The Mystery Lights | RFB Titus Andronicus | RFB Teleman | RFB Haley | RFB Titus Andronicus | RFB Mammut | RFB Westerman | RFB Dead Sea | RFB Los Campesinos! | RFB Peakes | RFB Oscar Jerome | RFB Oneohtrix Point Never: MYRIAD | RFB Lido Pimienta | RFB Alaskalaska / Jockstrap | RFB Oui Love: M.I.L.K / Superparka / MNNQNS | RFB Anna Burch | RFB Alice Phoebe Lou / Hush Moon | RFB Natalie Prass | RFB Kevin Morby | RFB Unknown Mortal Orchestra | RFB Julien Baker / Becca Mancari | RFB Dream Wife | RFB Francobollo / Benin City / Wyldest | RFB Ariel Pink / Tim Burgess / Jorge Elbrecht | RFB Oshun | RFB Alela Diane | RFB Starcrawler | RFB Popular Culture: Totally Mild / Castorp / Life Models | RFB Amber Arcades | RFB Let’s Eat Grandma | RFB Snail Mail | RFB Florist / Porridge Radio (Solo) | RFB YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN | RFB Soccer Mommy | RFB Visions Festival | RFB Lost Horizons | RFB Bill Ryder-Jones / Our Girl | RFB Mutual Benefit (Solo) / Bad News Club | RFB Aisha Devi | RFB S. Carey / Will Samson | RFB Totally Mild / Champyons | RFB The Amusement Arcade: James Acaster / Jordan Brookes / Evelyn Mok / MC Tom Lucy | RFB Westerman / Grace Lightman | RFB Oui Love: La Feline / Juniore / Keep Dancing Inc | RFB Natalie Prass / Jalen N’Gonda | RFB Puma Blue | RFB Waxahatchee | RFB Drahla / Crack Cloud / Mush | RFB Born Ruffians / The Kenneths | RFB Bad News Club / spiritcake | RFB Anna Burch / Dan Stock | RFB Let’s Eat Grandma | RFB Sophie | RFB Florist / Porridge Radio (Solo) | RFB Jenny Wilson | RFB Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Makeness | RFB Alaskalaska / Club Kuru | RFB Oscar Jerome / Lex Amor / Pie Eye Collective | RFB Adam Gnade / Youthmovies / Mat Riviere | RFB Barbarossa / Byfyn | RFB Five Miles High: Steve Davis and Kavus Torabi | RFB Josh T. Pearson | RFB The Shivers / Drug Store Romeos / Forced Random | RFB U.S. Girls / Miaux / RVG | RFB Dream Wife | RFB Shigeto / Kwake Bass / Yuki Ame | RFB Henry Green / Rosie Carney | RFB Henry Green / Rosie Carney | RFB Caro / Lunacre | RFB Soccer Mommy / Drug Store Romeos | RFB Xylouris White | RFB Mint Field / Blueprint Blue / Squid | RFB Songhoy Blues / Alfa Mist | RFB Sunflower Bean / Sorry / Vinyl Staircase | RFB Alvvays / Spinning Coin | RFB Poliça + s t a r g a z e / Kwake Bass | RFB By The Sea | RFB Cotillon / Sons of Raphael / Superego | RFB Blitzen Trapper | RFB Crooked Colours / Deeds | RFB Starcrawler / Free Money | RFB Baloji | RFB Baths / Chad Valley / Strange Boy | RFB By The Sea Festival | RFB Alela Diane / Olivia Chaney | RFB Boniface / Dizzy / Italians Do It Better DJ | RFB Nabihah Iqbal | RFB Typhoon (2nd Date Added) | RFB The Orielles / Trudy and the Romance | RFB Iceage / Pardans | RFB Typhoon | RFB Cosmo Sheldrake / Bunty / I See Rivers | RFB Puma Blue / Wu-Lu / Lava La Rue | RFB Alela Diane | RFB Courtney Marie Andrews / Twain | RFB Faber Social: Willy Vlautin | RFB Dream Wife / Whenyoung / Pussy Liquor | RFB The Soft Moon / SARIN | RFB Hypnotic Kingdom | RFB
 

PAUL FOOT

Comedy by the sea in Dreamland Margate’s beautiful Grade II-listed Ballroom.

Paul Foot – star of ‘Would I Lie To You’, ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’ and ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ headlines this comedy line-up here at Dreamland on June 2. With a full supporting line-up to be announced.

Presented by Plosive Productions & Rockfeedback

The Amusement Arcade: Paul Foot

02 Jun 2018

+ full line-up

Dreamland

49-51 Marine Terrace
Margate
CT9 1XJ

7.00pm

£15

THE MYSTERY LIGHTS

Even though they may sound more like some lost outfit from the depths of mid-sixties Texas than a bunch of scruffy kids from the streets of 21st Century Brooklyn, The Mystery Lights combine relentless enthusiasm, and a knack for a hook into an all-action rock n roll combo for the here and now. Their first single pairs a ridiculously catchy neo-teenbeat number "Too Many Girls" (our protagonist surrounded by a feminine throng he can't control) with the snaking psych-blues of "Too Tough To Bear", featuring the band dragging their squalling guitars deep into swampland. Though it was recorded to 8-track tape at Daptone's legendary House of Soul by Daptone studio superstar Wayne Gordon and mixed by Bosco Mann, it was the cutting engineer JJ Golden who called it "the hottest record I ever cut."

The Mystery Lights

25 Jul 2018

+ special guests

The 100 Club

100 Oxford St
London
W1D 1LL

7.30pm

£10

TITUS ANDRONICUS

A special stripped-back show in celebration of Titus Andronicus' new album, plus songs from their illustrious back catalogue at London's St Pancras Old Church

Titus Andronicus

07 Sep 2018

+ special guests

St. Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd, Camden Town
London
NW1 1UL

7.30pm

£14.50

TELEMAN

“I don’t know if other bands do this,” says Tommy Sanders, Teleman’s singer and guitarist, “but in our rehearsal room we had a white board, and for each song we’d write the chords up on the white board, write the structure out. We’ve got different colour pens and stuff. It’s very professional.”

The art of songwriting has been the driving force behind Teleman’s second album Brilliant Sanity: the process of crafting of the immaculate pop song, the dogged pursuit of the perfect hook. The result is an album that appears fastidiously and impeccably made, but also charged with joy.

The band’s first record, 2014’s Breakfast, was a quite different affair. Put together largely in the studio, with drummer Hiro Amamiya only joining the band a couple of songs into the session, Sanders recalls how “We recorded the songs before we knew how to play them, in a very bitty way, building them track by track, rather than just getting in a room and playing them.”

Since then, both the band and their songs have solidified. Now a four-piece made up of Sanders, his brother Jonny on synths, Amamiya on drums, and Pete Cattermoul on bass, the process of touring has honed them into a spectacular a live act, fleshing out those studio-forged tracks, so that by the end of the touring cycle, Sanders says, “We’d made up our minds that we wanted to record our next record in a very different way. Just us, in a room, playing together, to each other, in a very live and spontaneous way.”

Teleman

10 Oct 2018

+ special guests

Oval Space

29–32 The Oval
London
E2 9DT

7.30pm

£16.50

HALEY

Haley will play an intimate show at St Pancras Old Church this November. She will release some new music on Record Store Day 2018. Bratt will be released on 7" and Haley had this to say about the tracks: 

“These two songs are kind of the last ones I wrote with lyrics in them, at least, for the time being. "Bratt" was intended to be sung from a teenage perspective, appropriating that unsentimental attitude while simultaneously looking back at yourself at that age, all of the insecurities that went along with it, letting go of your self-judgement on the past."

""My Wave" was intentional in its use of repetition and very few lyrics. I like the idea of words carrying the same sonic weight as another instrument, more or less a textural addition rather than a centrepiece or emotionally derivative. That being said, the lyrics themselves seem to morph in their meaning with the repetition; maybe referring to the loss of yourself at times, or the loss of another, our connection to the natural world, or an emotional disconnect. Finding the strength to recognise that you hold the power to finding yourself or controlling your own connection to the world around you and others is simple, and powerful."

Hear new and old music at this show on 8 November. 

