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May 2022

01May

Lloyd Cole

The Brook, Southampton

Through both his lauded work fronting the Commotions and his more eclectic solo efforts, Lloyd Cole established himself as one of the most articulate and acute songwriters of the post-punk era. As a songwriter, Cole's literate and quite British lyrical style is wed to a melodic sensibility that's graceful even when he's at his most physical. Musically, Cole's sound has steadily evolved since he made his debut with his group the Commotions on 1984's Rattlesnakes. From the refined jangle pop of that album, Cole moved into a tougher and more direct approach on his self-titled solo debut in 1990, which he balanced against lushly orchestrated pop on 1991's Don't Get Weird on Me Babe. After trying on a harder, more rock-oriented approach on 1993's Bad Vibes, he settled into a lighter yet more contemplative attack on 1995's Love Story that would dominate most of his work in the 2000s and 2010s. At the same time, Cole began creating a body of instrumental work inspired by electronic music, including the ambient textures of 2001's Plastic Wood and the Krautrock leanings of 2013's Selected Studies, Vol. 1 (a collaboration with Hans-Joachim Roedelius); with 2019's Guesswork, Cole started to fuse his lyrical style with his enthusiasm for electronic sounds.

02May

HELP! A WAR CHILD BENEFIT SHOW

O2 ACADEMY, BRISTOL

The Help! concert will feature an extraordinary bill of uniquely Bristolian artists - both up and coming and globally renowned - coming together to celebrate the music of the city and raise much needed funds for Ukraine.

 

Returning heroes IDLES follow their lauded fourth album Crawler and a sold out global arena tour. Lead singer Joe Talbot: “We have been kindly invited to play this show for the benefit of War Child. Please donate or sign up to this charity. We believe that nobody should endure war, especially children. Thank you.”

 

Idles will be joined on the night by Portishead, unarguably one of the city’s most revered and inspirational groups. This one-off Help! show will be their first live performance since 2015 . Portishead (Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons & Adrian Utley): “We are really pleased to be able to support the people of Ukraine by performing a few songs at this event in collaboration with the amazing War Child charity.”

 

Also performing on the night will be Billy Nomates, Katy J Pearson and Heavy Lungs. Heavy Lung Ukrainian lead vocalist Danny Nedelko says: “Hailing originally from Odessa, this  is a cause very close to my heart. It’s incredibly special being a part of this show. We are going to bring our absolute best.”

03May

Black Orchid Empire

BLACK HEART, LONDON

Black Orchid Empire create huge, memorable rock music that combines heavy-hitting savagery with intense melodic beauty. Their technical, fearlessly complex grooves and gigantic sing-along choruses have already earned them a widespread fanbase.

A ferociously tight live band, Black Orchid Empire have toured Europe and the UK extensively, recently supporting Skunk Anansie on their sold out 25th anniversary shows, including Brixton Academy. These appearances, as well as previous tours with HED p.e, INME, Black Map and Ravenface, combined with festival slots at Download, Standon Calling, Planet Rockstock, Camden Rocks and Taubertal, have sealed the bands reputation as a force to be reckoned with.

Having released their debut album 'Archetype' in 2016 to universal acclaim, Black Orchid Empire signed with German label Long Branch Records to release the follow up album 'Yugen'. Both albums received stellar reviews and over 1,000,000+ combined streams. 

Their latest record 'Semaphore', a sci-fi concept album was released in June 2020 and has been incredibly well received by fans and critics alike.

"If these words could tattoo, they’d leave the skin imprinted in poetry...Semaphore is big, bold, audacious, technical, artistic, and significant to the scene" - Gigwise 9/10

“Beautiful melodies coupled with tear-your-face-off riffs. Bright fresh new stars” Skin, Skunk Anansie

“Unbeatable in-your-face talent” MOSH

“Wicked, behemoth tunes” POWERPLAY

04May

Lloyd Cole

Tramshed, Cardiff

Through both his lauded work fronting the Commotions and his more eclectic solo efforts, Lloyd Cole established himself as one of the most articulate and acute songwriters of the post-punk era. As a songwriter, Cole's literate and quite British lyrical style is wed to a melodic sensibility that's graceful even when he's at his most physical. Musically, Cole's sound has steadily evolved since he made his debut with his group the Commotions on 1984's Rattlesnakes. From the refined jangle pop of that album, Cole moved into a tougher and more direct approach on his self-titled solo debut in 1990, which he balanced against lushly orchestrated pop on 1991's Don't Get Weird on Me Babe. After trying on a harder, more rock-oriented approach on 1993's Bad Vibes, he settled into a lighter yet more contemplative attack on 1995's Love Story that would dominate most of his work in the 2000s and 2010s. At the same time, Cole began creating a body of instrumental work inspired by electronic music, including the ambient textures of 2001's Plastic Wood and the Krautrock leanings of 2013's Selected Studies, Vol. 1 (a collaboration with Hans-Joachim Roedelius); with 2019's Guesswork, Cole started to fuse his lyrical style with his enthusiasm for electronic sounds.

04May

BABA ALI

ROUGH TRADE, BRISTOL

Few artists succeed in mapping their musical journey quite as vividly as Baba Ali, and even fewer do so with such resolute resistance to pigeonholing. Baba Ali began in 2017 as a solo project by the Fort Lee, NJ-native Babatunde Doherty, and the music traces a lifetime of influences from 80s synth-funk, to New York No Wave, to Berlin’s underground club scene and finally the experimental punk spirit of Baba Ali’s current base in London. After relocating from New York to London, Baba Ali has since been joined by British guitarist Nik Balchin. The new collaboration resulted in the February 2020 release,This House, an eclectic four-track collection fusing funk, blues and soul, and featuring production from Jamie Hince of The Kills. 

 

Baba Ali’s latest release “Memory Device” is the pulsating debut album “Memory Device” produced and recorded with Al Doyle (LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip) in East London. The 10-song project is both a dizzyingly inventive exploration of Baba Ali’s complex musical DNA, and a thought-provoking treatise on the collective angst of modern existence; a dance record dealing in small ‘p’ politics that, spiritually, has been long in the making.

05May

Dizraeli

Oslo, London

Multi-instrumentalist MC, poet, singer, producer from Bristol, UK, distributing explosions that journalists find hard to describe, through the magic of hiphop, bassline and 140bpm lushness. 

There are not boundaries.

06May

Dizraeli

The Deaf Institute, Manchester

06May

SISTER COOKIE

London, Moth Club

“The most original sound. Like Little Richard, Mark Ronson, Nina Simone and Nick Cave all got locked in a New Orleans speakeasy” - Record Store Day Unsigned Panel 2020 "I just love this woman's voice!" - Craig Charles, BBC 6Music "Wow, I mean what's not to like about that? That is sensational! How groovy is that?!" - Mark Radcliffe, BBC 6Music “What a voice!” - Robert Elms, BBC London “Her voice is stunning, powerful and unique, and her stage presence hits the back of the room at any venue she plays” - Deb Grant, Jazz FM

 

From London via Lagos, SISTER COOKIE takes you on an eclectic excursion into the roots & fruits of black music. Old sounds, new tricks. Sensuous, seductive and moody.

 

As well as possessing a distinctive voice that's tender and sweet when it needs to be, she is a self-taught pianist and composer of honest and raw songs about pain, heartbreak, suffering - all that bad (meaning good) stuff.

 

Having scooped the prestigious Record Store Day Unsigned 2020 award, her debut album ‘In The Blue Corner’ was released as a limited edition run on turquoise sparkle vinyl in November 2021, ahead of a full physical and digital release which has now been announced as coming out via The Liquid Label, including a new pressing on dusk blue vinyl. Accompanying the release she will be embarking on her debut UK headline tour including a date at London’s MOTH Club on the day of album release, Fri 6 May.

 

07May

Lloyd Cole

SJE Arts Centre, Oxford

Through both his lauded work fronting the Commotions and his more eclectic solo efforts, Lloyd Cole established himself as one of the most articulate and acute songwriters of the post-punk era. As a songwriter, Cole's literate and quite British lyrical style is wed to a melodic sensibility that's graceful even when he's at his most physical. Musically, Cole's sound has steadily evolved since he made his debut with his group the Commotions on 1984's Rattlesnakes. From the refined jangle pop of that album, Cole moved into a tougher and more direct approach on his self-titled solo debut in 1990, which he balanced against lushly orchestrated pop on 1991's Don't Get Weird on Me Babe. After trying on a harder, more rock-oriented approach on 1993's Bad Vibes, he settled into a lighter yet more contemplative attack on 1995's Love Story that would dominate most of his work in the 2000s and 2010s. At the same time, Cole began creating a body of instrumental work inspired by electronic music, including the ambient textures of 2001's Plastic Wood and the Krautrock leanings of 2013's Selected Studies, Vol. 1 (a collaboration with Hans-Joachim Roedelius); with 2019's Guesswork, Cole started to fuse his lyrical style with his enthusiasm for electronic sounds.

08May

MODERN NATURE

Rough Trade, Nottingham

A meandering blend of bucolic folk, experimental jazz, and psych-tinged indie rock, Modern Nature is a project led by British musician Jack Cooper, formerly of Ultimate Painting. They made a strong critical impression with 2019's How to Live, which was followed a year later by the mini-album Annual. The group made an even bigger statement with the expansive 2021 double album Island of Noise.

