, races and cultures, including bassist Thomas Gobena, from Ethiopia, Russian violinist Sergey Ryabtsev from Moscow and percussionist Pedro Erazo-Segovia from Ecuador. "Rousing punk-meets-folk at one of the best live shows you'll see!" - (Time Out).
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Brooklyn-based experimental pop outfit with Warp Records.
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An extremely talented modern soul singer/songwriter from Birmingham. He has been hailed by Plan B, Wretch 32 and the MOBOs.
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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
A seven piece, psychedelic rock band based in Melbourne, Australia. The band are known for their highly prolific output. In 2017 they pushed their ambitions to their fullest by relasing five albums in the same year! "For the last few years, King Gizzard And the Lizard Wizard have been expanding their sound past the lo-fi sound they made their name with. They dabbled in Beach-Pop, Raga Rock and even Bossa Nova Jazz. At the top of their game they blend fuzzy ‘60s licks with the occasional soft psychedelic groove" - Spill Magazine
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Nick Murphy (FKA Chet Faker)
An Australian artist who plays a mix of Electronica, down-tempo and future beats to create his unique music. His influences include Four Tet, Amon Tobin and Flying Lotus.
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Stunning pianist and composer from Berlin, Nils Frahm had an early introduction to music. During his childhood he was taught to play piano by Nahum Brodski – a student of the last scholar of Tschaikowski. It was through this that Nils began to immerse himself in the styles of the classical pianists before him as well as contemporary composers. Today Nils Frahm works as an accomplished composer and producer from his Berlin-based Durton Studio. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, has won him many fans around the world. For a musician this early in his career, Frahm displays an incredibly developed sense of control and restraint in his work, catching the ear of many fans. 'Frahm creates something mesmerising' (The Observer) 'Frahm works his magic' (Mojo) 'A fantastic record' (Album Of The Week, The Guardian).
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One of the primary catalysts to the emergent New York punk scene, that in turn infiltrated London and beyond. If ever there was a contender for the mother of punk, Patti it is.
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Rag'N'Bone Man (aka Rory Graham) has a holler like hot buttered rum. Loaded with disparate and cross generational influences, the sound of Rag'N'Bone Man is both hugely idiosyncratic and massively moving. He combines a purity of spirit with his unique brand of acoustic hip-hop soul into a force which is entirely his own. He is the real deal.
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As a DJ, producer and record label owner, Hawtin has created a sound which is now synonymous with the city of Detroit. His project 'Plastikman', originally signed to Nova Mute in 1993, has enjoyed considerable success with minimal, yet extremely danceable, techno recordings.
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De Staat are a critically acclaimed alternative rock band from Holland whose unique sound is as distinctive as the Dead Weather, Captain Beefheart, Nick Cave, Steve Reich, Queens Of The Stone Age and Tom Waits. With truly mesmerizing live shows, their concerts receive unanimous rave reviews and the band has established itself as the most exciting new rock band Holland has had to offer in decades. De Staat are led by singer/songwriter and guitarist Torre Florim, alongside Tim van Delft (drums), Jop van Summeren (bass), Rocco Bell (percussion) and Vedran Mircetic (guitar).
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Before Stormzy released his platinum-selling #1 debut album, ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ in February 2017, many would merely have called him one of the most promising rappers on the UK scene. Nearly three years on however, that description is utterly inadequate. A showman like no other, his remarkable ascent has been accompanied by his honest and relatable character. Known for evolving the underground musical landscape, as well as being a perennial political agitator, Stormzy is a true spokesman of black empowerment and social activism. He has become one of the UK’s most inspiring cultural figures and earlier this year, during his headline performance at Glastonbury Festival, he took the opportunity to highlight a plethora of social issues, including the injustice of young black children being criminalised in a biased and disproportionate justice system.
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The Tallis Scholars
Leading Early and Renaissance choral music ensemble.
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Winner of the 2013 Brits Critics's Choice award, London born Tom started out as a classically trained pianist, before turning his hand to more contemporary material. Growing up, he found himself influenced by classic piano singer-songwriters Elton John and Billy Joel, along with the blues, folk and rock sounds of Tom Waits, Dylan and Springsteen. The end result is a powerful and emotional pianist and performer, following in the footsteps of Ed Harcourt with subtle hints of Jeff Buckley.