Haley

08 Nov 2018

+ special guests

St. Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd, Camden Town
London
NW1 1UL

9pm

£12.50

TITUS ANDRONICUS

A special stripped-back show in celebration of Titus Andronicus' new album, plus songs from their illustrious back catalogue at London's St Pancras Old Church

Titus Andronicus

06 Sep 2018

+ special guests

St. Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd, Camden Town
London
NW1 1UL

7.30pm

£14.50

 

MAMMUT

Icelandic bands often resemble a force of nature, and Mammút are no exception. What’s more, the quintet’s spectacular new album Kinder Versions is exactly the kind of volcanic presence that is sorely lacking in 21st century rock, likewise their unpredictable and uncategorisable shape-shifting sound, like a very modern twist on psychedelia.

Mammút is Icelandic for ‘mammoth’ – the name that singer Kata Mogensen, “plucked out of the air,” when she joined guitarists Alexandra Baldursdóttir and Arnar Pétursson, bassist Ása Dýradóttir and drummer Andri Bjartur Jakobsson for their stage debut,aged just 14. Kata is the daughter of bassist Birgir Mogensen, a former bandmate of Björk back when they were young post-punk adventurers, a questing spirit that Mammút have also unconsciously adopted, though without ever discussing what kind of music they’d play. “We’re so close as a band, we have no limits for each other, no boundaries, we just follow our gut instincts,” says Kata.

Mammut

18 Jul 2018

+ special guests

Camden Assembly

49 Chalk Farm Rd
London
NW1 8AN

7.30pm

£9

WESTERMAN

After the wistful ambience of his Call And Response EP, a record steeped in leftfield antecedents like Nick Drake, David Byrne and Arthur Russell, Westerman’s latest single ‘Confirmation’ emerges after a momentary spell of deliberation for the West London artist.

As Westerman says: “‘Confirmation’ is about the difficulties of infinite choice - and the allure of impulsiveness.” Ostensibly a message that applies to his own creative process, Westerman observes its omnipresence in all of our lives. The feeling of “trying too hard when actually the best ideas come when you’re just going with it. It's a self critique as well as an exploration of a wider point regarding the debilitating risks of having too many things going on internally and externally.”

As a result it marks a sharp progression in Westerman’s sound. From the striking early work which revealed a respectfully awed reverence for his influences, ‘Confirmation’ sees Westerman channelling the spirit of origination in those influences rather than directly referencing them sonically. It continues a string of collaborations with electronic producer Bullion which have sculpted Westerman’s sound from the beatific minimalism of before, into a more ambient and textured project, unafraid to take risks.

Westerman

18 Oct 2018

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£9

DEAD SEA

When searching for Dead Sea on the Internet, you will most likely end up on YouTube watching half-naked tourists floating on the super-salty waters of the lowest place on Earth. However, when narrowing down the search a bit further, chances are you will come upon a four-piece French band, crafting dreamy and magnetic post-pop songs. A lot has been said about them being shoegaze successors - a genre that suits them well - but Dead Sea members are not the kind to stand still and gaze at their shoes. Instead, they all look right ahead to the future.

Tickets on sale now!

Dead Sea

11 May 2018

+ special guests

The Waiting Room

175 Stoke Newington High St
London
N16 0LH

7pm

£7.50

LOS CAMPESINOS!

To celebrate 10 years of their albums ‘Hold On Now, Youngster…’ and ‘We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed’, your ex-girlfriend’s favourite band, Los Campesinos!, are to play their biggest ever UK headline show on Saturday 13th October at the O2 Forum, London.

It’ll be unlike any gig the band has played before, as they’ll be supporting themselves. The band’s first set will take in songs from the above mentioned albums and other songs from the time, before they towel down, spray on some deodorant and return to the stage to play a second set of songs from their ten year career as the UK’s premiere DIY/punk/emo (delete as applicable) band.

Tickets available here!

Los Campesinos!

13 Oct 2018

O2 Forum Kentish Town

9-17 Highgate Rd
London
NW5 1JY

7.00pm

£17.50

PEAKES

"a perfect demonstration of their already commanding sound that mixes dynamic instrumentation with reserved but poignant vocalisation, creating what can only be described as well-honed pop music." The Line of Best Fit

"PEAKES are a band primed for soaring heights yet packed with an emotional punch that’ll have you spinning." Dork

Peakes

25 Oct 2018

+ special guests

The Waiting Room

175 Stoke Newington High St
London
N16 0LH

7.30pm

£6

OSCAR JEROME

Oscar Jerome has been honing his craft as a musician and writer since a young age. He has worked as vocalist, guitarist and composer with countless acts and grown through the thriving South London music scene.

In his solo project Jerome brings all of his influences together, citing artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, George Benson, John Martyn, The Clash, Ali Farka Toure and Jay Dilla. Oscar’s song writing is motivated by politics, spirituality within music and life experiences. His creative vision is to always make music with sincerity and pay homage to his countless inspirations.

Oscar’s music has received radio attention from Gilles Peterson, Huw Stephens (BBC radio 1) and Jamz Supernova (1Xtra). He has appeared in a Boiler Room session along with Nick Hakim, recorded his own Mahogany session and earlier in 2017 played a BBC 6Music live session on Gilles Peterson’s show. His  acclaimed live show has seen him perform at Glastonbury, Jazz Cafe, Worldwide Awards Afterparty and Union Chapel supporting Macy Gray to name a few.

Oscar Jerome

25 Sep 2018

+ special guests

Village Underground

54 Holywell Ln
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£11

ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER

Musician, composer and Mercury Prize nominee Oneohtrix Point Never combines his experience of music, visual art and film to present a ‘concertscape’ dubbed MYRIAD. This ambitious project takes the perspective of an alien intelligence, with the work informed by Oneohtrix Point Never’s site-specific commissions of recent years including the Museum of Modern Art (2011), Tate Britain and MoMA PS1 (2013), and Edinburgh International Festival (2015). MYRIAD explores film and television tropes, abstract sculpture, game ephemera, poetry, apocryphic histories, internet esoterica, and philosophies of being; it looks both towards the possibilities of the future whilst considering the conflict between today’s civilisation and the environment. The work receives is world premiere in May 2018 at Park Avenue Armoury, New York City.

Oneohtrix Point Never (OPN), otherwise known as Daniel Lopatin, is also the label founder of Software Recording Company, as a producer his credits include Anohni, FKA Twigs, David Byrne and Nine Inch Nails. OPN’s most recent album Garden of Delete (Warp, 2017) received widespread acclaim and last year he was presented the Best Soundtrack Award at Cannes Film Festival for his score to Good Time (dir. Josh and Benny Safdie). OPN has appeared as part of the Barbican contemporary music programme on several occasions including concerts at LSO St Luke’s with Nate Boyce, and Union Chapel with Nico Muhly. In 2016 he released Sticky Drama, a live audio-visual broadcast via Boiler Room which begins in the Barbican’s concert hall before descending into the bowels of the centre.

Oneohtrix Point Never: MYRIAD

07 Jul 2018

Barbican

Silk St
London
EC2Y 8DS

7.30pm

£20 - £25

LIDO PIMIENTA

Lido Pimienta is a Toronto-based, Colombian-born interdisciplinary musician and artist-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 most recent album La Papessa was self-released, and the winner of the 2017 Polaris Music Prize, building momentum on a busy year that has included collaborating and performing with A Tribe Called Red, touring with Austra, publishing a graphic novel, creating visual artworks and contributing to art talks and exhibitions.

We are beyond excited to be working with this incredibly talented, innovative, and daring multi-disciplinary artist. Dig into La Papessa and check out the video for "La Capacidad".

Lido Pimienta

06 Jun 2018

+ special guests

DIY Space for London

96-108 Ormside St
London
SE15 1TF

7.30pm

£8

ALASKALASKA

ALASKALASKA are an art-pop 6-piece from London. They make beautiful, groove-laden music that seamlessly blends jazz, disco, funk and R&B into a bold and playful sound uniquely their own; synthetic beats play alongside live drums, delayed guitars and shimmering saxophones to create something musically rich and delightfully intricate.

Band leader and principle vocalist Lucinda twists brooding and introspective lyrics - akin to the words of Arthur Russell - into infectious melodies reminiscent of Warpaint, Dirty Projectors or Talk Talk, which demand repeat listens and could as easily soundtrack a wistful evening alone as they could a party. They've built a cult following and reputation as extraordinary performers through a handful of low-key London shows.

