Carrying on with our 5th birthday celebrations we have put together a very special line up of some of the best upcoming talent that York has to offer – This is a night for beautiful music performed by some of York’s best musicians who we have been very honoured to have perform here before over the last 5 years
Expect some interesting collaborations as we ask some performers to share the stage for something a bit special
The Howl and The Hum –
you know who they are – York’s very own The Howl and The Hum who have been enjoying wonderful acclaim and it has been a pleasure to host shows for these guys in the past including their last sell out headliner show in March which even won them a York culture award
The Howl & The Hum are a miserable disco who write Bond themes for films where Jimmy is still hung up on that girl. They combine dark hypnotic pop with post-punk influences, pierced with lyrics that make you call your mum the next morning.
Following acclaimed sets at Neighbourhood Festival and Loopallu and a debut tour of the Scottish Highlands in 2017, the York-based 4-piece embarked on their first headline tour in England in early 2018 to coincide with the release of single ‘Portrait I’. Following this the band have released a series of new songs leading up to their first festival season featuring appearances at Latitude, Citadel, The Great Escape, Live at Leeds, Standon Calling and the BBC Biggest Weekend.
Their latest release, ‘Don’t Shoot The Storm’ is an unhinged carnival, a parade for something not quite right. It is a song about gun control recorded in a barn in the backwaters of Yorkshire.
“expansive indie songwriting that nods towards Massive Attack or Portishead.” – Clash Magazine
“Their debut EP, Godmanchester Chinese Bridge is just the right amounts of accessible yet still unerringly cool and ’emotional’.” – Crack In The Road
“The Howl And The Hum are a seriously great band, from whom you will be hearing a great deal more in the coming months.” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
heart-warming songs that touch the soul as well as deep reflections on life.
Amy May Ellis
Amy May Ellis grew up in the middle of the North Yorkshire Moors. Being surrounded by this wild and changing landscape helped shape her songwriting and it was here that she played her first gigs at The Bandroom in Farndale. Host to artists from around the world she found these gigs to be hugely influential. She would sit and soak up their music, watching how they captured and silenced the room.
At the age of 16 she moved to York to study and soon became part of it’s thriving music scene, where she earned a reputation for her captivating and moving performances. Now based in London Amy has received support from BBC 6 Music for her debut EP, “Weathered By Waves”. Released in 2017 it is a collection of arrangements of her songs accompanied by a York based group of very talented and supportive friends.
Honey Smugglers seem to be able to croon along all night. Their set takes you on a journey of moody blues and that passion emblazoned style of sob story you’d hear jazz artists swoon over. It really mixes up on the genres. They are a band so tight that it is actually scary where they could end up another year down the line. Its the influence of disco crossed with swing crossed with The Smiths that give you the sense of an idea of what these five are about and the smooth vocals of front man Sam Lightfoot Loftus that really give them that edge on the York scene right now.
He’s like a bus – you wait for ages for a performance and two turn up at once – as well as being one of York’s best bartenders he also has a stunning voice and atmospheric and emotive songs
We Are Hannah
We Are Hannah are one of York’s hidden gems. There is a lot of serious talent in this band. Soft, silky and haunting vocals combine effortlessly with stringed instruments, to make a sound that touches deep nerves. Their music can affect you in many different ways, as each track is capable of striking a different chord in the individual listener. You are likely to feel a whole range of emotions when you watch this band perform live. It’s not so much a gig. More an experience of sonic art. It is a very special thing indeed.
Sisters and Brothers
Sisters & Brothers is made up of three quarters of York band The Blueprints, Stuart and Sophie Allan on guitar, vocals and drums, along with bass player Mark Waters. The pop roots of The Blueprints’ sound are evident in choruses and vocal harmonies created by Sisters & Brothers and remain anthemic and unforgettable, with a more nuanced and dynamic feel.
The fourth and fifth members of Sisters & Brothers are Wayne Pagan and Dean Wilby. Both Pagan and Wilby are excellent songwriters, guitarists and singers and bring their own alternative country sounds to the forefront of the band’s songs with elements of slide guitar and distinctive vocals.
One of the youngest and yet most promising bands to have graced our stage recently, Indie music to make you think and contemplate life.