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BEN MARC

It’s a rare talent that can link Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood, Ethio-jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke, Afrofuturists Sun Ra Arkestra and grime legend Dizzee Rascal but Ben Marc has long blurred musical worlds and criss-crossed boundaries. On double and bass guitar, he flits between jazz, classical and electronic music, whether playing on Greenwood’s award-winning score for the film The Master or touring with Astatke for over 10 years, as well as working with the likes of Matthew Herbert, Charles Mingus, China Moses and Soweto Kinch – and even joining Tina Turner once onstage.

But as a producer and multi-instrumentalist at the leading edge of the UK jazz scene, Ben Marc is now stepping into the spotlight with his debut solo album, Glass Effect. Its title speaks to the limited perception of black musicians as being only of one genre – and to shattering expectations. “There’s a glass ceiling in most of the areas I’ve been working in: making it in classical music; the lack of Black producers at the top in electronic music,” says Marc. “There’s so many different sides to being a Black musician in London. Evan Parker is a massive influence for me one minute and the next it’s Common, and then Mount Kimbie.”

Ben Marc

04 May 2022

+ special guests

Corsica Studios

4, 5 Elephant Rd
London
SE17 1LB

7pm

£12

HATER

It’s been a quick rise for Swedish indie pop quartet Hater. Malmö based group recently signed to Fire Records (The Chills, The Lemonheads, Half Japanese, Jane Weaver, Death and Vanilla, Josephine Foster, Virginia Wing, Vanishing Twin) releasing double LP ‘Siesta’ (2018) and EP ‘Red Blinders’ (2017). Touring extensively around Europe in the last few years, they could also be seen playing arenas and concert halls with Ben Howard.

Festival performances have included End Of The Road, Eurosonic, Ment, Roskilde and Sea Change. In 2018 they headed to the US for SXSW which saw them on NPR’s Austin 100 “Their songs epitomize jangling grace as singer Caroline Landahl coos with maximum approachability.” Following a hugely successful at SXSW run, they returned the following year for their first US tour and were invited to tour with The Radio Department in 2020.

Hater

25 May 2022

+ special guests

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£10

HARVEY CAUSON

Inspired by artists ranging from Mount Kimbie, Louis Jordan, Delia Derbyshire through to Aphex Twin. Harvey also finds influence from the city of Bristol - where he is now based - with hints of Massive Attack and Portishead resonating through his sound. A thoughtful and considered lyricist, Harvey finds inspiration across themes of philosophy, physics, anthropology and architecture, adding further texture to his sound. Growing up near Slough, Harvey’s depth and integrity came from a creative childhood, his dad a musician and his mother a dancer performing in a circus throughout her younger years.

Having previously supported the likes of Maribou State and Loyle Carner, Harvey Causon has become a memorable live performer, with remarkable attention to detail and a beautifully touching live vocal. With strong radio support including an ‘Artist Of The Week’ nod on BBC Radio 1, Huw Stephen’s also named him a ‘One To Watch’ and he’s also previously played a Maida Vale session for BBC Introducing.

Harvey Causon

31 Mar 2022

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Road
London
E8 1LL

7pm

£11

KHAZALI

Hailing from north-west London, singer-songwriter Khazali made his debut on Slow Dance’s first compilation in 2016 with Ode to Mark (ft. Minnie Bunce), a 2-minute spring-time influenced experimental pop track which made a small splash. Sonically reminiscent of Blood Orange, Sampha and Drake, Khazali’s music is accessible and playlist-friendly. Garnering an organic interest in the depths of the electronic indie underground, with over 100,000 Soundcloud plays and spots on Spotify’s ‘Fresh Finds’ and ‘Counter’ playlists. Taking a step back from his solo efforts, he joined Anglo-Belgian electronica-pop outfit VRWRK in 2017, which resulted in ‘On the Outside’ (a name lifted from Ode to Mark’s lyrics), a conceptual LP and dance music education, and a stint of festival performances in Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as shows in London’s iconic Corsica Studios and Birthdays, and more. With ‘Stories’, Khazali returns to his bedroom solo experiment, with hazy lyrics lifted from his 15-year-old dream journals, and is a peek into his plans for an upcoming 2020 EP. Since its release, this track has been played multiple times on Radio 1xtra, Jamz Supernova show, BBC Introducing London and featured on Hypemachine.

Khazali

20 Apr 2022

+ special guests

Peckham Audio

133 Rye Ln
London
SE15 4ST

7.30pm

£9

DEEP TAN

“A blast of spartan new wave that's utterly thrilling” The Quietus “A simmering taste of what’s to come” So Young
“A taut, bold, post-punk ripper” Clash
“Sizzling new song” DIY
“deep tan are the exciting new group on the block in post-punk” METAL
“deep tan are sure to appeal to fans of some of the more eclectic, acerbic side of indie rock, like Speedy Ortiz and Dream Wife, or anyone who appreciates a bit of Sonic Youth” The Line of Best Fit

Deep Tan

01 Jun 2022

+ special guests

Venue MOT

Orion Business Centre, Surrey Canal Rd
London
SE14 5RT

7.30pm

£9

LOW ROAR

Ryan Karazija is an artist-traveler. However, his journey through life and music is not just about himself. It is also for the listeners who find in Low Roar's music the path they want to follow, or a place that they have been looking for a long time.

A journey that never ends

The story of Low Roar started at the other end of the world. On the cold, rough and absolutely magical Iceland.
After moving to Reykjavik in 2010, Karazija turned to a more introverted and intimate sound. Being greatly influenced by local folk bands, The self titled debut album was released on November 1, 2011 by the independent label Tonequake Records.

Low Roar

22 Apr 2022

+ special guests

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.30pm

£16

The Ivy House Residency kicks off on 24th Feb in partnership with the brilliant London In Stereo at South London's community owned music pub, The Ivy House.

Edition #1 features Irish feminist post-punk band M(h)aol, Blood Wizard, new project from frontman of Nottingham punk band Kagoule and Brighton punks GENN.

Keep your eye's peeled for future editions TBA very soon.

The Ivy House Residency #1

24 Feb 2022

M(h)aol
Blood Wizard
GENN

The Ivy House

40 Stuart Rd
London
SE15 3BE

7pm

£6

SOLD OUT

FATHER JOHN MISTY

Backed here by a full orchestra in his only European performance for 2022 – one of only two performances of this project worldwide – Father John Misty's brooding, delicate music is given new layers.

His fifth album and first new material since 2018, Chloe and The Next 20th Century (released in April 2022) includes the upcoming single ‘Funny Girl’, a swirling ditty to the small characteristics we fall in love with, with emotive strings and a rolling vintage feel.

A prolific writer of raw, vulnerable songs about love, despair and dark beauty Father John Misty is one of America’s most celebrated indie artists. His songwriting abilities have seen him write songs for the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.

Father John Misty

07 Apr 2022

Conducted by Jules Buckley

Barbican

Silk St
London
EC2Y 8DS

7.30pm

Various

ILLUMINATI HOTTIES

I have this pal who insists that all writers, all makers, all people who put anything in the world outside of themselves – we should all come to terms with the fact that nothing we do is finished. An acceptance, this pal says, that will bring so many of us closer to contentment with the fact that we sometimes age beyond whatever it is we create, and there’s no real way to adjust for that except to honor our emotional evolution and the work that allowed us to crawl our way towards it.

I’m not always invested in this idea as I should be, admittedly, but there’s something I love about knowing that the work can be revised as I revise the self, or that old work can be tended to in the search for new work.

But before I get into all of that, the high-reaching impact of aging beyond our creations and aching for corrections before they slip through their fingers, let me say that most importantly, I love any Illuminati Hotties album because Sarah Tudzin is one of my favorite types of writers: A writer who takes their craft seriously, but refuses to take themselves seriously. It is an achievement for album to hold a song as fluorescently tender as “Threatening Each Other,” teeming with an ever-growing longing and also a song as raucous and thrilling as “Pool Hopping,” which feels and sounds like the unfurling of a mischievous summer’s night with nothing to do other than cause some trouble with yourself and a small and eager crew.

To retreat to my initial point, though, what makes this album even more of an achievement is how the album arrived in the world and what it carries with it. For those who fell in love with Free I.H., as I did, you perhaps were drawn to it, as I was, by the miracle of an album that sounded unrestricted and autonomous. Not messy in an unrefined way, but messy in a way that was held up by risk-taking, and discovery.

illuminati Hotties

16 May 2022

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7pm

£12

WESTERMAN

“I wanted to make something that’s eventually uplifting” says Will Westerman about the origins of his debut album ​Your Hero Is Not Dead.​ ​“I wanted to say in as unguarded terms as I could — there are reasons for hope.” ​This vision, fully realized, i​s an album about empathy and compassion, struggle and release, and all the ways we contradict and battle within ourselves.

Your Hero Is Not Dead ​is full of supremely crafted songs about moral, political, and ethical grey areas. Recorded alongside his close friend and producer Nathan Jenkins (aka Bullion), they find Westerman attempting to resolve external issues by looking inward. Like a young Peter Gabriel in a late capitalist world, Westerman’s music falls somewhere between artful soft rock and confessional electronic pop.

Westerman

31 Mar 2022

+ special guests

EartH Theatre

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

6pm

£15

HUMAN IMPACT

Institutions crumble under the weight of political hubris. The environment withers in the face of systemic neglect. Interpersonal relationships fall apart among divisive discourse.

However, friendship endures in spite of all that tragedy and trauma…

The story of Human Impact really begins with the mutual respect and admiration shared by four noise rock pioneers whose paths circled for nearly three decades, yet finally converged in 2018. The quartet—vocalist and guitarist Chris Spencer [Unsane], bassist Chris Pravdica [Swans, Xiu Xiu], keyboardist Jim Coleman [Cop Shoot Cop], and drummer Phil Puleo [Cop Shoot Cop, Swans]—manifest the potential of this union on their 2020 self-titled debut, Human Impact [Ipecac Records].

Underpinned by guitar grind, industrial buzz, and unnervingly catchy vocal transmissions, these ten tracks ebb flow between intense instrumental insurgency and hypnotic harmonies.

Human Impact

09 Jun 2022

+ special guests

100 Club

100 Oxford St
London
W1D 1LL

7.30pm

£15

HELADO NEGRO

When Roberto Carlos Lange, the musician known as Helado Negro, began writing Far In immediately following the release of his acclaimed 2019 This is How You Smile, he could not have predicted that we would soon need to learn how to stay at home and be the stars of our domestic dance floors with intimates and online communities. The titular pair in “Gemini and Leo” stay indoors to discover each other anew with music recalling Lange’s youth growing up in South Florida listening to 80s club songs, and their return sampled in 90s hip hop. Visions past and future meet in a euphoria of uptempo drums, Jen Wasner’s (Flock of Dimes) funky bass line, and Opal Hoyt’s (Zenizen) galactic swirl of warm and steely synths and bright backing vocals. What was a prophesying rehearsal for the musician, we can hope will be our fresh start, a choice to bring that energy home, or go out to meet it.

