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Orlando Weeks first came to prominence as frontman of The Maccabees. After debuting in 2005, the band became one of the most influential bands of recent years, winning Best British Band at the NME Awards as well as the prestigious Ivor Novello for Best Contemporary Song. The Maccabees split at the height of their powers, with their fourth album ‘Marks To Prove It’ going straight to #1 before they departed with three sold-out nights at Alexandra Palace.
Weeks returned in 2017 with his critically acclaimed project ‘The Gritterman’. An alternative festive tale, Orlando wrote and illustrated the book, published by Penguin, and also released an accompanying companion album. Raymond Briggs noted that ‘The Gritterman’ was “…extraordinary and original’’
Not long after The Maccabees split, frontman Orlando Weeks announced his return with a new hardback book and accompanying soundtrack album. Although best known for music, Weeks was first drawn to art. He studied Fine Arts at the Camberwell College of Arts before pursuing a degree in Illustration at the University of Brighton. Weeks rediscovered his passion for illustration and storytelling during downtime as The Maccabees toured in support of their chart-topping final album ‘Marks To Prove It’. When the band disbanded, Weeks’ three creative endeavours (songwriting, storytelling and illustration) converged as he developed the story of The Gritterman.
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Art School Girlfriend
'There's a lengthy creative thread running through Art School Girlfriend. Raised in Wrexham, North Wales, she then spent five years in London before eloping the calmer creative climes of Margate. Different projects, different guises have followed, before this young artist settled on her current moniker. A perfectionist, the material on upcoming EP 'Measures' - released on Paul Epworth's Wolf Tone label - has been in the works for some time, a laborious, exacting process. But it's all been worth it. 'Measures' is led out by new song 'Bending Back', an entrancing piece of electronic pop music that cuts a little deeper. The billowing, continually evolving production forms a soft bed for Art School Girlfriend's vocal to relax into, a striking, direct, yet playfully experimental performance.'
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The Stoller Hall
- Hunts Bank
- M3 1DA