Robyn Sherwell announces headline show

Robyn Sherwell Sebright Arms January 2015 v1 WebInspired by popular artists as far ranging as James Blake, Imogen Heap, Bat For Lashes and Stevie Nicks, Guernsey (but now London-based) singer-songwriter Robyn Sherwell is a name that has been on the lips of tastemakers since the start of the summer.

Signing to new label Birdland Records in 2013 after a couple of her YouTube cover videos (Ben Howard’s “The Fear” and SBTRKT’s “Hold On”) came to the public’s attention, Sherwell has since been working with acclaimed producer David Kosten (Everything Everything, Bat For Lashes) on a debut album.

Its first single, the atmospheric, transportive and hook-filled “Love Somebody”, was released in September as the lead track of an EP that also featured prior blog favourite, the delightfully blissed out “Low”, and a mesmerising remix (of LS) from fast rising Glaswegian producer Turtle.

This release captured the attention of publications such as DIY, Clash, Q, Indie Shuffle, HillyDilly, Pigeons And Planes and NME Magazine, as well as the ear of Lauren Laverne, who played the single regularly on her flagship morning show on BBC Radio 6. Notable support also came from Bella Union’s Simon Raymonde, who supported both “Low” and “Love Somebody” on his radio shows on Amazing Radio and XFM.

Sherwell is clearly an artist whose music rests on emotion. Across ten sparkling tracks on the aforementioned LP, tales of hometown (island) glory, love, lust and heartbreak are shared, all wrapped in great hooks and delivered via her unique and enchanting vocal. At every turn, she displays a songwriting nous far beyond her twenty-something years.

Summer 2014 saw her making festival appearances at The Great Escape, Pete The Monkey in France and FarmFestival in Somerset, culminating in a sold-out London headline show at The Islington to mark the EP release, and also a slot at Norwich Sound And Vision.

New track “Islander”, inspired by her youth in Guernsey, is a fiery, enthusiastic and defiant shout from the English Channel. With thumping brevity and an ear-worm of a chorus, “Islander” stridently confirms Sherwell’s pop-writing ability, and is sure to make even more people stand up and pay attention.

Robyn Sherwell will headline Sebright Arms on 8th January, tickets HERE

November 26, 2014 under Gigs, News

Nathaniel Rateliff returns to UK for headline show

Nathaniel Rateliff Bush Hall January 2015 v2 WebNathaniel Rateliff is back!! Armed with new EP ‘Closer’, Nathaniel is set for six UK & Ireland dates in 2015 with his band, Joesph Pope (guitar), Pat Meese (drums) and Mark Shusterman (keys).

At the top of his game, his stunning new six-track EP ‘Closer’, is Rateliff at his most stripped back and personal. From the acoustic strums of ‘Liverpool’, to the more upbeat ‘Easy’ and live favourite ‘Closer’ these songs perfectly manifest the uniqueness of Nathaniel’s songwriting and musicianship.

The tour kicks off in Dublin on Friday 23rd January, and then takes in five shows around the UK , finishing up at London’s Bush Hall Thursday 29th January.

Nathaniel plays:

Jan 2015
Fri 23rd DUBLIN Academy 2
Sat 24th BELFAST Limelight 2
Sun 25th GLASGOW Tron Theatre
Tue 27th MANCHESTER Deaf Institute
Wed 28th BRIGHTON Komedia
Thu 29th LONDON Bush Hall TICKETS

November 21, 2014 under Gigs, News

James Bay announces biggest headline show to date and UK tour

James Bay Shepherds Bush Empire April 2015 v3 WebToday James Bay announces his next headline tour of the UK, taking in ten cities, including London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on Wednesday 8th April.  This comes off the back of having completely sold out his November UK tour and his forthcoming headline show at London’s Koko on February 12th. As anyone who has witnessed James and his band live before will attest to, this is a tour absolutely not to be missed.

In the last 10 months, James has sold out an unprecedented run of shows for an artist yet to release his third EP, in London alone he has filled Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, Dingwalls, 2 nights at St Stephens Church, Scala and Koko.

His debut single ‘Hold Back The River’ is currently playlisted at Radio 1 and the accompanying video reached over a quarter of a million views in under a week, those numbers are continuing to climb rapidly and you can watch that here.  The ‘Hold Back The River EP’ is released on 24th November via Virgin EMI.

