~ Wednesday, October 1 ~
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BEFORE YOU EXITwww.facebook.com/beforeyouexitBefore You Exit is musical brothers Connor, Riley and Toby McDonough who have been performing finely crafted pop tunes together since 2009, and after touring with the likes of All Time Low and Olly Murs in the US, the band are now hitting the UK for the first time.The trio have worked with heavyweight songwriters such as Robert Ellis Orall (Taylor Swift), Dan Book and Alexei Misoul (Hot Chelle Rae), Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low), Bobby Huff, and Stephen Barker Liles (Love and Theft) to create heartfelt and hook filled pop rock.CHRISTINA GRIMMIEwww.facebook.com/christinagrimmieYouTube sensation Christina Grimmie will arrive in the UK fresh from The Voice Tour, after reaching the finals of the smash hit NBC show. Having had independent success with her first EP release, Christina independently released her debut album #3 on iTunes. She went on to tour Canada and the US with Selena Gomez. Her appearance on The Voice led to a frenzy of record labels wanting to sign the talented singer-songwriter with Adam Levine (her The Voice coach) and Lil Wayne amongst those vying for her signature. She ultimately chose to sign with Island Records and released her new single titled ‘Must Be Love’ in July 2014.THURSDAY 19 FEBRUARY THEKLA BRISTOLThe Grove, Bristol BS1 4RBDoors 7:00pmAges 14+ Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 881

BEFORE YOU EXIT
www.facebook.com/beforeyouexit

Before You Exit is musical brothers Connor, Riley and Toby McDonough who have been performing finely crafted pop tunes together since 2009, and after touring with the likes of All Time Low and Olly Murs in the US, the band are now hitting the UK for the first time.

The trio have worked with heavyweight songwriters such as Robert Ellis Orall (Taylor Swift), Dan Book and Alexei Misoul (Hot Chelle Rae), Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low), Bobby Huff, and Stephen Barker Liles (Love and Theft) to create heartfelt and hook filled pop rock.

CHRISTINA GRIMMIE
www.facebook.com/christinagrimmie

YouTube sensation Christina Grimmie will arrive in the UK fresh from The Voice Tour, after reaching the finals of the smash hit NBC show. 

Having had independent success with her first EP release, Christina independently released her debut album #3 on iTunes. She went on to tour Canada and the US with Selena Gomez. Her appearance on The Voice led to a frenzy of record labels wanting to sign the talented singer-songwriter with Adam Levine (her The Voice coach) and Lil Wayne amongst those vying for her signature. She ultimately chose to sign with Island Records and released her new single titled ‘Must Be Love’ in July 2014.

THURSDAY 19 FEBRUARY 

THEKLA BRISTOL
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7:00pm
Ages 14+ 

Advance tickets available from:
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
www.gigantic.com
Bristol Ticket Shop
0844 871 881


