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This summer, for the garden's 10th birthday celebrations, gardeners can expect to be united under the theme 'Standing on Ceremony', with more collective celebration, interactive theatre, hypnotic ceremonies and breathtaking spectacles than ever before.
The garden will once again play host to an abundance of new dramatic and innovative artworks by a huge range of rising installation artists from all over the world.
2 Bit Thugs
2 Bit Thugs smashed onto the dance scene with their trademark 'Gangster House' sound blending hiphop vocals with booming house beats all backed by turntable trickery. They were quickly snapped up by newly born label 'A New Hope Records' and soon found their tracks in the DJ bags of Jack Beats, Barry Ashworth, DJ Yoda, Deekline, Will Bailey and DJ Zinc. Radio support followed with Annie Nightingale, KissySellOut and Eddy Temple Morris all playing the duo's productions.
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Brighton-based DJ / producer who fuses funk, hip-hop and breaks with his own highly innovative take on scratching, sampling and mixing. A long-time collaborator with Krafty Kuts.
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AKA Adam Fenton, a drum'n'bass DJ who is now producing hip-hop and working with some of the biggest guns in NYC.
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King of the breaks scene, Adam has long been at the forefront of breaks development and is regarded by many as possibly the most important figure on the burgeoning scene. As he continues to spread the sound of breaks all over the globe, he remains a living legend of the scene. Expect a set filled with fractured beats, killer basslines and unadulterated funk!
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Ahab are a singer-songwriter collective, formed in July 2009 after being invited to play the annual 'Fanfare' festival in Nashville, Tennessee. Following a successful week-long residency tearing the roof off at Tootsies Orchid Lounge, they came back to Dalston and decided to make the collaboration permanent. After a year spent writing new material and layering the songs thick with harmonies, Ahab decided to hit the streets of London's markets to put their name around. Two months of busking and the band were asked by the police not to play at markets anymore as the crowds that had began to gather whenever they played were blocking the streets. Now having recruited a drummer they are setting their sights on playing actual gigs with real mics and everything!
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Edinburgh dubstep and hip-hop crew.
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From Athens, AL, four-piece Brittany Howard, Heath Fogg, Zac Cockrell and Steve Johnson were previously known as The Shakes.
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Animal Kingdom is a British alternative rock trio with a west coast Americana sound, comprising Richard Sauberlich on vocals, guitar, and piano, Hamish Crombie on bass, and Geoff Lea on drums.
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Recently moved from her hometown of New York City to the UK, singer-songwriter Annie Dressner has earned early raves for her 'passionate, conversational awkwardness'.
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You may recognise her as the voice behind Fabio and Grooverider's Radio 1 D'n'B show, maybe from recent Jack Penate singles including 'Tonight's Today’, in fact since the day she stepped foot on our fair shores Ayah literally hasn't stopped making music.
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Son of the late Ian Dury, Baxter proved himself to be another talented member of the Dury family. Clearly a chip off the old block, he has also found a style of his own. His sharp portraits of odd ball characters and hook laden storytelling have marked him out as a wordsmith of some renown and his self professed 'seaside psychedelia' is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
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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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BIGkids are a boy and girl from Camden. Big singalong duets to grin your face off to, over DIY beats with lots of saxophones and samples. This is music to trash your bedroom to. These kids can only get bigger.
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Bird Radio is multi-instrumentalist Mikey Kirkpatrick who performs and records original songs using vocals, guitars, flutes, loops, effects and a suitcase bass drum. Described variously as “A mix of old testament preacher and Captain Beefheart…” and “a flute-toting, bass drum-beating sensation…”
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Brother & Bones
'Mumford and Sons meets The Dead Weather' - Amy Smith, Event Organiser at Beachbreak Live Festival.
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Former Ou Est Le Swimming Pool man. Touching on early 80s electronic movements, Caan keeps things as subtle as he likes, allowing his words to cut right through for a deeply touching effect. Pulsating, soft synth pads trend throughout, laying a tidy foundation for mellow piano to croon over gently.
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Scandinavian electro outfit hailing from the celebrated music scene in Bergen, Norway – also home to Röyksopp, The Whitest Boy Alive, Ungdomskulen and Datarock.