After the 2018 breakup of Cooper's former band, the acclaimed indie rock outfit Ultimate Painting, he began working with Will Young (BeakMoon Gangs) on a new venture that took cues from the classic British folk of Bert Jansch and the exploratory jazz of Alice Coltrane, and fused it with elements of the indie rock from which they came. Enlisting cellist Rupert Gillett, drummer Aaron Neveu (Woods), and saxophonist Jeff Tobias (Sunwatchers) to complete their ensemble, the two set about recording their debut release. Signing with Bella Union, Modern Nature issued their four-song debut EP, Nature, in March 2019. It was followed five months later by their first full-length, How to Live. Having quickly established themselves as a critical favorite, Cooper and the band, this time minus Young, returned to the studio in December to record a pastoral song cycle based around a series of seasonal journal entries Cooper had made. The resulting mini-album, Annual, was released in June 2020. 

Cooper's creative ambitions continued to grow with Modern Nature's elaborate second full-length, Island of Noise. Released in 2021 as a double album, the collection featured a fully arranged album (Island of Noise) along with an instrumental re-imagining (Island of Silence), accompanied by a film and deluxe booklet that contained work from such varied contributors as biologist Merlin Sheldrake and musician

09May

MODERN NATURE

Sidney & Matilda, Sheffield

A meandering blend of bucolic folk, experimental jazz, and psych-tinged indie rock, Modern Nature is a project led by British musician Jack Cooper, formerly of Ultimate Painting. They made a strong critical impression with 2019's How to Live, which was followed a year later by the mini-album Annual. The group made an even bigger statement with the expansive 2021 double album Island of Noise.

After the 2018 breakup of Cooper's former band, the acclaimed indie rock outfit Ultimate Painting, he began working with Will Young (BeakMoon Gangs) on a new venture that took cues from the classic British folk of Bert Jansch and the exploratory jazz of Alice Coltrane, and fused it with elements of the indie rock from which they came. Enlisting cellist Rupert Gillett, drummer Aaron Neveu (Woods), and saxophonist Jeff Tobias (Sunwatchers) to complete their ensemble, the two set about recording their debut release. Signing with Bella Union, Modern Nature issued their four-song debut EP, Nature, in March 2019. It was followed five months later by their first full-length, How to Live. Having quickly established themselves as a critical favorite, Cooper and the band, this time minus Young, returned to the studio in December to record a pastoral song cycle based around a series of seasonal journal entries Cooper had made. The resulting mini-album, Annual, was released in June 2020. 

Cooper's creative ambitions continued to grow with Modern Nature's elaborate second full-length, Island of Noise. Released in 2021 as a double album, the collection featured a fully arranged album (Island of Noise) along with an instrumental re-imagining (Island of Silence), accompanied by a film and deluxe booklet that contained work from such varied contributors as biologist Merlin Sheldrake and musician

10May

GHOST WOMAN

DARESHACK, BRISTOL

Postcards are great because there’s no place for a return address, especially when yours is constantly changing. Still, Ghost Woman fans and claimants alike will be comforted knowing that mailboxes in Alberta, Arizona and other localities do get checked from time to time. GW lead Evan Uschenko grew up cashing guitar player cheques at the gas station after the banks had closed. That same shrewdness is palpable in the music, where lean punk rock melds with union man melodies into what taste like premium cocktails - drawing comparisons to contemporaries like Kurt Vile, the Black Lips, and Steve Buscemi. A warm, low sodium hue bath in a blinding time, look for the GW name emblazoned on a marquee in a town near you.

11May

Confidence Man

Waterfront, Norwich

Confidence Man are unarguably one of the hottest acts on the planet right now. A portable party that’s levelled dance floors and flattened festival crowds as it’s rolled out across the world, their performances are custom designed to make you dance and lose your cool.

 

Within only three years of their conception, they have already played at some of the biggest festivals in the world including Rock en Seine (Paris), Primavera Sound (Barcelona), Governors Ball (New York), Glastonbury (UK) and Splendour in the Grass (Australia).

 

Parading within a brand of dance pop that sounds like Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder gleefully discovering house music via Dee-lite, there’s no question that Confidence Man will make you feel good.

 

Confidence Man are Janet Planet, Sugar Bones, Clarence McGuffie and Reggie Goodchild.

11May

Grandma's House

EXCHANGE, BRISTOL

Bristol-based punk-trio, made up of Yasmin Berndt (vocals, guitar), Poppy Dodgson (vocals, drums) and Zoë Zinsmeister (bass), are known for their fast and raucous guitar riffs, thumping bass lines and aggressive drums.

Combining their love of post-punk with surfy melodies, Grandmas House have created a captivating sound that grabs you right by the throat. With vocals compared to artists ranging from The Raincoats to Motörhead and described musically as a mix between Courtney Barnett and The Slits, the original, fresh sound coming from this band is undeniable.

