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Rag'N'Bone Man (aka Rory Graham) has a holler like hot buttered rum. Loaded with disparate and cross generational influences, the sound of Rag'N'Bone Man is both hugely idiosyncratic and massively moving. He combines a purity of spirit with his unique brand of acoustic hip-hop soul into a force which is entirely his own. He is the real deal.
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An explosive duo from Kent, Slaves are making a lot of noise as an unmistakably British punk act. They have gained a lot of attention for bringing raw and exciting performances that have a distinct lack of pretentiousness in a British music scene flooded with bands that are leaning more and more towards American-centric influences.
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The Ealing trio belt out massively epic, chart-topping post-punk pop tunes. Their dark yet uplifting sound has drawn comparisons with Joy Division, Editors, Killers and Interpol. Scoring a UK no.1 album with their debut back in 2009, their success story continued with two further top 5 albums and a top 20 album. 2019 saw the release of 'Five', unsurprisingly their fifth album.
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Four piece pop group, Wild Beasts are a mix of many different styles with songs that sound as different from each other as possible, with some almost operatic style vocals. They dare to be different, not wanting to be pigeon holed or conform to any norms, which is reflected in their unusual choice of musical arrangements, vocal styles and lyrics.
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Nothing But Thieves
Hailing from Southend-on-Sea in Essex, England, Nothing But Thieves make passionate guitar-based rock that balances indie rock artfulness with a pop sensibility. Formed in 2012, Nothing But Thieves feature singer Conor Mason, guitarist Joe Langridge-Brown, guitarist Dominic Craik, bassist Philip Blake, and drummer James Price.
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DMA’S (dee-em-ayes) are Johnny Took, Matt Mason and Tommy O’Dell, three friends who came together making nostalgic garage pop in a bedroom in Newtown, Australia. Having met whilst playing in other bands, DMA’S are three writers, three mates, three frontmen – all with a common sense of purpose and musicality. Writing a few songs together, the band demoed them in Johnny’s bedroom-studio, gaining instant attention - all before putting out an official track or playing a single show.
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Talented Wiltshire singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin became something of an internet sensation, notching up over 3 million plays on You Tube with her gentle acoustic cover versions of songs by Paramore and You Me At Six. She then went on to reach no.1 in the UK singles chart in 2012 with her haunting cover of Frankie's 'The Power Of Love', thanks to heavy exposure through that year's John Lewis Christmas commercial. Not wishing to be labelled as a mere covers girl, she went on to release her own self-penned or co-written material, with two hit albums, 'English Rain' and 'Light Up The Dark', along with a string of EPs. Her breathtaking combination of beautiful vocals and self-taught piano and guitar musicianship draws influences from Damien Rice, Jamie Cullum, James Morrison to Paramore and Joni Mitchell.
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Guitar based indie pop from Selkirk in Scotland. Since releasing their debut album Sing the Greys in 2006, the band went from strength to strength, building a dedicated fanbase and selling out shows nationwide and stateside. Sadly their singer, Scott Hutchison, passed away in May 2018. His loss has been felt throughout the music community by fans and fellow musicians alike.
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Jagwar Ma emerged in 2012 with the captivating single 'Come Save Me'. Combining the earworm melodic sensibilities of '60s sunshine pop with a tightly euphoric modern electronic edge, the Sydney-based duo of Jono Ma and vocalist Gabriel Winterfield quickly sent ripples across the blogosphere and heralded the arrival of a fresh-faced dose of kaleidoscopic, danceable psychedelia.
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Teleman have emerged from the clatter and chaos of London. The band's simple, sonorous brew of guitar, drum and synths is not at all unusual, but with it they craft exquisite pop songs that instantly spark your musical curiosity. Teleman are Thomas Sanders (vocals, guitar), Jonny Sanders (synths), Pete Cattermoul (bass) and Hiro Amamiya (drums).
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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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Hertfordshire four-piece, The Hunna, have become one of indie rock's brightest lights. With obvious influences from the likes of Kings Of Leon and Foals, they deliver frantically-paced, guitar-driven anthems with a dramatic statement of intent. Their debut album '100' did much better than its title, reaching no.13 on the UK album charts, while 2018's follow-up 'Dare' did even better, reaching no.12. Meanwhile their live shows continue to win over fans with an abundance of confetti and mosh pits wherever they play.
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The Pigeon Detectives
The Leeds-based Pigeon Detectives play an exciting blend of rock'n'roll born out of a love for classic rock music and the indie rock of the 1990s. 'Perfect fodder for indie fans who like to jump up and down as if it's 1995, this band's crunching guitar is simple but effective' says Camden Evening News, reflecting quite accurately the Pigeon Detectives' ethos - to play exciting music to packed out venues.
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Brixton's AJ Tracey has put himself firmly on the Grime radar. With lucid wordplay over minimal beats, he was turned on to hip hop by his parents. His Trinidadian father had a brief career as a rapper, while his mother used to be a pirate radio DJ. AJ’s addictive sound combines the rapid-fire wordplay of grime with an array of international rap influences in unprecedented ways, building a dedicated worldwide fanbase that includes Stormzy, Drake and even Thirty Seconds To Mars.
