01 Sep 2016

Get to know September's marvellous bill of support bands - because it's not all about the main event


Way back when, you found your new favourite band by getting down front early and watching the openers. Some might be great, some might be shit and one of them might just turn out to be Radiohead. These days, we know you want to try before you buy - so give this lot a listen from the comfort of your sofa now, and then make sure you head down early throughout September to let them blow you away in real life.

COMMUNIONS (supporting Sunflower Bean - September 15)

Despite hailing from Copenhagen, there's a Northern swagger to Communions' unifying indie soars that marks them out as anthem-crafters in the making. Last year's self-titled EP bounces along, mixing shimmering, smart pop with a 90s grin, while the likes of recent single 'Don't Hold Anything Back' should fill the Scala with ease.

MAN & THE ECHO (supporting Anna of the North)

Self-described as "radical pop", Warrington's Man & The Echo are part art school, arched-eyebrow dancefloor ditties a la Franz Ferdinand, part retro, Last Shadow Puppets-esque cheeky charm. They'll be rocking up for the latest in our [PIAS] Nites collaborations at The Lexington.

AVANTE BLACK (supporting Anna of the North)

Opening up on the night, meanwhile, are Londoners Avante Black. Pulling influence from shoegazers past, with frontwoman Ottila's throaty husk adding a tender touch to their moody, brooding basslines, they're still on early days but worth a bet for an "I was there" moment.

GOAT GIRL (supporting Yung)

There's little to nothing out there in the world about South London quartet Goat Girl yet, so you'll have to trust us when we say this band are special. Their stormy tales take the hypnotic chemistry of Warpaint and set it in angry, politicised young Britain, and they were so mesmerising at RFB's clubnight Popular Culture, we invited them back straight away.

LITTLE CUB (supporting Boxed In)

Personally invited by Boxed In's Oli Bayston to join him at this special album launch show, Little Cub's wonky electronic pop is already winning hearts. All off kilter beats and warm synths, the likes of recent single 'Intent' are easy to love.

LUXURY DEATH (supporting Happyness)

Comprised of Nai Harvest main man Ben Thompson and girlfriend Meg Williams, Luxury Death take the twisted, deadpan romance of early Los Campesinos! and give it a little spit and shine. Far cheerier than Thompson's old outfit, Luxury Death make music to jump to while awkwardly avoiding eye contact with your crush.

SPORTS TEAM (supporting Happyness)

Another band so in their infancy that'll you have to trust our judgement while they prep their first recorded offerings. Sports Team are like Pavement at their most playful, fronted by a Jarvis-esque raconteur with a bloke playing maracas and drinking a can of Stella like a pissed up Bez. Sold? Yeah, thought so.


Check out RFB's full listings here, for September and beyond!

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