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Charlene has always been keen to do things her way. Born and raised near Crystal Palace, she learnt her love of performing at a young age, first picking up a guitar aged five and then playing open mic venues from the age of eight around South London. Her talent as a gifted guitarist gained her entry to the prestigious BRIT school, although she confesses she was never a typical BRIT student. Charlene self-released EPs and set up a label aged just 18, doing all the artwork and setting herself apart from her peers. As her songwriting matured Charlene became aware that she had a neurological condition where the brain combines two senses - Synaesthesia. In Charlene’s case, sounds are experienced as colours – she can literally see music in various hues. Charlene gained mainstream attention in late 2011 with her version of The Calling’s Wherever You Will Go. It was originally recorded for the Twinning’s TV advert but was so popular that it sold over half million copies and became a Top 3 single.
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Recently signed to the legendary Kitsuné label are Citizens!, a band from London whose ambition is to ‘reclaim pop’. A back-to-the-future sound resembling an early-70s Bowie-esque vision of the 80s – what Diamond Dogs might have sounded like remixed by Martin Rushent. Citizens! say they despise retro-mania, though they’re steeped in the past, with Bowie and Steve Harley as a foundation. Their debut album has been produced by Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand.
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Cut La Roc
Skint Records' hip hop big beat Groovemeister with another breakbeat extravaganza of eclectic earth trembling conconcotions of beats and pieces.
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Hailing from one of the last remaining traditional strawberry farms in Kent, Dan Clews secured a publishing deal with George Martin Music. Dan's album has received positive reviews from the likes of Clash, Mojo, Word and The Guardian to name just a few...
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Drum & Bass DJ, producer and musician from Bath in the South West of England.
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Hed Kandi DJ.
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Prolific seventies performer, whose phrase 'This Station Rules the Nation' is is one of the most well-recognised parts of the reggae lexicon.
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The undisputed King of Ska.
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One-man blues sensation.
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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
LA 12-piece band playing psych-hearted sunshine-pop, led by former Ima Robot front man Alex Ebert. So who then is Edward Sharpe? Ebert began to write a book about a messianic figure named Edward Sharpe that was "sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind, but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love." Ebert then adopted the Sharpe persona as his alter ego. Comparisons with The Polyphonic Spree are unsurprising, though The Magnetic Zeros favour a more rootsy, folky and country bent to their material. Stand-out track, the joyous 'Home', has been heard by everyone, even if you didn't know who it was by, from regular use in TV commercials and trailers.
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Ellen And The Escapades
With music that is delicate, bittersweet and soul searching, Ellen and the Escapades are an alternative folk-pop quintet hailing from Leeds.
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Ellie Lawson is an artist whose compelling voice and rich sonic landscape reflects a journey of personal determination and self-discovery. Born in South London, the vocalist/lyricist/musician/ composer has created a unique musical world that is both beat-driven and organic, lyrical and edgy, thoughtful and entrancing.
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Electrifying UK dubstep collective Engine-Earz Experiment are dubstep's first fully live act. Having already won over an assorted army of fans from Rusko and Nitin Sawhney right through to Adam F and Mike Skinner they aim to now smash the glass divides between genres and ideologies fusing dubstep with elements of drum'n'bass, electronica, alternative rock and indigenous musics from around the world.
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British singer songwriter Ethan Ash is regarded as a fine guitarist, vocalist and live performer. His music style, acknowledged strong song writing, increasing reputation on the live circuit and many festival appearances has seen his popularity and fan base grow steadily. UK national radio play, including Radio1 and all 40 BBC Radio regional stations, together with international radio play, particularly on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio (CBC), has increased his profile both at home and abroad. Recently returned from playing in Canada. One of Ethan’s songs has featured as an iTunes Single of the Week. October 2015 saw Ethan receive an award for Best Solo Male Artist at a ceremony which recognises talented artists in the East of England.
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Evi has a gracefully haunting voice and intense, powerful and passionate lyrics. Her music has been described as 'a dark blend of intense narrative and dark guitar'.
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Earth-shattering bass, electric sparks and thumping dub lines.
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Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.
Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, aka Southend boy Sam Duckworth, began touring in a beat-up car with a laptop, guitar and a brace of catchy, heartrending tunes. He seeks influence in his Britpop heroes Blur, The Streets, Super Furry Animals and Gomez, with his music being full of big ideas, sing-a-longs and shouty punk refrains.
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This four piece band from Yorkshire create darkly poetic lyrics with bourbon and cigar soaked Americana leanings.
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Hervé is a UK producer, songwriter and DJ. You may also know him as The Count (with Sinden), Voodoo Chilli, Speaker Junk. He is the man behind the 'Cheap Thrills' record label, through which he discovered some of the biggest names in dance music including Fake Blood and Jack Beats to name a few!
