From the opening line of Rubio’s lead single ‘Afterglow’ it’s pretty clear that these guys want your attention. As the lead hook “string another thought to a song – make one hit, make one stick” resonates amongst the swell of guitars and driving rhythm section, the bands focus on creating music that immediately engages is clear.

And although it might not seem obvious at first the technical prowess of this band will begin to emerge if you know what you’re listening for – and if you don’t, the intricacies will fall smoothly onto the envelope of delays, grooving basslines and melodic vocal.

Rubio have been making music since the beginning of 2016 and with a released single, a string of published recordings and support slots with respected international artists such as Dorje, Closure in Moscow and Freeze The Atlantic – Rubio do not plan on letting up.

Rubio are ambient, Rubio are progressive, Rubio are heavy.

Rubio Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Listen to ‘Afterglow’ below:

Plus support from LAST LIGHT

Last Light are an alternative/emo 4 piece from Birmingham influenced by bands such as Brand New and Citizen.

Last Light Links: Soundcloud | Facebook

Watch the video for ’86’ below:


Barefoot In Baltimore are a 4 piece Brummy alternative band influenced by the grunge shoe-gaze of the 90’s.

A loud, distorted, spacey, melodic, dynamic mix of sound. Creative and innovative, they have been described as “shoegazing one minute then rocking the next!”

Barefoot In Baltimore Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Dirt’ below:

Plus support from EVER HYDE

Birmingham based rock band. Think Smashing Pumpkins, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden playing classic rock and blues. Still not quite right but close enough.

Ever Hyde Links: Soundcloud | Facebook

Listen to ‘Lipstick Lies’ below: