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Y Not is an independent music festival in the UK's Peak District National Park, welcoming a lineup of rock, indie and electronic music to the beautiful countryside each summer.
Previous winner of the UK's Best Small Festival, Y Not has come a long way since its humble beginnings nearly 15 years ago, and now plays host to some of music's greatest names, such as The Libertines and Dizzee Rascal.
And beyond the music, festival-goers can also enjoy a variety of ocal ales, themed cocktails, mouth-watering food, crazy golf, comedy and an epic paint fight, all in the company of panoramic, lush countryside views.
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The Brit Award winning melancholic and emotional guitar-based band from Manchester, full of romantic realism and epic stadium anthems. Guy Garvey and the boys became the soundtrack to almost every major sporting event, fireworks display or emotional 'journey' on television with their symphonic powerful anthem 'One Day Like This' (plus they recorded 'First Steps' as the BBC theme for the 2012 London Olympics). Their impressive back catalogue includes 6 UK top 10 albums, with 2014's 'The Take Off And Landing Of Everything' and 2017's 'Little Fictions' both reaching the number 1 position.
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Two Door Cinema Club
The Irish Indie-electro-pop three-piece formed in 2007, when founding members Alex Trimble and Sam Halliday met at Bangor Grammar school and subsequently teamed up with Kevin Baird. Characterised by the band's short, sharp songs with punky overtones and indie sensibilities, the County Down boys achieved a UK no.1 album in 2012 with their 2nd release 'Beacon' on French independent label Kitsuné. Their success led them to signing with Parlophone for their 2016 3rd album 'Gameshow'. Their 4th release; 'False Alarm', follows in June 2019.
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From playing chaotic house parties in their home city of Oxford to becoming major festival headliners across Europe, Foals’ trajectory has been remarkable. Since forming in 2005 they’ve earned critical acclaim (NME and Q Award wins, plus Mercury Prize, Ivor Novello and BRIT Award nominations) and fan devotion (1.7 million sales of their four Gold-certified albums, plus over half a billion streams at Spotify since 2015) in equal measure. And while the majority of contemporaries have fallen by the wayside, Foals continue to hit new peaks.
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Cheeky and charismatic four-piece from Scotland, pedalling angular, arty and knowing indie-pop. In 2004 they won the hearts of the music press and public alike - their best-selling, eponymously-named debut album scooping the much-coverted Mercury Music Prize. With choppy, catchy hooks, bohemian tongue-in-cheek lyrics and a fantastic live show, they're a breath of fresh air into the world of the beautiful indie people.
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You Me At Six
The Surrey quintet and Kerrang! favourites have made a name for themselves over the past few years with their catchy melodies, snappy lyrics and hip-wriggling instrumentals. Their brand of emo rock with poppy hooks has perhaps made them the UK's answer to Incubus. After selling over 76,000 tickets across the UK in 2017, You Me At Six are undoubted heavyweights of the UK rock scene, filling the largest venues wherever they go. Their phenomenal live career speaks for itself, having sold out arena tours in the UK, headlining both the NME/Radio 1 stage at Reading & Leeds 2017 and the second stage at Download 2018.
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North London's Wolf Alice take their name from a book by Angela Carter. Originally a solo project for frontwoman Ellie Roswell, it soon expanded into a full four-piece band with Joff Oddie (guitar, vocals), Theo Ellis (bass) and Joel Amey (drums, vocals). Eloquently described by Clash Magazine as ‘the lovechild of folk and grunge’, Wolf Alice's off-kilter sound has seen folky vocals combine with the alt-rock of 90's bands like Hole and Elastica.
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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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Originally signed to the influential Manchester label Factory Records, the Happy Mondays formed in 1980 with a sound that owed as much to northern soul and funk as it did rock and psychedelia. It was, however, the influence of the house music records beaming in from Chicago that had the most profound effect on the band. In 1990 they released the 'Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches' album which collided with the acid house and rave movement that had swept the UK, firmly putting The Happy Mondays on the map as one of the most inspiring bands to come out of England in the early 1990s. And 30 years on from their debut album 'Squirrel And G-Man....', Shaun, Bez and the gang continue to be 24 hour party people.
