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Welsh-born rock legend Bonnie Tyler is one of the most recognizable female rock singers of the last fifty years, with hits that included ‘Holding on For A Hero’, ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ and ‘It’s a Heartache’.
Both ‘It’s a Heartache’ and ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ are among the best-selling singles of all time, with sales in excess of six million each.
Pioneers of the 80s Romantic movement, Spandau Ballet formed in 1978 and had numerous chart topping singles and albums all over the world, some of the most memorable being the singles ‘Gold’, ‘Only When You Leave’, ‘Lifeline’, the epic ‘Through the Barricades’ and of course the international number one ‘True’; the latter famously sampled by PM Dawn in 1991 and featured on Paul Anka’s Rock Swings album in 2005.
As lead singer of Spandau Ballet, Tony Hadley has, over the years, earned the accolade of being one of pop music’s greatest vocalists. In addition to all the band’s songs, many will remember his prominent vocal contribution to the Band Aid UK charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas” and subsequent 1985 London appearance at Live Aid. He also performed solo at the Nelson Mandela Concert at Wembley in June 1988.
Former Go-Go’s singer Belinda Carlisle became a bona-fide global pop sensation during the mid-1980s, with hits that included ‘Heaven is a Place on Earth’, ‘Circle in the Sand’ and ‘Leave a Light On’. Belindacarlisle.tv
First coming to prominence in the late 1990s as lead singer of indie band The Audience, Sophie Ellis Bextor launched a solo career in the early 2000s with the double-platinum album Read My Lips, and achieved global success with singles that included ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’, ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)’, and ‘Get Over You / Move This Mountain.’
Following the release of her new album Familia, Sophie Ellis-Bextor released the single Crystallise on 28th October, via EBGB’s/Red Essential. She has also announced a UK 2017 tour, tickets for which are presently on sale.
The extraordinarily talented Rebecca Ferguson has produced a breathtaking new album ‘Superwoman’. Forged from heartbreak and a tale of lover’s abandonment and the bittersweet joy of giving birth to his child, ‘Superwoman’ is infused with the strength of a woman who has finally taken control. It is the ultimate soundtrack for anyone who has ever had to build themselves back up after a heartbreak Rebecca is stronger, happier and more fearless than ever before.
The working class girl from Liverpool who battled so hard to make it as a singer has become one of the most exciting and compelling artists of our times. Since her break on X Factor six years ago, the once shy and insecure artist has gone on to win fans on both sides of the Atlantic, touring Britain, Europe and America winning plaudits from Adele as well as critics winning comparisons to her heroes Macy Gray and Aretha Franklin. Rebecca – whose timeless, soulful voice flows from the bloodline of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington – has created modern torch songs that will touch anyone who has ever felt the pain of loss.
Lemar achieved international recognition (and bagged a £1 million record deal from Sony) after appearing on the BBC show Fame Academy.
In the years since, he has released a number of critically-acclaimed albums, including Dedicated, Time To Grow, The Reason and more recently, The Letter (2015). Lemar has achieved chart success around the world with singles that included “Dance (with U)”, ‘If There’s Any Justice’ and ‘Time To Grow’ and has toured and played at huge festivals all around the world. He was also one of the artists included on Band Aid 20′s single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”.
Dan Gillespie Sells fronted The Feeling for more than a decade, penning their hit singles ‘Sewn’, ‘Never be Lonely’, ‘Fill My Little World’ and ‘I love It When You Call’. He will be appearing on Saturday night as a special guest vocalist with the Meraki All-Star Band.
As a pioneer of the club scene, passion and persona behind the decks coupled with crowd connection and unrivalled mixing has earned Judge Jules unforgettable sets at the world’s most iconic clubs and festivals including Gatecrasher, Ministry of Sound, Global Gathering and Creamfields.
In the studio, Judge Jules has released over 100 tracks of which ten have reached the top 40 in the UK national charts with countless more gracing the upper reaches of the dance charts. He’s mixed compilations for Ministry of Sound, Universal and Warner Bros, which have racked up over 3 million sales, and he’s currently in the studio gearing up to drop a whole host of new beats for 2017. Earning his place amongst DJ legends, Judge Jules has received accolades such as #1 DJ (Mixmag), Best International DJ (Dancestar Awards), Best Radio DJ (Smirnoff’s Dancestars), and has consistently featured in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, peaking at #3 in the world, alongside the industry’s greatest.
Jules’ presence and reputation in Ibiza is legendary, and his famous brand, Judgement Fridays (formerly Judgement Sundays) is the longest standing DJ residency in Ibiza history. The night continues to pack out its Balearic home week in, week out over the summer season, totting up 16 years of events on the island.
Judge Jules is not planning on slowing down. Instead, he’s continuing to innovate and lead as he always has done taking the ‘Judgement’ brand to the next level in the form of a record label, and UK tour to influence a whole new generation of dance music lovers. Having spent plenty of time locked away in the studio, 2016 saw a serious return to form in terms of productions with the launch of his own ‘Judgement Recordings’ and releases on Coldharbour Recordings, Sirup Music and more. With tracks like ‘Turn On The Lights’, ‘Burn In The Sun’, ‘With A Song’ and ‘Te Quiero’ all gaining high profile support and on chart placements on Beatport, Jules is still very much at the top of his game both behind the decks and in the studio.
With his early ambitions earning him the name Judge Jules, the legal world has become something of a backbone throughout his entire career and having re-trained whilst on tour, during part of the week, in addition to his DJ travels, Jules is a music lawyer with Sheridans, advising labels, DJs, artists and a wide range of other music industry folk. Jules has also lent his expertise in the legal field to a regular ‘Industry Insiders’ column in Mixmag offering advice to up and coming DJs and artists.”Phases come and go, genres are born and laid to rest in the blink of an eye, but one thing is for certain… Judge Jules is here to stay.
The sound that Angie Brown is famous as an all-powerful dynamite house, soul and gospel diva one which can also translate down to a beautiful refreshing almost childlike airy voice but with a touch of smokiness that works on ballads and jazzier tracks.
Angie’s big break came in the early nineties when she was freelancing for an agency in an attempt to become known. Then came Bizarre Inc. who were looking for a big voice to perform their next track following the success of “Playing with knives”. One audition and three months later, “I’m Gonna Get You” was mixed and the pre-sales were 45,000 – it went straight into the UK National charts at #17 and finally rested at #2.With the success of this track, Angie was able to launch a full time career as a vocalist and now appears sometimes as a featured artiste and more recently on all-new projects, she actually co-writes tracks with the DJ or producer as well as performing them. Examples of her more recent work can be heard on various labels including Hed Kandi, Milk & Sugar and Mark Knight’s Toolroom Records.
