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Female pop-folk duo, Sunflower Thieves are back with their gorgeous new single Two Halves and we’re in love.
So here’s a story for you. Way back in 2016, Girls That Gig ,a community that celebrates women in music, hosted a Network and Chill event in Leeds and as a blogger and sometimes reviewer I thought that I might just tag along.
Here I met Lily Sturt-Bolshaw and Amy Illingworth, a.k.a Sunflower Thieves, who were at the time looking for band members. Fast forward a year and I’m at a Joe Dolman gig and my fave duo are also there as one of the support acts.
The multi-instrumental talent of Derbyshire/Nottingham/Leeds based duo is perfectly showcased in their layered acoustic style that is heart felt and oh so pure.
Sunflower Thieves released their debut EP Hold the Storm in 2017 to much acclaim and I’m so happy to hear new material in their latest single: Two Halves.
One of the things that I love about Sunflower Thieves is their mesmerising harmonies and Two Halves is no exception. If acoustic folk is your thing then I’d recommend that you check out Sunflower Thieves.
Two Halves is out now!
You can catch Sunflower Thieves live at the Derby Folk festival on the 6th October.
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Don Broco announces huge UK arena tour including Wembley date!
In early 2019, February to be exact, UK rockers Don Broco will be heading on the road for their biggest UK arena tour to date, which will climax with a date at Wembley.
From Michael Jackson to Madonna and Muse to Oasis; Wembley Arena, probably the most famous arena in the UK has seen all the greats and Don Broco can soon add their name to the list of artists who have played there.
Don Broco will be joined on this tour by Neck Deep and Issues.
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Just in case this wasn’t enough amazingly good news for Don Broco fans to take in, the band also released the video for “Greatness” and believe me when I say that it’s pure cinematic genius.
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Coasts may still be on their biggest U.K. tour to date but that didn’t stop them for announcing this morning that they will be back on the road in October with a ten date UK tour.
This tour revisits some of the cities from the band’s epic 38 tour including Leicester and Cambridge.
Coast’s third album This Life Vol. 2 is set for release on the 10th August so we can expect to hear new songs as well as old favourites. The question is, will “Wallow” make the list?
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You may or may not have heard that Only Shadows will be joining Coasts on their UK tour in late April, a fact that I am very excited about after having admired their music from afar. So when I saw that Only Shadows were in Leeds (24th March) on their last date before the tour, it was just such a perfect opportunity to check them out.
The Lending Room, a venue in Leeds, situated just upstairs from The Library pub is a very chilled out place with a 200 capacity that feels intimate yet with ample room to dance (a fact that I definitely took advantage of). Did I mention that there are also fairy lights? – you’ve got to love a place that has fairy lights.
First to the stage were Leeds based Cartel Flux whose alt. rock sound has true Yorkshire grit. Cartel Flux has only been around since 2016 but with carefree tracks such as “Summer” was a great act to open the night.
Courtyards, indie rockers from Huddersfield were next to the stage and brought along a string of devoted fans (and there I was thinking that I was the only one crazy dancing). Courtyards have got all the right ingredients to make it as an indie rock group…without the squeaky amp.
Only Shadows took to the stage thanking us for sticking around to see them and believe me when I say that it was totally worth staying for. From the highs of “Too Late” to even more highs in “Fight Milk” this alt. rock quartet brings the high energy alternative sound with spicy pop notes.
Also joining Coasts and Only Shadows in April will be Only The Poets, (managed by Sam Jackson, former tour manager for Coasts) which makes me wonder, maybe Coasts should change their name…..Only Coasts has got a certain ring to it.
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A Marsican is a type of Italian bear and usually answers to the names of James, Rob, Oli or Cale.
It was the last night of the Mariscans‘ UK headline tour last night so I grabbed my friend Emily and headed on down to Church for a night of hilarity, also there was that time when I got stuck in the toilet because the door handle fell off, so it all got off to a great start really.
The 700 strong venue was completely sold out and filled with family, friends and avid fans alike who sang along to pretty much every word. The mosh pit also got quite rowdy actually with beer sloshing all over the place.
First to the stage were Leeds locals The Golden Age Of TV who have only been around since 2016 but have already been causing quite a stir on the music scene with latest release ‘Beasts’ grabbing the attention of new-music stalwart Huw Stephens.
Top tracks of the set also included ‘Dust.’
Edinburgh based band Vistas made us ‘Feel Alive’ with a stompingly great set that had me shaking my tail feather and set the party off.
‘Retrospect’ was an absolute highlight for me and I can’t wait to see Vistas again.
Finally, it was time for Marsicans to ‘throw [them]selves in’ and to say that I was excited would be an understatement. Mixing beautiful harmonies with their infectious upbeat indie and dirty pop vibes there was no better place to be on Saturday 10th March.
Personal highlights included the ‘We’re Your Friends’ Vulture song (from The Jungle Book) intro before the band came onto the stage and opened with the super catchy ‘Friends,’ the guy in the crowd who kept miming that he was swimming, a nod perhaps to the single ‘Swimming’ or maybe he just wanted to go swimming, and latest single ‘Wake Up Freya.’
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Ever since Coasts released their second album This Life, Vol. 1, we were left wondering “will there be a volume 2?”
The answer my friend is a glorious yes and Coasts announced today that their third album will be released on August 10th.
After a turbulent week of problems with Visas and rescheduling dates on the US dates (it was very stressful and I’m not even going on that tour) we were gifted not only with this wonderful news, but also an acoustic version of one of my favourite tracks (lol we all know that they are all my favourites) “Let Me Love You.”
When I first head LMLY I was floored by the gorgeous lyrics, rich imagery and then the beat kicked in. This time, however, there isn’t a beat to fall back on, and instead the acoustic version feels much more emotionally raw with a vulnerable tone to the vocals. And can we talk about the absolutely sublime piano?
Listen to “Let Me Love You (Acoustic Version)” below.
PIcking only 20 of of my favourite tracks of the year was never going to be an easy feat but I was hopeful that my ‘top tracks of 2017’ playlist on Spotify was going to help me sort the TUUUUNEs from the ‘This is my jam’s. Sadly this was not the case because most of the songs on the list were actually released last year or even the year before.
Well anyway here’s the list and for your listening pleasure there’s a Spotify playlist too.
20. Kicks – Barns Courtney
19. When Did It All Go So Wrong – SUGARTHIEF
18. Man Behind The Sun – Callum Beattie
17. Blank Dice – Flawes
16. Champion – Barns Courtney
15. Umbrella- Natalie Holmes
14. Higher – Outlya
13. Wires – Kovic
12. Feel It Again – Hudson Taylor
11. Fickle Game – Amber Run
10. Friends- Marsicans
9. The Kids Don’t Want To Come Home – Declan McKenna
8. Do It – Rae Morris
7. My Side –Tom Speight
6. Long Road – Jake Isaac
5. Heart Starts Beating – Coasts
4. Reborn – Rae Morris
3. Gave You All – HAUS
2. Tokyo – Dan Croll
1. Take Me Back Home – Coasts