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Echo & the Bunnymen
Eighties indie heroes whose majestic songwriting haunted a generation of bedsits and student pads. Re-formed in 1997, and still fronted by the inimitable Ian McCulloch, there's every cause to celebrate the Bunnymen's return. Their seminal albums 'Crocodiles', 'Heaven Up Here', 'Porcupine', 'Ocean Rain' & 'Echo & The Bunnymen' have all been a major influence for groups such as Coldplay, The Killers and The Flaming Lips whilst later albums 'Evergreen', 'What Are YouGoing To Do With Your Life?', ‘Siberia' & 'Meteorites' demonstrate what an amazing body of work the band have.
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Hertfordshire four-piece, The Hunna, have become one of indie rock's brightest lights. With obvious influences from the likes of Kings Of Leon and Foals, they deliver frantically-paced, guitar-driven anthems with a dramatic statement of intent. Their debut album '100' did much better than its title, reaching no.13 on the UK album charts, while 2018's follow-up 'Dare' did even better, reaching no.12. Meanwhile their live shows continue to win over fans with an abundance of confetti and mosh pits wherever they play.
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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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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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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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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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The Ealing trio belt out massively epic, chart-topping post-punk pop tunes. Their dark yet uplifting sound has drawn comparisons with Joy Division, Editors, Killers and Interpol. Scoring a UK no.1 album with their debut back in 2009, their success story continued with two further top 5 albums and a top 20 album. 2019 saw the release of 'Five', unsurprisingly their fifth album.
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Wretch 32 is now recognized as one of the leading urban artists that the UK has to offer. Regarded as one of the biggest music success stories of 2011, Wretch 32 has gone from strength to strength: after gracing the stages of numerous festivals in the summer, (including Glastonbury, Wireless and V Festival), he embarked on a nationwide headline sell out tour, performed on Later With Jools Holland, was appointed as an official Adidas ambassador for their Olympics 2012 campaign, and was nominated for 4 MOBO awards and a Q award.
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Kate Nash is a multi-instrumental recording artist from London. With a platinum selling album and a BRIT Award tucked firmly under her belt, Kate is known across both the music and fashion industries as a forthright songwriter, unabashed feminist and front row style icon. Nash's biggest musical influences include grunge band Hole, and riot grrrl group Bikini Kill, crediting front woman Kathleen Hanna as her idol.
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One of the UK's best freestylers/rappers, Professor Green (real name Stephen Manderson) made a name for himself as a battle MC from Hackney, East London, winning the prestigious freestyle night 'Jump-Off' twice in a row, which brought him to the attention of talent scouts and The Streets band member Mike Skinner. Littering his lyrics with wry pop culture references, a sharp sense of humour and honesty, Professor Green has produced and collaborated with a host of musicians, including Lily Allen.
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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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Rat Boy (real name Jordan Cardy) is a man painting a picture of being young in suburban Britain, following in an illustrious line of great urban storytellers from Squeeze to Blur and The Streets. The music Rat Boy uses to spread his messages is a neat, powerful brand of indie hip-hop rock, all samples, sound effects, slashes of guitar and machine beats. After making waves with his Top 15 debut album ‘Ssum’, he took a leftfield turn by teaming up with his hero Tim Armstrong (Rancid, Transplants) to create the punk ‘n’ beats mayhem of the ‘Internationally Unknown’ mixtape. One to watch, probably over your shoulder, in the dead of night, after the pubs have shut, the fights have started and the chip shops are doing a roaring trade.
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Instrumental in kick-starting the original punk rock scene, The Damned have never been afraid to push themselves musically and throughout their years together have cruised through whatever areas of progressive, psychedelic, goth and pop rock that take their fancy. Smash it up with the original gothic punks - back with original members Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible.
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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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Band of Skulls
The Southampton-based duo formerly known as Fleeing New York before changing their name in 2008. Band of Skulls are a garage rock sensation formed by college friends Russell Marsden (guitar and vocals) and Emma Richardson (bass and vocals). Band Of Skulls have built a reputation as a phenomenal live act, both at home and in the US, where they have performed on the Late Show With David Letterman and Late Night with Seth Meyers. They have toured with luminaries like Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens Of The Stone Age and Black Keys among others, as well as touring the globe as a headline act.