Healdo Negro

31 May 2022

+ special guests

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£18.50

FLORIST

"Emily Sprague’s folk music turns solitude into an evocation of spirits. Her latest album as Florist grapples with change, death, and uncertainty with some of the most arresting songwriting of the year." Pitchfork

Florist (solo)

23 Feb 2022

+ special guests

Kings Place

90 York Way
London
N1 9AG

7pm

£15

Lido Pimienta is a Toronto-based, Colombian-born musician, interdisciplinary artist, and curator. She has performed, exhibited, and curated around the world since 2002, exploring the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American diaspora and vernacular.

Her latest album Miss Colombia takes her ecstatic hybridity to a new level, building on the “nu” intersection of electronica and cumbia established by her first two albums, Color, released in 2010, and the 2017 Polaris Prize-winning La Papessa, as Canadian album of the year. Miss Colombia has only continued to grow Lido’s presence, with the album garnering multiple award nominations including a 2020 Latin Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album, and a 2021 Grammy nomination for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album.


Produced with Matt Smith, a/k/a Prince Nifty, Miss Colombia overflows with understated genius and continues to chart Pimienta’s evolution into an independent woman and artist who refuses to fit into pre-conceived notions of what a pop Latina artist ought to be.

Lido Pimienta

12 May 2022

+ special guests

Kings Place

90 York Way
London
N1 9AG

8:30pm

£16.50

VEPS

The band was born out of friendship, with their playfully subversive songwriting fusing alt-pop with indie rock elements.” Clash Magazine

“VEPS are leaning hard into a very rough and ready DIY aesthetic, and I am absolutely here for it.” Far Out Magazine

“The hype is now theirs to own.” - The Forty Five

“There is no doubt that they will become Norway’s next international indie export, and in time can achieve a global breakthrough on the scale of compatriots such as Girl In Red and Boy Pablo.” - Bands Of Tomorrow

Veps

12 Mar 2022

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

31-35 Coate St, Bethnal Green
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£11

YASMIN WILLIAMS

Yasmin Williams sits on her leather couch, her guitar stretched across her lap horizontally with its strings turned to the sky. She taps on the fretboard with her left hand as her right hand plucks a kalimba placed on the guitar’s body. Her feet, clad in tap shoes, keep rhythm on a mic’d wooden board placed under her. Even with all limbs in play, it’s mind boggling that the melodic and percussive sounds that emerge are made by just one musician, playing in real time. With her ambidextrous and pedidextrous, multi-instrumental techniques of her own making and influences ranging from video games to West African griots subverting the predominantly white male canon of fingerstyle guitar, Yasmin Williams is truly a guitarist for the new century. So too is her stunning sophomore release, Urban Driftwood, an album for and of these times. Though the record is instrumental, its songs follow a narrative arc of 2020, illustrating both a personal journey and a national reckoning, through Williams’ evocative, lyrical compositions.

Yasmin Williams

14 Jun 2022

+ special guests

St Matthias Church

Wordsworth Road
Lodnon
N16 8DD

7.30pm

£13.50

DEATHCRASH

deathcrash are a rock band from London. They have toured nationally with Black Country, New Road, and shared stages with the likes of Sorry, Squid and Lost Under Heaven. They have been championed on BBC Radio 6 Music by Steve Lamacq and on Beats1 by Matt Wilkinson, and featured in Celine’s AW20 advertising campaign.

deathcrash write personal songs that remain firmly hopeful despite their darkness. Focusing often on dynamics and slowly-developing pieces, deathcrash make heavy slowcore music that is powerful in its directness and sincerity.

Deathcrash

24 Feb 2022

+ special guests

Chats Palace

42-44 Brooksby's Walk
London
E9 6DF

7.30pm

£11

LAUNDROMAT

Laundromat is the recording moniker of Toby Hayes, melding the motorik grooves of Can, the melodic tendencies of Blur, and a number of lo-fi and experimental sounds into punchy alt-pop that would slot nicely into the BBC 6Music playlist.

A musician who earned his stripes in the DIY scene, Hayes has cultivated a unique sound that nods to The Beta Band at their most tender, with infectious and repetitive melodies and lo-fi longing.

Laundromat

17 Feb 2022

+ special guests

Servant Jazz Quarters

10A Bradbury St
London
N16 8JN

7.30pm

£9

SOLD OUT

NATION OF LANGUAGE

Brooklyn-based synth auteurs Nation of Language entered 2020 as one of the most heralded new acts of recent memory, having already earned high-praise from the likes of NME, FADER, Stereogum and countless others for their ability to blend the upbeat with a healthy dose of sardonic melancholy. Inspired by the early new-wave and punk movements, the band quickly earned a reputation for delivering frenzied nights of unconventional bliss to rapt audiences, and established themselves as bright young stars emerging from a crowded NYC landscape.

The small handful of offerings from the band that began circulating in recent years prompted unusually big reactions from the press for an unsigned and fully independent new artist, turning many a head in their direction. Stereogum labeled the band “Immediately Addicting” while the NME went on to describe Nation of Language as ‘An Absolute Blast’ and some of the ‘most exciting music coming out of New York’.

Nation of Language

02 Feb 2022

+ special guests

XOYO

32-37 Cowper St
London
EC2A 4AP

7pm

£14

HOT FLASH HEAT WAVE

The San Francisco trio of Adam Abildgaard, Nick Duffy, and Ted Davis have built a loyal following and constant buzz over the last several years, with the 2019 EP ‘Mood Ring’ standing as their most kaleidoscopic work to date. Merging the quintessential melodies of pop's past with contemporary touches to forge something truly unique, Hot Flash Heat Wave is just starting to create their own sonic world.

Last year's EP launched the group into a realm entirely different from their previous catalogue. It is their truest-to-heart release yet, synthesizing a wide range of influences encompassing My Bloody Valentine, Frank Ocean, New Order, and Toro y Moi into something that sounds new and refreshing. Mood Ring’s lead single "Glo Ride" bounces with a slight R&B tilt against a dark, trippy atmosphere, while "Sky So Blue" finds the band spiralling into full-on psychedelia, complete with layers of spell-casting keyboards and a wonderfully zonked-out breakdown.

And the future only seems brighter from here: with singles ‘Grudge’ ‘m o t i o n s’ ‘Vampires’ teasing a 2022 LP, Hot Flash Heat Wave is preparing for the next step up the staircase in their colorful sonic journey, with determination to elevate their craft in the process.

Hot Flash Heat Wave

19 Aug 2022

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£10

EMMA-JEAN THACKRAY

Repped by Gilles Peterson, RBMA, Sounds of The Universe and many more, rising mega-talent Emma-Jean Thackray wears many musical hats. As a composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, bandleader and DJ, she is just as at home working with the London Symphony Orchestra as she is hosting her show on Worldwide FM or tearing it up on trumpet with her quartet.
Recent solo release Ley Lines on The Vinyl Factory follows Emma-Jean’s acclaimed Walrus EP and maintains her trajectory as one of the most talented young musicians in the business.

“UK jazz prodigy” – i-D
“really, really good!” – Gilles Peterson
“one of the UK’s most exciting new jazz artists” – RBMA
“Emma-Jean Thackray has been making waves” - FACTmag
“one of the young and new promises on the rise” – DJ Mag [ES]
“supremely talented… the sound of South London” – Sounds Of The Universe

Emma-Jean Thackray

08 Apr 2022

+ special guests

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.30pm

£15

"it sounds at once contemporary and also not quite like anything else around" DIY
 

19 May 2022

+ special guests

Heaven

Under the Arches, Villiers Street
London
WC2N 6NG

7pm

£20

SOLD OUT

LET'S EAT GRANDMA

"With a stuttering synth chorus accented by shimmering flourishes, the track is a welcome return for Walton and Hollingworth, who despite the period of dormancy, still seem to be at the top of the pop game." NPR
"a dizzying trip through the exciting first flashes of new romance, and one of their most straightforward (a good thing) offerings yet." DIY

Let’s Eat Grandma

27 Jan 2022

+ special guests

XOYO

32-37 Cowper St
London
EC2A 4AP

7pm

£15

GRACE CUMMINGS

Grace Cummings is a folk/blues musician influenced by 20th century poets and luminaries, from Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan to Brett Whitely and Van Gogh. Her songwriting is intensely personal and reflects a strong connection to the Australian landscape.

In her short career, Grace has been invited to support Weyes Blood, Evan Dando, J Mascis and the Allah-Lahs in Melbourne. Her debut album, Refuge Cove, was released through Flightless Records, earning critical acclaim from Pitchfork and Allmusic, amongst others. In July 2020, Grace released the track Sweet Matilda as part of venerated indie label Mexican Summer’s Looking Glass single series, before landing a worldwide deal with indie powerhouse ATO Records (Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard). Her sophomore album, Storm Queen, will be released on ATO in 2021.

Grace Cummings

09 Mar 2022

+ special guests

St Matthias Church

Wordsworth Road
London
N16 8DD

7.30pm

£11

MODEL MAN

At the core of Model Man is Mark Brandon, who has been making waves with some of dance music's biggest players. Fusing ambient electronics with elements of bass culture, Brandon’s creative stance pits the physical against the cerebral, often with striking results. Amassing 25 million streams, Model Man were an Apple Music Track of the Year and streamed a live show for Amazon Music. Garnering regular support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, 6Music, Complex, Mixmag, Defected, whilst earning props from 2021’s defining artist tastemakers TSHA, Cinthie, Prospa and Mall Grab amongst others.

Model Man / Jacana People

03 Mar 2022

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£12.50

CJ PANDIT

Cj Pandit is an ArtPop performer who crafts songs for movies that were never made and places that you've never been. Working and living between London, New York and hometown Leicester, Cj has spent the majority of his life floating through different scenes, cities and circumstances, so is inevitably informed by heartbreak, longing and a search for meaning between the cracks in our day to day lives.

Inherently driven by the same escapist spirit as Bruce Springsteen, the curiosity of Talk Talk, and the lingering late night lyricism of Leonard Cohen through a truly modern lens, Cj is an anomaly and one of pop music's most intriguing outliers.

CJ Pandit

10 Feb 2022

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£10

GUSTAF

Inspired by the rhythmic grooves of ESG, the dopey drawl of Jonathan Richman, and manic energy of The Fall, Gustaf’s live set is quick on its feet, constantly in flux, and obsessively catered to the people in the room, resulting in a sound that is emotive, androgynous, and infectiously danceable.

Comprised of Tine Hill (bass), Vram Kherlopian (guitar), Melissa Lucciola (drums), Tarra Thiessen (vocals, percussion), and Lydia Gammill (lead vocals), Gustaf got its start in 2018 when Thiessen recruited Gammill to help drive her van down to SXSW. When Thiessen’s original tour fell through, Gammill suggested pulling a band together to play in their place. With little more than a name and a handful of t-shirts, they hit the ground running, playing hundreds of shows in their first two years and earning a reputation as one of New York’s “hardest working...and most reliably fun bands” (Brooklyn Vegan).