James Bay plays:

April 2015

Tues 7th                Pyramids, PORTSMOUTH

Wed 8th                    O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, LONDON TICKETS

Sat 11th                 Albert Hall, MANCHESTER

Sun 12th                Newcastle University, NEWCASTLE

Tues 14th               O2 ABC, GLASGOW

Wed 15th               Queen’s Hall, EDINBURGH

Thurs 16th             Leadmill, SHEFFIELD

Sat 18th                      Institute, BIRMINGHAM

Sun 19th                 O2 Academy, OXFORD
Mon 20th               O2 Academy, BRISTOL


Tickets are available from

And are priced at £13.50 except London, which is priced at £15.50


2014 has been quite the year for James Bay, the 23 year old from Hitchin has become one of the most talked about new artists around and his list of achievements so far are incredible for someone yet to release an album.  As well as a run of sell out tours, he soundtracked the Burberry SS15 show, stepped into the Radio 1 Live Lounge where he blew everyone away with an unforgettable performance of ‘Let It Go’and was trending No.1 on Twitter in the UK. His EP of the same name hit No. 7 in the iTunes album chart and he has just returned from supporting Hozier on tour across the US.

November 12, 2014 under Gigs, News

The Staves announce UK tour

TheStavesIIWTour2015Final.jpegThe Staves are very pleased to reveal details of their new album, If I Was, released on 2 February 2015 through Atlantic Records.
Recorded over five trips across the Atlantic to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and produced by Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver), If I Was takes The Staves’ original blueprint of sublimely harmonised British indie-folk and gives it an injection of muscle and a much-heightened ambition. Just one listen to the Autumn release of their Blood I Bled EP will tell you The Staves have changed since their 2012 debut album, with a scale and confidence that can only come after three relentless years on the road.

Watch a short film about the making of the album here: Filmed on location at Vernon’s April Base Studios in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the mini-doc features songs from the album, interviews with the players, and behind-the-scenes footage of the recording process.
If I Was will be released in the UK on 2 February 2015 through Atlantic Records. Pre-order the album here now. Nonesuch Records will release the album in North America in the spring of 2015. Further details on the North American release will be announced in the coming months.

Full details of the UK Tour including tickets for London and Oxford can be found HERE

November 10, 2014 under Gigs, News

Rae Morris annonce new album and UK tour

Rae Morris UK TOUR February 2015 v4 WebThe incomparable and supremely talented Rae Morris has today announced details and track listing for her hugely anticipated forthcoming debut album. Unguarded will be released on 26 January through Atlantic Records. This is a debut that is set to have critics falling over themselves at the start of 2015.

Unguarded (with production by Ariel Rechtshaid, Jim Eliot and Fryars), deals head on with the highs and the lows that come with life-changing, character-building relationships, as though she’s some old, wisened soul way beyond her young years. Where ‘Skin’ details the guilt of continuing a toxic love affair, ‘Closer’ is about being far from her family but more appreciative of her own identity, and ‘Love Again’ is – perhaps obviously – about getting back on the horse. The songs, however, contain double entrendres. They’re as much about Rae’s relationships, as they are about Rae’s relationship with herself – and this recording process. ‘Do You Even Know’, written back in her shed in Blackpool, kicks back at someone who’s misunderstood her, who isn’t really thinking about what she wants. It was written to allay her fears about bending to be the sort of artist others expected.

Over the course of the 12-track album there’s a rare honesty emanating from the lofty choruses and sophisticated melodies that leaves you in no doubt that Rae has worked hard to stand her ground and make the record she wanted to make. “I’ve always liked to visualise things in circular patterns in my mind. A full circle journey, a complete tale and a finished story. I see my album as a coming-of-age tale, from start to finish, from then to now. I guess it’s a series of diary entries documenting these important years of growing up and learning. I’m not trying to be cryptic. It’s really simple. That’s just how I see it. I’m just being completely myself.”

This year has been somewhat of a learning curve for the young artist and she’s gone from strength to strength. From writing songs alone in her bedroom to working alongside incredible musicians and producers, Rae has really come into her own and is more determined than ever about the path she is forging for herself. Rae is truly the musicians musician and has already garnered huge support and fans across the industry (with Chris Martin, Haim, Laura Mvula, Tom Odell and Bombay Bicycle Club to name a few, all showing serious love for her) and a plethora of critical acclaim from press, making her one of the most relevant, exciting new artists to come out of the UK and this is just the beginning for her. Everything she has been working towards this year is about to come to fruition with the release of her debut.



November 10, 2014 under Gigs, News

Ben Howard Adds Third Alexandra Palace Show To 2015 UK Arena Tour

Ben Howard Alexandra Palace April 2015 v4 WebBen Howard is pleased to announce details of a third show at London’s Alexandra Palace for his forthcoming 2015 UK arena tour.

Ben will now play the venue on both the 16th, 17th, and 18th April, with the first two dates selling out within 24 hours. Tickets for the third show are on sale now through

In addition to the new London date, Ben will play Plymouth Pavilions on the 27th April. Tickets will go on sale from the same outlet at 9am on Friday 7th November.

Ben released his critically acclaimed second album, ‘I Forget Where We Were’ last week which debuted at number 1 in the UK album chart.

As previously announced, Ben Howard plays a short tour of the UK in December, with all dates selling out within hours of going on sale. A new date at Norwich UEA has just been added for the 14th December, with tickets also on sale from 9am on Friday 7th November.

Ben Howard Live:
3rd December – O2 Apollo, Manchester SOLD OUT
4th December – The Civic, Wolverhampton SOLD OUT
6th December – Usher Hall, Edinburgh SOLD OUT
7th December – Olympia, Dublin SOLD OUT
8th December – Olympia, Dublin SOLD OUT
10th December – O2 Brixton Academy, London SOLD OUT
11th December – O2 Brixton Academy, London SOLD OUT
14th December – UEA, Norwich NEW DATE

Ben Howard UK Tour 2015 *NEW DATES*:
13th April – Echo Arena, Liverpool
16th April – Alexandra Palace, London SOLD OUT
17th April – Alexandra Palace, London SOLD OUT
18th April – Alexandra Palace, London NEW DATE
20th April – NIA Arena, Birmingham
21st April – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
23rd April – Leeds Arena, Leeds
24th April – SSE Hydro, Glasgow
25th April – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
27th April – The Pavilions, Plymouth NEW DATE

November 3, 2014 under Gigs

Ben Howard announces second Alexandra Palace show

2EF7CBC8-F486-47C8-8D48-FA8EDEB6F7FDBen Howard is pleased to announce details of a second London Alexandra Palace show to his forthcoming 2015 UK arena tour.

The tour went on sale this morning, with the first London show selling out in 10 minutes. Ben will now play the venue on both the 16th and 17th April.

Ben released his critically acclaimed second album, ‘I Forget Where We Were’ last week which debuted at number 1 in the UK album chart.

As previously announced, Ben Howard plays a short tour of the UK in December, with all dates selling out within hours of being on sale.



Ben Howard Live:
3rd December – O2 Apollo, Manchester SOLD OUT
4th December – The Civic, Wolverhampton SOLD OUT
6th December – Usher Hall, Edinburgh SOLD OUT
7th December – Olympia, Dublin SOLD OUT
8th December – Olympia, Dublin SOLD OUT
10th December – O2 Brixton Academy, London SOLD OUT
11th December – O2 Brixton Academy, London SOLD OUT

Ben Howard UK Tour 2015 *NEW DATES*:
13th April – Echo Arena, Liverpool
16th April – Alexandra Palace, London SOLD OUT
17th April – Alexandra Palace, London NEW DATE
20th April – NIA Arena, Birmingham
21st April – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
23rd April – Leeds Arena, Leeds
24th April – SSE Hydro, Glasgow
25th April – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle


October 31, 2014 under Gigs, News

November Communion

11-02 London Communion v3 WebWe know you have all been waiting for details of our November Communion since you left the doors of Notting Hill Arts Club on Sunday.

Well we’re very excited to announce that we’ll have HAUS, Black Honey, Felt Tip, Fractures, LA Salami, Eliza Shaddad and Brooke Bentham on the bill.

Of course our ATFL DJS will be spinning some tunes until late. Grab your tickets HERE

October 8, 2014 under Gigs, News

Bea’rs Den announce ‘Islands’ 2015 Tour

Bear's_Den_Islands_Tour_2015_ex_BelgiumIn a world increasingly permeated by superficial connections and selfie-addicted narcissism, the need to slow down, draw breath, and think about what it’s really all about grows ever more acute.

Welcome to Bear’s Den. Inspired by Maurice Sendak’s 1963 children’s classic  ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, this London based trio (Andrew Davie; guitar & vocals, Kev Jones drums; vocals and Joey Haynes banjo; vocals) create music which -whisper it- dares to be both literate and profound. While, crucially, remaining universally accessible.

“Where The Wild Things Are appeals to us because it offers a dual perspective of seeing the world through both a kid’s and an adult’s eyes,” explains Andrew (known, simply, as Davie). “A lot of our songs address the world in the same way. Bear’s Den is our name for the island the kid escapes to.”

It’s tempting to see the trio’s quietly confident rise in fairytale terms, too. But Bear’s Den are built to last – touring duties to date have seen them play everywhere from the Scottish Highlands to touring the U.S with Mumford & Sons. It’s a far cry from Davie’s childhood in the West London suburbs (Chiswick, Acton, Uxbridge) when life as a musician seemed beyond the realms of probability. Schooled in the classics (Bob Dylan, The Kinks) by a music mad dad, his arrival at Music College only served to dampen his hopes.

“I only lasted a term. I was the only person in the class who was writing songs. I’ve always liked Bob Dylan’s quote in Scorsese’s ‘No Direction Home’ where he says: ‘People used to be judged on whether they had anything to say rather than what they sounded like’. That’s what interests me.”

Things changed when he started hanging out at the legendary Bosun’s Locker jam nights in Fulham. Immersed in a cultural vortex alongside a nascent Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling, and a pre-Vaccines Jay Jay Pistolet (Davie sang backing vocals on the latter’s ‘Holly’), he was inspired to form his own band, Cherbourg, with trusted ally Kev Jones. However, it was only when the duo recruited guitarist & banjo player Joey Haynes on Cherbourg’s dissolution in 2012 that the melodies in his head became fully realised.

“I got goose bumps at the first rehearsal,” he recalls with a grin. “We’ve got wildly disparate influences, but the three of us together have got real chemistry. It just works.” Embarking on the age-old process of playing gigs anywhere and everywhere, the trio bridged the gap between performer and audience wherever possible; printing up limited edition bootleg cds with hand stamped ‘bear paw’ prints and individual town crest stamps specific for each gig.  Duly signed to renowned UK and US based record label, Communion, an inspired idea saw them conduct a U.S tour with Ben Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Staves, crossing the States in a convoy of ’60s VW Camper Vans.

“That was the point we really bonded as a band,“ acknowledges Davie. “And it was the most comfortable we’ve ever been on tour too!” Debut EP Agape (from the Greek for ‘love’) saw them integrate highbrow lyrics into a musical landscape spanning English folk and dusty Americana. Follow up Without/Within was more progressive still, with breezy guitar pop, (Writing On The Wall) reflective dream-rock (Sahara Pt II) and banjo-laden laments (Don’t Let The Sun Steal You Away) emerging from within a panoramic wash of synth bass and guitar loops. None of which fully prepares you for Islands.

Recorded with long-term producer Ian Grimble (Travis/Manic Street Preachers) at Crouch End’s Church Studios, it’s lyrically both restrained yet richly descriptive, the product of Davie’s novelistic approach to songwriting. “I’ve always been interested in the way Raymond Carver and Ernest Hemingway leave room for interpretation,” he explains. “It allows the listener to have their own individual relationship with the songs.”

The music is similarly multi-tiered; Kev’s dynamic push and pull on the drums and Joey’s melodic banjo parts complemented by the atmospheric sweep of the arrangements. “I obsess over that stuff,” says Davie. “If a song starts with banjo it puts you in a place. Use a synth or an e-bow, and the whole tone is different.”

Consequently, the music wraps itself around the words and the places they chronicle. From the crumbling child-parent relationship in Above The Clouds Of Pompeii to widescreen anthem The Love We Stole to heart-breaking confessional Stubborn Beast. “That was the first song our manager heard and connected with,” says Davie. “The isolated nature of it embodies pretty much everything we’re trying to achieve express.”

If live favourite Bad Blood was always going to be the finale, it’s on the mesmeric When You Break where everything falls into place. “The whole record is about people at a breaking point, whether it’s coming of age, or their lives falling apart,” says Davie. “Both lyrically and sonically that’s where everything just gets too much.”

Musicologists will note debts to everyone from CSN&Y to Youth Lagoon to – particularly – Elliot Smith, but its Islands central message of hope which truly resonates in these desensitized times. Davie states: “It’s difficult to talk about, but I do feel people are looking for some kind of spiritual connection. We’re all caught up in this blind rush for gratification which doesn’t seem to be doing us any good.  That’s where the lyric: “Guard your hope with your life” comes from in Elysium. It’s a simple sentiment but it’s honest. Ultimately, we’re trying to reach people and have a communal experience.”