JOCKSTRAP

London-based alternative electronic pop duo channelling PC Music-esque production whilst remaining true to their complex classical routes.

Alaskalaska / Jockstrap

07 Jun 2018

+ special guests

Corsica Studios

4/5 Elephant Rd
London
SE17 1LB

7.30pm

£8

M.I.L.K.

The French signed, Copenhagen-based purveyor of ultra-refreshing, soulful pop has an easy charm and sun-bleached tunes galore.

SUPERPARKA

A crew of two - Paco & Simon - who sing about UFOS invasions, love Flying Lotus and create head-nodding, psychedelically inclined R’n’B and Hip-Hop.

MNNQNS

Exploding out of Rouen’s burgeoning underground scene, the four-piece are a visceral blend of tightly-woven guitar parts, feedback and drawled vocals.

Oui Love: M.I.L.K / Superparka / MNNQNS

16 May 2018

Birthdays

33-35 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BJ

7.30pm

£7

ANNA BURCH

Through the deceptively complex pop of Quit The Curse marks the debut of Anna Burch, it’s anything but the green first steps of a fledgling new artist. The Detroit singer/songwriter has been visible for the better part of her years-long career singing in Frontier Ruckus, or more recently co-fronting Failed Flowers, but somewhere a vibrant collection of solo material slowly began taking form.

Growing up in Michigan, her fixation with music transitioned from a childhood of Disney and Carole King sing-alongs to more typically angsty teenage years spent covering Bright Eyes and Fiona Apple at open mic nights. By 18 she was deep into the lifestyle of the touring musician, juggling all the regular trials and changes of young life while on a schedule that would have her gone for months on end. 

After a few whirlwind years of this, exhausted and feeling a little lost, she stepped away from music completely to attend grad school in Chicago. This respite lasted until 2014 when she moved to Detroit and found herself starting work in earnest on solo songs she’d been making casual demos of for a year or so. Friends had been encouraging her to dive into solo music, and one particularly enthusiastic friend, Chicago musician Paul Cherry, went so far as to assemble a band around scrappy phone demos to push for a fully realized album. 

“Writing songs that I actually liked for the first time gave me a feeling of accomplishment,” Burch said,  “Like, I can do this too! But working with other musicians and hearing the songs go from sad singer/songwriter tunes to arranged pop songs gave me this giddy confidence that I’d never felt before.”

The process was drawn out and various drafts and recordings came and went as the months passed. By now Anna was playing low key shows and d.i.y. tours solo and had released some early versions of a few songs on a split with fellow Detroit musician Stef Chura. Even at a slow, meticulous pace, with every step the album took closer to completion, it felt more serious and more real. After a more than a year of piecemeal recording sessions, Anna was introduced to engineer Collin Dupuis (Lana Del Rey, Angel Olsen) who helped push things energetically home, mixing the already bright songs into a state of brilliant clarity.

The nine songs that comprise Quit The Curse come on sugary and upbeat, but their darker lyrical themes and serpentine song structures are tucked neatly into what seem at first just like uncommonly catchy tunes. Burch’s crystal clear vocal harmonies and gracefully crafted songs feel so warm and friendly that it’s easy to miss the lyrics about destructive relationships, daddy issues and substance abuse that cling like spiderwebs to the hooky melodies. The maddeningly absent lover being sung to in “2 Cool 2 Care”, the crowded exhaustion of “With You Every Day” or even the grim, paranoid tale of scoring drugs in “Asking 4 A Friend” sometimes feel overshadowed by the shimmering sonics that envelop them. 

“To me this album marks the end of an era of uncertainty. Writing songs about my emotional struggles helped me to work through some negative patterns in my personal life, while giving me the sense of creative agency I’d been searching for.”

Emerging from years spent as a supporting player, Quit The Curse stands as a liberation from feeling like Burch’s own songwriting voice was just out of reach — an opportunity, finally, for the world at large to hear what’s been on her mind for quite a while.

Anna Burch

04 Sep 2018

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£9

ALICE PHOEBE LOU

Alice Phoebe Lou's fiercely independent approach to her music has given the singer songwriter a creative confidence that shines through in her captivating vocals and stripped back music. Having developed her bluesy, folk sound busking on the streets of Berlin, Alice has caught the ears of a community of music lovers the world over with her honest storytelling and raw, beautiful voice.

Alice grew up on a mountainside in South Africa listening to her parent's records and indulging her love of theatre, arts and music at a local Waldorf school; a formative time that nurtured her independence and desire to experience music of all styles. This multi-faceted creative upbringing mixed with Alice's natural wanderlust and in 2010, 16-year-old Alice made her first journey to Europe during her summer break from school. Inspired by watching fire dancers in Paris, she began to perform likewise to get enough money to fund her travelling.

That summer Alice roamed between Paris and Amsterdam; experiencing the highs and lows of street performances' underbelly. This vagabond lifestyle was a creative inspiration and gave Alice an enduring taste for the immediacy of street crowds. After returning to South Africa to complete her studies, Alice's path led her back to Europe and she made her way to the German capital - Berlin. The freedom of the city was intoxicating and she immersed herself in the creative world there.

HUSH MOON

From Berlin via Israel comes the funk-lite sound of mid-70s synth-phonic soul.

If the Weeknd’s dad had made an album of louche soul in 1975, during that period between the heyday of Philly and the advent of disco, just before Giorgio Moroder/Donna Summer’s electronification of dance music, it might have sounded like Hush Moss.

Alice Phoebe Lou / Hush Moon

20 May 2018

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9NL

7.00pm

£12.50

NATALIE PRASS

The songs were written, the band was ready, and the studio was booked. Fans and critics alike were eagerly awaiting the follow-up to Natalie Prass’s 2015 self-titled breakout album, a collection hailed by NPR as “a majestic debut,” but perhaps no one was more eager for record number two than Prass herself. She’d waited what felt like a lifetime to release that first album and then toured the world relentlessly behind it, sharing bills with the likes of Fleet Foxes and The War on Drugs on her way to becoming one of the year’s most talked-about artists. By the time recording sessions were scheduled to begin, she was absolutely dying to launch the next chapter, which made what happened next all the more shocking: she scrapped the whole thing.

“The record was ready to go, and then the election happened,” explains Prass. “I was devastated. It made me question what it means to be a woman in America, whether any of the things I thought were getting better were actually improving, who I am and what I believe in. I knew I would be so upset with myself if I didn’t take the opportunity to say some of the things that meant so much to me, so I decided to rewrite the record. I needed to make an album that was going to get me out of my funk, one that would hopefully lift other people out of theirs, too, because that’s what music is all about.”

The result is ‘The Future And The Past,’ a stunning work of art and a powerful feminist statement from an artist who’s only just begun to tap into the full range of her considerable powers. Reuniting Prass with producer and long-time friend Matthew E. White, the album is at once celebratory and defiant, capturing all the joy, frustration, fear and hope inherent in modern womanhood as it synthesizes the influence of everything from vintage gospel and 80’s pop to 90’s R&B and Brazilian Tropicália. Prass displays a rare gift for transcending time and place in her songwriting, tapping into age-old struggles for autonomy and equality that resonate profoundly in the present.

Though she’d been honing her craft and paying her dues for years, Prass first emerged to international acclaim in 2015, when her debut record earned its rightfully rapturous reception. Rolling Stone swooned for the Virginia native’s “beguiling voice and refined taste,” while Pitchfork praised her album as a “smoldering perspective on passionate romance,” and The New Yorker simply called it “timeless.” She appeared on the Martin Scorsese-helmed HBO series Vinyl, performed on the BBC’s Later… With Jools Holland, and CBS This Morning, and racked up more than ten million streams on Spotify. Before long, she was headlining dates around the world and playing festival stages from Bonnaroo and Rock En Seine to End Of The Road and Forecastle.

Natalie Prass

08 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Electric Brixton

Town Hall Parade, Brixton
London
SW2 1RJ

7.00pm

£16

 

KEVIN MORBY

His fourth album, City Music works as a counterpart to Morby’s acclaimed 2016 release Singing Saw, an autobiographical set that reflected the solitude and landscape in which it was recorded. Saw was imagined as “an old bookshelf with a young Bob and Joni staring back at me, blank and timeless. They live here, in this left side of my brain, smoking cigarettes and playing acoustic guitars while lying on an unmade bed.”

And now follows City Music, the yang to its yin, the heads to its tails. It is a collection crafted using the other side of its creator’s brain, the jumping off point perhaps best once again encapsulated by an image. “Here, Lou Reed and Patti Smith stare out at the listener,” explains Morby. “Stretched out on a living room floor they are somewhere in mid-70s Manhattan, also smoking cigarettes.” It finds Morby exploring similar themes of solitude, but this time framed by a window of an uptown apartment that looks down upon an international urban landscape “exposed like a giant bleeding wound.”

Kevin Morby

22 Aug 2018

+ special guests

Hackney Arts Centre

17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.00pm

£16

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the mastermind of the New Zealand-born, Portland, Oregon-based musician Ruban Nielson, today also announces a live show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 21st November 2018. The London show at The Roundhouse on 24th May 2018 is now sold out, two months upfront of the date.

The follow-up to Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s critically acclaimed record Multi-Love, Sex & Food sees Nielson tap into both familiar and unexpected territory. The delightfully shape-shifting album filters real-deal serious themes such as "What are we consuming? How is it affecting us, and why does everything feel so bad and weird sometimes?” through a vibrant sonic lens that spans battered drum-machine funk, doomy and thrashing rock and pink-hued psychedelic disco. It’s not a dark record, per se. Even the album’s title, Sex & Food, focuses on two of the most undeniably pleasurable experiences in life; positivity despite the strangeness of our times.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

21 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Royal Albert Hall

Kensington Gore
London
SW7 2AP

7.30pm

Various

JULIEN BAKER

Julien Baker’s solo debut, Sprained Ankle, was one of the most widely acclaimed works of 2015. The album, recorded by an 18-year-old and her friend in only a few days, was a bleak yet hopeful, intimate document of staggering experiences and grace, centered entirely around Baker’s voice, guitar, and unblinking honesty. Sprained Ankle appeared on year-end lists everywhere from NPR Music to The AV Club to New York Magazine’s Vulture.

With Turn Out The Lights, the now 21-year-old Baker returns to a much bigger stage, but with the same core of breathtaking vulnerability and resilience. From its opening moments —when herchiming, evocative melody is accompanied by swells of strings —Turn Out The Lights throws open the doors to the world without sacrificing the intimacy that has become a hallmark of her songs. The album explores how people live and come to terms with their internal conflict, and the alternately shattering and redemptive ways these struggles playout in relationships. Baker casts an unflinching and accepting eye on the duality of –and contradictions in –the human experience, at times evenfinding humor and joy in the midst of suffering. She ultimately calls on herlisteners to move beyond “good” and “bad,” or “happy” and “sad,” to embrace more complex truths.

The album was recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in her hometown of Memphis, TN, and mixed by Craig Silvey (The National, Florence & the Machine, Arcade Fire). This evolution fromSprained Ankle’sintentionally spareproduction allowed greater scope and freedom for Baker,who is still the album’s sole writer and producer. Strings and woodwinds now shade the corners of her compositions, and Baker takes topiano rather than guitar on several tracks. In songs like the epic “Claws In Your Back,” these new textures push Baker’s work to cinematic heights of intensity.

Julien Baker returns to London with a headline show at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, 29 September.

BECCA MANCARI

Born in Staten Island, New York, to an Italian-Irish preacher and a Puerto Rican mother, Mancari has lived a life of transition - from working as a janitor in South Florida, to writing songs with train hoppers in the Blue Ridge Mountains and seeking spirituality in India. But it was her time in Virginia and Nashville where she found the roots music that would continue to inspire her musical evolution to today.

Her anticipated debut album, "Good Woman," is hauntingly lonesome, with dust-cloud swells of electric guitar and don't-look- back lyrics revealing scenes from Mancari’s well-travelled story. She recalls, “I remember being 19, and I would go to this old warehouse where a bunch of old timers would be siting around picking and drinking moonshine…and we are talking straight up moonshine. "During this time, Mancari's curiosity to see the world with eager, fresh eyes grew, drawing her to travel and experience all types of people and places. Her travels would inevitably impact her music; since her music is the landscape of all she's seen, “Good Woman” evokes the sound of city grit and the mountain music of her youth, swirling into a fresh, nostalgic sound.

Tickets on sale now!

Julien Baker / Becca Mancari

29 Sep 2018

O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Shepherd's Bush Green, White City
London
W12 8TT

7.00pm

£17.50

DREAM WIFE

Dream Wife is more than just a band, Dream Wife is a way of life. You’ll struggle to find a tighter knit trio than the fabulously fierce Rakel Mjöll (vocals), Alice Go (guitar) and Bella Podpadec (bass), whose art school roots have informed their all-encompassing aesthetic and sharp eye for detail. This band aren’t just about bashing out insanely good guitar bangers that conjure up visions of Blondie by way of Bikini Kill, ESG and Pat Benetar – though on the songs that make up their debut album, out 2018, they certainly do that too – they’re about creating a wonderful world to dive into headfirst and everyone is invited along for the ride.

“We’re definitely a pop band,” explains Alice of their sound and style, which worships at the twin totems of David Bowie and Madonna. “I don’t think there’s any shame in that. There’s the assumption that pop doesn’t have integrity, but that’s not true.” Integrity is not something Dream Wife are short on. A scene unto themselves, their gigs are a riot of handmade props and stage sets that cover everything from space beaches to haunted graveyards, while their finely tuned show is the product of extreme DIY beginnings. Despite only having four songs, in their very early days they took themselves off out on the road, without a booking agent, promoter or a tour manager. “We were a wild band,” says Alice. “In fact, we were basically feral.” Somehow, it worked and Dream Wife had tours of Europe and Canada under their belts before they even entertained the idea of getting serious representation. “We didn’t have any idea what we were doing but we still did it,” says Rakel of their somewhat unconventional start.

Despite the fact that they’re now fully ensconced in the London scene, their self-starting outsider status has stuck with them, lending everything a whisper of weirdness and a whole lot of passion. The band’s commitment to collaboration means they’re also a melting pot for the young, unconventional creatives who are involved with making Dream Wife one of those magical multi-media happenings around. “At the start we didn’t know what it would be,” explains Alice. “It still feels like we could do a lot of things with this project.” Deeply involved in the visual side of the group, they’ve worked with the likes of feminist photographer Francesca Allen, Ione Gamble of the cult Polyster zine and artist Meg Lavender who as well as creating high-concept, low-budget photoshoots for the band, is also currently on a recruitment drive for the Bad Bitch Club, a fan-first collective of the tough, talented no-shit women who can be found in a Dream Wife crowd. “It’s not just about us three. The band aren’t on a different level to the fans,” says Alice. “It’s much more fun to let people in,” adds Rakel. “That’s why our shows are so good!”

It’s the songs too that make the shows, from the fiery fury of the Spice Girls-referencing ‘FUU’ to the new wave politico-pop of ‘Somebody’ and euphoric old school indie hit ‘Fire’. These are songs in the classic mould – big, beautiful and crazily catchy. And, of course, there’s the three dynamic women at the band’s core. Alice is convinced the group’s drive and dedication comes from the fact they’re all fire symbols. “We’re a power trio,” she says. “There’s a crazy energy between us.” Bella is in agreement; “It is magic when we’re together.” Get ready to fall under Dream Wife’s spell.

Dream Wife

31 Oct 2018

+ special guests

KOKO

1A Camden High St
London
NW1 7JE

6.30pm

£12.50

FRANCOBOLLO

Distorted, childlike, energetic, excitable, mischievous; quite simply Francobollo is everything you ever wanted for Christmas, but were too afraid to ask. The members, who met at school in Lund, Sweden, cut their teeth in North London warehouse parties, the band are equally at home in intimate holes as they are on big festival stages; always oozing with joy; winning over audiences with ease. 2017 was an exciting and busy year on the road for Francobollo, who toured with The Big Moon, Marika Hackman and Coheed & Cambria, as well as playing numerous major showcases and festivals before embarking on a 24-date UK and European headline tour in the Autumn.

Mercury Prize and Brit Award winning producer Charlie Andrew took great interest in the band after seeing them play live, making them the first signing to his newly established label  Square Leg Records , with the band’s debut album  Long Live Life   being released in the summer of 2017.   The record itself was a test as to how to capture the band’s onstage spirit - which they’re now renowned for. This resulted in an unorthodox approach to recording the majority of the album - in front of an audience, with an aim to inject the Francobollo personality into the recordings.

BENIN CITY

A sultry piece of Afro dub blues‘ Q Magazine
‘one of the UK's most exciting new bands’ Huffington Post
'a genuinely unique proposition' Clash Mag
'a promising debut' DIY
'they’re seriously something special.' Indie Shuffle
This is a 21st century record through and through, one whose sonics sit comfortably next to The xx and Kode 9' Arts Desk

WYLDEST

North London’s ’80’s-influenced dream pop trio Wyldest feature songwriter/producer Zoe Mead, multi-instrumentalist Mariin Kallikorm and drummer Jack Gooderham.

With the release of their second EP 'Hitchhiker' in September 2017, they have enjoyed continued support from NME, The Independent, The Telegraph, Huw Stephens (BBC Radio One), Gary Crowley (BBC Introducing), Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6) and Virgin Radio.

Wyldest are currently self-producing their first album to be released early spring 2018 following a string of international shows at SXSW and a UK tour.

"The band have arrived fully-formed and ready to take the next collective step" The Independent

“An enthralling return, with the band's textural exploration taking them further than ever” CLASH

Francobollo / Benin City / Wyldest

29 May 2018

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7.30pm

£9.50

ARIEL PINK

Los Angeles’s prodigal songwriting son Ariel Pink shares his eleventh studio album, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, September 15.

The album’s title makes a direct and heartfelt reference to a real-life L.A. musician, long presumed dead, who resurfaced online in 2007 after 35 reclusive years to pen his autobiography and tragic life story in a series of blogs and YouTube tirades. “His book and life resonated with me to such a degree,” Pink states, “that I felt a need to dedicate my latest record to him.”

Dedicated to Bobby Jameson begins at the end and ends at the beginning. “We follow the protagonist through a battery of tests and milestones, the first of which sees him reborn into life out of death,” Pink explains, referencing the opening track “Time To Meet Your God.” “From there, he seesaws his way between the innocent love and the rock-solid edifice of childhood-worn trauma that together constitute his lifelong initiation into the realm of artifice and theatrical disposability.”

TIM BURGESS

Tim Burgess is best known as the singer in The Charlatans but outside of the band he has recorded 3 solo albums and album with experimental composer Peter Gordon. His record label, O Genesis has released output as varied as R Stevie Moore, Ian Rankin and the Sound archive from Jodrell Bank radio telescope. Add in Tim Peaks, his travelling festival stage and coffee shop, two best selling books and DJ sets around the world and that’s one pretty full C.V.

JORGE ELBRECHT

Jorge Elbrecht (born in San Jose, Costa Rica 1978) is a music producer and visual artist. He lives and works between Costa Rica, New York and Los Angeles.

Ariel Pink / Tim Burgess / Jorge Elbrecht

14 Aug 2018

Heaven

17 Villiers St
London
WC2N 6NG

7.00pm

£18

OSHUN

OSHUN is an independent Hip-Hop / Soul duo and the sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism. Using digital and acoustic sounds, heavy drums and bass, and ambient harmonic textures, OSHUN connects with the spirit of their ancestors to manifest a sweeter tomorrow for us all.

Since the release of their debut mixtape ASASE YAA in 2015, OSHUN has amassed a social following of over 150k people between Youtube (youtube.com/oshun), Instagram (@oshun), and Facebook (facebook.com/oshuniverse) alone. They’ve been recognized by media heavy hitters such as Rolling Stone, The FADER, Viceland, Huffington Post, NPR, Essence, and Vogue (just to name a few). They've also performed throughout the U.S. and Brazil all while remaining full-time college students at NYU.

Oshun

14 May 2018

+ special guests

Ghost Notes

Peckham Levels 95A Rye Lane,
London
SE15 4ST

7.30pm

£10

ALELA DIANE

In music, one of the most transformative experiences a woman can have is also an unspoken artistic taboo: Have a baby if you must. But for goodness’ sake, don’t write songs about it. Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Alela Diane has a problem with that.

“This music is about motherhood,” Alela says of her highly anticipated fifth album Cusp. “Even just by saying that, it feels like people will write you off. It’s like you’ve suddenly lost the charm of being youthful and even attainable––you’ve been commoditized as available. There is not a big place in the music industry for 30-something women with kids making music.” She laughs as she pauses, then adds, “Maybe we can create that space.”

If anyone can carve out needed new territory, it’s Alela. Cusp may be a thematic departure for the Portland, Oregon-based artist, but the Argus-eyed writing and clear voice that have long-since wowed Pitchfork, NME, Paste, and other early adopters throughout Europe and elsewhere have never been stronger.

Alela Diane

19 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Union Chapel

Compton Terrace
London
N1 2UN

7pm

£20

STARCRAWLER

If you’ve been listless and laid low by apathy, there’s only one prescription – more Starcrawler!

The dynamic young L.A.-bred quartet has been wiping the jaded looks off audiences across their hometown since making their live debut back in 2016, dragging the unsuspecting into their universe with hooks that sink into the synapses and refuse to let go – and enough electricity to light up the entire Sunset Strip.

The jolts they deliver come from a number of directions, none more direct than singer Arrow de Wilde, whose penchant for intense, sometimes assaultive, physicality is matched by a full-throated hard rock wail that tightropes between glam-rock sensuality and full-metal-jacket menace.

Starcrawler

20 Jun 2018

+ special guests

The Garage

20-22 Highbury Corner
London
N5 1RD

7.30pm

£12

TOTALLY MILD

Following their successful debut record Down Time, Melbourne’s Totally Mild are gearing up for round two. 2015 saw a bold breakthrough for the band. Down Time was awarded with Albums of the Week and high rotation on domestic radio, three nominations at the Age Music Victoria Awards (including Best Album), a European tour with labelmates Terrible Truths, and lauded sets at industry conference BIGSOUND and the Meredith Music Festival.

Down Time attracted attention overseas with Pitchfork calling single ‘Move On’ “a shining talisman for the heartbroken” and BrooklynVegan praising singer Liz Mitchell’s voice and “her lovely songs and the just-so jangly arrangements.”

Totally Mild began with singer/guitarist Liz Mitchell and guitarist Zach Schneider, high school friends who met in choir and played together through several bands of varying teenage quality. Going to shows around Melbourne, they found the two people who would become Totally Mild’s other half: Lehmann B Smith, playing with local heroes Kes Band, who encouraged Mitchell to release some of the songs she’d been writing since she was 10 – he would later join on bass – and Ashley Bundang, playing with Hot Palms, who partied the night away with Mitchell and became instant friends – the night which served as the inspiration for Down Time’s ‘The Next Day’. Mitchell was going through a period of extremes, counterbalancing depression with hedonism, and began writing songs inspired by the coexisting feelings of romance and self-destruction. Schneider strung Mitchell’s guitar like a ukulele, and with a chorus pedal, Mitchell began forming Totally Mild’s now distinctive sound.

CASTORP

Introducing Castorp, aka Welsh-blooded, South-London based Steffan Davies – a new artist with emotional wisdom far beyond his years, channeling beautifully wistful songwriting for daydreamers lost in love, in life, in work. Davies’ songs are brimming cauldrons of haunting melody, fusing the world-weariness of the classic balladeer with his commitment to finding greener pastures. Already likened to the affecting directness of Scott Walker and the shimmering strut of Mac DeMarco, his songs are melancholic treasures to carry in your pocket as a tonic to the world’s cruel stings.

Castorp’s portraits of daydreaming and longing glow with hopeful heart, conjuring up warm escapist fantasies, while soaring falsettos, lush synthesisers and twinkling guitar lines sway together above the distinctive tight grooves and the heartfelt honesty of Davies’ delivery. For those gazing out of their bedroom window transfixed by possibility - these songs offer a slender hand to join Davies’ expedition for a kaleidoscopic alternative.

Listen here - hyperurl.co/youreamystery

LIFE MODELS

Based in North London, Life Models tend to reside at the intersection of precision and disorder. Nothing excites them more than the slapdash concision of Guided By Voices. Fuse that blueprint with a clinical Nick Cave obsession and years of hopping between the musical melting pots of Melbourne and London, and what do you get? Well nothing revolutionary, but something shouty and rough, melodic and exact. Led by four voices and eyes glued to the sticky dance floor, sometimes it’ll sound familiar, sometimes hack like a tired frog.

Popular Culture: Totally Mild / Castorp / Life Models

23 Mar 2018

+ and RFB DJs

The Finsbury

336 Green Lanes, Harringay
London
N4 1BY

8pm

£6

AMBER ARCADES

Amber Arcades returns to London with a Heartbreak. Tickets are now on sale for the very special show at Omeara on 7th June 2018, a chance to hear new songs for the first time.

Tickets on sale now.

Amber Arcades

07 Jun 2018

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7.30pm

£10

LET'S EAT GRANDMA

"An Alchemic Pop Duo With an Unbreakable Bond"  SPIN
"chilling and impressive" Pitchfork
"the best band name we've heard in quite some time - and fortunately, the music can live up to it." Clash

Tickets are on sale now!

Let’s Eat Grandma

27 Sep 2018

+ special guests

Heaven

17 Villiers St
London
WC2N 6NG

6.30pm

£12.50

SOLD OUT

SNAIL MAIL

Snail Mail, the moniker of 18-year-old Lindsey Jordan, will release its full-length debut in 2018, following the 2016 release of its introductory EP, Habit. The Baltimore singer, songwriter, and guitar prodigy is the latest addition to the renowned Matador Records roster, having bowled them over with her powerhouse vocals, preternaturally wise lyrics, and mind-bogglingly technical compositions.

Snail Mail’s Habit EP was quickly noticed by both national press outlets and touring bands alike, landing Jordan the kind of attention that most of Mary Timony’s guitar students (yes, for real, she’s been classically trained for over thirteen years AND studied under fellow Matador guitar wiz Timony, while also juggling hockey practice) can only dream of -- a New York Times Sunday Arts cover, a Pitchfork Rising feature, a FADER Gen F feature, a spotlight in V Magazine, and tours with Girlpool, Priests, and Waxahatchee.

Snail Mail

15 May 2018

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£8.50

FLORIST

Florist is a soft-synthesizer-folk band and the friendship project of Emily Sprague, Rick Spataro, and Jonnie Baker. Born in the Catskill Mountains in 2012, the three began making music together after discovering their shared love for many things musical and for each other.

PORRIDGE RADIO (SOLO)

Named "the greatest band in the world" by Everett True on the strength of half a song, Porridge Radio began as Dana Margolin’s bedroom project. Now a Brighton-based 5-piece, they inelegantly knot together vicious, furious emotional outpour with beautifully melodic pop songs.

After a series of home-recorded solo demos, a split EP with West America, and the growing legend of their live shows, they released their first full band LP, 'Rice, Pasta and Other Fillers' in 2016, on Memorials of Distinction. Recorded in a garden shed, their lofi debut documents struggles with life, love and boredom, and showcases the scrapbook absurdism at Porridge Radio's core. Faced with the dark abyss of existence, the band scrapes together value from the nonsensical and the pointless, and then cling to it, giggling, for dear life.

They have since become regulars on the UK DIY punk circuit, started recording a second album, and have been selected by The Guardian as favourites to watch in 2018. Porridge Radio are overwhelmed.

Florist / Porridge Radio (Solo)

07 Apr 2018

Stoke Newington Old Church

Stoke Newington Church St
London
N16 9ES

6pm

£8

YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN

There’s a whole world contained within Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. They’re a Noh-Wave prog collective, a black-and-white (and sometimes red) theatre company, an operatic psych cult, and the speculative prophets of humanity’s impending doom. Above it all, though, they’re a thunderous rock band, and on their third album, DIRT, they’re the heaviest they’ve ever been.

Though they’ve been an amorphous beast since they formed in 2010, DIRT follows the group’s most significant evolution in years. Now totally Toronto-based, they’ve added new singer Joanna Delos Reyes, guitarist Hiroki Tanaka and bassist Brandon Lim, who, along with the towering drums of leader/artist Alaska B, singer/theatre artist Ange Loft and keyboardist Brendan Swanson, turn the group into a driving engine of sound. Live, the band can be sprawling and theatrical or concise and visceral, filling the stage with noise, melody and cacophony.

DIRT is the band’s first album since 2013’s UZU, their second straight to be shortlisted for the Polaris Prize as one of the best Canadian albums of the year. But the gap between albums hasn’t been a hiatus. Instead, the group hunkered down in the studio composing the mostly-instrumental score to the DrinkBox Studios video game Severed, along with members of the Canadian-Filipina gong group Pantayo. They emerged with new elements to heighten and distort into their already far- reaching sound, which combines and tornadoes Asian diasporic and Indigenous influences and perspectives.

YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN

20 Jun 2018

+ special guests

Electrowerkz

7 Torrens Street
London
EC1V 1NQ

7.30pm

£12

SOCCER MOMMY

“I don’t want to be your fucking dog,” sings Soccer Mommy’s Sophie Allison on “Your Dog,” a highlight from her new album Clean. Over knotty, distorted guitars and churning bass, Allison is equal turns confrontational and vulnerable. “I want a love that lets me breathe/I’ve been choking on your leash.” It’s a mission statement, a reclamation of power, a rewriting of all indie rock’s rules.

Soccer Mommy is the project of twenty-year-old Sophie Allison, a Nashville native. She cut her teeth in her local DIY scene, going to shows and hanging out with other musicians, though she kept her own songwriting secret. “I’ve played music since I was six,” says Allison, “and I always wrote songs just for myself. I did it for fun, posting songs on Tumblr, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud. I didn’t think anyone would notice.”

Soccer Mommy

13 Sep 2018

+ special guests

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd, Kings Cross
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£11

VISIONS

"Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own Visions. Their goals differed, but they all had this in common: that the step was first, the road new, the Visions unborrowed, and the response they received — hatred. We headline Visions Festival on the 4th August.” - HMLTD

VISIONS festival announces its first wave of music acts and additional non-music events. The East London multi-venue festival returns on Saturday 4th August 2018.

Last year saw VISIONS celebrate its fifth edition with performances from SOPHIE, Liars, Zebra Katz, Blanck Mass, Jenny Hval, Shame, Goat Girl, Cosmo Pyke, Kero Kero Bonito and more. The one-day event has progressively grown each year adding new venues, spaces and outdoor spots within London Fields, with past performances from the likes of Young Fathers, Holy Fuck, The Fat White Family, Jens Lekman, Poliça, Camera Obscura, ESG, Perfume Genius, Loyle Carner, !!!, Mykki Blanco, Elf Kid, Anna Calvi, Perfume Genius, Andrew WK and Micachu.

For VISIONS 2018 the festival welcomes HMLTD – following their sold out Electric Ballroom show and ahead of their forthcoming debut album, the hugely exciting London collective will play a special set and look to create a unique playing space in one of the Visions venues. Fast-rising punk band IDLES also join the bill for an exclusive London festival performance following the release of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Brutalism’.

VISIONS is also thrilled to host some of the best alternative acts from around the world, including American indie-rock band Chastity Belt and Zambian born singer-songwriter Sampa The Great. Canadian electronic duo Blue Hawaii and Australian multi-instrumentalist Carla Dal Forno will also perform. VISIONS will also have some of the best new talent from across London on the bill. BBC Sound of 2018 nominee Nilifur Yanya will perform, alongside saxophonist and singer-songwriter Laura Misch and newcomers Girlhood, Sports Team, Black Midi and DUDS.

Many more acts are still to be announced in the coming weeks.

VISIONS also offers various non-music events which include firm favourites such as the Dog Show, Record and Zine Fair and the Street Food & Craft Beer Market. We are excited to welcome back Punk Rock Karaoke. More to be announced in the coming months.

