"Sumptuous, seductive and a bit scary…will stalk your dreams" ~ NME 9/10
Double Mercury Prize and Brit Award nominee Anna Calvi has been revered in the British music industry since she burst onto the scene in 2011 with her award-winning debut album. Calvi's elecrifying live performances have left audiences spellbound with her operatic voice and virtuoso guitar playing: hardly surprising that she has since collaborated with everyone from Noah and the Whale to Marianne Faithful and Morrissey, along with art-rock legend Brian Eno, who described Calvi as "the best thing since Patti Smith."
11:30PM SUNDAY 26 MAY
“Donovan singlehandedly initiated the psychedelic revolution with his album Sunshine Superman” ~ Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
“Donovan is all over The White Album” ~ George Harrison
Folk-rock hero, psychedelic troubadour, tutor to the Beatles, Donovan’s eclectic and genre-defying songwriting defined an era. He’s collaborated with everyone from Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones, to Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and super-producer Rick Rubin. Along the way, his poetic lyrics have earned him comparisons to Blake, Donne and Yeats. He’s been inaugurated into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, received the Ivor Novello Award, and in 2018 was honoured with a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award for Folk Music. This is one you can’t miss!
10:30PM FRIDAY 24 MAY
Unique indie outfit British Sea Power boast admirers from Lou Reed and David Bowie to London’s National Maritime Museum. BSP have played atop the Great Wall of China and at the CERN atom-research labs, and their penchant for spectacular live locations takes them to the Wye Valley this May. It’s no surprise that the intensity and invention of the band’s shows have earned them Time Out magazine’s Live Band Of The Year award.
11:30PM SATURDAY 25 MAY
Hot Chip alumnus Joe Goddard and 1965 Records' Raf Rundell are guaranteed to bring uncontrollable rave vibes when their mix of hip hop, house and soul descends upon the stage. Infectious, uplifting and occasionally goofy, the duo have produced remixes for Toddla T, Santigold and Metronomy, and garnered support from the UK’s most influential DJs and radio hosts, including Annie Mac, Nick Grimshaw, Scott Mills and Kissy Sell Out. Their optimistic and immediately likeable brand of club-friendly silliness is guaranteed to have you dancing the night away.
11:00PM FRIDAY 24 MAY
From backroom bods to the Hollywood Bowl, from tiny specialist shops to a million-selling album, from using more singers than a Broadway musical and trucking on regardless, Zero 7’s story has always been about thinking that little big bigger.
Best known for their Platinum selling Mercury-Prize nominated album Simple Things, the pair have recently collaborated with their friend José González to release brand new material this year.
MIDNIGHT SUNDAY 26 MAY
“A rich slice of neo-soul dominated by her stunning delivery” ~ Clash
Born in Italy and raised in Singapore, soulful songstress Stella Talpo has wanderlust woven into her bones. The now Brixton-based singer released her debut EP, Space, in June 2016, with breakout single 'Girl' going on to pick up an impressive 310k streams on Spotify, earning a spot on renowned playlists such as 'Sweet Soul Sunday' and 'UK Viral 50'. In 2017, Glastonbury festival named her as an Emerging Talent, raving of her whisky-smooth vocals, "the sound the walls of a 1920’s jazz club would make if they could talk."
6:30PM SATURDAY 26 MAY
"Continually inventive…true originality, all delivered with no small measure of wit, verve and humour" ~ Clash
Irresistible electro swing duo The Correspondents have gained a dazzling reputation for their energetic and infectious beats, blending jazz classics with high-speed MC lyrics of love and lust. Consistently ranked in The Telegraph’s top ten Glastonbury moments for their flamboyant stage presence and visually bonkers mash up of all things dance, we are thrilled to have the London-based ‘kings of hip-hop swing’ back at HowTheLightGetsIn. Guaranteed to bring the house down, get ready for their unique party like no other!
11:00PM SATURDAY 25 MAY
"Deliciously dirty disco, house and party bangers… savage stuff indeed" ~ Time Out London
High-energy hedonists Savage Disco bring a neon kaleidoscope of disco debauchery to light up the fields of Hay-on-Wye. Over the years, DJs such as Joe Goddard, Erol Alkan, Heidi, The 2 Bears, Smokin' Jo, Luke Solomon, Artwork, Benji B, Krankbrother and more have all guested alongside their army of dancing kings and queens. Expect Savage’s signature mix of strip-club spectacle and polysexual party grooves that has earned them notoriety as London’s fiercest club night.
