Northern Exposure has been given this fantastic prize for the second year running from INMusic Festival in association with Creation23, eufest, This Feeling, Pirate Studios, Modern Sky, Popped Music and Musicians Against Homelessness offering bands across the UK an amazing chance to play the Croatian INMusic Festival on their main stage at 6pm. Last year, False Heads took the prize, catching the attention of the NME and travelling over to play the prestigious Croatian festival. Since playing the festival they have gone from strength to strength, securing major management, booking agent and publishing deal.
This year, from over 300 bands a shortlist of 20 was chosen. Twenty had to become six and the following bands made it throught to the final which this year is to be held at The Cavern Club in Liverpool with legendary record label boss (who discovered Britpop icons Oasis) Alan Mcgee performing a DJ set.
We are pleased to announce that the finalists will be performing to Sam Meaghan (Modern Sky) George Holmes (This Feeling), Dermot ‘O Flynn from EUFEST, Pirate Studios, Robert Fiddaman (contributor for BBC Stoke, Britpop Store), Eastwood Guitars A&R and Popped Music judges.
The final six bands to win a place in the final were Dirty Laces, A Void, Young Garbo, The K’s, Jack Perrret, and Rats. I caught up with them to find out a little about them and how it felt to make the final six.
‘We are honoured to be featured in the final 6 of this great competition considering around 300 other bands entered for the chance to perform at InMusic Festival Croatia. Even the opportunity to share the stage with five other fast, rising bands and perform to the industry heads judging us has been great step. Northern Exposure are once again giving hard working bands the recognition they deserve.’
Formed in early 2017, Dirty Laces have been making an impact on the Manchester music scene with their punk inspired high energy performances, heavy riffs and their own interpretation of popular 60’s and 70’s bands, whilst fusing these components with powerful choruses and raw rock and roll edge.
They had a solid first 18 months as a band with sell out shows in Manchester on more than one occasion and also sell out shows in Leeds and Sheffield.
They have shared a strong billing in 2018 on the Tim Peaks stage at Liverpool Sound City and were part of The Charlatans CW9 North by Northwich takeover and have graced stages at Blackthorn and Kendal Calling, Wheels & Fins, Tramlines Fringe & Neighbourhood.
In addition, they also played their first show abroad in Paris and have a tour and festivals already in place for 2019
They have had 3 releases to date, the first two were DIY digital releases and the most recent, The Modern Age EP, was released in conjunction with NoCo Records on 12” Vinyl.
They have recently recorded a new single ‘Moving Pictures’ which is due for release early March on 7” vinyl and all digital formats. They recently recorded this with Paul Tipler at Unit 13 Studios.
DIRTY LACES ARE:
Charlie Jordan on Vocals
Luke Dec on Guitars
Jacob Simpson on Guitars & Vocals
Thomas Edwards on Bass Guitar
Luke O’Reilly on Drums
‘We got very excited when we saw our name on the list of six bands that made it to the final of the Northern Exposure, InMusic Festival contest and started uncontrollably dancing the onche-onche ondulé. We were quite surprised to realise there were no other women in the 20 shortlisted acts and more suprised to learn that very few applied, having played so many gigs in London and further afield, we’ve shared stages with loads of really talented and inspiring female musicians in the underground scene. So we are extremely honoured to represent women and are looking forward to playing such a legendary venue in Liverpool. We’re going to give this all we’ve got and smash everything – including the patriarchy! It’s gonna be a show not to A VOID!’
A VOID is a 3 piece sonic, grunge band from Paris, based in London. They are highly recommended for fans of Hole, Nirvana, Babes In Toyland, Hands Off Gretel etc. A VOID will delight you, disturb you, and always surprise you.
A VOID ARE:
Camille Alexander – Singer/guitarist
Marie Niemiec – Drums/backing vocals
Aaron Hartmann – Bass
‘A massive thank you to everyone involved with the InMusic Festival for this opportunity, given all the amazing talent that’s out there currently, to be selected in the final six is truly humbling and to get to play the Cavern Club is just an amazing experience that we are buzzing for. Last but not least, being Welsh the thought of possibly winning and getting a bit of sunshine in Croatia is pretty awesome too.’
Young punk/funk outfit Young Garbo are fiercely proud of their Welsh roots and ready to now turn their childhood dreams into reality. An air of mystery surrounds the band with very little music online, anticipation is rapidly building. New single ‘Faustus’ was This Feeling & Radio X‘s ‘Track of the Week’ last week, alongside announcing a run of dates with label mates Rubber Jaw hitting Glasgow, Manchester, London, and Cardiff with Creation23 & This Feeling.
