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They'd been about for a little while (remember 'Fly Life'?) but anyone on the dancefloor in 1999 would have found the funky progressive house rhythms of monster club hit 'Red Alert' irresistible. Producers, remixers and DJ duo Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton had arrived, and followed 'Red Alert' with a string of other club anthems and Top 10 hits including 'Romeo' and 'Where's Your Head At?'. 2014 sees the release of their first new album in five years; 'Junto'.
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The Charlatans are one of the most successful bands around, having had 3 Number one albums and numerous top 30 singles. They have had to overcome many setbacks over their 20+ years career and yet still remain a major force in today's music industry. They have never courted media hype but yet consistently sell out venues all across Europe unlike many of their peers who have fallen by the wayside. The band that never sold out and never considered nostalgia as a career path - they truly are one of the last great bands. Expect something truly special live.
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A classico-electronical collective. The core members Jack Patterson (bass, keyboards), Grace Chatto (cello) and Milan Neil Amin-Smith (violin) met while studying as undergraduates in Cambridge, later joined by brother Luke Patterson (drums). Their unique take on dance music sees beats collide with classical, where Baroque meets house and pop. Classing themselves as an 'electroquartet', and featuring a string of guest vocalists, they have been described as the new Disclosure with a chamberpop bent.
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British neo-psychedelic band Temples make trippy dance-and rock-oriented pop that combines the experimental sound of bands like The Flaming Lips with the classic song craftsmanship of The Beatles. Formed in Kettering, Temples centers around the talents of songwriting duo vocalist/guitarist James Bagshaw and vocalist/bassist Thomas Warmsley.
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Public Service Broadcasting
London-based, retro-obsessed group perform wobbly electronics, tight heavy guitar workouts and live drums overlayed with kitsch audio samples mixed in from screened public information films.
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Calling himself Saint Raymond after the street he grew up in and his grandfather, young singer-songwriter Callum Burrows’s meteoric rise saw him swap the pubs of his native Nottingham for support slots touring with Ed Sheeran. He stormed into the spotlight in 2014 after his single, Young Blood, was named Zane Lowe's 'Hottest Record in the World' (Radio 1). His debut album, also titled Young Blood, finally followed in the Summer of 2015, with critics making favourable comparisons to Miles Kane, Bastille, The Police and Simple Minds.
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Best known as the bassist from Joy Division and New Order. Peter decided to honour the outstanding work of his first band and the undoubted genius of the late Ian Curtis by giving people the opportunity to hear past Joy Division albums performed live and in their entirety. Backed by his band The Light, Hooky first played 'Unknown Pleasures' at the Factory club in Manchester in 2010, and has continued to tour the back catalogue ever since.
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Pulled Apart By Horses
Riotous Leeds four-piece whose punk/metal crossover pays more than a slight homage to the sounds of Seattle. Their speed-fuelled thunderous guitars and high-octane vocals draw comparisons to a crazier Queens Of The Stone Age, an artier At The Drive-In or a shoutier Shellac. With crazy song titles 'I Punched A Lion In The Throat', 'I've Got Guestlist To Rory O'Hara's Suicide' and 'Back To The F**k Yeah', the Leeds noisesmiths have a mischievous sense of humour beneath their screeching hardcore jams.
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An explosive duo from Kent, Slaves are making a lot of noise as an unmistakably British punk act. They have gained a lot of attention for bringing raw and exciting performances that have a distinct lack of pretentiousness in a British music scene flooded with bands that are leaning more and more towards American-centric influences.
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Rae Morris is a young singer/songwriter from Blackpool. Learning piano at an early age and forever underestimating her ability, Rae found a voice she didn’t know she had. Make your own comparisons, but be sure to notice a girl of maturity beyond her years. Cleverly matching her inimitable voice to songs of new experiences, those defining challenges like love and not always being able to have the answers, Rae is the epitome of raw and claims nothing else. Her coming-of-age tales make her a modern-day PJ Harvey, Kate Bush or Feist. 'Rae Morris is becoming the country's most beloved singer-songwriter' (Zane Lowe, Radio 1).
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The Amazing Snakeheads
A three piece Rock 'n' Roll / Garage Blues band from Glasgow signed to Domino. In their late 20s and 30s, surprisingly Glasgow childhood friends Dale Barclay (guitarist and vocalist) and William Coombe (bassist) haven’t been in bands before, though drummer Jordan Hutchison, had dabbled in his native New Zealand. "Leonard Cohen didn’t make his first album until he was 34,”says Barclay! They share a love of classic fast 'n' frenzied rock 'n' roll music and their debut single 'Testifying Time' clocked in at a super speedy 85 seconds!
