Telgate

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TELGATE invites you to paint your lips red and prepare to fall in lust with the queerest side of rock and roll.

With a duty to start riots in 6” platforms, expect fierce androgyny along with music which is unapologetically queer, loud and honest from Aggro-Glam band, TELGATE. Their major musical influences from early psychedelia, glam rock, post punk and riot-grrrl mix together to create a dramatic experience catered towards the eccentrics and the glamorous. Fronted by outspoken transgender and non-binary musicians, TELGATE communicate LGBTQ liberation through music.

“Our priority is to simply be our unfiltered selves, and in just being present as proud and loud ‘queer’ people there may be someone just like us in that audience who feels seen and represented and that’s what matters most to us.”

TELGATE incorporate theatrical performances, androgynous looks with an incendiary rock and roll sound and lyrics rife with outspoken messages. TELGATE have performed across Wales and England for over 4 years, selling out several headline shows and gaining an array of radio play, plus support from the likes of BBC Horizons and Forte Project. They recently released their second single “Love Zone” with Welsh indie label Rose Parade Recording Co. which incited Adam Walton of BBC Wales to describe Vocalist Casper’s voice as “soon to become iconic”.

Bright Young People

Bright Young People

French Alps Tiger

We are an Alternative Indie Rock band from the French Alps in Swansea, South Wales

Mali Hâf

Delegates only show: Introducing Cardiff’s Mali Hâf

Foxxglove

Foxxglove is a rising alt / dark pop artist from Ferndale in the South Wales Valleys, based in Cardiff. Taking inspiration from her own life experiences, film and art to tell a story that captures peoples hearts; her raw and open emotion seeps through every part of her music.

Since debuting as an artist she has achieved so much from her very first performance in July 2019 to playing Swn Festival, all the way to performing 3 unmissable sets at FOCUS Wales 2021. Her latest single High on Hope got Radio play on BBC Radio 6 Music introducing show. Foxxglove has announced that she will be playing Tiny Rebel Cardiff alongside Red Telephone on the 1st of April as part of the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival Fringe.

Declan Swans

Self-declared Wrexham community comedy indie group, Declan Swans are that and much more. This is a group with deep connections to Wrexham town and the rich football culture that exists here. With Wrexham AFC’s new Hollywood celebrity owners Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds bringing a big new attention and fame to the town and region, the Declan Swans, with their close ties to the football club and its fanbase, are developing a new global audience for their music, already amassing over a million streams in the last 6 months, and their profile is set to explode with the soon to be released first season of the Disney+ documentary which will follow the club’s journey, with Declan Swan’s and their material featuring throughout.

Mirari More

Mirari’s musical style is rooted in Hip hop but also fuses jazz and R&B. It is formless and experimental. He enjoys building concepts and narratives when working on full-length projects but also enjoys making vibey, catchy singles too. He writes as different characters and compares songwriting to reading a book or watching a play; whether fictional or not, the most important criteria is for art to be interesting, engaging and leave you wondering what next? He has similarities to André 3000 in the boldness and rawness of his music and its depth and colour.

Goddesses

Derby based Goddesses second album, Alectrona (set for release in May 2022) comes from a band that has existed for a while, but are essentially new and with music that has been ready for years but is only ready for release now! Confused? You won’t be when the opening chimes of lead single ‘Armageddon’ start the album. The scope and beauty show the wait was right – now is Goddesses’ time.

A group of friends (Jay Dean (guitar, vocals), drummer Greg Rawson and bassist Paul Beal) joined forces to explore their love of shoegaze, post-rock and psychedelia without expectations or constraints, building on years in cult underground bands like Cato, Fixit Kid, You Judas, In Flight Program, Crash of Rhinos and Nightflowers. The result was 2017’s self-titled dream pop wonder, Goddesses an album full of innate promise. This brief period saw them gain positive press and being chosen as support for Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo.

With experimental guitarist Nick Jonah Davies (Escapologists, solo) joining the fold in 2018, the picture of Goddesses changed into something else – a darker world of rich textures and added sonic depth, capturing a sound in between the gaps of Radiohead, Slowdive, Can and Talk Talk.

Yes, this music will draw Radiohead comparisons but bubbling in the mix is shoegaze swirls, motorik rhythms, post rock waves of noise and pop sensibilities, not least in the album’s vocal harmonies.

Live the band perfectly render this sonic tsunami that washes over everything in it path, powerless not to go along for the ride. As Goddesses rediscover themselves, now is the perfect time to discover them as they continue to evolve.

