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The Secret Garden Party is a temporary community that is as free, irreverent, friendly and engaging as it is possible to be. It is conceived as a moment in the year where you can connect to your creative powers, explore your wildest fantasies and meet thousands of people who all want to meet you. It is a gathering that exists for only four days – away from cities and schedules, brands and boundaries – founded on participation and with the potential to change your life. It is a festival of the arts, where everyone is the artist.
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An alternative/grime band.
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Amp & Deck DJs
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Annie has been variously influenced by the likes of Bon Iver, Rilo Kiley, Led Zeppelin, Scott Mathews and Patti Smith. She'll be sure to leave a mark with her lyrics and tender voice.
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Female solo artist influenced by the classic reggae and ska sounds of Lee Perry, the Skatalites, Bob Marley, Sly and Robbie, the Specials, Dinah Washington, etc.
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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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A band laden with groove, the 8-piece's up-tempo songcraft draws from numerous influences including funk, ska, pop and dub, transcending genre limitations to create an original, affecting sound. The recorded songs' inherent strengths come to the fore and explode live on stage in a haze of energy and pumping rhythm, demonstrating an uplifting vibe seemingly designed for festival fields.
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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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A charismatic charmer and a smasher of pianos. A madman and an earnest poet. A strummer of delicate chords and a lover of bent and broken melodies. Ben Caplan is not any one thing. Inspired in part by Eastern European and Jewish folk traditions, Ben Caplan mixes older musical sensibilities with his own soul, straight from his hairy heart. Lyrically, you've not heard the like before. Often edgy and dark, Caplan holds a mirror up to show us our nasty bits, singing about the ugliness and showing us that this darkness is the root of the sublime.
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Ben Smith Band
jazzy, bluesy, funky stuff! Featuring Ben Smith, Lorenzo De Feo, Ishmael Sanchez and Ali McMillan
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Blonde Ambition DJs
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Londoner, Bobby Tank, is the new wunderkind of glitchy electrofunk, a producer and performer who makes music that sounds like a mosaic of every great electronic dance style of the past 30 years. His music is steeped in dubstep and drum’n’bass, the epic pop constructions of Michael Jackson, glossy soul, hi-tech funk, dextrous jazz fusion, even prog. A self-taught producer, drummer, bassist, guitarist, keyboard player and turntablist, he stumbled across a new kind of future-funk after entering the world of computer music. Over a series of releases he has established himself as a “mad maximalists” akin to Rustie and Hudson Mohawke.
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An indie pop band from London.
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Clark & Carter
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A classico-electronical collective. The core members Jack Patterson (bass, keyboards), Grace Chatto (cello) and Milan Neil Amin-Smith (violin) met while studying as undergraduates in Cambridge, later joined by brother Luke Patterson (drums). Their unique take on dance music sees beats collide with classical, where Baroque meets house and pop. Classing themselves as an 'electroquartet', and featuring a string of guest vocalists, they have been described as the new Disclosure with a chamberpop bent.
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DJ Mark Jones
Wall of Sound founder, DJ, radio presenter and Back To The Phuture creator.
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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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Dan Croll is a singer/songwriter born in Newcastle-under-Lyme. The talented multi-instrumentalist plays piano, trumpet, guitar, bass, drums, and organ! He won the national Songwriter Of The Year award whilst attending the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), founded by Sir Paul McCartney. Dan's music combines elements of folk, classic Paul Simon-like melodies and electronic beats with African polyrhythms and guitar hooks. His material "sounds like a who’s who of Spotify buzz bands. Imagine Dragons, The Mowgli’s, Walk The Moon, etc. Echoes of each ooze through Croll’s squeaky-clean fusion of folk pop strums, R&B synths, and feel-good lyrics" - Consequence Of Sound.
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Deep Sea Arcade
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This guy is rapidly taking over the bass scene and is signed to Shy FXs Digital Soundboy Records.
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Django Django are a British art rock band based in London, England. The quartet of David Maclean (drummer and producer), Vincent Neff (singer and guitarist), Jimmy Dixon (bassist) and Tommy Grace (synthesizer operator) met at Edinburgh College of Art, and formed Django Django in London in 2009.
