Natalie McCool

Singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Natalie McCool shines as a major star in the UK indie world, having risen through the ranks and amassed a ton of organic support and critical acclaim. Known for her truly innovative and beautiful take on pop music, she released her debut album ‘The Great Unknown’ in 2016. Her forthcoming album fully wrapped up, she embarks on a brand-new adventure working with a label for the first time in Modern Sky UK. With songs that capture themes of childhood, adulthood, love, jealousy and loss, it will set the tone for such an ambitious and exciting act.

Lunar Bird

Dream Pop From Outer Space.

Forming in 2017, the Italian/Welsh band based in Cardiff delivers an atmospheric mixture of ethereal Dream Pop and mesmerizing Indie Psychedelia. Band members include RWCMD graduate jazz singer, songwriter and synth player Roberta Musillami, composer, bass player and visual artist Eliseo Di Malto, multi-instrumentalist Francis George, drummer Ellie Strong and synth player Ross Davies.

The debut EP ‘Daydreamer’ (2018, self-release) as well as all the singles taken from the debut album ‘Lunar Bird’ (2021, self-release, co-funded by Help Musicians) have had multiple airplays from the likes of BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, Reform Radio and Amazing Radio. In particular, ‘Swallow Man Aviary’ was featured on The Unsigned Guide ‘Spotlight’ blog. ‘Emerald and Blue’ was added to the Welsh A-List on BBC Radio Wales.

Lunar Bird are a powerful live act, performing everything live including all vocals, which are one of the band’s trademarks.

Previous performances include Mr. Wolf’s Bristol, O2 Academy Islington, The Fleece Bristol, Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff, SWN Festival, The Swansea Fringe, Wales Goes Pop Online Festival 2021, ‘Amazing Sessions’ on Amazing Radio. The band is playing ‘Porter’s @the Castle’, Cardiff Castle on 28th August.

Laura Reznek

A self-professed observist and avid people-watcher, Laura Reznek’s music takes up issues of humans and humanity – spinning the ‘why’ of people and what we do through insightful lyrics, swelling chords, and poignant melodies. Born in the blue mountains of the Pacific Northwest and now based in the UK, Reznek’s interest in perception is her guide in her upcoming project. Spinning stories of family, friends, and crowds, Reznek’s neptunian orchestration lays bare the human condition in a way all of us can understand through our own lived experiences. Her upcoming LP, ‘Agrimony’ will be released on October 29th on Birthday Cake Records.

Karima Francis

Karima Francis is a critically acclaimed musician and songwriter hailing from the illuminated seaside resort of Blackpool. Known for her ability to blend haunting melodies with honest lyrics and an alluring ambiance, Francis creates captivating music oozing with emotion.

Francis has toured the UK and Europe extensively, gracing major stages supporting such artists as: Paul Simon, The Stereophonics, Jack Savoretti, Patti Smith and Amy Winehouse and has performed on iconic BBC music show ‘Later With Jools Holland’.

Francis is currently working on her fourth studio album in Los Angeles. Recent single ‘Shelf Life’ being a sign of things to come.

Haviah Mighty (Ontario, Canada)

Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. In fact, Mighty couldn’t be more accurate a word to describe the artist, named one of XXL’s 15 Toronto Rappers You Should Know in 2019.

Mighty recently released 2019 Polaris Prize-winning album, 13th Floor, her most fully-realized project to date, making history as the first hip hop artist and first Black woman to ever receive the award. Garnering overwhelming praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Billboard, Hot New Hip Hop, and Lyrical Lemonade to name a few, Haviah continues to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in hip hop.

Haviah’s explosive live show, filled with in-your-face intensity and her fast, technical flows, has also quickly developed her reputation as one to keep an eye on, earning her opening slots for acclaimed artists like Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Schoolboy Q, Redman and Method Man, Sheck Wes, Nelly and Desiigner.


Foxxglove is a new dark-pop artist from Rhondda, South Wales. Mixing her musical influences from the likes of Halsey, Yungblud and Paramore her refreshing honesty and openness seeps through every facet of her richly crafted music. Compelling lyrics reveal her own experiences of toxic relationships, self-preservation, anxiety, and mental health highlighting Foxxglove as an authentic new voice in Welsh music. Foxxglove was a part of the Forte Project’s 10 acts in 2019 and is an active musician in Cardiff.

Eve Goodman

Eve Goodman writes songs from the heart; against the noise, she offers the quiet harmony of a voice who is finding joy again. Her unique voice rises up in a vivid kaleidoscope of gentle, raw emotion There is real originality and honesty around her own experiences of grief, loss, celebration and love, as she transmutes the personal into the universal. This beautifully crafted new folk light will unveil earth, soul and a deep connection to what it is to be human in these troubled, inspiring times.

Baby Brave

Baby Brave are a new wave / noise pop outfit formed in North Wales in 2014. Their sound has graduated with a heavier, gutsier beat that has garnered the band a solid fanbase and support slots at festivals and venues all over the UK and internationally for the likes of Dave McCabe (Zutons), Bo Ningen, H Hawkline, Stealing Sheep, Slow Club, and Vryll Society.
The band are self recording their next bunch of singles, which are being digitally released over 2020.

Afro Cluster

Afro Cluster is a Cardiff-born collective inspired by the legacy of West-African funk/Afrobeat and the golden age of Hip-Hop.

Early releases ‘Enter The Lion’ (2013) and ‘We Don Land’ (2016) reflect this merging of styles and, adorned with lyrics by Skunkadelic, their songs confront disparity and injustice in the
modern world.

Their message has been well received on the road at prime festival slots in the UK including, Glastonbury, WOMAD, Green Man, Boomtown and Wilderness.

They’ve also picked up support
shows with the likes of Gilles Peterson, Hot 8 Brass, People Under The Stairs and Ibibio Sound

The band’s debut album ‘The Reach’ is out now, further exploring the quandary of
human nature and addressing the struggles facing both individuals and society at a particularly challenging time across the globe, with a focus on how a positive mindset can help us find

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