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From playing chaotic house parties in their home city of Oxford to becoming major festival headliners across Europe, Foals’ trajectory has been remarkable. Since forming in 2005 they’ve earned critical acclaim (NME and Q Award wins, plus Mercury Prize, Ivor Novello and BRIT Award nominations) and fan devotion (1.7 million sales of their four Gold-certified albums, plus over half a billion streams at Spotify since 2015) in equal measure. And while the majority of contemporaries have fallen by the wayside, Foals continue to hit new peaks.
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You Me At Six
The Surrey quintet and Kerrang! favourites have made a name for themselves over the past few years with their catchy melodies, snappy lyrics and hip-wriggling instrumentals. Their brand of emo rock with poppy hooks has perhaps made them the UK's answer to Incubus. After selling over 76,000 tickets across the UK in 2017, You Me At Six are undoubted heavyweights of the UK rock scene, filling the largest venues wherever they go. Their phenomenal live career speaks for itself, having sold out arena tours in the UK, headlining both the NME/Radio 1 stage at Reading & Leeds 2017 and the second stage at Download 2018.
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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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Anteros are a London indie pop four-piece fronted by Laura Hayden, drawing influence from the likes of Blondie, old school No Doubt, The Cure, The Cardigans and Blur.
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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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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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Alternative indie / folk two piece from the London borough of Camden. 'Jim and Daniel grew up partying together. Now singing together, they create songs with a strong narrative and a sweet purity runs through their acoustic sounds. Proudly representing their Camden roots, the North London twang is carried through their songs. Beauty is formed through their simplistic way of arranging a song, stripping back to basics of an instrumental and a vocal. The kind of raw vocals that warm your belly and make the hairs on your arms stand on end.'
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Organically formed, South Coast Band, Wild Front, aim to pair the unrestrained emotions of music with the capricious nature of life. It came as no surprise when the band formed as the four had been musically working together for years. Although 80s rock and alternative indie is a love they all share, their primary musical influences are so different. Jack offers his love of folk and Josh studied classical music at university, whereas Mike and Joe’s musical repertoire ranges from West Coast hip hop to indie folk. It’s this exotic mix that creates their unique and distinctive sound.
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The Old Pink House
A four piece 'cosmic pop' band from The UK.
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Hard, fast, blood-pumping garage-punk from the wild North Yorkshire moors, jam packed with screeching guitars and plenty of shouting.
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Drawing Influences from the likes of Lucero, Hot Water Music and The Gaslight Anthem, Aberdeen punk rockers Cold Years are packing some serious blue collar punk with stinking-great handfuls of big sing-along choruses thrown into the mix – think a less gothic Creeper by way of Springsteen and The Menzingers.
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A Newcastle-upon-Tyne based scuzz-rock trio.
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A Festival A Parade
An alternative rock band from Newcastle upon Tyne.
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