~ Tuesday, September 30 ~
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BEARDYMANwww.beardyman.co.ukWhat exactly is Beardyman? One minute he’s winning the UK Beatbox competition, twice, next he’s winning best MC at Breakspoll, then he’s playing a sold-out run of solo comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. That’s not fair… Most people only get to do… well… none of those… but this is Beardyman we’re talking about. A leading light on the Beatbox scene since he landed on it with a bang in the mid noughties, Beardyman, (real name Darren Foreman) has always pushed beatbox way beyond what most beatboxers consider its limits. A uniquely gifted performer, his refusal to be put in a box has seen him beatbox all over the world including support slots touring with Groove Armada and hosting huge festival main stages.However, all this was not enough for Foreman. Frustrated with the restrictions of the human mouth, but still obsessed with it’s unparalleled capabilities, he quickly became a leading figure in the emerging trend of live- looping, being the first to appropriate the Korg Kaoss Pad as a live-looping tool and pushing his beatbox- based art form into the entrancing and uncharted realms of live-production. “Beatbox for me is just the quickest way of getting the ideas in my head out into the world where people can hear them” he says. Now, when playing to screaming fans all over the world, he uses an ever-growing arsenal of sound manipulation technology to take the ever-growing crowds with him on full-length musical journeys, darting from exhilaratingly ad-hoc rave-up to comedic musings and interpretations and mash-ups of classic tunes from a huge range of genres. His YouTube videos, which range from the comedic and ridiculous to the downright breathtaking, have been viewed tens of millions of times and it’s hard to find a bad comment on any of them.Predictably however, despite all this, he’s still not satisfied. “I’ve been writing songs since I was five” he says, with an air of mystery, “but up till now no-oneʼs got to hear them… and they’re still not going to… ha… these ones are all new. It’s been a crazy year but I’ve spent it making basically the most insane album ever…” one listen and you see what he means. It’s completely nuts, but absolutely enthralling: a hilarious and screw-face inducing roller-coaster ride through the twisted mind of a high-functioning musical savant. Savage Balkan wub-step, African township funk, future-step Bollywood-dancehall, tear-out drumʼnʼbass, twisted shoe-gaze electro-wonk, IDM insanity, blissful chill-out, epic vocal dub-psychedelia and all of it interpolated with skits which border on Chris Morris-like levels of darkness. As challenging as it is entertaining, it’s a genre-crossing yet highly focused expertly-produced master-work which is set to smash peoples expectations once again.Rob da Bank’s Sunday Best label hooked Beardyman up with eclectic music-meister Tom Middleton to kick off the recording sessions. For this Beardyman assembled and an “insanely complex Ableton Live rig with buttons everywhere, it was mental, took us two days to set this thing up, a week to programme it, it was really unstable, it kept crashing ʻcause it was pushing Ableton beyond its limits, but it was the closest thing to the perfect live production system…” And that’s what it’s always been about for Beardyman. Live production. So why has it taken him this long to come out with an album if he produces an album’s worth of material every gig? “I’ve been searching for a way of taking what I do live and capturing it in a form I can edit and polish to perfection” he says. “The technology we used on this album is really cutting edge. We were able to work really fast, just capturing ideas as they come out, no sitting around deliberating, deliberation kills the best ideas”. And what is this first foray into the recording world called ʻI Done A Albumʼ. The art of understatement. Whatever it’s called… itʼs a hugely invigorating, intoxicating and thrilling ride for anyone who’s got the balls.The first single from ʻI Done A Albumʼ is Where Does Your Mind Go: a warped, and unusual electro-ballad, this track showcases Beardyman as an artist capable of delivering songs with lyrics as twisted and introverted as Nine-Inch-Nails or Sonic Youth whilst being truly unique in sound and production style, echoing French house but being somehow closer to Chemical Brothers meets T-Rex. Cool, yet tense, it worms its way in and out of balladry and build-up, finally settling on banging gutter-strut electro-tear-out before disappearing into atmospherics again leaving the listener disorientated but invigorated."I could have taken it way more out there,” says Foreman," with a mischievous glint in his eye. Perhaps its for the good of humanity that he didn’t, there’s clearly a lot more this budding new recording artist has to offer but for the good of our sanity I think he’s going to pace it out over what promises to be a long and fascinating recording career. If you’re wondering if his recorded work can be as innovative and entertaining as his live work, wonder no more. You’ll be listening to this album on loop for the rest of next year trying to get your head around it. Beardyman reflects on the whole process, “Itʼs been hard making this album because I have some form of musical A.D.D. But everythingʼs beat driven and nothingʼs out of bounds. My albumʼs all about taking people on a journey, and making it entertaining enough for everyone to willingly come with me – wherever it takes them, wherever it goes…” THURSDAY 27 NOVEMBERTHEKLA BRISTOLThe Grove, Bristol BS1 4RBDoors 7:00pmAges 14+Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 881

BEARDYMAN
www.beardyman.co.uk

What exactly is Beardyman? One minute he’s winning the UK Beatbox competition, twice, next he’s winning best MC at Breakspoll, then he’s playing a sold-out run of solo comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. That’s not fair… Most people only get to do… well… none of those… but this is Beardyman we’re talking about. A leading light on the Beatbox scene since he landed on it with a bang in the mid noughties, Beardyman, (real name Darren Foreman) has always pushed beatbox way beyond what most beatboxers consider its limits. A uniquely gifted performer, his refusal to be put in a box has seen him beatbox all over the world including support slots touring with Groove Armada and hosting huge festival main stages.