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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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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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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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Having raised herself on music with her family home’s piano and a guitar she bought from a shop on the way to school, Lucy Rose began writing songs of youth and nostalgic fragility, which developed with an increasing awareness of the world. Her music has a sombre yet hopeful tone, which has been successful in the career she has developed from a young age. Rose’s career began in London, where instead of attending her planned place at University, she began collaborating with other musicians such as Jack Steadman, the frontman of Bombay Bicycle Club.
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Marked by two vocalists who often take turns within a song, Sunflower Bean is an indie pop trio out of Brooklyn. Formed in August 2013 with singer/guitarist Nick Kivlen, singer/bassist Julia Cumming, and drummer Jacob Faber (all teenagers at the time), they quickly earned attention for their alternately rock-edged and dreamy guitar tunes, and were invited to open on tours for the likes of DIIV and The Vaccines.
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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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Redlight (formerly DJ Clipz) is an accomplished head from the world of underground dance music whose considerable talents have overflowed into new areas. The results are undeniably impressive - a 1Xtra show, a shed load of hit singles, chart entries and huge festival appearances. The past few years have seen him release hit after hit with collaborations with Mz Bratt on 'Selecta' and Ms Dynamite for 'What You Talking About' being notable successes. His recent release 'Get Out My Head' has blown up and exploded into the charts entering in the top 20 and has topped dance charts across the globe.
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Mike Skinner is a rapper, musician, record producer and actor from Birmingham. He is best known for his rap project The Streets.
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A punk / emo / pop-punk five piece from Blackpool who formed in 2013. The band quickly began making waves in the underground punk scene and started touring nationally. Their influences include Blink 182, Taking Back Sunday and The Story So Far.
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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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Skinny Lister come from the same stable as Emmy The Great, RDA and Slow Club, sounding like The Pogues' rum fuelled English cousin. From day one, Skinny Lister set out to cause chaos and make friends, travelling to the four corners of the globe plying their unique rum-soaked blend of English folk and punk rock anarchy. Wherever they play, you'll hear their lusty shanties, punk folk roar-alongs and crazed whirls about love, fighting and hardcore drinking. You’ll find them out dancing with the crowd, passing around their flagon of rum or crowd-surfing to the bar to neck shots mid-song. Make no bones about it, Skinny Lister are the wildest party band you’ll ever get drunk with. And you will get drunk with them!
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Brighton-based Shoegaze-tinged leftfield melodic alt-pop. The sultry vocals have been described by some critics as a 'gangsta Nancy Sinatra', with the cool pout of Lana Del Rey and hints of Warpaint.
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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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Nottingham-based urban singer-songwriter who blends reggae, soul, and a touch of hip-hop in his delivery.
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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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Pulled Apart By Horses
Riotous Leeds four-piece whose punk/metal crossover pays more than a slight homage to the sounds of Seattle. Their speed-fuelled thunderous guitars and high-octane vocals draw comparisons to a crazier Queens Of The Stone Age, an artier At The Drive-In or a shoutier Shellac. With crazy song titles 'I Punched A Lion In The Throat', 'I've Got Guestlist To Rory O'Hara's Suicide' and 'Back To The F**k Yeah', the Leeds noisesmiths have a mischievous sense of humour beneath their screeching hardcore jams.
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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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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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A young singer / songwriter from London, who with his silky voice, has been compared to contemporaries such as Kwabs and Lemar.
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Weaving stoner rock, grunge, psychedelia and punk, Pretty Vicious are a young rock four piece from Merthyr Tydfil who formed in 2014. Singer and guitarist Brad Griffiths started out singing Queen, Stereophonics and AC/DC songs in his living room with a vacuum cleaner. Once he'd formed the band, it took just two songs uploaded onto Soundcloud to gain them the attention of record labels, and a bidding war soon commenced. Before they knew it, they were playing shows in Japan and offered support slots The Vaccines, Wolf Alice and Noel Gallagher. Fans of Oasis themselves, their debut album was produced by Owen Morris who previously helped produced Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' and 'What's The Story (Morning Glory)'.
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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are a powerful, melody driven psychedelic rock band from Perth, Australia who’ve been quoted as 'resembling Jimi Hendrix fresh off the end of a light globe'. - The Music. "Entrancing, mind altering, and a breath of fresh air. Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are revitalising the Psych Rock genre one riff at a time" - Happy They have supported the likes of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Dune Rats, Black Mountain, Goons of Doom and Skegss.
