BBC INTRODUCING SHOWCASE FEAT. SPILT MILK SOCIETY+ FLARES + THE VERSE + BBC UPLOADER ACT TBA

2015 was a defining year for humanity; the blue and gold dress crisis, self-driving cars, Instagram becoming bigger than Twitter, and Josh Hyde being employed to decorate the kitchen of a certain Penny Handford. It was during this flirtation with painting that fate intended Josh to cross paths with Penny’s son, Harry. Josh was a guitar marvel, Harry had written a few songs about his feelings and before they knew it Spilt Milk Society had been born. They quickly established themselves as part of the thriving Birmingham music scene and gained attention from BBC Introducing; doing live sessions for WM and Shropshire whilst gaining airtime on Radio 1, Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music. Further afield the milky boys have since been hand picked by Steve Lamacq to play on the BBC Introducing stage at the Great Escape Festival and have supported the likes of Superfood, Fickle Friends, Tender and Marsicans.

BBC Introducing’s Adam Crowther called Spilt Milk Society “the most exciting band we’ve championed years” and said that “they have a bold, energetic and instantly lovable sound to their music”. Fred Perry Sub Culture called them “one of Birmingham’s brightest future bands”.

The end of 2017 saw Spilt Milk hit a million streams on Spotify – a number that has now grown to over 3 million – and the band had now settled into a new home in Liverpool to focus purely on music. 2018 came around and they took a 6 month break to reorganise and spend time writing following the signing of their first contract with Believe Digital UK. With bigger production, a clearer direction and fan base averaging at 150,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, Spilt Milk Society are set to release three singles in the coming months. The first, Turtleneck Boy, is to be complemented by a clothing range, named ‘TURTS’, and music video. October 2018 will see their first UK Tour accompanying Turtleneck Boy’s release.

Other projects they have completed during their break include Harry’s solo outlet strawberry milkshake, Josh’s Toxteth project, Freddie’s Boy, Yowstra, Rob’s nun, and an E.P featuring songs they’ve collaborated on with fellow Birmingham bands Sugarthief and Violet.

Spilt Milk Society Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video to ‘She Tastes Like Summer’ here:


Hailing from Birmingham, FLARES are an up and coming band with a sound rooted in indie rock with a twist of grunge and punk. Following a busy year of festivals, headliners and support slots for the likes of Fickle Friends, Rose Dive and FEET.

FLARES released their debut single, ‘Tunnel Vision // Castle of Cards’ on Jan 3rd 2019, with a sold-out launch show at the Hare And Hounds, Birmingham. Both tracks were received well and gained airtime on BBC Introducing, plus an interview on WM and almost 15k streams on Spotify.

They are now following up with their next single ‘Keep It’ which is out on the 25th May.

The band deliver an energetic performance by combining indie melodies, catchy choruses and strong vocal harmonies with heavy guitar riffs and powerhouse drumming.

‘They’ve somehow channelled the Pixies skewed pop, (bassist Edie like a young Kim Deal), welded it to Nirvana’s intensity, (Guitarist Leo channelling Cobain, hurling himself around like it’s life or death) and then added an infectious Pop charm all of their own.” – Louder Than War

“Don’t let their youthfulness deceive you. These young indie rockers know their way around harmony and a chord progression.” – Indie Midlands

“A true pleasure to witness.”Native Magazine

“Their catchy, guitar-heavy tunes have the growing crowd clapping and swaying along in no time.” – Counteract

“Too loud.” – Leo’s mum

Flares Links: Facebook | Instagram | Spotify 

Watch their live performance of ‘Tunnel Vision’ below:


Formed in 2017, The Verse are a four piece independent band from the Midlands. They play an unapologetically anthemic Indie rock style music delivered with a full throttle, audience engaging performance. Their most recent release ‘Whatever You Ask’ was described by a local music blog as ‘sounding like a Catfish And The Bottlemen B Side’ which was taken as a compliment!

The Verse are a band that are constantly aiming to be playing gigs. 2018 saw the band play over 30 gigs in 14 different cities, with two headline shows in the Midlands and in Scotland.

The Verse Links: WebsiteFacebook | Spotify