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TGTF Guide to SXSW 2016: Welsh artists showcasing at this year’s SXSW

 
By on Friday, 4th March 2016 at 1:00 pm
 

Please note: all information we bring you about SXSW 2016 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts and artists and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite artist is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official SXSW schedule, then stop by the artist’s Facebook and official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.

Wales may feel like a whole ‘nother country away from the rest of the UK. And indeed, beyond the fact that there are still around a quarter of the population who speak Welsh, there are many a Welsh man and woman who will tell you Wales is its own place. This year at SXSW, Horizons Gorwelion, a music scheme by BBC Wales in partnership with Arts Council of Wales to develop new independent contemporary music in Wales, will be bringing two acts over, each with their own fiery independent spirit to match the one of their homeland and the red dragon (Y Ddraig Doch) of the Welsh national flag. (We’re also including both ESTRONS and Gwenno in this roundup here, too. ESTRONS have been given a great slot on the BBC Introducing night to be compered by Steve Lamacq on the Wednesday night, and Gwenno is as she’s the true epitome of Welsh national identity in music right now, as you will read below too. Here’s a taste of each of them, in alphabetical order:

ESTRONS – I introduced you all to this Cardiff-based foursome in the preview of the BBC Introducing / PRS for Music Foundation night scheduled for the 16th of March at Latitude 30, the home of the British Music Embassy. Their name translates to the word ‘aliens’ or ‘foreign’, which makes a sense from where they came from: they met, randomly, on a local beach, deciding to put a band together made up of misfits and outsiders who didn’t feel like they fit anywhere else. Music, as we know, is the great uniting force, and ESTRONS are a great example of this.

Have a listen to their radio-friendly pop track ‘Make a Man’ below. ESTRONS are scheduled to perform at 1 AM Wednesday night, the 16th of March, at British Music Embassy at Latitude 30.

Gwenno – Gwenno Saunders is no stranger to fame. For nearly a decade, she was a member of the hugely popular girl group the Pipettes. Post-Pipettes, Gwenno decided to do something different: start a solo career, writing and recording songs entirely in Welsh. Her second album ‘Y Dydd Olaf’, which was released by Peski Records in October 2014, got an entirely new lease on life when it was re-released by Heavenly Recordings in 2015. She’ll be bringing her kraut-rock inspired funk with her to Austin, on this first visit for her since going solo. Have a listen to track ‘Patriarchaeth’ below.

Gwenno is scheduled to perform Wednesday night, the 16th of March, at Barracuda, and Friday afternoon, the 18th of March, at the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30. For all past coverage of Gwenno on TGTF, including David’s introduction to her solo career that posted last summer here, head this way.

The People The Poet – The South Wales indie rock band are no strangers to SXSW; in fact, they made their debut at the big dance in Texas last year. Their engaging sound caught the eyes and ears of BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary, who invited them for a live session on his radio programme. They made waves last year the first time around, so I have no doubt they’ll be adding fans handily every time they play in Austin next month.

Have a watch of the promo video for recent single ‘Matchday’ in this previous Video of the Moment. To read more on The People The Poet on TGTF, go here. They’re scheduled to perform Wednesday afternoon, the 16th of March, at the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30, and Saturday night, the 19th of March, at Lucille, among other places.

Violet Skies (pictured at top) – Are you tired of wimpy sounding pop princesses? I sure am. Hailing from the southeast corner of her part of the world, Welsh gal Violet (surname unknown for the moment) goes by the breezy stage name Violet Skies. The moniker doesn’t do her voice justice; more piercingly beautiful than those of who’s considered hot these days (Lorde, Elle King, excuse me while I groan). Have a listen to ‘One Day, Three Autumns’ below.

Violet Skies is scheduled to perform Monday night, the 14th of March, at the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30; Wednesday night, the 16th of March, at Lucky Lounge; and again at Latitude 30 the afternoon of Friday, the 18th of March.

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TGTF Guide to SXSW 2016: Feminism at this year’s festival’s forefront

 
By on Friday, 4th March 2016 at 11:00 am
 

Header photo: Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, courtesy of PAHF

Sexism in music is hardly a new phenomenon. Female musicians have literally been fighting it for centuries, going back to the dawn of Western music. In those early times, female performers were often banned from churches or any public musical productions. Women who did perform were unfairly objectified or viewed as sexually promiscuous and morally depraved. By force of centuries-old habit, those attitudes have prevailed into modern times, manifesting themselves in more subtle but equally pervasive ways.

