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From Matthew Lowe (Keston Cobblers Club) and Daniel Trenholme, comes the new alt-folk duo Stables.
Stables was formed in January 2016 during late night drinks between Matthew and Daniel in London. Matthew was working on a new project idea at the time and, after playing through what was to become their first single, ‘Steam’, at 5 am, the duo was born, and quickly went public four months later. ‘Beyond Brushes’ (their debut album) was released to critical acclaim just nine months after, in August 2016, and was championed by the likes of BBC’s Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson, and BBC6 Recommends amongst others, soon establishing them firmly on the circuit, with a growing fan base.
Just a month after the release Matthew and Daniel embarked on their first UK headline tour, followed by a small French headline. Stables put emphasis on ‘energy’ when playing live; switching instruments and producing the sound of a full band, with big harmonies and varied styles. Matthew says; ‘I always wanted to create a simple sound that could then be taken further when needed, from a small folk club, to a large festival stage’. Stables have gone on to tour the UK further, performing at major festivals including Glastonbury Festival, and now have a full European headline tour announced for Autumn 2017.
Stables’ second album, ‘Reverie’, has been announced for release at the end of February 2018, and has been tipped to surpass their debut. ‘We’re incredibly proud of this record and can’t wait for people to hear it’. Matthew calls it an ‘almost break up album’ that he wrote whilst in a ‘period of relationship unrest, which resolved during the process’. ‘This is the album we always wanted to release when we first imagined Stables. We love our debut, but this feels like the sound we always set out to produce’. Visit the Stables Website.
Smiley & The Underclass are a punky reggae explosion from London Town. Think Bob Dylan meets The Clash and King Tubby in a dark alley with baseball bats. Razor-sharp guitars collide with intense, climate-conscious lyrics and melodies to move your mind, soul, body and feet. With their new album: “REBELS OUT THERE” out now (recorded with Mick Jones of The Clash and legendary UK Reggae producer Nick Manasseh), Smiley & The Underclass are quickly becoming the hottest rebel sound in the UK.
The revolution is here. All you have to do is tune in…
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With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners as they come on with their high-energy foot stompin’ rhythms which have taken crowds by storm across the UK and beyond!
The band have been relentlessly touring through 2017, stompin’ their way round the British folk scene with sold out headline shows promoting their debut album ‘What the Hammer’. As well as this, Noble Jacks have appeared at major festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, and main stage Beautiful Days – to name but a few! The band headed to Costa Del Folk in Portugal in October 2017 shortly before their November run – with incredible demand for 2018 already rolling in.
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On Saturday afternoon, you’ll have the chance to take centre stage and perform with the legendary Rockaoke! We’ll invite audience members to take to the stage and perform your favourite songs – This is your chance to perform at a festival!
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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.
Seb plans to release the follow up to the Tigers EP (released in 2017 after a successful Kicksarter campaign) later this year and the debut album the following year in 2018.
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When young London-based singer/songwriter Hope sings her songs, you hear a wealth of life experience far beyond her years.
Accumulating over 15 million hits and 65k 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 release 2 highly successful acoustic EPs in both 2014 & 15, ‘Optimist EP’ reaching #8 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Charts.
Hope’s latest release soothes you to the soul. Recorded fully live at Jacket Records studio in Hertfordshire. The full band and string arrangement sweep you off your feet, and the weight just drops off your shoulders. If there ever was a song that instilled calm into your ears and released stress. This is it.
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‘The Wicked Jackals’ (formerly Guns of Anarchy) are a Watford-based melodic hard rock band formed in early 2013 by Frontman/Guitarist Ollie Tindall and Drummer James Norkett after a chance encounter outside a local nightclub. Within weeks, the lineup was complete with both Lex Gifford and Marty Venus on board. Fast forward and the duo-now-turned-foursome had a repertoire of songs ready to gig. Having opened for acts such as Guns 2 Roses, Meanstead, New Device, Metalworks, Tequila Mockingbyrd and Damn Dice (to name but a few), they continue on, dazzling audiences with a sound which almost disappeared from UK stages…
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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 DJ set 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!
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Once upon a time, there was a little girl who loved nothing more than jumping around to Drum & Bass. That little girl grew up and wanted to show the world how a little pinch of dub and a bucket full of bass could be just the recipe for a perfect workout class. Drum n Bounce will be helping to kick off your day in the right way – with heaps of energy, some classic aerobic moves and banging tunes!
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Surrender The Night are an alternative / indie rock band from St Albans, who have been playing together for over three years and have been regularly gigging for almost a year. The lineup features Zack Rowe is on lead vocals and rhythm guitar / bass guitar, Jacob Holmes on backing vocals and keyboard, Lucas Horner on lead guitar / bass guitar and Chris Gurney on drums.
Acclaimed in the UK & US media from the tabloid pop pages to the teen press, from Curve Magazine to a brace of prestigious appearances on the BBC Radio 2 playlist, Scarlette is constantly looking to expand her musical horizons and her eclectic and infectious music is all the better for it. After touring with Mike and The Mechanics, Robbie Williams, Ollie Murs & Caro Emerald to name but a few, Scarlette was aptly dubbed as ‘Janis Joplin without the crack’. Her raw, honest rocky performances are a treat not to be missed. Visit the Scarlette Fever website.
Jack Hobbs is a truly versatile talent. He’s released albums, produced original music for performing artists, written hundreds of songs, engineered established shows, composed numerous original scores, shot and edited music videos and established his own record label – Jacket Records. Visit the Jacket Records website.
Amelia Lappert is a fresh and exciting new talent to emerge on the singer/songwriter scene. Her writing contains elements of country and folk conveyed soulfully yet with a commercial vibe. The lyrics and melodies resonate deep into the hearts of her audiences, her beautiful tone reaching exquisite heights with clarity and ease. Born and raised in Hertfordshire, she has been gigging in St Albans and around London since graduating in June 2015. Studying music/popular music at Liverpool University gradually helped to bring her out of her shell having been too shy beforehand to really go for the music career she so desperately wanted. At last, her debut EP ‘Game of Life’ was released in June 2017 and is available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play and Deezer. Her brand new single ‘Gone Away’ will be out on 23rd February 2018. Visit the Amelia Lappert website.