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Gabrielle Aplin announces Birmingham show

March 1, 2017 in News

Following the release of her recent EP Miss You which marked a mature new sound and has thus far racked up an impressive 25 million streams online, Gabrielle Aplin has confirmed a UK autumn tour for 2017.

With three years of phenomenal success for an artist still aged only 24, including sales of over two million singles, 200 million Spotify streams and 150 million Youtube views, Aplin’s rap sheet of achievements is nothing short of remarkable.

Her debut album English Rain (2013), now certified Gold in the UK, contained a slew of UK top 10 singles, including ‘Please Don’t Say You Love Me’, ‘Panic Cord’, ‘Home’, ‘Salvation’ and Gabrielle’s unforgettable cover of ‘The Power Of Love’ which reached #1 in the UK chart. Her sophomore album Light Up The Dark (2015) displayed a maturing in Aplin’s sound and lead to eighteen months of international touring during which she enjoyed a taste of fan mania in Japan, Australia, The US and Brazil, Aplin racking up a further 3 #1 singles Worldwide.

The Miss You EP features three original tracks and a stripped back piano version of the single and title track. It will be available on Aplin’s own independent record label Never Fade Records; founded by Aplin to self release her own music and ‘in order to give young talent and unsigned artists their first stepping stone in the music industry’.

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Gabrielle Aplin plays O2 Academy2 Birmingham on Fri 20th October 2017. Tickets available from 9am on Fri 3rd March 2017 here.

Watch the video for ‘Miss You’ below:

Gabrielle Aplin, Lewis Watson & Hannah Grace live

February 2, 2016 in News

“Effortlessly switching form sultry, hypnotic sounds to more upbeat jazz melodies, Gabrielle Aplin’s second album is exactly what we wanted to hear.” – 5/5, Glamour

Following the positive reception that greeted her new album Light Up The DarkGabrielle Aplin approaches a major UK and Ireland headline tour that includes a Birmingham show at O2 Institute!

Light Up The Dark adds a new chapter to a career that has already delivered 80 million Spotify streams, 90 million YouTube views, 1.5 million sales of single, and #1 chart positions in the UK and Australia over the course of her debut album English Rain. Her second album has already received extensive Radio 1 support with a playlist for the title track as well as Huw Stephens’ Hottest Record followed by a second playlist for the recent single ‘Sweet Nothing’.

The new album was inspired by Joni Mitchell and the production on Feist’s The Reminder. “Her voice is just here, right at the front, and everything sits around it perfectly,” says Aplin. “I’ve also become much more comfortable writing songs about other people’s stories as well as my own, much of which is inspired by travelling and everything I’ve seen since my first album.”

Gabrielle’s recent underplay show at London’s Wilton’s Music Hall sold-out in less than 24 hours. The Evening Standard’s review drew comparisons with Florence + The Machine and Feist, and concluded that it was “A mini-triumph; greater ones will come.”

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Watch the video for ‘Sweet Nothing’ below:

Watch: Gabrielle Aplin – ‘Light Up The Dark’

May 20, 2015 in News

Following the success of her debut album English Rain, Bath-born songstress Gabrielle Aplin announces details of the release of her eagerly anticipated second album Light Up The Dark. 

New single and title track ‘Light Up The Dark’ sees Gabrielle adopt a much heavier, darker sound than the gentle folk-pop of her debut release. Influenced by Joni Mitchell and the production on Feist’s The Reminder, Gabrielle says:

“I’ve become much more comfortable writing songs about other people’s stories as well as my own, much of which is inspired by travelling and everything I’ve seen since my first album.”

Light Up The Dark is released on September 18th and is available to pre-order now from here.

Watch the video for ‘Light Up The Dark’ below:

Weekly Gig Roundup 4th – 10th November

November 4, 2013 in News

Take a look at the host of live music events taking place in and around the city as we edge ever closer to the festive season.


