Heavy Pop presents:
Are You Listening? Festival 2019 - ADULT
Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra + Another Sky + Bad Sounds + Arborfield Military Wives Choir + Borjad Luis + Catgod + Eat Daddy Eat + Death of the Maiden + Honey Moon + John Kennedy (Radio X) + Kill Committee + Krafty Kuts + LongDayLateNight + Peerless Pirates + Phil Taggart (from BBC Radio 1) + The Amazing Tiger Band + Typical Hunks + Wandering Wires + Willie J Healey + Big Lad + Flamingods + Gently Tender + madonnatron + Our Girl + Penelope Isles + ROZI PLAIN + SK Shlomo + whenyoung + Peaness + Kiran Leonard + Stats + The Keep Cats + The Menstrual Cramps + Tiger Mendoza + TVAM + Workin' Man Noise Unit
Entry Requirements: 18+(some venues are 14+ / Please check)
Reading's premier independent multi-venue festival returns in aid of Reading Mencap having raised nearly £60,000 to date.
The line-up for AYL? 2019 is here!
The full Festival line-up in alphabetical order:
Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra / Another Sky / Arborfield Military Wives Choir / Avalanche Party / Bad Sounds / Big Lad / Borjad Luis / Bug Prentice / Candy Says / Catgod / Citrus Duo / Cody Noon / Colours & Fires / Damien A Passmore & The Loveable Fraudsters / Death Of The Maiden / Eat Daddy Eat / Flamingods / Gengahr / Gently Tender / Harroland / Honey Moon / Jacob Holroyd / Jen Berkova / Joe Hicks / John Kennedy (Radio X) / Kill Committee / Kiran Leonard / Krafty Kuts / KT King / Longdaylatenight / Madonnatron / Nightjjar / Our Girl / Peaness / Peerless Pirates / Peloton DJ / PEM / Penelope Isles / Pete Hefferan / Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1) / Pinups / Rhymstar feat. Max Profit & DJ J Rich / Rozi Plain / Rum N Donuts DJ / SK Shlomo / Shoals / Stats / The Ady Baker Sound / The Amazing Tiger Band / The Boileroom DJ / The Keep Cats / The Menstrual Cramps / The Pink Diamond Revue / The Push DJ / Tiger Mendoza / Tracks & Grooves DJ / TVAM / Typical Hunks / Wandering Wires / whenyoung / Willie J Healey / Workin’ Man Noise Unit / Zoofan
Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra
Arborfield Military Wives Choir
We're a five piece Oxford based band centred around siblings Cat and Robin. In 2017 our single Someone Love was featured by Lauren Lavern as her Headphones Moment on BBC 6 Music. We were also selected by BBC introducing to play Truck Festival and BBC Uprising Showcase at the O2 Academy Oxford and selected by Nightshift Magazine to play Rob Da Banks Common People Festival. We have just supported Flyte and headlined Sofar Sounds Oxford.
Press Quotes from Single ‘Someone Love’ and last LP ‘Ready When You Are’ I heard this and loved it - Lauren Laverne Eclectic and emotion-strewn fusion of genres - Gig Slutz Musically sprinkled with charm. Infectiousness. - BBC Introducing Earliest shout for Record of the Year - Ocelot Magazine Excellent debut album - Nightshift Magazine The tunes by some of these artists are completely extraordinary - as we are about to find out - Tom Robinson The listener minded of watching a spider build it’s web at dawn. - Emerging Indie Bands
Eat Daddy Eat
Death of the Maiden
Tamara Parsons-Baker has spent the past few years establishing herself as Oxford’s best double barrelled surname performer, and, in a not so subtle nod to the fact that she’s been literally slaughtering the competition, has a new band named Death of the Maiden. Those who she deemed to bestow mercy upon, or were possibly her accomplices, can be found performing in her band with Emma Coombs (drums), V (seriously, you have a one letter moniker for a bass player?) and Hannah Bruce (guitar, and also a sterling solo performer in her own right).
Aside from being brazen, and let’s face it, a little bit showy about having committed multiple homicides, Death of the Maiden produce gothy baroque-pop burlesque folk. If that description makes you want to vomit 1) yeah, it should 2) swallow it and get prepared to tell people in future "actually I heard a gothy baroque-pop burlesque folk band once, and they were really good. No I can’t remember what they were called, something about Maidenhead I think".
