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September 2022

01Sep

Steve Pilgrim

Union Chapel, London

Pilgrim is known by many as drummer for bands like The Stands, John Power and Paul Weller (2008-present). With an impressive and extensive touring and recording biography Steve established himself as a melody maker in his own right in 2007 releasing 'Lover, love Her', followed by a string of solo albums enlisting an impressive cast of musicians along the way including, Steve Cradock, Bill Ryder-Jones, Rachael Jean-Harris and double-bass legend Danny Thompson. 

 

"One of the great understated modern day songsmiths. I love Pilgrims voice, his lyrics, his sense of melody. I hope people get to hear his music, it's really something special" - Paul Weller The recordings are simultaneously sad and celebratory, intimate and honest.

01Sep

FRUIT BATS

Bush Hall, London

Formed in the late '90s, indie folk-rock act Fruit Bats grew from the four-track recording project of songwriter Eric D. Johnson into a touring band with an ever-shifting lineup. Constant are Johnson's warm vocals and melodic sensibility, both of which often seem to split the difference between Lennon and McCartney (stated influences include the Byrdsthe Kinks, and Supertramp). The project existed in a steady but mercurial state throughout the 2000s and 2010s as Johnson divided his time between scoring movies, playing with other bands, and working on Fruit Bats albums. Their debut, Echolocation, arrived in 2001, leading to a string of albums for Sub Pop including 2005's Spelled in Bones and 2011's Tripper, the latter of which reached the Top 15 of Billboard's Heatseekers chart. A solo release under the initials EDJ appeared in 2014 before Johnson returned to Fruit Bats in 2016 with Absolute Loser. Released in 2019, Gold Past Life marked Fruit Bats' debut for Merge. Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of Echolocation, eighth album The Pet Parade saw release in 2021.

03Sep

EVIL BLIZZARD

POWERHAUS, LONDON

03Sep

Dizraeli

SWX, Bristol

06Sep

THE HANDSOME FAMILY

EARTH, London

Husband-and-wife duo the Handsome Family have been labeled both alt-country and traditionalist, but truthfully their often dark music lies in a unique space somewhere in between, blending the sounds of traditional country and bluegrass (and, especially, murder ballads) into a more modern scenery. Vocalist and composer Brett Sparks hails from Texas, where he studied music and briefly worked around the oil rigs. By the mid-'90s, he resided in Chicago with his wife Rennie Sparks, a fiction writer originally from Long Island. Brett persuaded Rennie to write lyrics for him, leading to the unusual and striking form of the Handsome Family's songs -- evocative scenes and brief tales (of both the daydream and ghost-story varieties) in lieu of the standard verse-chorus-verse structure.

07Sep

PALE BLUE EYES

Retro, Manchester

Sonic Yorks vs. the richest Devon cream-pop.

08Sep

Agnes Obel

Playhouse, Whitley Bay

SOLD OUT
08Sep

Katy J Pearson

Trinity, Bristol

With a magnetic blend of soaring, widescreen melodies and warm, intimate storytelling, Katy J Pearson is old fashioned country heartache and dance floor romance combined. Her debut album, Return, saw her go from being a Bristolian newcomer to a critically-acclaimed breakthrough star. Selling out shows up and down the UK, she is praised for the arresting quality of her Kate Bush-meets-Dolly Parton vocal delivery.

 

Written and recorded in late 2021, Katy’s latest effort Sound Of The Morning is co-produced by Ali Chant (Yard Act and the helm of Katy’s debut Return) and Speedy Wunderground head-honcho Dan Carey (Fontaines DC) and strives for the bittersweetness of music and takes classic, timeless ideas and spins them into new forms. This new effort sees Katy push herself into new water, musically and lyrically, to create a record that is increasingly unafraid to explore the darker side of life with an openness that is full of light.

 

 

08Sep

PALE BLUE EYES

Paper Dress Vintage, London

Sonic Yorks vs. the richest Devon cream-pop.

09Sep

Lonely The Brave

Manchester Academy 3, Manchester

09Sep

Agnes Obel

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

SOLD OUT
09Sep

NOAHFINNCE

The Bullingdon, Oxford

NOAHFINNCE is the alias of Noah Adams, a voice for a generation who are fed up of being told how to be. A virtuoso performer (he plays drums, guitar, bass, ukulele, and sings as LOUD as possible), NOAHFINNCE is ready to flip off tradition and any roles that society expects him to fulfil, and instead continues to champion authenticity and self-expression. Having amassed over 770,000 YouTube subscribers and over 340,000 Instagram followers, Noah brings his own alternative and no-nonsense take on LGBTQ+ issues.