Angie has performed at some of the most prestigious parties for some of the world’s most rich and famous, including the King of Morocco’s Birthday party and Kate Driver’s wedding (sister of Minnie Driver). As a live PA, Angie has played clubs that vary from Space (Ibiza), Heaven (London & Gran Canaria) to venues in New York, Golden Gate, San Francisco, Dubai, India and Europe, and she has been the headline guest for the UK’s biggest Mardi Gras parties both in Manchester and London for the past ten years.
Angie’s portfolio in the studio reads like the who’s who of the music industry with some of the finest artiste’s in the world calling on her vocal ability. Names such as Beverley Knight, Chaka Khan, Fat Boy Slim, Lisa Stansfield, Courtney Pine, Mark Morrison, The Rolling Stones, Grace Jones, Kate Bush, Culture Club, Kate Bush, Jocelyn Brown, Sybil, Desmond Decker, Shola Ama and the Stereophonics have all been synonymous with Angie over the years and these are just the ones she could remember.
A teen heartthrob through the 80s and a celebrated star of stage and screen in the decades since, Jason Donovan has remained a pivotal figure in British pop culture for over thirty years. He’ll be performing all of his biggest hits at Meraki, including ‘Too many Broken Hearts’ and ‘Especially for You’.
THE GLORY DAYS of top vocal group Odyssey, one of the most successful soul/disco acts of their era, culminated in the early 1980’s when they topped the charts with “Use It Up And Wear It Out”, scoring several other Top Ten hits in Britain and throughout the world. The group actually started out being billed as “The Lopez Sisters” when there were three of them – Lillian, Louise, and Carmen. An agent spotted them at a concert and booked them for a five month European tour. When they returned to the States, Carmen left the trio to marry, but Lillian and Louise resolved to continue, and so recruited Tony Reynolds as a replacement.
From their debut album emerged their first smash single – “Native New Yorker”, an international hit late in 1977. Additionally, Lillian’s eldest son, Steven Collazo had become part of Odyssey behind the scenes, recording as a background vocalist, journeyman session musician and musical director for their live performances and tours. A couple of years later, the group cut their “Hang Together” album. It contained “Use It Up And Wear It Out”, while the flipside, “Don’t Tell Me, Tell Her” received major airplay on US Black Radio. In the UK, “Use It Up” shot to the top ten, followed by “If You’re Looking For A Way Out”, “Inside Out”, and the Lamont Dozier classic “Going Back To My Roots”, among others.
Performing around the UK, Europe and The Middle East through the 80’s and into the 90’s, the journey continued. In 1994, Steven moved up to co-front the group and produce new versions of the Odyssey classics while appearing with Lillian on television, touring the arenas, top hotels, clubs, major holiday resorts and festivals throughout the UK and Europe.
The founder and first voice of Odyssey, Lillian Lopez-Collazo Jackson, died of cancer on September 4th, 2013. Louise Lopez passed away from natural causes January 28th, 2015. Former members Billy McEachern and Al Jackson have either retired or acquired new interests and directions. Tony Reynolds, an early member of the group died February 2nd, 2010.
Steven Collazo continues the family legacy, taking their “odyssey” forward and further with an array of talented singers, musicians, DJs and producers. Sharing the stage with Steven are: Romina Johnson, who’s known her own success with producer Artful Dodger on the hit single “Movin Too Fast” and Kate “KJ” Sutherland, music industry veteran who has performed worldwide with many top artists including Alexander O’neal and Leee John of Imagination as well as her own club hit “Weekend”.
It’s said that “old school” is today’s “new school” and Steve’s been working to combine the best of both worlds into today’s Odyssey. Currently, Mr Collazo has teamed up with co-producer Andy Williams of YamWho? and ISM records. YamWho’s? impressively extensive track record of re-mixes and old school live recording with modern treatment, have introduced Odyssey to a whole new generation of enthusiasts who grew up with their music while remaining faithful to the group’s more mature, core audience. With remixes from such superstar DJs as John Morales, Rahaan, Louie Vega, Ashley Beedle and others, the journey continues into the 21st century while keeping an eye towards the classic sound which made ODYSSEY famous.
Without the usual patronising 3rd party plaintiffs and historical diatribe K-Klass need no introduction, they are still one of the biggest producers of house music ever!! They are responsible for some of the biggest house tracks ever made. K-Klass are all about entertaining and playing for the crowd. They play at various events and venues all over the world on a weekly basis, which means it is important that they adapt their music to suit each venue.
Nights out at the legendary Hacienda“Nude”nights in 1988 led to the meeting of minds and the beginnings of the K-Klass phenomena that lead to regular performances at the Hacienda.From there K-Klass became residents for the worlds biggest dance brand “Cream”, playing guest slots all over the world at some of the most prestigious and biggest dance events. K-Klass had already gained underground support for their acclaimed“Wildlife E.P”released in 1990 before they unleashed their sound onto a nationwide audience with the release of “Rhythm is a Mystery” (No.3 in U.K.Top 40) and the huge“Let Me ShowYou” (No.13 in U.K.Top 40) With countless remixes/ productions under their belt it comes as no surprise that K-Klass won the International Dance Awards in 1995 & were nominated for the USA Grammy Awards in the 2002 remix category.
When K-Klass are not behind the decks they spend their time in the studio and have worked alongside most of the biggest and most established artists around,some of these include:The Pet Shop Boys,Kathy Brown,Shake Down,Whitney Houston,Gerri Halliwell,Blondie,Bobby Brown,M-People,Level 42,Kylie Minogue,Rozalla,Sunscreem,Frankie Knuckles,Bizzare Inc,Kathy Sledge,New Order,Janet Jackson,Luther Vandross, Lisa Stans eld and Candi Staton plus many many more.
This year they continue to create and release big tunes with their latest track“Capture Me”which came out on Nocturnal Grooves (Shapeshifters label) plus K-Klass have just signed another new track to Stealth Records titled‘Right & Exact’which will feature as Stealth Records leading track on their forthcoming Miami Winter Music Conference sampler followed by a full release. K-Klass have also been busy collaborating with two artistes, rstly a tune with Reza titled‘Inside My Head’ and another track with Sonny Wharton titled ‘Rush hour’. If this is not enough the boys have two tunes pending release on Mjuzieek called“Breaking Away”& the classic“Everybody Dance”
Recently the K-Klass boys have started their own label MUZIK-K which will feature releases from up and coming producers and all new K-Klass material.