With the outbreak of controversy surrounding #Gamergate, sexism and misogyny in the online gaming community came to the forefront of our awareness in 2015. Along with it came renewed and often heated discussion of sexism and misogyny in the music industry. Artists like Bjork, Speedy Ortiz frontwoman Sadie Dupuis and CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry have jumped into the fray, along with major music publications both in North America and the UK, universally sounding off against the marginalisation of women in music.

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Jessica Hopper, courtesy of Featherproof Books

Despite the cancellation of two previously scheduled Interactive Conference sessions addressing misogyny and harassment, the organizers at SXSW have responded resoundingly to the ongoing debate in their Music Festival and Conference programming. Former SXSW showcasing artist Dupuis will appear this year as a panelist on the Wednesday 16th March Conference track Representations of Women in Music Media, which will attempt to analyze present and future portrayals of women in music. And on Thursday 17th March, one of 2016’s most highly anticipated panels will feature an interview with former Pitchfork editor and music critic Jessica Hopper.  Last year, Hopper published her second book The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, then burst the sexism conversation wide open on Twitter with a call for stories of marginalisation within music and music journalism.

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Angelique Kidjo, courtesy of her Facebook

Recognising that marginalisation in the music industry isn’t limited to sex or gender, Feeling Ourselves? – Black Girl Power in Music (Wednesday 16th March) promises to address issues of both racism and sexism in music. In the same vein, another noteworthy panel choice on Friday the 18th of March is an open interview with world music artist and human rights advocate Angelique Kidjo. Hosted by NPR correspondent and music critic Ann Powers, the discussion will no doubt touch on issues related to feminism, racism, and intersectionality in music. More information on Powers’ scheduled interview with Kidjo can be found here.

Women in the music business are encouraged to pave their own paths in a Thursday 17th March panel titled She Who Goes First Sets the Rules – Women Innovators. By contrast, Business Rules for Women: Entertainment & Media on Friday 18th March seems on first glance to take a slight step backwards, as it implies a separate code of ethics and conduct for those of the feminine persuasion. Nevertheless, both panel discussions make a concerted effort to shift the traditionally male-dominant perspective and invite female participation on the commercial side of the music industry.

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Loretta Lynn, photo by David McClister

In terms of showcasing artists, the Music Festival has the potential to propel the feminist dialogue even further forward. Legendary country artist Loretta Lynn has been announced as a showcasing performer, which might not seem immediately relevant until you consider that Lynn has been an outspoken feminist in her music dating back to the 1960s. Songs like ‘You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)’ and ‘The Pill’, not to mention ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’, placed Lynn squarely in the center of the feminist conversation, whether she initially intended it or not, and the subject matter of those songs is no less germane in 2016. Lynn’s upcoming new album ‘Full Circle’ will contain both revised versions of past hits and a few newly composed songs, including ‘Everything It Takes’, recorded as a duet with Elvis Costello. The new single continues Lynn’s established predilection for writing songs with empowered female characters, and Lynn herself described the new single in a recent interview with Rolling Stone as a “woman song—something more for a woman.”

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Stealing Sheep, courtesy of their Facebook

We here at TGTF already have our eyes and ears on a host of outstanding female artists from the UK who will be heading to SXSW this year. Among them, Liverpool dream pop trio Stealing Sheep, will make their first appearance in Austin with funding from the PRs for Music Foundation on the strength of their album ‘Not Real’ (reviewed here last spring). New TGTF writer Rebecca has already penned a Bands to Watch feature on up-and-coming female acts Abjects and The Big Moon (the latter of whom have unfortunately cancelled their SXSW appearance since publication).  Additionally, our continuing preview coverage of SXSW 2016 showcasing artists will soon feature singer/songwriters Jane Weaver and Holly Macve. Having touched on the issue of feminism several times last year in my own reviews of music by Esmé Patterson, Warpaint’s Jenny Lee Lindberg and the aforementioned CHVRCHES, I am particularly keen to observe and contribute to the discourse at this year’s SXSW.

 

TGTF Guide to SXSW 2016: music discovery and delivery, genres and eras, and international issues (Music Conference panel overview, part 2 of 4)

 
By on Thursday, 3rd March 2016 at 1:00 pm
 

Editor’s note: We’ve made some exciting changes to our annual TGTF Guide to SXSW this year! In addition to the music showcase portion of the guide that you are likely already familiar with, we’ll also be bringing you our picks of the best of the conference panel programming for the convention side of SXSW Music. The SXSW Music Conference is divided into 12 general categories of panels, called tracks, and we have divided our panel coverage into four separate articles, each highlighting a different sections of panel content. This is part two of our four-part preview. If you missed the earlier parts of our panel preview series, you can click here to find them.