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Jaws are an indie rock band formed in Birmingham in 2012 after singer Connor Schofield had posted a demo online that received enough positive feedback to encourage him to start a band with friends from Halesowen College. They have often been identified as part of the Digbeth-based B-Town scene. Their sound definitely draws influences from the Shoegaze scene with hints of 90's alt-rock and grunge found on labels like Sub Pop. "Seductive with swirling guitars complemented by lead singer Conor Schofield’s beguling vocals. It’s a single of self determination, reminiscent of The Smashing Pumpkins softer work from the ‘Siamese Dream’ period" - The Sphinx.co.uk
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Originally started as a two-piece in 2012, Glaswegian Honeyblood has a sound that has been described as 'slacker-grunge-garage-rock', but founding member Stina Tweeddale prefers to call it ‘crunch-pop’. Her sound has drawn comparisons to recent favourites Best Coast and Frankie Rose, along with hints of 90s female guitar heroes the Breeders and Throwing Muses. Three albums in, Stina has decided to claim the sole spotlight of the project and said that makes sense, as Honeyblood has always been Stina's voice. Before it was even a band, or a name, Stina was writing the songs that would form the backbone of the band's identity.
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"The brutal sound of bluesy hardcore screams, mammoth guitar riffs and general extreme noise is gloriously beautiful" – Tom Hadfield, Platform Magazine. Heck (formerly Baby Godzilla) are a bunch of overly-energetic, slouching, blues-hunched over-underachievers from Nottingham who specialise in their own unique blend of loud, sweaty, voracious and shouty psycho-blues and are already known for their extraordinarily intense live shows.
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A Seattle based trio fronted by Billy McCarthy, Eric Sanderson and Rob Allen, the band formerly known as We Are Augustines have won the right to use their original name, 'Augustines'. Following the success of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Rise Ye Sunken Ships’, the band spent the summer of 2013 recording new material for their sophomore self-titled album.
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Having formed officially in 2008 after a number of years playing together, and in various other bands, vocalist Rob Damiani, guitarist Simon Delaney, bassist Tom Doyle and drummer Matt Donnelly have honed the art of rock music with a gloriously melodic edge.
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New Yorker Darwin Deez is influenced by other New York artists such as The Strokes and The Mouldy Peaches. Darwin Deez began his career by performing at open-mic nights in New York, in the same cafes where Regina Spektor and Adam Green would often play. Deez has followed his own quixotic path and has quickly become a bona fide pop star on his own terms. He continues on his one man mission to improve the world through his particular streak of curiously addictive pop songs and bursts of gloriously unfettered synchronized dancing.
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Ghostpoet (aka Obaro Ejimiwe) is a softly-spoken vocalist with a gentle presence, muddling through the treacle of modern life. He has received widespread recognition from critics and playlists alike and his catalogue of work includes two Mercury nominated albums.
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Having raised herself on music with her family home’s piano and a guitar she bought from a shop on the way to school, Lucy Rose began writing songs of youth and nostalgic fragility, which developed with an increasing awareness of the world. Her music has a sombre yet hopeful tone, which has been successful in the career she has developed from a young age. Rose’s career began in London, where instead of attending her planned place at University, she began collaborating with other musicians such as Jack Steadman, the frontman of Bombay Bicycle Club.
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Labelled as hardcore and punk band, these guys embellish both these terms. The five piece band are currently based in Leeds.
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This is the psychedelic nightmare spun by The Wytches, who are spreading their subversive message across England in the dark guise of 50s surf riffs, desert whips, melancholic shuffles and a kaleidoscopic stage performance that will put you under.
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Japanese industrial rock influenced by Melt Banana, Stooges, Black Sabbath, Minutemen, etc., delivering a superb mix of 1960s punk trash, 1970s Detroit dirt, 1980s New York art-rock and psychedelic post-rock.
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Raleigh Ritchie is the stage name of Bristol-born Adulthood and Game of Thrones actor Jacob Anderson. His hip-hop and electronica-tinged R&B pop first gained recognition on the Adulthood soundtrack in 2008, where he recorded I Need Love with British rapper Plan B. Soon after, he signed to Columbia and balanced his acting career with his blossoming musical repertoire.