However, all this was not enough for Foreman. Frustrated with the restrictions of the human mouth, but still obsessed with it’s unparalleled capabilities, he quickly became a leading figure in the emerging trend of live- looping, being the first to appropriate the Korg Kaoss Pad as a live-looping tool and pushing his beatbox- based art form into the entrancing and uncharted realms of live-production. “Beatbox for me is just the quickest way of getting the ideas in my head out into the world where people can hear them” he says. Now, when playing to screaming fans all over the world, he uses an ever-growing arsenal of sound manipulation technology to take the ever-growing crowds with him on full-length musical journeys, darting from exhilaratingly ad-hoc rave-up to comedic musings and interpretations and mash-ups of classic tunes from a huge range of genres. His YouTube videos, which range from the comedic and ridiculous to the downright breathtaking, have been viewed tens of millions of times and it’s hard to find a bad comment on any of them.

Predictably however, despite all this, he’s still not satisfied. “I’ve been writing songs since I was five” he says, with an air of mystery, “but up till now no-oneʼs got to hear them… and they’re still not going to… ha… these ones are all new. It’s been a crazy year but I’ve spent it making basically the most insane album ever…” one listen and you see what he means. It’s completely nuts, but absolutely enthralling: a hilarious and screw-face inducing roller-coaster ride through the twisted mind of a high-functioning musical savant. Savage Balkan wub-step, African township funk, future-step Bollywood-dancehall, tear-out drumʼnʼbass, twisted shoe-gaze electro-wonk, IDM insanity, blissful chill-out, epic vocal dub-psychedelia and all of it interpolated with skits which border on Chris Morris-like levels of darkness. As challenging as it is entertaining, it’s a genre-crossing yet highly focused expertly-produced master-work which is set to smash peoples expectations once again.

Rob da Bank’s Sunday Best label hooked Beardyman up with eclectic music-meister Tom Middleton to kick off the recording sessions. For this Beardyman assembled and an “insanely complex Ableton Live rig with buttons everywhere, it was mental, took us two days to set this thing up, a week to programme it, it was really unstable, it kept crashing ʻcause it was pushing Ableton beyond its limits, but it was the closest thing to the perfect live production system…” And that’s what it’s always been about for Beardyman. Live production. So why has it taken him this long to come out with an album if he produces an album’s worth of material every gig? “I’ve been searching for a way of taking what I do live and capturing it in a form I can edit and polish to perfection” he says. “The technology we used on this album is really cutting edge. We were able to work really fast, just capturing ideas as they come out, no sitting around deliberating, deliberation kills the best ideas”. And what is this first foray into the recording world called ʻI Done A Albumʼ. The art of understatement. Whatever it’s called… itʼs a hugely invigorating, intoxicating and thrilling ride for anyone who’s got the balls.

The first single from ʻI Done A Albumʼ is Where Does Your Mind Go: a warped, and unusual electro-ballad, this track showcases Beardyman as an artist capable of delivering songs with lyrics as twisted and introverted as Nine-Inch-Nails or Sonic Youth whilst being truly unique in sound and production style, echoing French house but being somehow closer to Chemical Brothers meets T-Rex. Cool, yet tense, it worms its way in and out of balladry and build-up, finally settling on banging gutter-strut electro-tear-out before disappearing into atmospherics again leaving the listener disorientated but invigorated.