Frontman Garyn Williams is a natural performer and has been honing his craft a long time, writing songs since he was eight years old and it shows. In his early teens Garyn teamed up with friend Arwel Brown (Young Garbo’s lead guitarist) at 13 and between them, have written an abundance of cheerful, uplifting punk anthems that fixate on themes of teen angst, boozy nights out and childhood. Shaping the sound of modern punk, their brand is one of anthemic sing-alongs and community, with their live show having an insanely upbeat atmosphere.
YOUNG GARBO ARE:
Watch ‘Faustus’ at Creation23 store.
‘Absolutely buzzing to be in the final! Can’t think of out better than playing the main stage at such a mint festival with such a brilliant line up this year! Thanks to Northern Exposure for the opportunity.’
THE K’s ARE:
Dexter Baker – Bass
Ryan Breslin – Guitar
Jordan Holden – Drums
‘It’s a dream come true to play at The Cavern Club, I am a big Beatles fan so to play where the Beatles played hundreds of times means a lot to me. Thanks to Rachel, Northern Exposure and everyone whos made this happen! Bring it on!’
Jack’s debut EP ‘What You Saying?’ gathered critical support across the UK as well as gaining plays in American and Australia. A side ‘Me And You’ was featured on ITV1’s This Morning television programme, whilst well known arbiter of all things cool and Welsh, Dave Owens included another of the EP tracks, ‘Drunk And Stoned’ in his Wales Online ‘Top 100 welsh songs of 2016’ playlist. Jack capped off a successful 2016 when he was voted into the Final 6 of Project: Aloft Star. In the final Jack performed in front music industry professionals including BBC Radio DJ’s Huw Stephens and Sian Anderson.
Accompanied by his band, Jack has performed in cities all over the UK including London, Cardiff, and Manchester alongside bands such as Himalayas, The Sherlocks and From The Jam. Performing at festivals such as HUB Fest, Big Cwtch Festival and Beano On The Sea in Hastings, which involved iconic Britpop bands Cast, Reef and Echobelly.
Under the production guidance of Estrons producer Steffan Pringle, releases ‘In The Morning’, ‘Nothing For Anyone and ‘The Full Jonty’ were all played on BBC Radio Wales. As well as appearances on Janice Long’s show on BBC Radio Wales, ‘In The Morning’ was included on the BBC Radio Wales playlist for 4 weeks. The track also caught the attention of BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens when he broadcasted the song on his show.
In 2018 Jack went viral with his song ‘Portlife’, a Newport parody based on Blur’s hit ‘Parklife’ achieving over 100k views. Since then Jack has recorded a no holds barred, bombastic terrace anthem called ‘Like A Fever’ which has already received praise from BBC Radio Wales DJ Janice Long where she described it as ‘brilliant’. So far, the song has received plays on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, Radio X and BBC Radio Wales and many community stations. In 2019, Jack will embark on a UK tour with national promoters This Feeling as part of their ‘Big in 2019’ LP launch which includes the aforementioned ‘Like A Fever’.
Airplay includes ITV1, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Intro Wales, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio Wales, Radio X, Nation Radio, GTFM, MonFM, Morphe Radio, Radio Kaos Caribou, Radio Cardiff and many more community radio stations.
‘For a Liverpool band like us to be taking to the stage at the iconic Cavern Club for the mighty Northern Exposure and around a line up of some of the biggest and best bands in the country is an absolute honour and we couldn’t be more excited to bring those iconic walls down with our sonic fucking energy’
The best bands in the world have both an intrinsic bond that binds them together and a natural flair that instantly wins over hearts and minds. That’s exactly what you have in RATS – an unlikely supergroup with each of the band members hailing from successful bands across the North. A blast of direct and anthemic indie that’s as infectious as it is heartfelt, the sound of RATS has already seen them burst out of their native hometown Liverpool, with their sizeable ambition lining up the rest of the world in their sights. The full breadth and power of RATS becomes even more evident when on stage, where they’ve been hailed by fans and critics alike for sounding record-perfect in the live arena, but with a spine-tingling and raw delivery. With their debut single Weekend gaining over 120,000 streams on Spotify in under two months, it’s clear RATS don’t do things by half measures and now they’re well and truly in it for the long game.
Joe Maddocks: Singer/Rhythm
Mikey Duncalf: Lead Guitar
Sam Taylor: Bass
Harry Maitland: Drums
Tickets are now onsale for the 26th of March at: https://www.seetickets.com/tour/northern-exposure-inmusic-final/