MIDNIGHT FRIDAY 24 MAY
"A rather balmy, gorgeous summer affair… truly a brilliant example of a true homegrown talent finding their stride" ~ Clash
Britfolk pin-up Roo Panes has rapidly gained critical acclaim for his soulful acoustic performances, racking up 120 million plays on Spotify, a ranking in Q magazine’s insider’s guide to new folk music and a Burberry campaign along the way. His music taps a deep well of folk heritage, with lyrics of endless heartache and unrequited love that have caused seasoned journalists to "melt away in his presence." (Evening Standard)
9:00PM FRIDAY 24 MAY
"Pearson has a midas touch" ~ The Guardian
Berlin, Ibiza, Hay-on-Wye: academic-turned-superstar DJ Ewan Pearson will bring his genre-blending beats fresh from Europe’s hottest dancefloors. Dubbed "the Venus Williams of the DJ world" by The Guardian, he’s worked with the likes of Ladytron, Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp and Gwen Stefani. Sweet, smooth and colourful as skittles shells, his sets – like the rest of his career – defy easy categorisation, marrying the independent with a pop sensibility that’s all his own. The author of Discographies takes to the decks with a wildly brilliant swirl of slick underground sounds that will have you dancing from dusk ‘til dawn.
MIDNIGHT SATURDAY 25 MAY
"A sincere, strong vocal presence" ~ SXSW
Grandson of Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones and step grandson of Donovan
Rock & Roll scion Joolz Jones, grandson of Brian Jones, has been touring since 2015 with his step-grandfather and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Donovan, and will open for him again at HowTheLightGetsIn. Hailing from Cork, Ireland, Joolz’ inimitable sound combines blues, pop, rock and hip-hop with a unique vocal presence. He’s played at Glastonbury and SXSW to avid applause, with an irresistible mix of his own songs and ‘60s classics from Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones, shot through with his energetic reggae-style groove.
"One of the most exciting rising talents within the retro music scene… a band maturing at a rapid pace" ~ Time Out UK
Known for their mixture of jazz, swing, pop and electro, Swingrowers have played sell-out shows across Europe and the US, plus a host of UK festivals including Boomtown and Latitude. On top of delivering official remixes for Caro Emerald and Swing Republic, Swingrowers also boast musical collaborations with The Lost Fingers, Gypsy Hill, DJ Pony Montana, and have had their own songs remixed by Bart&Baker and Jamie Berry.
11PM SUNDAY 26 MAY
“Thrilling, modern, and different to everything else… brilliant” ~ The Guardian
Hailed by The Observer as “a gift to those of us who still believe in magic,” London siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis Durham are awesomely talented songwriters and multi-instrumentalist musicians. They’ve sold over a quarter of a million albums worldwide, sold out headline tours, and graduated from acclaimed appearances at Bestival and Glastonbury to opening stadium shows for Coldplay and Mark Ronson. Along the way, they’ve gathered an enviably impressive fan base ranging from Amy Winehouse to David Lynch. Each rotating on different instruments with a live set that includes punk-infused pop, R&B, jazz, soul, blues, ska, country, rock ‘n’ roll and more, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis mix genres to perfection!
10PM SATURDAY 25 MAY
“Terrific” ~ Time Out
Cabaret sensation and queen of burlesque comedy, Abigail Collins has twice been nominated for Best Speciality Act at the London Cabaret Awards and crowned the Best Comic Act at the Milan Burlesque Awards. Her playful characters, sensational dances and whip-smart wit are not to be missed.
9PM MONDAY 27 MAY
Self-confessed clumsy reggae/ska/soul artist, Captain Accident’s unique sound is brought to life on stage with the help of a collective of musicians known as "The Disasters,” although in reality they are far from that! Having shared the stage with many of the biggest names in reggae and ska, including Suggs, Less Than Jake, David Rodigan and The Specials’ very own Neville Staples, their national fan-base is growing at an astonishing rate. Guaranteed to get people up and dancing with soulful vocals, soaring guitars and a truly infectious groove, there’s no standing still when Captain Accident and his bungling bandmates hit the stage!
9:30PM SUNDAY 26 MAY
"A soul-soaring, ear-quenching alt-folk riot of sound… they're already in the arrival lounge of greatness" ~ BBC Introducing
Award-winning family trio Wildwood Kin are hotly tipped to graduate from their cult folk following to mainstream success. Championed by Bob Harris, Wildwood Kin have toured and recorded with folk hero and fellow Devonian Seth Lakeman, as well as opening for the likes of The Stereophonics. Inspired by Fleetwood Mac and Bob Dylan, their unique sound is characterised by inventive sonics and spectral atmospherics alongside hypnotic three-part harmonies.
Their set at HTLGI will be the finale of their UK wide tour promoting their new album in conjunction with Bob Harris’ Under The Apple Tree brand.
9PM SATURDAY 25 MAY
“..I love that. It reminds me of a mixture of early Kinks, Squeeze and a bit of Blur mashed in. His voice is his own … so great. I love it.” Dave Davies – The Kinks
Time Out ‘Rising Stars’ Tankus The Henge have been billed by Glastonbury as one of their Top 10 Acts To See. Described by The Guardian as ‘a virtual carnival… a dose of Dexy’s, a drop of Ray Davies and a pinch of Madness,’ their uproarious sound defies categorisation. Musically inspired by artists from Tom Waits to Blur and Queens Of The Stone Age, with lyrics influenced by the Beat Generation and Gonzo journalism, their ‘60s-inflected sensibility has garnered praise from none other than the Kinks’ very own Dave Davies. Their hair-raising show has to be seen and heard to be believed. Like a psychedelic, rock n roll octopus – only with four more legs.
9PM MONDAY 27 MAY
"Expect folk-hewn pop, with gliding guitars and a strident vocal" ~ Clash Music
Rising stars CoCo and the Butterfields are fast developing a cult following for their exhilarating performances and inclusive, acoustic-based sounds. Their unmistakable upwards incline has taken them from sellout shows on their nationwide O2 Academy tour, to appearances at Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Bestival, via opening for the likes of Bastille, The Fratellis, Scouting for Girls and Wheatus.
10PM SUNDAY 26 MAY
If you could imagine the love child of Bill Bailey and Victoria Wood that would be Polly Morris. Her observational comedy songs are instantly relatable, tackling the weighty subjects of family, relationships, and the perils of sending an email to the wrong person. The Polly Morris Band is making its name as a band where you need to expect the unexpected. Howlingly funny, amazingly original, with indecently smart lyricism, Polly’s laugh-out-loud stage presence is peppered with haunting acoustic numbers reminiscent of Karen Carpenter. She will move you to tears, then put a smile on your face.
“Meadowlark are quickly reaching new heights” ~ Wonderland
Delicate, emotional, yet powerful songs delivered beautifully from the minds of two incredible musicians – with soaring vocals and multi-instrumental inventiveness, Bristol-based duo Meadowlark create a stunning sound that’s greater than the sum of its parts. They’ve opened for Elvis Costello, played at Glastonbury and Great Escape, and made it onto the national airwaves with a session on Dermot O’Leary’s Radio 2 show. Their standout single ‘Fly’, from debut album Postcards, clocked up over 25 million streams from fans all over the world.
"Since 2005 they have been throwing stranger, wilder and braver secret parties… they have grown bigger and bolder with age" ~ Vice
"A free-spirited mix that centres on warm house, heady techno and unabashed classics… the best party Crack has ever had the pleasure of attending" ~ Crack
Secret location adventurers Alfresco Disco have taken over spaces from Shambala to underground railroads in Bristol. Wherever they go, late night debauchery will follow in classic Bristolian style. Be prepared for them to bring their unforgettable DJs, as we welcome back our resident curators of the Riverside Disco for an extraordinary beat-driven bash.