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Dubstep dandy and local bounder, High Rankin is one of the scene's more eccentric artists. His music brims with character and personality that engulfs the listener, as well as causing the mandatory dance floor riot! A high charged fusion of electro, dubstep and breaks.
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Former member of Thee Headcoatees, Holly has become an accomplished and prolific solo artist since branching out on her own. Holly was to the 90s what Marianne Faithful was to the 60s. With her slinky folk tinged electric blues she has been immortalised with her very own remarkable catalogue of 11 albums as well as in the White Stripes' Elephant LP.
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Hyde & Beast
Two drummers from the North East - Dave Hyde (Hyde) from Futureheads and Neil Bassett (Beast) from Golden Virgins. Live, Hyde & Beast become a six strong line up with familiar faces from the North East music scene joining them for their excursions, often including fellow Futureheads' member and Hyde's own brother, Barry Hyde. Despite only having played together for a few months, the band are tight as a drum. Expect the unexpected as they extend the experimental feel of the album on to the stage. This is a very special project born out of a labour of love and a wonderful detour from the pair's usual musical output.
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Isobel is a singer and songwriter based in Belfast. Her music skims the boundaries of folk, soul, jazz with perhaps a hint of the old fashioned crooner thrown in.
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Jake Bugg's incredible ascent began in 2012 when his self-titled debut album entered the UK charts at number one (aged 18, making him the youngest British male artist ever to achieve this), going on to sell double platinum and get shortlisted for the UK Mercury Music Prize. And with three further UK Top 10 albums, it seems his fans have still got the bug for his music.
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Jay Leighton began his music career in 2008 with a major label deal for his band Buffalo 77. The trio, fronted by Jay, quickly gained momentum and signed to Island Records, only to part ways with the label and split as a band before their debut album could be released. Disillusioned with the music industry and all it had to offer, Jay considered quitting music altogether, but soon found himself back in the studio recording solo mini-album ‘Polaroids & Stills’. Following festivals and live shows all over the world, including a European tour with Lou Rhodes, Jay is set to release his full-length debut in spring 2011.
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An elegant and haunting singer-songwriter playing an original mix of folk, soul and blues. She was discovered by chance in 2008 by the father of Transgressive producer Toby L whilst holidaying in Narberth, Pembrokeshire, and has since displayed a talent for creating moving, heart-warming songs, sung with maximum clarity and honesty.
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A man of many guises who plays and records under the names Joe Schmoe, Monkey Mafia and Junior Cartier amongst others. Originally inspired by the 80s acid house scene he has since experimented with various musical styles including funk, dub, breakbeat and even reggae. Now best known for funky, energetic old skool house, Carter is one of the worlds most popular DJs.
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Juan Zelada has been writing songs since the age of 9. After moving to Liverpool in 2003, he set up a trio band playing with talented Norwegian musicians, first called El Triangulo. The band then became Zelada, and now has become a solo effort. Juan cites his influences as including Sting, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, James Taylor, and more recent names such as Ben Folds, Dave Matthews and Josh Rouse, to name a few. Though based in England, Juan still maintains his Spanish roots, writing in Spanish as well as English.
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The BRIT awards winner of Best British Female Solo Artist of 2006 needs little introduction these days - the evidence of her success is unavoidable in Britain today. By her own testimony, her rather personal and reflective music is rooted in her adopted childhood; 'I grew up knowing I could have had a million different lives. It makes your life mysterious and your imagination go wild.' She's earned a solid reputation as a live performer and also pioneered the use of live sampling in chart music, which features significantly in her concerts with the use of a pedal she refers to as 'Wee B**tard'.
