PLEASE NOTE: This event has been rescheduled from Weds 21st February 2018, to Wed 9th May 2018. The venue will now be the Cuban Embassy, 23 St Mary’s Row, Birmingham B13 8HW. Original tickets remain valid.

They say it’s grim up North and one listen of breakthrough singer-songwriter Brooke Bentham’s opening salvo in 2017 might reinforce that sentiment. “It’s funny how small things can wreck away at your life, when you’re not doing anything but living inside,” she sings on the opening track of her debut EP The Room Swayed.

The swells and plummets of the track – titled ‘Nowhere Near Sense’ – possess the epic alt rock journeying of War On Drugs or Ryan Adams with the added emotional vocal depths of Sharon Van Etten or Angel Olsen. That all this is the fruits of a 21-year-old from South Shields outside of Newcastle might take you by surprise. It carries the weight of someone who’s lived a hundred lives already.

A huge fan of Yo La Tengo, Fleet Foxes, Kevin Morby and Bon Iver, she continued to mine her own creative voice to try and develop something similarly ground-breaking. Eventually her first taste of success – a song called ‘Oliver’ – was a turn in the road. That tune brought her the sonic direction she was working towards. Her first proper show was at local legendary rock venue The Cluny back in Newcastle. By chance, the sound guy that night also did sound for successful performer James Bay and a connection sparked with Communion, the label part-owned by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons.

Brooke Bentham Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Listen to ‘I Need Your Body’ below:

Plus support from JESSIE REID

Jessie Reid is a 25 year old singer-songwriter from Shropshire. She combines finger style and percussive guitar techniques with emotive, fragile and soulful vocal melodies to create a unique style of playing.

Her innovative, folk-influenced songwriting has been said to enchant audiences, drawing comparisons with the likes of Ben Howard, Lucy Rose and guitarist Andy McKee. Jess has featured regularly at Sofar Sounds sessions in the UK and South America and is currently working on the release her debut EP, set to be released in the Autumn of 2017.

Jessie Reid Links: Facebook

Listen to ‘Locomotion’ below:

Plus support from OLIVER RUDGE

Oliver Rudge is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, with more soul than his small being can contain. With an understanding and knowledge of music to fill a shelf in the music section of a library, Oliver’s music is a merge of the innocence of folk, the groove of RnB, and the vocals of an angel.

Oliver Rudge Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘I’m Still’ below: