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Infectious, energetic and full of whatever it takes to craft a good pop song, this Brighton four-piece have continually wowed crowds. Their first two albums reached no.2 and no.1 respectively and the boys have achieved ten UK top 40 singles including the Brit Awards nominated 'She Moves In Her Own Way'.
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Ever since Murph, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen and drummer Dan Haggis – who met and formed The Wombats at the Liverpool Institute Of Performing Arts in 2003 - emerged in 2006 and swiftly became chart-quashing champions of the noughties guitar pop explosion with hits including ‘Moving To New York’, ‘Kill The Director’ and ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’, they’ve barely looked back. The euphoric tales of romantic misadventures in cinemas, forests, weddings and rock clubs that filled their platinum-selling 2007 debut album ‘A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation’ garnered them a strong and dedicated fanbase in thrall to Murph’s amalgam of irrepressible hooks and downbeat tragi-comic lyricism and with such bare-hearted emotional depth to their ditties, The Wombats resolutely refuse to be a flash in the pan.
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Born in Scotland but raised in Manchester on his father's record collection, Tom was drawn to artists like Ray Charles, The Police and Bob Marley, which still influence his music today. Tom combines hip-hop beats, traditional songwriting and electronic elements with a voice that has the soulful grit of Paolo Nutini and the reggae lilt of Finley Quaye. As he steadily builds a loyal following, Tom has already garnered support from the likes of Annie Mac, MistaJam, BBC Introducing, SBTV, Pigeons & Planes & Clash Music.
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Jake Bugg's incredible ascent began in 2012 when his self-titled debut album entered the UK charts at number one (aged 18, making him the youngest British male artist ever to achieve this), going on to sell double platinum and get shortlisted for the UK Mercury Music Prize. And with three further UK Top 10 albums, it seems his fans have still got the bug for his music.
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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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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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Wigan Indie four-piece who were peronally chosen by Tim Burgess of The Charlatans to play Kendal Calling. "Luscious jangle pop guitar layered through whimsical vocals and harmonies that fuse The Smiths and The Bluetones into a new, Britpop-tinted, hope for the future" - The Zine UK
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DIY praised female fronted, 4 piece, alt rock / indie pop band, BLOXX are known to fuse grungy undertones with classic indie-influenced melodies to create their unique, yet comfortably familiar sound which is most evident within their live shows.
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Indie-rock singer raised on the Isle Of Wight. "If you like Jamie T and The Big Moon, I suspect this will be up your street. She’s fab" - Clara Amfo, BBC Radio 1
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