Wallgrin (BC, Canada)

WALLGRIN is the experimental pop project of Vancouver-based composer, improviser, vocalist and violinist Tegan Wahlgren. Drawing from an array of musical influences — including a background in fiddling and choral singing — Wallgrin’s sound moves between lush string-based orchestration, beat-driven pop and ornate vocal arrangements. Their spirited and raw live performances have led them to perform at BreakOut West, ArtsWells, Music on Main, Western Front and the Queer Arts Festival alongside artists such as Okkyung Lee, Holy Hum, Jenny Hval and Nicole Lizée. Wallgrin’s sophomore album, Yet Again The Wheel Turns, is due for release in 2022.

THUMPER (Ireland)

THUMPER are a noise-pop sextet from Dublin, delivering bubble-gum psych through a wall of sonic death.

Riding the crest of New Music Friday playlist with the release of their latest single ‘In My Room’ (Recently featured in Made in Chelsea on E4), and fresh off the back of industry showcases at Primavera Pro (Barcelona), Music Cork and It Takes A Village, THUMPER just completed an irish festival tour including headline and high profile performances at Body&Soul, Knockanstockan, Sea Sessions, Electric Picnic and more.

The Membranes

The highly influential UK underground band, the Membranes recently reformed. In the 80s they developed a dark and discordant and wild music that was at the forefront of the Death To Trad Rock UK underground scene documented in the recent ‘Death To trad Rock’ book available from http://tinyurl.com/yz8jn3g

The new album ‘What Nature Gives… Nature Takes Away’ is OUT NOW on Cherry Red Records http://smarturl.it/MembranesWNGNTA

The Faps (Saskatchewan, Canada)

Some call it “math-rock for home-schooled kids,” others say things like “avant-punk-jazz” while most scream “dear god, why is that man-boy dressed like a princess and destroying a baby doll?” drowned out by otherworldly guitar noise & a chaotic carnival of drums. These two prairie kids have been making a mess since 2012, touring all over the country at a ridiculous pace. A wicked combination of tripped-out heavy-as-hell compositions and a wild, engaging stage presence. Not to be missed.

The Brood (Nova Scotia, Canada)

The Brood is a group of time-travelling, genre-bending millennials who are trying to give you the buzz you think your parents had when they went out to dance.

Veering on the fringes of the recent hypnagogic pop scene the band offers listeners the chance to hear a band that evokes nostalgia while creating new and original music of today. No backing tracks and a little humour, fun for all ages.

Teddy Hunter

Teddy Hunter is a Cardiff-based audio-visual working in electronic music and soundscapes. Hunter’s music takes root in sonic arts, the environment and gentle, immersive ambience. Characterised by dreamy loops, gradual build and synthesized and arpeggiated guitar melodies blended with traditional ensemble sounds. Her performances slowly unfurl fragmented strata of sounds collectively entwining with the ethereal humanity of layered vocals and visuals will take you through an immersive audio-visual journey.

SZWÉ

Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Sizwe ‘SZWÉ’ Chitiyo is a 22 year old artist based in South Wales. After interest in music 14 years ago, Sizwe played acoustic sets around South Wales before venturing into electronic producing and recording 3 years ago.

Skunkadelic

The signature baritone and lyrical dexterity of Cardiff’s premier emcee Skunkadelic is instantly recognisable amidst the ever fertile soundscape of UK Hip-Hop.
Bearing a musical heritage shaped by the golden era of hip hop and rooted in his family domain of Nigeria, he channels raw passion, experience and ingenuity into every rhyme.

Following his debut album release ‘Musically Drifting’ Skunkadelic has racked up an impressive number of accolades including live shows alongside Talib Kweli, Chali 2na, The Pharcyde, Jehst, Rag n Bone Man, Blackalicious, Ugly Duckling, Jungle Brothers, Ocean Wisdom…. As well as collaborations with the likes of The Allergies, Mr Woodnote, Dr Syntax, TY, Sparkz, Truthos Mufasa, Abstract Soundz, Twogood, Unchained XL, Band Pres Llaregubb amongst a host of others. The hunger to create and share is the driving force that influences every move he makes. 2020 has seen is music really gain traction with heavy rotation from Lauren Lauverne (BBC6 music), Adam Walton (BBC Radio Wales), Jo Wiley (BBC Radio 2) & Tom Robinson (BBC6 music)

Aside from solo work, Skunkadelic has a resident post at the helm of 9-piece monster funk collective Afro Cluster and has written, recorded and toured extensively with the group over the last decade. They’ve appeared at numerous high profile festivals and events including Glastonbury, Womad, Greenman, Boomtown & Festival Of Voice and toured alongside the likes of Ibibio Sound Machine, Craig Charles, Gilles Peterson and Hot 8 Brass Band.

