LARKINS Announce Album ‘Larkins: Live At The Albert Hall, Manchester’

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ANNOUNCE LIVE ALBUM

LARKINS: LIVE AT THE ALBERT HALL, MANCHESTER

DIGITAL RELEASE APRIL 19th
PHYSICAL RELEASE JULY 5th

VIA GOOD SOLDIER RECORDS

‘TV DREAM’
LIVE AT THE ALBERT HALL
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

HEADLINE SHOW ANNOUNCED
DINGWALLS, LONDON – JUNE 19th
TICKETS ON-SALE NOW HERE

Larkins have announced the release of the live album Larkins: Live At The Albert Hall, Manchester, due for digital release on April 19th and physically on CD, cassette and vinyl from July 5th via Good Soldier Records. The album is available for fans to pre-order here.

The album was recorded at their landmark hometown show to 2000 rapturous fans last month. To mark the announcement the band have released a live video of their latest single, ‘TV Dream’, captured at the Albert Hall.

Regarding the live album frontman Josh Noble says, “We are very proud to present a recording from our live show at the Albert Hall in Manchester. It felt like everything we had done so far as a band had kind of led to this moment. We’ve played almost every venue in town over the past few years and we’d always joked about playing Albert Hall, half-expecting it to never happen.

“Our first show was in a pub to just 30 people just around the corner from the Albert Hall so to get to this point and to have so many people who want to see our music live is surreal. This tour has showed us what it means to be a part of this band and to finish at home was perfect. To every single person that came, we can’t even express how much we loved the show. What you hear is what we played on the night and hopefully this gives you an idea of what’s to come.”

Larkins are on a meteoric rise as one of the most exciting and in-demand bands to emerge from Manchester in recent times. They sell out headline shows across the UK and Europe, and played their first US shows this year at SXSW Festival.

On the back of an incredible sold out show at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen last week, Larkins have announced their next London headline show and will play Dingwalls on June 19th. Tickets are on-sale now here.

The band have also been announced for a number of summer festivals this year including Live At Leeds, Neighbourhood, Y Not Festival and La French Escapade in Paris.

Larkins released their Good Soldier Records debut single ‘TV Dream’ last month to an ecstatic reaction from fans and media alike, clocking up over a million plays. They have received strong radio support from Radio 1, BBC Introducing, Radio X and Beats 1.

The band are currently recording their debut album with producers Dan Nigro (A-Trak, Sky Ferreira, Lewis Capaldi) and Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, Fun, Kid Cudi) – a record which is sure to send Larkins even further into the stratosphere.

LARKINS: LIVE AT THE ALBERT HALL, MANCHESTER TRACK LISTING

  1. Are We Having Any Fun Yet?
  2. Sugar Sweet
  3. Pink & Blue
  4. Hit & Run
  5. The Place
  6. The Tale Of Cassandra
  7. Riverbed
  8. Wasted Years
  9. TV Dream
  10. Pieces
  11. Something Beautiful

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BRIAN MAY Teams Up With FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, BRANTLEY GILBERT & KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD For ‘Blue On Black’

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

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JOIN FORCES WITH

BRIAN MAY OF QUEEN
BRANTLEY GILBERT & KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD

TO RELEASE
‘BLUE ON BLACK’
WATCH HERE

ARTISTS TO DONATE ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SONG TO
THE GARY SINISE FOUNDATION
IN SUPPORT OF FIRST RESPONDERS

The multi-platinum rock group Five Finger Death Punch has teamed up with the legendary Brian May of Queen and two of the biggest names in country and blues rock, Brantey Gilbert and Kenny Wayne Shepherd to record a special version of the song ‘Blue On Black’ mixed by Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Shania Twain, Disturbed).

Titans in each of their respective genres, the artists came together to merge country and mainstream rock to re-create the classic song originally co-written by Shepherd. Taking Country Rock to the next level, ‘Blue On Black’ is out today worldwide via Prospect Park (North America) and Eleven Seven Music (ex. North America).

The artists are donating all proceeds from the collaboration to the GARY SINISE FOUNDATION which honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need.

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory states, “To raise awareness for and support first responders is a cause that’s always been close to our hearts. These brave men and women leave their homes every morning not knowing if they’ll ever see their families again. Yet they make a conscious choice to do so for the greater good. What better way to make a difference than to join forces with some of our friends in country, blues and classic rock who happen to be some of the biggest names in those genres and together celebrate these heroes.“

“’Blue on Black’ is a song my band and I have covered off and on for years… songs are certified timeless when you can come back to them,” says Brantley Gilbert. “It’s always a staple each night and one of my favorite songs to perform.  When the opportunity came up to sing on Five Finger’s version, with both Kenny Wayne and Brian May of Queen, I jumped at the chance… Who wouldn’t?! It incorporates so many different musical perspectives, but our collaboration just works brilliantly.”

Blues rock legend Kenny Wayne Shepherd adds: “When Five Finger Death Punch approached me about teaming up with them to do a special version of ‘Blue On Black’, I was thrilled to do it.  When they told me Brantley Gilbert and Brian May were also going to be part of it, I was honored. This is a powerful collaboration of rock, country and blues artists and a true testament to the commonalities these musical styles share and I think the fans will appreciate and enjoy it as much as we do.”

Allen Kovac, CEO of Eleven Seven Label Group, Tenth Street Entertainment and Five Finger Death Punch’s manager for close to a decade adds, “From Johnny Cash’s ‘I Walk The Line’ and The Rolling Stones ‘Honky Tonk Woman’ to The Eagles and Willie Nelson, country and rock have shared an audience, and created some of the biggest and most successful records of all time. It’s time to bring it all back again for First Responders. Let’s tear down the walls!”

“We are proud of our nearly 12-year legacy with Five Finger Death Punch,” adds John Bowen, General Manager of Prospect Park, the band’s North American label. “We are excited to release a single that will open new eyes and ears to what we believe is an incredible song, interpreted with phenomenal skill by all of the artists involved.  We are also proud of the conscientious nature of this release, in support of the Gary Sinise Foundation. Rock is dead? We don’t think so.”  

