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REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL 2017
We’re taking the Electric Karousel back to Hamburg this September 22nd!
More on the partners and on the networking in a coming post, but for now the showcase…
/// THE ELECTRIC KAROUSEL ///
ALARM! We’re so happy to announce that we’re back in the Hamburg Hood, down past the peep shows and strip-o-ramas on Hamburger Berg at the legendary Reeperbahn Festival on September 22nd. This is the third year running we’ve teamed up with our long standing collaborative partners SESAC, as well as being the second year that we’ve been joined by the UK’s leading and largest independent charity for musicians, Help Musicians UK. Our job this year is to enable the acts chosen by SESAC and HMUK together with us to get in front of the best of the international music industry. What a bonus to be doing it in front of what we believe is the best festival audience in Europe, the Hamburgers. We’re also extremely excited to be hosting it in conjunction with what those in the know consider to be one of the most exciting companies in the industry right now, audience development specialists Leaf Grow, and hot new label LGM Records.
There will be industry networking from 5pm and showcase from 7pm. Check it out!
/// JOSHUA BURNSIDE ///
‘Rumbling, brooding, powerful, magnetic’ – The Irish Times
‘There’s an indefinable quality and charm to Joshua Burnside’s debut’ – The Sunday Times
‘It makes you glad to have a pair of working ears’ – Phil Taggart, BBC Radio 1
‘an endless adventure…a record that won’t tire, such is the depth and scope of what you hear’ – Daily Mirror
”dynamic and wide ranging in scope but stands as a complete and focused work. The end result is a triumph’’ – Chordblossom
There is a man in an attic somewhere at four in the morning. He is shaking knives in a biscuit tin, stomping and shouting, pitch bending, coding, looping, plucking banjos and squeezing accordions, layering sound upon sound like a demented chef creating a monstrous cake, a swirling dream of colours and visions of the apocalypse, visions of death, and love and stories of people trying to carve out their place in the universe. Joshua Burnside was born in Ireland, but cites the music of Colombia, Eastern Europe and North America as the greatest influences on his unique sound. Deftly blending folk textures and melodies with elements of electronica, he has made it difficult for pundits to put him in a box. Now only a month on from releasing his debut record ‘EPHRATA’, he has racked up over 2 million plays on Spotify and 80,000 views on Youtube with the album being heralded a triumph by critics.
Stumbling beats, found sounds, vocoders, Cumbian rhythms, electric guitar loops, devils, lightning and dark matter are just a handful of the various flavours to expect.
/// ROE ///
ROE is the moniker of 18-year-old Grump from Derry, Roisin Donald. A songwriter at heart, with pop hooks surrounded by lush synths and big drum machines, ROE describes her music as ‘Grumpy Electro Pop’, and only a year into her songwriting career has already earned herself a slot at Glastonbury, performing on the BBC Introducing stage. Despite her youth, 2017 has been an exciting year for the 18-year-old artist. Kicking off with the release of ‘Fake Ur Death’; featured on Tom Robinson’s weekly mixtape on BBC Radio 6, selected as ‘Track of the Day’ by BBC Across the Line (calling it “Emotive, engaging and just a little dangerous”, as well as being lauded by Jim Carroll of the Irish Times as a “talent on the rise”.
ROE’s latest single ‘Cheek, Boy’ (released on March 10th) garnered considerable attention upon release. It subsequently resulted in a televised performance on BBC Two’s ‘The Arts Show’. The track was selected for the ‘Listening Post’ playlist for that week’s ‘Fresh on the Net’ where it was described as “A lovely little pop-nugget… ROE’s voice is one with more wisdom than her years suggest.” Since the release of Cheek, Boy, ROE was announced as one of the picks for Help Musicians UKs new Northern Ireland scheme: “3:3, three bands in three years”. The scheme will see a funded programme of development and support for ROE and her team over the next few years to help build and maintain a sustainable career in the industry.
Since then, ROE has gone on to become the voice of the ‘Visit Derry’ tourism campaign, with her music being featured in an international TV advert to promote the city. ‘Fake Ur Death’ was recently used as the music bed for part of Harp’s ‘Pure Here’ campaign and ‘Cheek, Boy’ was on an episode of ITV’s ‘The Only Way is Essex’. With performances at Output (Belfast) and The Great Escape music showcase (Brighton) already under her belt, ROE has been moving from strength to strength with increasing momentum. Selected as one of 21 acts from around the UK (the only Northern Irish artist) to perform on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury, the future looks incredibly bright for ROE.
‘You Call it Art’ is out now on Fictive Kin Records and is available worldwide via all major digital retailers and physically on her label’s e-store.