Consistently sharing his creative journey, he’s honed his networking skills as a booking agent at both Cardiff’s ‘Starving Artists’ promo team and Liverpool’s ‘Fiesta Bombarda’ agency. He is also emerging as an educator, running a series of music/art workshops in schools and within his local community, demonstrating a dedication not only to artistic output but to the burgeoning industry and training that underpins it.

With a new EP in the works and a full album from Afro Cluster out in February, 2021 has been yet another productive year.

Paris Pick (Yukon, Canada)

Paris Pick has been building her musical empire in Whitehorse, Yukon since her arrival back in 2013. Since then Pick has managed to carve a musical niche for herself with her distinctive voice and bold sense of fashion. Pick is also known for her catchy original music, dance-worthy shows, and empowering stage presence.

Tirelessly driven, Pick leads her band with powerhouse vocals and guitar while her band adds flavor to Paris’ original content with tasteful back-up vocals, disciplined electric guitar parts, and hot grooves provided by a super funky rhythm section.

Panic Shack

Self-proclaimed ‘Big Phat Bit***s’ Panic Shack the DIY punk band. Primed with a humorous high-energy sound, Panic Shack is the scrappy newcomer to the Cardiff scene. They’re here to slap the taste right out of your mouth!

Mace The Great

Mace The Great is an exciting force of Grime and Hip Hop, hailing from Cardiff, Wales. Having won a Triskel Award at the Welsh Music Prize 2020, and garnering the support of the likes of BBC 1Xtra, BBC Wales, ITV, S4C (national TV station for Wales), and the FOCUS Wales showcase festival and conference, Mace The Great is now primed for a huge 2022, which will see the release of his much anticipated debut album, following on from the success of his critically acclaimed EP ‘My Side Of The Bridge’, released March 2021 via his the MTGM label.

Luke RV

Luke RV is an up and coming alternative hip hop artist, singer and songwriter hailing from Neath Port Talbot in the Vale of Neath. Luke burst onto the local underground scene in Cardiff with his debut single ‘Lost’ in 2018 which amassed 10,000 views on his own Youtube channel and more than doubled this figure on streaming sites. He has since gone on to drop 3 well received projects as well as multiple music videos. His most recent project, 7-track Valley Boy, features Cardiff Veteran Local and Conrad Stone and is produced solely by Minas frontman James Minas.

M9 AWAKENING

M9 Awakening are husband and wife duo MOTH3R and 9TalesTheArtist: two Brixton-based musicians devoted to creating community awakening minds and reviving the ancient practice of storytelling through the urban tongue of their genre-blurring Witch-Hop music. Using a mixture of carefully-crafted beats raw vocals live instruments dance and visual art their music ties together the artists’ native rhythms of London Jamaica and Latin America in a visceral and unapologetically honest celebration of life on Earth. Soulful gritty and expansive M9 Awakening tell stories of past present and future as a form of art-activism.

JOHN

Taking the mundane spirit of their name as a manifesto Crystal Palace based two piece JOHN (both members aptly named John) offer a deadpan approach that has become the recognisable trait of their live performance with an almost mechanical solidity rare for only two bodies. Alongside the tight rhythmic synchronisation of guitar and drums introspective lyrics suggest that literature and spoken word are just as important influences as the Punk Noise and Rock genres they might comfortably fit into. This balance between content and volume has lead them on to stages with IDLES, Mclusky and METZ.

Igloo Hearts

Igloo Hearts are a folk pop duo, consisting of James and Katie MacGregor. Their music incorporates intimate harmonies, guitar and keyboard. James has been involved in the North Wales music scene for many years, supporting the likes of Nick Harper and Oysterband, also having radio play on BBC Wales Introducing. James recently joined forces with Katie, and her classical piano background, and together Igloo hearts was formed. The spine tingling blend of their voices, is the bedrock of their unique sound.