Big Machine Label Group – home of country superstar Brantley Gilbert and the biggest label in country music – is also fully supportive of the country-rock single. Founder and CEO Scott Borchetta offers, “Maybe you didn’t see this coming… or maybe you did… Two American super-powers come together to create a megaton track that will have both the Brantley Gilbert Nation & 5FDP Fans screaming for more. Unleash the beast.”

Brian May of Queen loved the song ‘Blue On Black’ and set up a special recording session and video shoot to be featured on it all in between his work as a producer and executive music producer with Roger Taylor of the Queen biography film Bohemian Rhapsody. Brian and Roger are responsible for one of the highest grossing films of all time ($900,000,000+) across the world and the winner of Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards. Brian May will perform with Queen + Adam Lambert throughout 2019 and 2020.

Additionally, Five Finger Death Punch’s original cover version of ‘Blue On Black’ has already generated over 50 million on-demand streams in the US, and is one of the most-consumed songs on the band’s current album (averaging over 1 million US streams per week). The song features distorted guitars, pummeling percussion and a swaggering chant that marks a surprising outlier on Five Finger Death Punch’s current and seventh studio album, And Justice For None. In the US alone, Five Finger Death Punch have sold 4.5 million albums, 10 million digital songs and over 3 billion streams total.

‘Blue On Black’
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – lead vocals, guitars, bass, drums (original cover version taken from the album And Justice For None)
KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD – original songwriter, guest vocals and guitar
BRANTLEY GILBERT – guest vocal
BRIAN MAY – guest guitar

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH:
FIVEFINGERDEATHPUNCH.COM | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE

BRANTLEY GILBERT:
BRANTLEYGILBERT.COM | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD:
KENNYWAYNESHEPHERD.COM | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE

BRIAN MAY of QUEEN:
BRIANMAY.COM  | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE
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ARCHIE FAULKS Releases Beautiful New Single ‘Wonderful’

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‘WONDERFUL’
NEW SINGLE RELEASED
LISTEN ON SPOTIFY / SOUNDCLOUD

UK HEADLINE TOUR STARTS TOMORROW (APRIL 13th)

Archie Faulks has released his brand new single ‘Wonderful’ ahead of starting his debut UK headline tour starting April 13th. Kicking off at The Jacaranda in Liverpool, Archie will play a further six dates across the country, finishing with a headline show at London’s Camden Assembly on April 23rd. Tickets are available via Music Glue.

The new single ‘Wonderful’ is a beautifully melancholic love song, displaying Archie’s alluring vocals and guitar alongside a stunning string section.

Regarding the song Archie says, “‘Wonderful’ is a song inspired by the melancholy associated with the inevitable passing of time and the effect of it on the relationship of two people. A once glorious thing that, due to different paths chosen in life, could never come to fruition but is maintained through the thought of what could have been. 

“It stemmed from the realization that although there was still something strong there between us, it would never grow into anything more than it had been in the fleeting months at the start of the relationship. When lonely or in pain we can seek refuge in the glory days of our pasts and perhaps dream of a time when we can recapture these moments; however in reality we know that things, no matter how hard we want them, will never be what they once were. Before you realize what you have it is gone only remaining in the memory of feelings, places and song.”

‘Wonderful’ is the latest in a string of singles released since Archie emerged last year. It follows the release of the acclaimed songs ‘Hung Up’, ‘Blackout’ and ‘It Rains’. The singles have proved radio hits with support coming from Radio 1 and Radio X and they have also clocked up over 2 million streams across Apple Music and Spotify.

The songs are a taste of Archie’s forthcoming debut album which fans have been treated to a sneak preview of during his touring last year. Archie played his first shows in the US, toured Europe with Isaac Gracie and Rue Royale, and sold out his headline shows at London’s St Pancras Old Church & Servant Jazz Quarters.

Archie kicks off his debut UK headline tour tomorrow and has also been announced to play a number of festivals in May including The Great Escape, Live At Leeds and Wood Festival. Full tour dates can be found below:

ARCHIE FAULKS TOUR DATES

APRIL
13th – Liverpool, The Jacaranda
16th – Glasgow, Glad Café
17th – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
18th – Newcastle, Surf Café
19th – Sheffield, Café Totem
20th – Birmingham, Actress & Bishop
23rd – London, Camden Assembly

MAY
4th –  Live At Leeds, Leeds
10th – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton
17th – Wood Festival, Oxfordshire

THE MARCUS KING BAND Release Video for ‘Goodbye Carolina’

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AKEN FROM THE ALBUM
CAROLINA CONFESSIONS
OUT NOW VIA SNAKEFARM RECORDS
LISTEN HERE

UK HEADLINE DATES IN JUNE

PLUS FESTIVAL APPEARANCES AT
ISLE OF WIGHT / BLACK DEER

The Marcus King Band have released the video for ‘Goodbye Carolina’, a poignant, lyrical ballad from their critically acclaimed album Carolina Confessions. The band have also announced a number of UK headline shows this June alongside appearances at The Isle Of Wight and Black Deer Festivals.

The video, directed by Tess Lafia and shot in Nashville, is a stunning portrayal of the pain and struggle of change, a subject that resonates with King, who recently moved to Music City from his native Greenville, South Carolina.

“With all my material, I like the listener to draw their own conclusion as to the meaning of the lyrics; I want the song to be what it means to you,” Marcus remarks. “That being said, ‘Goodbye Carolina’ came to me in a daydream, an apparition of a dear songwriter friend we had lost only a year prior. I wrote from his perspective, and often feel the song was written through me. The lyrics simultaneously describe my need to break out and escape the bad memories, loss and pain associated with my hometown, using the state as a personification of things I decided to leave behind.”