Four boys in the big smoke making jangly croon pop to please your ears and warm your hearts
John Kennedy (Radio X)
LongDayLateNight are a young, up and coming indie rock band from Reading, they came to life in 2016, consisting of Toby Davies(lead vocals, guitar), Jack Knight(lead guitar), Thomas Leighton(bass), Louis Tyson(backing vocals, drums), drawing from the members' shared passion for music. Their influences include Arctic Monkeys and The Kooks. They’re currently being produced by Sam Winfield(Fickle Friends, Supergrass, Amber Run, Bring Me The Horizon) and have shared stages with the likes of The Members and Cosmo Pike. Both their debut and sophomore EPs have seen major interest from BBC introducing. With such momentum behind them, they’re definitely the band to watch in 2018.
Phil Taggart (from BBC Radio 1)
The Amazing Tiger Band
Willie J Healey
Drink the light beer at parties. You're not cool unless you're popular.
Flamingods are a four-piece multi-instrumental band from Bahrain and London, founded in 2010 by Kamal Rasool and now consisting of Rasool, Sam Rowe, Charles Prest and Karthik Poduval. The group explores and experiments with an array of influences from Western psychedelia, jazz and indie, to a wide-eyed obsession with music from the East. Using a vast selection of instruments from the Middle East and Asia, the band marries this with Western synthesisers, guitars and drums to create a potent sound all of its own that they call ‘Exotic Psychedelia’. They have previously released music on an array of reputable indies including Moshi Moshi, Soundway, Art is Hard and Shape and are currently working on their fourth studio record.
Flamingods have garnered a reputation as one of the most exciting and energising live acts to emerge in recent years. They've appeared at festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival, Transmusicales, SXSW, The Great Escape, Green Man, and End Of The Road, and sold out shows in clubs around Europe. Their colourful and animated live set, described by The Quietus as "a melting pot of psychedelic-flavoured fare" has universal appeal and has won them fans across the globe.
For more information, tour dates and general news, check out www.flamingods.com
"All hail Flamingods and their psychedelic music for the soul!" i-D “Prepare to be bombarded by bliss… Out of this world music” The Guardian “One of the most experimental psychedelic bands in existence” Matt Wilkinson, Beats 1 "One of my favourite things i’ve heard this year” Tom Ravenscroft, BBC 6 Music
Our Girl have been wowing a growing army of listeners ever since their debut gig supporting Honeyblood in September 2014. It was during that fledging performance that singer/guitarist Soph Nathan realised that, of the five bands she was then playing in, Our Girl was the perfect home for her redoubtable songwriting.
The product of a thriving Brighton scene that includes The Magic Gang, Theo Verney and Abbatoir Blues, the band are capable of switching from stark tenderness to pulverising noise in a flash. Nathan's honest, personal lyrics float in a delicious array of sounds: rhythmic drum and guitar hooks make dynamic jumps to thick garage-rock riffs, then suddenly cut to beautiful, intimate moments of lone guitar and reverb-hugged vocals.
The trio have recently been playing with the likes of Genghar, TRAAMS, The Wytches, No Joy and Oscar, building up a head of steam that has seen them singled out by Lauren Laverne for special attention on BBC 6 Music, with the eponymous track 'Our Girl' selected for the DJ's MpFree feature. Soph Nathan, bassist Josh Tyler and drummer Lauren Wilson have been developing their devastating sound ever since. Our Girl released their debut single, ‘Sleeper’ via Cannibal Hymns on December 11th.
Penelope Isles is the sound of brother and sister Jack and Lily Wolter, from Brighton, UK. A dynamic lustrous blend of lush harmonies, hypnotic textures tangled with a tangy pop zest with a hazy exuberance. Their collection of songs are the wide eyed optimism of youth with a knack for great pop hooks which smear with psych fuzz, similar to the likes of Cheatahs, or Moon King. Their tracks are like your favourite sweets with shards of broken glass embedded in them, the potential of which is just screaming out for attention. The band are currently recording new songs as well as playing shows around the UK and Europe. A potent aesthetic and a tireless live performance. For the lovers of Radiohead, Deerhunter and The Thrills. [https://penelopeisles.tumblr.com/tagged/about]
SK Shlomo, formerly known as Shlomo, is the brainchild of London-born singer-songwriter, beatboxer, producer and live looping technologist Simon Shlomo Kahn.
Born into a Middle-Eastern immigrant family, SK Shlomo first found musical success while studying Astrophysics at Leeds University, though his focus on music - which included touring as part of international hip hop group Foreign Beggars - ultimately led to him abandoning his studies.