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Making a welcome return to the spotlight, the singer-songwriter from Blackpool delivers an atmospheric and elegiac single for the soul, that emerges as her first new material of 2020. Wrapt in a haze of misty atmospherics and languid acoustics, at its heart ‘Orange Rose’ is a love song straight and true. Though like almost all love stories, this one is not without its complications. Offering wistful rumination on how mental health can send shockwaves through even the most intimate and entwined of relationships, ‘Orange Rose’ sees Karima strike a masterful balance of meditative and melancholy songwriting. “In a world where we sometimes feel we can’t speak out, we tend to take it the worst out on people closest to us.” says Karima, opening-up about the track’s fragile subject matter. Relocating from the shores of the Irish Sea to the expansive horizons of the Pacific last year, ‘Orange Rose’ was one of a number of new songs penned in Venice Beach, California, as the singer found herself instinctively drawn to the sun and sounds radiating from the West Coast and its simmering alternative scene. Finding a kindred spirit in LA producer Tim Carr (who also produced her sublime ‘Shelf Life’ track of last year), the textured and transient feel of ‘Orange Rose’ is testament to the stimulating new environs Karima found herself writing in. “I was fantasising about making more, organic, saturated sounding records for a long time and alongside this, I wanted to record out in America as I was finding most of my musical influences were artists from America.” she says. “Last year I made the move to go out to California to find the sound for the new record and to immerse myself in the West Coast indie/alternative scene and out there, the relationship with Tim bloomed and the music was made.” Dusky of atmosphere and mellifluous of melody, the record also features appearances from close friend Simon Edwards on Bass (who notably played on Talk Talk’s seminal ’Spirit of Eden’ record; a favourite of Karima’s), plus London-based singer/songwriter Klara from Sweden who feathers the record with its ethereal omnichord layerings. Produced by Tim Carr, the track was further mastered by Grammy-nominated Phillip Shaw Bova (Andy Shauf, Father John Misty). ‘Orange Rose’ arrives with a captivating video filmed in Las Vegas just before Christmas last year. “I had the idea about a concept of self-destructive behaviour” she says, “a constant running away from our fears which potentially ends in us running away from the people who can make us whole again.” Subtle of narrative and cinematic in quality, the video finds Karima lost deep in thought and caught-up between a rock and a hard place in the Nevada state city. Karima Francis is a critically acclaimed musician and songwriter, renowned for her innate ability to blend haunting melodies with honest lyrics and alluring ambiance. With an ear for music evident from an early age, Karima went on to release her debut album ‘The Author’ in 2009 to widespread critical acclaim. Her consequent album’s ‘The Remedy’ (2012) and ‘Black’ (2016) witnessed further acknowledgment of her artistic abilities and saw her truly begin to spread her wings. Her journey to date has found her playing on Later… With Jools Holland, supporting the likes of Paul Simon, Amy Winehouse and The Stereophonics, as well as working with renowned producer Flood (Nine Inch Nails, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Depeche Mode). Entering her thirties, Karima found a new rhythm to recording life on the West Coast of the USA last year. Beguiling new single ‘Orange Rose’ and last year’s ‘Shelf Life’ are just the first fruits to taste from the latest chapter of Karima Francis’ transfixing career. Karima Francis releases new single ‘Orange Rose’, 15th May 2020.
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Kate Jackson (The Long Blondes)
DJ set by the Long Blondes member.
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King Charles is an extraordinary man. He doesn't look like anyone you know, he doesn't think like anyone you know and he doesn't make music like anyone you know. How often, in these days of near fatal over saturation, days where you feel that, perhaps, there's just nothing new out there to spark your imagination, can you say that? Glorious psychedelic folk from this highly rated indie-folk solo act.
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Kirsty Almeida is a UK-based singer-songwriter who has released three albums, with the fourth, Moonbird, due for release 02.02.2020. Her influences of broad, including folk, pop and jazz but strongly and uniquely shaped by her own global heritage. She has been signed to Decca Records, written songs for the soundtracks of the films Patagonia and Albatross, collaborated with the likes of Mr Scruff and The Guy Barker Orchestra, and performed at venues such The Barbican for the London Jazz Festival and Way To Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake (broadcast by BBC 3).
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Resident DJ at Supercharged, aka Martin Reeves looks like your uncle but is in fact a prolific producer, remixer, DJ, label boss and record shop owner. His up tempo hip-hop and furious funk has driven him into DJ Magazine's world's top 100 DJs poll three years in a row. Finger Lickin' good.
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L.A. Salami (Lookman Adekunle Salami) is a singer/songwriter from London, known for crafting magnetic blues-rock songs with a postmodern twist.
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Mancunian electronic duo Lou Rhodes and Andy Barlow who defy classification with a sound encompassing injections of jazz, classical, blues, techno and hip hop. With baffled breakbeats, juddering technoid pulses, sweeping strings and disturbing electronic ambience, they remain an uncompromising act both live and on record.
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With a quintessentially English voice which is both pure and unique, and soulful and honest lyrics that come straight from the heart, Leddra is truly one of the most gifted young songwriters in Britain today.
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Lee Mitchell presents a compelling approach to acoustic songwriting. Creating an attractive and memorable sound that leaves you in a deep reflective state, this fresh and innovative artist shall leave you whistling a different tune.