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New Orleans duo Ruby Da Cherry and $crim deliver some high quality music on an efficient and creative basis, and while the subject matter does tend to favour the horror aesthetic, it never fails to be delivered with integrity.
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One of the co-owners of Hessle Audio and DJ.
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Bicep hail from Belfast, brought together through a common obsession with all things analog. Their love for cutting-edge and hard-to-find disco, Chicago-house, Detroit techno and Italo, along with a love of jazz, rock and funk, have helped Bicep build an extensive fan base and has resulted in a busy worldwide tour schedule.
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Blaudzun is the alias of Dutch singer-songwriter Johannes Sigmond.
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Growing up in coastal Michigan, BØRNS was living in a secluded home in the Los Angeles canyons where he wrote his debut album Dopamine. The album was released in the fall of 2015 to rave reviews with the Associated Press calling it 'some of the most heartfelt electronic-based music in recent memory', while Spin noted that BØRNS 'writes brilliant pop songs that worm their way into your heart in an instant'. Since the release of Dopamine, BØRNS has performed at numerous festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Hangout, Sasquatch and Bonnaroo and completely sold out his headline theater tour in the spring of 2016. Inspired artistically by fashion BØRNS attended shows at New York and Milan’s fashion weeks, performed at Rebecca Minkoff’s fall 2015 New York show and at the 2016 LACMA Film and Art Gala which was hosted by Gucci and most recently was the ambassador for CFDA Men’s 2017 New York fashion week.
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An American musical group formed in San Marcos, Texas in 2015 and currently based in California. Led by Kevin Abstract, Brockhampton formed in an online forum, leading them to call themselves 'the Internet's first boy band'.
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Charlotte de Witte
Charlotte de Witte has confidently carved a reputation as a force to be reckoned with and having recently graced the front cover of DJ Mag, surely a testament to where things are heading for this techno superstar in the making. The Belgium-based artist is conquering the scene with her blistering sets, one sweaty basement and epic festival stage at a time.
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Still barely in his mid twenties, the Diynamic man boasts a CV most could only dream of, having played some of the world's finest clubs since his late teens whilst also releasing 'Times', his acclaimed debut LP, in 2013. Deservedly earning comparisons with the equally prodigiously talented likes of Nicolas Jaar and James Blake, August is just as capable of stunning a crowd with gorgeous sounds as he is of keeping them moving all night long.
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Death From Above
The high-energy, high-volume duo Death From Above made an immediate splash upon their debut in 2004 with You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine. Bassist/synth player Jesse Keeler and drummer/vocalist Sebastien Grainger both hailed from Toronto, where they met and formed DFA in 2001. The summer of 2014 saw them release their first single in nine years, "Trainwreck 1979," which was quickly followed in the autumn by their second album, The Physical World. Without a guitarist -- or any other bandmember for that matter — DFA 1979 were free to push their rhythmic sound as far as it would go, and they eventually arrived at a severely overdriven rush of punk, hard rock, and dance music influences held together with high volume. After issuing a few initial singles, they released "You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine" in 2004 and never looked back, touring alongside such high-profile bands as Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age and generally making a sweaty, shirtless racket wherever they went.
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De La Soul
One of the most artistic and creative hip-hop acts ever, this trio from Long Island have had an unquestionable influence since their debut in 1987. As well as hits from their legendary album '3 Feet High and Rising' including 'The Magic Number', 'Say No Go' and 'Me Myself and I', their recent releases have included a collaboration with Gorillaz, 'Feel Good Inc', which reached no 2 in the UK singles charts.
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Psychedelic trio from the Netherlands, consisting of brothers’ Pablo (singer/guitarist) and Luka van de Poel (drums) and Hammond organist Robin Piso.