Visions Festival

04 Aug 2018

IDLES, HMLTD, CHASTITY BELT, NILÜFER YANYA, SAMPA THE GREAT, LAURA MISCH, BLUE HAWAII, CARLA DAL FORNO, DUDS, SPORTS TEAM, GIRLHOOD, BLACK MIDI, HONEY HARPER and more TBA

Various East London venues
London
E2 9DT

3pm

£30

LOST HORIZONS

​​On September 14th 2018  at the South Bank's Queen Elizabeth Hall (newly refurbished and open again now after exactly 3 years) Lost Horizons' acclaimed album Ojalá will played LIVE in full for the first and probably only time ever with an amazing array of the album's original featured singers, including Tim Smith in his first live performance since his last show with Midlake in 2012, Ghostpoet, Marissa Nadler, Liela Moss (The Duke Spirit), Soffie Viemose (Lowly), Hazel Wilde (Lanterns On The Lake), Cameron Neal (Horse Thief) Hilang Child, Bethany Cannon, Phil McDonnell and Gemma Dunleavy.

Lost Horizons is the new musical project of former–Cocteau Twin and Bella Union boss Simon Raymonde and Richie Thomas of early 4AD figureheads Dif Juz. Their debut album Ojalá came out in November last year, was Album Of The Month in Rough Trade's Album Club, BBC6Music Album of the Day, and with a string of sell out shows, the band will be busy throughout 2018 playing a number of high profile festivals.

The QEH show however is a real one-off. What seemed an impossible and unlikely task, bringing all these singers from around the globe together for one special night, is now a reality, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall is the perfect setting for such a moment.

Lost Horizons

14 Sep 2018

+ special guests

Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

7.30pm

£15 - £17.50

BILL RYDER-JONES

Hear multi-instrumentalist, composer, and singer Bill Ryder-Jones play from his latest album.

Ryder-Jones has had a career spanning 15 years – and counts musicians such as Courtney Barnett, Richard Hawley and Noel Gallagher as fans.

His talent stretches from a musical interpretation of Italo Calvino’s classic postmodernist novel <em>If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller</em> (2011's <em>If…</em>) to a top-ten <em>MOJO magazine</em> album of the year in 2016, West Kirby County Primary

Ryder-Jones weaves an overarching sense of authenticity, intimacy and wryness into this music, and consistently explores different songwriting styles while keeping a strong sense of self.

‘A magical, colossal talent… that spills melody and emotion’ The Guardian

OUR GIRL

Our Girl have been wowing a growing army of listeners ever since their debut gig supporting Honeyblood in September 2015. It was during that fledging performance that singer/guitarist Soph Nathan realised that, of the five bands she was then playing in, Our Girl was the perfect home for her redoubtable songwriting.

The product of a thriving Brighton scene that includes The Magic Gang, Dream Wife and Abattoir Blues, the band are capable of switching from stark tenderness to pulverising noise in a flash. Nathan's honest, personal lyrics float in a delicious array of sounds: rhythmic drum and guitar hooks make dynamic jumps to thick garage-rock riffs, then suddenly cut to beautiful, intimate moments of lone guitar and reverb-hugged vocals.

Bill Ryder-Jones / Our Girl

20 Sep 2018

Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

7.30pm

£15 - £17.50

MUTUTAL BENEFIT

'Skip a Sinking Stone', the new album by Mutual Benefit (aka Jordan Lee) is a two-part meditation on impermanence that also acts as a portrait of growing up. Mutual Benefit’s work has been praised as being vulnerable and warmhearted. This new album, his debut for Transgressive, has a similar sensibility, patiently built from carefully chosen lines illustrated by lush astral folk and intricately composed arrangements that manage to appear effortless.

BAD NEWS CLUB

A truly exciting new artist releasing his music through Transgressive Records imprint paradYse (Loyle Carner, Blaenavon, Marika Hackman, Spring King)

In his own words; I am a 22 year old human with some sad music just for you. Welcome to Bad News Club, friend.

Tickets on sale now.

Mutual Benefit (Solo) / Bad News Club

24 May 2018

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£10

AISHA DEVI

No one on this planet sounds like Aïsha Devi. Her voice is her most powerful tool in a repertoire that includes thumping beats and rave stabs, seraphic and guttural throat singing, mystical linguistics and corporeal sonics. Her music is spiritual and her live shows are transcendent experiences. She is a rebel and a radical alchemist who is breaking down barriers and traversing dimensions with her art.

Born by the Swiss alps with Nepalese-Tibetan heritage, a transversal of  cultural and spiritual identity was forged, guiding both her personal and creative process as a non-conformed seeker. Devi applies meditation techniques in her approach to production and performance, channeling metaphysical research, ritualistic practice and healing frequencies into an alternate club paradigm. Dislocating pop culture, also evident in her mixes for NTS, FACT, etc., is one of her foundational tools and stylistic signatures.

Aisha Devi

14 Jun 2018

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£11

S. CAREY

Hundred Acres finds Carey at his most confident, mature, and grounded, writing the strongest songs of his career. At its core, the album is a poetic treatise on what is truly necessary in life, a surprisingly utilitarian art project that underscores the power of enduring. Carey challenges himself and the listener to strive for a near-utopian ideal of returning to a simpler way of life, and loving those around you, to heal personal wounds.

Carey employed a smaller, more focused scale of instrumentation on Hundred Acres, centered around guitar, synths, pedal steel, strings, drums and percussion, with his soothing vocals front and center -- more distinct than ever. In effect, the album’s production echoes its underlying message: the beauty in simplicity. Relying on more traditional song structures instead of the Steve Reich-ian repetitions of his past work, a new balance is struck that creates something unique. The result is a collection of poetic yet clear-eyed songs that both stand brightly on their own and tightly weave together to create a powerful album.

WILL SAMSON

Born in December 1988, Will Samson is a British-born musician currently based in Brussels, Belgium.

Since the release of Balance in 2012 (mastered by Nils Frahm & released by Karaoke Kalk), Will has been exploring the spaces between ambient, electronic, experimental & folk music. His long-held love and fascination with the sounds of tape that were presented on this early album still remain a central feature of his music.

Balance was shortly followed up in 2013 with the EP Light Shadows. The four songs introduced the use of subtle electronics and violins – which gradually developed and grew to become prominent features in the succeeding solo album, Ground Luminosity.

Tickets on sale now

S. Carey / Will Samson

04 Oct 2018

Cecil Sharp House

2 Regent's Park Rd, Camden Town
London
NW1 7AY

7.30pm

£14

TOTALLY MILD

Following their successful debut record Down Time, Melbourne’s Totally Mild are gearing up for round two. 2015 saw a bold breakthrough for the band. Down Time was awarded with Albums of the Week and high rotation on domestic radio, three nominations at the Age Music Victoria Awards (including Best Album), a European tour with labelmates Terrible Truths, and lauded sets at industry conference BIGSOUND and the Meredith Music Festival.

Down Time attracted attention overseas with Pitchfork calling single ‘Move On’ “a shining talisman for the heartbroken” and BrooklynVegan praising singer Liz Mitchell’s voice and “her lovely songs and the just-so jangly arrangements.”

Totally Mild began with singer/guitarist Liz Mitchell and guitarist Zach Schneider, high school friends who met in choir and played together through several bands of varying teenage quality. Going to shows around Melbourne, they found the two people who would become Totally Mild’s other half: Lehmann B Smith, playing with local heroes Kes Band, who encouraged Mitchell to release some of the songs she’d been writing since she was 10 – he would later join on bass – and Ashley Bundang, playing with Hot Palms, who partied the night away with Mitchell and became instant friends – the night which served as the inspiration for Down Time’s ‘The Next Day’. Mitchell was going through a period of extremes, counterbalancing depression with hedonism, and began writing songs inspired by the coexisting feelings of romance and self-destruction. Schneider strung Mitchell’s guitar like a ukulele, and with a chorus pedal, Mitchell began forming Totally Mild’s now distinctive sound.

CHAMPYONS

Champyons is a 3-piece band and producer collective based in Berlin. Mixing traditional song and sample-driven beat-making, Champyons incorporates RnB, Rock and electronic elements into a collage of popular culture and musical references that transcends classic genre definitions. Their style is particularly defined by a mix of 70s-informed instrumentation and modern production elements centered around singer Dennis’s distinctive voice. Now only in their mid-20s, Champyons go back more than 15 years. Starting out as a school band in their early teenage years, the trio composed of Dennis Neuer (vocals/ keys), Felix Drachau (bass/ guitar) and Phil Koelzer (drums) soon started writing original songs and, by the age of 16, had already gathered a good deal of professional recording studio experience.