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Dodge & Fuski
Dodge and Fuski are signed exclusively to the fresh and exciting label 'Never Say Die Records' and since the beginning of 2011 have been racking up over three million views on youtube and have been championed by Radio 1, 1 Xtra and the world's leading YouTube dubstep channel - UKF.
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In an era when it seems every DJ shows up to gigs carrying something smaller than a kid’s lunchbox, Doorly is the exception to this rule. Using a set up that would make even Zabiela blush, when he says he’s DJing live, he means it. Everything that you hear in his set is being created in the mix, then and there. Doorly’s movement behind the decks is relentless and he switches between musical genres with ease with an unfaltering energy. He works riffs, loops, beats and bass together with seamless precision to create a musical mash up only attainable with true skill and passion. Playing a mix of techno, electro, Drum n Bass & dubstep mixed in with ample doses of indie and hip hop. Expect the unexpected as it’s all about the party with Doorly. His style may best be classified as an old school block party DJ using new school technology. His first big break came when he was made a resident for London super club, Ministry of Sound, for their hugely successful Milkshake night, where he spend 3 years honing his mash up style. His constant touring all over the world and ability to put together amazing parties, have seen him play alongside some of the biggest names in the business, including Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada, Armand van Helden, and Soulwax to name but a few! Internationally, Doorly has a very busy calendar, completing dates in Poland, Germany, Egypt, Australia, Austria, Ibiza, Ukraine and Slovakia, over the past year.
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This omnivorous beat-maker Eats Everything is at the forefront of an emerging wave of talented producers to come out of the West Country’s bass epicentre Bristol, helping define an entirely new genre of forward-thinking underground music.
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Tech-funk pioneer, widely regarded as one of the founders of the breaks/house crossover scene.
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Formerly known as Blackout, this outfit is composed of Merlin (Bomb the Base, Neneh Cherry, Beat Masters and S Express), Alex and lead vocalist Kasi.
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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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A duo creating a brand new sound from a wide mix of inluences, including hip hop, deep house, garage rock, techno and krautrock. Signed to the Marine Parade label, their sound is original and emotive. Evil Nine refuse to blend into the scene.
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Rollo Armstrong, Sister Bliss and Maxi Jazz became one of the UK's top contemporary dance acts, selling over 12 million records worldwide and famed for such hits as 'Insomnia' and 'God Is A DJ'. Festival favourites, the band performed at all of the big festivals, frequently turning a crowd of thousands into a giant mosh pit. The band decided to split in 2010, after 15 years and six albums together.
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Farao is the pseudonym of Norwegian multi instrumentalist and singer songwriter Kari Jahnsen, now based in London. Performing all instrumentation other than drums and bass, her vast army of tools – guitars, synths, organs, glockenspiel, sitar – radiate with intense emotional and musical craft. She recorded her debut EP in Reykjavik, Iceland, with Mike Lindsay from UK experimental folk band Tunng. Farao is a singer with a fragile and otherworldly tone. '...Farao's sweet honey toned vocals brings the bittersweet melancholy.' – Line Of Best Fit.
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A cat scratching in her throat, full of banter and insolent, tearing cracks through nature, Mancunian Natalie Findlay comes from the same bloodline as PJ Harvey or The Kills’ Alison Mosshart. Her love for dirty guitar sounds unfolded as she discovered bands like The Stooges and The White Stripes, while her eclectic musical range recreates 90's Grunge and Shoegaze while taking in elements of Hip-Hop, Garage and Pop. Playing with a drummer and two guitarists, but no bassist, adds to the ferocity of Findlay’s music. "She’s a perfect pop star without the pop. The girls in the crowd all want to be her, the boys are captivated. She’s got something to say and no one is going to get in her way" - Louder Than War
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Young DJ who has completed mixes for Kiss and Radio 1 and nominated for best breakthrough DJ in DJ Mag.
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Gorgon City are North London producers Matt & Kye. Their already distinctive sound is a logical development of the duo’s individual work as RackNRuin and Foamo. Hailing from the impressive Black Butter camp (who brought you Rudimental amongst others), the pair are one of the most exciting and hotly tipped new acts in the ever-flourishing landscape of British club savvy pop.
