Billie – born Isabella Sophie Tweddle – got her early start in music thanks to parents who surrounded her with the music of Nick Drake, John Martyn, Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, Kate Bush, Loudon Wainwright III and northern folk artist Chris Wood (who once told a nine-year-old Billie to “go for it!”). The family lived in the pastoral rolling hills of Ripon, North Yorkshire, where Billie grew up in and around the Dales. “I feel a lot of emotion [in nature],” she says. “Like this extreme form of empathy. I find it a very comforting blanket. It cradles you, it’s always there. It’s not going away.”
Built on the minimalist acoustic folk she made a name for herself with, Billie Marten?s breath-taking new record Flora Fauna is a mature, embodied collection of songs fostered around a backbone of bass and rhythm. “When I was younger, I was quite trepidatious in my songwriting,” she reflects, while sitting in the winter sunshine in her adopted home of East London. “I concealed myself in my music. Now, I’ve gained more personal strength than I had before, I was so obsessed with what people thought of me then. Over time, you learn to care a bit less ? and you start writing about the things that really matter.”
This event has been rescheduled from Thursday 1st April 2021. All tickets remain valid.
An immersive wall of distortion envelopes the powerful fragility of frontman Kiran Roy’s vocals, while he paints a verbal landscape of introspection, despair and hope amid a sonic palette that evokes both the driving, spacious absorptivity of My Bloody Valentine and the poetic, visceral honesty of Nick Cave’s lyricism.
With their 2017 debut album “Live For The Moment”, Sheffield quartet The Sherlocks established themselves as key contenders in a new wave of British bands keeping alt-rock and indie vital for a new generation of fans. The album fired into the charts at #6 as the band inspired devotion wherever they went, from shows with Liam Gallagher, an international array of festival dates to rapturously received shows in Japan.
While “Live For The Moment” remains a scintillating insight into the hedonism and heartbreak of youth, “Under Your Sky” finds frontman Kiaran Crook writing songs which bridge the exuberance of youth with the reflection and maturity of young adulthood.
That approach – worldly songs with one eye cast homeward – is perfectly demonstrated in the album’s lead single “NYC (Sing It Loud)”, which received its exclusive first play courtesy of Annie Mac at Radio 1. “I wanna see the world with you,” Kiaran sings, imagining “getting lost in the city for a day” with someone left behind.
CHILDCARE were formed in 2016 by Ed Cares, formerly one of west London’s most in-demand male nannies. Overheard humming a song he had written years before, Ed was persuaded by Katie, then aged six, to form a band. He enlisted local musicians Emma Topolski (bass), Rich Le Gate (guitar) and Glyn Daniels (drums). The band has now been together for several years, performing successfully under the only logical moniker in the circumstances: CHILDCARE.
Enthused with the energy of punk, the infectiousness of The Police and a by-numbers approach to songcraft akin to Happiness In Magazines-era Graham Coxon, CHILDCARE are a band on the up, making skewed, idiosyncratic, art-punk pop that is gaining them eager fans across the continent. Having recently sold out Omeara and releasing two critically acclaimed EPs with extensive BBC Radio 1 support and wide-spread blog coverage from the likes of Indie Shuffle and The Line of Best Fit, CHILDCARE will be babysitting their way onto a stereo near you in the future.
This event has been rescheduled to Tuesday 16th March 2021. All tickets remain valid.
Egyptian Blue make music that is uncompromising yet uplifting. They channel modern anxieties and nervous energy into razor sharp guitar lines and post-punk grooves. Crafted originally above a jeweller’s shop in Colchester, the band then decamped to Brighton (UK) to develop their sound. Egyptian Blue are signed to Yala! Records.
Coach Party grew up on the Isle of Wight (“it’s only a matter of time until you meet pretty much everyone else on the Island,” says Eastwood) and eventually crossed paths as avid music fans – working in venues, playing together and meeting at the same gigs. Coach Party eventually formed after Eastwood and guitarist Steph Norris decided to start playing music together; quickly realising that there was something special about the pair’s songwriting and bond, guitarist Joe Perry and drummer Page joined the ranks. Musically, Coach Party are inspired by a broad palate of artists, but always find themselves drawn back to Nirvana, Sonic Youth and The Strokes, and contemporary artists like Wolf Alice, The Big Moon and Tame Impala. Ultimately though, Coach Party?s primary drive to write and perform music comes from “the often entertaining struggle of real life.”
The band still live and work on the Isle of Wight (Jess at a farm park, Guy in a music studio and Steph and Joe in cafes), and describe life on the island as going “through pretty distinct phases of being a great, and a really
frustrating place to live.” The opening of new venue Strings two years ago has raised the energy of live music in the area and provided the impetus for Coach Party?s breakout first offering ‘Oh, Lola’ in 2019.
The band’s debut 6-track Party Food EP sparked their increasingly exciting association with Chess Club – a label famed for breaking new talent, where recent exciting signings include Alfie Templeman and Phoebe Green, and past successes include Jungle and Wolf Alice. Upon the EP’s release, Coach Party found themselves subject to acclaim all over UK radio with fans, including BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Clara Amfo, Jack Saunders and Huw Stephens (single ‘Bleach’ was even added to the station’s playlist as Introducing Track Of The Week), BBC Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq, Radio X’s John Kennedy, and more.