The Marcus King Band have become one of the most exciting new arrivals in American music. The band — guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Marcus King, drummer Jack Ryan, bassist Stephen Campbell, trumpeter/trombonist Justin Johnson, sax player Dean Mitchell and keyboard player DeShawn ‘D-Vibes’ Alexander – are fresh from a standout week at this year’s SXSW, including searing sets at Willie Nelson’s Luck Revival and Antone’s, which Rolling Stone named one of the festival’s 30 best performances.

The band also recently performed a mesmerising version of ‘Goodbye Carolina’ on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert — watch HERE.

The video release comes as the soulful rockers embark on a high-profile international tour this summer, which sees them currently on their second trip to Japan for the Billboard Live Festival, before playing dates in Australia as a part of the Byron Bay Bluesfest, then returning home for three headlining dates at The Brooklyn Bowl in June prior to heading across to Europe and the UK.

The band then return to the States in early July to join country music juggernaut Chris Stapleton on his All-American Road Show tour. Most recently it was announced that MKB will perform as part of the historic Woodstock 50 Festival this August.

For more information and tickets, please visit www.marcuskingband.com

JUNE 2019 UK DATES

Sat 15th – Isle of Wight, Isle of Wight Festival
Sun 16th – Holmfirth, Holmfirth Picturedrome
Tue 18th – Leeds, The Wardrobe
Wed 19th – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Fri 21st – Kent, Black Deer Festival

LUANA KIARA Releases Compelling Video for New Single ‘Trigger’

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Sweden by way of Gambia singer Luana Kiara has released a poignant video for her debut single ‘Trigger’.

The video addresses the issue of domestic abuse and captures Luana dancing with a man as romance begins to escalate into violence.

The song is a dark R&B roller and reinforces the message that you can never truly know the daily struggles other people face. The platinum selling and Grammy-nominated Christian Nilsson and Mårten Fohlin produced the track.

‘Trigger’ was released last month as part of the New Balance Scandinavia International Women’s Day campaign. Luana Kiara was the face of the campaign, for which ‘Trigger’ was the soundtrack, and as part of this she spoke about her background and the importance for women to stand up for themselves in a moving mini documentary.

‘Trigger’ follows Luana’s collaboration with the Scandinavian production and DJ duo Tungevaag & Raaban, where she was a featured vocalist on their smash hit ‘Bad Boy’, which was released last year and has clocked up over 14 million streams on Spotify alone.

Now stepping to the forefront with her debut single ‘Trigger’, Luana Kiara is proving herself to already be an important name on the Swedish music scene. She is a strong female figurehead and set to take the world by storm.

THE KING’S PARADE Release ‘Mad’ EP

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MAD
NEW EP RELEASED
LISTEN HERE
 
‘MISTAKES’
VIDEO REVEALED
WATCH HERE

UK & EU TOUR STARTS THIS MONTH

The King’s Parade have released their brand new EP Mad. To mark the release the critically acclaimed London four-piece have revealed the video for their latest single ‘Mistakes’.

The ‘Mistakes’ video follows the touching story of a man on a deserted beach; while metal detecting he uncovers various items that trigger fantasy fuelled visions of a past love.

Regarding the video frontman Olly Corpe says, “The video explores how a past choice can haunt someone later in life. We wanted to push this idea to the extreme, blurring the boundaries between reality and fiction throughout the narrative to create a surreal atmosphere. I think that filming the video in one continuous shot helped to make the transitions between fact and fiction uncannily seamless, while simultaneously magnifying the raw emotions of the protagonist.”

‘Mistakes’ is taken from the brand new EP Mad, which opens with the huge anthemic lead single and title track. The rest of the EP weaves between touching, soulful moments and passionate outbursts of sonic energy amid graceful melodies, captivating harmonies and enthralling songwriting.

‘Mistakes’ and ‘Mad’ have received great support from tastemakers including the likes of BBC 6Music, BBC Introducing and Clash Magazine.

Regarding the EP Olly says, “This EP feels like another step up from everything we’ve done in the past, and has allowed us to test the waters in terms of our sound.  All the songs on the EP share the common theme of longing for the past but in a way we’ve never been so excited for the future.” 

The King’s Parade kicked off their headline tour in support of the Mad EP last night in Madrid and will play a further 10-dates across the UK and Europe. Full tour dates can be found below:

THE KING’S PARADE TOUR DATES

04/12 – Barcelona, Razzmatazz
04/19 – Paris, Le 1999
04/20 – The Hague, Paardcafe
04/24 – London, Borderline
04/26 – Leeds, Headrow House
04/27 – Brighton, Marwood
05/26 – Essen, Weststadthalle Essen
05/27 – Hamburg, Nochtwache
05/29 – Berlin, Maze
05/30 – Munich, Zehner

Pop Rock Band SWIM Drops New Single “The Chase”

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NY-based indie pop rock band SWIM have released their new single “The Chase,” out on all digital platforms NOW. The track, a fun and energetic piece written collectively by the band, blends together various elements of mainstream pop, rock, and indie. “The Chase” is quite nostalgic, speaking of personal doubt in a relationship, while also piecing together each band members’ instrumentation to create a sleek, cool fusion. About the single, the band states:

The Chase was written by all members of the band, slowly coming together as they wrote each section of the song. The song speaks to uncertainty and doubt that one may feel in a relationship, while struggling to make it through. What started as a simple chord progression would be recorded and polished over the course of the year to become the version that is released today.

SWIM is an indie pop-rock band established in Stony Brook, New York. Voted one of the Top 10 bands on Long Island during the summer of 2017 in Newsday’s Band Battle, SWIM has been active at venues across Long Island since 2015, following the release of their first, self-titled EP, even performing at notable local venues like 89 North (Patchogue), Revolution (Amityville), and the Rainbow Stage at Heckscher State Park. Friends since high school, SWIM has steadily grown their fan-base performing from local Long Island venues to national stages such as SXSW in Austin, TX. 2017 saw the release of Finally, Someone, SWIM’s sophomore effort. Debuting a fine-tuned, focused bid at powerful, alternative rock laced with heavy pop overtones, the record features six tracks which promise to deliver a non-stop groove and revolve around the themes of love lost, love found, and love longed-for. The album has been premiered on local radio stations like 90.1 WUSB, and several online stations. Their last single “Heartbeat Connection” has earned over 200,000 listens on Spotify. SWIM’s thought lyrics, pop melodies, and rhythmic guitar and bass accompaniments tip their hat to indie rock influences like The Strokes and The Kooks, while staying true to the group’s unique brand of pop, heavily influenced by the likes of The Lumineers, Bleachers, and Coldplay. “The Chase” is available on all digital music platforms NOW.