Mart Avi (Estonia)

Estonian avant-pop auteur Mart Avi grew up in a pint-sized Estonian village named Vara (“Treasure” in English), toying around with rusty remnants from its industrious past. His youth has been spent creating the sort of nowhere-somewhere music, mapping uncharted territories between hyperkinetic now-pop and timeless grandeur. Avi’s latest solo full-length Vega Never Sets (2020) found him expanding even further beyond the push and pull of the familiar and the elusive with its syncopated breaks, twisted New Jack Swing and noir-ish future soul.

Simultaneously powerful yet puckish, the album topped annual critics’ polls in his homeland and garnered rave reviews worldwide from MOJO to The Quietus and airplays from BBC to KEXP. His upcoming LP Blade is out in Spring 2022 with a promise to “hack the grooves as if trying to cut to the other side of the wind”.

“Unlike with a lot of conceptronica, Mart Avi’s thoughtful thoughts don’t get in the way of the seduction effect.” Simon Reynolds
“Avi has the air of one who possesses an ill-gotten genius, a C21st Loki who has just nicked your smartphone.” The Quietus
“He’d make an excellent pop star.” MOJO

Lydia Maddix

Lydia Maddix is a refreshing indie pop comedy performer and writer on the rise, hailed as ‘hilarious and original’ by BBC Radio 1. With frequent comparisons to Kate Nash due to her British-pop sound and punny lyrics, it was no surprise she was hand-picked by BBC Introducing to support her in 2019 at Standon Calling Festival. The London based artist has already gained support from the likes of comedian Sally Phillips, and actor Donald Waugh (Bugsy Malone, Grange Hill) for her work across Television, theatre and music.

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Hourglvss

Technicolored alt-pop tunes that purposefully live in the divide between fantasy and reality.

Clwb Fuzz

Clwb Fuzz are Joe Woodward (guitar & vocals), Emily Kocan (bass & vocals), Hayden Lewis (guitar), Gruff Roberts (drums) & Cam Wheeler (synth & percussion). They are the new kids on the flourishing Cardiff scene, which is home to Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Boy Azooga and Perfect Body, among others, and their influences range from The Beach Boys and The Kinks to Smashing Pumpkins & Spiritualized, but all smothered in a fuzz worthy of Black Sabbath or The Stooges’ Ron Asheton.

The band’s previous single ‘GOD (Let You Lose)’ came out late last year and picked up support from the likes of Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 6 Music), Emily Pilbeam (BBC Introducing) & NME, with the latter adding the single to their New Bangers playlist.

Hellfire Devilles

North Wales based Rockabilly / Psychobilly / Rock and Roll band, the HELLFIRE DEVILLES.

The Letrasets

The Letrasets are a 4 piece group that formed in the practice space of their university halls. Meeting in Liverpool encouraged them to enjoy the city’s many live shows, from the local scene to artists further afield. This led to them spending most of their time hanging out to make music inspired by the Shoegaze and New Romantic bands of the mid-80s to early 90s. They bring soaring guitars and vocals with heavy drums that, when combined with more traditional pop structures and tight rhythmic patterns, create their own take of the Alt. rock genre. Before the pandemic, they played successfully around Liverpool’s top venues including the O2 Academy and a handful of smaller stages like the recently retired Sound Basement; where they supported bands such as Sorry and played their own sold out headline show.

Soon after this the first lockdown began, and without a way to play together, the band decided to record the best of the tracks they’d written so far and compile them into their debut EP Tiger Sports Grandma. The EP delves into themes of isolation, mental health, mistrust in relationships and anxiety; although the band emphasises the importance of the listener making their own interpretation from the songs and thus leaving the lyrics and meanings more open. The band have put out limited edition vinyl pressings as well as a self-made DIY music video alongside the EP’s release.

After having space from recording the EP and the rest of their discography, the band decided to write new material focussing on their live sound and experimenting more with distortions and overdrives. This led to a visceral headline at Arts Club Loft and a packed out show in the same venue for their first festival slot at Sound City. Since then the band have supported early 2000’s Shoegazers Sennen at Future Yard and continue working on their music, creating new sounds and blending genres. The band plan to play more local shows, record, write and also play their first tour over the coming months.