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Sweden's Little Dragon have made waves in the soul and jazz scenes. An Electronica twist to R'n'B with Yukimi Nagano's heart-warming vocal stylings adapting perfectly to the instrumentations of drummer Erik Bodin, bassist Fredrick Källgren and keyboarder Hakan Wirenstrand.
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Little Roy cut his first single at the legendary Studio One in 1965 and grew up in Kingston surrounded by many of Jamaican music's biggest hitters – Prince Buster, Lee Perry, Bunny Wailer & Peter Tosh. Later a growing interest in the emerging rasta religion saw him release some early roots classics such as 'Prophesy', 'Christopher Columbus', and 'Tribal War'.
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Louise And The Pins
'50s-style all girl harmony group The Pins take doo wop, rockabilly and '60s pop influences and mix them in a big pot with a modern twist.
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Groove-based neo-soul-funk-jazz, whatever you care to call the musical coolness that exudes from the veins of this band. Mama's Gun are a unique, exciting and essential new act emerging from the UK music scene.
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A violin wielding, lyrical genius. Spotted busking on the streets of New York, he's worked with the likes of Bat For Lashes, Grizzly Bear and Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson.
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MixHell is a new and exciting collaboration which aims to fuse together the best and most uplifting elements of the rock and electronica scenes to create a 'Rock-tronica' effect.
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Niki And The Dove
There is no Niki, and there is no Dove! Duo Gustaf Karlöf and Malin Dahlström are an electro-pop band from Stockholm. Malin's haunting vocals have been compared to Siouxsie, Florence, Hazel O'Connor, Zola Jesus and Natasha Kahn (Bat For Lashes).
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Dance music is too narrow a term for the genius of the Hartnoll brothers. Capable of both rib-shaking, energetic techno and incredible multi-layered ambient soundscapes, and blessed with a godlike genius when it comes to their DJing sets, Orbital have succeeded Kraftwerk as the Kings of techno and electronica.
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The brainchild of Brighton born singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg. Formerly a five-piece band, Passenger has now pared back to basics, quite literally bringing music to the streets on a series of lengthy busking journeys across Australia, America and the United Kingdom. A classic journeyman musician, cut from the same mould as Van Morrison, Neil Young and John Prine, Passenger has the unique ability to move from the humorous to heartbreaking with every song.
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Asian Network DJ and one half of Pathaan & Gaudi of Orchestral World Groove with the very best in global beats. Music aficionado and transglobal luminary.
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Pearl And The Beard
#Pearl and the Beard is three voices, one cello, one guitar, one glockenspiel, one melodica, several drums, one accordion, ninety-six teeth, and one soul. Former strangers Jocelyn Mackenzie, Emily Hope Price, and Jeremy Styles were united in the great city of New York. Each had migrated there from a far corner of the nation with naught but food in their pockets and money in their bellies. Each had the same true love. Since then the three have nested, and their unique brand of brightly melodic songcraft continues to blossom of its own accord.
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Pine Hill Haints
The prayers and curses that were once known as songs continue to rise from the meditations of our hearts, and out of the crushed skull of north Alabama comes the Pine Hill Haints. The sets never repeat, the songs always evolve and change, and the sound forever continues to adapt. The Haints strive to capture the dark pulse that was once known and feared among fogotten cultures, and this rambling and broken outfit seek to harness the madness of train jumping, lonesomeness, depression, ever lasting joy, and the mysteries of life and death.
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Poppy And The Jezebels
A 4-piece band hailing from Birmingham and all-round purveyors of thoroughly catchy pop music, Poppy & The Jezebels are here to put some power back into pop!
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Fresh faced Scottish folk favourite Rachel Sermanni has exploded onto the folk scene to heaps of praise from fans and critics alike. A straight-up storyteller with a voice to blow all others clean out of the water. Weaving images of childhood, womanhood, of instinct and inhibition simply with the breath from her lungs, a hardy martin guitar and a bandolim called Sue.
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Young london dance producer.
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A decks maestro who has been blasting dance floors for over 15 years.
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Ryan Keen is an English singer-songwriter from South Devon. He picked up his first guitar on his 8th birthday and has never looked back. He combines emotionally driven lyrics, warm vocals and a rhythmic percussive style of guitar.
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Since bursting onto the scene in 2011 with debut single ' Cartwheel Queen', Sam Gray has gone from strength to strength. With the talented singer/songwriter's album 'Brighter Day' hitting the Top 10 singer/songwriter albums on iTunes, his fan base continues to grow each day. Sam has shifted to a more soulful sound with his recent releases - think Otis Redding meets the more ballad-driven strains of Elvis Costello with a dash of the Style Council and you're getting there. As well as performing and generally playing a star-in-waiting, Sam is also an accomplished writer having crafted tunes for The Voice and Hollyoaks star Abi Phillips. At the time of writing he is very much a songwriter in demand.