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DMA’S (dee-em-ayes) are Johnny Took, Matt Mason and Tommy O’Dell, three friends who came together making nostalgic garage pop in a bedroom in Newtown, Australia. Having met whilst playing in other bands, DMA’S are three writers, three mates, three frontmen – all with a common sense of purpose and musicality. Writing a few songs together, the band demoed them in Johnny’s bedroom-studio, gaining instant attention - all before putting out an official track or playing a single show.
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Sam Shepherd is an English electronic musician and neuroscientist, who records and performs music under the name Floating Points. Shepherd is also a co-founder of the label Eglo Records. After several EPs, singles and live appearances, Shepherd released Floating Points' debut studio album, Elaenia, in November 2015, to widespread critical acclaim.
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English DJ/producer, in recent times a Berlin resident who has returned to his native London. Signed to Domino Records, he has firmly established himself as one of the leading figures in electronic music. He is that rare breed who has made a successful transition from club producer to album artist. His material has seen him collaborate with some the finest names in dance, from Lil Silva to Bonobo and Tracey Thorn (Everything But The Girl).
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HO99O9 (pronounced horror) is an experimental thrashcore rap, crossover punk band from New Jersey, formed in 2012. The band consists of vocalists theOGM and Eaddy. The two first performed as Ho99o9 in November of 2012 where the energy was intense and infectious resulting in the music rapidly spreading throughout the underground world in the Northeast. Since then they've played with bands including Japanther, Cerebral Ballzy, NinjaSonik and many more. Ho99o9's often politically incorrect and disturbing lyrics which often cover subjects of blasphemy, necrophilia, drug use and truth to the 999 revelation have accrued them a cult of like minded followers.
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Ninja Tune signing Jordan Rakei is an alternative artist from Australia but based in London, the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer is a rare talent whose distinct take on soul captures an emotional awareness. He writes, sings and plays most of the instrumentation on his records himself, and has earnt respect in the worlds of dance, soul and jazz.
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Kiasmos is made up of Icelandic BAFTA-winning composer Ólafur Arnalds, known for his unique blend of minimal piano and string compositions with electronic sounds, and Janus Rasmussen from the Faroe Islands, known as the mastermind of the electro-pop outfit Bloodgroup. Based in Reykjavík, Arnalds used to work as a sound engineer, often for Rasmussen's other projects, where the two musicians discovered their common love for minimal, experimental music. They eventually became best friends, often hanging out in their studio, exploring electronic sounds. After dropping several tracks and performing at select festivals throughout the years, Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen dedicated the year 2014 to explore the area in-between Ólafur’s more acoustic, piano-based solo work and Janus’s synth-heavy electro pop, with their collaborative electronic project Kiasmos.
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Originally from San Francisco, Ari Leff moved around the country throughout his childhood, learning to play piano and viola along the way. In his early teens, he picked up a guitar and wrote songs that uncannily captured all the nuance of heartbreak, starting an indie-electronic project and booking his own tours. While studying music technology at New York University, Leff released his breakthrough single, The Other, under the moniker of Lauv, establishing the start of his solo career as an indie-pop artist. The Other was ranked on the Spotify Global Top 100 and has amassed over 100 million streams on the platform. Since then he has continued to shine with his 2018 album I Met You When I Was 18 (The Playlist) and has brought the wistful intimacy of his music to the live arena.
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Simbi Ajikawo, crowned Little Simz, lets her work do the talking - and her prolific releases and boundary-breaking achievements clearly tell a story of a pioneering Hip Hop artist who leads the way on her own terms. Giving lauded, energetic performances, critically acclaimed albums, sold-out headline shows around the world, and international tours with the likes of Gorillaz, Anderson .Paak and Ab-Soul, this visionary young woman from North London is living out her childhood dreams to heights of excellence - and inspiring her generation to do the same. As her acclaim and achievements continue to build - with MOBO nominations for Best Hip Hop Act and Best Female Act, Little Simz was the first independent UK artist to make the Forbes List of 30 Under 30 in Europe, and to rap in the televised US BET Hip Hop Awards' Cypher - many respected peers and legends have voiced their admiration of her talents; with Compton's Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar declaring her to be "one of the illest doing this right now," the iconic Ms. Lauryn Hill handpicking Simz to be a special guest on her Diaspora Calling! US tour, and dynamic virtual band Gorillaz featuring her on their crowd-pleasing single "Garage Palace" before taking her around the world to perform on their Humanz Tour.