Formed in late 2018, Grandmas House have taken Bristol's music scene by storm, having played most of its renowned venues such as The Louisiana, Rough Trade, Exchange, The Old England and appearing alongside big names like Stef Chura, Frankie Cosmos and Rita Lynch. After a sold-out show with Gender Roles, Rough Trade remarked: "Grandmas House make tenacious and infectious punk rock that veers between the murky dark gloom of The Wytches and the Riot Grrl thump of Big Joanie." Other reviewers have described them as "perhaps the most exciting band to come out of the Bristol scene since IDLES."

11May

CURSE OF LONO

Dareshack, BRISTOL

Sweet and sour tunes from London and beyond. Sometimes bumpy. Sometimes smooth. Enjoy responsibly. Always read the label.

11May

THE FAMILY RAIN

The Victoria, Birmingham

11May

SOFT CULT

Crofters Rights, Bristol

music for mall goths.

12May

Confidence Man

Junction, Cambridge

Confidence Man are unarguably one of the hottest acts on the planet right now. A portable party that’s levelled dance floors and flattened festival crowds as it’s rolled out across the world, their performances are custom designed to make you dance and lose your cool.

 

Within only three years of their conception, they have already played at some of the biggest festivals in the world including Rock en Seine (Paris), Primavera Sound (Barcelona), Governors Ball (New York), Glastonbury (UK) and Splendour in the Grass (Australia).

 

Parading within a brand of dance pop that sounds like Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder gleefully discovering house music via Dee-lite, there’s no question that Confidence Man will make you feel good.

 

Confidence Man are Janet Planet, Sugar Bones, Clarence McGuffie and Reggie Goodchild.

12May

THE FAMILY RAIN

100 Club, London

12May

KATHERINE PRIDDY

Bush Hall, London

Since her debut EP 'Wolf' in 2018, Katherine Priddy has quickly become one of the most exciting names on the scene. Declared ‘The Best Thing I’ve Heard All Year’ by Richard Thompson, who invited her to join him on two tours, Priddy’s haunting vocals and distinctive guitar style have seen her sell out a headline tour, support world class artists including The ChieftainsJohn Smith and Vashti Bunyan and earn spots at prestigious festivals.

Her much anticipated debut album, The Eternal Rocks Beneath, was released June 2021 on Navigator Records to great acclaim. The tracks received extensive national radio play as well as a 5 star review in Songlines, a 4 star review in the Observer and a No. 1 in the Official UK Folk Charts. Folk Radio UK made Priddy ‘Artist of the Month’ and said of the debut LP: “A debut of true substance, it’s like searching for a simple shelter and stumbling upon a diamond mine.” The album was later chosen as Album of the Week on RTE Radio 1 in Ireland and made the Top 10 2021 Folk Albums list in Mojo Magazine.

With exciting plans for 2022, Priddy’s momentum shows no signs of slowing. Her live performances are engaging, moving and amusing by turn, delivering original songs with emotional maturity and tenderness, whilst her lyrics are particularly noteworthy - a tribute to her life-long love affair with the written word. Despite the delicacy of her sound, Katherine Priddy is clearly no fragile wallflower, but a determined woman ready to make her mark.

13May

Confidence Man

The Marble Factory, Bristol

Confidence Man are unarguably one of the hottest acts on the planet right now. A portable party that’s levelled dance floors and flattened festival crowds as it’s rolled out across the world, their performances are custom designed to make you dance and lose your cool.

 

Within only three years of their conception, they have already played at some of the biggest festivals in the world including Rock en Seine (Paris), Primavera Sound (Barcelona), Governors Ball (New York), Glastonbury (UK) and Splendour in the Grass (Australia).

 

Parading within a brand of dance pop that sounds like Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder gleefully discovering house music via Dee-lite, there’s no question that Confidence Man will make you feel good.

 

Confidence Man are Janet Planet, Sugar Bones, Clarence McGuffie and Reggie Goodchild.

13May

THE SHERLOCKS

O2 Academy Islington, London

Over recent years The Sherlocks have become one of the most exciting live bands in the UK. Selling out tours across UK & Europe, the band have also achieved chart success with x2 Top #20 albums. Live for the Moment #6 & Under Your Sky #20 Yorkshire brothers Kiaran & Brandon Crook joined up with Mancunian band members Alex Proctor & Trent Jackson. With an incredibly passionate loyal fan base their fans have followed the band's journey from the pubs/clubs to selling out venues out all across the world. Aswell being asked to tour in arenas/stadiums with the likes of  Liam Gallagher, Kings Of Leon, Kaiser Chief, The Libertines and many more. With a new album on the horizon, one thing for sure is the future looks incredibly bright for this true rock 'n' roll outifit.