"Enchanting, fragile folk-pop from a humble talent… a masterclass" ~ The Independent
“Beautifully ethereal,” in the words of The Guardian, Benjamin Francis Leftwich delivers a hushed and hymnal atmosphere that leaves audiences enchanted. He’s captivated festival crowds at Latitude, Wilderness, Reading & Leeds and Glastonbury. Benjamin’s folk-pop elegies will woo you with his beckoning, caressing voice, soaring arrangements and captivating fragility. This is pure and simple talent.
Lyrically explosive and musically diverse, funk-rock hybrid with a hip-pop twist, Dopesickfly emanate an upbeat feel-good vibe. They’ve supported the likes of Big Country, Kool & The Gang, Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 and Sugar Hill Gang. With their boundless confidence and extraordinary sound, it’s no surprise they were voted Top Band to Watch Out For by Capital FM.
"To hear them in full splendor makes me want to weep. Absolutely unique" ~ Joanne Good, BBC
Wryly described by The Telegraph as "like Arcade Fire with better lyrics," film star Orlando Seale and his epic band Harpo Smith will make you dance, laugh and cry with their impassioned and deeply personal tales of the concrete jungle, from the caffeinated highs to gin lane lows of the capital.
River Roots create a vibrant mix of roots and alternative acoustic, with hints of folk and reggae beats, bringing diverse sounds and a playful uplifting vibe. Favourites on the UK and European festival circuit, they’ve played at Boomtown Fair, Pachamama, Into The Wild and Buddhafield. Bringing surprisingly danceable sounds from an acoustic guitar, their fusion of soulful harmonies and joyful, positive energy illuminates the stage.
"Show stopping" ~ LA Times
There’s a time for tradition. Each year the wonderfully magical Blaenavon Male Voice Choir have closed the festival, and there’s never a dry eye – or spare inch – in the house. Founded over a century ago in 1910, the premier Welsh choir is still going strong, and has toured across the world. Prepare to be moved.
The Brass Funkeys draw from the traditions of New Orleans with skilled musicianship, rolling from spirited second line revelry to soulful jazz funeral marches and pumping brass driven funk. Reggae, DnB, gypsy, swing and Latin influences are exposed in an eclectic live show revealing a band bursting at the seams with ideas and infectious energy.
“The Minions seamlessly weave Balkan Beats with ska, dub and swing to create a bouncing set. It’s impossible not to get involved” ~ The Independent
Balkan-beats-meets-ska party starters Mr Tea and the Minions inspire uncontrollably silly dancing and wild bouts of jumping wherever they go. A sure-fire standout on the festival circuit, they have appeared at Glastonbury, Boomtown, WOMAD, Secret Garden Party, Belladrum, Bearded Theory, Nozstock, and Goulash Disko (Croatia), to name just a few!
“Beautiful voice… So accomplished” ~ BBC Radio
Hot new voice Cara Hammond was recently chosen as BBC Introducing Artist of the Week for her soulful indie-pop, a sound that has been described as Lianne de Havas meets Amy Winehouse. Writing and performing since she was 14, she’s wowed festival audiences from Love Supreme to Boomtown. Taking inspiration from artists such as Dua Lipa, Paolo Nutini and Ben Howard, Hammond is quickly growing a global following – catch her at HowTheLightGetsIn while you can!
"I like it! It's kinda... cheeky!" ~ Richie Hawtin
Multi-genre, instrumental electronic dance music, Captain Flatcap is a whirlwind of swing, ska, funk, folk and filth. Wielding trumpets, flutes, guitars, mandolins and keyboards, this joyfully chaotic 3-piece create an infectiously cheeky sound that is larger than life. To date they have supported The Freestylers, A.Skillz, The Correspondents, Dutty Moonshine, Chris Tofu, Odjbox, The Electric Swing Circus, Too Many T’s, Father Funk and many more. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready for one big knees-up.
“OMG Wow!” ~ Katy Perry
“I thoroughly enjoyed it” ~ Tom Jones
“Incredible” ~ Pippa Middleton
Multi award-winning stage and close-up magician, Dee Riley has performed throughout the UK and internationally, accompanied by his glittering burlesque artist Bonnie Fleur. Specialising in live cabaret entertainment, he can regularly be seen at one of his seven weekly residencies throughout London, from Mayfair to Covent Garden. Along the way, the duo has picked up an enviable fan-base for their spectacular shows, garnering praise from British national treasures and Hollywood A Listers alike!
