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Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Bursting onto the music scene with vivid color and flare that resembles a tropical bird caught in a power line, is Ny Oh. An international kiwi singer songwriter, Ny Oh blends funky melodies with interesting rhythms to create her sound. But she’s not just here to entertain you. She’s here to bring you a new sound. The sound of life, love and reason, from a quirky, slightly insane, point of view. Her (yet to be released) self titled E.P is bound to make waves.
Friday 25th July 2014
In April 2013, in the early hours of the morning, what seemed like one of those ‘good idea at the time’ moments, for once, actually turned out to be a brilliant idea. And so, in Louis’ kitchen, after a long night of hazey mindedness; Ben, Liam, a pre written song from a few days before, a snare drum, and a guitar, came the first ever recording Sharks Don’t Swim ever made. However shitty the sound quality of the recording was, it was a kick start in the right direction, and over the next few months that followed, there was more band members, song writing, recordings, shows, and general random antics.
Saturday 26th July 2014
A three piece alternative, pop rock band from Reading with a raw punk influence. Sam C Harris, the front man and song writer spontaneously leaves the band and audience in suspense, never knowing what will happen next. With their success of their late 2013 debut album Dirthoney (available on Itunes & Spotify) they are due to be recording a new album in late August.
Monday 28th July 2014
SJM Concerts Presents:
The Shires are a New-Country Duo from the UK signed to Decca consisting of Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes.
Thursday 31st July 2014
A conceptual, inner dance through lazer beams in a lonely night club is taking place in Rhodri Karim‘s video (directed by Tarek Elshawarby) for the electronic pop delight of Breakdown. With his Uther Moads moniker, this london based producer has conceived a slow dance pop stairway to the vibrated crooner of his voice with all the ingredients of the instant classic choreographing this blissful moment of intimate pop music. This is what pure magic should sound like… Uther Moads’ ‘Spirit Physics EP’ is out now, via the always intriguing Dramatic Records.
7.00pm – £7/£5 adv
Wednesday 6th August 2014
Vidal & Curmà is a duo formed in 2013 in Padova (Italy) and now based in London. They play their original material, influenced by the 30′s jazz and the modern indie rock/pop music, and believe that two guitars and a voice are enough to experience the best side of music. Highly inspired by the genius of Django Reinhardt, The Libertines, The Strokes and many more.
Friday 8th August 2014
Rainmaker are a five piece British alternative rock band from London. The band was founded by Gabriel Sanghera (Lead Vocals) and Michael Constantine (Guitars, Vocals), who met at university back in 2003. With the subsequent recruitment of Christian Asare (Keyboards), Matty Plangar (Bass) and James Regan (Drums), they are fast becoming recognised for their melodic brand of alternative rock. Rainmakers’s debut EP, First Impressions, is available to listen to and download online.
Saturday 9th August 2014
Dead Cannons are an indie rock quartet from Colchester and London. They use piano, drums, guitars and harmonising voices to make a soulful pop sound that is fun, uplifting and really packs a punch. Currently playing a string of gigs showcasing tracks from their latest release ‘Gasconade’ music from which has enjoyed airtime on BBC Essex Radio, BBC Radio 6 Music and was featured on Tom Robinson’s Introducing Mixtape pod cast.
Thursday 14th August 2014
After forming in late 2013, Defences found their unique sound combining the melodic flavour of electronic and orchestral styles with the aggressive bite of metal. Having already played several major venues in London, the band got to work creating their best and most hard-hitting music to date, released in the form of their debut EP ‘Stitches In Sanity’, which is available for free download online.
Wednesday 20th August 2014
Croydon born Singer-Songwriter Katy Shotter supported Beyoncé on her UK, Canadian and US tours at the age of 18 using just her voice and her piano. Katy’s sweet, soulful vocals and inescapable hooks make her one of the best young upcoming singer-songwriters in the U.K. today. May 2011 Shy FX’s official remix of Skream’s ‘Where you should be’ was A-Listed on Radio 1/1extra and featured the multi talented Katy Shotter. Throughout 2013, Katy appeared as a special guest on the BTRAITS (Radio 1) rave digger tour & with Benga on UK dates of the Example tour. Katy Shotter and Chris Holland has just been confirmed to support the incredible Jools Holland at The Greenwich Music Time outdoor concert and – The Black Health Festival. She is promoting her new E.P.