"I could have taken it way more out there,” says Foreman," with a mischievous glint in his eye. Perhaps its for the good of humanity that he didn’t, there’s clearly a lot more this budding new recording artist has to offer but for the good of our sanity I think he’s going to pace it out over what promises to be a long and fascinating recording career. If you’re wondering if his recorded work can be as innovative and entertaining as his live work, wonder no more. You’ll be listening to this album on loop for the rest of next year trying to get your head around it. Beardyman reflects on the whole process, “Itʼs been hard making this album because I have some form of musical A.D.D. But everythingʼs beat driven and nothingʼs out of bounds. My albumʼs all about taking people on a journey, and making it entertaining enough for everyone to willingly come with me – wherever it takes them, wherever it goes…” 

THURSDAY 27 NOVEMBER

THEKLA BRISTOL
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7:00pm
Ages 14+

Advance tickets available from:
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
www.gigantic.com
Bristol Ticket Shop
0844 871 881


~ Saturday, September 27 ~
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ROOM 94www.facebook.com/ROOM94Following on from the success of their Top 40 Debut Album ‘No Strings Attached’ Room 94 are back and are bigger and bolder than ever. Their 2015 11-date UK tour will start in Oxford on the 28th of February and run up until they play London’s O2 Academy Islington on the 13th March. Lead track ‘Dirty Dancing’ sees the band take it back to their guitar driven roots but with an added RnB twist. You only have to see the accompanying music video to see the direction the band is heading. Set against a dark backdrop the video features an intense performance from the band whilst a pole dancer performs some high flying acrobatics, the video is sure to set pulses racing.The track is available as a free download via www.room94.co.uk.  The album is scheduled to drop early 2015 with ‘The Dirty Dancing’ tour starting late February. Fans new and old can expect this to be the most exciting tour yet, armed with a catalogue of new songs, along with old favourites it’s shaping up to be a tour not to be missed. SUNDAY 01 MARCHTHEKLA BRISTOLThe Grove, Bristol BS1 4RBDoors 7:30pmAges 14+Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 881

ROOM 94
www.facebook.com/ROOM94

Following on from the success of their Top 40 Debut Album ‘No Strings Attached’ Room 94 are back and are bigger and bolder than ever. Their 2015 11-date UK tour will start in Oxford on the 28th of February and run up until they play London’s O2 Academy Islington on the 13th March. 
Lead track ‘Dirty Dancing’ sees the band take it back to their guitar driven roots but with an added RnB twist. You only have to see the accompanying music video to see the direction the band is heading. Set against a dark backdrop the video features an intense performance from the band whilst a pole dancer performs some high flying acrobatics, the video is sure to set pulses racing.

The track is available as a free download via www.room94.co.uk. 

The album is scheduled to drop early 2015 with ‘The Dirty Dancing’ tour starting late February. Fans new and old can expect this to be the most exciting tour yet, armed with a catalogue of new songs, along with old favourites it’s shaping up to be a tour not to be missed. 

SUNDAY 01 MARCH

THEKLA BRISTOL
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7:30pm
Ages 14+

Advance tickets available from:
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
www.gigantic.com
Bristol Ticket Shop
0844 871 881


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LIGHTSwww.music.iamlights.comIf you count yourself a longtime member of the devoted Cult of Lights, prepare to fully lose your mind to Little Machines. This record –a gleaming, groundbreaking, generously tuneful slab of brightly hued 21st-century techno-pop brimming with songs so immediate and timelessly pure of heart that they feel like old friends on delivery –is going to make perfect sense to you in the best way possible.If you’re new to Lights, no worries: you’ve picked a fine place to start. Little Machinesrepresents a dream union of, and wallopingly self-assured expansion upon, everything the diminutive Canadian singer, songwriter and synth enthusiast has done before. Now you can dive into the back catalogue with informed ears.That catalogue has set the creative bar pretty high, for the record. Lights’s last outing, 2011’s Siberia, was a strikingly ambitious sophomore LP that turned many a head not previously turned her way by introducing layers of synthetic dissonance and juddering dubstep bass into her signature, sweetly melodic electro-pop sound. It was a struggle to get Siberiapast the gatekeepers and out into the world, but when it did get out there –to a No. 3 debut and gold sales at home in Canada, more than 100,000 copies moved worldwide and no small amount of international critical acclaim –it put Lights in the perfect position to conquer the planet with her next album.The only trouble was the next album refused to come. Despite having Siberia’s artistic risk-taking validated by positive reviews and strong sales, Lights couldn’t come up with a note or a lyric she liked for the follow-up and descended into a bottomless pit of self-doubt. It’s astonishing to think that a musician who’s demonstrated so much flagrant promise and confidence from an early age might wind up stricken with fear that it was all over by her mid-20s, but that’s what happened: Lights was convinced she’d run out of things to say. It was a case, as she puts it, of “the worst writer’s block ever. SATURDAY 24 JANUARYTHEKLA BRISTOLThe Grove, Bristol BS1 4RBDoors 7:00pmAges 14+Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 881