From the age of 8, SK Shlomo began studying drums, percussion and piano. After winning a music scholarship at 9 years old, he began performing internationally in youth orchestras, writing music, drumming in his father’s jazz quartet, singing in a close-harmony group and in his teens building a following on the local band circuit.
From an early age he used vocal percussion as a way to practise and compose music, and by the age of 20 he was considered an early pioneer of modern beatboxing. SK Shlomo’s electronic sound quickly expanded on the art form’s traditional hip hop roots by adopting looping technology and drawing on his diverse influences, including trip hop, Latin and jazz, soul, reggae, art-pop, alternative rock and rave culture.
SK Shlomo first reached an international audience through his 2004 collaboration with Iceland’s Bjork and a 2005 solo performance on BBC2’s Later With Jools Holland. From 2007 onwards, as Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre alongside regular appearances at Glastonbury Festival, he collaborated with artists as diverse as Damon Albarn, Martha Wainwright, The Specials, Basement Jaxx, Newton Faulkner, Ed Sheeran, Rudimental, Jarvis Cocker and Lily Allen.
SK Shlomo’s fascination with technology led him to become the first World Looping Champion in 2011. Frustrated with the limitations of commercial looping equipment, he taught himself software engineering and developed an innovative customised live looping instrument, unveiled at a TEDx Talk in 2016.
Inspired by the freedom of this new machine, SK Shlomo has unlocked a new approach to his solo production, singing and songwriting, with two EPs planned for release in 2017 followed by his debut studio album.
“Master of the fine art of beatboxing” The Independent “The kid’s good. Jaw-droppingly good.” The Guardian “Forget one-man band, this guy is a one-man music festival.” The Times “Slick theatrics and soulful vocal gymnastics” Evening Standard “A fascinating contrast between his extraordinary willowy, soft-edged charm and his dangerously energised performing” The Telegraph “Scarily talented“ Metro “The Prince of Fringe Beatboxers” Edinburgh Festival Magazine
Irish trio Whenyoung have announced their second single Actor, which will impact on 25th November.
Actor is the follow-up to debut single See How They Run and is an immediate burst of melodic rock ‘n’ roll with a swarm of unruly jangly guitars, commanding drums and sweet yet punchy vocals. Despite an untainted youthful sound, lyrically the song has a profound meaning.
The band say; “Actor is about contorting your character to fit into a disfigured view of the perfect self in order to belong. It's about acting every day and projecting artificial images of yourself through social media and in real life interactions with others. This helps to reassure you that you are important, relevant, interesting and necessary but behind it all there’s a sinking feeling. It’s not you. It’s an act. It’s tiring.” “These days we’re all doing it. It seems to be essential but there has to be another way, an honest existence.”
whenyoung are Aoife Power (Vocals/Bass), Niall Burns (Guitar) and Andrew Flood (Drums) who originate from Limerick in Ireland but are currently based in London. First meeting as teenagers, sneaking into the only indie bar of their city in Ireland, they bonded over cheap vodka and The Velvet Underground. Soon after, Niall moved to London, with Andrew and Aoife quickly following, and here they began writing songs together.
BIO Formed in Chester, England in late 2014, three piece indie-pop band PEANESS are the kind of instantly likeable, warm and creative people that can get away with having radio DJ’s blush like a peach every time they have to say the band’s name on the airwaves. Lucky really, as it’s a phenomenon that’s becoming increasingly more common with spins racking up at BBC Radio One, BBC6 Music, Radio X and more as this burgeoning bunch of friends grow quickly into the big shoes that the early press-hype has set out for them to fill.
First meeting at university, members Jess (bass), Balla (guitar) and Rach (drums) built their bond on timeless founding principles of friendship, a desire to escape small town boredom, an embracing of the DIY nature of the music they make, and their close relationships with other local contemporary bands. Their merch often includes handmade limited edition items by Rach’s mum, the band frequently make their own music videos, and their artwork and press shots are all done by close creative friends – Peaness then, is a family affair.
“We started practising in Rach’s bedroom after two of us graduated. Rach was still at uni in the year below me and Balla” says bass player Jess of their early days “We were just messing around - but with a full drum kit and amps - in a terraced house. Rach moved back home to Birmingham for a bit, but when she moved back to Chester we decided to give it a proper go. It was all just a bit of a laugh to start with!”