Discovery and Delivery
It’s definitely an interesting time for music discovery. When I was in high school, you found out about music on the radio and MTV. These days, you can go on Spotify, have a listen to what artists the service recommends you listen to, and you can also check out what your favourite artists are listening to and what playlists of favourites they’ve put together. No wonder there’s a session called The State of Alternative Radio: Where Do We Go From Here? The airwave real estate on which bands that would have appeared without a doubt on alt-rock stations 20 years ago is now being encroached on by more mainstream, top 40 artists (Friday 18 March). The panel called How Radio is Shaping the ‘Entertain Me’ Button (Thursday 17 March), then, makes sense as providing the possible solution in the form of interactive, ‘smart’ radio. And if radio leaves you cold, check out The Art of Creating the Perfect Playlist (Thursday 17 March) and Tastemakers: Music Curation and Merchandising (Wednesday 16 March).

Four sessions in this conference track will focus on labels and A&R and represent the diverse options available to current artists. While Atlantic Records bods will provide their advice about the traditional model, from their established patch, through the A&R: The Craft of Making Records at a Major Labels panel on Friday 19 March, From Vine to Signed: The Future of A&R on Saturday 20 March will discuss how innovations in the social music space have changed talent discovery and how artists are signed. On Thursday 17 March will be the self-explanatory Creative Convergence: Artists as Labels, and what appears to be its sister session, Do Musicians Still Need Record Labels? to follow on Friday 18 March.

Genres and Eras
One of the smartest, special things about SXSW Music conference programming is that without fail, every year the organisers tap the incredible experience by music greats past in special keynotes and q&a sessions. 2016 is no exception. The keynote on Wednesday 16 March starring famed producer Tony Visconti will be particularly poignant, given his long-time association with the late David Bowie, including his work on the Berlin album trilogy. Want to relive the ‘80s? In the following hour at the convention center, you can head on over to USA Today reporter Mike Snider’s interview of female artist trailblazer Pat Benatar and her producer, songwriter husband Neil Giraldo. If you want to go even further back in time, you can do so on Thursday 17 March, when Dion – famed for his bewitching voice and megahits ‘Teenager in Love’, ‘Runaround Sue’ and ‘The Wanderer’ – will be chatting with The Orchard’s Richard Gottehrer about his career and his new album that will be out this year.

As described in Carrie’s preview of panels and showcasing artists with a feminist bent, Ann Powers will be chatting with Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, actress, and supporter of social causes Angelique Kidjo on Friday 18 March. If you’re in the mood for something left of centre by the time Saturday 20 March rolls around, SXSW has got that for you too: Canadian celebrity interviewer and all around crazy man Nardwuar the Human Serviette (who, for some inexplicable, amazing reason, is now following TGTF on Twitter) will be giving a talk and playing clips from his favorite audio and video interviews from his Video Vault.

Here now in the music liberation we feel and enjoy in the 21st century, we make take for granted that there were musical pioneers who came before that paved the way for the art we enjoy now. In Wardy Forty: When Dylan Met Woody, the untold story of Woody Guthrie’s life will be revealed, along with the pivotal moment when he met Bob Dylan and passed the torch for protest music, through photos, letters and the recollections of friends and family. No Future: 1976 and the Birth of Punk on Wednesday 16 March will discuss the importance of the Sex Pistols, Siousxie Sioux and the Banshees, the Slits and what the whole movement did for popular music as we know it.

We here at TGTF believe that the reported death of rock ‘n’ roll has been greatly exaggerated. However, for those conventioneers who wish to hear the many facets of this story, Back from the Dead: Is Rock & Roll on Life Support? is available to you. And indeed, who would be best to set this unfounded rumour to rest but the country that brought us Rammstein and The Scorpions? A Head Bangers Guide to Rock in Germany will bring you up to speed with the heavy metal scene in the Fatherland.

On the other side of the spectrum is a type of music that hasn’t been around nearly as long as folk, rock or punk but is ever growing in importance and influence. The genre of hip hop and the unique challenges its artists face get their due in the Can’t Tell Me Nothing: Independent Hip Hop (Thursday 17 March) and Understanding the Business of Christian Hip Hop (Friday 18 March) sessions.