09Sep

PALE BLUE EYES

Crofters Rights, Bristol

Sonic Yorks vs. the richest Devon cream-pop.

10Sep

Katy J Pearson

Cavern, Exeter

With a magnetic blend of soaring, widescreen melodies and warm, intimate storytelling, Katy J Pearson is old fashioned country heartache and dance floor romance combined. Her debut album, Return, saw her go from being a Bristolian newcomer to a critically-acclaimed breakthrough star. Selling out shows up and down the UK, she is praised for the arresting quality of her Kate Bush-meets-Dolly Parton vocal delivery.

 

Written and recorded in late 2021, Katy’s latest effort Sound Of The Morning is co-produced by Ali Chant (Yard Act and the helm of Katy’s debut Return) and Speedy Wunderground head-honcho Dan Carey (Fontaines DC) and strives for the bittersweetness of music and takes classic, timeless ideas and spins them into new forms. This new effort sees Katy push herself into new water, musically and lyrically, to create a record that is increasingly unafraid to explore the darker side of life with an openness that is full of light.

 

 

SOLD OUT
10Sep

Steven Page

Omeara, London

Following a string of rip-roaring shows in the UK in 2017, playing as a trio, Canadian music icon Steven Page will return triumphantly to the UK this August for a new set of shows including a performance at London’s intimate Union Chapel and his first ever solo dates in Ireland.

Of last year’s tour and the new dates Steven says, “After 10 years away, I brought my trio over to the UK last October to see if people still wanted to hear me in concert. I was blown away by the response.  It was a truly moving and inspiring experience for all of us and I promised to return as quickly as possible. I’m thrilled to announce our return this coming August”.

Steven Page’s distinctive and powerful tenor is among the most instantly recognizable voices in popular music today.  The singer/songwriter is a founding member of The Barenaked Ladies with whom he toured the globe and sold millions of albums. It was recently announced that the band and Steven will be reunited for their induction into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame at the 2018 Juno Awards this March, nearly 30 years since their genesis. Of the induction, Steven posted on social media- I have so many great memories of my years with Barenaked Ladies, from our beginning in our parents’ basements to playing our songs for audiences all over the world. I’m incredibly proud of all we achieved together, the greatest of all being the fact that our music continues to be a part of so many Canadians’ lives. Congratulations to the guys - I’m humbled by our induction into the Hall of Fame.”

Steven has continued his artistic evolution with a diverse array of solo projects since leaving Barenaked Ladies in 2009. To that end, he has composed six theatrical scores for Canada's Stratford Festival, including 2016's production of Macbeth, collaborated and toured with Toronto’s innovative Art of Time ensemble and journeyed across North America as host of TV’s The Illegal Eater while continuing to write, release and perform his original music and at the new dates you can expect to hear all exciting new material as well as BNL classics as only Steven can sing them. Steven is currently working on a Stratford-commissioned musical he’s writing with Governor General’s Award-winner Daniel MacIvor and a new album of his own original material entitled DISCIPLINE: HEAL THYSELF PT. 2 is scheduled for release this year.

10Sep

Crystal Tides

Camden Assembly, London

Crystal Tides are a beach pop band based on the South Coast of England who take influence from classic noughties guitar riffs and modern feel-good pop melodies. The band are comprised of Billy Gregory’s euphoric singing work, Harry Knowles’ big-room guitar hooks, George Regan’s foundation-laying bass tones and Joe Knights’ masterful drumming style. 
 Crystal Tides stock on the unsigned indie scene has grown exponentially over their last few releases. Over the past 18 months, the band have had a string of successful releases which has gained national UK and international airplay. ‘Courtney Love’ & ‘Headcase’ were by far the most successful of the releases, with a notable 6 weeks on Virgin Radio’s Daytime Playlist. The tracks also achieved playlisting on Radio X, Amazing Radio, XS Manchester, and the Student Music Network. The band built further support in 2021 being featured on E4’s Made In Chelsea, BT Sport’s Champions League Coverage & Goals Score programmes. They continued the success with further appearances on BBC 5 Live (With Scott Mills & Chris Stark) & BBC South Today. The band have also been championed by Spotify playlists ‘PopRox’, ‘Hot New Bands’ and the prestigious Gibson Dec 21: Playlist.

10Sep

THE SHERLOCKS

O2 RITZ, MANCHESTER

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.

10Sep

CHARLES WATSON

Rough Trade, Bristol

Songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Charles Watson returns in 2021 with new single ‘Afghan Hound’ via Moshi Moshi Records, his first since his acclaimed 2018 debut album Now That I’m A River.

