*CANCELLED* SUGARTHIEF & PHIL MADELEY+ GEORGE PANNELL + DJs

**Due to unforeseen circumstances this show has been cancelled. Refunds available from point of purchase**

Sugarthief played their first gig in the Autumn of 2015. Some three years on, they have 100 odd gigs under their belts, including appearances on the Main Stage at YNOT Festival, Isle of Wight, Truck, Kendall Calling and support slots with The Twang, The Night Cafe, Willie J Healy… Impressive stuff considering three of the band are still teenagers.

Picking up ‘Best Alternative / Indie Act 2018’ at the Inaugural Birmingham Music Awards was an unexpected but welcome surprise for these very down to earth youngsters, but it’s not only in the Midlands that Sugarthief are getting recognition.

With multiple plays on National radio by the likes of Steve Lamacq/Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music), and Gordon Smart (Radio X), support from iconic brands such as Fred Perry and Pretty Green, as well as national championing by This Feeling (Big in 2019) – it seems the continued growth of unsigned Sugarthief shows no sign of slowing down in 2019.

Gigs in Birmingham are generally sweaty, sold-out affairs, with frenzied fans joyously singing along to catchy choruses and melodic hooks, often culminating in a mass stage invasion. Recent performances to packed houses in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham are proof Sugarthief have stamped out a ‘Made in Birmingham’ sound that can be exported and enjoyed anywhere.

The young five-piece document modern teenage experiences via jangly guitars, pop-ridden basslines and hook-laden lyrics, a hint of psych oozing from the keyboards. “All the songs are really about my view of a pretty screwed up world”, says front-man Jordi. “Some people call our sound Indie rock/pop – I’m not sure about that… we just make the music and let others worry about pigeon holes”

Sugarthief Links: Website | Facebook | Spotify


Combining a slacker persona with a distinctive fusion of originality and homage, Phil Madeley’s music is born of equal parts disdain and anger for the current state of play. Wrapped up in his laid-back, Neil Young meets Jamie T, grit-edged soft rock, are the pressing and serious issues of present-day alienation, loneliness and mistrust, resulting in songs that want to offer as much refuge as they do commentary.

Having cut his teeth as a solo performer, his commanding live act is captivating and exciting, drawing comparisons of Jarvis Cocker. Phil has shared bills with other notable up and comers such as Sugarthief and Violet, leading to live shows which drum up the clout they deserve. On the back of sessions at RAK studios, his long-awaited debut single ‘21st Century Witch-hunt’ will be released 31st May.

Phil Madeley Links: SoundCloud | Facebook | Instagram

Watch the official music video for ’21st Century Witch Hunt’ here:


George Pannell is an exciting young musician from Birmingham. His dreamy indie-pop sound incorporates influences from fellow Brummies JAWS and Swim Deep, as well as the likes of The Stone Roses and Nirvana.

George has already played all around Birmingham, including support slots at the O2 Academy, and is now ready for his first headline show.

Now backed by a full band, he plans to release his debut EP over the summer, which will contain tracks with a slightly heavier, more grungy feel to them than his first two singles ‘The Truth’ and ‘Royal Affair’.

George Pannell Links: Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud


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