Finding early champions in all quarters, they caught the attention of luminaries like Beck and Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant - who had the band open for him at a secret loft party - and secured opening slots for buzzing indie acts like Omni, Tropical Fuck Storm, Dehd and New York no wave legends like James Chance and Martin Revv without any recordings to their name. They quickly earned acclaim from outlets such as Oh My Rockness, who touted, “Listen, if Gustaf is playing a late night basement show somewhere, or on a rickety roof, or in someone's shitty apartment, or just at some regular old music venue...you should make all the necessary arrangements and go.”

KILLS BIRDS

"Melancholy ’80s post-punk and the molten distortion of ’90s grunge, brutally heavy but dreamy at the margins." LA Times
"Nine songs, 26 minutes: The debut album from Kills Birds is a furious, fuzzy bombshell." New York Times
"Bosnian-born singer Nina Ljeti is...a woman who won’t be erased. Her power-punching trio matches her fury and her finesse between outbursts on this short, sharp, shock of a debut album." Chicago Tribune
"Their sophomore album Married (recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606) is the unapologetic zinger we’ve all been waiting for. From first listen, it’s clear the only thing they’re killing is any chance of anonymity." SPIN

Gustaf / Kills Birds / Bad Waitress

10 May 2022

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7pm

£12.50

GUSTAF

Inspired by the rhythmic grooves of ESG, the dopey drawl of Jonathan Richman, and manic energy of The Fall, Gustaf’s live set is quick on its feet, constantly in flux, and obsessively catered to the people in the room, resulting in a sound that is emotive, androgynous, and infectiously danceable.

Comprised of Tine Hill (bass), Vram Kherlopian (guitar), Melissa Lucciola (drums), Tarra Thiessen (vocals, percussion), and Lydia Gammill (lead vocals), Gustaf got its start in 2018 when Thiessen recruited Gammill to help drive her van down to SXSW. When Thiessen’s original tour fell through, Gammill suggested pulling a band together to play in their place. With little more than a name and a handful of t-shirts, they hit the ground running, playing hundreds of shows in their first two years and earning a reputation as one of New York’s “hardest working...and most reliably fun bands” (Brooklyn Vegan).

Finding early champions in all quarters, they caught the attention of luminaries like Beck and Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant - who had the band open for him at a secret loft party - and secured opening slots for buzzing indie acts like Omni, Tropical Fuck Storm, Dehd and New York no wave legends like James Chance and Martin Revv without any recordings to their name. They quickly earned acclaim from outlets such as Oh My Rockness, who touted, “Listen, if Gustaf is playing a late night basement show somewhere, or on a rickety roof, or in someone's shitty apartment, or just at some regular old music venue...you should make all the necessary arrangements and go.”

Gustaf’s debut full-length album, Audio Drag For Ego Slobs, out October 1st 2021 on Royal Mountain Records (Wild Pink, Alvvays, U.S. Girls), is a culmination of lessons learned on the stage and in the studio. The album is a collection of anxious affirmations, existential dread, and blind joy. Recorded at the Honey Jar Studio in Brooklyn with Carlos Hernandez (Ava Luna, Sneaks, Mr. Twin Sister) and co-produced by Hernandez and Gammill, it follows last year’s Mine 7-inch, the band’s first recorded material and a release that immediately garnered attention from outlets like NME and NPR who dubbed the band one of 2021’s emerging artists, as well as BBC 6 Music who added the release to regular rotation.

KILLS BIRDS

"Melancholy ’80s post-punk and the molten distortion of ’90s grunge, brutally heavy but dreamy at the margins." LA Times
"Nine songs, 26 minutes: The debut album from Kills Birds is a furious, fuzzy bombshell." New York Times
"Bosnian-born singer Nina Ljeti is...a woman who won’t be erased. Her power-punching trio matches her fury and her finesse between outbursts on this short, sharp, shock of a debut album." Chicago Tribune
"Their sophomore album Married (recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606) is the unapologetic zinger we’ve all been waiting for. From first listen, it’s clear the only thing they’re killing is any chance of anonymity." SPIN

Gustaf / Kills Birds / Bad Waitress

09 May 2022

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7pm

£12.50

ARMAND HAMMER

" Armand Hammer raps from another dimension, it's on us to catch up " - NPR
" The rappers are superb foils for one another " - Pitchfork

Haram is a mercurial collaboration between incendiary rap duo Armand Hammer, and living legend The Alchemist. For the first time ELUCID and billy woods have crafted an album with a single producer and the result is extraordinary. With their unmatched penchant for stirring imagery and incisive storytelling, the two rappers dive into an ocean of Alchemist’s creation: warmly inviting on the surface, black and bonecrushingly cold at depth. Haram is a collection of the profane and the pure; a reminder that that which is forbidden is also sacrosanct.

The artists are joined by their friends and fellow travelers on this journey. KAYANA’s golden voice upps the wattage on “Black Sunlight,” while Fielded’s sultry alto gets chopped and screwed on “Aubergine”. Earl Sweatshirt makes a sun-soaked appearance, while Curly Castro and Amani mix like ice and salt on Brooklyn sidewalks and Quelle Chris, as always, finds a pocket all his own. Still, there is a natural rapport that belies the New York-to-Los Angeles-and-back nature of the project, allowing Haram to be more than the sum of its parts, however impressive those parts may be. This isn’t just the genre’s most insistent contemporary voices paired with arguably its best producer. This is when you buy a beautiful house only to discover, hidden behind a heavy bookcase, a stairway twisting up and away into the darkness.

Armand Hammer

19 Mar 2022

+ special guests

XOYO

32-37 Cowper St
London
EC2A 4AP

7.30pm

£12.50

AUTHOR & PUNISHER

AUTHOR & PUNISHER, named, “one of the most prolific acts in aggressive music,” by Noisey, has just released his first album on Relapse Records entitled “Beastland”.  His newest and most intense album recalls Ministry, channeling Godflesh, traversing through dark, uncompromising, and often disturbing soundscapes, with occasional detours into rich melodies and splinters of light. After leaving a career as mechanical engineer in Boston to focus on art and sculpture, Tristan Shone, the creator and sole artist behind AUTHOR & PUNISHER, moved west to pursue his MFA in Southern California. In the metal and machine shops of University of California, San Diego, Shone forged a relationship with design, sound and fabrication that ultimately yielded AUTHOR & PUNISHER‘s first music and mapped the journey away from traditional instrumentation towards custom made, precision machinery.

Author and Punisher

15 Feb 2022

+ special guests

The Underworld

174 Camden High St
London
NW1 0NE

7.30pm

£16.50

SOLD OUT

MAGDALENA BAY

Few artists are at once artful and savvy enough to transcend the endless scroll, but over the past 18 months, LA-based indie-pop duo Magdalena Bay have used social platforms to dispatch their music, and what you might call their philosophy, in hypnotic, ephemeral bursts. A long trip through their feeds produces music videos in miniature, irreverent pontifications on the state of the music industry delivered via home video VHS aesthetics, and existential meditations on everything from International Women’s Day to the clone craze of the early aughts to the indefinite lifespan of plants. To Mica Tenenbaum and Matt Lewin, reality can be unmade, manipulated beyond all recognition; their project is as much musical as it is an experiment in pop persona and visual aesthetics.

Magdalena Bay

01 Dec 2021

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£12

DEHD

In July of 2020, DEHD released their sophomore album Flower of Devotion, which got Best New Music on Pitchfork and was included in Best of 2020 lists from The FADER, Pitchfork, Paste, NPR Music, UPROSS, Vice, and more. Flower was a major step forward - and a major statement, period - for the band.  The songs reflected the band's deep range, from “Loner” with it’s synth powered heartland rock to the empowered strut of opener “Desire” to the from-the-gutters howl of closer “Flying.”  The performances were sharp, displaying a polish that brings out the shining and melancholy undertones in members Jason Balla and Emily Kempf’s songwriting. In September 2021, Dehd released Flower of Devotion Remixed– a remix of their “lush and inviting” sophomore album.  Flower of Devotion Remixed sees Dehd surrounded by a myriad of close collaborators (Protomartyr, Freak Heat Waves, Lala Lala and more), and points a shining spotlight on the Chicago music scene the band still calls home.

Dehd

24 Mar 2022

+ special guests

The Dome

2A Dartmouth Park Hill
London
NW5 1HL

7.30pm

£13.50

SOLD OUT

CASSANDRA JENKINS

Native New Yorker Cassandra Jenkins writes with a singular voice and an impressionistic intimacy, making astute observations that dovetail neatly with her blend of folk and lush ambient pop. A veteran musician, Jenkins played in the touring bands of Eleanor Friedberger, Craig Finn, Lola Kirke and Purple Mountains after coming up through the East Coast folk scene playing in her family’s band.

NATALIE BERGMAN

“I was raised by musical parents who encouraged their children’s artistry. My mother would recite George Gershwin on the piano; she taught me how to play my favorite standards. My father loved to sing his own renditions of Dylan and Mavis Staples. He met Mavis on several occasions, and she asked him to marry her, twice. He was drawn to music with a moral compass, a backbone. My father was a student of the Bible, and had a passion for great songwriting. He valued the importance of song itself. I often found myself in discussion with him about my own music. He liked to wrestle with words. He was a master of language. He taught me a great deal about mercy.”

LOWERTOWN

Lowertown, an Atlanta-based band consisting of 20-year-olds Avsha and Olivia, are rejiggering “indie”—in all its residual Gen X pastiche, holdover energy— to sound like nothing else that’s ever existed before. From ad hoc, folky lo-fi soundscapes to more lacquered offerings, their music is at once nostalgic and futuristic, chaotic and orderly, wise and young in mind and spirit. Applying literary and intellectual frameworks like existentialism to music theory to their songwriting and construction, Lowertown looks back at indie’s fraught history with a wink and a knowing nod in a way that belies their youth, positioning Avsha and Olivia as not just musicians, but as cultural curators and in-house theorists similar to their Dirty Hit label mate Matt Healy.

Cassandra Jenkins - Pitchfork Music Festival London

11 Nov 2021

+ Natalie Bergman and Lowertown

St Matthias Church

Wordsworth Road
London
N16 8DD

7.30pm

£17.50

SOLD OUT

Pitchfork Music Festival makes its London Debut this winter. Find out the full line-up and get tickets here: www.pitchforkmusicfestival.co.uk

METRONOMY

To celebrate the announcement of Metronomy’s 7th studio album, ‘Small World’, the Joseph Mount fronted collective will perform at Colour Factory, London on Thursday 11 November.

Metronomy - Pitchfork Music Festival London

11 Nov 2021

+ Live Stream

Colour Factory

8a Queen's Yard, White Post Ln
London
E9 5EN

7pm

£17.50

SHABAZZ PALACES

Shabazz Palaces is currently working on the follow up to the internationally acclaimed The Don of Diamond Dreams, which is available now worldwide from Sub Pop. The New Yorker says of the album, “[Shabazz Palaces’] spontaneity and irreverence for rap conventions feel particularly urgent; these experiments are malleable and resistant to form at a time when declarative statements on the current era seem futile. Instead, the group continues bludgeoning musical complacency with songs as equivocal as inkblot tests.” Uncut continues, "The Don of Diamond Dreams finds Butler’s effects-treated voice rippling through a prism of mutated funk and R&B that feels simultaneously sumptuous and deeply unconventional (8/10).”

Shabazz Palaces

19 Mar 2022

+ special guests

Lafayette

11 Goods Way
London
N1C 4DP

7pm

£15

PEGGY SUE

Peggy Sue are London based indie duo Rosa Slade and Katy Young. Founded in 2007, the band self-released critically acclaimed Vices in 2020, following three albums on Wichita Recordings, and have toured with the likes of Jack White, Local Natives and First Aid Kit.

Vices borrows in equal parts from the perfectly-constructed pop songs of the 1960s and the understated, noisy guitar experiments of 90s indie bands such as The Breeders and Blur. The new material sees front-women Slade and Young joined by Zara Toppin (Deep Throat Choir) on drums and Benjamin Gregory (GRIP TIGHT) on bass who bring a fresh energy and clarity to the band's enduringly captivating dual vocals.

Peggy Sue have always looked to the darkness as well as the light, often playing each side of the coin out in the same song. "Lots of songs on the record are sort of messed-up love songs for things that feel good, but aren't necessarily good for you – like getting staying out too late, or taking too much comfort from certain people," Young explains. "That kind of interplay between the positive and the negative has always been in Peggy Sue songs, but it's particularly true of this album. It's about the things you do to lift you up when you're down, or distract you when you're sad, that can end up circling back."

Peggy Sue

30 Nov 2021

+ special guests

The Victoria

451 Queensbridge Rd
London
E8 3AS

7.30pm

£12.50

HOME COUNTIES

Home Counties launched straight out of lockdown and into a busy summer of festivals and tour dates, including sold out headline shows at the 100 Club and Servant Jazz Quarters. When not on the road, they put the finishing touches on ‘In A Middle English Town’ which will be released on Alcopop! Records in February 2022, and supported with their first UK headline tour. "The Home Counties" and upcoming EP 'Middle English Town' follows the band's debut EP 'Redevelopment' released in 2020, and 2021's standalone singles "Modern Yuppies" and "White Shirt / Clean Shirt".

“Self-producing ‘Modern Yuppies’ and ‘White Shirt’ during lockdown definitely gave us time to flesh out the Home Counties sound and build a firm idea of where this project is heading next”, Harrison went on to say. “It was exciting to create these wacky synth-driven singles and that’s definitely something we’ve taken forward into this EP. It was always the plan to go a bit mad with those singles and then finesse the sound for the EP, reintroducing the rawer live elements and returning to the studio as a 5-piece.”

Home Counties

24 Feb 2022

+ specil guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£9

SOLD OUT

ILLUMINATI HOTTIES

I have this pal who insists that all writers, all makers, all people who put anything in the world outside of themselves – we should all come to terms with the fact that nothing we do is finished. An acceptance, this pal says, that will bring so many of us closer to contentment with the fact that we sometimes age beyond whatever it is we create, and there’s no real way to adjust for that except to honor our emotional evolution and the work that allowed us to crawl our way towards it.

I’m not always invested in this idea as I should be, admittedly, but there’s something I love about knowing that the work can be revised as I revise the self, or that old work can be tended to in the search for new work.

But before I get into all of that, the high-reaching impact of aging beyond our creations and aching for corrections before they slip through their fingers, let me say that most importantly, I love any Illuminati Hotties album because Sarah Tudzin is one of my favorite types of writers: A writer who takes their craft seriously, but refuses to take themselves seriously. It is an achievement for album to hold a song as fluorescently tender as “Threatening Each Other,” teeming with an ever-growing longing and also a song as raucous and thrilling as “Pool Hopping,” which feels and sounds like the unfurling of a mischievous summer’s night with nothing to do other than cause some trouble with yourself and a small and eager crew.

To retreat to my initial point, though, what makes this album even more of an achievement is how the album arrived in the world and what it carries with it. For those who fell in love with Free I.H., as I did, you perhaps were drawn to it, as I was, by the miracle of an album that sounded unrestricted and autonomous. Not messy in an unrefined way, but messy in a way that was held up by risk-taking, and discovery.

Illuminati Hotties

04 May 2022

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£12

Busra Kayıkçı

Busra Kayikci is a multi-disciplinary artist based in İstanbul. She started to study in different fields of art at early ages, such as piano, ballet, painting until college. In 2007 she attended faculty of architecture and became an interior architect. With the inspiration and technique she brings from the world of design, Kayıkçı started to work on minimalist and neoclassical compositions for piano.

She released her first single ‘’Doğum’’ and debut album ‘’Eskizler’’ in November 2019. For her second single ‘’Tuna’’ she went to Klavins piano in Hungary and recorded it on a special piano design ‘’una corda’’. Later during the lockdown she released two more singles, ‘’Kuledibi No.1’’ and ‘’Shadows’’. She was selected as finalist for 27th Istanbul Jazz Festival, young jazz contest. On October 2020 her piece Doğum was played at New York Theatre Ballet for a modern dance show and mentioned by Gia Kourlas from The New York Times.

Lately Kayıkçı has been trying to enrich her music by combining electro-acoustic elements and reach the ideal of creating a new sound world.

Busra Kayıkçı

27 May 2022

+ special guests

St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd
London
NW1 1UL

7.30pm

£15

PILLOW QUEENS

Since forming in Dublin in late 2016, Pillow Queens have seen their initial word of mouth buzz grow with every new release. From sharing stages with the likes of IDLES , Soak and Pussy Riot, to their own sold out shows, the band have developed a community of loyal and passionate fans. The winter of 2019 saw the band travel to the wilds of rural Co. Donegal to record their debut album with award winning producer Tommy Mclaughlin (Soak/Hannah Peel).

Released through the bands own label in September 2020 to near universal critical acclaim, IN WAITING surpassed all expectations, with The Irish Times 5-star review calling it “An Emotional Masterpiece”.

The album was duly nominated for Irelands prestigious Choice album of the year award.

The album gained Album of the Day and A list play on BBC 6 Music , and drew praise and support from the likes of NPRs All songs Considered and KEXPs song of the day.

As more people fell hard for the record, 2021 began with the band being invited to make their US Late Night television debut on CBS’s The Late Late Show and continued to be a special one for Pillow Queens as they signed with Sub Pop Publishing.

Pillow Queens

11 May 2022

+ special guests

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£15

PORIJ

The Manchester based quartet exude youthful positivity with impossibly expansive and high-energy songwriting. Not subscribing to any particular genre, exploring pop, r'n'b, funk and jazz - they have received early support from the likes of The Guradian, NME, DIY, Line Of Best Fit, Dork and Clash alongside Steve Lamacq, Mary Anne Hobbs, Chris Hawkins and Lauren Laverne - resulting in multiple BBC 6 Music playlists.  Love from Jack Saunders, Clara Amfo, Sian Eleri, Gemma Bradley and Greg James at BBC Radio 1 including 'Introducing Track Of The Week' and recently recorded a session at the world famous Maida Vale Studios.  Matt Wilkinson at Apple 1 has supported from early on premiering 'Ego and' making his 'Breaking Track' and John Kennedy claiming the band as his ‘Big One’ on Radio X.

The Oat gang sold out their recent headline September 2021 tour including 'Corsica Studios' and the infamous Manchester hang out 'The White Hotel’.  Have already sold out their November 2021 London Electrowerkz show and Wet Leg support at The London Omeara and Manchester's YES venue, supported Cory Wong at Manchester O2 Ritz prior to lockdown and have plans under way for further touring and festivals in spring 2022, along with their biggest headline show to date, at London’s renowned 'Heaven Nightclub'.

Eggy (vocal and keys), Tommy (vocal and guitar), James (bass) and Tom (drums) all currently studied in Manchester. They write, record and produce their modern alternative pop sounds in their Oat Factory - each member recording parts in their separate studios/bedrooms and then merging the sounds together meticulously, to form their distinctive “Oat” sound.

Porij

29 Apr 2022

+ special guests

Heaven

Under the Arches, Villiers Street
London
WC2N 6NG

7.30pm

£12.50

DAWN RICHARD

Dawn Richard treats Louisiana Creole culture, New Orleans bounce, and Southern Swag as elemental, allowing Dawn to weave in and out of house, footwork, R&B, and more. As she says, “I am the genre.”

As a founding member of Danity Kane, and later with Diddy’s Dirty Money, Dawn was able to explore the ins and outs of commercial pop music. As a solo artist, she opted to self-release her music. Over the span of five critically acclaimed full-length albums, Dawn has made the message clear that she will not bow down or bend to industry norms. All the while, she’s built her resume with enough extracurriculars to make your head spin: Cheerleader for the New Orleans Hornets? Check. Animator for Adult Swim? Check. Owner-operator of a vegan pop-up food truck? Check. Martial arts expert? Check!

“You never see women appreciated as producers and artists alike—especially Black women in the electronic space. The time is now for us to start recognizing their talent, not only in electronic music but in all genres. I wanna be the reason why a young Black girl from the South can be whoever she wants to be musically, visually, and artistically.”

Dawn Richard

05 May 2022

+ special guests

Colour Factory

8a Queen's Yard, White Post Ln
London
E9 5EN

7.30pm

£15

VISIONS FESTIVAL

Everyone's favourite festival returns in 2022 following an incredible 2021 edition. Super limited early bird tickets for the festival are on sale now. Line-up is incoming in early 2022

Visions Festival 2022

06 Aug 2022

TBA in 2022

Various venues

East London
London
E8 3RR

All Day

Early Bird tickets on sale now

SEGA BODEGA

Born in Ireland, raised in Glasgow and now based in London, producer, performer and label head Sega Bodega – AKA Salvador Navarrete – has built a reputation as being one of the UK’s most innovative and precocious creative minds. Inspired as much by his close network of peers as his love of cinematic soundscapes, he has made impacts spanning across music, fashion and film, soundtracking some of the most important cultural moments in recent years, as well as building a catalogue of prolific and critically acclaimed solo releases that traverse genre, style and composition.

Postponed: Sega Bodega

02 Feb 2022

+ special guests

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£14

ZOMBI

Instrumental progressive rock duo Zombi tour the UK in Spring 2022. Creating a signature sound out of bass guitar, drums, and analog synthesizers – and demonstrating how to play them all simultaneously in the live setting – their taut musicianship and sterling arrangements create an unmistakable atmosphere, unifying fans of metal, indie rock, horror soundtracks, new age, and dance music, with their prog-minded brethren across the aisle.

Whether you’re an adventurous listener, die-hard fan, or skeptical observer, delving into the latest chapter of ZOMBI’s expansive oeuvre will never disappoint.

Zombi

08 May 2022

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£17.50

JUNIOR BROTHER

An idiosyncratic, challenging and richly lyrical singer/ songwriter, Junior Brother is the pseudonym of Co. Kerry, Ireland singer Ronan Kealy. Following his acclaimed debut album "Pull The Right Rope" (a Choice Music Prize nominee for Irish Album of the Year), Junior Brother has whipped up a dedicated following thanks to unmissable live shows, and music both excitingly forward-looking and anciently evocative. His strange stories unfold with reckless abandon upon an idiosyncratic Guitar and Foot Tambourine accompaniment, influenced as much by the avant-garde as music from the middle ages and his home place in rural Ireland.