LIGHTS
www.music.iamlights.com

If you count yourself a longtime member of the devoted Cult of Lights, prepare to fully lose your mind to Little Machines. This record –a gleaming, groundbreaking, generously tuneful slab of brightly hued 21st-century techno-pop brimming with songs so immediate and timelessly pure of heart that they feel like old friends on delivery –is going to make perfect sense to you in the best way possible.If you’re new to Lights, no worries: you’ve picked a fine place to start. Little Machinesrepresents a dream union of, and wallopingly self-assured expansion upon, everything the diminutive Canadian singer, songwriter and synth enthusiast has done before. Now you can dive into the back catalogue with informed ears.That catalogue has set the creative bar pretty high, for the record. Lights’s last outing, 2011’s Siberia, was a strikingly ambitious sophomore LP that turned many a head not previously turned her way by introducing layers of synthetic dissonance and juddering dubstep bass into her signature, sweetly melodic electro-pop sound. It was a struggle to get Siberiapast the gatekeepers and out into the world, but when it did get out there –to a No. 3 debut and gold sales at home in Canada, more than 100,000 copies moved worldwide and no small amount of international critical acclaim –it put Lights in the perfect position to conquer the planet with her next album.The only trouble was the next album refused to come. Despite having Siberia’s artistic risk-taking validated by positive reviews and strong sales, Lights couldn’t come up with a note or a lyric she liked for the follow-up and descended into a bottomless pit of self-doubt. It’s astonishing to think that a musician who’s demonstrated so much flagrant promise and confidence from an early age might wind up stricken with fear that it was all over by her mid-20s, but that’s what happened: Lights was convinced she’d run out of things to say. It was a case, as she puts it, of “the worst writer’s block ever. 

SATURDAY 24 JANUARY

THEKLA BRISTOL
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7:00pm
Ages 14+

Advance tickets available from:
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
www.gigantic.com
Bristol Ticket Shop
0844 871 881


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THE TING TINGSwww.thetingtings.comNamed after a Chinese friend whose name sounds like the Mandarin pronunciation of “bandstand,” The Ting Tings — a scrappy, dance-oriented duo consisting of singer/guitarist Katie White and drummer Jules De Martino — formed in the Salford district of Manchester, England in 2006. Prior to forming the group, the pair worked together in 2001 when White was in the all-female punk-pop group TKO and De Martino wrote some songs for them. Later, the pair reunited and with another friend formed the trio Eskimo Kiss, which signed to Mercury Records but disbanded due in part to changing personnel at the label. De Martino and White regrouped, working on their own music and others’ at Salford’s music commune, the Islington Mill. Quickly signed to the local indie label Switchflicker Records, The Ting Tings released their debut single, “That’s Not My Name,” in the spring of 2007. Following the limited-edition, tour-only single “Fruit Machine,” The Ting Tings signed to major label Columbia Records later that year. The flip side of the Switchflicker single, “Great DJ,” was released as the duo’s debut Columbia single in March 2008, followed by the reissue of “That’s Not My Name” with a new exclusive B-side remix."That’s Not My Name" rose to the top of the U.K. charts in May 2008, the same month that the duo’s debut album, We Started Nothing, appeared. The Ting Tings spent the rest of 2008 and a large part of 2009 touring in support of the album, which eventually sold over two million copies worldwide, won the 2009 Ivor Novello Award for Best Album, and earned the group a Best New Artist Grammy nomination that December. Early in 2010, De Martino and White moved to Berlin to work on songs for their second album. Inspired by the city’s atmosphere and the cold weather, they went in a darker, more electronic direction with their new songs. In August 2010, The Ting Tings offered a taste of their new material, premiering the single "Hands" — which was mixed by Calvin Harris — on BBC Radio 1 and officially releasing it that October. After extensive touring and over eight months recording in Germany and Spain, in March 2012 The Ting Tings offered their sophomore album, Sounds from Nowheresville, a collection of songs inspired by the exuberant freedom of the Beastie Boys’ classic Paul’s Boutique.When they decided to decamp to Ibiza to record their third album Super Critical, Katie and Jules from the Ting Tings had a slight ‘uh-oh’ moment. ‘We’d been to Berlin to make the second record,’ says Jules, ‘and done nothing but get high and look at great architecture. Going to Ibiza had party written all over it. Obviously we were going to get nothing done.’ As it turned out, unleashing their party spirit was exactly the impetus and momentum needed to craft something special and true to the starting spirit of their musical adventures. The Ting Tings were born out of the night-time. They bonded at sun-up, wired in Salford warehouses. Success came as a surprising blind-side to them. Being in the middle of an island for the winter, having to make all their own fun? This is the stuff they excel at. MONDAY 24 NOVEMBERTHEKLA BRISTOLThe Grove, Bristol BS1 4RBDoors 7:30pmAges 14+Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 881

