One of our favourite new bands of recent years, we clearly aren’t the only ones who’ve noticed the brilliance of South Wales-trio Adwaith. Their acclaimed debut album, Melyn, drew near universal critical acclaim, culminating in the band winning 2019’s Welsh Music Prize. The band have wasted no time in following up on Melyn’s success, releasing a series of new tracks that hint at where their fascinating music is headed next.
Describing Adwaith’s sound is a difficult task, each track is equally likely to be a slice of perfect post-punk, an ethereal soundscape or a swampy blast of ravey psychedelica. With an eclectic, magpie-like approach to songwriting, Adwaith manage to create a sound entirely their own, and one that looks set to propel them as far as their ambition and imagination can take them. More than just the future of Welsh-music, Adwaith might just be the future of music as we know it.
Blackaby is both the surname and musical-moniker of London-based songwriter William Blackaby. On their recent EP, Everything’s Delicious, released via Hand in Hive, Blackaby took the influence of Wilco and Big Thief and injected a distinctly British-streak, that’s equally as likely to appeal to fans of Teleman or Meilyr Jones. Blackaby’s music taps into the seemingly inconsequential moments, how they shape our lives and define the difference between who we truly are, and who other people think we should be: everything’s delicious, if you let it be.
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.
With songs in both Welsh and English, Thallo’s rich, expressive sound is carefully weaved between voice and instruments in intricate arrangements. Her songwriting entwines archaic Welsh folklore with personal, poetic lyrics. Her music tells captivating stories through beautiful melodies, succeeding in creating an entirely unique experience. Her debut Nhw EP gained support from Huw Stephens whilst new single Pressed and Preserved has had backing from BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music.
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.
Based out of London, nudista are the duo of Spanish-born vocalist Pilar Matji Cabello and guitarist Robbie Carman. Bonding over a shared love of Yo La Tengo, Phoebe Bridgers and Neil Young the pair formed nudista. Freshly signed to Sad Club Records, the band recently shared their new single, “Confess”, which blurred the lines between the dreaminess of Mazzy Star and the urgency of Alvvays. With the track catching the ear of the likes of Clash and God Is In TV, nudista are a band on the rise.
Hadda Be formed back in 2018, splitting their time between their two hometowns of South London and Brighton. Known originally as Foundlings, Hadda Be won acclaim with their early singles and eponymous EP gaining support from radio DJs and online tastemakers alike. With a new name, lifted from the Alan Ginsburg poem, Hadda Be Playing on the Radio, the band recently released their debut full-length record, Another Life via Last Night From Glasgow.
Aptly titled, Another Life is a thrilling fresh start for the band. Recorded in just five days at Brighton Road Studios, Another Life is a record inspired by the joy of playing live. The eleven tracks capture the raw energy and noisy thrills of the band’s stage show, drawing comparisons with everyone from Shrag and Elastica to Pixies and Siouxie and the Banshees. The band’s long-awaited return to the London stage is an event that you won’t want to miss.
Lola Wild are the London based duo of vocalist Sian Barnett and multi-instrumentalist George Godfrey. Formed in early 2020, the band are gearing up for the release of their Strange Shapes EP. Debut single Sand set the scene with its Spaghetti Western take on dreampop, while the band’s most recent offering Mirabella walked the line between the retro pop of Unloved and the atmospheric noir of Timber Timbre.
Originally from Groningen in Holland, CIEL has now made Brighton their home and have been winning over audiences with their dreampop snapshots ever since. With their 2020 EP, Movement, the band won over an ever-growing list of admirers, including tastemakers from Clash to BBC 6 Music.
The band are currently working on a series of stand-alone singles, each made with a different producer showcasing both their versatility and their winning way with an alluring melody. Having previously supported the likes of Penelope Isles, Marika Hackman, and bdrmm, we’re delighted to welcome back CIEL for a night of getting lost in their glorious shimmering magic.
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.
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.