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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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Following on from a breakthrough 2018 that saw Larkins make their mark on the UK new music scene, the Manchester-based four-piece are gearing up for a loud future. Born and raised in Glossop, Josh (vocals) and Dom (guitar and synths) began playing music together at school. The band started to blossom when they started studying at college together, sneaking into the college studio after hours to record what they had written in English class. Henry (bass and synths) and Joe (drums) later joined the band, bringing variety with their funk and rock influences and Larkins were finally able to create a sound that they had pictured in their heads.
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Pontefract four piece, Glass Caves, fuse agitated rhythms, yo-yoing guitars and dissonant keyboard sounds with vocals that splinter then soar through their songs. They come at you like a band channelling the spirit of American alternative bands, such as Local Natives and Fleet Foxes, through a very British filter to produce perfectly formed morsels of ballsy alt-rock.
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Formed in 2013 on the sunny streets of South East of England, Indoor Pets (formerly Get Inuit) play dirty and cheerful indie guitar pop. Frontman Jamie expertly navigates his way around raucous guitar movements and pummelling drum work, delivering some of the finest guitar pop. "They show off their anthemic capabilities and fondness for intriguing song titles, shrouding meaty riffs and huge hooks” - NME
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This four piece Brighton band have the perfect balance of pop style vocals and well timed breakdowns, ensuring that their tracks never leave it's indie rock vibes. This talented band sound a bit like early Strokes with a dash of Queens Of The Stone Age. "Demob Happy are rock giants in the making" - NME. "A mega-dose of Muse-nodding stadium ambition" - DIY
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An indie / alt pop singer from Southampton. 'With church like pianos, a voice that gets near angelic and a string arrangement that kisses with the lightest of heavenly touches Laurel has created something just a little bit special here; a subtle piece of hypnotic and restrained beauty' Breaking More Waves
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As a touring band, vocalist/guitarist Max Kerman, guitarist Mike DeAngelis, bassist Nick Dika, drummer Tim Oxford and keyboardist Anthony Carone, collectively known as Arkells, have built an undeniable reputation as a one of the most passionate, high-energy, live-rock authorities touring today.
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Bridging the gap between their childhood love of Heavy Metal with the '90s American Indie music of their formative years, London-based band Puppy is the brainchild of Jock Norton (vocals, guitars), Billy Howard Price (drums) and Matthew Rickelton (bass). The guys describe themselves as “the sound of growing up listening to Metallica and Pavement in equal measure", while some critics have compared them to Weezer covering Pearl Jam. "Mixing flashy, glam rock guitar flourishes that turn into huge hulking metal riffs with the kind of chin-stroking, elegant indie pop that Weezer have made a career from, this is a mix that is as rare as it is enthralling" - Team Rock
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Anteros are a London indie pop four-piece fronted by Laura Hayden, drawing influence from the likes of Blondie, old school No Doubt, The Cure, The Cardigans and Blur.
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Inspired by the likes of Blondie, Patti Smith and Best Coast, Lucia Fontaine aka LUCIA, is Glasgow’s hottest export, whose husky vocals filtered through a haze of lo-fi garage noise.
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This Dublin-based trio are straddling the line between grunge and indie perfectly, and fitting like a glove into both worlds. Live, it's simply deafening, and sweaty moshpits are the order of the day.
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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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Brighton-based alt-pop quartet Orchards are following in the footsteps of luminaries Everything Everything and Foals. “There's more to Orchards than meets the eye. The band's whip-smart math-pop is all glistening surface and immediate melody, but beneath this chrome-plated chassis lies a complex rhythmic engine.” - CLASH Magazine
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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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'Never listen to people who want to change your music. With that advice from a fellow musician Amsterdam based Pip Blom started making songs. First with a three string Loog guitar with the 14 track demo album Short Stories as result. Some years later, the sound has changed completely. Gone is the ‘girl with little guitar’. Enter electric guitars, bass and drums. But it is still Pip.'
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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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Formed at the start of 2014, October Drift may be a little known and mysterious project at the moment, but they wear their heart on their musical sleeves. They’ve been digesting a stock of Smashing Pumpkins, The National and My Bloody Valentine records, constantly rehearsing and playing under the radar shows – which have gained them a word of mouth popularity. Continuing to shun social media, appearing clandestine behind ambiguous placards with mysterious balaclava-clad characters appearing through the cities they play, the band continue to communicate with their fans purely one-on-one.