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Louis The Child
Since making their breakthrough with the 2015 hit, It’s Strange ft. K.Flay, Louis the Child have constantly shifted genres, exploring everything from hip-hop to psychedelia with equal parts passion and precision. One of the most relentlessly inventive acts in the electronic-pop world today, the Chicago-bred duo (Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett) aspires to only continue expanding their sound as their worldwide following grows.
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Max Cooper is a London based DJ with a with sounds ranging from stark electronica remixes of huge bands like Hot Chip and Au Revoir Simone to the fuzzy, buzzing dancefloor sound of his breakthrough 'Serie' releases.
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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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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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Motor City Drum Ensemble
Aka producer Danillo Plessow, currently one of the world's most in-demand selectors, plays a blistering, genre-hopping combination of house, disco, world music and techno. He also runs the esteemed MCDE Recordings imprint which has seen releases from the likes of Harvey Sutherland and Plessow himself.
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Protoje & The Indiggnation
'There is an exciting resurgence of conscious, organic music in Jamaica and industry experts and fans alike agree that Protoje is among those at the forefront of the movement known as the ‘Reggae Revival.’ Leading the militant band - The Indiggnation - the powerful songwriter and philosophical thinker articulates the righteous anger of an emerging generation. Protoje reports for duty, re-establishing the standard for the decaying art of socially responsible, mentally stimulating lyricism.'
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'In a city full of brilliant people with dead-end jobs and dampened by bitter-cold winters, playing music offers a cheap outlet. Protomartyr’s taut, austere rock was incubated in a freezing Detroit warehouse littered with beer cans and cigarette butts and warmed, feebly, by space heaters. Short songs made for short practices, and the band learned quickly not to waste time. Despite the cold, Protomartyr emerged with a sound that is idiosyncratic but relatable, hooky but off-kilter.'
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Rhye is an RnB musical duo based in Los Angeles, California. Its members are Canadian singer Milosh and Danish instrumentalist Robin Hannibal.
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An electronic / trip hop singer from Iran who moved to Holland on a basketball scholarship when she was 16.
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Sofi Tukker is a New York-based musical duo consisting of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern.
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Surgeon, real name Anthony Child, has been at the forefront of UK techno since 1994. His debut “Surgeon EP” is regarded by many as seminal, and along with several early Downwards releases, caused a ripple of excitement through the techno cognoscenti of the time. Surgeon released a further three albums on Tresor, numerous Counterbalance and Dynamic Tension EPs and LPs “Body Request” in 2000, “Breaking The Frame” LP in 2011, and “From Farthest Known Objects” in 2016. Over the course of his career, the Birmingham resident has perfected a unique and uncommonly effective production style. His is a tough techno sound with an industrial murk about it but also plenty of funk, swing and a sophisticated sense of dub-space learned in part from his Chain Reaction contemporaries in Berlin.
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Amsterdam DJ and electronic music producer.
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The artistic alter ego and solo recording project of Maarten Devoldere. 'Maarten, who normally shares front man duties in acclaimed rock band Balthazar, has until now kept his Warhaus persona well under the radar. But the rare and fleeting glimpses of Warhaus that Devoidere has offered have hinted at a darkly esoteric lyrical universe, fueled by desire and passion, haunted by the ephemeral, yearning to express the inexpressible.'
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Ever since Murph, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen and drummer Dan Haggis – who met and formed The Wombats at the Liverpool Institute Of Performing Arts in 2003 - emerged in 2006 and swiftly became chart-quashing champions of the noughties guitar pop explosion with hits including ‘Moving To New York’, ‘Kill The Director’ and ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’, they’ve barely looked back. The euphoric tales of romantic misadventures in cinemas, forests, weddings and rock clubs that filled their platinum-selling 2007 debut album ‘A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation’ garnered them a strong and dedicated fanbase in thrall to Murph’s amalgam of irrepressible hooks and downbeat tragi-comic lyricism and with such bare-hearted emotional depth to their ditties, The Wombats resolutely refuse to be a flash in the pan.