 

Charles explains, “In the past, I've always reached for sounds in the studio that tend to disguise my voice and that put it as far away from the listeners attention as possible. I guess initially out of insecurity and then eventually out of habit. Since I last made a solo record, I think my relationship with how I listen to music has changed a little. I find myself drawn way more to the simpler and more direct sounding records these days. ‘Afghan Hound’ is a song about reaching out to people around you and so it felt like it needed be direct not only lyrically but also in the way the band played it.”

 

Alongside his solo career, Charles is known for his work as one half of the band Slow Club and as a member of the garage-rock super group The Surfing Magazines. In recent years Charles has worked as a composer, writing the music for acclaimed Netflix & Channel 4 production 'Feel Good' which led to the show's creator, Canadian comedian Mae Martin, becoming a fan. Charles has also recently composed the score for 'Youngstown', the forthcoming indie feature film from director Pete Ohs (Everything Beautiful is Far Away) due for release in late 2021.

 

11Sep

Agnes Obel

Eventim Apollo, London

Berlin-based, Danish-born singer/songwriter, producer & classically trained pianist with an elegant and elastic voice, Agnes Obel's poised and melancholic chamber pop draws from the same atmosphere-heavy well as cinematic spellcasters, but with a succinct aura of Scandinavian refinery. Her evocative blend of classical, pop, jazz, and electronic music found success in Europe on the strength of the platinum-selling Philharmonics and Aventine. Her ambitious 2016 release, Citizen of Glass, which introduced ghostly electronics, voice modulation, and a late-'20s monophonic synthesizer called a Trautonium into the mix, helped to establish her overseas. In 2018 she inked a deal with Deutsche Grammophon and curated a Late Night Tales compilation. 2020 saw Obel release her fourth full-length, Myopia, which was entirely self-recorded & produced.

 

She took up the piano at a very young age, honing her craft amidst the strains of Bartok and Chopin emanating from the fingers of her musician mother. Citing influences as diverse as PJ Harvey & Claude Debussy, and drawing comparisons to the likes Ane Brun, Eva Cassidy & Joni Mitchell, Obel's debut, Philharmonics, was written (with the exception of a John Cale cover), performed and produced by the artist herself. Pure, austere, and remarkably poised, the pristine mix of instrumentals and atmospheric, melancholy balladry was both a critical and commercial success, especially in her native Denmark, where the record went double platinum.

13Sep

MAGNUM

Leadmill, Sheffield

A venerable Birmingham, England-based melodic hard rock outfit, Magnum emerged in the early '70s, and over the decades developed a sound that straddled the line between heady art rock and commercial pop. Tangentially tied to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement of the late '70s and early '80s, the band found success in 1982 with the release of their third studio LP, Chase the Dragon, which spawned a handful of hit singles in the U.K. They reached their commercial zenith in 1988 with their seventh effort, Wings of Heaven, which cracked the Top Ten at home and also made a strong showing in the European market. The band ceased operations in 1995 after co-founders Bob Catley and Tony Clarkin decided to strike out on their own under the moniker Hard Rain, but they re-formed in the early 2000s. Beginning with 2002's Breath of Life, Magnum 2.0, with Catley and Clarkin the sole original members, issued a string of well-received albums like The Visitation (2011), Lost on the Road to Eternity (2018), and The Monster Roars (2022), that found favor both at home and across Scandinavia and Western Europe.

15Sep

Wildwood Kin

Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

The first thing that strikes you about the second album by Wildwood Kin, self-titled because it captures the band’s artistic vision so completely, is just how natural it sounds. The voices of three young women harmonise effortlessly, there are shades of Simon & Garfunkel, Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac and the churchy cadences of the first Fleet Foxes album in the beautifully gentle folk rock melodies, and lyrics address profound themes like love, loss and spirituality in an unforced fashion. But above all, there is a spirit to the record that is as wild and free as the West Country moors Emillie Key, her younger sister Beth, and their cousin Meghann Loney grew up on.

15Sep

Agnes Obel

O2 Guildhall , Southampton

15Sep

Katy J Pearson

Electric Ballroom, London

With a magnetic blend of soaring, widescreen melodies and warm, intimate storytelling, Katy J Pearson is old fashioned country heartache and dance floor romance combined. Her debut album, Return, saw her go from being a Bristolian newcomer to a critically-acclaimed breakthrough star. Selling out shows up and down the UK, she is praised for the arresting quality of her Kate Bush-meets-Dolly Parton vocal delivery.

