Heavy Pop presents:
Are You Listening? Festival 2018
AK/DK + ANIMAL HOUSE + The August List + Carnival Youth + Field Music + Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? + Her's + IDLES + MUSH + Saltwater Sun + Twin Sun + Vienna Ditto + Vinyl Staircase + Yonaka
Entry Requirements: 18+ (some venues are 14+ - please check)
Are You Listening? Festival is back with another big line-up announcement as they gear up to get Reading shaking on Saturday 28th April 2018.
Joining the already bustling bill for the one-day festival are Sunderland’s angular indie-pop kings Field Music. Field Music were favourites of the late, great Prince, have previously been nominated for a Mercury Prize and will be performing with the Open Here Orchestra at The Barbican in May. They also have a new album out in February.
Breakbeat pioneers Plump DJs bring their internationally renowned four-deck DJ set to the Festival, and are sure to bring the party having held a ten-year residency at legendary London nightclub Fabric, as well as having collaborated with Mark Ronson, Gary Newman and Fatboy Slim in the past.
Geordie krautdance duo Warm Digits have been announced too, following their hugely successful album Wireless World that featured Field Music and Saint Etienne on vocal duties. Latvia’s debonair pop maestros Carnival Youth return to Reading again, having supported Red Hot Chili Peppers this Summer. BBC Radio 1’s number one party starter Phil Taggart joins the ranks of those DJing at this year’s AYL? having caused a stir last year.
Other acts joining the jam-packed bill include Leed’s art rockers Mush; Reading’s own potent power-pop-ers Saltwater Sun; Brisbane-via-Brighton party starters Animal House; and Oxford’s finest country boot-stompers The August List amongst others.
The acts announced today slot in alongside quite a few big names, including Bristol’s loudest punks Idles; indie rising stars Yonaka; legendary new music champion DJ Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music); drum-synth mavericks AK/DK; Reading Hip Hop stalwart Ash The Author and lots more. With many more still be announced across the Festival’s 8 stages, Are You Listening? Festival is sure to be the biggest day out in April for any real music lover.
Here’s the line-up so far, in alphabetical order.
The Ady Baker Sound / AK/DK / Animal House / Ash the Author / The August List / The Autumn Saints / Carnival Youth / Deerful / Drug Store Romeos / Eat Daddy Eat / Ever Hazel / Febueder / Field Music / Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? / Here are the Young Men and Uncle Peanut / Her’s / Idles / Mush / Nobodies Birthday / Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1) / Plump DJs / Saltwater Sun / Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music) / Tiger Mendoza / Tiny Giant / Twin Sun / Vienna Ditto / Vinyl Staircase / Warm Digits / Yonaka
Welcome to the wonderful world of AK/DK, where musical structure has been joyfully shattered, and the pieces recombined into a unique, prysmic, ever changing barrage of high-energy sound and melody.
AK/DK’s maiden LP, entitled Synths + Drums + Noise + Space, follows a trio of cult releases on Little Miss Echo Recordings, including last year’s ridiculously infectious cassette single Battersea. This new offering represents a slight departure from the more bit-crushed pop-joy of their previous recordings: recorded live and largely improvised, its fizzing layers of arpeggios and raging double drums will appeal to fans of Factory Floor, Dan Deacon, Raymond Scott, Can, Boredoms and Battles. Studio edits were kept to a minimum in favour of a more honest and raw recording, going some way to recreate the raucous spontaneity of their live shows.
Live, AK/DK are an in-demand, high-energy spectacle. As well as opening for a dizzying range of artists like Dan Deacon, Damo Suzuki, Tricky, Fujiya & Miyagi, Anamanaguchi and Civil Civic, they have played art-oriented events such as the ICA's Psychedelica Gala, the Cage-inspired "A Nod To John Cage" event at the De La Warr Pavillion, and a Tate/Shunt curated art and music event at Latitude Festival. They were also hand picked to open for The Dandy Warhols on their entire European tour (as seen in the Battersea video), including a London show at the HMV Forum.
ANIMAL HOUSE are an Aussie born 4 piece who in early 2014, packed up their belongings and headed for the shores of the UK.
Having found a home in the musical mecca of Brighton, the band quickly gathered momentum, playing shows alongside some of the city’s new breed of snarling rock acts. Their giddy brand of garage-rock is as infectious as it is fun and with the band's debut single "Sour" and B-Side "Heavy", heads started to turn instantly!
"Sour" received praise across the board from the likes of NME, DIY and Clash Magazine but this was only the start, as the band headed out on the road for a 10 date UK tour in October of 2014. The tour saw them hit audiences up and down the country with their energetic, captivating and catchy set list.
ANIMAL HOUSE then returned to the South for a headline support slot to fellow Australian, Courtney Barnett at Brighton's DRILL Festival. The show was a huge success and has gone on to earn ANIMAL HOUSE the title of "One To Watch for 2015" by BrightonsFinest.com
The band now head back into the studio to record their debut EP with Owen Morries, the man behind Oasis, Kaiser Chiefs, The Verve and many more. The EP is set for release in the summer before the band then embark on a second tour this time heading out into Europe.
Keep your eyes and ears open and polish off those dancing shoes.. ANIMAL HOUSE are coming for you!
The Latvian indie four-piece Carnival Youth is one of the most successful new generation bands not only from Latvia, but also from the Baltic region, as endorsed by The European Border Breakers award at Eurosonic 2016.
The sound of Carnival Youth blends exciting melodies, the energy of rock music and fresh tunes – lyrical songs and indie hits embody the bands enthusiasm and love for music. Their talent can be felt both on record and at the dynamic live performances. Their new record “Propeller” resembles Wolf Parade, Temples and Arctic Monkeys.
Since the formation of the band in 2012, Roberts Vanags, Aleksis Lurins, Edgars Kaupers and Emils Kaupers have released two records – “Never Have Enough” EP and debut LP “No Clouds Allowed”, which was rewarded as the best debut album of 2014 in their home country Latvia. Both records have granted them a growing fan base all over Europe and critical acclaim.
Their second album “Propeller” is released in Europe in April/May 2016 and presented with an intense tour all around Europe. USA and Canada digital release scheduled for autumn 2016. Scandinavian “Noisey” has said, “Propeller” is “versatile and really freaking good”.
Carnival Youth have played at “NME Club Night” at KOKO in London, many festivals and showcases, such as The Great Escape (UK), Sziget (Hungary), Positivus (Latvia), Open’er Festival (Poland), Reeperbahn (Germany), Eurosonic (The Netherlands) and others.
Radio personalities like Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music), John Kennedy (XFM) and Chris Hawkins (BBC 6 Music) have played tracks of Carnival Youth on their radio shows. Several songs of Carnival Youth have charted in German, Austrian and Latvian radio stations.
Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE JANE FONDA AEROBIC VHS? is a strange bird in the Finnish rock scene, not only because of their devisive name, but also because the band doesn't have a guitar player. Instead melodies and distorted sound walls are created by good old Casio and Eco-organs.
Packed with 60's girl group/soul-melodies, bubble gum punk riffs and pounding drums, which will make your eardrums bleed, this newcomer is truly something to get to know. Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? gets it's influences from a rather wide range of genres: all the way from garage rock to doo-wop, rock'n'roll to 80's dream pop and 60's soul and girl groups.
Their debut album Teenage Sweetheart was released in September 2015 by VILD Recordings / Airiston Punk-levyt. Since the record release, the band has been touring constantly all around Finland, performing also on respected festivals like Flow Festival and Ilosaarirock. Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? was selected by the Finnish music industry professionals as number no. 1 in the Future Dozen of 2016 wote.
Their music has been noticed all around Europe during this year and they've been featured on publications such as The Line Of Best Fit, Clash Magazine, Under the Radar, MTV Iggy, Forbes and Consequence Of Sound. Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? will play their first shows abroad in January at Eurosonic Noordeslag 2016.
The seeds of Her’s have well and truly rooted themselves in Liverpool. Originally a meeting of minds between Norway’s Audun Laading and Barrow-born Stephen Fitzpatrick, Her’s forged a strong chemical bond through a mutual love of off-kilter humour and outsider art.
Having clocked close to a million streams between the two tracks on their debut single ‘Dorothy’ and ‘What Once Was’, and after following it up with the lackadaisical thrift-store humour of their sun-bleached single ‘Marcel’, Her’s have compiled a rollicking record of their infant career so far. 'Songs of Her’s' was released on the 12th of May, and it includes all their recorded output to date plus six new songs to make for the most complete introduction to their slacker world yet.
'"One thing’s for sure - this is one of the best debuts we’ve heard for quite some time" - DIY
"Hazy melodies mirroring a yearning for an escape" - Louder Than War
"Her’s strike an immediate blow with the brilliantly sludgy take on tropical pop" - Gold Flake Paint
I D L E S
After taking a year and a half hiatus from the live scene since their success of their debut EP release 'Welcome' which included BBC Introducing in the Southwest "Band of The Year", they've spent their time to perfect their writing process and "bleed out a shit tonne of songs that we're truly proud of."
Idles are often a five piece POST-PUNK band from BristolLondonNewportBelfast just south of Scotland. They're really really really really really really good. Some say they re-invented being good live as well. Two of them are fat.
KEYWORDS: Heavy. Tight. Chubbs. Guitary. Drum/Bass. Visceral. Amiable? Deaf. Fisty.
