Communion, the hugely respected independent promoter and label, is taking its ‘New Faces’ on the road once again, in what is now the fourth instalment of the biannual tour. Continuing in the previous vein of encouraging the uprise of promising new talent, this year’s line-up consists of some of the most exciting new acts coming out of Britain right now.
The label team up with Birmingham Promoters for the Birmingham date on Sat 21st November at The Rainbow (tickets). The tour, which takes its name from the influential New Faces compilation album, features some on the UK’s most hotly tipped artists.
Topping the bill this year are the hugely exciting Yorkshire-born duo Seafret. Making huge waves with their continuously brilliant output over the past year or so, starting with their debut single ‘Give Me Something’ which topped The Hype Machine charts in the summer of 2014. The pair will be bringing a full live band to the table, a rare occurrence since their inception a little over a year ago – and this is a performance which is not to be missed.
Next up is a band who are without a doubt flying the flag for British indie-pop, London based quartet Flyte, who are sure to stun crowds up and down the country with their anthemic brand of guitar-led pop.
The final two acts on this edition’s bill are equally as exciting. Shrewsbury born singer-songwriter Dan Owen has been quietly plying his trade over the last twelve months or so, and is now set to take his wonderfully powerful vocals and unique blend of blues-infused acoustic sounds to a much wider audience.
Last but not least, we have Brighton’s very own Jack Watts – with a voice so fragile and beautiful, and instrumentally one of the most impressive and imaginative we’ve heard all year, his live show is one that is something totally and completely unforgettable.
This Wednesday we welcome much-hyped Scottish hip-hop outfit Stanley Odd to Birmingham’s The Sunflower Lounge. Following that, Thursday sees North-London pop-rockers Room 94 take to the stage at The Rainbow after tour dates with the likes of Union J and Lawson. Friday we bring you the second installment of Baddie’s Banquet, a night that brings you 3 rooms of live music and DJs until late. This Friday’s event is headed up by rising Telford noisemakers Hyena, with support from Manchester duo Bad Grammar and local four-piece The Drive. Saturday sees 20 year-old Brighton based singer-songwriter Jack Watts headline the free entry Acoustic Sessions at The Glee Club, followed by a visit from Melbourne garage rock quintet Money For Rope over at The Sunflower Lounge. Check out the full listings below:
Edinburgh-based alternative hip-hop band Stanley Odd return with their third studio album A Thing Brand New. The record follows up from the band’s second album Reject, which was shortlisted for a 2012 Scottish Album of the Year. Since then, Stanley Odd have continued to tour heavily, taking in some their biggest shows to date including a string of US dates with The View and numerous festival slots including Wickerman, Belladrum, Insider, Greenbelt and Celtic Connections. Support at this show comes from Telford-based acoustic hip-hop duo Loose Lips and acoustic hip-hop and soul influenced Bear.
North London pop-rockers Room 94 have built up a loyal following over the last couple of years through shows withUnion J, Lawson and Twenty Twenty. Their debut albumNo Strings Attached reached the Top 30 in March 2014 – a mightily impressive feat for a then unsigned band. Less than a year later, they’re back with a second self-titled album. What follows is even more impressive, with anthemic, hook-heavy rock that recalls the band’s love of You Me At Six, The Offspring and Bring Me The Horizon. Support comes from Shropshire based rock four-piece Young Braves.
Baddie’s Banquet is a new Friday night event at The Rainbow. One set entry price allows access to three rooms of music, including a host of the best local live bands in The Rainbow Courtyard & Cellar. Aftershow follows in the bar with Testify DJ’s spinning 60s R&B, Northern Soul and Disco till late. Headlining this week are rising Telford noisemakers Hyena, Manchester noise-rock duo Bad Grammar and local indie rockers The Drive.
Watch the video for ‘Mental Home’ below:
SATURDAY 20TH JUNE
Acoustic Sessions: Jack Watts + Contact + Franklin & Jones + The Gardener’s Son @ The Glee Club Lounge MORE INFO • FREE ENTRY
After recently releasing his debut EP, Red Shortbread, Jack joins us at the Glee Club Birmingham to headline our weekly free entry Acoustic Sessions! A song-cycle of sorts tracing the transition from a failed relationship into stability & contentment elsewhere, Red Shortbread is the work of a magnetic new talent, as distinctive and assured as the emotional territory it inhabits is fragile. Support comes from acoustic duo Contact, folk duo Franklin & Jones and folk singer-songwriter The Gardener’s Son.
Melbourne-based quintet Money For Rope’s raw brand of rock music has earned them a reputation for chaotic, ambling musical mayhem tied together by harmonies driven by the spirit of rock. Twin drum kits, two guitars, four voices, a bass, keys and a sweltering, sultry, swaggering style, Money For Rope are dealers in a raw brand of rock music that must be felt to be believed. With their public-bar rise propelled by word-of-mouth whisperings, 7” releases and an energetic, swirling live show that seethes with energy, Money For Rope released their much-anticipated self-titled full-length recording in November 2012, taking their pulsing sound from dark stages to stereos right across the globe. Support comes from Birmingham trio Millbrook.