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.
Laetitia Sadier is a founding member of Stereolab, the band have released 17 albums and compilations since they formed in London in 1990. In 1996 Laetitia started her solo career with a string of singles and 3 albums as Monade. Laetitia has since added a further 4 solo albums, the most recent being 2017’s Find Me Finding You. In addition to her own recordings, Laetitia has added vocals and lyrics to recordings by The High Llamas, Blur, Luna, Atlas Sound, Common, Marker Starling and Tyler, the Creator.
Raised within the Welsh heartlands of Carmarthenshire, music has always been second nature to Gillie Ione Rowland aka Gillie. Deeply influenced by place and now living within the burgeoning metropolis of London, Gillie blends the serenity of the Welsh countryside with the industrial undergrowth of city life, to create something hauntingly serene. Distinct in its simplicity yet vivid in atmosphere, the ease at which she entwines both her silken vocal style with a storytelling charm both striking yet subtle.
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.
Whitelands is the musical project of Etienne; beginning as something to do at lunchtime in sixth form, before quickly becoming a lot more serious with 2018 seeing the release of both an EP, Old News, and a self-titled debut album. Etienne’s blend of shoegaze and indiepop caught the ears of many, receiving radio play on both sides of the Atlantic. Their single Fluoxetine was a standout reflection on a personal battle with depression and the wider issue of our societies failure to talk about mental health. The track marked a thrilling new direction from a prolific and intriguing new voice on the DIY-scene.
Soot Sprite are a three piece from Exeter, Devon. Originally started by the first EP Elise Cook wrote and recorded in her loft room in 2018, the band grew as the live performance required more musicians. Now with their third EP the outfit comprises of Elise on guitar and vocals, Sean Mariner on bass and Tom Gilbert on drums.
With influences such as Mannequin Pussy and Phoebe Bridgers, their most recent sound has gotten the attention of BBC 6 Music, receiving multiple plays on the station from DJs Steve Lamacq and Gideon Coe. The band have toured the UK and Europe fairly extensively right up until the 2020 lockdown and plan to do much more of that on the other side of things in 2021.
South-London based singer, songwriter and producer, Lyys, delivers beautifully melodic and dreamy indiepop inspired by sprawling influences from Cocteau Twins and Camera Obscura to Caroline Polachek and The Japanese House. Walking the line between the bedroom studio and the dancefloor.
Withered Hand is the nom de plume of Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Dan Willson, who will be performing with a full band 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.
Molly Linen’s beguiling voice is both emotive yet serene, recalling the dulcet whispered tones of Cat Power, layered upon melodic fingerpicking guitar lines. For fans of This Is The Kit, Anne Briggs and Nick Drake. Molly has received radio support from BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe, Marc Riley and Cerys Matthews, as well as BBC Scotland’s Vic Galloway and Roddy Hart. Her new Days Awake EP is out now on Lost Map Records.
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 Allen 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.
The Tubs were formed in 2019 by Owen Williams and George Nicholls, formerly of much-loved Welsh pop band Joanna Gruesome. The two hunkered down in rural North Wales to expand on the fuzzy, hook-laden sounds they propagated in their former outfit, this time incorporating elements of post-punk, traditional British folk, and guitar jangle seasoned by nonchalant Newell-influenced pop hooks & contemporary antipodean indie bands (Twerps/The Goon Sax, et al).
They hit the ground running, releasing the I Don’t Know How It Works 7-inch on Prefect Records in early 2020 and playing gigs with UK colleagues like Porridge Radio, Ex-Vöid and Marcel Wave, as well as support for Flasher & Public Practice. After a few line-up shuffles, they recruited Max Warren (bass), Steve Stonholdt (guitar) and Matthew Green (drums) to solidify the current line-up. Their new Names EP is out now on Trouble In Mind and Prefect Records.
Sam Lewis Valenzuela is an Anglo-Chilean songwriter who’s been making music since the early noughties. First as Being There, who released a record on Young & Lost Club and toured with Noah and the Whale, and then as one half of bedroom electronic pop duo Tree Trunks, who’ve been featured on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music. He’s also played in Rozi Plain’s band (and a bunch others you might know). Here he’s playing as Fan Fiction, exploring covers and new songs he wrote that helped him get through lockdown – and having his first baby.
Pete Astor was singer songwriter in early Creation Records trailblazers The Loft and The Weather Prophets, releasing records that helped define the sound of the label and the emerging indie genre. He has gone on to a solo career, writing, recording and releasing records on a range of labels including Matador, Heavenly, Warp and Fortuna POP!
Cherry Red Records have just released a definitive collection by The Loft, Ghost Trains & Country Lanes. He recently released You Made Me, his new record of covers, marking a life in music, singing the songs of Cat Power, Billy Idol, Richard Thompson and Elvis Presley, to name a few. He is joined onstage by multi-instrumentalist Ian Button (Wreckless Eric, Death in Vegas, Papernut Cambridge) and Andy Strickland (The Loft, The Caretaker Race) to perform songs from the present, the past and, most importantly, the future.
David Lance Callahan is the frontman of The Wolfhounds. The band released four LPs in their first incarnation until 1990 including a spot on the NME’s legendary C86 compilation. Callahan resurfaced with the much-lauded Moonshake and has collaborated with members of Stereolab and PJ Harvey. Since reforming The Wolfhounds in 2005, they returned with two well-received albums. He is set to release his long-awaited solo album English Primitive I later this year.
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.