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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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Feet are an indie rock band from Coventry that began in early 2016 and have already had their music played on BBC Introducing.
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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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A alternative / indie pop duo from the Midlands and London consisting of members Max (vocals) and John (synths). Their romantic-inspired synth hooks are in the vein of Friendly Fires and Years & Years, along with taking inspiration from Duran Duran.
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Previously known as allusondrugs, this 5 piece from Castleford, West Yorkshire now go under the new moniker of allusinlove. They will reignite your love for scuzzy riffs and mushroom trips. In their own words, they have “the head of Simply Red, the Neck of Nirvana, the Shoulders of Deftones, the Belly of Pixies, the Sexual organs of Placebo, the legs of My Bloody Valentine and the feet of Sonic Youth.”
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London residing solo indie singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Chesterfield. He composed his debut single as part of an A Level music course, for which he was graded a U. Grades sometimes mean nothing though, and ‘Trampoline’ went on to amass over 300,000 streams on Spotify! 'Sparkling Indie Pop at its finest' - The Indiependant
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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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An indie rock band based in Peterborough whose ethos is “rather die trying to make it than die not trying to make it! Do or do not, there is no try'. Perfectly in line with their ethos, the story of Airways is one about taking chances and risks. The story of how Airways formed is an unusual one. Singer/Songwriter Jake Daniels was on a writing trip in Los Angeles building his repertoire of solo songs, and crashing at his manager’s house. On night one of his stay, Jake met Chicago native Brian Moroney, who also happened to be staying in the same house while on tour as a drummer. The two hit if off famously and at the end of the trip, half-serious, half in jest, Jake invited him out to the UK to help start a band. Two months later, Brian left his home in Chicago and was standing on Jake’s doorstep in Peterborough, UK.
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A journey through melodic, psychedelic pop is what’s to be expected from Stockport four-piece, Fuzzy Sun. The freshly formed line-up, fronted by the lulling vocals of Kyle Ross, sees a distinct and original take on chorus-heavy reveries. Daisy Valentines bold and melancholic synth, coupled with sweet and seductive harmonies is equally complemented by Lewis Jobson & Mitch Bancroft’s strong soothing groove through the rhythm section. Fuzzy Sun bring you contemporary pop, infused with psychedelia, dipped in naughties R’n’B nostalgia, with just a hint of disco flare.
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Since forming in 2013, this Dublin-based three-piece haven’t so much discovered their voice as relentlessly refined it. If anything, they relish in sharp declarations, their signature sound always moving forward even when throwing a nod to the past. The aesthetic is raw, even a touch frenzied, yet the chaos is controlled in a ferocious through line that harnesses the strongest elements of rock, grunge, metal, hardcore and melodic electro-pop. Through it all, Bitch Falcon make this busy mix sing in a distinctive, once-heard-not-forgotten voice.
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'Out of the quiet town of Matlock come Patawawa - an electronic trio, featuring Sam Wilmot, Rory Lovatt and Beth Garrett, that blends beats to pump blood, glittered guitar riffs and basslines that bite. The three-piece have crafted a sound that stays true to the neon roots of funk and disco, but dress it with a cheekyness that could only have come out of Derbyshire.'
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LION, real name Beth Lowen, is a rising British singer-songwriter whose first offerings are ferocious jagged rock anthems. Combining bluesy riffs with soaring choruses and led by LION’s unique rasping howl and deft guitar playing, her songs are equal parts The White Stripes and Florence Welch.
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Heavy Rapids are an alternative rock band from Glasgow, consisting of Dillon Squire, Johnathan Boyd, Antony Becirspahic and Jamie Crawford. It is inevitable that a group of musicians/friends will always have a wide variety of musical interests. This brings a great deal of ideas and new themes to their rehearsals and production. Musical influences such as Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, Led Zeppelin, Peace, The Courteeners, Tame Impala, The Who, Greenday, The Growlers, Pond, Bob Marley, The Strokes, Kasabian and many more!
