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 + The Autumn Saints + steve lamacq + Tiny Giant + Grace Savage + the surfing magazines + ADAM & ELVIS + Deerful + The Longcut + She Makes War + Grafted + Valeras
Entry Requirements: 18+ (some venues are 14+ - please check)
Are You Listening? Festival announces their final and full festival line-up!
Below are the new additions to the Festival line-up in alphabetical order:
Adam & Elvis / The Amazing Tiger Band / Ben Marwood / Breezewax / The Bulmershe Ensemble / Calÿpso / Cecil / Colours & Fires / Doops / Gilbert DJ / Grace Savage / Grafted / Head Drop / J Dogg / John Kennedy (Radio X) / Kid Kin / L. / The Last Dinosaur / The Longcut / The Lovely Eggs / Lucky Punks / Marisa and the Moths / Mellor / Mutant Vinyl / Nightjjar / The Push DJ / Ray Wills / Rum & Donuts DJ / Self Help / She Makes War / Shoals / Slug / The Surfing Magazines / Tilly Valentine / Tracks and Grooves DJ / Valeras
Below are the acts that were already announced 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
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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The Autumn Saints
The Autumn Saints are an Anglo-American trio based in Oxford, UK. The band's music has its roots planted firmly in the American South, with lead singer Britt Strickland bringing the soulful, weighty music history of his home state of North Carolina to the City of Dreaming Spires. The southern storytelling tradition made famous by the likes of Dylan and Johnny Cash is very much alive in the Saints' music, with tales of hurricanes sweeping through the Appalachian Mountains and encounters with the devil at the crossroads unravelling in each song.
The British influence in the band, though, is also unmistakeable. The melodic, ethereal guitar lines that float and weave through the songs create the sort of atmospheric depth that British indie groups have always done so well. Both David Ireland (guitar) and Joel Brisk (drums) bring their own musical influences to the mix, from the shuffling rhythms and counter-rhythms of groups like the Stone Roses to the twisting, choppy guitar licks of Wilko Johnson.
Chloë Alper (ex Pure Reason Revolution) and Mat Collis are Tiny Giant.
Mat Collis – a MOBO and Grammy nominated engineer who has worked with the likes of Jay Z, Charli XCX, Yelawolf and The Black Eyed Peas – helped shape a sound the pair describe as 'Dream Pop meets Future Rock'.
Guided by diverse influences and previous musical experience, the result of their collaboration melds bombastic riffs with delicately shaped soundscapes to produce a rich multi-layered sound. They site their influences as Cocteau Twins, Battles, Weezer, Kate Bush, Fleetwood Mac, Biffy Clyro, Talk Talk and Genesis.
The first single to come from Tiny Giant’s as yet unreleased debut album – Joely – won them the ‘Limelight' Best Newcomer award nomination from Classic Rock Prog. Their second single – School of Hard Knocks – was coined by Music Week as “one of the most essential tracks of the moment”.
Tiny Giant are currently in the studio fine tuning their debut album.
"Grace Savage is one of the most impressive artists in the game right now.” - WONDERLAND
“Electro-pop as vibrant as the lights she dances under.” – THE405
“This could turn in to something quite special” – CLASH
"SO talented and making such ridiculously great songs, we're consistently blown away by Grace Savage's tracks" - BBC INTRODUCING
"One of my favourite discoveries of 2017...super talented vocalist" - AMAZING RADIO
"She delivers enthralling songs crafted with sophistication and finesse" - UNSIGNED GUIDE
"The track exudes personality and individual style" - Fresh on The Net Fave
With ongoing support from BBC Introducing and listed as one of ELLE’s ‘100 Most Inspiring Women’, the young UK artist and 4 x UK Beatboxing champion released her debut EP “Savage Grace" in 2017 grabbing tastemaker acclaim from THE405, WONDERLAND and CLASH Magazine among others. She followed the release with a UK tour culminating in a sold out headline show at the Archspace in London.
In 2016, Grace performed at Radio 1 Academy in Exeter, at the inaugural SBTV RISE, hosted by Julie Andenuga as well as performing alongside MOBO winner Nadia Rose at the British House in Brazil for the Rio Olympics 2016.
In 2017, Grace was shortlisted for a number of competitions and funding opportunities including having two tracks selected and entered into the SALUTE Music “Top 10”, shortlisted from over 600 entries and winning the "Public Choice Award" for the the B-side Remix Project, as well as being selected for the Emerging Artist and Transmission Fund through Help Musicians UK.
2018 has kicked off to to a great start, with Grace being nominated for "Best Female Solo Act" and "Best Songwriter" at the Unsigned Music Awards alongside impressive acts such as Ray Bak and Jorja Smith and also had a track selected for the highly competitive spot on "Fresh on The Net Faves". She is through to the quarter finals of the Isle Of Wight "New Blood" competition, selected as one of only 40 acts from over 2,000 entries this year.
With over 140K streams for her debut EP (landing a placement on Spotify’s Discover Weekly), Grace now brings her first single of 2018 ‘Headlights’ into the spotlight, maintaining her signature electronic pop sound matched with her ethereal tone and emotive lyrics. She is working with Listen-Up PR on a campaign covering both print and online press and already has a feature set up with NOTION magazine for later this year.
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I am Emma Winston, I perform under the name Deerful, and I write and perform sad pop songs on synthesisers small enough to use on the bus. I believe in honesty and the empowerment that comes with sharing your feelings as art. I love making music more than anything in the world.
Forming in Manchester in the early 2000s, The Longcut quickly built a reputation as a fearsome live act, and released two albums (A Call and Response, Open Hearts) to critical acclaim in 2006 and 2009. Returning from a nine year hiatus, Deathmask is the sound of a band rejuvenated, a visceral blast of psychedelic fury that puts to rest any fears that the band has mellowed in their time away. Over a galloping arpeggiator, Deathmask moves between frantic instrumentals, stomping beats and haunting vocals, climaxing in a towering frenzy of distorted guitar and crashing drums. With the lyrics taking influence from both the breakdown and the power of the natural world, the song was the first that was written for the album and is already a live favourite among their loyal fan base. The Longcut will release their third album Arrows in April 2018.
She Makes War
She Makes War is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist producer and visual artist Laura Kidd.
Blending urgent indie rock with melancholy torch songs, SMW completed recording her fourth album this summer and since then has been busy recording guest vocals on The Levellers’ 30th anniversary album, taking part in a British Council cultural exchange in Indonesia and preparing for her fourth European tour by train.
“A fearless performer matching Marika Hackman’s edgier singer songwriter style with Wolf Alice at their most grungy” – Music Radar UK
“The emotional resonance of Elliott Smith colliding with the barbed vigour of Sleater-Kinney” – Gigwise
She Makes War has received press support from Clash Magazine, Rock Sound, Line Of Best Fit, DIY, The Quietus, Gigwise and Louder Than War, amongst others. Singles from her last album ‘Direction Of Travel’ received national airplay on 6Music (Marc Riley Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Tom Robinson, Gideon Coe), XFM (John Kennedy), Kerrang (Alex Baker) and Amazing Radio (Shell Zenner and Jim Gellaghtly) – in addition she was invited to play a live band session on Marc Riley’s 6 Music show.
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Basingstoke band Grafted are a high energy four piece; sporting upbeat indie sounds and coming onto the local scene hard, creating catchy guitar riffs with hooky lyrics. They've got passion for the noise and a flare for dramatics. Influences include Sundara Karma, The Libertines and Artic Monkeys.