Friday 29th August 2014
Based in Surrey, The Bulletproof Bomb are a five piece alternative project with influences that range from as far as Jamie T to The Beach Boys, from Gorillaz to The Jam, and King Krule to Mystery Jets.
Saturday 30th August 2014
The anchors of the Turrentine Jones sound are Julian Neville, whose slicing, fuzzed riffs draw a comparison to Steve Cropper, and Thomas Scotson, who provides much of the groove with his floating organ lines. In 2009, Neville moved to England from his native Australia and began searching for musicians, where he met (now former) drummer Chris Carcamo. By late 2010, and with the addition of organist Thomas Scotson, they officially became Turrentine Jones and together performed their first show at North London Tavern in Kilburn, London.
In 2013 the band hit their stride, and with the growing radio support of BBC Introducing, elevated them onto the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury festival performing on 28th June to resounding success. Shortly after the band entered the studio to begin recording their fan-funded debut album through the music platform Pledge, entitled “Our Days”. The record is scheduled for release on 11th August 2014.
Wednesday 3rd September 2014
The Flies formed sometime around 2003 in a very loose and incremental way when production team, The Insects (Bob Locke and Tim Norfolk) joined forces with vocalist/musician Sean Cook. Cook had been a key player in Spiritualized (notably on their seminal record, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen we are Floating in Space’) as well as Lupine Howl and currently plays with Elizabeth Fraser and Massive Attack. The Insects are highly regarded as Emmy award winning soundtrack writers for BBC natural history documentaries, films such as “Creep” and “Owning Mahoney”, and TV series such as ‘Wire In The Blood”.
In 2007 The Flies released the critically acclaimed LP, “All Too Human”. Songs from the ‘All Too Human’ LP went on to be used on several films, TV shows and adverts including Roland Joffe’s ‘You and I’, ‘Wire in the Blood’, and ads for L’Oreal. Around 2008, Sean and The Insects began working with Andy Spaceland on The Flies second LP, ‘Pleasure Yourself’. Andy is a producer and musical collaborator, who had worked with both Sean and the Insects in his previous band, ‘Alpha’. Andy is also currently working on projects with Butch Vig, and Mark Stewart (The Pop Group).
As the LP developed, Andy took on an increasingly pivotal role in the writing and production of The Flies songs. After many late night sessions spanning several years, and in-between many other projects, Cook, Spaceland, Locke and Norfolk (together with contributions from long time collaborator and drummer, Damon Reece – Massive Attack, Spiritualized, Elizabeth Fraser) completed ‘Pleasure Yourself’ at the end of 2013.
‘Pleasure Yourself’ is due for release in Summer 2014. It is preceded by the single, ‘One Day My Baby Will Leave You’ which will be released in March 2014 through Library Music Recordings.
Thursday 4th September 2014
Edgar Jones, also known as Edgar Summertyme, is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Jones was originally the bass player and singer-songwriter for The Stairs and has since formed and fronted The Isrites, The Big Kids, Edgar Jones & the Joneses and Free Peace. He has also played as a session musician for several artists including Ian McCulloch, Paul Weller, Saint Etienne and Ocean Colour Scene.
7.00pm – £10/£8 adv
Saturday 13th September 2014
The Others formed in 2002 and quickly became renowned for their riotous live shows. By 2004, they had started to perform so-called “guerilla gigs”, which saw them play on a Hammersmith and City Line tube train, on the dodgems at the Leeds festival, and on the famous Abbey Road crossing in London. The band, particularly lead singer Dominic Masters, maintain a close relationship with their fanbase, affectionately known as the 853 Kamikaze Stage-Diving Division.
Their self-titled debut album divided critics and public alike on its release in 2005. Whilst NME gave it 8/10, Q Magazine rated it one of the worst albums of the year, mocking Masters’ boastful attitude towards drug abuse. However, the album did spawn three Top 40 singles for the band; while debut single ‘This Is For The Poor’, narrowly missed the top 40 on its release in April 2004, ‘Stan Bowles’ reached No. 36 in November 2004. In January 2005 3rd single ‘Lackey’ reached No. 21 in January 2005 and in April of that year the NME awarded The Others the John Peel Innovation Award at the Brat Awards.