“With talent oozing out of every pore, this multi-instrumentalist has it made, with infectious vocals and autobiographical lyrics – you will not fail to be touched” Cathy Moorehead, BBC Across The Line
“The latest talented teenager to emerge almost fully-formed from the north-west… a talent on the rise” – Jim Carroll, The Irish Times
/// ANAVAE ///
With around 28,000 people listening to them each month on Spotify, a couple of million plays on youtube and 30,000 odd on facebook, it’s not hard to see why everyone is so excited about Anavae. Of course, none of that means anything if the tunes and the band aren’t up to it, but no fear of that here. Absolutley cannot wait to get them on the stage at Paper Dress. In the words of Alex Baker at Kerrang:
“Anavae are wise beyond their size…a band that are SO hook laden, So well produced and just SO good, that you’re left scratching your head and wondering why on earth they aren’t on the front of eveery magazine, on the main stages of every festival and headlining shows around the country. The answer? It just hasn’t been their time yet… their time is coming, Mark my words. Anavae inhabit an intriguiing space between rock and electronica ensuring their music always sounds fresh and inspiring…”
/// MONO CLUB ///
London five-piece, Mono Club are set to release a new single on fledgling imprint LGM Records on Wednesday the 27th of September 2017, shortly after our showcase. ‘Memory Critical’, the follow up to their BBC 6 Music play listed debut ‘Sky High And Submarine’, was Self-produced in London and mixed by Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers). Available digitally at all major outlets, the new single is future perfect harmony filled pop at it’s very best and is a hint at what to expect from their eagerly awaited debut album which is expected to arrive early next year.
Fully formed just over eighteen months ago, the Mono Club line up of John Herbert, Dan Bell, Jake Bowser, Nicky Francis and Kyle Hall have since been stuck in studios and bedrooms putting together and recording the songs that will eventually feature on their as yet untitled long player. Venturing out to perform the occasional live show, the band recently played for Sadiq Khan in Trafalgar Square as part of London Is Open campaign and also appeared on Buzzfeed’s Facebook page which went out to over one million followers. The aforementioned ‘Sky High and Submarine’ single was on the 6Music playlist, for over a month on its release late last year and Steve Lamacq has since described them as one of his favourite new bands around.
/// THE LOTTERY WINNERS ///
Born in Salford and raised on romance, The Lottery Winners blend momentous guitar pop melodies with a humorous and wistful lyricism. Signed to Seymour Stein’s legendary Warner/Sire imprint at the end of 2016, the band has built an extensive and loyal fanbase through consistent touring, earning a reputation for hugely entertaining, blisteringly loud live shows. Recent tours have included support slots with Catfish and the Bottlemen, Blossoms, Madness, The View, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, The Futureheads, James Veck-Gilodi, Jamie Cullum, The Charlatans, The Wonderstuff, The Wedding Present and The Enemy.
Their recent 16-date UK tour culminated in a triumphant sellout gig at Manchester’s 450-capacity Academy 3 venue, and the band has received widespread support from BBC 6 Music, XFM, Virgin and BBC Introducing. The Lottery Winners are currently working on their studio tans at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales, recording their debut album with producer Tristan Ivemy.
/// THE WOOD BURNING SAVAGES ///
The Wood Burning Savages are a rip-roaring rock four piece who specialise in pulsating punk with a fierce political bite. Proudly hailing from Derry City, Northern Ireland, they are led by the enigmatic frontman and songwriter Paul Connolly. Sharing tales of indignation and disillusion, the band give a voice to a generation more marginalised and divided than ever before. The band have been lauded for their frenetic live shows, a full-blooded cocktail of breakneck riffs and frenzied anthems. This breezy intensity has led them to being compared to the likes of Interpol, Manic Street Preachers and Radiohead.
The Wood Burning Savages kicked off 2017 with a string of shows supporting fast rising rock acts The Amazons and VANT, alongside a hometown show with Irish guitar heroes And So I Watch You From Afar. Having played the BBC Introducing Tent at Glastonbury, the band have went on to play riotous sets at festivals throughout Ireland and beyond, taking in festivals in Scotland, Poland and now Germany.
‘A tirade of virtuosic musicianship that needs measurement on the Richter Scale.’ – Hot Press
‘They absolutely slay it. ‘ – Phil Taggart, BBC Radio 1
‘Ferocious intelligence, primitive abandon and excoriating tendencies! In troubled times, the world needs punk rock heroes – The Wood Burning Savages are punk rock heroes!’ – Stephen McCauley, BBC Radio Ulster