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An indie rock band based in Peterborough whose ethos is “rather die trying to make it than die not trying to make it! Do or do not, there is no try'. Perfectly in line with their ethos, the story of Airways is one about taking chances and risks. The story of how Airways formed is an unusual one. Singer/Songwriter Jake Daniels was on a writing trip in Los Angeles building his repertoire of solo songs, and crashing at his manager’s house. On night one of his stay, Jake met Chicago native Brian Moroney, who also happened to be staying in the same house while on tour as a drummer. The two hit if off famously and at the end of the trip, half-serious, half in jest, Jake invited him out to the UK to help start a band. Two months later, Brian left his home in Chicago and was standing on Jake’s doorstep in Peterborough, UK.
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Amber Arcades is the moniker of Dutch musician Annelotte de Graaf. Over the last few years she’s traded in the kind of worn-in beauty that makes for very the best heart-breaking pop: Drowsy, yearning lovelorn songs over sparse instrumentation. But in 2015, after flying out to New York and teaming up with producer Ben Greenberg, a new sound emerged. The result is brooding vocals laid over a bed of pulsating motorik rhythms and floating pop melodies. It’s coloured in pop and it’s brilliant.
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Brighton-based Shoegaze-tinged leftfield melodic alt-pop. The sultry vocals have been described by some critics as a 'gangsta Nancy Sinatra', with the cool pout of Lana Del Rey and hints of Warpaint.
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An indie pop band from London.
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Clean Cut Kid
Livepool Indie/Alternative four-piece Clean Cut Kid deliver infectious ear-worm indie-pop melodies with autobiographical lyircs, once described as “Soulful pop ballads, washed in Mersey water”. Their influences range from the current sounds of Arcade Fire and St. Vincent to legends like Bowie and Talking Heads. "One listen and you're sucked into a world of dirty melodies, infectious harmony hooks, glistening choral swells and reference points including US lo-fi pop and Fleetwood Mac. The latter of which is rather apt, given two of the band, Mike and Evelyn are married" - Liverpool Echo.
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A reclusive collective, Croox refuse to divulge their true identities. When performing live, the group dress entirely in black and smother the stage in darkness to obscure and confuse. The music, though, speaks for itself. Dank, atmospheric production, the clipped, hip hop percussion is reminiscent of The Weeknd or even aspects of FKA Twigs.
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Forming in early 2012 after bonding over their love of Roger Daltrey, broken guitars and Baz Luhrmann's Romeo & Juliet, DEAD! are five lost boys from Southampton, today living in London. They make a lot of noise.
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London's Dead Pretties play fast paced, blues-inspired rock with Dylan/Jagger-esque vocals
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Ekkah is the duo of London via Birmingham longtime friends Rebekah Pennington and Rebecca Wilson who bonded over a mutual love of music during math class. A creative partnership ensued when they started writing music together and recording songs of infectious, savvy and thoughtfully soulful sun-kissed pop.
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Fickle Friends are a ‘80s-inspired indie-pop five-piece from Brighton. Fronted by Natti, they describe themselves as, 'pop but with a slightly mental indie feel' and with those claustrophobic synths, scattered beats and a gigantic pop hook, she’s not wrong. They have been making waves since they unveiled their debut single SWIM, which gained nearly six million plays on Spotify. The band caught the attention of BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Apple Music’s Zane Lowe and even captured the interest of Billboard Magazine in the US.
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Lo-fi electro drums, grungy guitars and the odd lashing of synth from Sweden. Seamlessly switching from mellow, beautifully constructed melodic instrumentals into wild, explosive moments of raucous brilliance. “Sporting the slacker sentiments of Mac DeMarco and the untameable riffs of Pavement...Francobollo’s charm is their ability to scuff over the details and initiate you into their irresistible movement of not giving a s**t” – London In Stereo
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Gang of Youths
Alt-rock five-piece from Sydney, Australia, Gang of Youths exploded onto the scene with their raucous rock filled with buzzsaw guitars and David Le'aupepe's yelping vocals, full of autobiographical lyricism. Considering their rock credentials, the band surprisingly all met at an evangelical church. But their only religion is worshipping rock 'n' roll. "I still align myself with Jesus. I'm just not a great poster-boy for it – I’m a fornicating drunkard who swears a lot and listens to a lot of black metal," says David.
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Combine the spellbinding soul of James Blake, the foot-tapping falsetto funk of Jungle, and a pair of completely distinct duet male vocals, and you’ve got the basic skeleton of rapidly emerging artist, Her, out of Rennes in Northwestern France. Her is duo Victor and Simon. Victor was born in Germany and spent his childhood in Kraftwerk and Can and Simon is from the United States where he imprinted the roots of music of Black culture. These various influences shape their songs, citing the combination of Frank Ocean, Shuggie Otis, Child of Lov and Aaron Neville as their musical references,
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Originally started as a two-piece in 2012, Glaswegian Honeyblood has a sound that has been described as 'slacker-grunge-garage-rock', but founding member Stina Tweeddale prefers to call it ‘crunch-pop’. Her sound has drawn comparisons to recent favourites Best Coast and Frankie Rose, along with hints of 90s female guitar heroes the Breeders and Throwing Muses. Three albums in, Stina has decided to claim the sole spotlight of the project and said that makes sense, as Honeyblood has always been Stina's voice. Before it was even a band, or a name, Stina was writing the songs that would form the backbone of the band's identity.