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Full name Kathy Yaeji Lee, as Yaeji, this New York-based artist is a DJ, singer, rapper and producer combining English and Korean lyrics with deep house beats to create an entrancing sound that works equally well in the club or in your headphones.
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Steven Zhu, better known by his stage name ZHU, is an electronic musician who has been active since the beginning of 2014. Until mid-2014 Zhu remained anonymous, asking to be judged by his music alone.
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47SOUL's music is described as the futuristic sound of a Palestinian wedding; true party music for the masses. Their music combines Debka, the traditional Palestinian street music and dance, with the deep beats and sounds of the fertile crescent area, from Iraqi Choubi to Lebanese Mijwiz. 47SOUL takes these sounds to the global dance floor with analog synthesizers, dub effects, and trance-inducing guitar lines. Their lyrics, mixing Arabic and English, focus on celebration, freedom and struggle for equality, inside Palestine and throughout the world.
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Amber Run are five young chaps, originally from Buckinghamshire and formed towards the end of 2012. The first thing they put online was a cover of Imogen Heap's Hide and Seek, which gave their burgeoning fan-base a glimpse of what to expect, with their four-part harmonies and expansive sound. The five-piece demonstrate their taste for space and melody. They manage to strike a balance between stadium-sized rock and the intimacy and sentiment of folk music. “Emo-pop which is laden with hooks and driving choruses that could own rooms much bigger” - NME "A slice of indie-rock with an arena-sized chorus" - Q “Their vast sound has Coldplay's stadium ambitions" - The Independent “Poetic lyrics and a genuinely unique sound, Amber Run will be hitting the dizzying heights of sold-out arenas in no time” – Sunday Mirror
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A five piece, hardcore / sludge band from Belgium. The band's unique musical style, characterised by brooding atmospheres and spiritual intensity, is rooted in doom metal, hardcore punk and post-rock. Their live performances, accompanied by visual art, have been described as 'entrancing communions'.
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Hailing from Arizona, the now Berlin based talent is fast becoming one of the most vital artists around, both her sets and productions offer a timeless account of depth and experience in music. Whilst holding down extended sessions at the likes of Panorama Bar, and shuttling all around Europe and North America, Avalon has sustained a top-notch output of original productions through the likes of Whities, Shtum, Spring Theory, and Icee Hot.
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'Cabbage are a neo-post punk band from Manchester, whose drum beats a different beat and whose musical axis free-wheels along its own off-centred path. A truly original band, Cabbage is steeped in satire and diverse musicianship. With Lee Broadbent on vocals, Eoghan Clifford and Joe Martin on guitar, Stephen Evans on bass and Asa Morley on drums, Cabbage appear to be making it all up as they go along, through all their evolving creativity and bursting spontaneity.'
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Christeene Vale, known mononymously as Christeene, is an American drag queen, performance artist, singer-songwriter and rapper. Christeene is noted for untraditional, 'terrorist drag,' which features him wearing torn-up clothing, stringy matted black wigs, and heavy and smeared makeup.
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Parading within a brand of dance pop that sounds like Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder gleefully discovering house music via Dee-lite, and building on a run of breakthrough singles, Australian duo Confidence Man arrived properly with their debut Confident Music for Confident People.
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Without any label affiliation or record releases to date, Dr. Rubinstein has simply let the music do the talking. From club performances at her longtime residency in Berlin to a new residency at Oval Spaces.
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Employed To Serve
Employed To Serve are born out of a time where it felt like their generation had given up on their hopes and aspirations. The music is abrasive and unforgiving but the band have a continuing positive theme present in the lyrics throughout their releases, trying to better yourself instead of getting stuck in the groundhog day of a miserable, mundane existence. The band is about striving to achieve with a belief that something good will come from our generation's lifetime.