Spreading the good word in iconic venues such as The Beacon Theatre (New York), Blackpool Opera House (UK) and Vicar Street (Dublin), he has played support for a variety of like-minded acts such as The Proclaimers and Glen Hansard, the latter bringing him on a tour of the US East Coast in July 2019.

Junior Brother

04 Apr 2022

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£10

THE STROPPIES

Originally starting as the DIY home recording project of Angus Lord and Claudia Serfaty, The Stroppies have now evolved into what some might call a “proper band”. Following on from their 2017 demo cassette and a sling of singles, 2019 saw the release of their debut LP Whoosh!, a studio-based affair that evolved The Stroppies sound, underpinned with a newly discovered melodic classicism. Look Alive!, their latest effort which was recorded only months after the bands return to Australia after their second European tour of 2019, represents a marriage of the two different styles of Stroppies recordings and rounds out an incredibly productive twelve months for the group. 

Look Alive! Is the sound of The Stroppies honing their craft under new and unfamiliar conditions. Written mainly on the road then finished and recorded at home with whatever was on hand with only three of the four members present, it is according to the band’s singer/guitarist Angus Lord, "an EP forged in circumstance. A sum total of fleeting vignettes on scraps of paper, voice memos and iPhone notepads all collated between soundchecks and long stretches in a tour van rolled pieced together over weekly jams. We didn't want to waste much time when we got home so we opted to record it ourselves". For a band who began with the initial idea to create  what the band called “open-ended music, collaged quickly and pieced haphazardly together”, it is in some sense a return to their true self.

The Stroppies

25 Apr 2022

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£12

SUNFLOWER BEAN

The New York trio have just shared new music and they'll be setting off on a UK tour in Spring 2022. Catch them at the iconic Electric Ballroom on 7 April!

Sunflower Bean

07 Apr 2022

+ special guests

Electric Ballroom

184 Camden High St
London
NW1 8QP

7pm

£16

VELS TRIO

It’s been exciting early days for Brighton based experimental group Vels Trio (keys player Jack Stephenson Oliver, bassist Cameron Dawson and drummer Dougal Taylor) since meeting in 2014.

Despite choosing to sidestep a release of their endeavours over these early years - it’d be somewhat unsurprising if you were to know them already in name. The bands drive to perform and consistently push their live prowess - already garnering an exceptionally diverse array of fans and admirers alike - has propelled them into the live arena to share stages with acts such as Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, Sons of Kemet, Moses Boyd's Exodus, Let Spin and two performances at the illustrious Love Supreme Festival.

Being almost indistinguishable by any sole genre, the group’s mutual loves and individual fortes across prog, electronic, jazz, funk and hip-hop has paved the collective way for their early sound.

Rescheduled: Vels Trio

07 May 2022

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7pm

£15

LYNKS

"Joy and sweat typify their concerts, and cult-like UK following evokes quasi-spiritual reactions." Metal
"Queer empowerment in the Bristol avant-garde" Loud & Quiet
"Lynks straddles a tongue-in-cheek style (audibly and visually) to create a new landscape for pop music to frolic in." Notion

Lynks

18 Mar 2022

+ special guests

Heaven

Under The Arches, Villiers Street
London
WC2N 6NG

7pm

£12.50

TRIATHALON

"GEORGIA NATIVES TURNED NEW YORKERS, TRIATHALON, ARE TAKING THE CITY BY STORM." Melted
"listening becomes trance-like, as it can start to feel like the soundtrack of a parallel world where everything is chill 100% of the time." Fader

Triathalon

28 May 2022

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7pm

£13.50

SPACEY JANE

The band - front man Caleb Harper, guitarist Ashton Hardman-Le Cornu, bassist Peppa Lane and drummer/manager Kieran Lama - spent the first half of 2021 finally getting to playing sold out COVID safe shows across the East Coast of Australia.

"Streaming numbers and chart positions are great, and they're exciting to watch," Caleb says, "but we’re a live band. To engage with fans like that, to see the music having that reach, that means everything."

Spacey Jane

22 Apr 2022

+ special guests

Electric Brixton

Town Hall Parade, Brixton Hill
London
S12 1RJ

7pm

£14.50

LOW ISLAND

The genre defying quartet's live shows are second to none and with their debut album out tearlier this year, we're thrilled to announce that Low Island are set to return to London following their sell out Moth Club show. The band will headline Village Underground in 2022 and tickets are already flying out.

Low Island

14 Apr 2022

+ special guests

Village Underground

54 Holywell Ln
London
EC2A 3PQ

7pm

£14

SOLD OUT

LEGSS

Merging a dynamic bombast of angular guitars, disconcerting monologues and a rhythm section both technical and unruly, London’s Legss create a wholly unique sound; “the perfect level of disorientation and thought-provocation.” (Metal Magazine)

In September 2019 Legss emerged with their genre-bending debut EP Writhing Comedy. Comprised of four tracks, the release fused an unfamiliar set of influences into its own coherent, idiosyncratic strand of guitar music, “its stabbing, urgent musicality setting the group apart from their peers” (Clash). Huw Stephens and John Kennedy were quick to support the release, and Legss were duly featured on Huw Stephens’ ‘2020 Ones to Watch’ show before supporting Hotel Lux on a sold-out UK tour in February 2020. Through their dynamic, engaging live performances, and unconventional inclusion of monologues into their sets, Legss quickly gained momentum as one of the most exciting new bands in Britain.

Following the release of their first EP, Legss produced the book Good News Horse, unaccompanied by music and put together collaboratively by the group. The publication served to give an insight into the visual and literary endeavours of the band, which further cemented them as an ambitious and intriguing outlier in the British musical landscape.

Their much-anticipated sophomore EP Doomswayers was released in October 2020 to widespread acclaim, and has received enduring support from Steve Lamacq and Jack Saunders. The release saw the band develop their experimental post-punk sound into a fully-formed world, filled with an industrial, anxious energy that felt both personal and universal. Also accompanied by a book and two music videos, Doomswayers proved to be “ambitious and accomplished, an imaginative shot in the arm in a year when bluff doggerel apparently passes for poetry and insight. Why not expect something more every now and again?” (Echoes and Dust)

Legss / Butch Kassidy / Roscoe Roscoe

30 Nov 2021

Windmill Brixton

22 Blenheim Gardens
London
SW2 5BZ

7.30pm

£9

JAMES HEATHER

As a child Heather’s Grandad taught him composition and how to manipulate the tuning of piano strings. Inspired by Beethoven, Debussy and his neighbour’s Acid House pirate radio show, composing on piano became his passion. After a near death experience, he had the energy to step out as an artist. His art takes as much from electronic music in sensibility, post-rock and drone in its exploration of meditative builds as it does its classical and jazz grounding


In 2021 Heather releases “Modulations: EP2”, which follows a journey from the tragic loss of his father, existential rumination and ultimately, optimism. The tracks were this time honed on the road, playing shows such as Green Man, Glastonbury, Berlin Planetarium and many more across Europe. His approach, that he dubs ‘Pulse Music’, finds him playing freely, with no metronome or notation but instead his instinct deciding where things go

Heather first released via Ahead Of Our Time in 2017, Ninja Tune founders Coldcut’s label with “Modulations: EP1”, followed by his well received album “Stories From Far Away On Piano”. In 2018 he was remixed by DJ Seinfeld, Mary Lattimore, Sarah Davachi, Echo Collective, Aparde and Chihei Hatakeyama for his “Reworks” album and included string quartet versions by himself. Supporters include Cillian Murphy, Nils Frahm, Emika, PBDY (Brainfeeder) and The Cinematic Orchestra, who asked him to rework them in 2020. He has worked with Dawn Richard, Mumdance and Roger Robinson (King Midas Sound)

James Heather

22 Apr 2022

+ special guests

St Matthias Church

Wordsworth Road
London
N16 8DD

7.30pm

£15

LUIDJI

Following a sold out show at Peckham Audio, Luidji will be back to play The Jazz Cafe this February!

Luidji is the story of a guy who’s sinking, but who rises again. And this first album: Tristesse Business Season 1, is in reality only the finishing line of a sinuous and dented artistic crossroads.

A dense project of 17 tracks, behind closed doors with the vaporous spirit of the offspring of south-west Paris, who also passed through Aubervilliers and La Courneuve in his youth. But before coming tothis album, Luidji groped around. It was in the mid-2010s that he started making himself heard, in the wake of his collective La Capsule (where Dinos & Beeby evolved). He will also make an appearance on the Rap Contenders series like many artists of his generation, and then capitalize on this by signing with Wagram after graduation. From this partnership came the sequence of two EPs: Station 1999 (2014) and Mécanique des Fluides (2015).
After that: 4 silent years with no releases, and this twisted feeling of drowning, of being pulled to the bottom by artistic approximations and relational torments. But this period of floating will not have been in vain, on the contrary, it has pushed him to start building the block of the continuation of his young career.

With his team they founded the evolving playlist and then label Foufoune Palace Bonjour, now signed to Universal. This is instrumental in concretizing the synergies between the rapper and his everyday clan.

On Tristesse Business Season 1, Luidji finally exorcises all his chimeras, whether they are related to flayed love relationships or his existential gamberges. With the simple aim of finally finding the surface, and ideally staying afloat.

 

 

Luidji

22 Feb 2022

+ Special Guests

The Jazz Cafe

5 Parkway, London
London
NW1 7PG

7.30pm

£13.50

FOLLY GROUP

On stage, Folly Group is the sum of drums, percussion, bass, guitar, vocals and a sampler. Elsewhere, Folly Group is an amorphous creative entity, encompassing a group of friends whose practice spans various disciplines. Its members have all played with each other in various projects over the last three years, now Folly Group is a way to mess with form, structure and signifiers. Folly Group attempts to interrogate the job of the band; it’s an allergic reaction to stasis and complacency.

Folly Group

31 Mar 2022

+ special guests

Studio 9294

92 Wallis Rd
London
E9 5LN

7.30pm

£11

GOOD SAD HAPPY BAD

Previously known as the moniker Micachu and The Shapes, Good Sad Happy Bad named themselves after their last album Good Sad Happy Bad. Things have changed a bit, Raisa Khan is leading the bands vocals and songs, and they now have the addition of CJ Calderwood contributing a minimum of vocals, saxophone and recorder.

Their record is called Shades. Shades is made up of 12 songs. Like the band name the songs are either good, sad, happy or bad and sometimes either slow, fast, heavy or light, and sometimes cold, hot, warm or freezing, and sometimes tasty, nasty, bland or spicy.

Good Sad Happy Bad

17 Feb 2022

+ special guests

Corsica Studios

4, 5 Elephant Rd
London
SE17 1LB

7.30pm

£13.50

STRAWBERRY GUY

Tiptoe between the toadstools of Liverpool’s city parks, and amongst the foliage you might find a Strawberry Guy, contemplating his next chord-progression. Composing hi-fi symphonies from within his humble abode, the Welsh-born songwriter is ready to share the fruits of his labour with debut album Sun Outside My Window. A timeless vista of ethereal balladry looking towards 19th Century musical maestros and works of art, it brings new meaning to the term ‘Modern Classic’ and is the most optimistic of lockdown records yet.