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Hotel Lux are an English band. Playing live and residing in London via Portsmouth, the five piece have been road testing their songs of dissatisfaction since 2016. Influenced less by bands than the world around them and the film works of Shane Meadows amongst others. Hotel Lux design a landscape of council flats riots, Job Centre Plus and pints of Guinness, whilst their music lends itself to social commentary and picking holes in those who deserve it. Debut track ‘Envoi’ found support from titles such as Clash, Loud and Quiet, Dazed and So Young Magazine. And new music pioneer Matt Wilkinson gave Hotel Lux their first radio play on Beats1.
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'Baba Naga are shamen in a world where the existence of souls is denied. They offer worship for those who acknowledge the nihility of deities. Baba Naga offer stories in song, and give hopeless prayer to the people. The gods are dead, but the people need to worship something. The music is a peregrination from desperation to despair, channelled into euphoric, psychedelic, pagan gloom.'
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The Age Of L.U.N.A.
The Age Of L.U.N.A. are a foursome from north London comprised of rappers Butch Arkas and Kyoto Noir, vocalist Danielle Thomas and producer NK-OK. Drawing influence from Fela Kuti to A Tribe Called Quest and Erykah Badu to Tears For Fears, Age of LUNA offer a unique blend of honest, daisy age relatable lyrics, soulful vocals set alongside a production sound that’s built from live instrumentation.
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Hull-born Leeds-based four-piece The Hubbards are a band with the world at their feet. Having already notched up supports slots for the likes of stadium stars Foals and The 1975, not to mention slots at BBC Radio 1's Big Weeked, The Great Escape and Dot to Dot Festivals, the mainstream success is very much theirs for the taking.
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An indie rock band from South Yorkshire. Their continuous rise has to be down to their use of witty lyrics, stage presence and ability to harness the powers of social media; with Bruce Jones (commonly known for playing Les Battersby in Coronation Street) appearing in one of their music videos. "Busting with the working man grit and the no bulls**t ideals that we all fell in love with when the Arctic Monkeys burst onto the scene" - Gig Addict
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Straight out of Stockport, Kashmere merge anthemic, stadium sized indie rock, with a cut of melodic brooding synth pop to create their own unique form of sonic worth. Formed by Joey Newey and Andy Law, on vocals/guitar and drums, as well as lead guitarist Charlie Cole and bassist Freddie Hughes, the band gained recognition after long awaited debut single 'Blow Your Mind' springing the band into the limelight in the summer of 2016.
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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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Cosmo Calling are an exciting male and female fronted pop-rock 5 piece that met at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Taking influence from classic rockers Fleetwood Mac and Indie heavy-weights Foals. The band’s advantage is their completely different backgrounds and music tastes, making them a melting pot for informed ideas though the result of which creates some fiery rehearsals. The band’s colourful front duo Harry Preen and Phoebe Taylor use their different tones to create infectious melodies that arch over the thunderous rhythm section playing of Darragh Burke, Tom Chapman and Gabriel Alexander.
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The Ninth Wave
The Ninth Wave are a noise pop four piece from Glasgow influenced by 80s new wave and goth pop music creating their own unique identity. Brooding synths, jagged guitars and female against male vocals carve this sound. They have been compared to the likes of Pixies and The Cure.
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An ambient / triphop trio from Manchester.
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Saytr Play are an exciting and innovative band from Manchester with a unique brand of indie songs with influences of rock, rap and folk music. Led by wild and captivating front-man Fred Farrell, Saytr Play are known for delivering an astonishing live show. They have been compared to bands like Cage The Elephant, Iggy & The Stooges, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend and Blur.
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Chris and Aimie are two young Irish friends making noise in the Irish and US live scene. Le Boom began formed in June 2016 and, since then, have brought their electro-indie-house-pop show to cities such as New York, Reykjavik, Cork, Belfast, Galway and their hometown of Dublin. Le Boom's late-night shows are a frenzy of glass-bottle beats, layered loops, catchy vocal hooks and sweaty fans who dance like no other fans in the world.
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Raised By Owls
'An extreme metal band spawned from depths of England to cause a mild disturbance and then apologise shortly afterwards.'
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Dancehall are a trio of believers in distortion, energy and melody who meld their droning shoegaze with serrated punk. Based in London and from punk bands, that both "might" and "might not" go down in history, they honed their craft with copious amounts of bedroom demoing and fried chicken. Raucous and noisy garage punk, their sharp riffed and guitar heavy sounds are a swaggering slice of sumptuous garage rock that your ears are gonna fall hard for.