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London/Leeds-based grime hybrid Hadouken! have rightfully earned a reputation as a live act not to be missed.
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He's My Brother She's My Sister
'He’s My Brother She’s My Sister is like a time warp to the golden present, wrapping nostalgia around the here and now with throwback flair and good taste. They make debauchery and estrangement so glamorous. The songs are as catchy as a radio pop jam, but throw off the trappings of plastic pop and wrap you in fur, folk, and the last drops of moonlight'. (LA Record, February 24, 2010)
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House Of Hats
House of Hats have been playing together since 2012 and have gone from strength to strength since then. With a style likened to Crosby, Stills and Nash - Fleet Foxes and Fleetwood Mac, they have since gone on to tour Holland, play to a regular packed residency in hometown Brighton and released their highly anticipated debut album 'This Love' in March 2014. Most excitingly the band toured the USA in mid June 2014 and played to enthusiastic audiences across the east coast.
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Playing a blend of folk, blues, soul and gospel; JP Cooper is an intriguing prospect amongst aspiring British singer-songwriters. Listening to him perform, either alone or with his band, bears witness to an honesty, intensity and power evoked via the simplest of orchestration. His soulfully expressive, unique vocal style, the kind that cuts through a room to hush a chattering crowd in seconds, is utterly bewitching. His unexpected vocal flights hardly prepare you for the intimacy and empathy to follow, and coupled with a clutch of sensational songs, you will find it almost impossible to believe that he has only been writing seriously for two years and performing solo for barely one.
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Producer, remixer and programmer, formerly of The Aloof and Sabres of Paradise, Jagz has worked with the likes of The Charlatans and Primal Scream.
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With a background in electro and hip-hop, he is the creator of UNKLE and resident DJ at Fabric and head of Mo' Wax Records. His sets are innovative and challenging as well as giving people what they want to hear.
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The first act to be signed to Ed Sheeran's label, Gingerbread Man Records, Plymouth singer/songwriter Jamie Lawson's dark and tender country tinged pop songs take a passionate and intimate look at all that is beautiful and terrible in love and regret.
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Jamie N Commons
Young folk troubadour from London with touches of Richard Thompson and Nick Drake. It's hard to believe he's not American - he was born in Bristol (though he did spend his formative years in Chicago). "With a whiskey and nicotine soaked growl of a voice, a five piece band and a bunch of songs that sound like they were uncovered in an attic where they'd been lying there since 1959 waiting for Johnny Cash or Nick Cave to cover them" - BBC Sounds Of 2012.
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Former X Factor contestant Janet Devlin, had very little singing experience before Kelly Rowland chose her for the X Factor live shows. Whilst on the X Factor live shows, it was revealed that Janet had received the highest number of votes for the first Four weeks of the show, which was the highest consecutive public vote out of all the 2011 contestants. Janet is now carving out a very successful career as an acclaimed singer/songwriter, with her unique voice and style.
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Jardares Por Fuera
Explosive rumba flamenco with touch of blues, hiphop and reggae. Expect scintillating guitar-led melodies and Flamenco rhythms complemented by accordion, big basslines, high-energy cajon and deep female vocals 'Helping to push forward the sound of Flamenco but still keeping true to its traditional roots' - Latino Music UK.
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Jeremy Loops is a modern day one-man folk band from South Africa combining booming city rhythms with lilting folk. His 2014 debut album 'Trading Change' won MTV Africa's Alternative Album of the Year and iTunes South Africa's Album of the Year, reaching no.1 on the iTunes South Africa chart. His follow-up album, 2018's 'Critical As Water', was produced by Will Hicks (Ed Sheeran, Lily Allen, Bastille). When Loops isn’t making music, he’s travelling to the furthest corners of Africa with his organisation Greenpop, teaching underprivileged school children how to protect the planet.
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Jimmy The Brute
Jimmy the Brute plays savage kicks from the golden age of rock n roll! Expect to hear cult cuts of 'Bomp, Stomp and Swamp' from the late 50s and early 60s.