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'Like all the songs Kim Gordon sings in Sonic Youth, but played by Motorhead at their early 80's peak' -NME.
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Best known as one half of unlikely chart bothering duo dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Scroobius Pip is a leading light and unmistakable face of the UK's spoken word scene. Having jacked in the role of punk-bass-player for a marginally more stable career in poetry, Scroobius Pip has been proffering his everyman polemics since the mid-2000s. Performing on street corners or spoken word stages, for queueing gig goers or reverential Jazz audiences, Pip became synonymous with a burgeoning post-millennial scene, bringing an unfailing wit and disarming stage persona to the uncomfortable truths of the day. 'Intelligent rhymes, profanity, political awareness and humour' (BBC Music).
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A collective who are passionate about 78rpm records from previous eras.
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Having been a major player in the bass scene for the past five years, SKisM’s technical prowess and energy on his 4 deck setup has gained him notoriety as one of the busiest and most electrifying mixers on the circuit and he has toured the world time and time again.
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Stéphanie Sokolinski, better known by her stage name Soko, is a French singer and actress based in Los Angeles.
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Hailing from the rugged heartland of the New South Wales coast, Smyth creates a sublime and haunting array of songs united by their ability to make time stand still.
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There are few figures in electronic music who manage to combine commercial success with underground respectability. The Bristol-based producer and DJ known as TC is one such individual, utilising his talents to comfortably flit between remixing Number One artists and unleashing rave-razing bass-driven monsters pitched straight at the underground. Sitting atop of an anthem-packed discography that includes some of the most memorable dancefloor tracks of modern times, and with remixes for the likes of Rihanna, Damian Marley & Nas and Tinie Tempah behind him, TC should need little introduction to any fan of bass-driven music.
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Lured together on a basic inherent mission to rattle the cobwebs from Rock n Roll, The Caezars formed their teenage assault (or insult?) on music in the Summer of 2009, and have since flourished to stray across the borders of Spain; Belgium; Denmark; France; Italy; Holland; Sweden; Switzerland and the United States of America. 'Vintage styled Surf-Rock and Rock n Roll that Tarantino would be proud of' - Timeout. Hail Caezar!
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The Duke Spirit
Post-punk five-piece fronted by the enigmatic Leila Moss. With a definitive ‘don’t-give-a-damn’ attitude, The Duke Spirit simply ooze cool in the geeky unknowing way that Sonic Youth or The Velvet Underground did before them. Duke Spirit’s sound is a more modern, up-to-date version of their predecessors angsty guitar led punk, but there are certainly comparison’s to be made – in Leila’s drawling vocals and the bands thrashing guitars. The Duke Spirit are the kind of band that will make music history, maybe not for doing anything big, but simply for being around and making the kind of quality music that will stick in the minds of music fans for years to come.
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The Jessie Rose Trip
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With their brand of Wild Rock N Roll, The Ladykillers have made a steady impression and are regarded as one of the up and coming bands.
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The Laurel Collective
The Laurel Collective are producer/writer duo who have now expanded to become an eight piece band. They have collaborated with artists such as Mandy Senior (mainly known for her work with Basement Jaxx) and, due to their diverse influences, have developed a sound that can be described as an interesting fusion of Pavement, Red Snapper, Beck, The Flaming Lips, Schneider T.M. etc. The Laurel Collective want to continue the gene of non-genre specific music, with its interesting lyrics, weird cultural references and experimental songwriting.
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The Legendary Tigerman
The Legendary Tigerman is the artistic name of Paulo Furtado, a Portuguese blues performer in a one-man-band style. Furtado plays guitar, harmonica and drums alone on stage. Some of his albums include 'In Cold Blood', 'Naked Blues' and 'Femina' featuring a number of female singers including Maria de Medeiros, Asia Argento and Peaches.
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The Willows are a folk roots band from Cambridge, UK. Regularly compared to the likes of Alison Krauss & Union Station and Laura Marling, their musical style pulls influence from both Americana and UK Folk traditions. Fronted by the stunningly distinctive voice of Jade Rhiannon, supported by rich vocal harmonies and sensitive acoustic musicianship, The Willows have a distinctively refreshing sound that continues to captivate and inspire audiences everywhere they go. 'They sort of straddle the worlds between Americana and English roots music and do it in a very very deft way’ (Mike Harding Folk Show).