 

Written and recorded in late 2021, Katy’s latest effort Sound Of The Morning is co-produced by Ali Chant (Yard Act and the helm of Katy’s debut Return) and Speedy Wunderground head-honcho Dan Carey (Fontaines DC) and strives for the bittersweetness of music and takes classic, timeless ideas and spins them into new forms. This new effort sees Katy push herself into new water, musically and lyrically, to create a record that is increasingly unafraid to explore the darker side of life with an openness that is full of light.

 

 

16Sep

Wildwood Kin

The Cluny, Newcastle

The first thing that strikes you about the second album by Wildwood Kin, self-titled because it captures the band’s artistic vision so completely, is just how natural it sounds. The voices of three young women harmonise effortlessly, there are shades of Simon & Garfunkel, Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac and the churchy cadences of the first Fleet Foxes album in the beautifully gentle folk rock melodies, and lyrics address profound themes like love, loss and spirituality in an unforced fashion. But above all, there is a spirit to the record that is as wild and free as the West Country moors Emillie Key, her younger sister Beth, and their cousin Meghann Loney grew up on.

17Sep

Lonely The Brave

The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham

17Sep

Ash

O2 Institute, Birmingham

17Sep

TURIN BRAKES

TOWER BALLROOM, HULL

Often compared to Coldplay and Travis, Turin Brakes are a English duo inspired by folk and progressive rock hailing from Balham, London. Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian were friends in elementary school and decided to try out for the cathedral choir because it would give them the chance to perform in front of the Queen of England, which they eventually did. The two aspiring musicians, influenced by a unique range of artists including SebadohTruman's Water, Prince, and the Black Crowes, formed a band and recorded their freewheeling jam sessions. One of those sessions became their first release, The Door EP, which was released on Anvil in 1999. The State of Things EP followed the next year on the Source label. Turin Brakes expanded into a full band and moved up to appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals. A third U.K.-only EP, Fight or Flight, was released later in 2000, as the band was opening for the likes of Kathryn WilliamsDoves, and Lowgold. The debut Turin Brakes full-length, The Optimist LP, was released in 2001 through Astralwerks. Arriving in 2003, the successful Ether Song brought the group more fans, and was followed by the more polished Jackinabox two years later. Teaming with producer Ethan Johns, Turin Brakes began work on their fourth studio album in early 2007, and while the group had to take a break in recording after Paridjanian and his wife celebrated the birth of their daughter, Dark on Fire was still released in the fall of that year. In 2010, Turin Brakes returned to their melodic folk-inflected roots with the album Outbursts, their first release for the noted U.K. indie label Cooking Vinyl. Two years later, Knights released the solo album If Not Now When. In 2013, Turin Brakes reunited for their sixth studio album, We Were Here, followed by extensive touring in Europe and the U.K. and an appearance at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. In late 2015, Turin Brakes announced they had emerged from Rockfield Studios in Wales with a new studio album; titled Lost Property, it was released in February 2016. The group supported the LP with an 18-month tour that covered the U.K., Europe, and Australia. Once they returned home, Turin Brakes soon returned to the studio, and their ninth album, Invisible Storm, was released in January 2018.

18Sep

MAGNUM

Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

A venerable Birmingham, England-based melodic hard rock outfit, Magnum emerged in the early '70s, and over the decades developed a sound that straddled the line between heady art rock and commercial pop. Tangentially tied to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement of the late '70s and early '80s, the band found success in 1982 with the release of their third studio LP, Chase the Dragon, which spawned a handful of hit singles in the U.K. They reached their commercial zenith in 1988 with their seventh effort, Wings of Heaven, which cracked the Top Ten at home and also made a strong showing in the European market. The band ceased operations in 1995 after co-founders Bob Catley and Tony Clarkin decided to strike out on their own under the moniker Hard Rain, but they re-formed in the early 2000s. Beginning with 2002's Breath of Life, Magnum 2.0, with Catley and Clarkin the sole original members, issued a string of well-received albums like The Visitation (2011), Lost on the Road to Eternity (2018), and The Monster Roars (2022), that found favor both at home and across Scandinavia and Western Europe.