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"A young man in a dress and vigorously applied make-up, singing about his Jewish faith, his depression, his anger and his joy, to a backing of 50s rock’n’roll, interspersed with bits of garage rock and Velvet Undergroundish R&B. Imagine Jonathan Richman’s even nerdier younger brother, from Chicago rather than Boston, and you’re partway there" - The Guardian From Chicago, Illinois, Ezra Furman showcases his Springsteen/Young/Dylan-esque sounds with a wry sense of humour and wild story telling. Crossing between love, gender, sexuality and religion, Ezra has soundtracked the current fear and loathing across America like no other, while pushing ahead with his own agenda.
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Ferocious Dog offer a full-on six-piece sound that encompasses folk infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. The combination of instruments creates a palette of sound that offers infinite variations: going in hard to get the audience up and moving, or slipping into melodic passages and dub-like fusions. In China, 2015 was the year of the Sheep – but in Nottinghamshire and countless venues and festivals in the UK it was the year of the Dog. The year that Ferocious Dog snarled their way from the periphery of the festival and gig scene and put themselves firmly in the limelight of the alternative scene. The climax of their new album tour saw them sell out Rock City in Nottingham in advance – a historic moment, the first time in the 35 year history of this auspicious venue an unsigned band has achieved this feat.
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South London artist who incorporates elements of dancehall, hip-hop and R&B into an experimental framework.
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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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Hailing from Vancouver, spending her time between Canada and Berlin, Jayda is the co-founder of 'Freakout Cult' record label and Vancouver based party with DJ Fett Burger of Sex Tags Mania / Sex Tags UFO. Her productions on there have been setting dance floors alight with support all the way to the top including DJ Harvey playing her 'NYC Party Track' out.
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Singer/songwriter and guitarist from Holland.
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Kamaal Williams is the latest project by Henry Wu – the leading talent in a new generation of London jazz artists. Championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson, DJ Spinna and Benji B, Wu made waves with releases on EGLO and Rhythm Section before masterminding the short-lived, but critically-acclaimed, Yussef Kamaal. In his latest incarnation, Wu has teamed up with Josh McKenzie (aka McKnasty) on drums and Pete Martin on bass – an original member of Courtney Pine’s infamous line-up of the 90s. Together, they filter soulful jazz through the grit of a London skyline, with all the raw, live energy that Wu is loved for.
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The Lemon Twigs
Sons of power pop songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ronnie D'Addario, the Lemon Twigs was formed by brothers Brian and Michael D'Addario. Channeling some of the '70s singer/songwriter energy of their father's era with a healthy love of musical theater and an over-the-top performance display, the brothers began writing songs young and delivered their 2016 debut album, Do Hollywood, on 4AD while they at the tail end of their teenage years. Success came quickly for the band, with critical acclaim and a string of TV appearances as well as extensive touring.
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'Tireless investigator of dance music’s mechanisms and working parts, and head of respected experimental label Presto!?, the Italian musician also produced Quantum Jelly on label Editions Mego. An amazing deconstruction of sound and rave culture in the 90’s (chiefly trance and hard techno), carefully analyzing it’s constituent parts for reuse in a very different context, with repetition and isolation as key concepts.'
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Based in Birmingham, Mahalia is Mahalia Burkmar, an alt-R&B/soul singer and songwriter who counts Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill among her biggest influences. A native of Leicestershire, she started writing songs and playing the guitar as a preteen. Burkmar drew the interest of major record labels by the age of 13. After taking some time to finish school and hone her sound, Mahalia re-emerged in 2015 on Rudimental's single We The Generation, and performed with the group on Later...with Jools Holland. Since then she's released a string of singles, EPs and an album and acted in the film Brotherhood. 2019 sees the release of her 2nd album Love And Compromise.
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Marlon Williams is an award winning singer-songwriter from town of Lyttelton, New Zealand. He released his debut solo album to critical acclaim in April, charting at 4 in New Zealand, and 31 in Australia in its opening week. The album has been called “captivating” by Rolling Stone, “a revelation” by Metro Magazine and “wonderfully accomplished” by the New Zealand Herald in a 5-star review. Williams has been widely tipped for international success, and will tour Europe with Husky and Aldous Harding, before heading to North America for Winnipeg and Vancouver Folk Festivals in 2015. With one of the purest voices in modern music, and the charisma and individuality to match it, the world is about to discover Marlon Williams.