"He has an immediacy and charisma that draws you close to the music ... He makes music that I want to listen to." ~ Alan Pearce, editor of Blues Matters
"Trevor Steger puts teeth in the blues with Sawdust Man ~ Liz Aitken, Blues Doodles
Trevor Babajack Steger was raised on listening to his mother - a club singer in the sixties - and the only two records in his parents’ record collection, Johnny Cash and Rory Gallagher. In the late seventies his own musical adventures began by playing bass in a number of local punk bands.
One night he went to a local venue to witness a band that would both change his thoughts and start him on the road of musical discovery. Nine Below Zero were the band, and blues the hook. The day after he bought himself a Sonny Boy Williamson record and a blues harp. Years of practice and honing of skills took him across Europe and Africa.
In the early 90's, Trevor was in Zimbabwe, living and working with the Shona people in Mashonaland East. During this time Trevor's first son Jack was born. According to Shona custom, the father takes his son's name, so from that day forwards, Trevor was known as 'Babajack': the father of Jack.
The multi-award winning band Babajack, of which Trevor was founding member and co-songwriter, brought him to the forefront of the British Blues scene. Now Trevor lives on his narrow boat, stepping out on his own to perform his own brand of Blues, drawing from his love of early rural blues, punk and world music and using slide guitar, harp and stomp box to create his unique sound which is both exciting and real.
His first solo album, Sawdust Man, received amazing reviews with radio play in the UK and across the USA, Canada and on BBC Radio 2.
"There's no doubt that Sutty has a bright future ahead of her, and with the work rate coming out of Chameleon Audio right now, it is safe to say that this is just the beginning." ~ Creative Generation UK
SUTTY is an upcoming vocalist and songwriter based in Manchester and Wales. She collaborates with producers, merging bass and electronic music with soulful vocals.
Her debut EP entitled is it ella? (prod. by Jakebob) sees her team up with Walsall based label Chameleon Audio and, of course, talented producer Jakebob.
Don't miss the sassy visuals for track Anything There - shot by Maxwell Falls.
“It’s hard to think of any other act delivering such clever, funny and sharp material” ~ Time Out
Sequin-clad satirical weirdos Bourgeois & Maurice write songs that stick in your head like bloodstains in your nice new carpet. Their world is a sexy, stomping, politically-charged echo chamber. A highly theatrical kaleidoscope of current affairs, moral confusion and slippery social commentary.
Hannah & The Heartbreak are a London and Bristol based band originally formed by the collaboration of Hannah Bristow, lead singer and songwriter, with a collection of musician friends based around her ‘living in’ warehouse in the Manor House area of north London.
Early demos of songs such as ‘The Gate’, ‘Unstuck’ and ‘Role Play’ were sent to BBC Introducing where they received airplay from Gary Crowley on BBC 6 Music, London. ’The Gate’ also got airplay on The Demo Show with Amazing Radio where record plugger Dylan White was on the review panel. He was so blown away by ’The Gate’ that he tracked Hannah down and offered to manage her.
Hannah & The Heartbreak now have their debut album entitled Open Heart Surgery, a name which came to Hannah in a late night recording session. With their recent airplay on Radio 2, BBC 6 Music with Tom Robinson and also playing a live set on BBC Radio Bristol, Hannah & The Heartbreak define folk soul at its finest.
Austel creates dark, minimal electro-pop music from the spaces in between, conjuring haunting soundscapes full of rich harmonies to create an immersive, ethereal experience.
Her debut EP Unfold - co-written with and produced by music technologist Adam Stark (MI.MU Gloves, Rumour Cubes) - explores a dreamy sonic landscape, drawing upon influences from artists such as Daughter, James Blake and Nils Frahm.
“Up-beat singer-songwriter with a soulful twist...her joyous stage presence will lift your spirits.” ~ Festival di Paladini, Italy
Ji & the Rainbirds are a 4-piece band from Bristol, playing an up-beat blend of feel-good folk and sun-kissed soul. Showcasing the songs of singer-songwriter Claire Ji, their sound combines jazz inflected guitar with infectious hooks, soaring strings and tales from the open road.