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There is something about Jake. Within seconds of hearing his haunting melodies you are almost hypnotised by his soft, slightly weary but strong voice. His music is complex and simple all at the same time. You will not forget the man, the musician and the music in a hurry. At just 18 Jake found himself working with artists such as Daniel Bedingfield, Natalie Umbrulia and a job as Duffy’s Musical Director. Major solo career highlights to date include a MOBO nomination in 2010, performances at the Jazz Cafe and writing collaborations and credits with everyone from Wayne Hector, Jake’s sound is a fusion of Chris Martin and John Mayer with a hint of Paul Simon.
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An indie rock / electro pop trio from London.
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Jaws are an indie rock band formed in Birmingham in 2012 after singer Connor Schofield had posted a demo online that received enough positive feedback to encourage him to start a band with friends from Halesowen College. They have often been identified as part of the Digbeth-based B-Town scene. Their sound definitely draws influences from the Shoegaze scene with hints of 90's alt-rock and grunge found on labels like Sub Pop. "Seductive with swirling guitars complemented by lead singer Conor Schofield’s beguling vocals. It’s a single of self determination, reminiscent of The Smashing Pumpkins softer work from the ‘Siamese Dream’ period" - The Sphinx.co.uk
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Jakl is a London based musician, songwriter and artist.
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An indie pop singer / songwriter from Portsmouth. who draws her inspiration from her life growing up and the lives of others around her. She has been called a female Ed Sheeran. Jerry started writing music from the age of 12 whilst studying classical guitar in which she got to Grade 8 standard and played her first ever gig aged 17 at the Eastney Cellars Portsmouth. She went on to self-release three EPs and is set to release her debut album in 2019.
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London-based singer/songwriter who first found fame as A$AP Rocky's new protege after a chance meeting on the streets of London.
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Soul-centred and heart-felt singer songwriter from Nottingham. A then rather unknown artist in 2015, his song No One In Heaven was a surprise choice of Taylor Swift when she put it on a Spotify playlist for her millions of fans. Since then he's signed to VirginEMI and had huge support from BBC Radio 1. "With a beautiful voice similar to Ben Howard and Jason Mraz, and a guitar-style that is perfect for a summer’s evening, he’s got all the quality to become a real star" - Coca-Cola
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A young singer / songwriter from Leicester who is emotively experienced enough to deliver a catalogue of enigmatic song narratives which ponder relationships and personal issues – yet there’s a raw relatable realism to his lyrics accompanied by his harmonic-folky soundscape which transports you somewhere earthy, wild and idyllic – just you alone with your thoughts… and Leo’s invitingly raspy and soulful vocals, of course.
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Let's Eat Grandma
Let’s Eat Grandma are Norwich duo and best friends since the age of four, Rosa and Jenny. They create imaginative and original music that crosses the worlds of experimental pop and progressive weirdness. Or in their own words, they create "psychedelic sludge pop".
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With over three million YouTube views and a rapidly growing online following, this guitar playing, Oxford-born singer-songwriter has captured the imagination of audiences with his open and relaxed personality, touching voice, and confident performance style.
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An acoustic folk / pop duo from Donegal.
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Alt-Pop four-piece Lisbon hail from the wonderful coastal town of Whitley Bay near Newcastle. Lisbon have been compared to the likes of Little Comets and Foals, a rather magical combination. Unforgettable guitar riffs, captivating choruses, songs full of energy. 'One irresistible piece of shout a long indie pop, bloody lovely.' (Ally McCrae - BBC Radio 1)
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A soul pop singer / songwriter from London.
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Mosa Wild’s Jim Rubaduka (Lead Vocal/Guitar/Keys) and Alex Stevens (Guitar) began making music together at school and on coming to the end of their studies they formed The Intermission Project, which was just that, a project of making music while deciding whether or not to go to university. After that year, Jim & Alex serendipitously picked up Charlie Campbell (Drums) and Edwin Ireland (Bass). The intermission would soon be over, making way for something different with a new focus. Showcasing Jim’s rich baritone vocals, reminiscent of The National, and backed by lush instrumentation that recalls the likes of Justin Vernon and The Maccabees, Mosa Wild’s music is loaded with emotion yet there’s a maturity here which holds back just enough to leave you wanting more.
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Formed at the start of 2014, October Drift may be a little known and mysterious project at the moment, but they wear their heart on their musical sleeves. They’ve been digesting a stock of Smashing Pumpkins, The National and My Bloody Valentine records, constantly rehearsing and playing under the radar shows – which have gained them a word of mouth popularity. Continuing to shun social media, appearing clandestine behind ambiguous placards with mysterious balaclava-clad characters appearing through the cities they play, the band continue to communicate with their fans purely one-on-one.
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Hartlepool four-piece Plaza are 'sort of what you imagine The xx or Foals would sound like as a lo-fi garage band. Mixing a fuzzy bassline with interlocking guitar parts' - The Indiependent.
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Fantastic hooks and melodies, a staggering live show and a healthy dose of organised chaos gives you just a glimpse into the world of RedFaces. RedFaces are Harry Lyon, Isaac White, Charlie Yapp and Ryan Laycock. a gang of lifelong friends from Sheffield who have immersed themselves in the classics, drawing influence from the '60s, the '90s and occasionally the noughties - they are quickly winning fans, friends and plaudits across the UK and becoming one of the most talked about unsigned bands in the country. RedFaces are (and always will be) indie rock n roll.