It’s often hard with Lazarus Kane to know where the line between sincerity and irony truly lies. They’ve been called everything from high-concept performance art to disco provocateurs, but it is perhaps this sense of uneasy mystery that sets them apart. In an industry often plagued by a dour self-seriousness surrounding art and the creative process, Lazarus Kane emerged as a breath of fresh air in 2019 with their Speedy Wunderground single “Narcissus”, a strutting, rhythmic exploration into the superficiality of modern life. They followed this up with the inescapable strut of “Night Walking” in 2020, further blurring the expectations of what a band could, or should, do.
So where now in 2021, with the world on pause? For front man Ben Jakes, FKA as the eponymous Lazarus Kane, the answer was simple. Rip everything up and start again.
POZI come steeped in the lineage of the very best weirdo British indie pop. The trio of drummer/vocalist Burroughs, violinist/vocalist Rosa Brook and bassist/vocalist Tom Jones have a skittish, restless energy.
Despite drawing on influences such as Devo, Wire and Television, there are no guitars in POZI and the space afforded by the lack of this potentially domineering component is refreshing. Instead, there’s Brook’s violin that by turn swells and stresses, either buoying proceedings along or collapsing them into discord. Jones’ rough, scruffy basslines hold each song tightly together as all great bassists should do. Then there’s Burroughs’ sparsely-filled but frantically driven rhythmic repetition and his capital city yelp, words tumbling out as though desperately trying to get out of the way of the ones behind.
Since their inception, the band have released music at irregular intervals in their own inimitably uncompromising way, with a series of singles in 2018 launching them into public consciousness. Gigging regularly in their hometown of Brighton and across Europe, they’ve been sharpening their skills and growing together as a unit under the radar until now, touring the likes of France, Germany and the Netherlands alongside the likes of Heavy Lungs and Surfbort.
DITZ are best known by their steadily-growing following for delivering accomplished shows full of substance and organic excitement. Influenced by the hardcore punk and noise rock of the 80s and 90s, the band are set sharply apart from their peers in the UK post-punk scene. As a result, their music is taut and erratic, melodic and urgent, but always with an acute sense of dynamics. Vast arrays of guitar effects infuse their punk sound with a more experimental approach, which reaches its freeform apex at the end of the band’s thrilling live sets.
On their new material, DITZ further explore their signature sound by mixing stark minimalism with explosive bursts of noise. “This song touches on the general public’s reaction to LGBTQ+ individuals on a day to day basis, both positive and negative,” comment the band on the single’s lyrical content.
Consisting of one half of Slow Club and two thirds of The Wave Pictures, The Surfing Magazines’ primary influences are Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground and all the great surf guitar music of the 1960s. They burst onto the scene with their eponymous debut album in 2017, a lauded LP described by Record Collector magazine as “a vintage-yet-modern rock’n’roll classic”.
Marking their first release since 2017, “Sports Bar” combines rumbling bass, slick vocals and witty lyricism to masterful effect. In typically mischievous fashion, the band describe it as “Like The Modern Lovers if Marc Bolan had sung lead vocals instead of Jonathan Richman, with a bridge ripped out of Pavement, only better than any of those people’s music” and in doing so strike a curious balance of self-deprecation and self-belief – a quality that permeates their music as well as their description of it.
This has been rescheduled from Saturday 8th May 2021. All tickets remain valid.
Roddy Woomble is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s finest songwriters.
Known for his enigmatic lyrics, warm baritone voice and consummate gift for a tune, Roddy has released five solo albums to date – ‘My Secret Is My Silence’ (2006), ‘Before The Ruin’ (2008, with Kris Drever and John McCusker), ‘The Impossible Song & Other Songs’ (2011), ‘Listen To Keep’ (2013), and ‘The Deluder’ (2017). Roddy’s first poetry collection ‘Instrumentals’ was released in 2016.
For the past two decades Roddy has also been the frontman of much loved Scottish alternative rock band Idlewild, releasing eight studio albums, and touring worldwide as a headline act, but also in support to R.E.M., Pearl Jam and U2 amongst others.
This event has been rescheduled from Thursday 22nd April 2021. All tickets remain valid.
“New wave structure meets punk blatancy and 21st-century gender fluency” – New York Times
“[Dream Wife] combine sticky pop flourishes and bruising sounds with brazen self-assurance….extending the continuum of uncompromising feminist musical statements with refreshing directness.” – NPR Music
“Part It’s Blitz!-era Yeah Yeah Yeahs, part long-lost Cardigans B-side, their second track of the year is a strawberry-sweet, hazy ode to times gone by” – The Guardian on ‘Hasta La Vista’
“Punk rock trio Dream Wife make music that flips a middle finger to convention.” – The Fader
“The art-school project that’s evolved into one of indie-rock’s most politically dynamic emerging acts” – Entertainment Weekly
“Dream Wife just want to dismantle the patriarchy. The U.K. art punks make music that’s roiling with feminist rage and Spice Girls attitude” – Rolling Stone
“The girl gang proving there’s force in femininity. Dream Wife create pop anthems for the Instagram generation” – Dazed