With honey-drenched vocals and cinematic storytelling, frontwoman Claire Ji has the ability to both draw crowds in and get them dancing, telling positive stories of human connection and the reasons we keep living. Currently in the studio recording their debut EP, Ji & the Rainbirds are now booking their UK spring tour and a tour of festivals for summer 2019.
Loving fans and new listeners alike seem to agree that the individuality of Kaia Vieira’s sound is the most compelling element of her emerging artist allure. Summed up by LA-based journalist Jackson Liguori as ‘ominous jazz/soul vocals and crackling hip-hop/DnB beats’, Kaia’s music is clearly born from and contributing to the evolutionary electro-jazz age, forging its mark in new ground somewhere between the soul, hip-hop and electronic movements of the modern UK music scene.
After a few years of developing her live performance at local venues and festivals in home county Dorset, Kaia’s audience began to grow to wider national and international audiences in 2017 when she was invited to perform on globally renowned Sofar Sounds. Since then, 2018 proved to be a pivotal year for Kaia as she released her debut EP Raw in July, followed by spending the summer travelling USA’s West Coast and performing with local musicians on Venice Beach, LA. She then went on to relocate to London in September in pursuit of her music. With plans for new releases and a European tour in the coming year, Kaia is certainly an emerging artist to watch.
Foot-stomping, jig-tastic future folk from Cardiff, playing an eclectic mix of Bluegrass to Bhangra, Irish to Arabic - and everything in between…
After forming in 2012, The Brwmys have been spreading their music around like jam on toast. Influences are predominantly folk, rock and blues, but these are combined with flavours of Asia, South America, and the middle-east to give the band an unusual and unique sound. Songs can be simple or complex, gentle or manic with no barriers to constrain experimentation.
Be prepared to swig your cider, dance your socks off, and find out what The Brwmys actually means…
“An enchanting live show full of adventure and song-craft - music for the soul” ~ Imagine That
"Imagine if Kate Bush and Jeff Buckley were farming Goat and Lamb on a hillside in Peru..." ~ The Nod, Passion Radio Bristol
Emrys The Brave are a fire-breathing folk/rock five piece, who meld the sounds of the Peruvian mountainside with their own roots and sounds from the Welsh hills and valleys. The band was imagined in Cajamarca, whilst lead singer Megs stood with the indigenous folk of Peru against mining companies damaging rivers and ecosystems. The band became a reality when she returned to Wales and Bristol, picking up like-minded musical warriors and a fun-loving west country flavour. Their sound is unique, and whilst you may hear mountainous and epic electric guitar solos, you will also remember those tender moments beneath the stars, before a burst of Latin rhythm reminds you to let loose once more.
After the successful release of their debut EP Solar Motorbike, the band followed up with captivating performances on the UK festival circuit. Now set to release their new EP Touch of a Human, the band are excited to take to the stage again this summer. Come dance, come dream.
"The Fordsons … excellent!" - Pete Lawrence, Founder of the Big Chill and Campfire Convention
The Fordsons perform old-time, mountain and early bluegrass music from the Appalachian region of the United States of America. This is music rooted in the folk ballads and traditional tunes imported to the USA by immigrants from the British Isles. The Fordsons take their influence from the popular old-time music of the 1920s and 30s - music made famous in the recordings of The Skillet Lickers, Charlie Poole, and The Carter Family, to name just a few.
Expect furious breakdowns, nonsense songs, fiddle and banjo tunes and cautionary ballads of love and loss.
Vocalist Sarah Meek and pianist Guy Shotton are two rising stars of the UK jazz scene. A wide variety of influences combine in their readings of tunes from the Great American Songbook. Fresh, classical suffused arrangements of standards and borrowed melodies from the works of Debussy and Ravel rub shoulders with interpretations of Chick Corea and Kenny Kirkland compositions.
The pair have developed a strong musical relationship over three years of working together and have recently formed the Quartet with RWCMD drummer Alex Goodyear and London bassist Nick Kacal.
"Curiously wonderful" - God Is In the TV
"One of the most fun bands on the planet" - Lost in the Manor
Tugboat Captain are a rotating DIY musical ensemble of friends and family. Recording and rehearsing in a terraced house in South London, the band have spent the last year gathering attention across the DIY pop community through their relentless touring, homemade videos and bittersweet pop songs.