International Issues
Music that might have once been confined to being spread to an originating band or artist’s home country or even region of a country now has the ability to be spread far and wide. Borders have dissolved, thanks to the internet. While the phenomenon of UK bands being discovered in America has just ramped up with this dissolution, things that might not ever have been possible – say, a fan club for a UK band starting up in the Philippines – prove the power and reach of the modern musical artist. But with the benefits of the far reach of the music industry comes additional, increasingly complicated obstacles for artists wanting to succeed.

The Real Book on Immigration for Musicians on Thursday 17 March looks to be one of the most useful sessions of SXSW Music this year, as it will touch on temporary work visas and other important immigration issues faced by bands, their management, and their staff. What else are bands worried about these days? Money, of course. Touring in Europe: Tax Obstacles (Friday 18 March) will address head on the half of Ben Franklin’s famous quote that we all dread but need to deal with.

Speaking of money, did you know that the EU are currently trying to develop new laws on how copyright will work within its confines? I sure didn’t. Seeing that Europe is a major market for music made in America and most everywhere else, it’s worth attending What is the EU Doing to My Music Rights? on Thursday 17 March if you’re interested in finding out what’s going to happen to your royalties there (and you should be paying attention).

With the great economic boom in Asia continuing on, it’s no wonder that the continent is looked upon with great interest as not only a place where artists can go and play to large, adoring crowds of fans. In Go East: Rising Force of the Greater China Market (Thursday 17 March), opportunities for Western artists to collaborate with those in the Far East will be explored. Developments in mobile music, e-commerce, and touring markets will also be under the microscope. India, expected to be a top 10 global market for this industry by 2019, will be the subject of its own panel on Saturday 20 March, The Opportunities in the Music Business in India.

Stay tuned for the third installment of our Music Conference panel preview. It posts next Tuesday, the 8th of March. New panel discussions are still being added to the schedule and as always, the panel schedule is subject to change. For complete, updated information on Music Conference tracks at SXSW 2016, click here.

 

TGTF Guide to SXSW 2016: Output Belfast, and PIAS in association with AIM at the British Music Embassy – 17th March 2016

 
By on Wednesday, 2nd March 2016 at 1:00 pm
 

The British Music Embassy will return to Latitude 30 at 512 San Jacinto Boulevard, right by the heart of the action off 6th Street during SXSW 2016. Get ready, because the lineups are looking pretty brilliant! On Monday, I previewed the talent on show from Tuesday evening through Thursday evening. Today’s post will detail who is and what’s on Thursday at the venue. Carrie will follow with a preview post of her own of the offerings all day Friday and Saturday to close out the festival.

Thursday at SXSW this year, in case you haven’t looked at your calendar yet, is St. Patrick’s Day, the 17th of March. So it makes total sense that some of the best and brightest talent from Northern Ireland will be lighting up Latitude 30 this afternoon at the Output Belfast showcase, brought to you by Generator NI. Armagh’s Silences will bring their timeless pop sound to start the afternoon on a great note. Jealous of the Birds, aka Naomi Hamilton from Portadown, has already gotten attention from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens for her EP ‘Capricorn’ and will also be appearing Thursday afternoon.

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Smack dab in the middle of the British Music Embassy Thursday afternoon bill is David C Clements, who has just released his debut album ‘The Longest Day in History’. You can read Carrie’s introduction to Clements here. Following him will be singer/songwriter and ginger beardy man Ciaran Lavery, who has received funding from PRS for Music Foundation to write and record his second album. The afternoon will conclude with a kick in the arse, scuzzy post-punk from Belfast’s Girls Names, who we’ve been following for a while since their appearance at SXSW 2012.

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Shortly after Thursday afternoon’s programming ends, the British Music Embassy will be back open for Thursday evening’s full showcase from PIAS in association with AIM. Things begin on a raucous note with Manchester girl group PINS (read our past coverage on them here), the Bella Union-signed act who made the rounds of festivals big and small in 2015. Back to London but nowhere near anything expected from the capital is singer/songwriter Cosmo Sheldrake, who likes filming live performances in the weirdest places, like a Hungarian public bath and a launderette. Also unexpected is the inclusion of a Swedish band based in London like FEWS. Stereogum describes their sound on their track ‘The Zoo’ as ‘malevolent post-punk’, and we agree.