13May

PETER DOHERTY

KOKO, LONDON

As a solo artist and member of the LibertinesBabyshambles, and the Puta Madres, Peter Doherty combines a rebellious spirit, poetic lyrics, and a reverence for Albion, his idyllic vision of ancient England. In the early 2000s, the Libertines were one of the leading lights of the British rock scene. On albums such as 2002's Up the Bracket, they paid homage to generations of legends before them, and in turn inspired many up-and-coming artists. With Babyshambles, Doherty explored the more introspective and eclectic side of his music, folding reggae and cabaret into the band's shaggy indie rock on releases like 2007's Shotter's Nation. His later work included appealingly loose and rollicking efforts that included 2016's Hamburg Demonstrations and 2019's Peter Doherty & the Puta Madres, and more refined efforts such as the 2022 Frédéric Lo collaboration The Fantasy Life of Poetry & Crime.

14May

CALEXICO

O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

Calexico's Joey Burns and John Convertino return in 2022 with their luminous 10th studio album, El Mirador; a hopeful, kaleidoscopic beacon of rock, bluesy ruminations and Latin American sounds, to be released on April 8. Convening at longtime bandmate Sergio Mendoza's home studio in Tucson, Arizona, the ensemble recorded throughout the summer of 2021, crafting one of their most riveting and whimsical productions to date. Convertino, who now resides in El Paso, and Burns, who relocated to Boise in 2020, channeled cherished memories of Southwestern landscapes and joyful barrio melting pots into an evocative love letter to the desert borderlands that nourished them for over 20 years.    “El Mirador is dedicated to family, friends and community,” says Burns; singer, multi-instrumentalist and co-founder of Calexico. “The pandemic highlighted all the ways we need each other, and music happens to be my way of building bridges and encouraging inclusiveness and positivity. That comes along with sadness and melancholy, but music sparks change and movement.”

14May

THE FAMILY RAIN

Moles, Bath

14May

THE SHERLOCKS

ENGINE ROOMS, SOUTHAMPTON

Over recent years The Sherlocks have become one of the most exciting live bands in the UK. Selling out tours across UK & Europe, the band have also achieved chart success with x2 Top #20 albums. Live for the Moment #6 & Under Your Sky #20 Yorkshire brothers Kiaran & Brandon Crook joined up with Mancunian band members Alex Proctor & Trent Jackson. With an incredibly passionate loyal fan base their fans have followed the band's journey from the pubs/clubs to selling out venues out all across the world. Aswell being asked to tour in arenas/stadiums with the likes of  Liam Gallagher, Kings Of Leon, Kaiser Chief, The Libertines and many more. With a new album on the horizon, one thing for sure is the future looks incredibly bright for this true rock 'n' roll outifit.

14May

PETER DOHERTY

TOWN HALL, BIRMINGHAM

As a solo artist and member of the LibertinesBabyshambles, and the Puta Madres, Peter Doherty combines a rebellious spirit, poetic lyrics, and a reverence for Albion, his idyllic vision of ancient England. In the early 2000s, the Libertines were one of the leading lights of the British rock scene. On albums such as 2002's Up the Bracket, they paid homage to generations of legends before them, and in turn inspired many up-and-coming artists. With Babyshambles, Doherty explored the more introspective and eclectic side of his music, folding reggae and cabaret into the band's shaggy indie rock on releases like 2007's Shotter's Nation. His later work included appealingly loose and rollicking efforts that included 2016's Hamburg Demonstrations and 2019's Peter Doherty & the Puta Madres, and more refined efforts such as the 2022 Frédéric Lo collaboration The Fantasy Life of Poetry & Crime.

15May

THE SHERLOCKS

CONCORDE 2, BRIGHTON

Over recent years The Sherlocks have become one of the most exciting live bands in the UK. Selling out tours across UK & Europe, the band have also achieved chart success with x2 Top #20 albums. Live for the Moment #6 & Under Your Sky #20 Yorkshire brothers Kiaran & Brandon Crook joined up with Mancunian band members Alex Proctor & Trent Jackson. With an incredibly passionate loyal fan base their fans have followed the band's journey from the pubs/clubs to selling out venues out all across the world. Aswell being asked to tour in arenas/stadiums with the likes of  Liam Gallagher, Kings Of Leon, Kaiser Chief, The Libertines and many more. With a new album on the horizon, one thing for sure is the future looks incredibly bright for this true rock 'n' roll outifit.

16May

HAMISH HAWK

MOLES, BATH

Vivian Comma paints the Madonna, visibly on the verge of fainting. Christopher Wren walks amongst us once more, forswearing designing cathedrals for singing them. One half of the 1973 Mauritian Badminton Doubles Champions has a perfect serve. The boy who inhabits Track Three of John Lennon’s Imagine repeat-dials, passive-aggressively, to Tiree. A funeral, swinging to the Gay Gordons. A latter-day Paul the Apostle is offended by the sight of Edinburgh Castle – and, infinitesimally worse, can’t finish a beer.

 

These are the people and places, scenes and scenarios of the songs of Hamish Hawk.