With plenty of releases lined up for 2011 for the label and K-KLASS still in demand on the production,remix and DJing front, K-KLASS are set to make their 21st year in dance music as successful as the previous 20 years!
Ultimate DJ Moment: “with over a decade of memories to choose from,two of our high light’s that spring to mind would have to be when Graeme Park dropped “Rhythm Is A Mystery” at the world famous Hacienda nightclub back in 1991, and when we where very honored to play the nal
set in the main room at Cream’s last weekly night in Liverpool which was the 10th birthday. The last record we played was “Let Me Show You”, the Cream self made anthem”
Since gaining national notoriety with his incredible rock vocals on BBC’s The Voice, Mitchell Emms has been the frontman for Cambridge-based rock band The Treatment. He’ll be appearing in our Saturday night headline slot as a guest vocalist with the Meraki All-Stars.
Nim Miller has spent years touring all around the world playing to huge audiences with Paloma Faith as part of her backing band ‘The Faithettes’. Nim will be joining the Meraki All Stars as a guest vocalist on our Saturday night headliner slot.
One of the kings of the 90s club scene, Brandon Block became a radio presenter alongside his old friend Alex P, presenting a show on Kiss FM and had three singles released under his Blockster alias – Something Goin’ On, Grooveline and You Should Be.
He’ll be bringing an outrageous mix of old school groove, funk and disco to the Aurora Dance Club on Sunday evening.
Ireland has produced it’s fair share of Guitar legends and Northern-Irish virtuoso Simon Mc Bride is without doubt the rightful heir to a throne first vacated by Rory Gallagher, and more recently by Gary Moore.
He is unquestionably one of the finest blues-rock guitarists playing in the world today, combining lightning speed with a level of expression and inventiveness that few can match. Add to that a soulful, gravelly voice and self-penned songs that speak of love, loss and righteous defiance, and you have a 21st century blues-rock icon, in the flesh. simonmcbride.net
In any generation, there are precious few singers that can tap into a seemingly bottomless well of emotion. Jo Harman is just such an artist.
From delicate, fractured introspection to the righteous fury of a woman scorned, the range and raw honesty of her songwriting provides a landscape over which her voice soars, delivering lyrics and melodies that are always beautiful, often heartbreaking and never less than stunning. joharman.com
Take two great voices – hers, warm, rich and soulful – his, heartfelt and bittersweet… mix together and stand well back. Jess Greenfield and Gavin Conder became a couple well before they became a duo. They first met twelve years ago, but only stumbled on their unique musical chemistry much later on. Both had already established themselves as must-see live performers by the time they met, supporting a roll call of big names, including Brian Adams, Imelda May, Rod Stewart, Rudimental, Professor Green, Take That and Sam Smith.
Both had also long been writing and recording their own material, drawing on a host of influences from Sam Cooke, Connor Reeves and Marvin Gaye (Gav) to Dusty Springfield and Tina Turner (Jess). It was only when they decided to record Jess’s song, Forgiveness, singing together for the first time, that they discovered the spine-tingling effect of their voices combined. Producer Steve Brown (Rumer and Laura M’vula) stepped in to take their raw, organic sound to the next level – and the breathtaking vocal personality of The Kondoors was born. The Kondoors
Hosted by the wonderfully charismatic and talented soul-jazz singer, Natalie Williams and her band, Soul Family Sundays is now in it’s 10th year running at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and offers the chance to catch some of the best R&B, soul fam jazz musicians the UK has to offer, up close and personal… While guests vary from month to month, there is always an opportunity to hear music of the highest quality where the stars of the British scene showcase their cutting edge material as well as playing soulful covers and classic tunes in an exciting ad hoc setting…
Past guests have been an eclectic mix of talented artists, including ESKA, Jamie Woon, Amy Winehouse, Jamie Cullum, Lalah Hathaway, Emeli Sande, Omar, Alice Russell, Krystle Warren, Kwabs, Bernhoft, Tony Momrelle, Imaani, Shlomo, Dionne Bromfield, Liv Warfield, Shoshana Bean, Jude Perl, Tawiah, Terri Walker, JP Cooper, Shaun Escoffery, Jon Allen, Vanessa Haynes and Natalie Duncan to name a few…
The Soul Family Band, fronted by MOBO nominated vocalist, Natalie Williams (ex Incognito), is joined by an incredible group of regular singers (and artists in their own right): Vula (Basement Jaxx), Sharlene Hector (Basement Jaxx), Brendan Reilly (Disclosure), Ladonna Harley Peters (Emeli Sande, Corinne Bailey Rae) and Annabel Williams (Ceelo Green, Alison Moyet, Rumer).
The Atlantic Horns (Mark Brown on sax & Ben Edwards on trumpet) have played with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Girls Aloud, Basement Jaxx, Mark Ronson and regularly tour with Robbie Williams.
The rhythm section is made up Robin Mullarkey on bass (Zero7, Roisin Murphy, Laura Mvula, ESKA), Martyn Kaine on drums (Kyle Eastwood, Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Brown), Phil Peskett on keys (Moloko, Cinematic Orchestra, Nik Kershaw) and Ben Jones on guitar (Pixie Lott, Kelly Rowland, Jazmine Sullivan, Westlife and the VOICE band). Nataliewilliams.com
Iain Hornal’s music betrays a lifetime of such artistic diversity that it’s hard to pin him down. He’s played on the world’s largest stages as a sideman with the likes of Jeff Lynne’s ELO and 10cc, but his talents as a multi-instrumentalist and writer are equally impressive.
A deep well of influences seep through his music – flashes of classic 80’s intelli-pop that suggest Bowie, Elvis Costello and Peter Gabriel blend with the lush harmony and rich textures of The Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac. It is undeniably pop, but drawn from an era when pop music had a brain, a soul, and a heart. hornal.net
Belfast Bullfighters brings together an incredible cast of musicians to play a unique brand of Contemporary Celtic Rock. This collective is headed by Dave Marks, who writes and arranges all of the tunes and features the likes of Darragh Murphy (Pipes & whistles), Donal O’Connor (Fiddle), Guthrie Govan (Guitar), Darby Todd (Drums) Matt McGinn (vocals) and many more. belfastbullfighters.com
Vambo’s inspiration stems back to the hard rock of the 70s, at the same time they remain contemporary in both songwriting and recording.
Vambo are: Jack Stiles, (Vocals), a compelling stage presence with an undeniable centre stage magnetism and a powerhouse voice and range to match.
Pete Lance, (guitar), a captivating performer coupled with outstanding guitar playing skills.
Steve Price, (Drums), a superb technician and the driving force behind the power and the subtleties that are vambo trademarks.
James Scott, (Bass), an outstanding musician, his fluid and imaginative bass lines underpin every vambo performance adding energy, quality and depth.
Their material is organic, dynamic and overflowing with raw energy and power reflecting the outstanding musicality within the band. Great, original rock music performed by 4 musicians of the highest calibre.
Welcome to the legendary Club De Fromage. Started by ex-gangster Fat Tony and now run by his half-wit son, Slow Alfie, this is the club that time forgot.
Bring your dancing shoes (you will need them) and let Slow Alfie and the Club de Fromage performers entertain you on a bumpy trip through the musical decades!
“Fancy dress, theatrics and a downright shameless music policy” Evening Standard
The Meraki All-Star band is a special group that has been put together for one night only, to headline our Saturday night party. Featuring an incredible cast of musicians that includes members of Elbow, The Feeling, ABC, Dizzee Rascal, and some special guest vocalists, it’s the perfect way to close out our big Saturday night with a string of hits you’ll know and love!
Matt McGinn has been a lynch-pin on the Irish music scene for a quite a while. Having travelled the world backing major artists, it was the release of his second album in 2015, ‘Latter Day Sinner’ that truly stamped his authority as a songwriter and performer. Daily Telegraph music editor, Martin Chilton, listed ‘Latter Day Sinner’ in his top folk albums of that year. The first track, ‘I’m not Looking Down Anymore’, won Matt a coveted place on the Electric Picnic’s Cosby Stage.
In 2017, Matt’s project ‘Lessons of War’ will take him around the world collaborating with some incredible musicians from countries affected by conflict including those at France’s infamous refugee camp at Calais. Although at home in the studio recording and producing it’s live where the magic really happens. Matt’s immediate bond with an audience whilst surrounded by some of Ireland’s best musicians, mean no two shows will ever be the same.
‘Darkest Before the Day, what a truly beautiful track… Matt, your album is superb. I’ve seen Matt play live, he’s fantastic… and Latter Day Sinner is a beautiful album.’ BOB HARRIS – Radio 2
‘Such a great talent… Such a great songwriter… Matt’s latest album ‘Latter Day Sinner’ just keeps getting better with every play’ BBC’s RALPH MCLEAN
Honey Ryder ‘bridges the gap’ between Folk and Rock into a Nashville-inspired fusion that’s won them fans and high-profile supporters worldwide.
Formed originally by former MTV employee Lindsay and session guitarist Martyn, the Honey Ryder mix of Folk style pop rock, with Country influences, impressed producers and executives alike – former EMI boss Eric Nicoli liked the band so much he invested in them…
Honey Ryder won thousands fans across the UK when supporting Michael Bolton and Will Young on tour, and tracks from their debut album, ‘Rising up’ were play-listed on Radio 2.
With TV appearances and live gigs under their belts, the act expanded to a trio and escaped to Thailand for two months to write their second album “Marley’s Chains”. After a Radio interview with Sir Terry Wogan, he described the band as “Mean, moody and magnificent”. Richard Madeley on Radio 2 was also impressed, saying the band had “Overtones of Fleetwood Mac”.
The title track “Marley’s Chains” was also used in an episode of the US TV crime drama “Body of Proof”. In the UK the album release was supported with live TV appearances on ITV This Morning, Channel 5 Live with Myleene Klass, and an interview and video premiere on BBC Breakfast.
Mamas Gun are a musically diverse, feisty and fabulous five-piece band fronted by singer/composer/producer ANDY PLATTS. Andy is joined by keyboard player DAVE “EIGHTIES” OLIVER who’s musical education has embraced everything from barbershop singing to French horn and now includes jazz, soul and Cuban playing. Alongside stand out guitarist TERRY “SPILLER” LEWIS who now resides on UK’s south coast and who’s musical journey has seen him work with legendary Marvin Gaye/Minnie Ripperton/Michael Jackson producer Leon Ware, Lewis Taylor, The Impressions (the late Curtis Mayfield’s former group), Jamie Woon, The Valentine Brothers, Jean Carne to name a few. Bass player CAMERON ‘the Mounty’ DAWSON is the youngest at only 21 years old but already an old soul in his musical capability and contributions & newest addition Chris Boot on drums who’s talent, enthusiasm & vibrant skills significantly add to the energetic and memorable stage shows that Mamas Gun never fail to deliver.
Mamas Gun released their debut album Routes To Riches in 2009. This was followed by album THE LIFE & SOUL (featuring a further playlist with UKs queen of soul Beverly Knight) & their latest release, CHEAP HOTEL, which hit top playlist spots in over 4 different continents. Mama’s Gun’s music combines the euphoria of soul and Motown music with the spirit of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lewis Taylor and the Average White Band at their blue-eyed-soul best. The records are all about musical enjoyment and nothing to do with the fleets of fashion, and this “philosophy” has obviously hit a nerve, as the band have achieved playlist status for 4 of their singles on Radio 2 and enjoyed an Album Of The Week feature on the Smooth Radio network among other achievements. More interestingly perhaps, Mama’s Gun gone on to have a huge impact in Japan, where they were heralded as the most played international act in the country, beating Madonna to No. 1 in the airplay charts whilst doing so.
Most recently, their music can be heard in one of the latest Hyundai Car adverts and is often used by some of the UKs top online influencers/vloggers in their promotional videos. The band are currently in the completion stages of their next album, which is scheduled for global release at the end of 2017.
Tom Billington & Sinead Quinn came together over a shared love of the Country & Americana music. Together, they make a sound that is as old as the waves that brought their influences here, but as fresh as the wind that carried them. It rolls and it rocks, swings and sings, and is as honest as the day is long.
Their band features drummer Paul Stewart & bassist Ciaran Jeremiah (both of mega-pop band The Feeling) pedal steel virtuoso Matt Park (The Mystery Jets) Mandolin supremo Stuart Wilkinson, (Andy Burrows… and more recently David Brent’s ‘Forgone Conclusion’) and are rounded out by the fabulous Sam Willcock on guitar. billingtonandquinn.com
Tommy T and The Belle Tones are not just a band, but an energetic, spellbinding, slick-as-grease fully choreographed show that rocks, rolls, and fires up your soul! Their large eclectic repertoire spans many decades and styles including pop rock, R&B, Motown, soul, 80s smash hits and the latest music from the charts. From Diana Ross to Duffy, this band appeals to all age groups from nine to ninety, and beyond! Featuring three lead vocalists, (one male and two female) backed by a world-class band (drums, bass, keyboards, guitar and a two-piece brass section), this show will set the stage alight!
Individual band members’ credits include working with Amy Winehouse, A-HA, Alexandra Burke, ACM Gospel Choir, Beverly Knight, Brian Eno, Katherine Jenkins, Cee Lo Green, Eric Clapton, Ed Harcourt, Enrique Iglesias, Gabrielle, Gareth Gates, Girls Aloud, Jason Donovan, Joss Stone, JLS, Kym Marsh, Kim Mayzelle, Lady Ga Ga, Lionel Richie, Lucie Silvas, Leon Jackson, Lemar, Leona Lewis, Marti Pellow (Wet Wet Wet), Ms Dynamite, Mica Paris, Nelly Furtado, Phil Collins, Pixie Lott, Peter Andre, Rachel Stevens, Randy Bachman, Russell Watson and The Saturdays. Band members have also appeared on many TV shows including, Later with Jools Holland, Top of the Pops, CDUK, This Morning, Des & Mel, Loose Women, Blue Peter, Popworld and GMTV; and played at venue’s such as Wembley Stadium, Wembley Arena, The O2, Party In The Park, Glastonbury, The Royal Albert Hall, Hammersmith Apollo, Cafe De Paris, Cafe Royale, The Dorchester, The Grosvenor House Hotel and The Royal Lancaster.
Josephine & The Artizans are a Hip-Hopera band from London. The group blend Classical Music with Hip-Hop to create a unique, fresh and innovative sound.
Classically trained Josephine was growing increasingly tired of the cultural gap between the pop-scene and classical world. They are both, of course, based on the same thing. For years people have been becoming more and more catholic in their tastes, so she decided to create something which is neither classical or commercial, but a blend of both.
Josephine & The Artizans have received wide spread acclaim since supporting bands such as Tom Jones, Paloma Faith, The Fratellis and Tom Odell on the main-stages of the UK’s biggest music festivals. The band have received amazingly positive reviews and airplay on national radio stations from such reputable sources as Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music, BBC 3 Counties, and Premier Radio as well as an overwhelming response from online and printed press, for example Fresh On The Net, Aesthetica Magazine, Love Music Magazine, Adam Not Eve and The Times. The group have also been creating a buzz with their unforgettable live show in their hometown, London, with performances on the main stage at the massive O2 Islington, the legendary Bush Hall, Brixton’s award winning Hootananny and Camden’s world famous Jazz Cafe.
Seb Wesson’s acoustic folk stylings hint at an alternate reality where the nimble fretwork of Richard Thompson found itself on the American alternative rock scene of the 90s.
Sweetly sung melody and beautiful harmonies drag over effortless guitar picking with the fragility and laid-back cool of a romantic slacker dream. A unique fusion of styles, his songs are a soundtrack to love, loss and watching moments pass across a lazy, hazy summer. sebwesson.com
In WILLIAM. guitarist / vocalist Tommy Hill combines a sweetly soulful voice and incendiary guitar playing to craft catchy pop songs that bridge the gap between The 1975 and John Mayer’s bluesier albums.
As a turntabalist for over a decade, Andy Woods has always been a dedicated followerer of the art of DJing. From early days as a vinyl DJ in his birthtown of Cleethorpes, right through to warming up for the DJ elite in Ibiza’s super clubs and rocking festivals arenas. Growing up in a musical house with parents who collected northern soul vinyls, his true introduction to Djing came through close friends in his home town. Back in his teen years he was lucky to have a handful of dedicated local DJ’s who were committed to the art and willing to pass on their skills. His education was watching other DJ’s play and every weekend he would be the one peering into the DJ booth to see what new tip or trick could be applied at home.
He has played some of the most desired dance floors in the world, been a regular at Ministry Of Sound, played multiple seasons at his favourite club Amnesia, warming up for UK super brand Cream (on nights with DJ’s including Sasha, Nick Warren, Popof, Style Of Eye, Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz) and even held a 4 year residency at Creamfields.
Emma McGrath, aged just 16, is already turning heads. With influences ranging from Tracy Chapman to Bombay Bicycle Club, she crafts hard-hitting acoustic music carried by an incredibly powerful voice.
At age 15, Emma won the PRS Foundation’s Lynsey de Paul Prize for Female Songwriters, released her first EP ‘The Judgement’ and has since gone on to release another single – ‘Sit With Me’. Sit With Me was featured on BBC Radio 2, both on Dermot O’Leary’s show and Bob Harris’ Sunday show, and was twice listed as the BBC Introducing ‘Track of the Week’ on BBC 3 Counties Radio. emmamcgrath.co.uk
Anjali Perin draws on her British and Sri Lankan heritage to create a jazz-tinged style of soulful songwriting which blends influences like Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell and Ella Fitzgerald with South Indian Carnatic music and Bharatha Natyam (Indian classical dance).
Her sets are filled with spontaneity, navigating the length and breadth of musical dynamism, from intimate moments singing over solo piano to soaring scat solos over a funk-infused rhythm section – with musicality flowing across every phrase, groove and lyric. anjaliperin.com
When young St Albans-based singer/songwriter Hope sings her songs, you hear a wealth of life experience far beyond her years.
Accumulating over 5 million hits and 30k subscribers on her Youtube channel, Hope’s voice is heard by people all over the world and her songs pull on your heart strings. Her acoustic cover of Dusty Springfield’s ‘I Only Want To Be With You’ was used for the 2016 Dog’s Trust #SpecialSomeone ad campaign, aired on prime time ITV throughout the year. She has released 2 highly successful acoustic EPs in both 2014 & 15, ‘Optimist EP’ reaching #8 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Charts.
“The next Adele?” – Mike Naylor (BBC Three Counties Radio) “She’s unbelievable” – Roberto Perrone (BBC Three Counties Radio)
Singing solo and accompanying herself on piano; Hope delivers a hugely compelling performance with her exceptional songwriting alone. Having played the top of the Gherkin, The Bedford, The Horn and popular UK festivals including Party 4 Patrick, Berkofest, Balstock and Wilkestock.
Her latest release, ‘Sanctuary’ is available now from all major digital music stores. The ‘Sanctuary Support Edition’ which includes the live string and acoustic versions of the track plus a digital support edition booklet is available exclusively at jacketrecords.com
Decosta Boyce, A Hertfordshire born singer/songwriter, is currently on tour singing with the legendary ‘Heatwave’ and writing/producing his debut 11 track album Electrick Soul (18/08/17). You may have also heard his voice and remix of Bill Withers’ hit ‘Lovely Day’ on the Haven 2015/16 national TV advert. He performed as part of a choir for Adele At The BBC, Britain sings Christmas (ITV Special) and supported many big American artists such as Jazmin Sullivan, Alexander O’Neil, Leela James and Melanie Fiona.
“There’s only about twenty percent good music out there today. The rest (in my opinion) is all churned out cloned plastic wrapped nonsense that makes a quick buck! I’m Heavily influenced by D’angelo, Prince, Parliament/Funkadelic, David Bowie, Terence Trent D’arby, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, Donnie Hathaway and Sly & the family stone. I want this album get into that twenty percent”
Founded in 2005, the four piece Northsyde began life as Funkydory. Their debut album “Still” was released in 2006 and the band toured consistently for the next two years supporting it, growing a dedicated fanbase. With a grooving combination of Rock, Funk and a serious nod to the Blues – their follow up album “Mercy’s Medicine” was released independently in 2009, again to strong acclaim. The band is fronted by vocalist Lorna Fothergill and guitarist Jules Fothergill – she, with a dynamic and powerful vocal style, has been described as “Robert Plant meets Aretha, with a hint of Janis“. while Jules’ incendiary guitar stylings have made him a mainstay of the UK Blues scene.
Through a consistent approach to gigging around the country, Northsyde have grown into a well oiled music machine, capable of entertaining even the most discerning audiences, whether headlining UK Music festivals or playing smaller support slots which have included Guilfest, Maryport Blues Festival, London’s Ealing Festival and Cambridge Rock Festival (supporting Joe Bonamassa) to various festivals throughout Europe. northsyde.co.uk
Award-winning, Manchester-born singer-songwriter Albert Man plays both solo and with a full band, writing piano-led, melodic pop songs described as “sweet piano led shenanigans that come over like the lovechild of Billy Joel and Adam Levine”.
He is set to release a brand new six-track EP “Nothing Of Nothing Much”, recorded at Pete Townshend’s barge studio, in early 2017 and has already received airplay on BBC Introducing London for his new single “I Feel Like Dancing”. The same song was chosen for Tom Robinson’s Fresh Faves on his Fresh On The Net blog in the same week, which is now the third time Albert has been featured – “I Feel Like Dancing, is the result of a highly professional quality of songwriting that, given the publicity, would easily scale the charts.” – Benji Tranter (Fresh On The Net). The music video for this single was premiered with Gigslutz, who commented that the EP “flows with emotion-strewn melodies and a witty lyricism”.
Artist bio coming soon….
Adrian Garcia will be fronting The Latin Funkers and bringing his very own brand of funked up Latin music to Meraki!
The band was born to create a unique concept of Latin music entertainment for functions of all shapes and sizes in the UK and around the globe. Combining the fun world of Latin music with the “funkyness” of Western music, this band create a contagious sound that will transform any event into a Latin fiesta.
Latin Funkers are a mix of the finest latin musicians in the UK who basically can play it all. As individuals they gather vast experience, having played for the the likes of MTV, ITV, Net-a-Porter, Beckham’s family, Damien Hirst, BBC radio, James Bond franchaise, etc…
From sweet and soulful one minute, to a hard-edged rasp the next, Abi Murray’s voice sets her apart from her contemporaries. Born and raised in Hertfordshire, Abi has performed at some of the UK’s top festivals, including the Isle of Wight, Wilkestock and V-Dub Island, as well as doing shows at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and the Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
Currently working on their debut EP, Kavalla’s songwriting draws as much from the elegance of classic American R&B as from the grit of contemporary rock, creating a sound that is filled with soul, energy and passion. facebook.com/KavallaOfficial
Katie Masson and Juan Fos are a UK-based acoustic duo that write and perform in a refreshing fusion of styles that include Soul, Pop, Country and Latin.
The combination of soulful voices and a varied, versatile approach to instrumentation allows them to create a unique sound, blending percussive energy and a dynamism that’s rooted in the very best traditions of classic songwriting. katieplusjuan.com
From Lincoln, The Decomposers are Matt Belton (Vocals, Guitar), Louis Belton (Guitar), Mike Tierney (Bass) and Ryan Donohue (Drums).
The Decomposers formed in mid-2015, and spent a year in hiding, writing and recording before releasing videos for THERAPY and BLOOD RUNS COLD followed by their debut EP, BORN OUT OF SILENCE in the spring of 2016. EP available on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play etc.
Lauren Archer is an 18 year old singer-songwriter from Harpenden who cites her inspirations as Banks, Birdy, Dua Lipa and Tove Lo. She infuses folk undertones with an electronic pop edge and asserts that her primary focus is lyrics and storytelling.
Currently working on her debut release, Lauren has been recording with some of the most in-demand producers in the UK and already has interest from a variety of record labels and publishers. With a raw and focused approach, it’s surely only a matter of time before Lauren Archer is a cited as one of the bright young stars of British Pop music. Watch this space…
Artist details coming soon….
Singer Songwriter Jessica Murae has performed in numerous notable venues such as The Islington 02 Academy, 229 the Venue, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Bar, the 100 Club and more.
Last October, she released her self titled debut EP and her single ‘Still Cold’ was named track of the week by BBC Introducing Bed, Bucks and Herts. Following the release she played two sold out shows at Kensington Roof Gardens and Spice of Life, Soho. Her self-titled EP will be played in every Caffe Nero store in the UK at the start of 2017 and is now available to purchase on iTunes and Spotify.
‘The Herts based singer/songwriter has a knack of painting musical pictures full of mysticism and dream like playfulness’ – The Unsigned Music Awards
Wild: ‘a beautifully enticing introduction to her artistry’ – Clash Magazine
Artist Details coming soon…
Harmless Funk are a collective of some of the finest musicians working in and around London. While they play a polished brand of classic funk from the 70s and 80s, their sets are filled with dynamic contemporary ensemble work and flashes of cutting-edge individual virtuosity.