“It’s about seeing the simple things in life and them making you happy,” tells Alex Stephens, the Guy behind the Strawberry. “I remember this day when I was really down… looking out the window, the sun beaming in was beautiful, it made me want to go outside – it was simple but made me so happy in that instance.”

A one-man impressionist, painting majestic soundscapes, Strawberry Guy blends truthful lyrics with lush arrangements to conjure new emotive worlds. Inspired by composers of the Romantic period, or Debussy, Ravel, and other classical artists of the 1800s, his wonderland moves like a Monet painting where arpeggios dance between meadows of dazzling dynamics and dramatic key changes. The light through his floor to ceiling windows has caused a dramatic Greenhouse Effect and now ripening on solo terms, his innocent uploads of ‘Without You’ and ‘F-Song’ comfort 2 million Spotify listeners a month. ‘Mrs Magic’ has received 30 million streams, landing at #13 in its chart and countless fan-created videos have appeared on YouTube. “Throughout history composers have tried to capture emotion, painting their own impressionist pictures with musical brush strokes… I guess I’m just trying to do the same and people enjoy that,” he suggests modestly.

Strawberry Guy

27 Nov 2021

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£11

SNAIL MAIL

On her 2018 debut album Lush, seventeen-year-old Lindsey Jordan sang “I’m in full control / I’m not lost / Even when it’s love / Even when it’s not”. Her natural ability to be many things at once resonated with a lot of people. The contradiction of confidence and vulnerability, power and delicacy, had the impact of a wrecking ball when put to tape. It was an impressive and unequivocal career-making moment for Jordan.

On Valentine, her sophomore album out November 5th on Matador, Lindsey solidifies and defines this trajectory in a blaze of glory. In 10 songs, written over 2019-2020 by Jordan alone, we are taken on an adrenalizing odyssey of genuine originality in an era in which "indie" music has been reduced to gentle, homogenous pop composed mostly by ghost writers. Made with careful precision, Valentine shows an artist who has chosen to take her time. The reference points are broad and psychically stirring, while the lyrics build masterfully on the foundation set by Jordan’s first record to deliver a deeper understanding of heartbreak.

Snail Mail

29 Jun 2022

+ special guests

O2 Forum Kentish Town

9-17 Highgate Rd
London
NW5 1JY

7pm

£18

LUNAR VACTION

Lunar Vacation is an American band based in Atlanta, consisting of Matteo De Lurgio, Connor Dowd, Maggie Geeslin, Grace Repasky, and John Michael Young. They've been making moon tunes since 2016 (and are making more as you read this)

Lunar Vacation

11 May 2022

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£12.50

MICHELLE

The kernel of inspiration for what would eventually become MICHELLE started in the spring of 2018 when Julian and Charlie were both in their second semester at separate colleges, both wading through bad breakups and looking for something to pull them out of the mire. “We wanted to be doing something instead of proactively destroying ourselves,” explains Julian. “So we started FaceTiming all the time.” Both trained multi-instrumentalists with self-taught production chops, the pair had been orbiting one another since their mid-teens at house parties and onstage at all-age event spaces like 7eventytwo. So they came up with this: write and record a one-off, quasi-concept record about growing up in New York… and do it in two weeks.

Postponed: Michelle

09 Feb 2022

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£12.50

SOLD OUT

LOS CAMPESINOS

Los Campesinos! couldn’t bear the thought of a calendar year without playing a gig so here they are, back in London to play a headline show this coming December at Village Underground. It’s the ten year anniversary of Hello Sadness so maybe they’ll play more from that album, they’re not sure yet, but they’re very excited to be back and spending time together, and hopefully with you too?

Los Campesinos! / Fortitude Valley

14 Dec 2021

Village Underground

54 Hollywell Ln
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£20

SQUIRREL FLOWER

Squirrel Flower’s heart-rending sophomore album Planet (i), following her 2020 debut I Was Born Swimming, is exactly that. A singular planet, a world entirely of artist Ella Williams’ making. The title came first to her as a joke: it’s her made-up name for the new planet people will inevitably settle and destroy after leaving Earth, as well as the universe imagined within her music. “Planet (i) is my body and mind,” Williams says, “and it’s the physical and emotional world of our planet. It’s both.” Buoyed by her steadfast vision and propelled by her burning comet of a voice, the record is a love letter to disaster in every form imaginable. Tornadoes, flooding, gaslighting assholes, cars on fire—these songs fully embrace a planet in ruin. As Williams rides from melancholy to jubilance to complete emotional devastation over the course of twelve songs, she carves out a future for herself and those she loves. Planet (i), out June 25, 2021 on Polyvinyl and Full Time Hobby, is at once a refuge, an act of self-healing, and a musical reflection of Squirrel Flower’s inner and outer worlds.

Squirrel Flower

21 Apr 2022

+ special guests

Lafayette

11 Goods Way
London
N1C 4DP

7pm

£13.50

THE HORRORS

The Horrors present Metal Rain at London's Electric Ballroom this winter. Joining the band is an incredible supporting bill featuring Mandy, Indiana, PC Word and DJ Proteus.

The Horrors / Mandy, Indiana / PC World / DJ Proteus

03 Dec 2021

Electric Ballroom

184 Camden High St
London
NW1 8QP

6pm

£25

MATTHEW E WHITE

Matthew E. White never expected to see his name in the bright lights. By the time White released his solo debut, Big Inner, in 2012, he was already a decade deep into the tightly knit creative orbit of Richmond, Virginia. He had cofounded a series of polyglot bands with his closest pals and jumped at any compelling collaborative invitation; Big Inner wasn’t a lark, per se, but it felt at first like a new thread within an already rich tapestry. But the album was rightly lauded as a triumph, a modern reappraisal of classic American songcraft that unified gospel, jazz, and incandescent Brill Building pop in seven rapturous tunes. At 30, White inched toward stardom, while Spacebomb, the production house and label he founded, emerged as a mighty new imprimatur. By his own admission, though, White stumbled through this unexpected success, rushing a second album, Fresh Blood, that somehow felt both on the nose and timid, as if he were still trying to fan the same flame that had powered Big Inner.

K Bay, White’s first album in six years, is the astounding record he has forever aspired to make. A bold reclamation of independence and identity, K Bay establishes White as one of his era’s most imaginative and audacious songwriters, composers, and bandleaders. These 11 pieces are retro-futurist magic tricks that feel instantly classic and contemporary, the product of a musical mind that has internalized the lessons of his idols and used them to build a brilliant world of his own. You will immediately recognize White here, singing softly of his big-hearted cosmography of love and wisdom and botanical metaphors; you will be stunned, though, by the dazzling density and relentless wonder of his ideas, from the swaggering hooks of “Electric” and “Let’s Ball” to the fragmented symphonic sway of “Fell Like An Ax.” K Bay moves with the absolute freedom and force of a debut thrillride; it exudes the sophistication and subtlety of a revivified veteran who knows exactly what he wants to hear and just how to get it.

Matthew E White

22 Mar 2022

+ special guests

Islington Assembly Hall

Upper Street
London
N1 2UD

7pm

£22.50

SOMEONE

Someone is the moniker for multi-disciplinary artist Tessa Rose Jackson. As Someone, she releases cosmic art and psychedelic pop music. The British born artist, based in Amsterdam, finds great joy exploring the intensity with which art and music can be fused in a way that they enhance each other fully.

Someone

10 Nov 2021

+ special guests

Paper Dress Vintage

352a Mare St
London
E8 1HR

7.30pm

£9.50

SOLD OUT

GODFORD

Nostalgia for the present.  Much like the emotionally intricate work of contemporaries such as Bob Moses and Jamie xx, the music Godford creates evokes the romance of late nights, last nights, and the memory of what just came before.  His debut record NBP captures that lightning in a bottle, peaking feeling where life is never the same since.  A place that withstands time, the chance to revisit only by pressing play. 

NBP is a record that longs even further for a past none of us will get a chance to experience.  In a time where terms like “influencer” and “reality” are intertwined with multiple meanings, Godford’s music lends itself to the moment where the world was seen through open eyes as opposed to the lens of a camera.  While social media can feel like an inescapable hall of mirrors, the producer prefers to remain anonymous not to dredge up any sort of industry hype, but instead offering up a direct line to his true self through the exploration of the real emotions of his music, a language beyond borders. 


Fashioned together on a shoestring budget with limited access to phone and internet between the countryside in France and Godford’s home studio in Paris, the record reflects these differing environments, and the real people within them.  Without projecting any sort of chosen identity online, NBP takes a deep dive through an immersive world of characters from his own life.  “An album is a way to propose a journey,” he recalls, and every vocal featured on the record is an electronically distorted memo that flits between the artist’s own narration and that of his friends.  “Everyone feels comfortable at the end because it’s not their real voice,” Godford explains, allowing in that small window an opportunity to convey and reveal their truest selves.  Indeed, this purposeful obscurity also allows listeners to forge the strongest connections of all: drawing their own associations of songs from NBP to soundtrack the world they live in.  “My biggest wish would be for my songs to be a time marker of someone's life,” Godford emphasizes, to build that close relationship that is based on sentiment, rather than perception. 


Godford’s search for belonging has always extended to something greater than himself, as well as exploring the fact that in between spaces is where he feels most at home.  One such safe haven remains the club, where being alone still means coming together (“I saw you alone”), but he’s part of a new wave of musicians who adhere to the notion that party music doesn’t discount emotional vulnerability: “I consider my music as electronic but which is not directly intended for clubs.”  Instead, he shines a spotlight on the concept of the “indie rave”: with more than a passing indebtedness to the alternative scene and it’s acceptance of freely expressing emotion, Godford utilizes his ability to interweave different dimensions of sound to build past the skeletal elements of behind-the-scenes production to something more fully-formed and unmistakably present. 


From the fluttering future garage of title track “Non Binary Place” to the trance-imbued, stuttering synthesizer of previous single “Blue” and soaring, hands-in-the-air pop of “Fear”, there’s a patchwork of call-and-returns that culminate in ultimate track “Saw You,” a flickering, understated last song of the night anthem that recalls the hopeful exposure as all the lights come back on.  These not quite human echoes that trace footfalls throughout the record resonate like steps on the dance floor, eventually leading back to one another.  There’s romance in this auto-tuned melancholy:  a strange comfort in the company of strangers, the idea that there’s something greater out there, despite everything: a better world, one that transcends explanation.

 

Godford

04 Dec 2021

+ special guests 

Peckham Audio

133 Rye Ln
London
SE15 4ST

7:30pm

£12

SOLD OUT

 

MODEL MAN

At the core of Model Man is Mark Brandon, who has been making waves with some of dance music's biggest players. Fusing ambient electronics with elements of bass culture, Brandon’s creative stance pits the physical against the cerebral, often with striking results. Amassing 25 million streams, Model Man were an Apple Music Track of the Year and streamed a live show for Amazon Music. Garnering regular support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, 6Music, Complex, Mixmag, Defected, whilst earning props from 2021’s defining artist tastemakers TSHA, Cinthie, Prospa and Mall Grab amongst others.