‘Tiger sports grandma’ is the band ‘s debut EP; recorded in 3 days at Parr St studios over the summer of 2020 and is produced and mixed by Alex Quinn (seatbelts, spinn). The EP’s title, tiger sports grandma, is taken from a jumper bought in a charity shop and inspired their DIY lifestyle and aesthetic.

Dilettante

Dilettante (pronounced DILL-uh-tont) is the songwriting vehicle of multi-instrumentalist Francesca Pidgeon. Primarily a guitarist and singer but, owing to chronic introversion, she taught herself clarinet, sax and piano and bought a loop pedal in an attempt to avoid human contact. However, this endeavour ultimately proved futile and she soon enlisted the aid of bassist Aaron Collins-Wood and Drummer Jack Mee.

FFO St Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Dirty Projectors and Fiona Apple.

Lava Fizz (Balearics)

LAVA FIZZ is emotion, is nostalgia and is power, it is elegance and it is melancholy. Indie-Dream-Pop that looks across the pond without complexes (Broken Social Scene, Beach Fossils, David Bazan, DIIV). Coherence without absurdity and truth without dissimulation.

Their first EP “Spark of Hope” (2016) was named No1 of the Top Balearic by Notodoesindie magazine. In 2018 they presented their debut LP “The hardest thing” (Musiteca), with more than 1M plays on Spotify and named “One of the best debut albums of the year”, according to the international magazine Debuts of note.

An album packed with dreamy keyboards and guitars, full of deep-honesty lyrics, a constant in the band. They toured around the UK, New York and Spain, in important music festivals such as The New Colossus, Vida Festival, Mallorca Live or Polifonik Sound.

“Youth is dead” video clip has been awarded as “Best music video” in Ibiza Festival Ibicine, Soundlook Music Video Fest (Italy), Cine Muskoka (Canada) and has been a nominated in many European and American festivals, alongside bands like Radiohead. Their new album will be released in February 2022 by BMG, it’s been recorded at Estuis Favela (Palma, Mallorca) and produced by Michael Mesquida (Zulú Zulú).

Alanaire (Balearics)

Alanaire

Beija Flo

Impossible to pin down, Beija Flo’s sound is one that encompasses everything from open hearted balladry to acerbic punk. Tackling everything from love and relationships through to mental and sexual health, she is truly an artist for our times, juxtaposing her darkest moments against those of enduring hope. To witness Beija Flo live is an unforgettable experience. Songs, performance and costumes aside she provokes a conversation that many would shy away from. Beija Flo’s reality is weaved through music, poetry and the narrative she shares with an ever growing audience.

An Essex-native, Beija Flo now calls Liverpool her home. Involved in lots of happenings in the burgeoning arts scene, she is a regular life-model, part of the Eggy Records fold of exciting bands and artists, and a member of performing arts collective The Secret Circus. Spontaneous and with an undying lust for creative output, it’s impossible to say what she’ll turn her hand to next. 2019 release ‘Nudes’ was accompanied by an exhibition featuring self-portrait photography, along with illustration and video. She boxed off this special fortnight with an evening of live entertainment that featured the solo Beija we have seen before, followed by main support Beija on piano; and then headline Beija with the first outing of her full band. All three acts compelling and personal.

She has made a name for herself at independent music venues throughout the UK by rocking up with her laptop and leotard and demonstrating her deep ability to captivate audiences with this simple set up. Beija Flo’s live set has now evolved into a full band experience. Sometimes she is found on the piano, sometimes just her poems, but she is always the centre of attention.

Her attention is currently placed on finishing work on a trio of singles to be released as soon as she is ready. There’s a world to be built around them, that’s for sure. ‘Heads or Tails’ and ‘Waiting For The Sun’ are out now!

All of Beija Flo’s music, along with a selection of poetry, merch and artwork, is available on her Bandcamp, with all the proceeds funding the next releases: https://iambeijaflo.bandcamp.com/

Fright Years (Scotland)

Fright Years formed in Edinburgh in early 2021. Bonding over their favourite artists, they lean into their mutual love of anthemic, end-credits indie rock and dreamy singer-songwriter lyrical perspective. Since forming, the group have sought to develop their sound and spent most of 2021 taking their songs from bedroom demos into the recording studio. Fright Years will be launching themselves onto the UK music scene with the release of their debut EP in 2022.