THE TING TINGS
www.thetingtings.com

Named after a Chinese friend whose name sounds like the Mandarin pronunciation of “bandstand,” The Ting Tings — a scrappy, dance-oriented duo consisting of singer/guitarist Katie White and drummer Jules De Martino — formed in the Salford district of Manchester, England in 2006. Prior to forming the group, the pair worked together in 2001 when White was in the all-female punk-pop group TKO and De Martino wrote some songs for them. Later, the pair reunited and with another friend formed the trio Eskimo Kiss, which signed to Mercury Records but disbanded due in part to changing personnel at the label. De Martino and White regrouped, working on their own music and others’ at Salford’s music commune, the Islington Mill. Quickly signed to the local indie label Switchflicker Records, The Ting Tings released their debut single, “That’s Not My Name,” in the spring of 2007. Following the limited-edition, tour-only single “Fruit Machine,” The Ting Tings signed to major label Columbia Records later that year. The flip side of the Switchflicker single, “Great DJ,” was released as the duo’s debut Columbia single in March 2008, followed by the reissue of “That’s Not My Name” with a new exclusive B-side remix.

"That’s Not My Name" rose to the top of the U.K. charts in May 2008, the same month that the duo’s debut album, We Started Nothing, appeared. The Ting Tings spent the rest of 2008 and a large part of 2009 touring in support of the album, which eventually sold over two million copies worldwide, won the 2009 Ivor Novello Award for Best Album, and earned the group a Best New Artist Grammy nomination that December. Early in 2010, De Martino and White moved to Berlin to work on songs for their second album. Inspired by the city’s atmosphere and the cold weather, they went in a darker, more electronic direction with their new songs. In August 2010, The Ting Tings offered a taste of their new material, premiering the single "Hands" — which was mixed by Calvin Harris — on BBC Radio 1 and officially releasing it that October. After extensive touring and over eight months recording in Germany and Spain, in March 2012 The Ting Tings offered their sophomore album, Sounds from Nowheresville, a collection of songs inspired by the exuberant freedom of the Beastie Boys’ classic Paul’s Boutique.

When they decided to decamp to Ibiza to record their third album Super Critical, Katie and Jules from the Ting Tings had a slight ‘uh-oh’ moment. ‘We’d been to Berlin to make the second record,’ says Jules, ‘and done nothing but get high and look at great architecture. Going to Ibiza had party written all over it. Obviously we were going to get nothing done.’ As it turned out, unleashing their party spirit was exactly the impetus and momentum needed to craft something special and true to the starting spirit of their musical adventures. The Ting Tings were born out of the night-time. They bonded at sun-up, wired in Salford warehouses. Success came as a surprising blind-side to them. Being in the middle of an island for the winter, having to make all their own fun? This is the stuff they excel at. 