Model Man

04 Nov 2021

+ special guests

Corsica Studios

4, 5 Elephant Rd
London
SE17 1LB

7.30pm

£10

SOLD OUT

NOGA EREZ

"loud and bombastic, full of energy" Loud & quiet
"Noga Erez boasts razor sharp beats and a heart of pure pop" The Quietus
"The songs are energetic and energising, a sonic punch right in your face." Clash

Postponed: Noga Erez

05 Mar 2022

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara St London
London
SE1 1TE

7pm

£17.50

MARLOWE

Marlowe is a collaborative alt-rap project from North Carolina-based hip-hop producer L'Orange and rapper Solemn Brigham. Their unique blend of quick-fire vocals and dusty breakbeats is most well-known on tracks such as 'Lost Arts' and 'Tales From The East'.

Marlowe

09 Oct 2021

+ special guests

229

229 Great Portland St
London
W1W 5PN

7pm

£17.50

YEULE

yeule is the manifested reflection of Singaporean artist Nat Ćmiel. Their music is angelic, but pierced by shattered distortion and sharp interference.

Their first full length release, Serotonin IISerotonin X a collection of remixes.

Though Ćmiel grew up and attended school in Singapore for most of their life, their family travelled often, developing emotional connections with places far from home that left them unmoored. As such their creation is in constant metamorphosis.

Obsessed with tinkering and discovery, Ćmiel began building their own synths. With a launchpad, keyboard and microphone they morph their original cinematic classical compositions into electronica.

As a practicing visual artist, their paintings also translate a deep connection to the process of mark-making, both visually and sonically.

yeule’s name was initially inspired by Final Fantasy XIII-2, where a character dies in a thousand timelines because of a break in the fabric of time itself.

She is born again eternally, and always meets the same fate. yeule relates as they destroy the older parts of themself, reinvent, and are born again from memories both real and fabricated.

yeule is forever trying to chip away at their own identity so that they might absorb something different.

The (n)secure show is also accompanied by an AI-integrated installation which runs during the day.

Yeule

05 Mar 2022

+ special guests

Purcell Room

Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

7.30pm

£12.50

BABA ALI

Though most debuts are the culmination of a lifetime of influences and experiences, few artists succeed in mapping their musical journey quite as vividly as Baba Ali has on Memory Device. Tracing his Nigerian heritage, an adolescence absorbing No Wave and the hip hop on NYC’s Hot 97, time immersed in the techno scene in Berlin, and the experimental punk spirit of his current base in London, Memory Device is an enthralling introduction to a musician who resolutely defies pigeonholing.

Written during lockdown, and recorded with Al Doyle (LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip) in East London, Memory Device is both a dizzyingly inventive exploration of Baba’s complex musical DNA, and a thought-provoking treatise on the collective angst of modern existence; a dance record dealing in small ‘p’ politics that, spiritually, has been three decades in the making.

Baba Ali / Robbie & Mona / Kuntessa

19 Nov 2021

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£10

MORLY

Katy Morley's soft, swooning strain of storyteller pop has distilled across the past half decade into an increasingly hushed and heartfelt private language, as lived in as it is lyrical. 'Til I Start Speaking, her long awaited debut, took shape slowly during stints in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and London, stripping back the melodies to their essence, driven by a yearning to “reach ‘the other side,’ to live in and be art and music.” The songs that emerged are time-worn, aching, and acoustically rich, like hymns or traditionals, traced in piano, voice, and percussion. She describes the creation process as almost a “subconscious exorcism,” casting out old ghosts and outgrown loves.

Morly

22 Nov 2021

+ special guests

St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd
London
NW1 1UL

7.30pm

£9.50

HOLLIE MCNISH

Hollie McNish is a writer who loves writing. She will be reading from her new collection, Slug, and much more at EartH this October. Tickets for the performance are on sale now.

Hollie McNish

23 Oct 2021

+ special guests

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

6pm

£15

Returning to smash after-hours on the Alternative Stage at Reading & Leeds for another unmissable year of a decade-plus streak that has seen first appearances at the festival from the likes of Kojey Radical, Loyle Carner, Disclosure, London Grammar, Two Door Cinema Club, Metronomy, Kelis and many more, independent music company Transgressive Records curate and present another massive, exclusive line-up to ensure that the party continues long after the headliners finish.

The Takeover will once again occur at Reading on Friday and Leeds on Saturday and Sunday night. With an added sense of celebration for the restart of live music and being together again, the theme this year will be 'house-party’, live and direct from the Alternative Stage - boasting a host of unmissable, exclusive performances from major acts and brand new names.

Friday night at Reading will continue the collective's now long established special DJ 'battle' set-up, featuring a number of talented artists and the team's resident DJs pitted against each other in who can get the biggest sing-alongs of the weekend during a silent disco. A packed stage each and every year, this year will see the likes of BBC Radio 1's JACK SAUNDERS, JESS ISZATT (BBC Introducing), Transgressive signings LET’S EAT GRANDMA, recent number 1 artists INHALER, TRANSGRESSIVE SOUNDSYSTEM, BLESS, ROCKFEEDBACK DJS and more behind the Decks all night long.

Saturday night in Leeds will be a huge Transgressive House Party line-up featuring a live set from progressive indie-dance quintet SQUID, fresh from a breakthrough year with a top-5 debut album, bringing their frenetic live show to the late night stage. The band will be followed by a special “Battle of the Bands” themed double DJ set-up, fresh from 2019’s memorable tent-filler, with Transgressive Soundsystem and BBC Introducing’s Emily Pilbeam pitting the likes of Oasis against Blur, Arctic Monkeys against The Killers and more, in an all-out classics party till (near) dawn.

Sunday night will feature one of the most exciting new acts in UK hip-hop, FLOHIO, appearing live in another exclusive late evening set for the festival, for what will be surely a huge closing party. Capping the final day action will be a return of the two station battle DJ sets pitting the UK against the US in a rap showdown, ensuring that iconic bangers from Jay Z vs Skepta, Stormzy vs Drake, and more ensuring the singing and dancing will continue long into Monday morning.

Specially commissioned live visuals will be provided throughout the weekend, as well as more surprise appearances no doubt.

Transgressive at Reading and Leeds

27 Aug 2021

Feat. Flohio, Squid, Let's Eat Grandma, Inhaler, Nova Twins, Jack Saunders, Jess Iszatt, Emily Pilbeam, Transgressive Soundsystem, Bless and more

Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park
Reading and Leeds
LS23 6ND

Late Night

SOLD OUT

PORIJ

Eggy (vocal and keys), Tommy (vocal and guitar), James (bass) and Tom (drums) are all currently studying in Manchester. They write, record and produce their modern alternative pop sounds in their student house - each member recording parts in their separate studios/bedrooms and then merging the sounds together meticulously, to form their distinctive “oats” sound.

Porij today return with new single Ego as well as unveiling details of their debut EP Baby Face, which drops September 17th on their own Oat Gang Records label. Baby Face will be their first release since the Breakfast mixtape which came out at the end of 2020. Hotly tipped by the likes of The Guardian, Dork, The Daily Star, Evening Standard, NME, DIY, Clash - the band were also part of the recent British Music Embassy SXSW performance. The band's last four singles have all been playlisted at BBC 6music with recent single Nobody Scared making the A-list. There has also been consistent support from BBC Radio 1, Radio X and BBC Introducing.

The debut EP takes the band's influences and manages to create a sound unlike anything else in 2021. Nobody Scared (A-listed at 6 Music) demonstrated a tender side, highlighting the serious and prescient message of the Reclaim The Night movement. Other songs on the EP such as Can't Stop fuse U.K. garage with unshakable pop hooks. Heaven Knows shows their mature side while Divine embraces self-love. Each song effortlessly brings you deeper into the world of Porij.

Porij

17 Nov 2021

+ special guests

Electrowerkz

7 Torrens St
London
EC1V 1NQ

7.30pm

£10

PEAKES

The sound of PEAKES has always been steeped in isolation, crafting hymnal electro-pop that floats, weightless and suspended, over the world they move through. Using the lens of nostalgia as a kind of refuge, their synth-led dreamscapes defy any sense of time and place: their sound is both current, yet transportive like a memory.

Since their formation in 2017, vocalist Molly Puckering, synth-player and producer Max Shirley and drummer Pete Redshaw, have been solidifying what it means to be PEAKES. With a smattering of EPs and singles laying out their statement of intent, each one a run-up growing in momentum, their trajectory was clear: get into the studio and bring the music to the stage. This was the plan for the Leeds-based trio in 2020 – until the world stopped. No one could have predicted that touring and recording, an artist’s lifeblood, would grind to a global halt, and PEAKES could never have predicted that in a year defined by impossibilities, they would make their debut album, Peripheral Figures.

“I think last year, when you had everything taken away from you, it made it easier to try something new,” says Molly. Having released their four-track EP ‘Pre-Invented World’ on the cusp of the COVID-19 pandemic, amidst the world’s disorder, their music fell into a void: the appetite for new music had understandably dried up, and there was nothing PEAKES could do to change that. So rather than dwell on it, they took a step back and returned to the drawing board and went back to basics, learning to fall in love with music again through the purest sense of creation.

Yet despite the logistical hurdles they had to overcome during the pandemic, where ten minutes might as well have been ten thousand miles away, Peripheral Figures is their most personal, hands-on project yet – and it’s entirely their own. Molly recorded her vocals in the wardrobe of her bedroom, while Pete’s drums were sent in a file-sharing back and forth over email: a departure from the sessions they’d had with producers in fully-fledged studios. “This is the closest that we wanted everything to sound like,” Max says. “Whereas before, it was someone else’s vision too, this time, we’ve had the final say, and it feels great.”

Peakes / DC Gore

08 Dec 2021

+ special guests

Peckham Audio

133 Rye Ln
London
SE15 4ST

7.30pm

£8

Pitchfork Music Festival makes its London Debut this winter. Find out the full line-up and get tickets here: www.pitchforkmusicfestival.co.uk

STEREOLAB

Stereolab were formed in London in 1990 by Laetitia Sadier and Tim Gane. Since the release of their debut 10″ disk via their own record label [Duophonic Super 45s], they have released 10 studio albums and 4 compilation albums of rare tracks.

In 2019, after a 10 year hiatus, the band reformed to tour the US, Europe, New Zealand and Australia in support of the reissue of 7 remastered and expanded albums.

GIRL BAND

Prolix. Album opens to unsteady breathing. Slow at first, unwanted and out of time. Breathing shallows and discomfort deepens over the sustained heartbeat of a soon to be familiar A chord. This is Dara’s breath, this is his panic, a momentary, one-off lapse of control recorded and transmuted into a rhythmic, off-beat moment of disquiet to unlock Girl Band’s crucial yet quietly anticipated second album: ‘The Talkies.’

