Marika Hackman’s hotly-anticipated new album I’m Not Your Man will be released on 2nd June 2017. To celebrate, she embarks on a UK headline tour this spring, calling at Mama Roux’s Birmingham on 29th May.

The english songwriter was once a craftsperson of mannered, progressive indie-folk. However, her new single, “Boyfriend,” is a swift left-turn—it loudly announces that she’s done playing nice. “I’ve got your boyfriend on my mind/I think you know she stayed with me last night,” she sighs, before twisting the knife: “I held his world in my hands/I threw it out to see where it would land.” Backed by London band the Big Moon, she’s found a muscular sound that feels a world away from the quiet of 2015’s We Slept At Last.

Marika Hackman Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Boyfriend’ below:

Plus support from OUR GIRL

Brighton trio Our Girl playing foggy garage-rock. Their single ‘Sleeper’ released via Cannibal Hymns set the tone in late 2015, with its whiplash riffs and anxious drumming instantly holding hands with Sunflower Bean and Twin Peaks – and they then took the next step with a full EP release, Normally, last year.

Frontwoman and guitarist Soph Nathan’s – also of The Big Moon – lyrics punch harder on its lead track ‘Being Around’ than ever before: her ode to the importance of having people who care about you. It’s not easy to convey such wistful gratitude when surrounded by guitars this deliciously thorny. She pulls it off.

Our Girl Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Listent to ‘Being Around’ below:

Plus support from FRANCOBOLLO

Francobollo are a four piece from Sweden, now based in London. After releasing their single ‘Kinky Lola’ last year via Square Leg Records produced by Charlie Andrew (Alt-J, Money, Benjamin Francis Leftwich), the band are set to release their debut album this year.

Francobollo’s sound is as weird and wonderful as their band name suggests, with wobbly guitars, intricate rhythms and Simon Nilsson’s strained vocals. Simon comments on the single, ‘Lyrically, ‘Kinky Lola’ is about missing the honesty and the straight-forward attitude about a lot of music we grew up with’.

Francobollo met at school in Lund, Sweden, having played and recorded as session musicians for bands such as Slow Club, LA Salami and members of Mystery Jets. Cutting their teeth in North London warehouse parties, the band are equally at home in intimate holes as they are on big festival stages.

Francobollo Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Kinky Lola’ below:

This event is presented by Birmingham Promoters & Dork.

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