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John Newman began playing guitar and writing his own songs aged just 14 and soon learned how to record and produce himself, making his own house tracks and DJing. A few years later and all the influences stacked up to form the basis of John’s sound. Think the pure soul and groove of early Stax and Motown, add a dash of James Brown and Prince, a smattering of Black Keys, and mix it all together with a bit of Dangermouse. It’s all in there and it’s all great!
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Breath-takingly beautiful tunes, copious rump-shakingly fine dancefloor corkers and a hatful of innovative ideas bordering on the musical genius.
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Brixton based singer-songwriter Josh Record, a unique talent whose star is on the ascent, steps out of his bedroom and into the spotlight this spring with his self-penned, self-produced debut EP 'Bones'. The 25-year-old took full charge of the process from lyric writing to production duties. All done from the comfort of his South London bedroom, 'Bones' is much more than a statement of intent, it's an extension of Josh's entire being.
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Keston Cobblers Club
Siblings Matthew and Julia Lowe join with their old Keston school friends to make foot-stamping mod-folk music based on an old folklore story. Once upon a time, many years ago, in the little village of Keston there was a man who mended shoes. He managed to save his business by buying a fiddle and gathering all the local musicians into the rickety public house on the corner and playing toe-tapping music that wore thin the shoes of anyone listening. Keston Cobblers Club maintain this tradition by embracing contemporary styles and traditional melodies, promising to 'heel your soles'!
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An electronic producer who manages to create dancefloor-friendly music that is equally engaging when listened to at home.
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Electronic blues duo from Liverpool. Named after a track by legendary bluesman Howlin’ Wolf. They’re from Liverpool, consist of Benn Helm (vocals, guitar) and Andy Paton (electronics, trumpet) and are recent signings to legendary London label, Wall of Sound. Killaflaw have been likened to a number of other acts – “like Led Zep meet the Chemical Brothers”, “the missing link between Soundgarden and The Prodigy” – but really they have a sound that is uniquely their own.
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Lee Fields & The Expressions
Renowned throughout the global Funk community, Lee Fields has poured his grunts and screams over a legacy of funk and soul hits from the early '70s, including such 45rpm classics as 'She's A Lovemaker', 'The Bull Is Coming' and 'The Funky Screw', not to mention his well sought after 'Let's Talk It Over' album, which draws four digit bids from collectors worldwide. His recordings with the hard funk purists at Truth & Soul, Desco and Daptone Records in recent years has solidified his place as the King of contemporary funk music as well.
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American folk-rock singer Lissie took a long time to reach the heights of fame. From appearing in a production of Annie at the age of nine to working on material whilst at university, Lissie was finally discovered on Myspace by Lenny Kravitz in 2008. The Rock Island, Illinois native originally caused a big stir with her 2010 debut album ‘Catching A Tiger’.
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Feel good, jarring beat pop-rockers from Newcastle with kitchen sink indie songs. Little Comets remain committed to actually saying something in a song and convincing Taio Cruz that 'plans' and 'dance' is not acceptable as a rhyme.
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Ever since Liz Lawrence discovered the guitar she was determined to make acoustic music an exciting, fresh and honest genre. Playing in punk and ska bands as a guitarist in her early teens, she finally managed to take the mic and found herself entranced and engaged in a full blown love affair with live performance. Liz's punk history may not be obvious on first impressions but once she starts to march on the stage her fiery and precocious nature cannot be suppressed. n organic songtress able to grab an unsuspecting crowd in the palm of her hand with only an acoustic guitar as her accomplice.
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Fans of drum and bass and even bass music in general can be assured that Loadstar have everything it takes to be one of the most exciting acts in dance music today.
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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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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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Forget trying to nail MistaJam to a genre for he's a DJ who's from the school of thought where only those who have perfected the art of mixing need apply. If it has a big beat, bassline and melody, chances are Jam's in it. Regularly causing people to get bunions at some of the finest clubs around the world, his fearless approach to delivering the ultimate blend has seen his army of supporters grow as he's risen through the ranks of BBC 1Xtra and Radio 1 at a speed that (a dramatically slower) Usain Bolt would be proud of.