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King Pleasure And The Biscuit Boys
Dazzling musicianship, riveting stage performances, sixty TV appearances, two barnstorming decades on the road and eleven red hot CDs have established them as today's greatest swing band. They have toured and performed with B.B. King, Cab Calloway and his Orchestra and the original Blues Brothers Band from the movie, as well as recording with leading Americans.
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Mr Motivator rose to fame on the early nineties as he prepared the nation for their day at work with his appearances on GMTV, where his neon spandex and sensational energy made him an overnight hit. The fittest man in Jamaica has continued with his passion for health and fitness heading up a ton of campaigns to get us all a bit healthier through exercise, campaigns that have made sure that the good man remains close to the nation’s hearts.
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This popular stand-up and TV comedian is well-known for his appearances on the pop music quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks. His career as a performer began in 1984 when he quit his job as a civil servant to follow a new direction as a performance poet on the alternative comedy circuit and supporting bands such as The Style Council and The Housemartins. During the late '80s he worked with Billy Bragg, directing videos for both Bragg and Kirsty MacColl. Phill has an abiding love and in-depth knowledge of popular music, particularly ska, bluebeat and rhythm and blues. His hugely successful standup tours have included Jedi, Steady, Go and Quadrophobia, and he has worked extensively on radio, variously as a contributor, panellist and presenter. He has also toured as part of The Blockheads line-up. Phill Jupitus featured in Ents24's Hardest Working Comedians list in 2018 and 2017.
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Lee Ridley (Lost Voice Guy)
BGT 2018 winner Lee Ridley, aka Lost Voice Guy, is disabled but not silent. Born with Cerebral Palsy, complications at birth resulted in Lee losing his ability to speak. Undaunted, Lee started performing stand up comedy in 2012 using an iPad tablet computer, and after an unprecedented meteoric rise and publicity from local and national press, is now headlining comedy clubs across the country. 'A wondeful comedian' (Matt Lucas) 'A very funny guy' (Ross Noble).
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One of the most exciting and distinctive talents to emerge on the comedy circuit in recent years. He is a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4 as a regular on The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth and Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive. 'Absolutely brilliant' according to Caroline Aherne, and he has justified the tag, regularly selling out his shows in Edinburgh and racking up the television and radio credits. Plus, he dresses smartly and uses no bad language whatsoever...!
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As seen as on Live At The Apollo, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, 8/10 Cats and Have I Got News For You, Shappi Khorsandi is an Iranian female stand-up comic who established herself on the London circuit back in the early 2000's. Feisty, flirty and effortlessly funny, she handles every subject with razor sharp wit. She is also the best-selling author of A Beginners Guide to Acting English and her fantastic debut novel ‘Nina is not OK’ was published by Ebury in 2016. Shappi was also elected president of the British Humanist society in 2017. 'Makes live comedy thrilling' (Evening Standard). 'Shappi is an endearing presence and possesses a charming self-awareness that ensures consistent laughter from start to finish' (Huffington Post). 'Seriously funny and surprisingly filthy' (The New Statesman). Shappi Khorsandi was named in Ents24's top 20 hardest-working comedians of 2016.
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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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After cutting his teeth performing on the pavements of the world and winning the Time Out Street Performer Of The Year Award 1987, he transferred his skills to stand-up. He toured mainly in the USA and Canada, including a support slot for Bob Hope, before returning to his native London in 1994. Over five years on the circuit in this country have seen him rise to one of the most widely respected performers doing the rounds. 'He always gets people laughing through his accomplished stand-up skills, evident in his scalpel-sharp ad-libs and outstanding one-liners' (Chortle) 'Aside from his ability to sustain a single narrative for a full hour, with thought-provoking originality and biting humour, Vincent also uses video to deliver one of the most disarming punch lines you're ever likely to see on the Fringe' (The Scotsman) 'An improvising comedy genius' (The Guardian) 'He possesses the energy of Lee Evans with the improvisational skills of Paul Merton and is one of the best comedians in the business' (The Times) 'Ferociously funny' (The Sunday Times) 'Honesty and truth (and funny lines) are comedy essentials and fortunately Vincent has come more than prepared... this corpulent comic is an utterly welcoming presence, lacing his blokeish jollity with welcome shots of rage and giggling incomprehension' (Metro).