The Dirty Hands blends 70s style AOR with contemporary rock to create catchy songs filled with lyrical bite.
Gospel Touch is becoming a major vocal force in the UK music industry, having shared the stage with Emeli Sande, performed with Angie Lemar, been featured on Jamie Oliver’s show on Channel 4 and sang at a number of celebrity weddings. Members of the choir have worked with a wide variety of recording artists, including: Angie Stone, Chaka Khan, Craig David, Dionne Warwick, George Michael, Israel Houghton, Mary J Blige, Mica Paris, Muse, Natalie Cole, Paloma Faith, Sting, and Take That.
Gospel Touch has performed in every kind of setting, from churches, festivals, and youth events, to weddings, conferences and award shows. Known for creating dynamic melodies with rich harmonies, the choir can deliver performances ranging from gospel to swing-beat, R’n’B to traditional hymns, all coupled with invigorating choreography and vocal gymnastics. Nominated in recent years at the MOBO Awards, Urban Music Awards, BEFFTA Awards and Gospel Music Awards, their smooth but powerful vocals never fail to impress. gt-gospelchoir.com
Natalie Rushdie is living her childhood dream as a respected & highly in-demand Soprano who has toured the UK with Classic BRIT Award winners BLAKE and performed the National Anthem an amazing five times at Wembley Stadium. Described as a ‘joy to behold’ by Eamonn Holmes, Natalie continues to break boundaries and win fans with her beautiful renditions of light opera and musical theatre repertoire. A loyal fan-base and extensive media coverage have made Natalie one of the most recognised classical crossover performers, establishing her as a force to be reckoned with.
Natalie made her Wembley Stadium debut in 2013 when she was invited to sing the National Anthem for the Football League Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final. A second & third invitation swiftly followed from the nPower Championship Play-Off Final and the Rugby League Tetley’s Challenge Cup Final where Natalie also sang ‘Abide with Me’. Her dulcet tones were so in-demand that in March 2014 Natalie returned to Wembley Stadium to perform the National Anthem once again and in November that year was called upon to support England and performed both National Anthems for the Rugby League World Cup England v Fiji match at Hull’s KC Stadium.
More high-profile performances followed at events for Attitude Magazine, Marie Curie’s ‘Carols in the City’ at Southwark Cathedral, Guildford Cathedral and in Duke of York Square for the Princes Trust. For the launch of the British Heart Foundation’s inaugural Roll Out The Red ball, Natalie was booked for a headline performance while The Saturdays star Mollie King hosted.
In her teens and early twenties, Natalie worked closely with The Order of Malta Volunteers and to this day charity work is held close to her heart. When the NHS’ biggest charity Breathe Arts Health Research asked her to be their Patron Natalie was honoured to accept and regularly performs for staff and patients in London. She has also made performances to support The Children’s Trust, WellChild, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Variety and the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People.
In April 2016, Natalie celebrated The Queen’s 90th Birthday at Royal Hospital Chelsea giving a concert for the Chelsea Pensioners. In the summer following this, it was with great pride that Natalie joined HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. She was subsequently invited for her third time to St James’s Palace to give an inspirational speech and present young recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme Gold Award with their prize. She continues to support their work and as a Gold Award recipient herself, understands the challenge better than most!
In recent years Natalie has become synonymous with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show where she has performed for 4 consecutive years, entertaining packed audiences of up to 2,000 from the Bandstand.
The incredible success-story is still in its infancy, however, with her first album eagerly anticipated.
Electric Umbrella is a co-creation between adults with learning disabilities and professional musicians. It creates musical experiences that bring people together in an environment that is fun, welcoming, inclusive and above all JOYFUL, celebrating life, love and music.
Through weekly music sessions to pub gigs, big shows, large festivals, live radio and everything in between, Electric Umbrella is helping to challenge the perception of people with learning disabilities by empowering and enriching their lives through music. electricumbrella.wordpress.com
Timeless Lizards formed in early 2016 after meeting at a gig. We’ve grown up listening to everything, old and new, and try to put everything we love into our songs;
Influences: Top of the tree are obviously The Beatles, but very much in there for us are Bombay Bicycle Club, Tame Impala,The Foo Fighters, Superfood, and it goes on. We are twin brothers Ollie and Eddie Taylor (guitar, vocals / bass guitar), Aaron Burke (guitar) and Jordan Dendy (drums). So far we’ve gigged loads in a 50 mile radius and featured on two BBC Introducing sessions. timelesslizards.com
Mark Sullivan is a well accomplished singer/songwriter from Hitchin, Hertfordshire with a massive voice and an ear for writing memorable and immediately familiar sounding songs. He is a Master of the loop pedal and expertly executed guitar solo’s with string destroying showoff Pieces.
After learning to play guitar Mark formed his first band ‘Gekko’ at the young age of 15. Gekko went on to become one of the best, most accomplished local bands over the next few years playing shows at some great venues/festivals including Dublin Castle, Bulldog Bash and Rock In The Park as well as performances on local BBC Introducing shows. When the band split in later years Mark continued to play as frontman of ‘The Marksman’ acoustic duo with percussionist Clint Henderson. In January 2013 he decided to pursue his dream of his originals career as a soloist under management and started performing solo as Mark Sullivan.
With the solo career starting well and his fanbase growing Mark was starting to play some good venues and getting booked around London a lot more, playing shows at venues such as the 12 Bar Club, Alleycat Bar and Proud, Camden. In August 2014 Mark was booked to perform at Osfest, a growing festival which now boasted a 10.000 attendance which marked the first stepping stone to bigger things. With London shows now a weekly thing Mark was getting booked for special events such as venue launch nights in the city. Off the back of the performance at Osfest the start of 2015 Mark was booked to play a show at The Troubadour, London which in turn secured him a small UK tour with London based music agency Live and Loud. This made way the chance to play at some great venues around the country including Elland Road Stadium, Ricoh Arena, Bolton Arena and Wembley Arena through the start of 2015. Whilst on tour we received confirmation Mark had been selected as a finalist for Government backed ‘Rock The House’ which was a scheme aimed at finding the best emerging musicians the UK had to offer. Mark performed and won soloist category at The Bedford, London and went on to play at the Houses Of Parliament Guest Rooms, followed a few months later with an exclusive VIP show at the US Ambassadors residence at Winfield House, London.