 

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THE HEAD AND THE HEART Share Video for ‘Missed Connection’

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SHARE ‘MISSED CONNECTION’ VIDEO
WATCH HERE

HONEYBEE
NEW TRACK OUT NOW

NEW ALBUM
LIVING MIRAGE
OUT MAY 17TH
PRE-ORDER HERE

The Head And The Heart have shared the video for ‘Missed Connection’, the first track taken from their upcoming album Living Mirage, out May 17th via Parlophone Records/Reprise Records.

Featuring footage filmed in Joshua Tree, where the band came together before starting work on Living Mirage, the video follows the release of the ‘Missed Connection single in March, and comes after the release of their latest single, ‘Honeybee’, last Friday.

The palpitating-choral ‘Missed Connection’ is a poignant snapshot of the anxiety that preceded that growth spurt. “A lot of the beats on that song are quicker, and there are high hats that were never in our music before”, drummer Tyler Williams says, attributing the new sounds to their love of pop and hip-hop production. The track began as a remembrance of how Jon met his girlfriend, until morphing into a potent metaphor for the band — who met serendipitously around an open-mic night in Seattle 10 years ago — suddenly wondering, as he recalls, “Is it all going to work?”

Living Mirage lives up to its title, a shapeshifting fever dream of unease, angst, and ultimately hope. “This is literally the most work we’ve ever done on an album”, the band’s Jon Russell remarks, proudly.

The Head And The Heart will embark on an extensive 38-date US tour starting in June, following the release of their upcoming fourth album Living Mirage next month.

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X AMBASSADORS Announce London Headline Show & Share ‘BOOM’ Video

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HEADLINE LONDON’S SCALA
APRIL 29TH
&
 SHARE VIDEO FOR ‘BOOM’

X Ambassadors are coming to the UK next month to play a headline show at London’s Scala on April 29th. It will be the award-winning trio’s only UK show forming part of their European run in May.

Having started the year off by releasing their funky, indie pop-rock banger ‘BOOM’, they’ve now shared the yellow and black soaked video, which was directed by award-winning filmmaker and actor Tess Elliot.

Co-written by the band and produced by Ricky Reed (Twenty One Pilots, Leon Bridges), ‘BOOM’  is a song about recovery and personal revolutions. As it’s beat rocks, personal demons and toxic relationships recede in the rearview mirror and the accompanying video depicts this strong message.

The artwork for the track is written in Braille and designed in a yellow-on-black colourway. For Casey Harris, the band’s keyboardist and Sam Harris’ brother, who was born blind, it is the first physical manifestation of his work that he has been able to experience visually and is creatively re-interpreted in the video with the use of lights.

Having clocked-up over 4.3 million streams on Spotify, ‘BOOM’ is a popping, lyrically resilient track and an exciting taster of what to expect from their upcoming album due later this year.

The eagerly anticipated second installment is the follow-up to the 2015 gold-certified, breakthrough album VHS, which spawned the multi-platinum selling singles ‘Renegades’ and ‘Unsteady’ and led the band into the mainstream consciousness and a global touring frenzy.

The band have collaborated with a number of top name artists from Imagine Dragons, Tom Morello, Eminem, Jamie N Commons, Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa to the likes of Machine Gun Kelly last year on the track ‘Home’ ft. Bebe Rexha.

Formed of brothers Sam and Casey Harris alongside drummer Adam Levin, X Ambassadors’ superb live performances took UK audiences by storm and in 2017 appeared at Reading and Leeds festivals performing to a pack-out crowd on the Radio 1/NME before selling out their headline show at London’s ULU. Last year they returned to London’s Brixton Electric during their massive three-month voyage across the US and Europe and are thrilled to be back in the city next month for another incredible show at the Scala.

Renowned for delivering huge, hook-laden pop hits shaped by Sam’s exceptional vocal and songwriting skills and the band’s flawless instrumentation, the new album will see an evolution of X Ambassadors sound designed for 2019 and beyond.


Tickets for their European tour are on sale now and available to purchase here:
https://www.xambassadors.com/tour

ARCHIE FAULKS Shares Video For New Single ‘Hung Up’

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SHARES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE
‘HUNG UP’
WATCH HERE

UK HEADLINE TOUR IN APRIL

“A serious talent” – Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1)
“This is great” – John Kennedy (Radio X)
“His work has a sparkling melodic touch” – Clash Magazine

Archie Faulks has shared the video for his new single, ‘Hung Up’, following the announcement of his first headline tour this April.

The video premiered with CelebMix who said, “He has become renowned for his ability to plough a unique pop sound into his captivating song-writing and this is no different with ‘Hung Up’ – we absolutely love the track! The music video for the single mirrors the nature of the track, with its infectiously catchy and upbeat and up-tempo beat throughout, in both the track and music video. The video has a relatively chilled, relaxed nature to it, depicting ‘the making of a music video’, with Archie’s personality shining through in the video.”

The video sees Archie throwing himself into uninhibited exuberance, dancing through the buoyant melodies of the track and showing a brand new side of himself as a tongue-in-cheek pop star.“The video for ‘Hung Up’ was a fun idea me and Frederick Wilkinson had whilst on a photoshoot: a music video about the making of a music video,” says Archie “The video cuts between me trying to be cool, and failing, dancing in an over the top style while Fred tells the stage hands to play out his vision for the video, a ludicrous combination of balloons and capes. It was a hell of a lot of fun to shoot and edit hopefully it captured the fun essence of the song; while also depicting the ‘Hung Up’ side of it with me getting more and more pissed off/diva-ish as the video continues.”

