The Real Cool
Our first artist, The Real Cool, is a three piece pop band from Birmingham. Their sound relishes in lush guitar lines and soft synths, delivering something modern yet entrenched in nostalgic pop traditions. Thomas Pledger-Barton (vocal/guitar/synth), Jacob Barton (drums/percussion) and Ellis Garratt (bass) formed the band in 2016 and have propelled themselves into the local music scene developing a truly captivating live show!
Following on from The Real Cool is Brighton based band, Normanton Street. Whose sound is lyrically focused with three distinct vocals, jazz influenced guitars, warm bass grooves and tight rhythmic drums.
Based in Brighton, the band consists of Ned, Nicholson and Phoebe Freya. Ned and Nicholson (both on bass, guitar, and vocals) have been close friends since childhood, and lived on the same street in Bradford where they grew up.
Taking over from Normanton Street is Byron Hare. A group that began life as a three piece electronic concept, releasing demos online that were recorded in a room behind a chip shop in Redditch.
As their sound progressed, the collective took a live show to Birmingham, making use of various session musicians in the town, with their first single being featured on Huw Stephens’ best of BBC Introducing playlist. Multiple festival appearances would follow as well as a number of high profile local support slots.
Hailing from Birmingham, Slick Don is most commonly known for his catchy grime and bassline tunes though his distinct MC style has also been featured on collaborations with UK Bass heavyweights like Toddla T, Champion & Flava D, Mele and Sam Binga. Over the past year he has developed a fresh sound that has earned solid support from BBC Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra, Spotify, Noisey, Fact and more. Slick Don has also been featured on Tim Westwood Cribs, SBTV and Channel AKA in the past.
He says that his ‘genre is about expressing raw and uncut feelings and emotions that we experience everyday.’
Birmingham based 3-piece contemporary band Lycio bring a uniquely authentic take on electronic/hybrid music. They combine distinctive vocals and real & electronic drums alongside pad/synth textures. Despite their interest in sound design, Lycio ultimately prioritise the song, playing every gig 100% live, with no backing tracks and no playback.
Our sixth act is none other than TANTSKII, an unsigned grime/rap artist from Birmingham. Having featured on many popular youtube media channels such as SB.TV, JDZ Media, Link Up TV, etc. he’s making an amazing reputation in the music industry. He’s also played on BBC1Xtra and also featured on a Fire in The Booth with Charlie Sloth.
Our seventh act is The Americas, who describe their sound as ‘Music to ride a motorcycle to’. And with headline shows, notable support slots with the like of The Vryll Society & Splashhh and appearances at Isle of Wight 2017 and Beyond the Tracks Festival that bike shows no signs of slowing down. This summer looks set to be the time to catch The Americas and be able to say that you were there when it all got started.
Victories at Sea
And our festival headliners…
Emerging from the concrete paradise of Birmingham, Victories at Sea fuse a vivacious combination of brutalist electronic hooks, soaring reverberating guitars and dolorous wordplay. After being championed by the likes of the NME, The Guardian, BBC Introducing and Radio X’s John Kennedy, autumn 2015 saw the band release their debut album ‘Everything Forever’ via Static Caravan Recordings digitally and on a sold out limited vinyl run.
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