Referencing the likes of Drenge, Courtney Barnett, Death From Above 1979 as influences in the early days, the band say the key ingredients for the perfect Pea-pop song are “slow-punk, fuzz-pop, indie pop and DIY - it's got to have that punk ethic, but be a bit more polished”, and whilst much of their material is packed with melody and feel-good choruses, their lyrical content treads a smart line of light-hearted commentary on some timely social and political themes. “A lot of songs come from the conversations we have” continues Jess “‘Ugly Veg’ came from a documentary we watched about food waste. We got quite wound up by it and we wrote a song about it. Our songs just come from the things we talk about and things that are relative to people our age. There’s a lot about relationships and escapism too. We might comment on political things sometimes, like on ‘Oh George’, but I wouldn’t say that we’re a political band.”
The trio started performing live in July 2015 and since then have gone on to play alongside the likes of We Are Scientists, The Big Moon, PAWS, Francobollo, The Spook School, Yak, Goat Girl and The Lovely Eggs, with festival appearances at A Carefully Planned Festival, Wales Goes Pop!, DIYPOPFEST, Chester Live, Focus Wales and Sŵn Festival.
Their debut EP No Fun was self-released in 2015 and immediately won fans at BBC Introducing, BBC6 Music and BBC Radio 1, leading to limited edition 7"; AA singles of ‘I’m not Your Problem / Fortune Favours The Bold’ released via Canadian DIY label Kingfisher Bluez and ‘Same Place / Seafoam Islands’ in early 2017 via Odd Box Records, which sold out of pre-orders in two days.
Slots at this year’s 2000 Trees, TRUCK and Indietracks Festivals are the latest in a long line of big steps forward that the band have made in 2017 since signing with UK independent label royalty Alcopop! Records for the release of their new EP, Are You Sure?, earlier this year. Seeing a sharp upturn in both gig attendance and press coverage, they’ve won a raft of support from the likes of Kerrang! Magazine, Rolling Stone, UPSET Magazine, DORK, The Metro, The Skinny, Clash Magazine, Drowned In Sound and many more, for their playful but perfectly crafted power-pop. It’s a partnership which has so far proved lucrative, with the band’s core principles aligning nicely with Alcopop! Records’ sense of fun and staunch DIY ethic, especially as all three members still balance regular employment with the growing demands of the band. “It’s best to do as much as you can yourself” says Jess of their current situation “The joy of the DIY scene is always knowing exactly what’s going on, having control, not being told what to do and not being afraid to say “no” to things. We say “no” to loads of stuff, so we don’t wear ourselves out.”
Spending the rest of 2017 working on new material and slotting in further live dates to be revealed over the coming months, everything’s looking pretty rosy right now down on the Peaness veg patch.
The moral of the story? If you’re thinking about giving peas a chance, you probably should – the world could use a little more of their sunshine-laden indie-pop to brighten its gloomy days of late.
- Wall Of Sound PR http://peanessband.tumblr.com/gigs
The Keep Cats
Current Eagle Radio Battle of the Bands winners and slackers, The Keep Cats, are brothers Eden and Jonah and their mates Fin and Louus Stix. Hailing from Brighton, Reading and Guildford, The Keep Cats are a little bit lo-fi, sort of punky, very groovy, substantially indie and 100% pure energy. HTTPS://www.facebook.com/thekeepcats1969/
The Menstrual Cramps
From behind his TVAM moniker, producer Joe Oxley reappears with his debut album ‘Psychic Data’ which will be released on Friday 19th October 2018. Crafting a world which touches on our memories but toys with our fears, a world in which information seeps under your door and pools by your feet, a world in which he seeks to define everything from abandoned meanings to subconscious desires, PSYCHIC DATA invites us to experience the psychodrama first hand.
Self-produced and home-recorded, the album was mixed by the steady hands of Dean Honer (Moonlandingz, I Monster, Add (N) To X) - “It was great working with Dean. I’m a massive Add N To (X) fan and knew he’d get where I was coming from after hearing what he was doing with Moonlandingz. Somewhere within a lifetime of repeats, reruns and reboots, TVAM lives, crafting sounds and visuals which touch on our memories but toy with our fears. A world in which broadcast becomes performance. Hypnotic tracks which straddle an impressive spectrum of influence; with Boards of Canada’s irresistible nostalgia, Suicide’s deconstructed rock’n’roll and MBV’s infinite noise all becoming touching points in Oxley’s musical output.
Shining a harsh light on our nostalgia, TVAM’s live show is something of a spectacle. Blurring the line between art and performance, Oxley is aided by long-dead technology and haunted sloganeering to broadcast his self-styled psychic data. Toying with the power of influence, TVAM offers no comfort in this age of unease.