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Sunset Sons are UK and Aussie surfers living on the beach in 'Surf Capital of Europe', Hossegor, in South West France. The group formed in Tignes and since then have been fast winning over crowds in both the surf and snowboard communities with their infectious and highly energised shows.
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Surf pop rhythms and garage-rock from this Manchester five-piece. With so much energy, it's like five people screaming down the microphone at once. The NME compared them to Black Lips at their most rancid moments.
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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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Soaring and strident rock'n'roll moderne. This band have an Idlewild feel, with strong songs and groovy vocals.
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Twickenham rock trio, championed by Kerrang!
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Leeds pop-punk outfit Brawlers feature current and ex members of Dinosaur Pile-Up, Castrovalva and Leftover Crack.
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A post-rock (ish) band from Liphook, now based in Brighton. The three-piece, featuring Ben Gregory (vocals), Frank Wright (bass) and Harris McMillan (drums) combine poetic fragility wih musical subtlety.
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This four piece Brighton band have the perfect balance of pop style vocals and well timed breakdowns, ensuring that their tracks never leave it's indie rock vibes. This talented band sound a bit like early Strokes with a dash of Queens Of The Stone Age. "Demob Happy are rock giants in the making" - NME. "A mega-dose of Muse-nodding stadium ambition" - DIY
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Forging the explosive energy of hardcore, the subtleties of post-rock and the fractured song structures and complexities associated with math-rock, Talons possess a fascinating sense of urgency and drive, with a sound that both soothes and savages in equal measure.
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Waylayers are Harry Lee (vocals, synths), Dave Norman (bass), and Joe Andrews (guitars). They're based in East London and create music that has been described as 'atmospheric pop'. Fusing electronica and guitars to create their characteristic sound.
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Plymouth anarcho indie punkers! As far as short, sharp bursts of concentrated, visceral fun go, you don’t need to look much further than this band. Their raucous blend of Latterman meets Cloud Nothings and Tubelord is riddled with infectious Dananananaykroyd-esque guitar work and gang vocals that are packed full of hooks and earworms.
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It's been a stacked 12 months for Delta Sleep. The band released the excellent 'Ghost City' (Big Scary Monsters) in August 2018, which saw them land at #1 on the Bandcamp Rock Chart and clock 5million Spotify streams by the close of the year. Since the records' release, they have tirelessly put in tens of thousands of miles on the road, racking up sold out shows on 3 continents; three US & Canada tours, hitting Europe on Mineral's 20th anniversary tour, appearances at the likes of ArcTanGent and Truck Festivals, and an upcoming tour of Asia, taking in Japan, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore. And then there was also the release of their 'Ghost City Rarities' EP (ft. Tricot) to boot. Where they would be forgiven for stopping for a breather, they have instead just announced a mini world tour hitting Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, UK, Ireland, USA, Mexico and announced a new EP Younger Years! Get set for another year of Delta Sleep.
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Freeze The Atlantic
Forming in late 2008, ‘Freeze The Atlantic’ have a solid ethos at their core – making rock music and enjoying rock music.
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A four piece indie band from the small town of Mullingar in Ireland. Bringing their own infectious blend of indie/rock, the boys have supported the likes of Pixies and Noel Gallagher before finally making waves on their own. With their blazing guitars, The Academic are very much inspired by bands such as The Strokes and at times are reminiscent of Co Down indie-poppers Two Door Cinema Club. The quartet went viral in 2017 when they used Facebook Live to create an audio and visual loop pedal effect for their single 'Bear Claws'.
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Previously known as allusondrugs, this 5 piece from Castleford, West Yorkshire now go under the new moniker of allusinlove. They will reignite your love for scuzzy riffs and mushroom trips. In their own words, they have “the head of Simply Red, the Neck of Nirvana, the Shoulders of Deftones, the Belly of Pixies, the Sexual organs of Placebo, the legs of My Bloody Valentine and the feet of Sonic Youth.”
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Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun
These anarcho-anglo storytellers draw from a plethora of influences including alt. country folk and hardcore punk. The Cheltenham four piece changed their name from Jim Lockey & The Solemn Suns, to simply Solemn Sun in 2014. As well as changing their moniker, their music also changed somewhat, with an edgier and darker sound, there are no acoustic guitars while a heavy electronic element helps separate it even further from their previous work.