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London-based band featuring Josh Friend (vocals, keyboards), Tony Friend (decks, guitar), Nick Tsang (guitar), and Matt Curtis (drums). Combining a varied range of musical tastes, Modestep's genre-hopping sound brings something very different to the scene in recent times. With their intense, theatrical, and furiously energetic live show, combining live DJing and remixing, drum and synth solo's, live visuals and infectious vocals, Modestep do it live like no other.
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Monarchy are Andrew Armstrong and Ra Black. They formed Monarchy in September 2009. Their debut performance was at Cape Canaveral in Florida, and was transmitted into space, making them the first band to be broadcast live into space. Since then the mysterious electro duo have gone on to perform at Coachella, Love Box, The Big Chill, Melt Festival, Folsom St Fair festivals, as well as all around the world: San Fran, LA, NYC, London, Berlin, Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Madrid, the list goes on. They have also remixed the likes of Kylie, Jamiroquai, Kelis, Lady Gaga, Fyfe Dangerfield, OMD, Ellie Goulding and many more.
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More Like Trees
More Like Trees' have invented the genre 'Acoustic Drum and Bass Folk'. You have to see it to believe it.
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Natalie is a regular performer at the Goodwood Revival and loved for her retro 40's style of music.
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Nick Mulvey is key founding member of Portico Quartet, touring the world with them and picking up a wealth of international acclaim, including a Mercury Music Prize nomination for their debut album 'Knee-deep In The North Sea'. Nick creates beautiful music inspired from around the world, with a particular focus on Africa and Congolese guitar styles. Drawing from a range of influences and experiences from Congolese 'soukous' and Malian blues to Flamenco and minimalism, his is a rare cross-cultural musical expression that blends both song and groove.
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Nina Nesbitt is a Scottish singer-songwriter and musician, best known for her single, 'Stay Out'. Nesbitt received her big break when she met Ed Sheeran before a radio gig he was scheduled to perform. After asking him for advice and playing him a song on his guitar, she was invited to support him on his European tour.
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Ex Oasis guitarist Bonehead and Salford alt-pop troubadour Vinny Peculiar have joined forces in a new band project called the Parlour Flames, playing psychedelic, pop-rock full of eccentric British storytelling.
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DJ set from the MTV host and the latest member of the T4 family - featured in the Red Pages ‘Hot 100 for 2011’ list, the television and Sony nominated radio presenter, currently appears alongside Jameela Jamil, Matt Edmondson and Georgie Okell, weekday mornings from 7am on Channel 4’s Freshly Squeezed.
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'He Aint Heavy, But He's Ginger.' Winner of the Best Newcomer at the BBM Music Awards 2001 and longstanding resident at Belfast's Shine. Always keen to avoid chin-stroking blokery, Phil's DJ sets are a chunky blend of techno, electro and breaks. It's all throbbing basslines, jagged synths, cut up and in your face. Sometimes dark, sometimes funky, always aimed at the dancefloor.
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You've already heard Phildel's music, though you may not know it. Her music is a journey into the landscape of her imagination, at times beautifully enchanting, at others, raw and horrific. Her songs have been used on a wealth of TV adverts, from Marks & Spencers to Expedia, including a (particularly poignant) award-winning Persil ad and most recently Apple iPad. They have sound-tracked movies and are cited as an inspiration by Mariah Huehner, author of the True Blood and Angel comic books. They have been used in theatre productions and by celebrity fashion designer Henrietta Ludgate's live shows.
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Leading lights on the breaks scene. Plump DJs take their name from a certain top-shelf publication and make sure that their beats are equally classy.
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Public Service Broadcasting
London-based, retro-obsessed group perform wobbly electronics, tight heavy guitar workouts and live drums overlayed with kitsch audio samples mixed in from screened public information films.
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Described by Pitchfork Media as 'the most talented representative of New York's antifolk scene', Regina Spektor's music is a combination of minimal piano and instrumentation with lighthearted yet heavily meaningful singing, her songs casting a wry eye at the world with their amiable storytelling quality.