Recorded in November 2018 at Ballintubbert House, Ireland, “a few pay grades above what we’re used to!”, the alien construction of Ballintubbert and its corridors help to navigate Girl Band’s cataclysmic sound within a world of its own.
“In many ways the idea behind the album was to make an audio representation of the house.“ And this enigmatic manor becomes Girl Band’s sonic playground: to place yourself within a space, and to work with that space harmoniously. Dan continues, “We recorded all the drums twice: once on the landing and once in the cellar” -The Well of Souls- “and during production we could actually cut in between both these sounds”. The Talkies vacillates between being big, ambient, and atmospheric to suddenly terribly intimate and up close.

BEAK>

Beak> are Billy Fuller, Geoff Barrow and Will Young. Hailing from Bristol, UK Beak> have released 3 albums on Invada Records – 2009’s ‘Beak>’, 2012’s ‘>>’, and 2018’s ‘>>>’ – as well as the soundtrack to the award winning film ‘Couple In A Hole’ (2015).

The trio craft dense and atmospheric music inspired by experimental bands such as This heat / Can / Soft Machine

Since forming Beak> have played worldwide, with headline tours around Europe and US, and supporting acts such as Chris Cunnigham, Savages, Mogwai and Arcade Fire.

ANA ROXANNE

Ana Roxanne is an American musician based in New York. Her self-released EP was later reissued by Leaving Records before signing with Kranky for her official full-length debut, 2020’s Because of a Flower.

Working at the interzone of electric meditation, dream pop and ambient songcraft, her inspirations span the secular (R&B divas of the 1980’s and 90’s) and the spiritual (catholic choral traditions in which she was raised), synthesized into a uniquely intuitive sonic language, equal parts atmospheric and ancient, healing and hermetic.

FOLLY GROUP

On stage, Folly Group is the sum of drums, percussion, bass, guitar, vocals and a sampler. Elsewhere, Folly Group is an amorphous creative entity, encompassing a group of friends whose practice spans various disciplines. Its members have all played with each other in various projects over the last three years, now Folly Group is a way to mess with form, structure and signifiers. Folly Group attempts to interrogate the job of the band; it’s an allergic reaction to stasis and complacency.

MARTHA SYKE MURPHY

After the release of her transcendental debut EP ‘Heroides’ in 2018 and the single ‘Black Eye’ in 2019, Martha Skye Murphy returned in 2020 with two critically acclaimed EPs, ‘Heal’ and ‘Yours Truly’ that once again showed Murphy’s ability to interweave genres from indie to experimental and baroque choral music. Tied together with unexpected vocal deliveries and song structures – the voice is the instrument, the songs the experiments with form, texture and space.

KYNSY

Kynsy understands the unique romance of isolation. The freedom of writing, arranging and producing her music has given the singer a sense of control and self sufficiency that has enabled her to focus on the minutiae of every song. The Dublin based artist has developed her own songwriting rules that have given her the ability to experiment, push her own boundaries and avoid being pigeonholed into any one genre. Her music moves from the metallic lurch of a nightclubbing Iggy Pop, the icy cool of St. Vincent to the futurism of Julian Casablancas’ solo output.

Through Kynsy the twenty three year old has constructed her own world. Taking her cue from classic songwriters such as Irving Berlin as well as the abstract puzzles within David Byrne’s lyrics and the detached nonchalance of Damon Albarn, there is a spirited wit to her songwriting that singles her out from her more earnest contemporaries. Her louche almost rakish delivery is half world-weary lounge singer, half astute soothsayer. Although there is no ironic posturing at play here, there is a deep sincerity to her words that belies the devil-may-care execution.

Stereolab - Pitchfork Music Festival London

14 Nov 2021

STEREOLAB / Girl Band / Beak> / Ana Roxanne / Folly Group / Martha Skye Murphy / Kynsy

Roundhouse

Chalk Farm Rd, Chalk Farm
London
NW1 8EH

5pm

£37.50

SOLD OUT

Pitchfork Music Festival makes its London Debut this winter. Find out the full line-up and get tickets here: www.pitchforkmusicfestival.co.uk

MOSES BOYD

For Moses Boyd, it’s been a remarkable journey already. A multi-award winning drummer, producer, composer and BBC 1Xtra resident, fiercely independent and powered by a vast array of influences and experiences, he’s ready to step up onto another plane altogether.

Growing up in Catford in south London, Moses’s childhood was soundtracked by his parents’ collection of gospel, soul, funk, reggae – as well as Bjork, Debussy and Youssou N’Dour. At the time, he says, this eclectic selection seemed normal, “but now I think about it, that’s quite a range for a first generation West Indian woman”.

His first CD was a gift his older brother brought back from a school band trip to Canada (musical talent runs in the family). That CD would “set the tone” for his teens: it was Fly or Die by N.E.R.D. “It’s my favourite record ever. Here’s this black skateboarding punk band, and I was an aspiring skater too.”Moses fell in love with southern hip hop like Outkast and Master P, as well as Tupac, Nas and Jay-Z – and he was also growing up immersed in the uniquely London sound of Grime. “I was surrounded by it. It was normal, because my friends and I were making beats and swapping them via bluetooth, using the ringtone composer on the Nokia 3310, or cheap software like FruityLoops. It was a lived culture, it was right in front of me,” Moses says.

NILÜFER YANYA

Nilüfer Yanya is a London based singer-songwriter whose debut album “Miss Universe” was named one of the best albums of 2019 by Pitchfork, Billboard, The Guardian, MTV, Noisey, The Independent, Dazed, and many more. Since the release of Miss Universe, she has performed an incredible Tiny Desk concert for NPR, on Later with Jools Holland, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Kimmel as well as headlining London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire and selling out shows across Europe, Australia, Japan and the USA. Pitchfork – who raved about Nilüfer’s latest Feeling Lucky? EP – wrote “Nilüfer Yanya’s melodies have a pull so strong they almost necessitate their own law of physics”.

EMMA-JEAN THACKRAY

Bandleader, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Emma-Jean Thackray was born and raised in Yorkshire but is today a resident of Catford, south-east London. Her 2020 EPs Um Yang 음 양 and Rain Dance marked Thackray out as standard-bearer of a spiritually-minded, dancefloor-angled take on jazz that stood at a slight remove from the broader UK scene. But Yellow – released on Thackray’s own Warp Records-affiliated imprint, Movementt – feels like a further step into a fresh and distinct space. Its 14 tracks bloom with brass and strings, choral segments and ecstatic chants. But this deeper, richer sound is not at the expense of immediacy. “The groove is the most important thing,” says Thackray. “Even if it’s a tune that’s really mad and free, all kinds of crazy shit happening, there’s usually a groove there – an anchor, locking it down.”

CKTRL

Cktrl has a tune for every occasion: as content making beats by himself at home in Lewisham as he is amongst this generation’s fashion and cultural vanguards. Music has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember: from clarinet lessons throughout his school life to fond memories from his NTS days, to his highly regarded masterpiece Robyn which has led to props from; Vogue, Dazed, and I.D.

Though he uses ancient computing systems – all his production software is housed within a now-vintage Windows XP computer from his secondary school, his sound is far from it. With a catalogue straddling everything from freestyle contemporary-classic duets to electronic R&B to dark, moody instrumentals, his approach to creation is decidedly renaissance. In fact, where sonic descriptions might fail to encompass the breadth of cktrl’s scope, three words surface when he unpacks his musical aims: freedom, range and feeling.

Moses Boyd / Nilüfer Yanya - Pitchfork Music Festival

13 Nov 2021

Moses Boyd / Nilüfer Yanya / Emma-Jean Thackray / cktrl

Hackney Church

St John at Hackney Church, Lower Clapton Road
London
E5 0PD

5pm

£25

SOLD OUT

Pitchfork Music Festival makes its London Debut this winter. Find out the full line-up and get tickets here: www.pitchforkmusicfestival.co.uk

TIRZAH

Devotion, the debut album by Tirzah, is the sound of contemporary contemplation: morning-after party rhythms, hazy melodies, hands-on instruments and the private space between them. Amid these post-Grime beats are hallucinatory songs from the emotional interior.

KORELESS

Glasgow-based Koreless is part of the new generation of young producers rising fast through the net-fed bass community. Despite his age his music exudes maturity, nesting in the ever-expanding dubstep lexicon somewhere between softened 2-step and soulful electronica.

GOOD SAD HAPPY BAD

Good Sad Happy Bad is CJ Calderwood, Marc Pell, Mica Levi and Raisa Khan. Previously known as the moniker Micachu and The Shapes, Good Sad Happy Bad named themselves after their last album Good Sad Happy Bad. Things have changed a bit, Raisa Khan is leading the band’s vocals and songs, and they now have the addition of CJ Calderwood contributing a minimum of vocals, saxophone and recorder. Their record is called Shades.

LUCINDA CHUA

London-based singer-songwriter, composer, and cellist Lucinda Chua started music lessons at the age of three. She’s since performed and collaborated with a range of artists, including GAIKA, Ben Vince, Helm and KÁRYYN, as well as kranky-signed groups Felix and Stars of the Lid. More recently she’s performed as part of FKA twigs’ live band, notably accompanying the avant-pop star in a special live performance video for “cellophane”, filmed at The Wallace Collection National Art Museum in London. Last year Chua self-released her debut EP, ‘Antidotes 1’, exploring the liminal space between R&B.

NABIHAH IQBAL

Many musicians like to speak of versatility, but Nabihah Iqbal has better grounds than most. She boasts an MPhil (focused on African history) from Cambridge, experience working in human rights law and a black belt in Karate. Formerly known as Throwing Shade, she’s ditched that moniker to embrace the name she was born with. Readying her debut album for Ninja Tune, ‘Weighing of the Heart’ is a big statement in two ways: first, because she’s taken her real name to stand proudly as a female British Asian artists making music and, secondly, because she’s moved her music in a bolder, more expansive direction.

At a time when dance music is embracing cross-pollination and eclecticism more than ever before, it’s a prime moment for Nabihah’s increasingly all-embracing approach. Re-connecting the worlds of introspective, innovative guitar bands with the rhythms and club-born structures of dance music, there’s a wealth of different tangents she’s managed to unpack. Informed by a well-traveled (and well-researched) perspective on music, she finds whole, uncovered pathways left to explore.

KAREEM ALI

Growing up, Kareem Ali wanted to be a rocket scientist. He never actually made it into the space program, but his passion for the cosmos remains intact—in fact, it’s at the core of his artistic vision. Future Black Music, We Are Stardust, Black Science… these are just a few of the many releases he’s dropped in the past two years, each one mapping out a utopian future in which humanity—and Black people in particular—can finally carve out an existence that’s free of injustice and oppression.

L'RAIN

Brooklyn-born and based experimentalist and multi-instrumentalist Taja Cheek, aka L’Rain, is mapping the enormity of how to change. Her forthcoming second album, Fatigue, demands introspection from ready ears with an array of keyboards, synths, and hauntingly delicate vocals that create a genre entirely her own. Cheek has dipped her toes in every corner of the arts, through her work at some of the most prestigious art institutions in NYC and collaborations with the likes of Naama Tsabar, Kevin Beasley, Justin Allen, and others in contemporary arts.