This raised Mark’s profile higher again and went on in the second half of 2015 to play shows at The Water Rats, Ronnie Scotts, The Bedford, Farr Festival, Marylebone Summer Festival, Rhythms Of The World and also supporting artist Kelvin Jones several times at shows. At the end of 2015 Mark was booked to play a new night at London’s 02 Brooklyn Bowl, ‘New Blood’ which again highlighted the very best emerging musicians on the scene.
Starting 2016 strong he was being booked at some top venues including, The Garage, The Hard
Rock Cafe and Century Club, Soho. With his career now progressing it was time to start recording some new music and after speaking with several top producers, Mark flew out to America (NJ) to record the next EP with grammy nominated producer Steve Greenwell, and was lucky enough to have some great session players feature on the tracks including Jack Daley on bass. On return from America and the new tracks being prepared for release Mark was invited to London TV to talk about his music and blossoming career which then led to a slot at the first Major festival, Isle Of Wight 2016. After this, booking agency Coallition Talent booked Mark for the well recognised Coffee House Sessions tour around London and were so impressed they booked Mark for two festivals following this, The Big Feastival (20,000) and Camper Calling (6,000).
With the new tracks mixed and ready for release Mark has now secured one of the top London PR and Radio teams for the release of the first single which commences in January 2017 alongside a small UK Tour and BBC Radio appearances.
Luke Scurr is one of the UK’s finest classical guitarists (and one of it’s top Bluegrass banjo players!) with a rich and varied repertoire of classical guitar pieces, as well as Jazz, film soundtrack and contemporary pop arrangements.
His relaxed and fluid playing style, combined with a highly curated choice of works is the perfect soundtrack to a beautiful, relaxing afternoon of culture.
Adam Protz creates meditative instrumental music that will leave you peaceful and reflective, even in a world that is often stressful and hyper-connected.
Movements EP is out now! Listen and download at http://www.adamprotz.com/
Concrete Caverns are a Britrock quartet who formed in October 2014. Their songs build moody verses and lyrically contagious choruses into enormous bridge sections and solos. The band consists of Joe Driffield (Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar), Zach Stone (Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals), Liam Banga (Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals) and Dan Fishlock (Drums and Backing Vocals). These four lads aren’t shy to perform, putting on high intensity shows with sensational energy. Their sound and stage presence has often drawn comparisons to early Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon, and Catfish and the Bottlemen.
Led by local mum, professional jazz-soul singer, songwriter and Ronnie Scotts’ regular, Anjali Perin, MWV is a fresh take on the choir format drawing on influences from across jazz, gospel, soul and pop and adapting unusual tunes that will even make some of our teenagers smile…
All abilities are welcome. All we ask is that you come with an open mind and are able to come regularly – we understand life with kids means some flexibility but we also can’t run the sessions if we don’t have a minimum number of singers. Singing is known and proven to be a feel good activity and has many mental and physical health benefits. It is a perfect stress reliever for busy Mums – So ditch the hairbrush mic or shower head and come and sing for real with us at MWV!
COAX are a brand new 4-piece Guitar Pop/Rock band, whose music is the perfect mix of catchy guitar riffs and big pop choruses.
After a mini-debut tour in late ’16, their radio debut on BBC Introducing Solent (and being chosen as Vodafone’s Future Breakers) the band have been writing and recording in the build up to the release of their debut EP ‘Holding On’. This will be released mid-March on all major digital platforms, and features contributions from Gordon Mills Jr. (Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner), Nathan Cross (Saturdays, Jason Chance) and a track co-written with James Birt (Red Triangle Productions).
Founded in 2007, ThePapersnakes are a St. Albans based songwriting duo of Paul Kerr (vocals/guitar) and Chris Ward (vocals/bass). From the outset, the band was focused on writing and performing original material and original songs have featured in every performance from the start.
Drawing together an eclectic mix of influences including Rock, Pop, Funk, Ska and Reggae their songs have a real variety – from the thumping rock of “Beast in the East”, through the classic funk sound of “Do the Walk” to the radio-friendly acoustic pop of “Glimmer of Hope” : there’s no such thing as a “typical” ThePapersnakes song. Performances are mainly as the acoustic duo but ThePapersnakes also perform in a three-piece band format (with a drums) and full-on electric guitar & bass.
In early 2016, they performed their first live, acoustic radio session on local radio (Radio Verulam) and have since become regular performers on the Station and their songs are frequently played. In May 2017, they released their latest CD, the “Red Jeans” EP, which features three original songs, including the popular song “Glimmer of Hope”. ThePapersnakes are regular performers on their local acoustic/songwriting scene, and are invited to play at many of the organised local organised events (Larks in the Parks. St. Albans Food and Wine Festival, IOFringe).
Written in Ink are a young, quirky and creative four-piece band, based in St Albans and Hatfield. Described after a recent gig at The Horn as “ridiculously promising” and “a dominating presence in the local indie rock scene”, they have crafted an alternative and unique sound, which resonates throughout their eclectic mix of original songs and the odd cover. Their music draws on a wide range of influences, from classic rock like Led Zeppelin to more contemporary bands like Muse.
Cardinal Kings are a hard hitting 3 piece Indie/Pop/Rock band from Beds, fusing incredible songwriting with super catchy guitar hooks and spellbinding vocals. Recently releasing their debut EP in Jan 2017, a 4 track album with a mixture of tracks showing off the young lads excellent songwriting skills they have a brand new single ready for a summer release in July.
Catching the eye of many local and London promoters they played the return of Stevenage based festival ‘Rock In The Park’ last year as main support slot for headline and touring band Room 94. Along with this they also played support for boy band Union J at the Barrio Festival in June last year. Championed by local BBC Introducing they had 2 of the debut EP’s singles played on BBC shows and have been asked to play this years ‘Stone Free Festival’ at London’s O2.
With things shaping up nicely for 2017 the young lads have everything in place to start revealing themselves as the next big indie/rock band.
Band biog coming soon…..
Since we were small we enjoyed listening to the music of big rock stars like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton. We started the band playing our favourite rock songs but then quickly decided to start writing our own music. We have come up with our own style and our songs are about daily things in our lives. We decided to name our band after one of our favourite books: “The Magician’s Nephew” which is a prequel to the books of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. It’s been an amazing experience so far and we hope you’ll enjoy it too!