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Tim Minchin is an Australian musician, composer, songwriter, actor, comedian and writer. He has been performing his unique brand of musical comedy in front of appropriately excitable and ever-growing audiences since starting out in South Melbourne’s Butterfly Club in 2005. His songs span various musical styles and topics such as environmentalism, rationalism, prejudice(ism), logical fallacies(ism) and his amour de fromage et boobs. He plays the piano, wears skinny jeans and sports wildly teased hair. He worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), to write the music and lyrics for Matilda The Musical. “If you’re going to play big spaces, this is the way to do it; with a 55-piece orchestra and a juggernaut full of showmanship, making this a big show in every sense…a superlative night out.” (Chortle)
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Tom Copson is a singer songwriter with a 'life changing' voice for the listener. His songs exert honesty, passion and frailty upon his audience during all of his positively infectious performances, live or otherwise. Tom has supported many well known acts such as Jose Gonzalez, Scott Matthews, Jamie T, Paul Curreri and most recently Frank Hamilton.
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Vintage Trouble is a sensational, soulful four-man band whose very essence screams out loud of the late 1950s to 1960s. Turned on by and tuned into the evolutionary period in music and life when there was a razor thin line between Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll, the band reconnects us all to one universal vibration. Their modern day classics transport the mind, spirit and body back to a sweaty, swinging, heart-thumping speakeasy. Their live shows feel like a sweet southern down-home revival mixed with a gritty, downtown edge. Live-wired, straight-shootin, dirty-mouthed pelvis-pushing juke music.
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Warehouse Republic aka WR play a mixture of electric R n B, rock, urban, pop soul, blues and hiphop. Their music has was recently hailed by Music Week as 'a unique sound on the music scene' and with a year of incendiary live performances and rave reviews under their belt, WR will be performing at major festivals including Secret Garden Party in 2012. Their tracks have been spun on The Frank Skinner show, BBC Radio, Absolute Radio, Q Radio amongst many others, where current single 'Turning Tricks' samples Jay Z's very own 'Empire State of Mind'.
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We Were Evergreen
French three-piece We Were Evergreen live in a world that is beautiful and deep, happy and dark. Here are universal modern tales drawing on the power of images to create songs both meaningful and surreal, delivered through joyful, eclectic arrangements that marry the organic, electric and electronic with ukuleles, xylophones and disco beats. A fusion of English folk and dance music and the storytelling traditions of their native France, with a kleptomaniacal approach to world music too.
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Hailing from the leafy suburbs of South West London is Ram Records’ Wilkinson, hotly tipped to do big things across drum & bass and electronica. He has topped the D&B charts and received numerous daytime Radio 1 plays. He continues to tour worldwide from Sydney to Berlin, Barcelona to Brighton, with his dynamic and energetic DJ sets.
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London five-piece with a line-up of Will Daunt (vocals & guitar), Iain Lock (bass), Dom Millard (keyboards), Henry Walton (guitar) and Guy Henderson (drums).
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Sample kings of the early 90s rave scene, the Saints scored big chart success with 'What Can You Do For Me?' and 'Something Good'. A resurgent force in the '00s with their own brand of classy techno-trance, and live DJ sets (Dex N FX).
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There is no band in the UK doing electronic rock like Losers do. It is dark, brooding, emotionally brutal music of the most epic nature. LOSERS are: Tom Bellamy (ex Cooper Temple Clause) Paul Mullen (ex YourCodeNameIs:Milo/Young Legionnaire) Eddy Temple Morris (DJ / XFM London)
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Hotly tipped Scottish four-piece and recent signings to the Vertigo label, Kassidy are set to release their debut album 'Hope St.' produced by Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Adele, Kasabian). The Glaswegian quartet embrace four-part harmonies, box drums and have been cited as a modern-day Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. "With their long hair, beards and retro style, I realise I could have stepped back in time, to California's Laurel Canyon and the birthplace of Southern rock." - The Daily Record.
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The New Zealand-born-London resident has had a prolific 2012 that has seen him support Jack White on his sold out UK arena tour, release his single Railroad Track on Jack's 'Third Man Records', had his single 'Yeah Yeah' soundtrack Apple's global TV advertisement for their iPod, topped BBC Radio 1 playlists and made an unforgettable appearance on Later with Jools Holland.
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Kitty Daisy and Lewis
Talented London trio making contemporary skiffle blues with a 1920's feel. Using traditional instruments, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis (along with Graeme and Ingrid) fuse old-time blues with a modern twist to make some of the best party music you'll ever hear.
