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After a rather lengthy hiatus to pursue acting roles and other musical projects, Shirley Manson and the boys returned in 2012 with their first live shows since 2005's 'Bleed Like Me'. Their irresistible blend of gothic indie-rock with subtle dance undertones saw the band achieve a string of Top 40 singles in both the UK and US in the '90s and early '00s, including 'Only Happy When It Rains', 'Stupid Girl', 'Push It', 'I Think I'm Paranoid', 'Why Do You Love Me' and the Bond theme 'The World Is Not Enough'. They released their 6th studio album 'Strange Little Birds' in 2016, reaching no.1 on the US Billboard Independent, Alternative and Rock album charts.
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After 19 years away, Britpop band Sleeper announced their return in 2017. Fronted by singer-turned-novelist Louise Wener, the band had eight UK top 40 singles between '93-'97 including the breakthrough hit 'Inbetweener', accompanied by the classic supermarket promo video starring Dale Winton, and two top 10 singles with 'Sale Of The Century' and 'Nice Guy Eddie'. They also covered Blondie's 'Atomic' for the original Trainspotting film. As T2 hit cinema screens in 2017, Louise thought 'what do I do now?' and decided to reform the band.
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Like if Nico sang about milk bottles or 'a Joni Mitchell for the anti-folk generation' (NME), Newcastle's Du Blonde has been bubbling under since 2008 with sporadic singles and EPs, until 2012 finally saw the release of her debut album on Mute, 'Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose', joined by her merry band of men known as The Hooves Of Destiny. An eclectic blend of folk, soprano warbles and quirky art-pop songs.
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- Kew Road
- TW9 3AB