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Rory's intricate and masterful guitar work and his compelling vocals are reminiscent of two of his biggest inspirations John Martyn and Nick Drake.
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Shades of Imagine Dragons, Twenty One Pilots and OneRepublic weave their way through SAINT PHNX's sound, but this Glasgwegian duo are unique. A big helping of attitude, a willingness to experiment and a knack for writing rousing choruses ensures they make enough noise to rival a full band, and they're not afraid to get real in their lyrics, even chronicling the setbacks they've had while climbing the ladder in the notoriously tough music industry.
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Sam Brookes songwriting, immaculate phrasing and powerful vocal delivery reach beneath the skin of an audience. Starting out on the acoustic music scene around his London home, Sam is now successfully spreading his wings across UK and Europe including high profile support shows for Newton Faulkner, Ray Davies, and Lucy Rose. "There is something of a Tim Buckley about Sam Brookes...a sense of powerful fragility...vast emotional reserves at work" - Andy Gill, The Independent ****
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Siv’s soft and airy voice, paired with her haunting songwriting, creates music comparable with other Scandinavian artists such as Ane Brun and Melissa Horn. Often pinned as both dark and ethereal, her music may be described as Scandinavian folk with an edge.
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'Sivu is a singer-songwriter known by his adopted Finnish name (he's James Page on his gas bill) and for a tremulous quaver that if it's not falsetto certainly aims high. He sounds like a one-man Wild Beasts.'
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Strong Asian Mothers
Best friends since their early years, London trio Amer Chadha Patel, Josh Stadlen, and Kalim Patel (KHUSHI) have played in bands together throughout their childhoods but it is under Strong Asian Mothers that they have really found their strength. Their blend of styles, drawing inspiration from hip-hop, R&B and electro, and their emphatic live shows have been making waves on London's underground gig scene for a while, with the band ready to step firmly into the limelight.
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Hailing from Birmingham, the indie four-piece gang have gained a fierce live reputation. Inspired by a universal love of Britpop and 90's American college rock, combined with jangling guitar steps into psychedelia. 'An undeniably resplendent sonic melange of all the best bits of Blur and Supergrass' - The Line Of Best Fit
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The Amazons are a blistering, melodic rock quartet from Reading. Fusing the sheer force of Nineties punk and grunge (Nirvana and Rage Against The Machine) with the melodic sensibilities of more contemporary acts like Bombay Bicycle Club and Tame Impala, The Amazons are beauty and aggression wrapped together harmony.
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The Big Moon
The Big Moon are a young London pop-punk four piece consisting of Juliette, Soph, Celia, and Fern. Musically they’re somewhere between PJ Harvey’s more widescreen rock moments and Howling Bells’ ragged intensity, but with a crackling girl-gang energy recalling Elastica.
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The Magic Gang
The slacker-rock quartet have spun up a neat formula of chugging Weezer college rock and languid, lilting Mac Demarco guitar lines bound to get you singing along drunkenly into your mates face.
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'Semi fictional outsider ouija pop group' featuring Adrian and Dean from the Eccentronic Research Council and Lias and Saul from the Fat White Family.
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An soulful indie-blues singer-songwriter from Bedford, Tom studied acting at university, had a brief job at Costa Coffee then trained to be a professional footballer. This was all about to change, however, when his vocal talents were first discovered at a party while singing a cover of 'Seaside' by The Kooks after a few drinks too many. He then went on to become guest vocalist on Chase & Status's track 'When It All Goes Wrong' and his success story continues. Pretty soon Elton John was ringing him up to tell him how much he liked his music.
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'Artificial Pleasure are a London-based quartet formed in early 2016. The band consists of Phil McDonnell (vocals, guitars), Dom Brennan (synths), Lee Jordan (drums) and Rich Zbaraski (bass) joining the line-up. Following their first release at the end of 2016, the band kick off 2017 as one of NME’s Top 10 Artists to watch, calling their music 'irresistible funk-punk with thrusting sleazy grooves'. The Guardian called them 'supercharged pop' while Stereogum said they were 'a versatile outfit that tie many different influences and genres into tight, hypnotic knots'. Working previously as Night Engine, the band assumed the new name following line-up changes and a renewed focus in their sound. The music has subtly shifted, crystallising into something altogether bolder and tougher.'
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Bad Sounds, brothers Ewan and Callum started on different musical paths before the band was born, Ewan was keen on making hip-hop beats and playing with samples, Callum was more engrossed in the soul, pop and R’n’B of Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and Curtis mayfield. They started making music separately but it was only after spending time apart and coming back together to combine their musical tastes that they got serious about playing in a band together (adding band members Olivia- drums, Sam- bass and Charlie- guitar). The combination of Ewan and Callum’s differing styles coming together create the colorful and unique world that is Bad Sounds.
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A pop rock trio based in Leytonstone whose sound centres around exploring what new wave bands and solo artists started in the 1980s, whilst the lyrics explore themes like time, memories, hope and things being taken away.
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Be Charlotte is one of the most innovative artists in Britain. Her songwriting prowess is beyond her years and has taken her on several Transatlantic journeys from her hometown of Dundee, Scotland. Her singing voice is flawless. She also raps and beatboxes and has helped to invent her own unique musical instruments.