‘Hung Up’ sees Archie deliver his brightest sound yet, channeling a pop sensibility into his enthralling songwriting. The new single follows the release of his debut single ‘It Rains’ and ‘Blackout’ in 2018. Both songs proved hits at radio with support coming from Radio 1 and Radio X, while they clocked up almost two million streams & counting across Apple Music & Spotify.

The songs are a taste of Archie’s forthcoming debut album which fans have been treated to a sneak preview of during his touring last year. Archie played his first shows in the US, toured Europe with Isaac Gracie and Rue Royale, and sold out his headline shows at London’s St Pancras Old Church & Servant Jazz Quarters.

He’s hitting the road again in April for his first ever headline tour and will play seven dates across the country, starting at The Jacaranda, Liverpool on April 13th, finishing at London’s Camden Assembly on April 23rd.

Archie has also been announced to play The Great Escape Festival & Live At Leeds festivals.

ARCHIE FAULKS TOUR DATES
APRIL
13th – Liverpool, The Jacaranda
16th – Glasgow, Glad Café
17th – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
18th – Newcastle, Surf Café
19th – Sheffield, Café Totem
20th – Birmingham, Actress & Bishop
23rd – London, Camden Assembly

MAY
4th –  Live At Leeds, Leeds
10th – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton

 

 

HANNAH GRACE Announces New EP ‘The Bed You Made’ – Out April 5th

‘THE BED YOU MADE’
NEW SINGLE OUT NOW
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
STREAM HERE 

LONDON & CARDIFF LIVE SHOWS IN APRIL

IMG_7680Hannah Grace has released her new single ‘The Bed You Made’ through Never Fade Records. The track is the first to be taken from her new EP of the same name, out April 5th ahead of her headline shows in London and Cardiff, and was featured in Spotify’s New Music Friday today.

Subtle, minimal instrumentation provides the backdrop for Hannah’s incredible and emotive vocals on ‘The Bed You Made’. The soft piano tones accompany rich, moving vocal crescendos, which accentuate the track’s touching lyrics. The video for the single is filmed from the perspective of Hannah’s ex, following her in a continuous shot while she explains how she’ll be better on her own.

“I wrote ‘The Bed You Made’ after being hurt by someone I loved,” says Hannah. “It is definitely the most honest and raw song I’ve ever written and I’m actually a little nervous to share it with the world, but writing the song helped me to reach the conclusion that I am ok on my own. Heartbreak is hard, but ultimately I think if we are good to ourselves we’ll be alright in the end. So, this song is for anyone who’s been cheated on by an ex, I hope this song can give you the courage to be okay on your own.“

Throughout the rest of the EP, Hannah’s incredible vocal abilities take centre stage amid minimalist musicality, with stripped back and raw production echoing its lyrical content. The result is a moving and timeless collection of tracks that ranges between the uplifting and gloriously cathartic. The EP was co-written with her friends and collaborators Martin Luke Brown, Gabrielle Aplin and Jessica Sharman.

‘The Bed You Made’ follows the release of previous singles ‘With You’ and ‘Oh River’, both of which proved hits at radio, with plays from both Dermot O’Leary on his Radio 2 show and BBC Radio Wales respectively. She’s also appeared on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show and Zoe Ball’s ITV programme, in addition to a slot at the BBC Biggest Weekend for Radio 2 in Perth, Scotland.

Hannah Grace closed 2018 with the release of the collaborative Christmas EP December alongside Gabrielle Aplin. The lead single and title track featured on 14 ‘New Music Friday’ Spotify playlists, and was spotlighted in the UK and US Top 10, as well as being played on Radio 2. The EP also featured three beautiful covers of classic Christmas tracks.

Hannah first caught the attention of Never Fade label owner Gabrielle Aplin through her covers uploaded onto YouTube. Her covers have since gone on to win over even more high profile supporters and Gabrielle signed her to Never Fade Records, which is distributed worldwide by AWAL.

In 2017 Hannah garnered praise from Lady Gaga after posting a cover of her hit ‘Million Reasons’, which provoked Gaga to tweet the video and call Hannah a “superstar”. Meanwhile in the same year her cover of ‘Praise You’ soundtracked the Lloyds Bank TV advert and clocked up over 3 million streams.

‘The Bed You Made’ is the latest taste of brand new music from Hannah, with her show stopping performance setting the precedent for the year ahead when she is set to turn even more heads.

THE BED YOU MADE EP TRACKLIST
1. The Bed You Made
2. Different Kind Of Love
3. Sleepwalking
4. Almost

APRIL 2019 LIVE DATES
8th – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
9th – London, Camden Assembly

Tickets are available here.

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VISTA Releases Acoustic Version of Single “Born For Blood”

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Electronic alt rock band VISTA have released an acoustic version of their 2018 single “Born For Blood,” available on YouTube NOW. The single, released in September 2018, is VISTA’s most recently released track.

An electronically-tinged alternative rock band, NY-based outfit VISTA originally formed in late 2015. Comprised of lead vocalist Hope Vista and guitarist Greg Almeida, the band combines both modern alternative rock and electronic influences to create their unique anthemic sound. VISTA released their debut 4-track EP “VERSUS” shortly after their original inception, in which their debut single “On The Brink” debuted worldwide on idobi radio. Their name hasn’t been shy in the press, since; the band has garnered praise from outlets such as Alternative Press, Rock Sound, Substream, and AXS.

