The Summer season finale is upon us, and we're bringing out the artillery to send you off into the summer break with the smell of gunpowder in your nostrils. As eclectic lineups go, this is a goodun! We've got Electronic Nordic SpacePunk Pop (we'll run with that today anyway), full on rock, indie alt rock and acoustic pop singer songwriter with a tinge of country. Tickets are available from here.
/// LYDMOR ///
We recently had our minds blown at SPOT in Denmark by the undoubted star of the festival, Lydmor. Referred to in her biog as ‘The danish girl with the bruised knees jumping down from stage swinging the chord of the microphone like a whip while she sings as much of sex and drugs as emotions and far away places.’ She was all that and a lot more. Internationally in demand, Lydmor seems to be everywhere at once. From Sao Paolo singing her heart out while the beat is pumping over her sweaty dancing audience; to coproducing a track with j-pop legend Takeshi Kobayashi; to composing the soundtrack for an animated fantasy series. In between her myriad of creative collaborations (including critically acclaimed "Lydmor & Bon Homme") this young producer/artist has managed to tour most of the world several times, playing from the biggest festivals and venues to the living rooms of her biggest fans.
This girl is a star, no doubt about it. If you manage to catch one of her shows, she will flirt, dance, cry, scream and hug her way into your heart with a brutal honesty that comes across both in her pumping rhythmical electro sounds as well as her emotional dreamy side. Showered with comparisons to the likes of Grimes, Kate Bush or Björk, but inevitably Lydmor is quite her own and since she returned from Shanghai. She is now working on her biggest project to date, which she will be premiering in a few select cities of Europe (London, Copenhagen, Aarhus, Mainz, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne, Milan, Amsterdam), and New York City during the spring.
// REIGNING DAYS///
REIGNING DAYS Recently signed to the newly formed Marshall Records They have had extensive radio airplay, and support from BBC Introducing, Kerrang! and Apple Music (number one on Apple Music’s Rock playlist). Last year performed on stages at The Great Escape, Download, 2,000 Trees, Y Not, and Live at Leeds and toured with Feeder (Camden Roundhouse, Mancester 02 Ritz etc), Detroit rockers Wilson and Raveneye. Their latest single, ‘Empire’ builds on the band’s already stratospheric sound, taking things up yet another notch, with even more bombastic riffery, made-for-radio choruses and a display of musicianship that puts the band way ahead of their contemporaries.
“Rarely in the field of muscular rock has such promise been exhibited in four tracks” - James Hickie, Music Week October 2016
“Reigning Days are writing music that’s SO good, it sounds like they’ve been a band for years and they’re already doing stadium tours.” – Alex Baker (Kerrang! Radio)
“Having already made waves last year, Reigning Days are clearly aiming to take a big bite out of 2017” – Kerrang!
Download isn’t exactly short of big riffs and thrilling energy that hits like a bolt of lightning, but Reigning Days still stick out as a gold-plated humdinger today. Today, Download belongs to Devonshire. -Kerrang! Magazine (Download KKKK Review)
Reigning Days are a genuinely bright hope for British rock. -Listen with Monger
For a trio who’s first two singles gate crashed the K! Rock Chart, it’s only a matter of time before they’re ransacking the mainstream with their guitar fuzz! - James Hingle, Kerrang! Magazine
Reigning Days draw on the continuum of sassy riff action that runs from QOTSA to Royal Blood. As long as Muse exist they will remain the country’s second biggest-sounding band, but their swaggering set suggests they’d view this as a challenge! - Olly Thomas, Kerrang Magazine (KKKK Great Escape review)
Devonshire Trio tick box marked Future Rock Stars with Killer EP Ultimately – just as with most great bands – it’s all about the songs. There might only be four here, but each of them is laced with the kind of melodic goodness most new bands would struggle to concoct once. -Steve Beebee, Kerrang! Magazine (KKKK EP Review)
"Ensnared by their massive riffs and songs which could be played in a stadium or a cramped and sweaty club, I knew this band was one worth keeping an eye on.- Moshville, EP Review.
“Oh… My… Life, those guys have the makings of a legendary band” Alex Baker, Fresh Blood, Kerrang! Radio
"Upload of the week. This has blown my mind. The new direction these boys are going in is absolutely phenomenal. Mind blowing tune tonight..." James Santer, BBC Introducing
/// AMY LAWTON ///
Amy Lawton is a fresh-faced 18yr old Country/Pop artist and songwriter from Manchester, UK. She has written rhymes, poems and short stories since she could pick up a pen and has been developing these ideas into song over the past 18months in London with renowned writer/producer Matty Benbrook. Matty made his name having been instrumental in the development of artists such as Dido, Paolo Nutini and Jack Savoretti. Their collaboration to date is reminiscent of artists such as Lisa Loeb, Suzanne Vega or County-era Taylor Swift, and we thought we could hear some hints of Lene Marlin in there too.
Amy has been steadily developing her live show with shows including support to Jack Savoretti at London’s Cardogan Hall in March 2016 and performances at many of London’s iconic singer/songwriter venues such as The Troubadour and Ronnie Scott’s. Already a buzz humming around her, this is a great chance to get a look early.
/// BAD SIDEKICK ///
Brand new, fresh off the press (well, not even that yet - still recording their first EP) - tonight’s ‘baby band’ slot goes to the incredibly exciting Bad Sidekick. Mixing dark riffs and pop style melodies, there’s very evidently some Arctic Monkeys, The Kills, Dead Weather,Queens of The Stone Age and The Black Keys influence thundering around the stage. We can’t wait to hear the first EP. So new, all we can fire at you are some bedroom demos here…