Songs you can sing along to on the radio but which still glow in the dark – Islands might just be the album of 2014.

October 7, 2014 under Gigs, News

Jake Morley announces headline London show

Autumn 2014 JM London copyLateness is never a good look for an interviewer, and after a 10 minute sprint my attempt to stroll the last few yards casually surely wouldn’t fool anybody. Fortunately, Barnet-born singer-songwriter Jake Morley arrives at exactly the same time, and we bond over the inherent awkwardness of interviewing yourself. I’m shorter than I expected, with an almost imperceptible nervousness. “Relax,” he says seeing the same in me. “We do this every day”.

Self-reflection and internal narratives are major themes running through much of the bolder and more mature material that is set to follow 2012′s cult classic Many Fish To Fry. The joyful debut is clutched close to the chests of many as a result of extensive headline touring round the world, numerous festival and support slots, and enthusiastic support from Radio 2, 6Music, local radio and the press.

“I’ve actually only toured the UK, Ireland, one coast of Canada and a tiny corner of Europe,” he explains, “so I’d rather you didn’t say the world. And cult classic? Is that PR-speak for “not a big seller”? Why do you always have to hype everything up?”

His modesty belies a deeper talent borne out of thousands of hours of stage time winning over one audience at a time, and a ruthless dedication to his art. His deeply personal songs, captivating live presence and ground-breaking guitar style taking him from archetypal acoustic troubadour to sell out headliner at HMV’s Next Big Thing Festival, via legions of dedicated fans.

Morley cut his teeth in a bustling London singer-songwriter scene where Lucy Rose would book him and Ed Sheeran to play tiny pub rooms. Rising stars Rae Morris and Jack Garratt are contemporaries. Does commercial success, or lack of it, weigh on him at all? “My first album was clearly too original, too quirky, too damn radical for the mainstream market” he laughs.

Perhaps it’s more likely that it just wasn’t good enough. As The Guardian once said, “He is doing well: radio loves him… not that we’re fans, you understand… As records of fauxhemian guitar-plucking and husky vocals go, it’s just like all the other ones.”

Morley is quick to respond. “You’re probably right I’m not good enough, and to be honest my fans aren’t even that legion. But when we’re crammed into tiny venues and sharing big moments together I’m not wishing for more, I’m truly grateful. And I love it when my friends succeed. Sometimes you talk so much crap I wonder what you really add to my life.” Blah failure blah I was just thinking the same thing.

So began a progression in his writing as he sought to carve out a new weight and depth to his music, by uncovering new weight and depth to his life. The process was slow and painful, involving months of thought and a habit of re-writing songs multiple times. Many previous fans drifted away.

“I’ve never thought about anything as hard as these new songs before. Every detail of every single one means something to me, sometimes many things, and nothing is an accident. It was a crucifying method of writing that sometimes drove me close to the edge.”

The results are startling. First new single Falter is a controlled explosion of voices, strings, rhythms and a new guitar technique where each finger plays each string in turn. It’s hypnotic and beautiful, “The sound,” Morley says, “of everything suddenly crashing to a halt in slow motion”.

As we talk further he gets more and more animated. Finally I have to bring up Watch Yourself, a song where he duets with his unconscious mind, and we arrive at the moment I’ve been dreading. The moment where the elephant in the room goes from politely tugging on elbows to slamming drinks to the floor. Isn’t it a little worrying to be conversing with yourself like this?

“Absolutely. And all the more important because it’s the mechanism for our suffering, and if we learn to understand it the prize is happiness and self-discovery.

“Music needs to offer more than just posing about looking cool, feeding an ego that’s hungry for attention. It’s not a game – this is fucking serious. This is an emergency, we have to find meaning in our lives and the clock is ticking.

“The answers are not going to land in our inbox. We have to hunt them down like our lives depend on it, because they do. Artists in particular have an obligation to be fearless as well as just doing strummy strummy nice voice and collecting the applause.

Most importantly, we all have to disrupt the narrators holding us back, feeding us junk, in turn flattering and punishing us, listing our achievements while sniping and taking us down, distracting us, and wasting our time. We could find joy in the present if we could only let ourselves.

Hmmm looks like it’s just me left…

Nah you wish.

Jake will headline The Slaughtered Lamb on 3rd December, tickets here

October 3, 2014 under Gigs, News