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Following a number of stories about venues across the UK coming under threat or closing down, Music Venue Trust launches Fightback, a one-off evening of music to raise vital funds to create a new service to stop the closures.
The event will support the launch of a brand new nationwide service from Music Venue Trust which will directly stop music venue closures by tackling the number 1 cause of those closures; the cost and complexity of legal advice and expert opinion on planning, development, noise and licensing issues.
This Manchester outfit blend falsetto vocals with synths, guitars and discordant pop hooks. Quirky singles like 'Photoshop Handsome' have seen comparisons to XTC, Wild Beasts and Django Django, but the band also have a sound all of their own. Their 2011 debut release 'Man Alive' was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and they have received three nominations for an Ivor Novello award. After an initial level of cult success, they broke through in 2013 with second album 'Arc' which reached no.5 on the UK album charts, followed by 2015's 'Get To Heaven' at no.7 and 2017's 'A Fever Dream' at no.5.
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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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Much under-rated British singer-songwriter, who was nominated back in 2001 for his debut album 'Here Be Monsters'. His sometimes dark and melancholy lyrics blend with piano melody and beauty to deliver a sound not a million miles away from Crowded House and Jeff Buckley. Ed is also partial to collaborations. In 2013 he co-write and produced Sophie Ellis-Bextor's 'Wanderlust' album, while in 2015 he played piano on stage with The Libertines.
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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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The Leisure Society
Even before you get to the music there’s plenty to pique one’s interest with The Leisure Society. Main-man Nick Hemming began his career in shoegaze band The Telescopes and shared a further outfit with Paddy Considine and Shane Meadows. They’ve had two consecutive Ivor Novellonominations for Best Song Musically and Lyrically, and have enjoyed the endorsement of everyone from Guy Garvey to Brian Eno. They’ve collaborated with Ray Davies and the Heritage Orchestra, not to mention soundtracking a few films, most notably Mr Considine’s brutal masterpiece Tyrannosaur. “Gorgeously delicate” - The Guardian “A true gem” - Brian Eno "Warm, colourful, literate songs that reach into the heart and the head” - The Independent “As close to any of The Beatles’ greatest records as anything I’ve heard in the last five years or so” - Drowned In Sound
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London Contemporary Orchestra
London Contemporary Orchestra is fast establishing itself as one of the most innovative and dynamic ensembles on the London music scene. Known for its cross-arts collaborations, the LCO has worked alongside such artists as Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead), Belle & Sebastian, Matmos, United Visual Artists and Foals.
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The Spitfires are a 4 piece band from Watford. Taking influences from The Clash, Billy Bragg, The Jam through to Soul, Reggae and Ska - the band have released 2 albums since 2015. 'A Thousand Times' was the follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut ‘Response’ which saw the band enter high in the UK Album Charts and reach #6 in both the independent and vinyl charts, with the single ‘So Long’ charting at #1 in UK Vinyl Singles Chart and most recent single 'Move On' charting at #2. Their work ethic and powerful song-writing mixed with their acute social commentary and lack of mainstream industry support has made this fiercely independent band one of the most popular underground success stories in the UK today. This DIY attitude and independent spirit has earned them a dedicated following and sold out shows across the whole of the UK and Europe.
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Solo artist from Northampton. His slick guitar and key work, paired with a sincere, soulful vocal gives him an impressively versatile range. Citing influences in the shape of the ethereal soundscapes of Bon Iver, London based pop duo Oh Wonder, and the electronic soul elements of a Chet Faker. His 2016 debut EP 'Burn It Down' amassed over 4 million streams and hit the top spot on the iTunes Singer Songwriter charts. He went on to play support slots for Lana Del Ray and Birdy.
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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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A four-piece rock and roll band, these guys deliver a lively and hectic set. They appeared on BBC introducing after winning the Battle Of The Bands at The Horn in St Albans.
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Awate is a MOBO supported rapper and producer from Maiden Lane Estate in Camden. Honing his craft from the age of 12, he made a name for himself at the legendary hip-hop spot, Deal Real at the age of 15. Awate learned from mentors such as Poisonous Poets rappers, Stylah and Lowkey, BBC 1Xtra's DJ Semtex and one of his heroes, Yasiin Bey. As a refugee from Eritrea via Saudi Arabia, Awate's lyrics are a complex train of thought on subjects like self-esteem, racism, pride and class. Building a reputation as an electrifying and engaging live performer, Awate has toured worldwide with Lowkey since 2010 and has supported the likes of Jay Electronica, Ghetts, Big Daddy Kane, and Blackstar (Mos Def & Talib Kweli).
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Pat Dam Smyth
Patrick Damoglou Smyth from N. Ireland, moved to London via Dublin, Liverpool and Los Angeles. His music is a collection of thoughts on his travels, loves and losses, falling somewhere between Beck, Bowie and Lou Reed. People are beginning to take notice of his eclectic style and talent.
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Frontman, Jack Mercer’s husky vocals are perfectly matched to the rock band’s outstanding musicianship. Looking for a performance that’s electric with soul, charisma and passion? Don’t miss the Carnabys.
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Sisteray, songwriters Niall Rowan (vocals) and Dan Connolly (guitar) and Mick Hanrahan (bass guitar) have set out their intention to re-write the indie guitar rule book. Sisteray came together out of their shared love for bands such as The Smiths, Velvet Underground, The Clash and The Replacements. This is proven in the upbeat melodies and lyrical observations of 21st century Britain, combined with high-octane live performances that have been key to making their live shows unmissable. They have recently built up their live audience through a series of #guerillagigs, using everything within their means to persuade promoters to let them have a first on slots at shows big and small, witnessed by Subculture describing: "The night began with Sisteray playing yet another spontaneous Camden show, their effortless guitar riffs and high energy proves that the boys are a force to be reckoned with". This was followed by an insistence that they were allowed to curate their own headline show, where they chose the bands and DJs, it was a sell-out success and was followed but memorable shows across the UK, including at Isle of Wight and Leeds Festivals and others in the summer of 2016. The bands belief and passion in their music, as well as their strong political views has been seldom seen since the days of The Clash; with Dan recently asked to appear on primetime BBC News, ITV and The Independent to voice his views on the recent Syria debate. Word is beginning to spread in the likes of BBC Radio 1, Radio X, Fresh on the Net, Louder Than War, Artrocker, BBC 6 Music, Subculture, Gigslutz, Time Out and The Londonist. "Gnarly... sounds like the golden age of 2000s UK indie" - Phil Taggart, BBC Radio 1 “...the band radiate the sense of Men On A Mission who engage both with their audience and the wider world beyond Camden” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music ''Butt-kickin' New Punk'' - Chris Hawkins, BBC 6 Music "Punk rockers causing a buzz in their native London, sold out shows aplenty, and with a Rory Attwell (The Vaccines/Palma Violets) produced EP in the can and due for release soon, expect that to swell" - Fred Perry Subculture
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Hannah Lou Clark
'Recently acquiring a flat above a Quaker Meeting place, Hannah Lou Clark became entranced by the rituals almost literally beneath her feet. Fusing this with the same sense of dogged determination which runs through her music, the singer is already sparking furious speculation. Debut EP 'Silent Type' will be released on November 24th, with the title cut emerging online earlier this week. Oddly spiritual, it's a secular form of worship which favours direct interaction with her inner self; an emotional communion in which all is laid bare.'
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A gifted songsmith with haunting melodies that reveal character beyond her years.
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Bang Bang Romeo
Fronted by vocal powerhouse Anastasia Walker and featuring Ross Cameron (guitars) and Richard Gartland (drums), Bang Bang Romeo are a propelling force for female-fronted bands in a male dominated industry, and a strong and open voice for the LGBT community. Anastasia's "once in 20 years voice" is unrivalled and the group's larger-than-life performances are sending audiences wild up and down the country, leaving them with jaws dropped and often reduced to tears.
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Recreations & The Magnetic South, Judas, Soma
- Chalk Farm Road
- NW1 8EH
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