On Tuesday, stunning vocalist Gabrielle Aplin plays at The Institute in Digbeth as part of her second UK tour this year – the first having completely sold out. Responsible for that cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘The Power of Love’ which stormed to Number 1 in the singles chart last year, expect beautifully intricate vocals from this performance. Support on the night comes from husky-voiced Jack Savoretti and Birmingham-based 20 year old singer songwriter, Emma Crowder. To purchase your tickets, priced at £14 advance, check out the event page.

Listen to ‘Home’ by Gabrielle Aplin below:


Alternatively, London alt trio Bear’s Den play live at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath. Part of only their second ever UK tour, the trio describe their influences as Wilco and Ryan Adams and have toured with Ben Howard, Daughter and The Staves in the past. Support comes courtesy of Arcade Fire-esque London seven-piece, The Mariner’s Children and tickets are completely sold out. More information on the event is available here.

Listen to ‘Agape’ by Bear’s Den below:



On Wednesday, North Wales’ psych-folk-popper Sweet Baboo calls in to the Hare & Hounds ahead of the release of his forthcoming concept EP, Motorhome Songs. Playing a selection of songs from his four album back catalogue, and celebrating his tenth year as a solo artist, Sweet Baboo comes highly recommended as does support for the evening, Birmingham multi-instrumentalists, Big Tent & The Gypsy Lantern & Rick Wellings. Tickets for this event are priced at £7 advance and can be found, along with further information, over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Let’s Go Swimming Wild’ by Sweet Baboo below:



Two live music events to choose from on Thursday as raucous one-man blues show, Son of Dave comes to the Hare & Hounds to support the release of his forthcoming LP, Blues at the Grand. This is the  first night of the UK tour, which goes on to call at Leeds, Glasgow and Manchester, expect the jaunt to begin with a bang. Find out further information and purchase your tickets, priced at £10 advance, over on the event page.

Listen to ‘We Goin’ Out’ by Son of Dave below:


Alternatively, 25 year old singer songwriter Luke Sital-Singh, described as ‘the British Bon Iver’ plays what promises to be a beautiful set at The Glee Club in The Arcadian. Support comes from hotly-tipped Nottingham singer-songwriter, Ady Suleiman – find out more about both artists, and pick up your tickets, priced at £7 advance, here.

Listen to new single ‘Nothing Stays the Same’ by Luke Sital-Singh below:



Round off your week of live music performances at the Sunday Social which this week features performances from alt acoustic rock songwriter, Riots; autobiographical folk singer, George Gadd; young pensive political storyteller, Connor Hemming and Wolverhampton’s Daniel Beckett. Entry to this event at The Yardbird is, as ever, free and you can find further information on all of the acts over on the event page.

Listen to ‘My Love’ by Riots below:

July Spotify playlists

July 6, 2013 in News

Our July Spotify playlists are now live! They feature some of the great acts we have playing over July, as well some other artists we have recently confirmed and stuff we are generally excited about. They’re split into two playlists, one indie/rock and one folk/singer-songwriters.

Our folk/singer-songwriters playlist features :
Josh Record
(playing 5th July, tickets)
Matt Sheehan
(playing 5th July, tickets)
Gabrielle Aplin (playing 5th Nov, tickets)
Sweet Baboo (playing 6th Nov, tickets)
Saint Raymond (playing 25th Sep, tickets)
Nadine Shah (playing 8th Oct, tickets)
Euros Childs (playing 29th Oct, tickets)
Sylvain Sylvain (playing 24th July, tickets)
Lumi HD (playing 14th July, info)
Honey Ryder (playing 9th July, tickets)

Our indie/rock playlist features:
The Weeks (playing 11th July, tickets)
New York Dolls (Sylvain Sylvain plays 24th July, tickets)
China Rats (playing 11th July, tickets)
Our Mutual Friend (playing 13th July, tickets)
Space (playing 6th Sept, tickets)
SKATERS (playing 1st Sept, tickets)
Peace (playing 13th Dec, tickets)
JAWS (playing 24th Sept, tickets)
Shatter Effect (playing 19th July, info)
Akron/Family (playing 22nd July, tickets)
Sharks (playing 2nd Aug, tickets)
Bleach Blood (playing 2nd Aug, tickets)

Listen to both playlists below