MONDAY 24 NOVEMBER

THEKLA BRISTOL
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7:30pm
Ages 14+

Advance tickets available from:
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
www.gigantic.com
Bristol Ticket Shop
0844 871 881


~ Thursday, September 4 ~
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JAMES BAYwww.jamesbaymusic.comJames Bay is a 23 year-old artist who possesses that untarnished strain of talent that many newcomers lose as they develop over time. His raw expressions and graveled voice work in a magical unison that captivates audiences and strips pop melodies back to a skeletal efficiency. Hailing from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, James is a young singer-songwriter who has already gained a great reputation thanks to stints at Communion’s monthly night at Notting Hill Arts Club in London and a hugely successful run of support slots with Tom Odell, John Newman and Kodaline. Even though to date James has only released one acoustic EP, his debut, ‘The Dark of The Morning’ in July last year, he is fast building a loyal fan base both in the UK and the US.THURSDAY 20 NOVEMBERTHEKLA BRISTOLThe Grove, Bristol BS1 4RBDoors 7:00pmAges 14+ Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 881

JAMES BAY
www.jamesbaymusic.com

James Bay is a 23 year-old artist who possesses that untarnished strain of talent that many newcomers lose as they develop over time. His raw expressions and graveled voice work in a magical unison that captivates audiences and strips pop melodies back to a skeletal efficiency. Hailing from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, James is a young singer-songwriter who has already gained a great reputation thanks to stints at Communion’s monthly night at Notting Hill Arts Club in London and a hugely successful run of support slots with Tom Odell, John Newman and Kodaline. Even though to date James has only released one acoustic EP, his debut, ‘The Dark of The Morning’ in July last year, he is fast building a loyal fan base both in the UK and the US.

THURSDAY 20 NOVEMBER

THEKLA BRISTOL
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7:00pm
Ages 14+ 

Advance tickets available from:
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
www.gigantic.com
Bristol Ticket Shop
0844 871 881


~ Saturday, August 30 ~
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TIM HECKERwww.facebook.com/pages/Tim-HeckerTim Hecker is a Canadian-based musician and sound artist, born in Vancouver. Since 1996, he has produced a range of audio works for Kranky, Alien8, Mille Plateaux, Room40, Force Inc, Staalplaat, and Fat Cat. His works have been described as “structured ambient”, “tectonic color plates” and “cathedral electronic music”. More to the point, he has focused on exploring the intersection of noise, dissonance and melody, fostering an approach to songcraft which is both physical and emotive. The New York Times has described his work as “foreboding, abstract pieces in which static and sub-bass rumbles open up around slow moving notes and chords, like fissures in the earth waiting to swallow them whole”. His Harmony in Ultraviolet received critical acclaim, including being recognized by Pitchfork as a top recording of 2006. Radio Amor was also recognized as a key recording of 2003 by Wire magazine. His work has also included commissions for contemporary dance, sound-art installations, minimal techo works under the name ‘Jetone’, as well as various writings. Tim has presented his work in a live setting around the world, including performances at Sonar (Barcelona), Mutek (Montreal), Primavera Sound (Barcelona), Victoriaville (Quebec), Vancouver New Music Festival (Vancouver), and Transmediale (Berlin). He currently resides in Montreal.MONDAY 17 NOVEMBERTHEKLA BRISTOLThe Grove, Bristol BS1 4RBDoors 7:00pmAges 14+Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 881

TIM HECKER
www.facebook.com/pages/Tim-Hecker

Tim Hecker is a Canadian-based musician and sound artist, born in Vancouver. Since 1996, he has produced a range of audio works for Kranky, Alien8, Mille Plateaux, Room40, Force Inc, Staalplaat, and Fat Cat. His works have been described as “structured ambient”, “tectonic color plates” and “cathedral electronic music”. More to the point, he has focused on exploring the intersection of noise, dissonance and melody, fostering an approach to songcraft which is both physical and emotive. The New York Times has described his work as “foreboding, abstract pieces in which static and sub-bass rumbles open up around slow moving notes and chords, like fissures in the earth waiting to swallow them whole”. His Harmony in Ultraviolet received critical acclaim, including being recognized by Pitchfork as a top recording of 2006. Radio Amor was also recognized as a key recording of 2003 by Wire magazine. His work has also included commissions for contemporary dance, sound-art installations, minimal techo works under the name ‘Jetone’, as well as various writings. Tim has presented his work in a live setting around the world, including performances at Sonar (Barcelona), Mutek (Montreal), Primavera Sound (Barcelona), Victoriaville (Quebec), Vancouver New Music Festival (Vancouver), and Transmediale (Berlin). He currently resides in Montreal.