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Hailing from Wimborne, Dorset, Roo Panes blends rich melodies with his warm, enveloping vocals. Roo’s musical education came in part from his grandmother, a classical concert pianist and the hymns of his local church and in part from his parents’ collection of Nick Drake and Bob Dylan records. Unsurprisingly, his surroundings have a strong influence on Roo as well. Like many of his favourite romantic poets before him, he effortlessly stitches the sense of beauty, landscape and space into his songs.
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Calling himself Saint Raymond after the street he grew up in and his grandfather, young singer-songwriter Callum Burrows’s meteoric rise saw him swap the pubs of his native Nottingham for support slots touring with Ed Sheeran. He stormed into the spotlight in 2014 after his single, Young Blood, was named Zane Lowe's 'Hottest Record in the World' (Radio 1). His debut album, also titled Young Blood, finally followed in the Summer of 2015, with critics making favourable comparisons to Miles Kane, Bastille, The Police and Simple Minds.
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One of the biggest breakout artists to emerge in recent times, Sam first emerged on the scene featuring on Disclosure’s hit single ‘Latch’, then went on to work with Naughty Boy on the number one single ‘La La La’. Since then Sam has found huge success solo including 5 UK number one singles, from 'Money On My Mind' to 'Too Good At Goodbyes', and the number one album 'In The Lonely Hour'. Live, Sam’s incredible vocal and stage presence has hit higher levels, having toured with Disclosure and Emeli Sande to selling out shows in the UK as well as the US. Critics have lauded Sam's music with huge accolades, having notched up numerous awards including three Brits, four Grammys, six MOBOs, and awards from Q Magazine, Heart Radio, Golden Globes and Billboard amongst others.
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Shout Out Louds
An indie rock band from Stockholm. 'Top notch Swedish keyboard indie pop'- Frog.
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Skip 'Little Axe' McDonald
Born in Dayton, Ohio, Skip McDonald has played with the likes of Wilson Picket, George Clinton and James Brown, and has been a session guitarist for Sugar Hill Records. Making his name playing influential early rap classics with the Sugar Hill house band, Skip now returns to the Ohio blues he grew up with and learned from his father - it's raw, stripped down and intense. Acoustic U.S. blues tradition crashes into the 21st century with sound effects that create a unique brand of Dub Gospel blues!
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Seven piece fusion dub rock band fresh from Suffolk, winning over the hearts and wearing out the shoes of people all around the UK through their phenomenal live energy and powerful groove-driven writing.
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Son Of Dave
Infamous for his one-man band style, both in the studio and on the road, Son Of Dave, AKA Benjamin Darvill, has been making music for almost a quarter of a century. He has played hundreds of raucous shows across the globe, sold upwards of forty thousand records and built a fiercely loyal international fan-base. The former drummer with Crash Test Dummies and all round eccentric performer has a particular flare for the harmonica and makes a formidable racket, dragging the blues kicking and screaming into the 21st century in the shape of 'sweet devil's music'. They broke the mould with this one.
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A high-class DJ whose melodic blend of house and disco has powered some of Europe's most fashionable parties.
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Belgian brothers David & Stephen Dewaele, best known for their alter-egos as 2 Many DJs or, less often, the Flying Dewaele Brothers. Famous for their leftfield remixes and As Heard On Radio Soulwax...series, the brothers are one of the most sought after acts around.
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Birthed in 2005, Subsource is the almighty electro-breaks child of double-bassist and vocalist Stu Henshall, African superstar rapper Kimba Mutanda, guitar and synth pouter Paul Frazer, classically trained keyboardist Dennis Ng and ear-splitting drummer Neil Shervell. Unstoppable since their inception, the group have played with Dizzee Rascal, Hexstatic, The Egg and Ebony Bones, toured extensively and of course recorder their instant-hit debut album, 'Tales From The Doombox'.
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Sykur started as a trio back in 2008 while still at school. Their first album, ‘Frábært eða Frábært’ (Awesome or Awesome), became an instant local hit when released in 2009. The song ‘Viltu Dick?’, a cheeky Icelandic hip hop mash up with local legend Blaz Roca, become one of the biggest songs of the year. Singer Agnes joined in 2011 thus completing the band and bringing with her a unique combination of sneering Courtney Love attitude and Donna Summer disco-fabulousness.
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T. William's DJ sets and productions ride the line between House and UK Bass. As head of label Deep Teknologi he is behind one of the most interesting new labels to emerge from London as part of the recent Bass Music explosion.
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British neo-psychedelic band Temples make trippy dance-and rock-oriented pop that combines the experimental sound of bands like The Flaming Lips with the classic song craftsmanship of The Beatles. Formed in Kettering, Temples centers around the talents of songwriting duo vocalist/guitarist James Bagshaw and vocalist/bassist Thomas Warmsley.
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The Bombay Royale
The magic and mayhem of vintage Bollywood collides in spectacular fashion with a dizzying blend of Tarantino-esque surf, wild disco, flamboyant theatrics, swirls of kaleidoscopic colour, outrageous costumes and utterly irresistible dance moves that sweep entire crowds off their feet. The Bombay Royale are an utterly unique band from the cultural melting pot of the Melbourne music community.
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The Caulfield Beats
The Caulfield Beats are Lawrence Northall and Molly Dixon. This two-piece belongs to a generation of producers for whom music studios came in the form of illegal software torrents and production was strictly DIY. Harking back to the halcyon daze of 80s electro and acid house, the self-confessed 808 State fans use bangin' metronomic beats, stuttering vocal samples and all manner of synth noises to create a melodic delight. With live visual projections and already reputed for their visually immersive gigs, The Caulfield Beats are making us reconsider our traditional separations of dance music from live bands and in the process causing quite a stir.
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Mr Bruce and Chucks throw dance music from blues to jazz, electro to dubstep to drum’n’bass into the mix, with Mr Bruce’s vocals depicting the trials and errors of love, lust and loss.
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The Family Rain
Playing in various groups before coming together as a three-piece at the start of 2011 are Twins (Timothy Water and William Water) and elder brother (Ollie Water). Prepare for love, for hate, for past, for present. Prepare for a story of persistence, resistance and a bond too strong to break. Prepare for the Family, prepare for Rain.
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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 Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra
The brainchild of Madness saxophonist Mr. Lee 'Kix' Thompson, Lee Thompson's Ska Orchestra were formed in the back streets of Hackney, in the early months of 2011. As well as his usual saxophone duties, Thompson takes on the lead vocals in a hand-picked line up that features fellow Madness original Mark 'Bedders' Bedford on bass. The Orchestra came together from different parts of North, East, South and West London, with their common denominator being music, and in particular those good old Ska and Reggae rhythms that burst out of Jamaica in the mid to late 1960s. Debut album 'The Benevolence of Sister Mary Ignatius' released in 2013 was well received and led to major Radio and TV appearances including Later with Jools Holland and Glastonbury Live in 2014. The Ska Orchestra's eagerly awaited 2nd album is due for release in 2016.
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The Other Tribe
The Other Tribe was formed in Bristol and evolved from an odd gig or DJ set into a six piece live dance act. A dance-inducing, synth-driven mix of dance music and catchy vocals. They are relentless live, a shot of adrenalin and tunes that stick in your head, equally at home in dark,sweaty warehouse parties and sun-drenched fields. They have supported the likes of Basement Jaxx, DJ Hype and Frank Turner.
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Nine-piece Brighton and London based band, Resonators, have firmly established themselves on the dub reggae scene, finding a unique and distinct sound. Resonators’ music embraces diverse influences, making their music relevant in today’s Bass culture as well as reminding us of reggae’s uplifting influence on the dance floor. Inspired by the meditative quality and universal appeal of Jamaican roots music the band radiate a playful and unified stage presence. The two lead singers Kassia Zermon and Faye Houston wipe away the notion of the big-ego front man whilst Darren JamTone provides live dub effects, and the balance is set. Following its release in 2010, Resonators' eponymous debut album gained worldwide and national radio support on BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and Kiss FM from the likes of Mark Lamarr, David Rodigan and Craig Charles.
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The Staves are three English sisters whose soaring harmonies hark back to the sweet sounds of Crosby, Stills and Nash. They mould their love of Americana and folk into finely crafted tales of love and loss with gently finger-picked guitar and ukulele, and, at the forefront - their three unique voices.
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Young upstarts The Strypes are a four piece rhythm and blues band hailing from Cavan, Ireland, formed in 2011 by Ross Farrelly (lead vocals/harmonica), Josh McClorey (lead guitar/vocals), Pete O'Hanlon (bass guitar/harmonica) and Evan Walsh (drums). The group viciously hammer out no-nonsense blues influenced by the likes of Dr. Feelgood, Chuck Berry, The Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones, Little Walter and Bo Diddley. They have picked up some famous fans, with the likes of Jeff Beck, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, Dave Grohl, Roger Daltrey and Miles Kane all expressing their love of the band.
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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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This is the psychedelic nightmare spun by The Wytches, who are spreading their subversive message across England in the dark guise of 50s surf riffs, desert whips, melancholic shuffles and a kaleidoscopic stage performance that will put you under.
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Brought up from as far away as Papua New Guinea, he takes his influences from people he meets and places he's been. A great voice, low-tempo songs, alternative acoustic pop. Quite melancholic for fans of Damien Rice, Tom Waits or Dylan.
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Winner of The Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition, Treetop Flyers are a modern vibrant folk-rock band with influences of Dylan, Young, Crosby and Nash. Let them seduce you with their perfect melody's 'Beautiful, beautiful harmonies' - BBC Radio 1. 'Stunning' - NME.
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Victoria and Jacob
Victoria and Jacob are an electronic indie duo from London. Their warm lo-fi sound encapsulates organic samples, beeps, blips and beats garnering them comparisons to the likes of The Postal Service, Bjork and Imogen Heap.
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Waifs & Strays
Bristol DJs. Rousing, strident electro tinged house, bold bass notes and warm, late night neon tones.
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Wara have concocted an epic new musical genre of their own with strong Cuban roots. A hot melting pot of identities, living in London with backgrounds from all over the world: Cuba, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, Ghana, Congo, Spain and the UK. Combining a lyrically conscious approach with exceptional musicianship, this is a band with an urgent voice that demands to be heard.
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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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New York singer-songwriter Willy Mason was just 19 when his first album was released back in 2004, a record that propelled him to critical acclaim and spawning the UK top 30 single 'Oxygen'. His music showed a young man with a tremendous, broad-oaked voice, a great songwriting talent, and a peculiar wisdom way beyond his years. Now in his 30s, Mason continues to capture the spirit of a time, a place and a generation with his captivating brand of folky blues-country.
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A big star in France under the pseudonym 'King Cool', whose cover of 'Stand By Me' sold an impressive 90,000 copies.
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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 Rowsell, 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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Youth Lagoon is the stage name of the American musician Trevor Powers (from Boise, Idaho). His debut album The Year of Hibernation explores themes such as psychological dysphoria and mental distress, and is based around minimalism and hypnotic ambience. Powers has described his writing process as “my mind communicating with me, not the other way around…it can take me to scary places but I’ve realized those bizarre thoughts I have don’t define me.”
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Z-Star's live shows are quite simply, unforgettable. From the first strum of her acoustic guitar to the last note she sings, you get the feeling that you've just experienced something very special. Her deep raspy blue tones flow effortlessly with the power of a diva who has mastered silence. Z-Star is a gifted individual, the self-penned lyrical stories of life and love she offers are evergreens, vivid and beautifully expressed within a dynamic emotive sound. Musically, she conjures up a psychedelic melting pot of blues, jazz, bossa, funk, reggae and rock, her presence onstage igniting the audience with an energy as still as a slow burning candle or as wild as a Molotov. Like a female Hendrix versus Grace Jones with the musicality of Joan Armatrading meets Nina Simone.
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Before Zane began presenting his new music show at Radio 1, both he and Dan co-presented the well respected All City Show in its early days at XFM as well as winning numerous awards for his output on the station's Music Response show. Now, with daily output on MTV and Radio 1, Zane, one of the key figureheads in UK radio, tours the country playing to packed venues on a regular basis. He brings an electrifying presence to any club both musically and in personality.
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