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Aussie Damian Clark has had comedy goers in hysterics from the moment he hit the European comedy circuit in 2005. His award winning, high-octane observational comedy has garnered worldwide critical acclaim. Clark has been featured in Republic of Telly, The Savage Eye, Katherine Lynch’s Wonder Women, Comedy Central’s Seann Walsh World, The Apprentice: You’re Fired! plus wrote & co-starred in RTE2’s I Dare Ya! which became the highest rating Irish comedy debut to date. 'There is barely a bad word to say about Clark: distinctive and possessing a comic talent beyond his years, both biological and mental' (Chortle) 'His sunny observational humour is perfect' (Three Weeks) 'A relentless onslaught of crippling laughs' (The Skinny) 'Infectious, hilarious and highly recommended’ (Kevin Bridges) 'The Best that comedy can be' (The Age).
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Kelly Convey is an “in-your-face and reassuringly confident” (Marissa Burgess – Chortle) comedian who is not one to mince her words when giving audiences an insight into what modern women really think. While her outspoken and forward-thinking musings may go against the grain, “there’s a winning authenticity to her material” (Steve Bennett – Chortle) that is refreshing and relatable. This authenticity has led to a whole host of accolades and acknowledgments in her whirlwind rise through the comedy scene. Voted by The Metro as “1 of 9 Hilarious Women to Look Out for in 2017”, Kelly Convey is, no doubt, one to watch.
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Energetic and enthusiastic comedian who has a natural ability to improvise with the audience.
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Daniel Muggleton is an Australian stand-up comedian from Sydney. He has sold out shows at festivals around Australia: Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Canberra Comedy Festival, Darwin Fringe & Sydney Fringe - as well as at The Edinburgh Fringe.
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Mohamed Omar is Somali-born, Cardiff-raised and London Based comic so brings in his third culture kid way of thinking. Being the So You Think You’re Funny & Amused Moose Semi-Finalist 2017 and Finalist at the Blackout at Up the Creek and The King Gong. Mohamed has also gigged at the Glee Club, The Cheeky Monkey and various other clubs up and down the country.
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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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Guilty Pleasures DJs
Sean Rowley and Terry Hall's famous club night playing the likes of Olivia Newton John, E.L.O. to Hall & Oates and Dolly Parton.
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Rhythm Of The 90s
Remember when rhythm was a dancer and groove was in the heart? When tie-dye and centre partings were acceptable? Then you probably grew up in the 90s, when dance music was fun, uncomplicated and infectious. Since forming in 2012 - Rhythm of the 90s have taken the UK and Europe by storm. This is not just your normal covers band. This group, made up of some of the top session players in the industry with over 120 years experience between them, have created something special and unique. Rhythm of the 90s have spent years taking tunes that were never intended to be played live, and honed them into a show like no other. This attention to detail and passion are the reason why this band sell out large venues around the UK and Europe and have been invited to play at some of the largest festivals around: Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Victorious Festival, Latitude Festival – including main stage performances. We defy anyone who is a fan of 90s dance music to not dance their socks off when they experience this band for the first time! If you want the get a party started then look no further than Rhythm of the 90s. You won’t be disappointed! Their show includes 2 straight hours of 90s dance classics, along with a dedicated AV team and a spectacular light and laser show. These details all help in bringing you back to your raving days in the 90s...
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Noasis are THE definitive answer to Oasis. Recreating songs from every one of Oasis' six albums, Noasis deliver each one with pure precision; you would be fooled into thinking you were watching the real thing!
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The Lounge Kittens
This female trio perform contemporary songs in a lounge style. Their repertoire includes Andrew WK's 'Party Hard', Limp Bizkit's 'Rollin' and Aerosmith's 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing' like you've never heard them before!
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The Old Dirty Brasstards
A tweed-clad 10-piece drum and brass power house playing an eclectic mix of pop, R&B and soul covers that never fail to get the crowd dancing for joy!
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Alfie Neale, Twenty Eighth Club, Talkboy, Stoked And Broke DJs, Spun, Dirty Little Liars, Mariah And Friendz, Hip Hop Karaoke, The Karaoke Hole, The In-Here Brothers, The Horn Division, John Leather's Tarantino Disco
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