18Sep

Ash

O2 Institute, Birmingham

18Sep

TURIN BRAKES

City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds

Often compared to Coldplay and Travis, Turin Brakes are a English duo inspired by folk and progressive rock hailing from Balham, London. Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian were friends in elementary school and decided to try out for the cathedral choir because it would give them the chance to perform in front of the Queen of England, which they eventually did. The two aspiring musicians, influenced by a unique range of artists including SebadohTruman's Water, Prince, and the Black Crowes, formed a band and recorded their freewheeling jam sessions. One of those sessions became their first release, The Door EP, which was released on Anvil in 1999. The State of Things EP followed the next year on the Source label. Turin Brakes expanded into a full band and moved up to appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals. A third U.K.-only EP, Fight or Flight, was released later in 2000, as the band was opening for the likes of Kathryn WilliamsDoves, and Lowgold. The debut Turin Brakes full-length, The Optimist LP, was released in 2001 through Astralwerks. Arriving in 2003, the successful Ether Song brought the group more fans, and was followed by the more polished Jackinabox two years later. Teaming with producer Ethan Johns, Turin Brakes began work on their fourth studio album in early 2007, and while the group had to take a break in recording after Paridjanian and his wife celebrated the birth of their daughter, Dark on Fire was still released in the fall of that year. In 2010, Turin Brakes returned to their melodic folk-inflected roots with the album Outbursts, their first release for the noted U.K. indie label Cooking Vinyl. Two years later, Knights released the solo album If Not Now When. In 2013, Turin Brakes reunited for their sixth studio album, We Were Here, followed by extensive touring in Europe and the U.K. and an appearance at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. In late 2015, Turin Brakes announced they had emerged from Rockfield Studios in Wales with a new studio album; titled Lost Property, it was released in February 2016. The group supported the LP with an 18-month tour that covered the U.K., Europe, and Australia. Once they returned home, Turin Brakes soon returned to the studio, and their ninth album, Invisible Storm, was released in January 2018.

19Sep

RJ Thompson

The Lexington, London

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist RJ Thompson has shared brand new single ‘Your Money Or Your Life’, the artist’s first release since 2020’s sophomore album Lifeline. Staying true to his artistry, the track - co-produced by Adam Sinclair - boasts RJ’s impeccable songwriting and impassioned vocals, backed by an upbeat indie-pop soundscape and plenty of playful synth. With reflective lyricism, RJ continues to create music that successfully combines relevant and relatable concepts with euphoric pop sensibilities. 

 

Alongside the track, RJ unveils a brand new music video, which premiered on CLASH. Filmed inside four walls as most of his new era was written - during the Coronavirus lockdown - the multi-instrumentalist jams in solitary as the room is painted from an empty, lonely white to warm oranges and blues, a spectacle of lights turning RJ’s solo performance into a show, that with a little imagination, could be on any stage. 

 

Following on from 2020’s Lifeline - which debuted at Number 1 on the Official UK Download Chart, following with a Number 5 on the Official UK Album Chart upon its physical release in the Spring of last year - ‘Your Money Or Your Life’ and much of the upcoming music was created within RJ’s own home, in isolation like most of the world. Despite being physically restricted, the headspace it granted inspired dreams, reflection and ultimately the music he would now prepare to release as his most ambitious yet.

19Sep

MAGNUM

The Fleece, Bristol

A venerable Birmingham, England-based melodic hard rock outfit, Magnum emerged in the early '70s, and over the decades developed a sound that straddled the line between heady art rock and commercial pop. Tangentially tied to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement of the late '70s and early '80s, the band found success in 1982 with the release of their third studio LP, Chase the Dragon, which spawned a handful of hit singles in the U.K. They reached their commercial zenith in 1988 with their seventh effort, Wings of Heaven, which cracked the Top Ten at home and also made a strong showing in the European market. The band ceased operations in 1995 after co-founders Bob Catley and Tony Clarkin decided to strike out on their own under the moniker Hard Rain, but they re-formed in the early 2000s. Beginning with 2002's Breath of Life, Magnum 2.0, with Catley and Clarkin the sole original members, issued a string of well-received albums like The Visitation (2011), Lost on the Road to Eternity (2018), and The Monster Roars (2022), that found favor both at home and across Scandinavia and Western Europe.

21Sep

RJ Thompson

The Louisiana, Bristol

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist RJ Thompson has shared brand new single ‘Your Money Or Your Life’, the artist’s first release since 2020’s sophomore album Lifeline. Staying true to his artistry, the track - co-produced by Adam Sinclair - boasts RJ’s impeccable songwriting and impassioned vocals, backed by an upbeat indie-pop soundscape and plenty of playful synth. With reflective lyricism, RJ continues to create music that successfully combines relevant and relatable concepts with euphoric pop sensibilities. 

 

Alongside the track, RJ unveils a brand new music video, which premiered on CLASH. Filmed inside four walls as most of his new era was written - during the Coronavirus lockdown - the multi-instrumentalist jams in solitary as the room is painted from an empty, lonely white to warm oranges and blues, a spectacle of lights turning RJ’s solo performance into a show, that with a little imagination, could be on any stage. 