Totally Mild / Champyons

24 Mar 2018

+ special guests

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£7

THE AMUSEMENT ARCADE

We present to you a special night of comedy by the sea at Dreamland Margate’s beautiful Grade II-listed Ballroom.  The Amusement Arcade, featuring James Acaster and full line-up!

James Acaster – ‘Mock the Week’ regular, ‘Live at the Apollo’ star and five-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee – headlines on April 27.

Plus support from 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Jordan Brookes, Comedy Central’s Evelyn Mok and fast-rising star Tom Lucy as MC.

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The Amusement Arcade: James Acaster / Jordan Brookes / Evelyn Mok / MC Tom Lucy

27 Apr 2018

Dreamland's Ballroom

49-51 Marine Terrace
Margate
CT9 1XJ

7.00pm

£15

SOLD OUT

WESTERMAN

After the wistful ambience of his Call And Response EP, a record steeped in leftfield antecedents like Nick Drake, David Byrne and Arthur Russell, Westerman’s latest single ‘Confirmation’ emerges after a momentary spell of deliberation for the West London artist.

As Westerman says: “‘Confirmation’ is about the difficulties of infinite choice - and the allure of impulsiveness.” Ostensibly a message that applies to his own creative process, Westerman observes its omnipresence in all of our lives. The feeling of “trying too hard when actually the best ideas come when you’re just going with it. It's a self critique as well as an exploration of a wider point regarding the debilitating risks of having too many things going on internally and externally.” 

As a result it marks a sharp progression in Westerman’s sound. From the striking early work which revealed a respectfully awed reverence for his influences, ‘Confirmation’ sees Westerman channelling the spirit of origination in those influences rather than directly referencing them sonically. It continues a string of collaborations with electronic producer Bullion which have sculpted Westerman’s sound from the beatific minimalism of before, into a more ambient and textured project, unafraid to take risks.

GRACE LIGHTMAN

Grace Lightman started out fronting London psychedelic band The Hypnotic Eye before embarking on her solo career in 2015 following a chance meeting with producer and collaborator Patrick James Pearson. The pair bonded over a mutual admiration for ‘60s sci-fi, Twin Peaks and sad songs, with Grace shaping her sensual and timeless vocal around honest, unflinching melodies, hypnotic synth swells and sparing beats recalling Nico and Francois Hardy. BBC 6 Music tastemaker Lauren Laverne moved quickly to declare her debut outing ‘Vapour Trails’ both a Headphones Moment and an MPFree on her show, with mainstream and blog media support flooding in soon after.

Set in a world where she questions what it means to be human - through the use of her otherworldly alias, the Silver Eater - Lightman explores the bittersweet powerlessness felt by all people, essentially, laying what it means to be in an adult human relationship bare for all.

Westerman / Grace Lightman

11 Apr 2018

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£8

LA FÉLINE
'Triomphe', the second album from Agnès Gayraud's band, has been unanimously acclaimed by the UK press.

"Mysterious French pop at its finest" Uncut
"A chanson meets electro-pop gem" Q
"Oozes with delicious pop sensibilities" Drowned In Sound

JUNIORE
Ineffably cool, 60-styled indie pop, bringing the spirit of yé-yé into the present day.

KEEP DANCING INC

"If New Order started from scratch in 2018, it’d sound a little like this."

"The NME 100: Essential New Music for 2018."

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Rockfeedback and The Line Of Best Fit Present Oui Love at Birthdays, Dalston on 4 April.

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Oui Love: La Feline / Juniore / Keep Dancing Inc

04 Apr 2018

Birthdays

33-35 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BJ

7.30pm

£7

SOLD OUT

NATALIE PRASS

Though she’d been honing her craft and paying her dues for years, Natalie Prass first emerged to international acclaim in 2015, when her debut record earned its rightfully rapturous reception. Rolling Stone swooned for the Virginia native’s “beguiling voice and refined taste,” while Pitchfork praised her album as a “smoldering perspective on passionate romance,” and The New Yorker simply called it “timeless.” She appeared on the Martin Scorsese-helmed HBO series Vinyl, performed on the BBC’s Later… With Jools Holland, and CBS This Morning, and racked up more than ten million streams on Spotify. Before long, she was headlining dates around the world and playing festival stages from Bonnaroo and Rock En Seine to End Of The Road and Forecastle.

JALEN N'GONDA

Born in Maryland, USA, Jalen N’Gonda chose the city of Liverpool as the place in which he would flourish as a musician. It was at the age of 11 he began getting into music, inspired by his father’s collection of jazz, hip-hop, soul and classical records.

Since moving to Liverpool in 2014 Jalen has been playing gigs across the UK and beyond. Two years later Jalen is selling out headline shows in London and Geneva, is breaking into the Viral Charts with his debut single and is supporting touring act such as Laura Mvula, Martha Reeves and Lauryn Hill at the Montreal Jazz Festival. With his tender soulful voice and bluesy arrangements, Jalen will leave you no choice but to be drawn into his world.

Natalie Prass / Jalen N’Gonda

23 Apr 2018

Bush Hall

310 Uxbridge Rd, Shepherd's Bush
London
W12 7LJ

7.30pm

£15

PUMA BLUE

Puma Blue is the alias of South Londoner Jacob Allen, who has been delicately honing his purposefully paradoxical sound, blending downtown jazz sax lines with J Dilla grooves and a heart-wrenching vocal akin to Jeff Buckley, Chet Baker and Billie Holliday. This blend is completed by Allen's punk-inspired grit and the ferocity of his live performances, backed by a four-piece band, spewing out tortured love songs and sensual rhythms topped by his haunting falsetto vocals.

"Allen has an emotive, fragile voice that you feel could go anywhere, but mainly sticks around the middle-C of your heart strings, strumming away in the Lauryn Hill-approved manner." - London In Stereo

Puma Blue

23 Oct 2018

+ special guests

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd, Kings Cross
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£10

WAXAHATCHEE

Out in the Storm, Katie Crutchfield's fourth album as Waxahatchee and her second release with Merge, is the blazing result of a woman reawakened. Her most autobiographical and honest album to date, Out in the Storm is a self-reflective anchor in the story of both her songwriting and her life. As Crutchfield prepared for the release of her Merge debut Ivy Tripp, she found herself depleted emotionally and professionally amidst the dissolution of a noxious relationship. "Ivy Tripp doesn't really have any resolution. It's a lot of beating around the bush, and superficially trying to see my life clearly, but just barely scratching the surface. Out in the Storm digs into what I was going through without blinking. It's a very honest record about a time in which I was not honest with myself." After much self-examination, Crutchfield found renewed energy and support from her bandmates. With these strong women surrounding her, she found the strength, clarity, and poise to overcome the emotionally taxing Ivy Tripp tour in an explorative space that would result in Out in the Storm.

Waxahatchee

11 Jun 2018

+ special guests

Oval Space

29–32 The Oval
London
E2 9DT

7.00pm

£14.50

DRAHLA

Blending wiry post-punk with unpredictable art-rock, Drahla have established themselves as a formidable and distinctive band across their two sold out 7” singles and the ‘Third Article’ EP. So far they have earned support from a litany of radio shows, magazines and tastemakers, including the likes of BBC 6 Music, DIY, and Loud & Quiet. Formed in late 2015, Drahla quickly found their identity in Yorkshire’s fertile music scene with their minimal yet robust bass-heavy sound. Their reputation as a fervent live act is ever-growing, typified by them being asked to share stages with the likes of Parquet Courts, The Cribs, Buzzcocks, Dream Wife, Menace Beach and more. 

Drahla’s most recent release, the ‘Third Article’ EP, Produced by Hookworms’ MJ, was released at the end of last year on the band’s own Blank Ad label. Drahla followed the release with their first European tour, supporting Metz and the trio will be joining Ought on their UK tour in April. The band are currently working on new material for release later this year.

CRACK CLOUD

Crack Cloud is a multimedia collective, comprising members from different cities, ethnicities and origins, who contribute to the sound, visual aesthetic and beyond – but their latest release, Anchoring Point, i