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Formed in 2012, Moose Blood is a four piece alternative / emo band hailing from Canterbury, Kent. Drawing influence from British and American emo bands popular in the mid to late 90s, Moose Blood combine intimate lyrics with a melodic sound to create songs epic in both scope and emotion.
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Musician, author and actor from Johannesburg.
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Still dream trippin' ten years on, Oceanic's 'Insanity' remains one of rave's best loved anthems. Altogether - 'Take meeeeeee into insanity...'.
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Now rebooted as a foursome after a brief spell as a three-piece, Mercury Prize-nominated Portico Quartet have always been an impossible band to pin down. Sending out echoes of jazz, electronica, ambient music and minimalism, the group have created their own singular, cinematic sound over the course of five albums, from 2007 debut Knee-Deep in the North Sea to the recent, brilliant Living Fields.
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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
A tough pop / soft punk band from Melbourne, Australia, signed to the Sub Pop label. "If you were raised on ’80s college rock, you could revel in nostalgic nods to the Feelies, the Clean, the Go-Betweens, and countless other Velvets revisionists. Younger fans could hear the sort of band the Strokes might have turned into had they aged more gracefully, or imagine what Real Estate might sound like after downing a case of Red Bull" - Pitchfork
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Very little has stood in the way of young North Shields artist Sam Fender and his rapid ascent since 2018. Having toured the UK and Europe relentlessly, building himself a loyal, passionate army of fans, Sam writes honestly and candidly about subjects of social and generational significance, broadly drawn from his experiences growing up in the North East of England. Sam wraps his pertinent words in rousing, propulsive, arena-sized guitar anthems and delivers them directly with a cavernous, powerful vocal.
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Sons Of Kemet
Sons of Kemet is the brainchild of young reeds player and Radio 3 New Generation Artist Shabaka Hutchings, whose ambition for this ensemble was to assemble the most unlikely of line-ups and allow them free rein for their distinct musical personalities to shine through. The resultant music is loud, earthy, vital, and refreshingly rough-edged at times but surprisingly danceable; the two drummers spur off each others’ energies and the tuba occupies a variety of roles from breathless walking bass to subtle, overdubbed layers of sound. Shabaka’s plaintive tone and uncluttered compositions frame the sound. Shabaka Hutchings on clarinet and tenor saxophone. Oren Marshall on tuba and electronics. Seb Rochford and Tom Skinner on drums.
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Singer-songwriter daughter of Chris Whitley.
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A four piece, rock n' roll band from Seattle.
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English quartet Yonaka combine heavy riffs, melodic hooks, and on-stage punk furor like the wild spawn of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Royal Blood. The Brighton-based band, comprising vocalist Theresa Jarvis, guitarist George Edwards, bassist Alex Crosby and drummer Robert Mason, met in college while each member played in different bands. They got together in 2014 and quickly gained a reputation for their formidable live shows.
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Zeal & Ardor
The black metal, blues, and African American fusion of Zeal & Ardor's music is the brainchild of musician Manuel Gagneux. He moved from his native Switzerland to New York, and took up the moniker Zeal & Ardor, having previously released music under the name Birdmask.
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De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Spinvis, Âme II Âme, Bazart, The Blaze, Jarreau Vandal, San Holo, Agar Agar, ALIKA & Nueva, Alianza, ALIKA & Nueva Alianza, Amyl & The Sniffers, Arp Frique & Family, Blaudzun, Born in Flamez, Carista, Cartiez, Chase Atlantic, David Vunk, Dinamarca, Eefje de Visser, Faisal, The Fever 333, Jacin Trill, Job Sifre, Kumbia Boruka, La Inédita, Leafs, Luwten, Lyzza, Mario Batkovic, The Mauskovic Dance Band, Metrik, Miles Kane, Phlake, Pythius, SOPHIE, The Tallis Scholars, Torus, Tshegue, Volvox, Yung Feurich, ZHU