 

Following on from 2020’s Lifeline - which debuted at Number 1 on the Official UK Download Chart, following with a Number 5 on the Official UK Album Chart upon its physical release in the Spring of last year - ‘Your Money Or Your Life’ and much of the upcoming music was created within RJ’s own home, in isolation like most of the world. Despite being physically restricted, the headspace it granted inspired dreams, reflection and ultimately the music he would now prepare to release as his most ambitious yet.

22Sep

TURIN BRAKES

KOMEDIA, Bath

Often compared to Coldplay and Travis, Turin Brakes are a English duo inspired by folk and progressive rock hailing from Balham, London. Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian were friends in elementary school and decided to try out for the cathedral choir because it would give them the chance to perform in front of the Queen of England, which they eventually did. The two aspiring musicians, influenced by a unique range of artists including SebadohTruman's Water, Prince, and the Black Crowes, formed a band and recorded their freewheeling jam sessions. One of those sessions became their first release, The Door EP, which was released on Anvil in 1999. The State of Things EP followed the next year on the Source label. Turin Brakes expanded into a full band and moved up to appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals. A third U.K.-only EP, Fight or Flight, was released later in 2000, as the band was opening for the likes of Kathryn WilliamsDoves, and Lowgold. The debut Turin Brakes full-length, The Optimist LP, was released in 2001 through Astralwerks. Arriving in 2003, the successful Ether Song brought the group more fans, and was followed by the more polished Jackinabox two years later. Teaming with producer Ethan Johns, Turin Brakes began work on their fourth studio album in early 2007, and while the group had to take a break in recording after Paridjanian and his wife celebrated the birth of their daughter, Dark on Fire was still released in the fall of that year. In 2010, Turin Brakes returned to their melodic folk-inflected roots with the album Outbursts, their first release for the noted U.K. indie label Cooking Vinyl. Two years later, Knights released the solo album If Not Now When. In 2013, Turin Brakes reunited for their sixth studio album, We Were Here, followed by extensive touring in Europe and the U.K. and an appearance at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. In late 2015, Turin Brakes announced they had emerged from Rockfield Studios in Wales with a new studio album; titled Lost Property, it was released in February 2016. The group supported the LP with an 18-month tour that covered the U.K., Europe, and Australia. Once they returned home, Turin Brakes soon returned to the studio, and their ninth album, Invisible Storm, was released in January 2018.

22Sep

Wildwood Kin

Chalk, Brighton

The first thing that strikes you about the second album by Wildwood Kin, self-titled because it captures the band’s artistic vision so completely, is just how natural it sounds. The voices of three young women harmonise effortlessly, there are shades of Simon & Garfunkel, Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac and the churchy cadences of the first Fleet Foxes album in the beautifully gentle folk rock melodies, and lyrics address profound themes like love, loss and spirituality in an unforced fashion. But above all, there is a spirit to the record that is as wild and free as the West Country moors Emillie Key, her younger sister Beth, and their cousin Meghann Loney grew up on.

22Sep

Lonely The Brave

The Fleece, Bristol

23Sep

TURIN BRAKES

Phoenix, Exeter

Often compared to Coldplay and Travis, Turin Brakes are a English duo inspired by folk and progressive rock hailing from Balham, London. Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian were friends in elementary school and decided to try out for the cathedral choir because it would give them the chance to perform in front of the Queen of England, which they eventually did. The two aspiring musicians, influenced by a unique range of artists including SebadohTruman's Water, Prince, and the Black Crowes, formed a band and recorded their freewheeling jam sessions. One of those sessions became their first release, The Door EP, which was released on Anvil in 1999. The State of Things EP followed the next year on the Source label. Turin Brakes expanded into a full band and moved up to appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals. A third U.K.-only EP, Fight or Flight, was released later in 2000, as the band was opening for the likes of Kathryn WilliamsDoves, and Lowgold. The debut Turin Brakes full-length, The Optimist LP, was released in 2001 through Astralwerks. Arriving in 2003, the successful Ether Song brought the group more fans, and was followed by the more polished Jackinabox two years later. Teaming with producer Ethan Johns, Turin Brakes began work on their fourth studio album in early 2007, and while the group had to take a break in recording after Paridjanian and his wife celebrated the birth of their daughter, Dark on Fire was still released in the fall of that year. In 2010, Turin Brakes returned to their melodic folk-inflected roots with the album Outbursts, their first release for the noted U.K. indie label Cooking Vinyl. Two years later, Knights released the solo album If Not Now When. In 2013, Turin Brakes reunited for their sixth studio album, We Were Here, followed by extensive touring in Europe and the U.K. and an appearance at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. In late 2015, Turin Brakes announced they had emerged from Rockfield Studios in Wales with a new studio album; titled Lost Property, it was released in February 2016. The group supported the LP with an 18-month tour that covered the U.K., Europe, and Australia. Once they returned home, Turin Brakes soon returned to the studio, and their ninth album, Invisible Storm, was released in January 2018.