Their sounds has been lovingly described by Geraint Davies of CRACK Magazine:
''Across four tracks of oppressive, propulsive scratch/grind/release, Meat feels like listening in on a reluctant confession. Stubborn, unyielding dynamics... ...push through shades of bitter blacks and opaque greys and blinding flashes of white, resolutely human catharsis overseen by a prevalent sense of watertight musicianship honed through countless, relentless hours glaring from Idle to Idle in boxy, dank rehearsal spaces. The result is a sonic Stockholm Syndrome; a public release of a deeply personal, insular process which pleads to be re-contained. Taut, concrete downstrokes constantly drive through Joe Talbot’s clenched, malevolent delivery as he muses on personal politics, everyman frustrations and idiosyncratic abstractions. Devouring influence whole, rejecting them then replacing them and regurgitating each and every one, this is post-punk is its realest sense. Meat is a bold, naked re arrival, a deeply profound statement. It’s quite simply one of the most vital sounds emerging within British music right now."
Thank You x
Mush are a post-punk, noise rock band from Leeds. Having recently recorded their début e.p. 'Ex-Communiqué' at Suburban Home in Leeds, the vinyl is due to be on sale early March. FFO: Pavement, Television, Beefheart, Swirlies. Sonic Youth.
For tracks go to: https://mushband.bandcamp.com/
For bookings please contact: email@example.com
Emerging West London based five-piece Saltwater Sun recently released their debut EP 'Wild' through London-based independent label Hand In Hive.
Earlier this year the band released their debut single Habit On My Mind, which was met with widespread acclaim across tastemaker blogs and press, including being heralded by NME as, “the soundtrack to summer evenings” and also sitting firmly in Hype Machine’s Top 10. This was followed by Making Eyes, produced by Gengahr album collaborator James Bragg, which “melted together sugary pop gorgeousness with grunge-flecked licks” (The Line Of Best Fit) and has already had support from BBC London and featured by Radio X as their Shock Of The New.
Produced by Saltwater Sun and Gengahr album collaborator James Bragg, Making Eyes and Habit On My Mind form two-thirds of their forthcoming debut EP Wild, which will drop this November alongside the title track.
Saltwater Sun are: Jennifer (vocals), Dan (guitar), Ben (drums), Rob (bass) and Joel (guitar)
Formed in November 2015, production/DJ duo Twin Sun hail from Reading, UK. Initially producing edits for themselves and friends gaining plays from Rob Da Bank, Greg Wilson (who included Twin Sun in his Top 10 edits of 2016) & Horse Meat Disco, they have DJed at events this year including Bugged Out Weekender and at Glastonbury Festival, joining popular club night Fleetmac Wood to play their Fleetwood Mac edits with them.
Twin Sun have now developed into a full live act, supporting Maribou State & Bondax this year, incorporating original material which is now set for release.
First single "Lilac Light" features Jen Stearnes of Saltwater Sun and comes backed with their own 'Sundown' rework of the lead track. Huw Stephens played "Lilac Light" on his Radio 1 show on 28th Nov 2016 and the track has had great support from BBC Introducing Berkshire.
Currently writing and recording their debut album, Twin Sun make their return to the live stage in April 2017 when they will be playing Are You Listening? Festival in Reading
“Portishead doing a Tarantino soundtrack” Huw Stephens, Radio 1
Released in June last year, Vienna Ditto's debut album Circle received airplay on BBC Radio 1, Amazing Radio and BBC6 Music- earning a coveted spot on Tom Robinson's BBC Introducing Mixtape. Nightshift called it “One of the best Oxford albums of recent times” and Frank Skinner said it was “Smashing”, which is nice. Their next 7-track EP Ticks is due for release late April.
“Sexy pop noir” The Daily Sport
Hatty and Nigel first met when he taught her guitar at the age of 11, and although they lost touch in the intervening years the duo were reunited following a chance encounter in the street 8 years later. Originally intended as a bit of fun singing old gospel songs over wobbly synths, Vienna Ditto were prematurely catapulted into the limelight when their first song Long Way Down somehow ended up being played on Huw Stephens’ Radio One show, leading to an appearance on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury Festival. The band have since been given a Maida Vale session for BBC6, received glowing reviews in Q Magazine and Artrocker and appeared on Channel 4’s Hollyoaks Music Show.
2016 saw the band touring the album around the UK and Northern Europe, bolstered- if not financially, then surely in spirit- by the use of their music in several advertising campaigns (most notably for Saks Fifth Avenue and The Polish National Health Fund) and the film Sacred Heart by award-winning Australian director Kosta Nikas.
“With Smoky-voiced femme fatale Hatty Taylor on vocals, London-based three piece Vienna Ditto mix wild-eyed rockabilly riffs with sparse, atmospheric electronica.” Q Magazine
Vinyl Staircase have just released their new track German Wings which was premiered on Phil Taggart’s BBC Radio 1 show and featured in NME.
“Rays of gleaming psych guitars chime over stamping drums and gorgeous lyrics” – NME
“I’ve got riff pie all over my face after listening to this. Slaying it!” - Phil Taggart BBC Radio 1
“Serene and blissful … euphoric sound" – The Line Of Best Fit
“Like Television but with fat distortion pedals” - Joel Amey, Wolf Alice Zine
“Like Syd Barret fronting Sonic Youth” - The Boston Globe, Bands To Watch
Gigged with: Swim Deep, Blossoms, Jaws, Cabbage etc….
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