 

Rich of voice and even richer of imagination, the singer-songwriter from Edinburgh creates musical pen-portraits as vivid in lyric as they are in melody. In all the wholly best ways, these are chamber pop songs that have swallowed both a dictionary and a compendium of modern urban (and island) fairy tales. And, on Heavy Elevator, his first fully-formed album, this prolific artist presents a perfect ten tracks packed with characters, incident, emotion, geographical/artistic references and tunes to hang your coat on. Hawk does all this with considerable wit, inspired by artists like Leonard Cohen, Morrissey (the olden days version), Jarvis Cocker, Randy Newman, and Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields.

 

‘Calls To Tiree’ is the follow-up single to Caterpillar which was playlisted at BBC Radio 6 Music, Radio Eins and featured on Radio X’s X-Posure playlist.

17May

CURSE OF LONO

The Cluny2, Newcastle

Sweet and sour tunes from London and beyond. Sometimes bumpy. Sometimes smooth. Enjoy responsibly. Always read the label.

18May

Peaness

Rough Trade, Bristol

First meeting at university in Chester, members Jess (bass), Balla (guitar) and Rach (drums) built their bond on timeless founding principles of friendship, a desire to escape small town boredom, and an embracing of the DIY nature of the music they make. 
 If you’re thinking about giving peas a chance, you probably should – the world could use a little more of their sunshine-laden indie-pop to brighten its gloomy days of late.

18May

SLOWDIVE

KOMEDIA, BATH

Commonly identified as shoegaze, Slowdive nonetheless exhibited a broader set of inspirations -- one that spanned four decades, including folk-rock, dub, and ambient techno -- than the majority of their '90s contemporaries. A combination of geographic origin, labelmates such as My Bloody Valentine and Ride, and a sustained predilection for dreamlike harmonies and psychedelicized layers of guitar, led to inevitable restrictive classification. The band's distinctive sound continually evolved from their late-'80s start through 1995, when they closed out their first phase with a misunderstood ambient album that shed nearly all rock convention. Two decades later, while most of the members remained involved with individual pursuits, the band was reactivated for touring and recorded again.

19May

CURSE OF LONO

Retro, Manchester

Sweet and sour tunes from London and beyond. Sometimes bumpy. Sometimes smooth. Enjoy responsibly. Always read the label.

19May

Febueder

Rough Trade, BRISTOL

Febueder are an avant-indie duo from Ascot, England, composed of lead vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Kieran Godfrey and percussionist Samuel Keysell. Their name (pronounced Fe-byou-der) is more than a made-up appellation, it’s the palette from which they present their emotionally deft songwriting and progressive approach to rhythm and melody.

19May

YUNG BANS

Islington Assembly Hall, London

Atlanta-bred artist Yung Bans sits at the forefront of rap right now, well-known for his effortlessly addictive flows and intoxicating lyrical style. As denoted by his “1 of 1” tagline, he approaches music with an eclectic touch, and deservedly so, has organically cemented his position as a force to be reckoned with in today’s industry. Some of his career-defining moments, such as his Future cosign or his early XXXTentacion collaboration, “iloveitwhentheyrun”, the success has endlessly rolled in for Bans and his true-to-self artistry, noting the true mark of a bona fide star.

 

Bans’ career originally took off with the release of his 2015 single “4tspoon” alongside Playboi Carti, followed by a number of head-turning records in collaboration with fellow ATL native and well-known producer MexikoDro. On the brink of success Ban's responded with some of his most popular songs to date in “Dresser”, the Lil Skies-assisted “Lonely”, “Ridin” alongside YBN Nahmir and Landon Cube. All of which have since received accompanying visuals shot by iconic videographer Cole Bennett. Following these singles, Bans released his debut project, “Misunderstood,” in July of 2019 that brought his career to new heights. Over the course of his career, Bans has gone on to collaborate with the likes XXXTentacion, Juice Wrld, Future, Young Thug, Lil Skies, YNW Melly, and Playboi Carti, to name a few.

19May

C DUNCAN

Powerhaus, London

Christopher Duncan, who performs as C Duncan, is a Scottish composer and multi-instrumentalist whose classical music upbringing seeps into his sophisticated, billowy indie pop creations. Emerging in 2015 with the Mercury Prize-nominated Architect, his lush bedroom pop became more expansive and elaborately produced on subsequent outings like Midnight Sun (2016) and Health (2019).