On Christmas Eve 2012, the band gave away the demos for the 3rd Album; ‘Songs For The Disillusioned’ for free online. The response was tremendous, surpassing the band’s expectations, going viral and picking up coverage from in the UK, as well as Spain, France, Germany, Argentina and Italy amongst others. In January 2013, the band announced their decision to offer fans a free download package for every month of 2013, and as part of the bands comeback they also returned to Glastonbury to play on the William’s Green Stage.
7.00pm – £12 adv
Thursday 25th September 2014
Metropolis Music Presents:
Jolie Holland has always embodied everything weird and wonderful in the history of American music, but Wine Dark Sea takes it to a new level. Raw and unrestrained, bristling with kinetic energy, Wine Dark Sea is unlike anything she’s ever recorded, but is also the purest and most assured evocation of Holland’s vision to date.
Friday 17th October 2014
Ian Prowse, often called the “Scouse Springsteen”, is best known for his work as main man with the groups, Pele (1990s) and the 7-piece group, Amsterdam (2000s). One of his most famous songs, Amsterdam’s Does This Train Stop On Merseyside, was a huge favourite of the late DJ John Peel – he featured the song on his last ever Festive Fifty and it has been well documented that it often reduced him to tears on air. The song has gone on to be covered by many others, including Christy Moore, Miles Hunt and Ian McNabb.
Ian Prowse releases his brand new single ‘Lest We Forget’. The single is released on October 19th to both commemorate and mourn the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Ypres. A battle which saw the British Army suffer losses that resulted in the decision of mass conscription for the young men of Britain. The single is taken from Who Loves Ya Baby, the first ever solo album by one of the UK’s finest singer/songwriters. Who Loves Ya Baby follows on from the success of The Best of Ian Prowse, a compilation of his work with the band’s Pele and Amsterdam, which was released to critical acclaim in 2012.
7.00pm – £10 adv
Thursday 6th November 2014
The Boys were born in September 1975 when singer/guitarist Matt Dangerfield left Mick Jones and Tony James’s fledgling punk band London SS to form a new band with ex-Hollywood Brats songwriter/keyboard player Casino Steel. Dangerfield’s art college friend, guitarist Honest John Plain, was soon recruited. The following year they held auditions for the bass and drum roles with Duncan Reid and Jack Black completing the line-up. The Boys quickly built up a reputation as a white-hot live band and in January 1977 became the first punk band to sign an album deal when they signed away their recording lives to NEMS. They quickly became known as ‘The Beatles of Punk’ but unfortunately through a series of poor marketing, bad decisions and appalling luck they never converted their potential to chart success.
After a brief spell in The Lurkers, Plain joined the Dirty Strangers and recorded an album with Keith Richards and Ronnie Woods before replacing Brady (Hollywood Brats) as lead guitarist in The Mannish Boys. He went on to play with Brady in Brat Boy. In 1996 Plain’s first solo album “Honest John Plain and Friends” was released. “Honest John Plain and Amigos” followed in 2003 and he formed a new band with Robbie Rushton (Crybabys) and Mat Sargent (Sham 69, Splodge). Honest John Plain & The Amigos’ debut album “One More And We’re Staying” came out in 2006 with a French tour lined up to promote it.
At the beginning of 2007 Plain and his old friend Casino Steel agreed to form a new punk supergroup to play Ramones-influenced rock ‘n’ roll with a hint of Dolly Parton. The result was The Last Rock ‘n’ Roll Band featuring Plain’s Amigos Mat Sargent & Robbie Rushton alongside Petter Baarli (Backstreet Girls) and of course Steel & Plain. Their self titled debut album was released in October 2007. Plain released his first acoustic album “Honest John Plain Untuned” on Still Unbeatable Records in Germany in 2009 and this was followed in 2010 by “The Mattless Boys”, featuring Casino Steel, Petter Baarli, Duncan Reid, and Vom Ritchie.