2019 is nearly over and there is no better time to look ahead at the next big things that will grace our grassroots venues this coming January. Following on from the highly successful festival campaigns of the summer and the epic #Alive tour which saw Hourglvss, The Kicklips, Sugarthief and The Estevans hit major cities across the UK, passionate music enthusiasts This Feeling has announced their prolific ‘Big In 2020’ line ups.
The ‘Big In 2020’ extravaganza will hit London, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds next year.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be looking more in-depth at some of the gigs and the bands that have caught one of the most prolific band promoters in the UK’s eyes, starting with the kick-off gig below in the heart of London’s rock and roll scene Nambucca…
‘BIG IN 2020′ NAMBUCCA – 11/01/20
The K’s are a lively bunch full of energy and charisma that’s hard to ignore. Recently signed to Alan McGee’s new label, Creation23, the band are currently killing the live circuit. The K’s were formed in Earlestown in 2017 and the lads grew up together in the shadows of two huge North West neighbours, Manchester and Liverpool. They won our 2019 InMusic festival final at The Cavern in Liverpool which resulted in the band playing a mainstage slot alongside The Cure. As well as their ‘Big In 2020‘ slot, the band embark on a tour with This Feeling next March.
TOP TRACKS: Aurora, Sarajevo, Glass Towns, Got A Feeling
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Birmingham indie dance quintet, Ivory Wave are admirably relentless in their pursuit for success, with a solid belief in their music and rightfully so. The band have had a great year and are selling out headline shows and smashed festival slots at Isle Of Wight Festival, Shiine On and Truck in the summer.
Successfully bridging the gap between dance music and indie, their upbeat and feel-good tunes are gaining the band a legion of loyal fans. If you are a fan of the Happy Mondays, Oasis or The Stone Roses then you will love Ivory Wave. Ready to hit the big league, the band have just released their debut EP ‘Dream Nights‘.
TOP TRACKS: Cool Kids, Uptown, Separate Beat
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CRUEL HEARTS CLUB
Citing influences that range from Lana Del Ray to The Distillers, London based Cruel Hearts Club are due to support The Libertines again on the 18th of this month at Brixton O2 Academy. They’ve notched up some impressive support slots with Iggy Pop, Reverend and the Makers, Ed Harcourt, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Carl Barat and The Jackals with their catchy, crowd-pleasing choruses and indie rock sound. Breaking down many barriers onastage and off, live the band are mesmerising. You can get a taste of their fierce live show here and learn more about the band when they played for Red Stripes This Feeling TV.
TOP TRACKS: Hey Compadre, New York vs Paris
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THE DEAD FREIGHTS
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RIC are what I’d call a London version of the likes of Arctic Monkeys or Milburn, they are churning out some killer indie tracks on the London indie live scene. Don’t switch off at that comparison, what RIC embody is the talent to take those influences and make a sound that’s their own. It’s quite addictive listening and you won’t find a more fitting word than BANGER to sufficiently describe the vibe of their new single ‘1000 (WELCOME TO THE PARTY)’.
TOP TUNES: Pocket Liquor, 1000 Welcome To The Party, Her Type Of Guy
GLOSSII have a striking look which musically translates into some very ferocious pop-punk. The band built a solid fanbase by playing a collection of the same venues which lead to them supporting the likes of HMLTD and Sorry. Musically, they are right up my street, full of throbbing drums and proper in yer face vocals. You can expect GLOSSII to make a huge impact when they take to the Nambucca stage next month.
TOP TUNES: Watching Me, Headache, Runaway Rockaway
On first listen to The Gulps Spotify it’s immediately apparent this is one shit hot band. Based in London they are made up of members from all different parts of Europe and the Middle East. This gives The Gulps a unique flair of musical diversity. There is no other way for me personally to describe their most recent single ‘The Kings House’ other than an absolutely fucking banger. A truly invigorating single release; it’s one that I enjoy singing along to the more times I play it. If you’re a new music obsessive, you need to discover and listen to The Gulps. They DEFINITELY have the potential to be a breakthrough artist of 2020.
TOP TUNES: Lola Cola, The Kings House, My Girl From Liverpool
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Kid Violet has built a very strong reputation for their live shows. Receiving rave reviews, the band are destined in many peoples eyes for big things with the frontman being described as an icon in the making.
TOP TRACKS: I Don’t Care, Lift Off
A collaborative project headed by Paige Janey (previous singer and lyricist for Shewsburys Echo Beach). Paige started the project to generate exciting and imaginative music working with friends in the thriving West Midlands music scene.
TOP TRACKS; Lift, L.A
PHOTO: JOSIE JUL
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