24Sep

TURIN BRAKES

45Live, Kidderminster

Often compared to Coldplay and Travis, Turin Brakes are a English duo inspired by folk and progressive rock hailing from Balham, London. Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian were friends in elementary school and decided to try out for the cathedral choir because it would give them the chance to perform in front of the Queen of England, which they eventually did. The two aspiring musicians, influenced by a unique range of artists including SebadohTruman's Water, Prince, and the Black Crowes, formed a band and recorded their freewheeling jam sessions. One of those sessions became their first release, The Door EP, which was released on Anvil in 1999. The State of Things EP followed the next year on the Source label. Turin Brakes expanded into a full band and moved up to appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals. A third U.K.-only EP, Fight or Flight, was released later in 2000, as the band was opening for the likes of Kathryn WilliamsDoves, and Lowgold. The debut Turin Brakes full-length, The Optimist LP, was released in 2001 through Astralwerks. Arriving in 2003, the successful Ether Song brought the group more fans, and was followed by the more polished Jackinabox two years later. Teaming with producer Ethan Johns, Turin Brakes began work on their fourth studio album in early 2007, and while the group had to take a break in recording after Paridjanian and his wife celebrated the birth of their daughter, Dark on Fire was still released in the fall of that year. In 2010, Turin Brakes returned to their melodic folk-inflected roots with the album Outbursts, their first release for the noted U.K. indie label Cooking Vinyl. Two years later, Knights released the solo album If Not Now When. In 2013, Turin Brakes reunited for their sixth studio album, We Were Here, followed by extensive touring in Europe and the U.K. and an appearance at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. In late 2015, Turin Brakes announced they had emerged from Rockfield Studios in Wales with a new studio album; titled Lost Property, it was released in February 2016. The group supported the LP with an 18-month tour that covered the U.K., Europe, and Australia. Once they returned home, Turin Brakes soon returned to the studio, and their ninth album, Invisible Storm, was released in January 2018.

25Sep

TURIN BRAKES

O2 Academy, Oxford

Often compared to Coldplay and Travis, Turin Brakes are a English duo inspired by folk and progressive rock hailing from Balham, London. Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian were friends in elementary school and decided to try out for the cathedral choir because it would give them the chance to perform in front of the Queen of England, which they eventually did. The two aspiring musicians, influenced by a unique range of artists including SebadohTruman's Water, Prince, and the Black Crowes, formed a band and recorded their freewheeling jam sessions. One of those sessions became their first release, The Door EP, which was released on Anvil in 1999. The State of Things EP followed the next year on the Source label. Turin Brakes expanded into a full band and moved up to appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals. A third U.K.-only EP, Fight or Flight, was released later in 2000, as the band was opening for the likes of Kathryn WilliamsDoves, and Lowgold. The debut Turin Brakes full-length, The Optimist LP, was released in 2001 through Astralwerks. Arriving in 2003, the successful Ether Song brought the group more fans, and was followed by the more polished Jackinabox two years later. Teaming with producer Ethan Johns, Turin Brakes began work on their fourth studio album in early 2007, and while the group had to take a break in recording after Paridjanian and his wife celebrated the birth of their daughter, Dark on Fire was still released in the fall of that year. In 2010, Turin Brakes returned to their melodic folk-inflected roots with the album Outbursts, their first release for the noted U.K. indie label Cooking Vinyl. Two years later, Knights released the solo album If Not Now When. In 2013, Turin Brakes reunited for their sixth studio album, We Were Here, followed by extensive touring in Europe and the U.K. and an appearance at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. In late 2015, Turin Brakes announced they had emerged from Rockfield Studios in Wales with a new studio album; titled Lost Property, it was released in February 2016. The group supported the LP with an 18-month tour that covered the U.K., Europe, and Australia. Once they returned home, Turin Brakes soon returned to the studio, and their ninth album, Invisible Storm, was released in January 2018.

