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Announcing Ipswich’s first multi-venue festival and music industry conference! One night, four venues and 20+ bands.
A wristband will gain you access to The Smokehouse, Manor Ballroom Ipswich, Ipswich Town Hall & Corn Exchange and the Corn Hill.
Please visit soundcityipswich.co.uk for more information.
Lewisham's Novelist, aka Kojo Kankam, is already being hailed as Grime's next big thing at only 17. The producer and MC built a following through appearances on underground radio stations such as Flex, NTS and Rinse.
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The Murder Capital
Hailing from all corners of Ireland, The Murder Capital are a post-punk band driven by the desire to affect cultural change. “The Murder Capital are one of those most oddly entertaining prospects – a punk band that can truly instil can’t-look-away levels of captivation.” NME
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Snapped Ankles are a London based post-punk band.
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The Stupids are a London based, skate punk thrash band created by Tom Withers.
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While W.H. Lung’s name might suggest a nod to the likes of WH Auden and similarly austere literary figures, it actually comes from a Chinese supermarket in their native Manchester. This deliberate blurring of high and low culture is part of the appeal of the enigmatic three-piece (Joseph E on vocals/synths, Tom S on guitar and Tom P on bass), their songs juxtaposing simplicity with free-ranging experimentation. But even more key is their ability to seamlessly meld genres – krautrock, post-punk and synthpop, most prominently – to create songs that are fresh and exciting yet familiar-sounding and accessible.
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Emma-Jean Thackray is a multi-award winning jazz composer, producer, arranger and instrumentalist. She has received great underground acclaim and frequent radio play, including from Gilles Peterson on BBC Radio 6 Music and on Jazz FM.
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'Sir Was is a Swedish artist who views music entirely without boundaries. Loosely electronic, his work is also informed by his experiences as a jazz saxophonist that led periods studying in Gothenburg and at the University of Kwasulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. Currently based in Gothenburg, sir Was has caught the attention of City Slang. Debut single 'a Minor Life' is a fine introductory statement, with its mesh of contradictions building into something quite special. Opening with bagpipes, the skirl of the Scottish instrument makes way to placid, floral electronics, the pop-edged melodies sitting on top of some rather darker themes.'
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Wu-Lu, real name Miles Romans-Hopcraft, is a South London-based producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. Raised in a creative environment built by a professional contemporary dancing mother and afro-jazz trumpeter, his run-ins with music were early and frequent.
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Two drummers, three bass players, a demon ukulele and a larynx crumbling frontman – this chaotic 8 piece are hard to define but nestle somewhere between post-rock and indie pop.
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Bessie Turner is a singer song writer based in East Anglia. Her style is an eclectic pastiche of her musical heroes; she is influenced as much by MIA as she is Dionne Warwick. Yet it is her own uniqueness – in both her personality as well as her music - that sets her apart as an artist and performer.
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Gaffa Tape Sandy
Formed in 2015 by three friends with a desire to do something loud and exciting, Gaffa Tape Sandy’s popularity quickly escalated thanks to a series of incendiary live shows and a seemingly endless succession of instantly memorable garage-punk/rock tunes. The Brighton/Bury St Edmunds outfit’s brand of giddily frantic, high-octane hyper rock ‘n’ roll has already landed them support slots with acts including Idles, Peace, Art Brut, Weakened Friends, SuperGlu, Bloody Knees and a UK tour with Indoor Pets.
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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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London-based trio Happyness combine dreamy indie rock melodies that takes inspiration from '90s indie outfits such as Sparklehorse and Pavement, while intertwining purposeful, wry, 21st century humor to their brooding songs.
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Plastic Mermaids have spent most of the last year hidden away in their home studio constructing a unique style of folkedelic dream pop, escaping only for the occasional surf. Weaving together vocal harmonies and a diverse selection of instruments they create folky melodies with experimental electronic textures. Furthermore, they wear amazing jumpers.
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Diving Station’s harp-driven dream pop delineates the sound of a young band in full bloom. A culmination of four contrasting creative personalities results in detailed, interwoven arrangements framing memorable, dynamic songs. The band found common ground over the likes of Big Thief, Dirty Projectors and Alvvays, and have worked together since 2015 to self-release two distinct EPs that demonstrate their ingenuity with a combination of ethereal, energetic and lyrically poignant material.
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Girls of the Internet, Piers James
Various Venues Ipswich