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King Pleasure And The Biscuit Boys
Dazzling musicianship, riveting stage performances, sixty TV appearances, two barnstorming decades on the road and eleven red hot CDs have established them as today's greatest swing band. They have toured and performed with B.B. King, Cab Calloway and his Orchestra and the original Blues Brothers Band from the movie, as well as recording with leading Americans.
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The the pseudonym of Andre Williams, Shy FX is a London based Drum And Bass and Jungle DJ, producer and remixer. He has produced for Dizzee Rascal and Yasmin and remixed for DJ Fresh. Shy FX crashed the British charts in 1994 with 'Original Nuttah', one of the most infectious Ragga-Jungle anthems of all time, and he quickly became one of Jungle's most respected producers.
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My Nu Leng
My Nu Leng take house and strip it to its bare components before aligning it with the sub-heavy 4/4 that's appeared in the wake of grime, dubstep and UK funky. Having risen through the ranks of underground UK music, to the heavyweight title, the duo continue to push boundaries and shell down venues across the UK and Internationally.
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DJ Luck & MC Neat
London-based house and UK garage duo.
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Bristol-based duo who exploded onto the UK circuit with the heavily supported ‘Bassline’.
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All We Are
Hailed as one of the best acts recently to emerge from a vibrant Liverpool scene, All We Are is filled with the depth and darkness of Warpaint, alluring dual male/female vocals reminiscent of the XX and the lush, Nordic soundscapes of Sigur Ros. A heady mix of alternative, indie and psych tinged pop with gorgeous three part vocal harmonies and kettle-whistling guitars that float over flowery basslines and hypnotic drums rising from delicately soft and haunting tones to driving and 80s influenced anthems.
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The Bohicas are four young men from Essex and the east London borderlands, who are making ambitious and arresting rock 'n' roll. They also have a serious stage presence and are destined to be heralded as a great live act. In September 2013 they flew to Ibiza to support Franz Ferdinand on stage at Ibiza Rocks. "....Channelling Marc Bolan, Led Zeppelin and Arctic Monkeys to riveting effect” – The Sunday Times “Straddle early-60s Merseybeat, blues rock, Krautrock and Velvets fuzz-fuckery while throwing in modernist electro twists. A radical reimagining of the pre-Beatles age” – NME
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Jeremy Warmsley branches out with a new indie-pop duo project featuring the soft vocals of Elizabeth Sankey. Fans of Slow Club and Joy Zipper should investigate.
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Rat Boy (real name Jordan Cardy) is a man painting a picture of being young in suburban Britain, following in an illustrious line of great urban storytellers from Squeeze to Blur and The Streets. The music Rat Boy uses to spread his messages is a neat, powerful brand of indie hip-hop rock, all samples, sound effects, slashes of guitar and machine beats. After making waves with his Top 15 debut album ‘Ssum’, he took a leftfield turn by teaming up with his hero Tim Armstrong (Rancid, Transplants) to create the punk ‘n’ beats mayhem of the ‘Internationally Unknown’ mixtape. One to watch, probably over your shoulder, in the dead of night, after the pubs have shut, the fights have started and the chip shops are doing a roaring trade.
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The Magic Gang
The slacker-rock quartet have spun up a neat formula of chugging Weezer college rock and languid, lilting Mac Demarco guitar lines bound to get you singing along drunkenly into your mates face.
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Neon Waltz are a powerful six piece psychedelic indie rock band who write and play their melodic, sun-drenched, sonic soundscapes in a remote croft, located in the wilderness of Caithness, Scotland.
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There is something about Jake. Within seconds of hearing his haunting melodies you are almost hypnotised by his soft, slightly weary but strong voice. His music is complex and simple all at the same time. You will not forget the man, the musician and the music in a hurry. At just 18 Jake found himself working with artists such as Daniel Bedingfield, Natalie Umbrulia and a job as Duffy’s Musical Director. Major solo career highlights to date include a MOBO nomination in 2010, performances at the Jazz Cafe and writing collaborations and credits with everyone from Wayne Hector, Jake’s sound is a fusion of Chris Martin and John Mayer with a hint of Paul Simon.
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New Desert Blues
New Desert Blues represents the dark, romantic side of the Wild West; that scene where your canteen is empty, the cattle are all dead, and just one bullet remains in your rusted-out revolver. 'Deliciously mood and delightfully dark' - Rhian Daly (NME, The Fly)
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ODC Drumline, Fat White Family, Dog Is Dead, DMA's
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