25Sep

Hatchie

The Louisiana, Bristol

Giving the World Away, the sophomore album from Hatchie, is the truest introduction to the songwriter at the helm of the project, Harriette Pilbeam. Although her sound arrived fully-formed, a dazzling dream-pop and shoegaze tangle, it’s here that Pilbeam fully distills the core of herself into a record. “There's more to me than just writing songs about being in love or being heartbroken -- there's a bigger picture than that,” Pilbeam explains. “This album really just feels like the beginning to me, and scratching the surface – and even though it’s my third release as Hatchie, I feel like I’m rebooting from scratch.” Giving the World Away is an album about self-confidence, about reclamation, about the strange time in young adulthood where you begin to finally be able to see yourself clearly. Incisive and probing, Giving the World Away is the clearest look at Pilbeam yet, and a relic of the power and bravery that spring forth from embracing vulnerability and putting your heart on the line.

27Sep

Hatchie

Village Underground, London

Giving the World Away, the sophomore album from Hatchie, is the truest introduction to the songwriter at the helm of the project, Harriette Pilbeam. Although her sound arrived fully-formed, a dazzling dream-pop and shoegaze tangle, it’s here that Pilbeam fully distills the core of herself into a record. “There's more to me than just writing songs about being in love or being heartbroken -- there's a bigger picture than that,” Pilbeam explains. “This album really just feels like the beginning to me, and scratching the surface – and even though it’s my third release as Hatchie, I feel like I’m rebooting from scratch.” Giving the World Away is an album about self-confidence, about reclamation, about the strange time in young adulthood where you begin to finally be able to see yourself clearly. Incisive and probing, Giving the World Away is the clearest look at Pilbeam yet, and a relic of the power and bravery that spring forth from embracing vulnerability and putting your heart on the line.

28Sep

The Lemonheads

O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol

The Lemonheads' evolution from post-Hüsker Dü hardcore punk rockers to teenage heartthrobs is one of the strangest sagas in alternative music. Initially, the group was a punk-pop trio formed by three teenage Boston suburbanites, but over the years, the band became a vehicle for Evan Dando. Blessed with good looks and a warm, sweet voice, Dando became a teen idol in the early '90s, when Nirvana's success made alternative bands commercially viable. While his simple, catchy songs were instantly accessible, they tended to hide the more subversive nature of his lyrics, as well as his gift for offbeat covers and his devotion to country-rock father Gram Parsons. After developing his signature blend of pop, punk, and country-rock on several independent records in the late '80s, Dando moved the Lemonheads to Atlantic Records in 1990. Two years later, It's a Shame About Ray made the group into media sensations, as Dando's face appeared on music and teen magazines across America and Britain. At the height of the '90s alternative rock explosion, the Lemonheads topped Billboard's Modern Rock charts with "Into Your Arms," but the group couldn't sustain their momentum, partially due to Dando's personal excesses. After releasing Car Button Cloth in 1996, Dando and the Lemonheads retreated from the spotlight for a decade, re-emerging in 2006 with an eponymous album. Recordings remained sporadic from the Lemonheads in the 2010s and beyond, but Dando kept performing solo shows, reconvening his band on occasion.

29Sep

Wildwood Kin

Joiners, Southampton

The first thing that strikes you about the second album by Wildwood Kin, self-titled because it captures the band’s artistic vision so completely, is just how natural it sounds. The voices of three young women harmonise effortlessly, there are shades of Simon & Garfunkel, Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac and the churchy cadences of the first Fleet Foxes album in the beautifully gentle folk rock melodies, and lyrics address profound themes like love, loss and spirituality in an unforced fashion. But above all, there is a spirit to the record that is as wild and free as the West Country moors Emillie Key, her younger sister Beth, and their cousin Meghann Loney grew up on.

30Sep

Katy J Pearson

Bullingdon, Oxford

With a magnetic blend of soaring, widescreen melodies and warm, intimate storytelling, Katy J Pearson is old fashioned country heartache and dance floor romance combined. Her debut album, Return, saw her go from being a Bristolian newcomer to a critically-acclaimed breakthrough star. Selling out shows up and down the UK, she is praised for the arresting quality of her Kate Bush-meets-Dolly Parton vocal delivery.

 

Written and recorded in late 2021, Katy’s latest effort Sound Of The Morning is co-produced by Ali Chant (Yard Act and the helm of Katy’s debut Return) and Speedy Wunderground head-honcho Dan Carey (Fontaines DC) and strives for the bittersweetness of music and takes classic, timeless ideas and spins them into new forms. This new effort sees Katy push herself into new water, musically and lyrically, to create a record that is increasingly unafraid to explore the darker side of life with an openness that is full of light.

 

 

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