Throughout 2017, VISTA has supported Fueled By Ramen artist Against The Current at Irving Plaza, gained idobi rotation with their single “Henchmen,” an anti-oppression anthem, and completed two headlining tours. Their most recent 7-track EP, “Long Live,” released in July 2017, centralizes around the theme of finding an oasis in a dystopian society. “Long Live” immediately made its’ way onto three different iTunes charts and sparked the completion of two US tours, in August and November, respectively. Most recently in 2018, VISTA released 2 singles “Witch Hunt” and “Born For Blood,” both produced by ZK Productions), completed their third US tour “The Bloodlust Tour,” played a date of the Vans Warped Tour, and played multiple support dates with Set It Off. “Witch Hunt” premiered worldwide on idobi radio, quickly garnering 130,000 Spotify streams, and earned video rotation in Journeys’ stores nationwide.

You can catch VISTA on the “On The Hunt Tour: Part II” this April, with support from Pollyanna. All dates can be viewed below. Tickets will be available at www.vistaband.co/tour.

4/18 – Attleboro, MA – Patterson Creations
4/20 – Summit, NJ – Mondo Summit
4/22 – Buffalo, NY – Stamps
4/23 – Montreal, QC – La Vitrola
4/24 – Long Branch, NJ – Brighton Bar
4/26 – Columbus, NJ – Donatos Basement
4/27 – Philadelphia, PA – Creep Records
4/28 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall
4/29 – Brooklyn, NY – Gold Sounds

VISTA’s acoustic version of “Born For Blood” can be watched HERE.

THE KING’S PARADE Release ‘Mad’ Video Filmed At RAK Studios

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‘MAD’
VIDEO RELEASED
FILMED AT RAK STUDIOS
WATCH HERE

UK & EU TOUR STARTS IN APRIL

Acclaimed London four-piece The King’s Parade have released the video for their new single ‘Mad’. The video is filmed at the iconic RAK Studios where the band recorded and produced the song alongside Rob Brinkmann (Pixies, Royal Blood, Barns Courtney).

Regarding recording the song at RAK frontman Olly Corpe says, “We recorded ‘Mad’ at RAK right after a 22 hour drive coming from a gig in Madrid. Weirdly, I think the extreme tiredness worked in our favour – we were too tired to care or think and in this case I feel like that added a spontaneity to our performance.”

‘Mad’ finds The King’s Parade delivering a deep song addressing human consciousness. The song flits between smooth and gritty vocals, driven by a captivating percussive sound that builds towards a huge anthemic chorus. It sees The King’s Parade blend alt-soul and blues influences with a pop sensibility that plays like a melding of Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys and Leon Bridges.

Regarding the single Olly says, “‘Mad’ is about the energy felt between two people we tend to call chemistry. It can happen the second you see or meet someone, or it can happen over time, but it’s just a feeling you have within yourself. It can’t be quantified or justified; it’s just a state of being. Sometimes it feels so mysterious that you start to question whether it exists at all. ‘Mad’ is about that moment.”

‘Mad’ is the first taste of new music from The King’s Parade following the release of their Woman EP last year, which saw them receive strong tastemaker support from the likes of BBC 6Music, BBC Introducing, The Independent, Wonderland, Clash, Mahogany and many more.

They’ve built up a fervent live fan base and have completed a number of sold out headline tours across the UK and Europe. The King’s Parade are hitting the road again in April. They will play four countries in Europe before coming to the UK to play three dates across the country including London, Leeds and Brighton. Full tour dates can be found below:

THE KING’S PARADE APRIL TOUR DATES
7th – Madrid, Siroco
12th – Barcelona, Razzmatazz
19th – Paris, Le 1999
20th – The Hague, Paardcafe
24th – London, Borderline
26th – Leeds, Headrow House
27th – Brighton, Marwood

 

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“A soulful blend of indie textures”
Clash

“It’s alt-soul melding classic blues influences with more of a modern pop vibe”
The Independent

“Elegant guitar riffs and heart melting vocals”
Wonderland

“The King’s Parade intertwine alternative and soul on this new single”
Alternative Press

“A rich slice of alt-soul”
Mahogany

“The four-man band is one of the most naturally talented groups out there”
EARMILK

“Sure to leave a major mark across the indie music scene.”
Happy Magazine

Acclaimed London Band SUN SILVA Release ‘Sun Skin Air’ Video

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‘SUN SKIN AIR’
VIDEO RELEASED
WATCH HERE

“Combines Tame Impala synths with solid, Maccabees-lite choruses – they’re well-equipped to win plenty of people over in 2019”
NME

“On newie ‘Sun Skin Air’, London quartet SUN SILVA manage to crib together classic driving melodies, woozy psych and a tendency for the unexpected – to create an intoxicating whole”
DIY

“A persistent rhythmic drumming propels the ears and then as the crescendo builds, an ominous clash and we’re instantly hooked… ‘Sun Skin Air’ hits a high during its dreamy psychedelic flourishes”
WONDERLAND

 

HEADLINE LONDON SHOW ANNOUNCED
CAMDEN ASSEMBLY – MAY 4th

PLAYING SUMMER FESTIVALS
HIT THE NORTH, LIVE AT LEEDS, DOT TO DOT & BARN ON THE FARM

Fast-rising London collective SUN SILVA have released the video for their critically acclaimed new single ‘Sun Skin Air’. The band have also announced a headline London show at Camden Assembly on May 4th. Tickets are on sale now via Live Nation.

‘Sun Skin Air’ is a high-octane cut that combines propulsive beats with Temples-esque harmony-laden psychedelic flourishes. The trippy accompanying video captures the band performing across London amid waves of cosmic mind-bending visuals.

Regarding the single frontman Oscar Gormley says, “We wrote ‘Sun Skin Air’ in a horrible hostel with no fan during a visit to Spain. It’s a hard hitter, kind of Krauty and a bit gritty – probably due to the frustration of being in that room. This song is much weirder than ‘Blue Light’, which is the way we wanted to go with this one.”

‘Sun Skin Air’ has been added to the NME Radio playlist and championed by John Kennedy on his Radio X ‘Xposure’ show. The song has also received strong support from press tastemakers including NME, DIY and many others.

It follows the release of their debut single ‘Blue Light’ last year. Its release saw SUN SILVA burst onto the scene and achieve strong critical acclaim from the likes of DIY, Dork and Clash, alongside major radio support from Radio 1, Radio X and BBC Introducing.