 

Raised in Glasgow by two classical musicians, Duncan studied piano and viola before taking up guitar, bass, and drums in his teens, eventually studying music composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Assembling his songs one instrument at a time in a home studio, he submitted a demo to FatCat Records, which signed the young craftsman in 2013. His first single, "For," was released late the following year, and his artful debut album, Architect, arrived in the summer of 2015 and was nominated for a Mercury Prize. In August 2016, Duncan released a new single, the dreamy, electronics-heavy "Wanted to Want It Too," in anticipation of his sophomore long-player, Midnight Sun, which dropped in October of that year. His third full-length, Health, followed in 2019 and featured production by Elbow's Craig Potter. ~ Marcy Donelson, Rovi

19May

PETER DOHERTY

TOWER BALLROOM, HULL

As a solo artist and member of the LibertinesBabyshambles, and the Puta Madres, Peter Doherty combines a rebellious spirit, poetic lyrics, and a reverence for Albion, his idyllic vision of ancient England. In the early 2000s, the Libertines were one of the leading lights of the British rock scene. On albums such as 2002's Up the Bracket, they paid homage to generations of legends before them, and in turn inspired many up-and-coming artists. With Babyshambles, Doherty explored the more introspective and eclectic side of his music, folding reggae and cabaret into the band's shaggy indie rock on releases like 2007's Shotter's Nation. His later work included appealingly loose and rollicking efforts that included 2016's Hamburg Demonstrations and 2019's Peter Doherty & the Puta Madres, and more refined efforts such as the 2022 Frédéric Lo collaboration The Fantasy Life of Poetry & Crime.

20May

Febueder

Gullivers, Manchester

Febueder are an avant-indie duo from Ascot, England, composed of lead vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Kieran Godfrey and percussionist Samuel Keysell. Their name (pronounced Fe-byou-der) is more than a made-up appellation, it’s the palette from which they present their emotionally deft songwriting and progressive approach to rhythm and melody.

20May

BEN WYLEN

The Louisiana, Bristol

Songwriter, Artist, Multi-Instrumentalist and Producer from New York.

21May

BEN WYLEN

The Grace, London

Songwriter, Artist, Multi-Instrumentalist and Producer from New York.

21May

KELSY KARTER

The Louisiana, BRISTOL

If Angelina Jolie and Mick Jagger had a one night stand you'd get me.

21May

THE SHERLOCKS

O2 ACADEMY, SHEFFIELD

Over recent years The Sherlocks have become one of the most exciting live bands in the UK. Selling out tours across UK & Europe, the band have also achieved chart success with x2 Top #20 albums. Live for the Moment #6 & Under Your Sky #20 Yorkshire brothers Kiaran & Brandon Crook joined up with Mancunian band members Alex Proctor & Trent Jackson. With an incredibly passionate loyal fan base their fans have followed the band's journey from the pubs/clubs to selling out venues out all across the world. Aswell being asked to tour in arenas/stadiums with the likes of  Liam Gallagher, Kings Of Leon, Kaiser Chief, The Libertines and many more. With a new album on the horizon, one thing for sure is the future looks incredibly bright for this true rock 'n' roll outifit.

21May

Febueder

Moth Club, London

Febueder are an avant-indie duo from Ascot, England, composed of lead vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Kieran Godfrey and percussionist Samuel Keysell. Their name (pronounced Fe-byou-der) is more than a made-up appellation, it’s the palette from which they present their emotionally deft songwriting and progressive approach to rhythm and melody.

23May

THE FAMILY RAIN

The Cluny, Newcastle

24May

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

O2 Academy Oxford , Oxford

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever is Fran Keaney, Joe White, Marcel Tussie, and brothers Tom Russo and Joe Russo. Following 2020’s Sideways To New Italy, Endless Rooms is a testament to the collaborative spirit and live power of the band, and is them "doing what we do best: chasing down songs in a room together.” Endless Rooms is the band’s most cinematic, stylistically diverse and ambitious album yet. 
 Self-produced by the band with Matt Duffy, Endless Rooms pulls back the curtain on what Rolling Blackouts C.F. can achieve, revealing a wider screen, deeper narrative currents, more confident shades, and an excitement at letting their tumbling brand of ragged, nervy pop wander and breathe.   It’s that hope that’s seen Rolling Blackouts C.F. join an Australian lineage of bands bold enough to marry the country’s evocative landscapes with the urban romance, passions and politics of its characters. Matched with a worldly perspective afforded by constant touring, the whiplash of it coming to a halt, and the inherent longing in trying to make sense of it, Rolling Blackouts C.F. have unlocked their most compelling artistic statement yet.

24May

His Lordship

100 CLUB, LONDON

25May

JULIEN BAKER

Gorilla, Manchester

Musician from Memphis, Tennessee.

SOLD OUT
25May

THE FAMILY RAIN

Night and Day, Manchester

25May

KATE NASH

The Fleece, Bristol

English singer/songwriter Kate Nash launched her career with piano-driven pop songs and cheeky lyrics that were delivered in a distinctive London accent, much like contemporary Lily Allen. In their early years, the two championed each other's music via social media and Nash soon found success with the platinum-selling Made of Bricks, her 2007 full-length debut. With each successive album, Nash reinvented her sound, tackling neo-soul, synth pop, and indie rock stylings throughout the 2010s.