Kapil Seshasayee (Scotland)

Kapil Seshasayee is a polymath, and a true original talent, both as a songwriter and as a soundsmith, a one man combination of Scott Walker, Blood Orange, Arca and Richard Dawson, creating something wholly unique. Combining electronica flourishes evoking FKA Twigs with Indian Classical guitar ornamentations, stunning vocals and a penchant for unorthodox instrumentation such as the aquaphone, Kapil manages to be truly experimental yet still accessible.

Building on the momentum of his acclaimed debut album A Sacred Bore — featured in Pitchfork, VICE, BBC Introducing, The Guardian, The Quietus, and Rolling Stone India — Kapil makes an eclectic shift away from his experimental roots towards a psychedelic crossover of R&B and avant Indian classical on his upcoming album, Laal.

Kapil has shared festival bills at SXSW, Latitude Festival, Celtic Connections, Cardiff Psych Festival & SOLAS Festival with the likes of Gaelynn Lea, Ben Folds, Raghu Dixit & Damo Suzuki – developing a reputation as an engrossing and engaging live performer.

“Listening is like watching a play unfold” Pitchfork
“Essential” VICE Magazine

Benji Wild

Benji Wild began honing his rap skills as a child of the early 00’s. Rapping on street corners across Cardiff, and taking part in rap battles wherever he could find them, he was soon establishing himself on the scene. By his late teens he found himself couch surfing across the UK, following the bassline music scene, and this adventure would eventually lead to the Greek island of Crete, where he lived for a year as resident MC in the clubs for the summer season. The experience of travel, absorbing new cultures and new sounds, and being able to perform for a living, was just the taster required, and he returned home more motivated than ever to find a path into music.

Shortly after this he met a Cardiff MC by the name of ‘Traxx’, who was looking for new collaborators, and this soon evolved into the grime-punk group Astroid Boys. Whilst momentum was growing, in 2013 they had to hit the brakes. Jumped on the streets of Cardiff after a show, Benji found himself in prison for a short stretch, due to a street fight that regretfully got out of hand. ‘It really was the last thing I wanted to happen in life at that point. It was such a sobering and humbling experience. Perhaps in the long run, it was the thing that has made me focus my energies so much on music, and makes me want to make the most of the opportunities I have now.’

Astroid Boys eventually delivered multiple tours, sharing stages with the likes of Kano, Enter Shikari, and ICE T, and growing a global fanbase along the way. It was a positive experience which has without doubt helped to shape Benji as an artist and a person, and inspire him to now find his own path with his own project.

Growing up in a low income, and, in his own words ‘an unconventional household’, in an area of Cardiff renowned for crime, it wasn’t the easiest of environments, but it was during these formative years that Benji threw himself into music and discovered that music was the only future he could see. ‘I’ve poured everything into this debut album. My upbringing, the good and the bad times, and hopefully people will connect. Feels a long time in the making, but I know the real journey is only just about to begin.’

Benji Wild’s debut album ‘Skull & Bones’ is released worldwide on Friday 3rd December 2021, available on all major platforms.

Hazmat

HAZMAT are an alt rock / grunge band from Wrexham, North Wales but are most active and have been based out of Liverpool for a number of years. We have recently signed to North West record label Anvil Records and are currently finishing off our first EP. Some of our previous gigs include support slots for bands such as; False Heads, God Damn and The Royston Club playing to crowds ranging from 150 people to 500, as well as selling out a headline gig in our home town. Our most notable up-coming gigs are Glasgow, Bristol and Mcr supporting STONELiverpool in Feb and the FOCUS Wales festival in May.

Groom The Giant

Groom The Giant. Hurtling from the edge of reality into your lizard brains, Groom the Giant are actual warlocks and pioneers of Wizard-Grunge / Post Traumatic Rock musical categories.

Jonny Ash

As heard on BBC Wales, XSmanchester and Amazing radio. Jonny Ash are an indie rock quartet based in the North West and North Wales, comprised of brothers Callum and Dan Gaughran (frontman and bassist, respectively) lead guitarist Peter Roberts, and drummer Mike Jones.

Channeling inspiration from the likes of The Stone Roses, Thin Lizzy, The Beatles, Hendrix and Oasis to create reminiscent sounds of the 90s and 70s has lead to them amassing strong traction. Subsequently, this has lead to them supporting and working with the likes of The Sherlocks, Shaun Ryder and This Feeling.

OurSoundMusic companies 2021 hotlist includes Jonny Ash as a band with breakthrough potential, tipped to ‘blow up’. This may be attributed to the rich and diverse musical inspirations, combining with a strong local following which shows no signs of slowing down.