SUN SILVA have been quick to put their firm stamp on the UK live scene and have already played an impressive number of sold out headline shows in London including The Lexington, Sebright Arms and Paper Dress Vintage.

Last year SUN SILVA completed their first tour of the UK in association with the Radio 1 Indie Show. Additionally they played major support slots for the likes of Jungle, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Swimming Girls, while also making their debut festival appearance at Manchester’s Neighbourhood Festival.

The band will play further festivals this year and have been announced to perform at Live At Leeds, Dot To Dot, Hit The North and Barn On The Farm. The band have also been announced to support Luna Bay at London’s OMEARA on March 11th.

SUN SILVA have been quick to prove themselves one of the most exciting and in-demand bands to emerge from London and 2019 looks set to be a defining year for the collective.

SUN SILVA are Oscar Gormley (vocals/guitar), Charlie Woof-Byrne (keys), Jake Brown (drums), Sam Becker (bass).

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Talented Emerging Artist FØNX Releases New Single ‘Time’

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FØNX delivers jazz-inspired grooves and sun-touched melodies, right on “Time”.

Drawing inspiration from the likes of George Benson and D’Angelo, FØNX delivers RnB-infused pop with jazz, funk and soul influences, merging catchy grooves, memorable hooks and intricate guitar licks with inspired lyrical content. ‘Time’ encapsulates these eclectic influences perfectly, packaging them into an infectious track exploring heartbreak and moving on from it.

“Music has always been the first thing I turn to when I need to vocalize my emotions. I wrote time after breaking up from a long-term relationship and finding out that this person had slept with someone new and clearly moved on swiftly. The only way for me to digest that was to write a song and include elements of humour to distract myself from the hurt,” FØNX explained.

Having first picked up the guitar at the tender age of 7, FØNX, whose real name is Corey Fox-Fardell, is set to release his debut EP later this year.

If ‘Time’ is anything to go by, it will be packed with irresistible grooves and masterful songwriting. With ongoing support from BBC Introducing, a recent feature on Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday’ and playlisting in Zara stores globally, FØNX is undoubtedly one to watch in 2019.

Photo by Deborah Fox 2

I’ve had the pleasure of being IG friends with FØNX for a while now and he truly is a lovely person with a huge career ahead of him. I can’t wait to see it all unfold. If you’d like to check out a little interview I did with him recently, click HERE.

 

“FØNX’s work nestles between the margins of R&B and pop, hip-hop and electro, all while treading its own path.”Clash Magazine

 

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THE KING’S PARADE Release Thought-Provoking New Single ‘Mad’

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‘MAD’
NEW SINGLE OUT NOW
LISTEN ON SPOTIFY / SOUNDCLOUD

UK & EU TOUR ANNOUNCED
APRIL 2019

Critically acclaimed London four-piece The King’s Parade have released their brand new single ‘Mad’. To mark the release the band have announced a headline tour across the UK and Europe in April. Tickets are available now via thekingsparade.com

‘Mad’ finds The King’s Parade delivering a deep song addressing human consciousness. The song flits between smooth and gritty vocals, driven by a captivating percussive sound that builds towards a huge anthemic chorus. It sees The King’s Parade blend alt-soul and blues influences with a pop sensibility that plays like a melding of Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys and Leon Bridges.

Regarding the single frontman Olly Corpe says, “‘Mad’ is about the energy felt between two people we tend to call chemistry. It can happen the second you see or meet someone, or it can happen over time, but it’s just a feeling you have within yourself. It can’t be quantified or justified; it’s just a state of being. Sometimes it feels so mysterious that you start to question whether it exists at all. ‘Mad’ is about that moment.”

‘Mad’ is the first taste of new music from The King’s Parade following the release of their Woman EP last year, which saw them receive strong tastemaker support from the likes of BBC 6Music, BBC Introducing, The Independent, Wonderland, Clash, Mahogany and many more.

They’ve built up a fervent live fanbase and have completed a number of sold out headline tours across the UK and Europe. The King’s Parade are hitting the road again in April. They will play four countries in Europe before coming to the UK to play three dates across the country including London, Leeds and Brighton. Full tour dates can be found below:

THE KING’S PARADE APRIL TOUR DATES
7th – Madrid, Siroco
12th – Barcelona, Razzmatazz
19th – Paris, Le 1999
20th – The Hague, Paardcafe
24th – London, Borderline
26th – Leeds, Headrow House
27th – Brighton, Marwood

“A soulful blend of indie textures”
Clash

“It’s alt-soul melding classic blues influences with more of a modern pop vibe”
The Independent

“Elegant guitar riffs and heart melting vocals”
Wonderland

“The King’s Parade intertwine alternative and soul on this new single”
Alternative Press

“A rich slice of alt-soul”
Mahogany

“The four-man band is one of the most naturally talented groups out there”
EARMILK

“Sure to leave a major mark across the indie music scene.”
Happy Magazine

ARCHIE FAULKS Releases New Single ‘Hung Up’

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‘HUNG UP’
NEW SINGLE OUT NOW
LISTEN ON SPOTIFY / SOUNDCLOUD

UK HEADLINE TOUR ANNOUNCED
APRIL 2019

ARCHIE FAULKS has released his brand new single ‘Hung Up’. To mark the release Archie has announced a full UK headline tour in April. Tickets are available now www.archiefaulks.co.uk

‘Hung Up’ is a pensive look back on the past, yet delivers an upbeat glimmer of hope for the future.

The single premiered with Clash as their ‘Track Of The Day’ who said, “Archie Faulks is able to match the bitter to the sweet. Able to tackle some of the most complex emotional issues in his life, his work nonetheless has a sparkling melodic touch. Take new single ‘Hung Up’. A song about disappoint, and being able to move past an experience of failure, it confronts a darker moment in Archie’s life. Yet it’s delivered with a sunshine melodic flair, with a neat twist in the chorus that continually surges towards the optimistic.”