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BlackWaters are a loud and raucous young Indie-punk four-piece from Guildford, capturing the essence of disaffected youth and politics (their debut single 'So Far Out' was written about the Brexit vote). They are influenced by current bands like Fidlar and Palma Violets to the classic punk of The Clash and Ramones.
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The long-awaited second album Non-Fiction from Brian Deady has been met with wide critical acclaim from the likes of The Sunday Times calling it 'Bare-Knuckle and Remarkable' and The Irish Times stating 'Ireland has a new soul star in its midst'.
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Brixton-based girl and an electric guitar singing fierce and vulnerable songs. With influences from PJ Harvey and Ben Howard, Bryde flickers between powerful guitar riffs and smooth melancholy acoustic sounds.
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'Songwriting has been a part of Carys’ identity from the age of 6 years old, when she wrote her first song, just a few weeks after she first picked up a guitar. This was the start of a prolific song writing career, which led to her signing a publishing deal with Sony/ATV in 2014. Carys plays piano, guitar, and the ukulele, and has a wide range of influences, but the ultimate sound could be likened to a hybrid of Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift. The lyrics used in Carys’ songs are refreshingly youthful and capture your imagination. They are often very thought provoking and insightful for someone as young as she is.'
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Club Drive are a three-piece fusing pop sensibilities with a refreshing funk/rock edge.
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A singer / songwriter based in London whose influences include Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Amy Winehouse, LNIP, Arctic Monkeys, xxyyxx and Bonobo.
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Dream Wife started out as a fantasy… literally. Icelandic singer Rakel and British musicians Alice and Bella played their first show as part of a performance project at art school in Brighton. Stuck in dreams of 90s club kid nostalgia they continue on making music, embracing their love for edgy pop. Dream Wife name David Lynch's women as a big influence; 'powerful and seriously f***ed up'. They play with the aesthetics of the 1960's yé-yé girls movement, along with current influences such as Sleigh Bells, Le Tigre and Grimes. Dream Wife ooze with girl power; infecting the crowd with their trademark 'poolside pop with a bite.' The music juxtaposes simple pop hooks, beats, cutting riffs and dreamy vocals.
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Brand new four-piece, Eat Fast, have quickly developed a knack for crafting sub-three-minute nuggets of fuzzy pop brilliance since first appearing at the start of 2016. Inspired by Cloud Nothings, Wavves and Battles, the band’s sugar-drenched harmonies, frazzled guitar riffs and thumping drums have quickly caught the attention of BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music, The Line of Best Fit and DIY.
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This Dublin-based trio are straddling the line between grunge and indie perfectly, and fitting like a glove into both worlds. Live, it's simply deafening, and sweaty moshpits are the order of the day.
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A lo-fi /dream pop artist from New Zealand.
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A genre-defying tribal pop/experimental worldbeat outfit with roots in both England and Bahrain, Flamingods' dizzying blend of traditional African and Middle Eastern music, psych-folk, and prog falls somewhere in between the Avalanches, Konono Nº1, Animal Collective, and Goat. Formed in Bahrain in 2010 by Kamal Rasool, Sam Rowe, Charles Prest, Karthik Poduval, and Craig Doporto, the group issued a series of EPs before releasing its debut full-length album, Sun, in 2013 via English indie Art Is Hard. A change in UK visa laws resulted in Rasool being forced to move back to Bahrain shortly after graduating from university, so the quintet began working remotely, communicating their ideas via samples and snippets on the Internet. The results from those exchanges appeared on their 2014 sophomore outing, Hyperborea.
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Formed in 2013 on the sunny streets of South East of England, Indoor Pets (formerly Get Inuit) play dirty and cheerful indie guitar pop. Frontman Jamie expertly navigates his way around raucous guitar movements and pummelling drum work, delivering some of the finest guitar pop. "They show off their anthemic capabilities and fondness for intriguing song titles, shrouding meaty riffs and huge hooks” - NME
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Berlin duo Andreya Casablanca and Laura Lee are Gurr, a garage pop band that sounds like a trashy 60s girl group meshed with poppy vocals in two voices and a flavour of eerines,s dug out from the deep darkness that is the Berlin rock n' roll bar's restroom at 5am.
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With influences ranging from Nick Cave to Talking Heads and a jaw dropping live show that harks back to '80s glam-rock, HMLTD are out to get you while you're young. They've been working up a name for themselves across London with songs that defy convention and fly on a tangent, an acid Mike Patton lounge imagination, and pure glam fireworks.
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A newly formed four piece band based in London who write songs by merging together influences from Italian Rock to British and American music. 'Described as having a ‘sleazy, hot-footed noise’ where sharp, swerving riffs and unconventional arrangements are forged into strange shapes with an unorthodox delivery, Danio, Pietro and Tom first met at school in Bologna. Fast forward 15 years to a relocation to London to study at music college and the Royal College of Art, when they put the finishing touches to their ultimate creation Husky Loops.'
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Megan and Lily formed IDER in their bedroom in North London and arrived in 2016 with their silken debut track ‘Sorry’, catching the attention of songwriter and producer Shura, who went onto produce ‘Does She Even Know’ from their debut EP 'Gut Me Like An Animal’. The pair soon found themselves catapulted into the spotlight after receiving monumental radio praise for each of the tracks featured on this EP.
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IDLES are a heavy post-punk band from Bristol. They want to entertain and hurt in equal measure. They believe that art and violence work. Their spirit colour is coral pink. One of them loves queuing, one struggles counting, one has been arrested 8 times, one doesn't like music and one puts sausage rolls on his pizza! 'IDLES are hard to capture, because they're not Fat White Family, they're not Sleaford Mods, they are very much their own incarnation of uncompromising rhythmical punk rock. Lyrically, a mixture of dry obsessional humour and poetic slogans. But, best of all, they really get the adrenaline pumping' - Steve Lamacq, BBC6 Music.
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Indigo Husk are a four piece alternative band that channel the energy of punk and and the lo-fi sound and high volume of garage rock. Audiences can expect genres spanning from jazzy psychedelia to frantically fast grungy blues, linking their eclectic set together with enthusiasm and style. Joe Hamm, Joe Taylor, Big Mac and Flynn can promise a high energy set due to a passion for live performance.
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Jade Bird is fast becoming one of the most exciting new British voices. With her debut release the ‘Something American’ EP and 2018’s follow-up breakthrough single ‘Lottery’, Jade has won the hearts of people across the globe. She has already performed on ‘Later’ with Jools Holland, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and at SXSW she won the Grulke Prize for upcoming talent, following her win of the ANCHOR Prize at the Reeperbahn festival in 2017. Twisting big themes of disillusionment, divorce, cheating, sorrow into the realities of an independent-minded, modern British female, Jade’s music transcends genre with a wealth of influence coming from everywhere, and anywhere. Classic, contemporary, and a total breath of fresh air in the current musical landscape, Jade Bird is that rare, next-generation artist who appears as clued up on the past as she is determined to learn from its lessons: in control, sometimes in your face, and in possession of gifts beyond her years.
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Jake Houlsby is a young Indie-Folk singer-songwriter from the North-East. Jake's unique voice and intricate guitar playing have built him a loyal fan base, with Spark Sunderland describing his live performances as 'truly immersive and relaxing.' His current style has been likened to Ben Howard, Fleet Foxes and Laura Marling and is "all about nice melodies, strong chord progressions and evocative lyrics."
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After emerging from the Manchester Scene alongside Blossoms, Spring King and Cabbage; Jordan Allen have quickly established themselves as one of the UK's must-see Indie acts.
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Singer/Songwriter Jordan Mackampa is often described as a troubadour, an artist with timeless soul and lyrics drenched in heart felt empathy. As a man who was born in Kinshasa, grew up in London and became an artist in Coventry, Jordan’s music is swimming in the sounds and stories of the cities he’s inhabited over the years. His critically acclaimed debut EP “Physics” was celebrated for its unique combination of jazz soaked beats, folk melodies and effortless gospel harmonies as well as his poet like lyricism exploring love, longing and loss by the likes of NME, The 405, Julie Adengua and Clash Magazine
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Joy Crookes is one of the UK's most exquisite new talent with her songs effortlessly capturing the trials and tribulations of life. Born and raised in Elephant and Castle, Joy’s musical journey is still just beginning but she’s already garnering Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill comparisons. The daughter of a Bengali mother and an Irish father, she grew up listening to an eclectic mix of genres – everything from Nick Cave, to King Tubby, Kendrick Lamar and Gregory Isaac and as a result she's curious, passionate and music obsessed.
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'Judas are a four piece indie rock band hailing from all corners of the UK, based in London. The band have been together for around two years and have accomplished much in this time; releasing their self titled EP, performing at major festivals including Isle of Wight, Kendal Calling, Sound City, Y Not, Truck Festival, Tramlines and have even performed on the Main Stage at Leeds festival 2016. Furthermore they have played at many nationally renowned venues such as KOKO, Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Islington Assembly Hall and the Cavern. Alongside this JUDAS have many live performances up and down the country under their belt, including a live set on Soccer AM last year with Circa Waves. Furthermore the band have had numerous airplays on BBC introducing and XFM, as well as performing live for BBC introducing. Judas’ sound is most commonly compared to a combination of U2 and Kings of Leon with anthemic songs, huge sounds and timeless melodies making up the core of their repertoire. With other influences such as Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay and Stereophonics, Judas create their unique style and deliver it live with exceptional energy and precision.'
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An alt-rock four piece from London.
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Kllo, formerly known as Klo, are two cousins from Australia bringing back the sound of young Britain circa 1999-2000. 'Their music has many of the hallmarks – sweet melodies and siren-sighing over skippy rhythms – of 2-step, although that’s not all they do. In fact, they’re soulful one minute, electro-poppy the next.'
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An electronic / hiphop / spoken word artist from London. A firmly mixed media artist, since childhood Kojey’s interests and accolades have existed in everything from drawing to dancing, film-directing, fashion and spoken word. He ended up studying illustration at university, while exploring the world of poetry simultaneously, inspired by emerging young black poets such as Suli Breaks.
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Kyko is the musical project of young singer/songwriter Scott Verrill. Born and raised in South London, he combines his love for songwriting and production to create a unique and vibrant blend of indie-pop. Raised in a household rife with the sounds of Paul Simon and British bands like The Jam, Verrill strives to combine his musical background with his passion for modern pop music and it's ever evolving form.
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An indie, rock and pop band from Sweden.
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An electronic / indie duo from Frankfurt. 'The song is rich in vibrant synthesizers and gentle vocals laced with percussion as lively as a marching band, creating a track as quixotic as a lucid dream.' Stereogum
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Luxury Death are Manchester based couple Ben Thompson and Meg Williams. After Ben's last project, Nai Harvest ended, he quickly began work on his next venture. The project started as "something else to do in the bedroom together" and has quickly evolved into one of the most exciting up and coming lo-fi bands on the circuit.
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Four-piece Marsicans from Leeds play upbeat indie meets dirty pop. Their driving, harmony-laden sound and exciting live shows are earning them a reputation as an emerging force in British music. The guys take their influences from the Beach Boys, Bombay Bicycle Club to Paul Simon. "The Leeds quartet have refined a sound that infuses Britpop with a little Vampire Weekend-style globalism." - Entertainment Weekly (USA)
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An alternative band from Brighton. Named after historic Brighton heroine 'The Priestess of The Bath', their music draws from the 70's song writing of Fleetwood Mac and Eagles while keeping modern influences such as Tame Impala and Mystery Jets. Their sound is classic but never retro.
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Matt Maltese is a young acoustic singer-songwriter from Reading, now based in South London. Musically, Matt takes cues from a range of influences from Leonard Cohen to French musician Francoise Hardy. His evocative lyrics, which are full of rich imagery as he observes London life occurring around him, offer a glimpse into the maturity of his creativity, whilst his melodies maintain an undeniable and accessible appeal.
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Otzeki are Mike and Joel, two cousins based in London whose sound is best described as electronic dance rock.
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Manchester natives Pale Waves are the indie pop up-and-comers bringing '80s new wave back. 'With lyrics that play on the melodrama of youth and sonic elements that inspire the impressive, rock-fused poptimism of the ‘80s, they could have soundtracked iconic films like The Breakfast Club'.
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Paris Youth Foundation
Following their debut show on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading Festival which caught the attention of BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, who has supported the band ever since, Paris Youth Foundation have gone on to play major new music festivals including Hit The North, Live At Leeds, The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City. They’ve also toured and played alongside Blaenavon, The Magic Gang, Vistas, The Sherlocks, The Xcerts and The Night Café. Liverpool alternative rock five-piece Paris Youth Foundation 'are fast on their way to joining that crop of young musicians ready to spearhead the British wave' - NME. 'Like all your favourite indie bands rolled into one. Think The Strokes meet Wolf Alice, and you’re halfway there' - NME
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Plastic Mermaids have spent most of the last year hidden away in their home studio constructing a unique style of folkedelic dream pop, escaping only for the occasional surf. Weaving together vocal harmonies and a diverse selection of instruments they create folky melodies with experimental electronic textures. Furthermore, they wear amazing jumpers.
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'Puma Blue, formerly Jacob Allen, are dark/wavey/romancey soulstah-cats residing in South East London. Citing Jeff Buckley, D’Angelo, Billie Holiday, Dilla & John Frusciante as major influences, Puma Blue blends the darker shades of jazz, punk, funk, lazy soul, and an androgynous falsetto to create a sexual, fearless sound with a lot of gut. From his close knit band you can expect downtown sax lines, raunchy guitars and lots of spunk.'
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Stockport's Rory Wynne has been a truly independent pioneer from recording all his own tracks, playing all the instruments as well-being his own press officer. A true rock 'n' roll talent.
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She Drew The Gun
Lo-fi lyrical journeys through a glacial lullaby-blues, She Drew the Gun is an artist getting used to being compared to those in the literary world as much as those in the music world. Fronted by songwriter Louisa Roach, the band offer dreamy lyrical psych-pop from the banks of the Mersey.
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Chilled / electro indie duo, James Cullen and Dan Cobb, capture the full range of nightly emotional rollercoasters in their music - the consuming guilt, the crippling loneliness, the directionless drifting - bringing them to life in a seductive blend of electronic grooves, dreamy synths, and washed out guitars.
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The Bay Rays
'Comprising of Harry Nicoll, Maxwell Oakley and Anthus Davis, The Bay Rays are the latest band to arise from Kent. Having only been discovered in 2015, their debut track ‘Four Walls’ is undoubtedly a hit. Resembling a mix of bands such as The Fratellis and The Vaccines, thrilling guitar is played in conjunction with a steady yet catchy drum beat and contrasting high pitched vocals; producing extremely effective creations.
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The Night Café
A young indie rock four piece band from Liverpool, Sean, Josh, Arran and Carl are The Night Cafe. Possessing a youthful energy with a style reminiscent of Vampire Weekend and The Maccabees, yet strongly attached to their hometown, channelling the musical heritage of The Beatles and The Coral. You can expect melodic and charming indie that puts a smile on your face and rhythm in your hips, with the band's signature intricately spun guitar riffs and sweet vocal melodies.
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A 60s inspired pop / post-punk / garage / surf trio from Halifax. Keen lovers of DIY and the Riot Grrrl scene, they met at a house party and formed the band, despite two of them having never played instruments before! They bring to mind classic DIY girl bands like Marine Girls and Dolly Mixture, along with the lo-fi alt-rock sounds of the Pixies and Breeders. Their lilting harmonies, jangling guitars and pounding wave-like bass sounds have been winning them devotees from across the UK.