Variously compared to Belle and Sebastian and Fat White Family, the band have garnered a reputation for their riotous live shows - frequently combining bassoons and nudity. Since forming, the band have released a pair of records, with the latter - Everybody Seems To Think That I'm A Raincloud - being awarded No7 Album of the Year by For The Rabbits and featuring Reddit endorsed single 'Don't Want To Wake Up On My Own'. In spite of the total DIY attitude the band have managed to accumulate over 500,000 streams on their Spotify and significant college radio play across the pond.
Violette are comprised of guitar/fiddle, piano and close harmony vocals. Their songs reveal the little stories within big historic events and take inspiration from classic literature and the landscape of the South West. Aged 17 & 20, they have a maturity well beyond their years and have wowed audiences with their magical stage presence. They have been on tour supporting the jazz icon Georgie Fame at prestigious venues (Bristol's St George's Hall and the Apex at Bury St Edmunds), as well as starting this year to grace the stage at folk festivals.
"A fine new folk/fusion band with fantastic fiddle-driven energy and musicianship. Not to be missed!" ~ Johnny Coppin, singer/songwriter and presenter of the Acoustic Show on BBC Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Wiltshire
Gathering Tides have a completely fresh approach to traditional and contemporary music from around the world. Weaving together folk, jazz, rock and more, this young and innovative band transcend genre labels. Their unique lineup of fiddle, electric guitar, bass and cajon means they slip effortlessly from heavy riffs to fiery fiddle tunes, or from smooth improvisation to klezmer.
“…Wednesday’s Wolves are just awesomely spellbinding. Beautiful harmonies, beautiful instrument playing that is guaranteed to take you to a land where the mists roll through an ancient forest” ~ Seahorse Promotions 2014
Wednesday's Wolves are Chrissy Renker and Ysabelle Durant, a female contemporary folk duo from Oxfordshire. Both third culture kids, they met while at school in Sri Lanka although their musical collaboration didn't start until they had both finished university. They first started playing and writing original material together in 2013.
Since forming the band. they have been playing at venues around the UK, mainly London and Oxfordshire, and have performed on the same bill as Amber Run, Seafret, Flyte, Beth Rowley, and Iain Archer. In 2017 their song 'Off This Earth' was played on BBC Radio 1 by DJ Huw Stephens who went on to select it as his BBC Introducing Tip Of The Week. They were also invited to perform at BBC Music Introducing Hosts Amplify 2017 in London.
Their songs use simple guitar riffs and vocal harmonies combined with percussive instruments such as cajon and glockenspiel to create emotive and evocative music, usually with a melancholic edge.
A band of cautionary tales, Wicked Splinters play folk- and grunge-influenced indie rock. The London-based four piece are playing their fourth outing for HTLGI this May. Now in their fifth year under the creative hands of Andrew Crowe, Wicked Splinters will release their debut album Our Eyes Will See on Maniac Squat Records this May, and are set up for a summer of songs about misplaced serendipity, horrible histories and hope. Expanding to a four-piece has brought in banjo, mandolin and more harmonica to their live shows and reams of new material. London scene regulars, they have also played across the country, previously opening for Noel Gallagher, altJ and Britpop heroes, Space.
Jacob Hughes is an English singer-songwriter based in Hay-on-Wye. He has been writing songs since he was a young teenager. His music is original and hard to pin down, crossing over between genres, from loud and catchy rock/ pop tunes to more introverted folkish and classical melodies. 2019 will see him perform some of the new songs off his brand new EP Parasol, which features piano as the main instrument.
A raucous six piece with an original concoction of ska, funk, soul, reggae and swing - many recognise the dogs from their star appearance in Netflix hit Sex Education, playing the unforgiving high-school cool kids, with their raw energy and unforgettable sound of blasting brass.
Blending an original mix of rhythm ‘n’ blues, rock‘n’roll and northern soul, delivered in style by singer Scarlett Fagan, the Hawkmen have recently attracted attention from BBC Radio DJ Craig Charles. Having just released their debut album this band is one to watch!
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