Our headliners are Yumi and the Weather, the musical pseudonym of Brighton-based vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and producer Ruby Taylor. The project first burst onto the scene back in 2013 with the acclaimed debut EP, All We Can. The subsequent eight years have seen Yumi head out on tour with British Sea Power, perform at a number of festivals and gather heavy radio support from a wide variety of outlets including BBC 6 Music and Radio X. Last year saw the release of her fantastic self-produced EP, Some Days, released via Small Pond Records.
Some Days was something of a sonic departure for Yumi and the Weather, incorporating elements of ethereal 80s synth-rock, 60s soul, and New Romantic pop, weaving Ruby’s influences into a bold vision of exactly what she wanted her music could be. Citing inspiration from artists as diverse as Alvvays, Bruce Springsteen and A-ha, Some Days was the sound of Rose facing up to a pandemic and a wave of political unrest and hitting back with the power of creativity. A compelling snapshot of the world it was made in, that remains just as relevant and exciting in the here and now.
Known up until now as the, “tall” (The Guardian’s words not mine) one in Joanna Gruesome and The Tubs, George Nicholls is stepping forward with his own solo-project, working under the musical moniker, GN. Taking influence from yacht rock and no wave, Arthur Russell and The Allman Brothers, GN’s debut single, “Home Business” came out in October last year via Prefect Records. Setting an exploration of “the neoliberal work ethic”, to an alt-pop groove, it was a thrilling introduction to a songwriting voice with an incredibly bright future ahead of him.
Withered Hand is the nom de plume of Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Dan Willson, who will be performing solo for this performance. Dan started writing songs and singing in his thirties during a period of reflection following the birth of his first child and the death of a close friend. With a wayward tenor and unaffected charm onstage he has come to be celebrated in his adopted country and further afield as a songwriter and lyricist of rare wit and remarkable honesty.
Alongside activity with his band, Dan is a well-travelled solo musician with a cult following. 2014 saw the release of his strident second album New Gods which propelled Withered Hand into the charts, featuring appearances by friends, luminaries and supporters from the Scottish music scene, from Belle and Sebastian to Frightened Rabbit to The Vaselines and beyond. 2017 heralded Among Horses EP – the result of a collaborative songwriting retreat in Spain. Dan is currently collaborating with Mercury-nominated English songwriter Kathryn Williams on a new album, scheduled for release in 2022.
Writing her first songs on the cello, Ailsa Tully soon graduated to the bass guitar, that early classical technique ensuring she developed a bass playing style unlike anyone else. Add her tender, elegant vocals to the mix plus her obsession for field recordings and you’ll begin to understand what makes Tully so different. While Tully’s previous single “Drive” was enveloping and meditative, recent 7″ “Parasite” found her dark and brooding. Based upon her personal experiences in the music industry, “Parasite” is a highly charged sermon on navigating a toxic work relationship and gender power dynamics.
Formed back at the start of 2018, SUDS are three gals, one lad and a variety of instruments based out of Peterborough. In March last year they caught the ear of many with their debut EP, It Suits Me Well, which showcased just how far their friendship, and their music had come. They closed out a break-out 2019 with the Bill Ryder-Jones produced single You’ll Feel Better.
SUDS’ sound is one of atmospheric guitar sketches, soft soaring vocals and creative rhythms, the sound of creative people casting off the shackles of the daily grind and letting their musical imaginations run wild. The band have recently completed work on a brand new EP, so expect new material from a band who’s musical journey is just getting started.
Beginning life as the solo project of frontman Neil Jarvis, Sprinters first emerged back in 2017 with their self-titled debut album on Icecapades. Two years later, and now a four-piece band, the band have recently released their second album, Struck Gold, on the Madrid-based Meritorio Records.
Struck Gold is something of a re-invention for the band, the indiepop that emerged from Neil’s solo songwriting largely removed and replaced with songs that are noisier, sharper and more focused than ever before. The result of taking a year out to focus entirely on this new record, the tracks on Struck Gold seem to push Sprinters’ sound; the gentle janglers are lusher and more swoonsome, the angular numbers are crisper, the noisier sections, terrifically loud and thrilling, which bodes very nicely for a live set that might just blow you away.
From their humble beginnings in a West London student home, Tugboat Captain have come an awful long way. The band first emerged back in 2016 with the distinctly DIY-debut release, which established their unmistakable way with a melody. The giant leap forward came with second record, Everybody Seems to Think That I’m a Raincloud, a collection of heartbreak anthems, that was one of the sleeper indiepop hits of 2017. That record’s success saw them play for the likes of Wales Goes Pop and Indietracks, drew near universal acclaim from the blogging community, and this Spring will see them head to America to play at both New Colossus Fest and SXSW.
Tugboat Captain’s ever evolving sound takes in elements from across the lineage of alternative music history. Equally influenced by The Beatles as Galaxie 500, sounding one second like Guided By Voices, the next like Camera Obscura. The band are currently gearing up to the release of their third album, recorded last year at Abbey Road, and early snippets have hinted at their most ambitious and enthralling release to date. Don’t miss the chance to see where this band are headed next, because for this band the sky’s the only limit.
The Other Ones are a London-based quartet who describe their music as, “loud, fuzz drenched pop songs”. Formed back in 2017, the band have since spent their time making a name on the London DIY-scene, through impressive lives shows and a series of self-releases. This culminated in September last year, with their most recent, and best, release to date, Picking Up the Pieces. With a sound going from riot grrrl influenced punk to melodic bedroom-pop, fans of Fresh or Fightmilk will find an awful lot to love with The Other Ones.
Hailing from Hull, bdrmm are a quintet who infuse what they describe as introverted small-town sketches, with the lush, musical expanse of shoegaze and dreampop. After catching the ear of many with a handful of self-released singles, the band recently teamed up with cult shoegaze label, Sonic Cathedral for the release of their sublime debut EP, If Not, When?
Describing their sound as, “slacker-shoegaze”, on If Not, When?, bdrmm take influences from the dreamy-soundscapes of Beach House, the jangly tones of DIIV and more recently a healthy dose of driving post-punk, in doing so creating a sound all of their own. Having gained fans in the likes of Huw Stevens, Steve Lamacq and John Kennedy, bdrmm’s ability to make adolescent disconnection sound this broad and exciting, marks them out as a band not to be missed.
Originally from Groningen in Holland, CIEL have now made Brighton their home and have been winning over audiences with their dreampop snapshots ever since. The band released their debut EP back in 2017 and have recently been squirrelled away working on new music. Having previously supported the likes of Penelope Isles, Marika Hackman and Sasami, CIEL will provide the perfect accompaniment for a night of getting lost in glorious shimmering reverb.
Withered Hand is the songwriting output of Dan Willson. A cult figure in the Scottish music scene since 2009, Dan has released two widely acclaimed albums, New Gods (2014) and Good News (2009) and several lo-fi EPs. Currently working towards his third full length album, Withered Hand continues to tour in the UK and further afield, playing in venues ranging from concert halls to living rooms.
This solo acoustic performance celebrates ten years since his debut LP Good News was released and he will be performing it in full, followed by a Christmas pick n mix of other Withered Hand songs.
Darren Hayman is a thoughtful, concise and detailed songwriter. He eschews the big, the bright and the loud for the small, twisted and lost. For 15 years, and over 14 albums, Hayman has taken a singular and erratic route through England’s tired and heartbroken underbelly.