25May

SPEEDBOAT

Paper Dress Vintage, LONDON

Speedboat are back as Better Men, with deeper, tighter and more expansive grooves following on from last years debut, “Split the Bill”. The new EP, “Better Men”, sees the boys navigate everything from the Kinks to Kanye to create their distinctive playful pop songs. Speedboat - aka Johnny and Will Griffiths aka the Blue Jean Brothers aka Musk and Hook - are just two boys, trying to be be Better Men. But ask yourself, are these men better than you or I? Most likely not, on a personal level. But the fruits Speedboat bear come as a rare and succulent treat; actual vocal melody with no spoken word, chord sequences without angular dissonance, matching hair cuts, matching boots, matching kimonos, a backline that can fit in a Samsonite suitcase. A list like this makes you think, shit, these are Better Men.

26May

Peaness

The Bullingdon, Oxford

First meeting at university in Chester, members Jess (bass), Balla (guitar) and Rach (drums) built their bond on timeless founding principles of friendship, a desire to escape small town boredom, and an embracing of the DIY nature of the music they make. 
 If you’re thinking about giving peas a chance, you probably should – the world could use a little more of their sunshine-laden indie-pop to brighten its gloomy days of late.

29May

Patti Smith and Band

Corn Exchange , Cambridge

Punk rock's poet laureate Patti Smith ranks among the most ambitious, unconventional, and challenging rock & rollers of all time. When she emerged in the '70s, Smith's music was hailed as the most exciting fusion of rock and poetry since Bob Dylan's heyday. With her androgynous, visual presentation echoing her unabashedly intellectual and uncompromising songwriting, Smith followed her muse wherever it took her, from structured rock songs to free-form experimentalism. Her most avant-garde outings, such as 1975's Horses and the following year's Radio Ethiopia, borrowed improvisation and interplay from free jazz, but remained firmly rooted in primal three-chord rock & roll. A regular at CBGB's during New York punk's early days, the artiness and the raw musicianship of her work had a major impact on the movement among contemporaries and followers alike. As boundary-pushing as her music could be, Smith nevertheless scored a hit in the Bruce Springsteencollaboration "Because the Night" from 1978's Easter, which, like 1979's Wave, offered a slightly more polished version of her sound. When she returned to music following a lengthy hiatus and the death of her husband, Fred "Sonic" Smith, her work was sometimes subtler and more meditative, as on 1996's Gone Again, but rock was still a fiery, vital part of albums like 2000's Grammy-nominated Gung Ho and 2012's Banga. Her other projects in the 2010s and 2020s, such as her National Book Award-winning memoir Just Kids and her work with Soundwalk Collective on albums like 2020's Peradam, proved her expression was as boundless as ever.

31May

SOAK

Village Underground, London

With their new album, If I Never Know You Like This Again, SOAK has finally shaken the hangover of their starry debut Before We Forgot How To Dream, and the pressures that came with it, hiding in the wings of their ambitious follow up album, Grim Town. Having come up through BBC introducing at the tender age of 15 before signing to Rough Trade Records as well as winning the RTE Choice Music Prize, The Northern Irish Music Prize and the youngest ever Mercury Prize nominee, SOAK has again and again been described as ‘the voice of a generation.’ Showing from a young age an intensely artistic awareness of the poetry of memory, Bridie would incessantly photograph and video everything, documenting and organising the material so it was always there for them to revisit. ”I always want to remember exactly how I felt at a certain moment.” Bridie’s lyrics move through the songs almost as effortlessly as they sing them, and the songs when read, read like poetry. With this album Bridie is, as the title suggests, freezing time in the pursuit of truth: capturing their life into existence. In the world of ‘If I Never Know You Like This Again’, a life is lived only because it's remembered.

 

 

31May

BILLY TALENT

O2 Academy Islington, London

SOLD OUT
31May

SORRY

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A North London band with a mercurial style, Sorry was started by two best friends and first surfaced with a few mixtape-styled collections of home demos. They brought a wildly experimental sound influenced by everything from trip-hop, '90s alt rock, and early trap to their 2020 debut album 925.

 

Sorry was formed by dual vocalist/songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Asha Lorenz and Louis O’Bryen. The two childhood friends began playing music together in their teens, exploring both guitar-based rock and beatmaking. They put together a fully formed band with drummer Lincoln Barrett and bassist Campbell Baum, playing for a while under the name Fish before another act with the same name threatened legal action and they changed their name to Sorry. In 2017 the group released a collection of stylistically varied tracks called Home Demo/ns, Vol. 1 while becoming more of a fixture in London's club scene. Around the same time, the band's hybridized sound and active presence caught the attention of Domino Records, which began issuing singles with the group, starting in 2017 with the "Wished/Lies" 7", followed by "2 Down 2 Dance" and "Showgirl" the next year. 2018 also saw a second volume of the Home Demo/ns series as the band played supporting slots on tours for bigger artists. The group's debut album, 925, arrived in early 2020, produced with help from Gorillazproducer James Dring and adding fifth member Marco Pina on electronics. ~ Fred Thomas, Rovi

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