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The Dirty Gentlemen
The Dirty Gentlemen are a jump jivin' 9 piece swamp pop, gospel, and old school blues style 50s New Orleans band. Based in London, they having been working together for nearly a year now and have been taking there sound through the blues venues, where their pounding rhythms, slick sax lines and old school tunes have cooked up a storm.
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Singer-songwriter from Louisiana. With reflective, mournful songs that belied his age, critics hailed the young singer; The Guardian noted that LeBlanc was “favourably compared with Harvest-era Neil Young and country-folk breakouts Fleet Foxes.” After the success of his first two albums, LeBlanc slipped into a blur of booze and self-doubt. At just 23-years-old, Dylan came home to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to write a new life for himself. In between the moments of clarity and a few familiar falls, he wrote 'Cautionary Tale': a collection of shimmering, arresting songs with the same haunting vocals that caught the attention of Lucinda Williams and Bruce Springsteen, now with a sharpened edge honed by hastened maturity.
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Since their inception in 2010, Bastille have steadily built up an ever-growing audience, resulting in their debut album 'Bad Blood' reaching the no.1 position in the UK album charts. The following years have certainly been a whrlwind for the band who comprise of frontman and lyricist, Dan Smith, keyboardist Kyle Simmons, bassist and guitarist Will Farquarson, and drummer Chris Wood. The band have played hundreds of shows across six continents, including the critically acclaimed ReOrchestrated tour, and as of 2018 have amassed 15 million single sales and 6 million album sales globally. Both Bad Blood and its follow-up, ‘Wild World’, reached No.1 in the UK and the top 10 in the US, and their music has been streamed a staggering 3.5 billion times. They’ve not gone without awards recognition either: after winning British Breakthrough Act at the BRITs, the band have earned Grammy, AMA and MTV Europe Awards nominations.
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For a long time if you wanted to hear the most exciting new band in Britain, you knocked on a tall black door off the Lambeth Road. An aging British Rail building - part art studio happening, part squat – Studio 180 was where south London's Palma Violets were gestating, away from sunlight and the world at large. A thrilling rock'n'roll four piece, from September 2011 they were holed-up here writing songs "their friends could dance to" and occasionally putting on celebratory, ecstatic parties about which word quickly spread. Palma Violets are Sam Fryer (vocals/guitar), Chilli Jesson (vocals/bass), Pete Mayhew (keyboard) and Will Doyle (drums), playing energetic, crooning garage rock with a dreamy, psychedelic edge.
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Jeremy Warmsley branches out with a new indie-pop duo project featuring the soft vocals of Elizabeth Sankey. Fans of Slow Club and Joy Zipper should investigate.
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Tim Buckley shaped tunesmithery.
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We Have Band
London/Manchester trio making infectious, danceable, dark indie-electro ala Hot Chip. Winners of the Glastonbury 2009 Emerging Talent Competition.
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The six members of Caravan Palace from Paris have rather shady origins, first getting together after three original members were hired by a film company to provide a soundtrack for silent blue movies in 2005. Starting out as a trio soon after, the band began rehearsing their pacy Gallic blend of Electro-Swing and Gypsy Jazz. Realising they needed more caravan furniture for live concerts, they added guitar, double bass, clarinet, trombone and fiery vocalist Sonia Fernandez Velasco to their line-up, making it an unforgettable live act not to be missed! The Parisian big band fuses hedonistic house and vintage sounds to euphoric effect. Having originally formed in 2005 the band’s eponymous debut album in 2008 set the tone of a rip-roaring party, bursting with fun and good humour.
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Marcus specialises in Close-up Magic, and has a real passion for entertaining people.
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Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny, Bo Tomas, C.R.S.T, Cozi, Disqo Conqrette, Dynamite MC, Ecki, EddyTM & Majestic Losers, Effect Mode & Illaman, Electric Swing Circus, FLAP!, Fair & Square, Feeling Gloomy, Hiatus and Shura, Jacques Lu Conte, Jodie May, Krafty MC, Kry Wolf, Leo Altareli, MC Bad Manners, MC Gaika, MC Risky, Mad Dog McRea, Maribou State, Monkey Mafia, North Missisippi Allstars Duo, Rawkus Noize, Rednek, Ruby & The Ribcage, Shock One, Steve E Something, Suburban Drifts, The Jim Jones Revue, Tom Williams And The Boat, Violet, Will Robert, DJ Randy Groover
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