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The Pale White
This emerging Newcastle trio are the lads to propel rock music back to the summit. When they adopted the name The Pale White in 2016 - which 'alludes to the bright light people claim to see before they die' - everything fell into place. A string of demos in the shape of ‘Let You Down’ and ‘Second Place’ followed and support slots with bands like Band of Skulls, Maximo Park and more became a formality, in addition to a string of their own sold-out shows in the city. Born and raised in the North East, the trio are proud of their origins, but are beginning to see the bigger picture. 'Being from somewhere like this is more important than being a small fish in a big pond. We've got the potential to break out of the city where no one's done anything for a while'. Having already featured in NME’s 10 new guitar acts to get excited about right now! who proclaimed 'Blending Queens of The Stone Age, Black Keys and old-school blues, debut single ‘Reaction’ is a thrilling introduction for a band shaping up to be the next Royal Blood', the band have also picked up tastemaker support online from The Independent, Wonderland, CLASH amongst many others. Support at radio includes BBC Radio 1 Introducing, with live versions of ‘That Dress’ and ‘Turn It Around’ recorded live from Glastonbury broadcast on Huw Stephens Radio 1 show, and a Radio X (X-Posure) Evening Playlist for ‘Turn It Around’ and ‘Reaction’ and 6Music.
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Tinashe Fazakerley, now professionally known as Rationale (formerly Tinashé) is a Zimbabwe-born, Hackney raised singer-songwriter who is known for his soulful RnB and indie pop style with electric influences.
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Seafret are a North East acoustic duo from the seaside town of Bridlington. Jack Sedman and Harry Draper deliver the kind of soothing tones and heartfelt lyrics that will leave you calmer that a visit to the seaside town they hail from.
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'Tender Central’s aesthetic is a deft, eclectic blend of sonics which she melds together with the provocative purity in her voice. Her latest single, Wake Me Up, puts her versatile sensibilities on display. Intricate tribal-leaning percussion bubbles underneath an infectious Caribbean-tinged bass line as her airy, almost atmospheric vocals float effortlessly above. Her meditations on the constant hustle and bustle of life and how they can lull you into a monotonous stupor are as penetrating as they are beautiful.'
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A four piece indie band from the small town of Mullingar in Ireland. Bringing their own infectious blend of indie/rock, the boys have supported the likes of Pixies and Noel Gallagher before finally making waves on their own. With their blazing guitars, The Academic are very much inspired by bands such as The Strokes and at times are reminiscent of Co Down indie-poppers Two Door Cinema Club. The quartet went viral in 2017 when they used Facebook Live to create an audio and visual loop pedal effect for their single 'Bear Claws'.
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Blending the macabre narrative and vocal performance of such songwriting heavyweights as Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave and Scott Walker, with melodies that permeate and resonate, Hickox’s music is unique on the British music scene.
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Trudy & The Romance
Trudy will leave you love drunk and weeping into your whiskey. With Hollywood-tinged melodies and raucous guitar, they spit grit in the teeth of a Colgate grin. Trudy are a comfy mix of Doo-Wop, 60s girl groups, The Beach Boys, The Strokes and Jonathan Richman.
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Fronted by charismatic vocalist/guitarist Mattie Vant and completed by Henry Eastham (guitars/ vocals), Billy Morris (bass) and Martin Söderin (drums), VANT have been compared to The Pixies with echoes of Queens of the Stone Age, yet frontman Mattie Vant takes influences from a vast spectrum of musical genres which are then all condensed into two-and-a-half minute onslaughts.
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Weirds are a four piece, hypnotic psych-rock band from Leeds. Namechecking Melvins and David Lynch among their influences, it's no surprise that their no-frills sound has both an immediacy and a certain mysticism. The band decided to end in 2018 and announced they would play their final show on 1st November 2018 before moving on to passures new.
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White Kite is the brainchild of Louis Shadwick with twins Tom and Will Dunning (guitar and bass). Together they create infectious brooding, experimental pop with hooks and a wash of synthesizers, drum machines and heavy guitars. White Kite’s sound feels fresh and ambitious, whilst having a nostalgic vibe that harks back to classic synth music from the 70s and 80s.
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Known for their soulful, passionate and haunting live show, Irish female trio, Wyvern Lingo, are one of the few bands that can get you dancing with a full band of keys, guitar, synth bass and drums – or make you melt when they strip the set back to a capella. Their music is a veritable cocktail of RnB hooks, bluegrass licks, gospel harmonies and inciteful-beyond-their-years lyrics.
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Ex-architecture student bringing UK R&B, old-school Soul and Jazz into the 21st century, the Liverpool based singer, songwriter and producer has drawn comparisons with the likes of D'Angelo, Anderson Paak & Thundercat. A true artist, he oversees every element of his music and has taken a conceptual approach to his music, live shows and artwork. 'For all those pining for Frank Ocean, this will fill the void' Annie Mac
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English quartet Yonaka combine heavy riffs, melodic hooks, and on-stage punk furor like the wild spawn of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Royal Blood. The Brighton-based band, comprising vocalist Theresa Jarvis, guitarist George Edwards, bassist Alex Crosby and drummer Robert Mason, met in college while each member played in different bands. They got together in 2014 and quickly gained a reputation for their formidable live shows.
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