Regarding the single Archie says, “‘Hung Up’ is a song about not being able to get over the disappointments of the past. It’s easy to keep replaying these events, isolating different factors to blame for their failure while, conveniently, ignoring your own part in their demise. 

“You can’t hide from your own truth; the only way to improve is acceptance and then working out the best way of dealing with it. This song was my way of trying, still to be decided if successfully or not, with dealing with certain truths which I had been hiding from for many years of my life.”

‘Hung Up’ sees Archie deliver his brightest sound yet, channelling a pop sensibility into his enthralling songwriting. The new single follows the release of his debut single ‘It Rains’ and ‘Blackout’ in 2018. Both songs proved hits at radio with support coming from Radio 1 and Radio X, while they clocked up over a million streams across Apple Music & Spotify.

The songs are a taste of Archie’s forthcoming debut album, which fans have been treated to a sneak preview of during his touring last year. Archie played his first shows in the US, toured Europe with Isaac Gracie and Rue Royale, and sold out his headline shows at London’s St Pancras Old Church & Servant Jazz Quarters.

Archie is hitting the road again in April for his first ever headline tour. He will play seven dates across the country, starting at The Jacaranda, Liverpool on April 13th and finishing at London’s Camden Assembly on April 23rd. Archie has also been announced to play The Great Escape Festival on May 10th.

ARCHIE FAULKS TOUR DATES
APRIL
13th – Liverpool, The Jacaranda
14th – Manchester, Castle
16th – Glasgow, Glad Café
17th – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
18th – Newcastle, Surf Café
19th – Sheffield, Café Totem
20th – Birmingham, Actress & Bishop
23rd – London, Camden Assembly

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10th – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton

HAAS Releases Music Video For Debut Single “Behind Those Eyes”

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Virginia-based pop/rock project HAAS have released a music video for their debut single, “Behind Those Eyes,” out NOW. After an extensive about of self-discovery and reflection, lead vocalist Sam Haas brings the project to life through a reflective set of lyrics in “Behind Those Eyes.” HAAS approaches the broad pop/rock genre with ease; “Behind Those Eyes” showcases pulsing, rhythmic guitars and powerful lead vocals. The single paves the way for HAAS’ five-track debut EP, due out later this year. The music video, which serves as an open letter of sorts to Sam’s sister, kicks off with an emotional discussion between the pair, setting the tone for a moving, yet powerful, visual. About the track, lead vocalist Sam Haas states:

“Behind Those Eyes” is the debut single off HAAS’ upcoming EP. This song is about the dynamics of my relationship with my sister, at a particular point in time, and how an outside influence was changing my perception of her. The song shows the emotional roller coaster that was a year of my life. It shows how an outside influence can have so much influence over someone. This is a song about my efforts to “save” her, but at some point, you have to stop trying and move on. Though this song is immensely personal, I believe that it can be applied to any type of relationship

HAAS is a pop/rock band from Virginia. The name HAAS stems from lead vocalist Sam Haas who decided to pay tribute to not only her family name but her late grandfather who inspired her through his music. After years of playing around with names and ideas, HAAS became the official name in 2018. Through the use of catchy melodies, rhythmic guitars, and expressive lyrics, HAAS has been able to marry the pop/rock sound. The group uses music not only as an outlet for themselves, but want the music to be an outlet for others. They draw on personal hardships, such as loss, strained relationships, bullying, depression, and anxiety, but also hardships within the world today. HAAS strives to promote a place of safety and inclusivity, where it is okay to be who you are and forget about the real world for a minute. HAAS has discussed being bullied and scared of being who they are and by embracing themselves, they hope to inspire others to do the same; “love who you are and don’t be afraid to do the things you want.” HAAS plans to release their debut five-song EP in the Spring. Their new single “Behind Those Eyes” is available on all digital platforms NOW.

 

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Cinematic Alt-Pop Trio PLYA Share ‘Adrenaline’ Video + London Headline Show

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SHARE LIVE VIDEO FOR
‘ADRENALINE’
WATCH HERE

HEADLINING LONDON’S THOUSAND ISLAND
FEBRUARY 28TH

Cinematic alternative-pop trio PLYA have released the live video for their storming single ‘Adrenaline’. Submerging listeners with their captivating style, the video invites you to witness PLYA exposed and real, in an intimate and honest performance.

‘Adrenaline’ was first released via underground Italian label Manifesto at the end of last year and instantly started making traction online, gaining over 700K steams on Spotify in a few weeks. And now with the video, PLYA return to the UK with a brand new headline show at London’s Thousand Island.

Emerging just over a year ago with the track ‘Thinking Of You’ the three piece immediately sparked attention with their artistic songcraft. Perfectly syncing electronica, rock undertones with atmospheric pop, PLYA, led by Julia Sykes, deliver a cosmic sound full of sonic tension and diversity, derived from Julia’s eclectic upbringing, drawing in aspects of London, Europe and Los Angeles.

Since debuting, PLYA were named BBC London’s ‘BBC Introducing featured artist’ in April 2018 and had their Hype Machine Top 10 single ‘Feast My Eye’ hand-selected by Sir Elton John for his Apple Music Beats 1 Radio show. They also played a sold-out headline show at London’s Camden Assembly, and supported the likes of Grammy nominated artist K.Flay, R.LUM.R, The Aces and The Night Game in the UK and Europe.

PLYA also joined the bill of upcoming talent at The Great Escape Festival 2018 as well as appeared at the sold-out three-day festival O Son do Camino in Spain, alongside headliners The Killers, Two Door Cinema, Martin Garrix and more.

In September PLYA simultaneously released the sensuous tracks ‘Innocent’ and ‘Addiction’, with ‘Adrenaline’ finishing off an exciting year for the trio. Now with new music soon to be announced, they will be headlining London’s Thousand Island on February 28th with Cronicle as support (watch the show teaser HERE).

Tickets for the show are available now at goo.gl/9fRfFy