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The second half of Thursday’s lineup goes in a different direction, and you can ‘Indulge’ in soulful pop singer Jones. More non-Brit interlopers appear later in the evening: SPOOKYLAND from Sydney will bring their introspective shoegaze late night to the venue. And be sure to hang around until the end, so you won’t miss Liverpool’s young lo-fi rockers Hooton Tennis Club (read our past coverage on them here). The band released their debut album ‘Highest Point in Cliff Town’ last summer on Heavenly Recordings and will be looking to gain an American fanbase.

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TGTF Guide to SXSW 2016: how-tos for the artists, and how to deal with brands and data (Music Conference panel overview, part 1 of 4)

 
By on Tuesday, 1st March 2016 at 1:00 pm
 

Since 2012, every year we’ve headed out to the behemoth of an event that is SXSW Music, we here at TGTF have published a series of posts dubbed The TGTF Guide to SXSW. In addition to all the introductions to bands scheduled to showcase in Austin, reviews of their music, and plenty of other good stuff related to these artists, the point of the posts that make up the guide was to provide you a bird’s eye view, if you will, of what was up ahead and to bring your attention to the amazing amount of talent on show that that descends on the city in central Texas mid-March every year.

This year in the Guide, in addition to the actual music showcase portion of the guide that you are likely already familiar with, we’ll also be bringing you our picks of the best of the conference panel and programming for the convention side of SXSW Music. The SXSW Music Conference this year is divided into 12 general categories of panels, called tracks. In this post of the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2016, I’ll give you a taste of what’s on offer to conference attendees in the first three of these tracks, with the next three tracks featuring in another post to follow soon. Carrie will follow with posts of her own for the Guide next week on the remaining six tracks.

Artist How-Tos
Having attended the convention portion of both The Great Escape in Brighton and Liverpool Sound City in past years, I’ve been aware that a reasonable number of badge holders to these events are musicians, eager to network and learn more about the industry that they have chosen to make a living with. Given the comparative higher expense to attend with a badge in Austin, I guess it never dawned on me that SXSW Music would have similar musician attendees. So I was surprised and very happy to see an entire track for this year’s event to be devoted to educating musicians on the things they need to know that they might not otherwise have thought about, while also providing hands-on help from knowledgeable folks in the industry.

Demo Listening and Pitch Sessions will be available Wednesday 16 March to Friday 18 March to selected artists who upload their demos digitally to be put in the running for a shot at being heard by A&R and management companies. If you’re looking for information on the recording and production side of things, the panels titled Why Recording Studios Still Matter, Alternative Recording Studios, and Pop Music Production will be of interest.

The importance of effective use of the internet as a promotional vehicle and associated digital strategies have become more important than ever to artists in this second decade of the 21st century. The internet never turns off, and in the 24/7/365 Promotion and the Always-On Artist panel talk (Thursday 17 March), this problem of always being ‘on’ and the need to continually engage the fans and public will be discussed. Music streaming, digital music trends and other digital marketing strategies in the context of unsigned vs. signed artists will also be reviewed by Heads of Digital departments from several indie record labels in Digital Strategies in Indie Music (Friday 18 March).

Band Website Extreme Makeover, Part 1 (Wednesday 16 March) is exactly what it sounds like: bands will submit their Web sites for “Reviews will be ruthless and diplomacy left aside”, all in the name of assisting the bands with constructive feedback to make their sites a more successful part of their promotions. And probably the most pragmatic panel on the Artist How-Tos track is You Can’t Pay Bills with Facebook Likes (earlier in the day on Wednesday), which will help artists explore how to go beyond what we used to know as the traditional financial model for musicians and bands into a truly sustaining career by “funding new work and translating fan enthusiasm into income.”

These and other panels on the Artist How-Tos track are currently listed here on the SXSW 2016 Schedule page.

Bands & Brands
Not so long ago, ‘selling out’ was seen as the ultimate mark of a musician’s denigration and desperation. American readers, we all remember that Burger King tv commercial that used Modern English’s ‘I Melt With You’ to sell a cheeseburger, and then we all groaned, right? These days, however, an artist’s aligning with a brand often not only makes good business sense, but also offers opportunities that might not otherwise be available. For the complete list of panels in this track on the SXSW 2016 Schedule, click here.

Talib Kweli, speaking at SXSW 2016 Music Conference

In The ‘Brand’ New Patrons session (Thursday 17 March), collaborative and integrative methods will be discussed as a means for bands to reach fans beyond those in play within a traditional record deal. For those artists keen on giving back to their fans and communities, Good is the New Cool on Wednesday 16 March is a good shout and could be seen as a sister panel to Music & Activism, Amplifying Your Voice for Social Good (later in the day on Wednesday) in the Artist How-Tos track. For artists with an entrepreneurial streak, What It Means to Start a Label in the Digital Age, which will include first-hand experiences from American hip hop recording artist and social activist Talib Kweli (Wednesday 18 March), will be right up your alley.

