18+ with select venues being 14+
BC Camplight is the moniker of American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brian Christinzio. The Philadelphia singer-songwriter, falling somewhere between Ben Folds and Badly Drawn Boy, moved to Manchester UK in 2012, where he's brought his brand of quirky indie-pop to new audiences.
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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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A heady blend of brash, hip-hop-inspired grooves, underplayed by breakbeats, the band aren't tied to any set sound, with the likes of drum 'n bass, dancehall vocals, house rhythms, electro and hip-hop all employed in the mix.
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Melt Yourself Down
Pete Wareham's (Acoustic Ladyland, Polar Bear) new project. Intense, sweaty funk, uplifting horns and blistering Nubian drums, this is a tightly drilled unit. Six musical heavyweights with more energy than the sun. Ancient and modern, and dirtier than you want to know. Melt Yourself Down is the sound of Cairo ‘57, Cologne ‘72, New York ‘78, London 2013. North and south and east and west. Horns blowing, drums vibrating, a suffocating fever dream. Primal. Vital.
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'Sir Was is a Swedish artist who views music entirely without boundaries. Loosely electronic, his work is also informed by his experiences as a jazz saxophonist that led periods studying in Gothenburg and at the University of Kwasulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. Currently based in Gothenburg, sir Was has caught the attention of City Slang. Debut single 'a Minor Life' is a fine introductory statement, with its mesh of contradictions building into something quite special. Opening with bagpipes, the skirl of the Scottish instrument makes way to placid, floral electronics, the pop-edged melodies sitting on top of some rather darker themes.'
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Taking the mundane spirit of their name as a manifesto, Crystal Palace based two piece JOHN (both members aptly named John) offer a deadpan approach that has become the recognisable force of their live performance, with an almost mechanical solidity rare for only two bodies. Alongside the rhythmic synchronisation of guitar and drums, introspective lyrics suggest that literature and spoken word are just as important influences as the Punk, Noise and Rock genres they might comfortably fit into. This tight balance between content and volume has lead them on to stages with bands such Pulled Apart By Horses, USA Nails and Idles, as well garnering support from writer/actor Simon Pegg, BBC 6music, and XFM DJ John Kennedy.
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Renowned for their riotous live shows, this London female four piece are a punk force to be reckoned with, mixing political rage with contagious pop punk joy. For fans of Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin, Dream Wife, The Regrettes and The Ramones.
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