MINAS

Minas is the project from Cardiff musician and producer James Minas.

His songs tell stories of a chequered past over a mix of deep melodic soundscapes and loud, aggressive stanzas. Covering subjects from personal struggles with mental health to finding a place in the society we have. Minas alongside his live band are garnering a reputation for their ferocious and lively shows and 2022 is set to be the most exciting year yet for them.

As a producer James is building a new sound around the South Wales scene and beyond with a number of artists spanning different genres, but as an artist he presents brutal honesty, going against his natural defences to present the most open and vulnerable version of himself.

Minas was born in Athens, grew up in the circus with parents who were heavily involved in the 1980’s Punk scene and then moved Wales as a teenager. Minas aims to create music that discusses these things and ends with an empowering feeling of hope, something we all need in right now.

COW

Hailing from North Wales and the North West, COW have since settled and embedded themselves into Liverpool’s thriving music scene. The band have quickly emerged as one of the regions favourite up and coming bands, and continuously secure festival slots at the likes of Smithdown Road Festival (Liverpool), Focus Wales (Wrexham) and Loud and Local (Chester).

COW’s live shows have helped the band develop a reputation that draws comparisons to Dinosaur Jr, Pavement and Nirvana which has helped them secure support slots for Demob Happy, The Blackwaters, The Spook School and State Champion. With their debut EP now under their belts, COW have been steadily growing their following around the UK and in 2021 played more further afield such as Newport and Bristol, winning over hearts and ears wherever they played.

The band have recently played their first ever sold out show which is seeing promoters and event organizers rushing to book the band for dates later in 2022. COW are due to release their 2nd EP “When the darkness gets you down” on the 29th April via Mai 68 Records, which sees the band at their most melodic, but also heaviest to date. Lead single “Notemakers” which was released in 2021 was received very well by fans and music critics alike. The single received regular radio play across digital stations (BBC Radio Wales, Louder Than War) and helped establish a following in the USA and Europe via blogs and international digital radio play, whilst continuing to help them build on their following across the whole of the UK.

The band have plans to tour again later in 2022 and have confirmed dates in Manchester and London, and will continue to promote small unsigned bands in their adopted hometown of Liverpool via their own nights “Curated By Cows”.

Holy Gloam

Holy Gloam are a 5 piece alt rock/shoegaze band from North Wales/NW England. An album was written, and all parts recorded, by Julian with Russ Hayes at Orange Sound Studio early 2021, with the band coming together late in 2021. Debut single ‘In and out of Worlds’ was released for streaming January 2022, with airplay on BBC Radio Wales and Louder than War Radio. Further singles and the album are set to be released later in the year. The live band features members of Gintis, Wobbly Hearts & Onions.

Chico Jorge (Spain)

Chico Jorge is the solo project of Barcelona-born Jordi Bastida, known for being the guitarist of artists and bands such as Carlos Sadness, Els Pets, TRAU, and Ramón Mirabet. He debuted last summer with his first EP, Chico Jorge i, which tells a personal story about fall and rise, plain and modest, which, in the key of indie pop with a taste for noise, has been inspired by stylistic references such as Deerhunter and Wilco. Side A of the EP describes the fall with ‘Las flores que arden,’ and ‘amalgama de miedo y furia.’, which have served as singles; while side B deals focuses on the rise with ‘Pájaros,’ and ‘grieta en sol Mayor.’. Because that’s what life is like for the vast majority of human beings: a vertical zigzagging route, the queen stage of the Tour, running between mountain pass up and mountain pass down; and the human heroic lies not in invincibility, but rather in our infinite ability to pick ourselves up again when we’ve hit rock bottom.

In October he released the single ‘Revolución en 32 versos’, inspired by The Strokes or the first Angel Olsen. A musical formula that allows Jordi to express his message more clearly and accurately, since by mixing courage and humility, Chico Jorge is beginning to accustom us to his way of articulating great reflections on common life, confronting himself in emotional rings from which most of us flee without looking back.

Tallies (ON, Canada)

Possessing an extensive knowledge of early-’90s dream pop and the skill set needed to replicate the sounds they loved, the Toronto quintet Tallies balance nimble, effects-heavy guitars with extroverted vocals to craft songs on their self-titled 2019 debut album that wouldn’t sound out of place on a mix tape between Lush and the Sundays. Now signed to Bella Union (UK/EU), Tallies are excited to be coming back to FOCUS Wales and have more new music coming in 2022.

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