Data Dives
Data, like some parts of science, may not always be sexy. However, there is no escaping the fact that there is an incredible wealth of information about music and how it is consumed available out there, from basic metrics that all bands should be using to drive (Data Analytics for the Indie Artist, Friday 18 March) to a map of where music discovery and emotional intelligence of the Dalai Lama intersect (Discovering Maps of Music and Emotion, Wednesday 16 March). Yes, this track’s sessions are generally techie, geekout stuff, but interesting and thought-provoking nevertheless. For a full list of the sessions being offered in this track, go here.

This is just part 1 of 4 in our previewing of the SXSW 2016 Music Conference. The next installment will be live here on TGTF on Thursday, the 3rd of March. New panel discussions are still being added to the schedule and as always, the panel schedule is subject to change. For complete, updated information on Music Conference tracks at SXSW 2016, click here.

 

TGTF Guide to SXSW 2016: Huw Stephens with PRS for Music and British Music @ SXSW at the British Music Embassy – 15th-16th March 2016

 
By on Monday, 29th February 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

The British Music Embassy will return to Latitude 30 at 512 San Jacinto Boulevard, right by the heart of the action off 6th Street during SXSW 2016. Get ready, because the lineups are looking pretty brilliant! In this post, I’ll be previewing the talent on show from Tuesday evening through Wednesday evening. We’ll be running additional previews of the BME’s programming later this week, including another one by me on the artists of Thursday’s bill and Carrie’s own to tip the offerings all day Friday and Saturday to close out the festival.

As he has done for many years running, BBC Radio 1 specialist presenter Huw Stephens will be hosting the opening night of festivities at Latitude 30. This year, this showcase is being put on with the auspices of the UK music copyright, licensing and royalties body PRS for Music. Huw has put together an eclectic bill with no two acts in the same exact genre. Get down to the venue early to experience Kent’s self-described ‘dirty pop’ quartet Get Inuit (our past coverage of them here), who are currently working on their debut album, with help on its financing thanks to the kind backing of PRS themselves. Lo-fi post-punk will be provided by Belfast’s Girls Names (our past coverage of them here). They released their fourth album ‘Arms Around a Vision’ on Tough Love Records last autumn. The scuzz in your ears from the first two bands will be washed out by the social commentary of Hertfordshire teenager Declan McKenna, who I profiled last month in this SXSW 2016-flavoured Bands to Watch feature.

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Pop continues on in an equally unique but slightly different way with the quirky yet lovable Oscar. He will be releasing his debut album ‘Cut and Paste’ on Wichita Recordings in May. For the next act on the bill, a head up to the North West is in order for Liverpool’s Clean Cut Kid and their bouncy, indie pop melodies and amazing harmonies. Rebecca profiled them with recent tourmates and fellow SXSW 2016 showcasing band Fickle Friends back here in January. The night will be closed out with the pomp and oomph of hip hop of South London’s Loyle Carner, using his rhymes to express his perspective on life.

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The music continues Wednesday afternoon at the British Music Embassy. Chad Valley is Oxford’s own chill wave artist Hugo Manuel when he’s not busy with his other band Jonquil or remixing the work of his mates Foals, among others. He’ll start the day’s activities with synthy goodness. He’s followed by Welsh band The People The Poet, one of BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary’s favourite discoveries from last year’s festival (read our past coverage on the band here). The bill then turns its focus to Cheshire-bred singer/songwriter legend Jane Weaver. The lineup stays in the North West for former Liverpool choir boy turned pop artist Banners, who released his self-titled EP last month on Island Records (read our past coverage on him here, including Rebecca’s Bands to Watch from January). The afternoon’s programming ends with East Hampshire trio and Transgressive Records signees Blaenavon. Their in-your-face sound was recently reigned in for this recent Burberry Acoustic video for ‘Dragon’ live in Manchester.

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Latitude 30 will reopen for Wednesday evening at the British Music Embassy for the previously previewed BBC Introducing and PRS for Music Foundation night. It will begin with a touching tribute to the late Viola Beach and their manager Craig Tarry. The band from Warrington were due to open the BBC Introducing night before they who lost their lives tragically in a car accident in Sweden last month. We encourage all to attend and pay their respects to our fallen friends.

 
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