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Tearing into 2018, This Feeling has announced their very first gig of the year. It’s the club night where all rock ‘n roll royalty hang out (Liam, Noel, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, & Jake Bug to name a few) and which has helped launch the likes of Blossoms, Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Struts, CABBAGE and many more.

This Feeling in association with Red Stripe, Radio X and Pirate Studios have recently announced their run of gigs up and down the country featuring those they tip to be ‘Big In 2018‘.

The first gig kicks off at NambuccaThis line-up is phenomenal. I can’t help but notice, after attending the launch of Festival Republic’sRebalance‘ project earlier this year, that This Feeling are really championing equality in the industry with this epic line-up of bands, of which four are female-fronted.

Let’s not waste any time in looking at the list of rising stars on the bill …

ANTEROS

Anteros was the god of unrequited love, literally meaning “love returned” and Anteros are certainly giving something special to their audiences. They are a fantastic mix of pop-rock with an utterly mesmerising lead singer. Laura Hayden is energetic and charismatic with rock star looks and amazing vocals. We first discovered the band on the This Feeling stage at TRNSMT Festival 2017 and were blown away by their show. Anteros combine straight up indie pop with rhythmical intrigue that’s a delight to your ears, we immediately predicted then that this was a band that would go far, so its no surprise that they are on this killer line-up. 

HEY CHARLIE

Looking like something from The Ring on the majority of their promo, but ever so less scary, fresh-faced London based grunge-pop trio Hey Charlie, formed in early 2015 when Lizz (guitarist & vocalist) and Sophie (bassist & vocalist) crossed paths whilst studying in London. Wanting to inspire other girls to also pick up instruments, Lizz and Sophie embarked on an arduous journey to find the final piece of the Hey Charlie puzzle. After a formidable search, the girls finally found drummer Lauren and hit it off immediately, Hey Charlie was born. They released their ‘Young & Lonesome’ EP on the 5th of October with two new tracks She Looks Like A Dreamer & Cheer Up Princess

HIMALAYAS

Joseph (vocals and rhythm guitar), Mike (lead guitar and backing vocals), Louis (bass) and James (drums) form the Cardiff-born band, Himalayas. Citing influences such as Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, and Jack White, the band have been wowing audiences at major festivals including the Isle of Wight, YNOT and Reading earlier this year. They’ve reached over three million, yes that’s right, three million plays on Spotify, and with over eight million minutes spent listening to their music and over 40k views on new single ‘Thank God I’m Not You‘, with their high energy indie rock these guys are definitely on the climb to much bigger stages. 

AVALANCHE PARTY

Fast-paced and furious Avalanche Party are a quintet from the North Yorkshire Moors. Melting people in mosh pits across the land Jordan Bell, Jared Thorpe (both on vocals and guitar), Kane Waterfield (drums), Joe Bell (bass) and Glen Adkins (keys) are a band full of a seemingly endless energy that enthrals people – who rave about their live performances wherever we roam. An unfiltered, anarchic and ferocious noise, the band smash it every time they play with outstanding musicianship and bewitching stage performances. We interviewed the band earlier this year and it reigns as one of the best we’ve ever done: you can read it here. AP Interview 

CALVA LOUISE

We love London-based trio Calva Louise made up of Jess Allanic, Alizon Taho, and Ben Parker. Blending a mix of grunge, punk and pop effortlessly, the result is an upbeat fusion that’s impossible to tear your eyes and ears away from. Confidently combining grungy guitar riffs and vocal freak-outs, Jess has a strong female voice that provides the group’s identity. There is definitely a lot more than meets the eye with this band, and never missing a note, the band are well rehearsed and full of an insatiable energy that is completely mesmerising. The band perform with an individuality that many other bands would envy. Jess is an inspiration for young female musicians with her fast firing lyrics, quirky charm and face-melting vocals. Calva Louise took the crown of our ‘Best Live Band of 2017‘ 

THE SURRENDERS

Five-piece English rock ‘n’ roll band The Surrenders are fast making a name for themselves across the country with their electrifying blues sets featuring swaggering grooves of early R&B artists and a heavy psychedelic presence. The band are frequently headlining gigs at venues around Birmingham. With a rapidly growing fan base, there’s a lot of excitement in the air and prospects are good for the band’s future and reputation.

LUCIE BARAT

Lucie Barat is the multi-talented musician, artist, actress and poet who amongst all her talents is known well for her unfaltering support of mental health and homelessness charities. A magnetic, engaging and incredibly accomplished lady, Lucie delivers a unique vibe that touches on everything from politics to interpersonal relationships. Lucie has a unique artistic identity that translates into catchy, guitar-pop. She released new single ‘Take Me Away’ on the 24th October. 

SHEAFS

The summer just gone has been an absolute smash for SHEAFS. Busy racking up hundreds of streams, playing festivals up and down the country, wowing audiences peaking close to 2000 people, award wins under their belts, playing to bigger crowds and new cities – if there was one band to convince you that rock‘n’roll is still alive in all its powerful, all-encompassing, vital force, that band would be SHEAFS. 

 

JUDAS 

Judas are a four-piece indie rock band hailing from London but are essentially a collective from all over the UK. Although only playing together for two years, they have achieved so much in this relatively short time, recently releasing their self-titled EP, performing at major festivals including Isle of Wight, Kendal Calling, Sound City, YNot, Truck Festival, Tramlines and on the Main Stage at Leeds Festival 2016. Highlights last year included a live set on Soccer AM last year with Circa Waves, numerous airplay on BBC Introducing and XFM, as well as performing live for BBC Introducing.

Judas’ sound is likened to U2 and Kings of Leon with punchy anthemic tracks, huge sounds and timeless melodies making up the core of their repertoire. With other influences such as Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay and Stereophonics, Judas play with exceptional energy and precision while performing with an ease that comes with confidence and unique talent.

 

As This Feeling kicks off the year with such a powerful gig, with more to come in Manchester later in January and beyond, we can only hold our nerve and anticipate the performances we can look forward to over the coming months!

‘This Feeling are flying the flag for British guitar music.’ Sergio Pizzorno.

Check out the This Feeling Playlist ‘This Is Youth’ on Spotify

The Sound of the Youth #1 on Spotify

Big in 2018 shows:

Manchester Jimmy’s – Jan 20
w/ Proletariat, Mint, Matter Of Mind + Voodoos
 
Manchester Jimmy’s – Jan 21
w/ Wulfman Fury, The Jade Assembly, Generation + The Racket
 
London The Monarch – Jan 25
w/ The Velvet Hands, The Scruff, Ulysses Wells, Nadia Sheikh, Sleeptalking + Sons
 
Glasgow Broadcast – Feb 09.
w/ Heavy Rapids, Rituals, Carousel + The Capollos

Tickets £6 adv: www.thisfeeling.co.uk

True to form when selecting the bands, This Feeling have taken no social media statistics into account, no cosy relationships and no £££ record labels who have to spend on ads are taken into account when selecting their tips for the year line up (or any other for that matter). They maintain their ethos that as it always should be, ALL about the music…

RACHEL BROWN & KATE O’BRIEN

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