Hilang Child

Hilang Child is Ed Riman, a half-Welsh, half-Indonesian musician, songwriter and soundscapist raised in South London but now based in Brighton. Praised by Lauren Laverne (BBC 6 Music) and Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), Hilang Child crafts expansive atmospheres with acoustic and electronic elements in piano-led, multi-layered songs. His debut album was released in 2018 on Bella Union and as well as UK headline shows and festivals, live performances in support of the album included stops at SXSW (Texas USA) Iceland Airwaves (Reykjavik Iceland) and Archipelago Festival (Jakarta, Indonesia). His second album is currently in the works for 2020.

Flamingods

International psych explorers Flamingods are a four-piece multi-instrumental band from Bahrain and based in London. The group explores and experiments with an array of influences from Western psychedelia, jazz and indie to a wide-eyed obsession with music from the East. Employing a selection of instruments from the Middle East and Asia the band marries this with Western instrumentation of synths, guitars and drums to create a potent sound all of its own that they call ‘Exotic Psychedelia’.

Everything is Now

North West UK based musician/dj/producer Tony Bear and North Wales based musician/engineer/producer Sebastien Allemands’ ‘Everything is Now’ project combines live performance, MCs, dj/turntablism & sample based skullduggery designed to make the dance floor bounce.

Recent additions to the line up MC Luke Warren-Porter and Amos deliver clever, funny and socially conscious lyrics that steer clear of all the yawnsome clichés currently plaguing contemporary hip-hop. No trap beats or indecipherable mumble vocals here. No gun clapping/b*tch slapping BS either.. expect heavy, funky beats, dope rhymes, razor sharp cuts and a busy dance floor.

Eädyth

Eädyth is an exciting emerging artist who has enjoyed many exciting opportunities over the last year, thanks to being selected as a BBC Horizons artist. She recorded at the acclaimed Rockfield Studios, she performed at many events and festivals including at The Senedd and Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, Festival No 6, Brecon Jazz Festival, Swn Festival, Festival of the Celts and at the Eisteddfod. Her music has also received radio support via BBC Wales, Radio Cymru, Kiss FM and was used for a promo video for the Football Association of Wales

CHROMA

CHROMA are a ferocious Alt Rock Trio from the heart of the South Wales Valleys. They play a grungy alt rock blend similar to The Gossip and the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s. CHROMA have had the pleasure of playing on some amazing stages such as Reading and Leeds festival and BBC Radio 1’s big weekend. With only Vocals, Bass and Drums the 3 piece hold an incredibly aggressive and full sound.

Campfire Social

Captivating Indie-pop collective; Campfire Social craft a dynamically rich sound bursting with bright harmonies carefully layered over hypnotic melodies. Their honest approach echoes a love of 90’s ‘heart-on-sleeve’ emo culture. At times sobering, a hopeful message prevails; we’re better together.

Benji Wild

Cardiff-Born Benji Wild, Grime MC/DJ/Artist and also recognised as frontman for Grime/Rock/Punk group Astroid Boys. Selling multiple headline shows & tours and having supported arena tours with such bands as Enter Shikari, Lower Than Atlantis, Ice T and Bodycount. Benji continues to make appearances on mainstream and underground radio, consistently racking up thousands of views, continuously gaining bookings around Europe and growing his online support for the past 15 years. He returns with his solo project ‘Skull & Bones’ which brings the same energy fans have come to expect but with more maturity and the focus firmly on Benji.

BAND PRES LLAREGGUB

Owing to the age-old tradition of brass bands from the slate mining villages of North Wales’ Llareggub Brass Band ascend from the ashes of the past and bring with them an immense dose of heavy brass! Their music invokes the sumptuous flavours of New Orleans marching bands together with Bronx-inspired Hip Hop and Welsh language pop music. Formed by their bandleader Owain Roberts back in 2015 the band has already released three albums and two EPs and are quickly making their mark as Wales’ best live (brass) act…

Aleighcia Scott

Aleighcia Scott is a Cardiff born Welsh/Jamaican reggae artist. Performing on stage from as young as 7, Aleighcia is now a full time artist and is set to release her debut album with Rory Stonelove (legend of sound system and recently featured on the latest Beyonce/Jay-Z album) that she has been working on both the UK and Jamaica in 2021. She has won various awards such as Radio Cardiff’s Best Artist and double winner of the MMG Reggae award with performances under her belt such as Glastonbury, BBC Introducing Live and international stages.

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