MONDAY 17 NOVEMBER

THEKLA BRISTOL
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7:00pm
Ages 14+

Advance tickets available from:
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
www.gigantic.com
Bristol Ticket Shop
0844 871 881


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THE BRONZE MEDALwww.facebook.com/thebronzemedalmusicFormed in Bristol in 2009 after a six week busking-funded backpacking trip through Southern Europe and Scandinavia taken by singer-songwriters Chris Hillier (vocals/guitar/piano/noise) and Robin Southwell (vocals/guitar/piano), The Bronze Medal took shape once they were joined by friends from the local music scene Rory O’Gorman (drums/percussion/vocals) and Mike Barnett (bass/vocals). Their debut summer schedule saw them Dot To Dot festival, several sessions for BBC Bristol and support slots with Chapel Club and the band formerly known as Brother, Viva Brother. Support from:DANCING YEARSwww.facebook.com/DancingYearsANDY OLIVERIwww.facebook.com/andyoliverimusicFRIDAY 03 OCTOBERTHEKLA BRISTOLThe Grove, Bristol BS1 4RBDoors 6:30pmAges 14+Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 881

THE BRONZE MEDAL
www.facebook.com/thebronzemedalmusic

Formed in Bristol in 2009 after a six week busking-funded backpacking trip through Southern Europe and Scandinavia taken by singer-songwriters Chris Hillier (vocals/guitar/piano/noise) and Robin Southwell (vocals/guitar/piano), The Bronze Medal took shape once they were joined by friends from the local music scene Rory O’Gorman (drums/percussion/vocals) and Mike Barnett (bass/vocals). Their debut summer schedule saw them Dot To Dot festival, several sessions for BBC Bristol and support slots with Chapel Club and the band formerly known as Brother, Viva Brother. 

Support from:

DANCING YEARS
www.facebook.com/DancingYears

ANDY OLIVERI
www.facebook.com/andyoliverimusic

FRIDAY 03 OCTOBER

THEKLA BRISTOL
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 6:30pm
Ages 14+

Advance tickets available from:
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
www.gigantic.com
Bristol Ticket Shop
0844 871 881


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~ Tuesday, August 26 ~
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RALEIGH RITCHIEwww.raleighritchie.comRaleigh Ritchie doesn’t make R&B music, or soul music, or indie music, or pop music. Raleigh Ritchie – aka 23-year-old Jacob Anderson – makes a unique amalgamation of all of those genres, contorting his varied influences – from Morrissey to Erykah Badu via the Maccabees and Maxwell – into the deeply personal songs that make up his first two EPs; The Middle Child and Black and Blue. “If I say ‘I’m an R&B artist’ there will be R&B fans that listen to my stuff and go ‘no you’re not, what’s going on’,” he laughs. “If I say I’m an alternative artist then there will be people who like the Maccabees who will go ‘what the fuck is this?’. I know what my kind of music is I just don’t know what to call it. I think I’m made up of all of the things I love, all the types of music I love.” Perhaps it’s this disregard for genre boundaries that caught the attention of hip-hop royalty Kendrick Lamar, who asked Ritchie to support him on his recent UK tour. Maybe it’s his way with a melody and his lyrical honesty that has seen the likes of Pitchfork, Fader and VICE sit up and take notice. Whatever that magic alchemy is, 2014 looks likely to be the year Raleigh Ritchie becomes your new favourite artist.SATURDAY 25 OCTOBERTHEKLA BRISTOLThe Grove, Bristol BS1 4RBDoors 7:00pmAges 14+Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 881

RALEIGH RITCHIE
www.raleighritchie.com

Raleigh Ritchie doesn’t make R&B music, or soul music, or indie music, or pop music. Raleigh Ritchie – aka 23-year-old Jacob Anderson – makes a unique amalgamation of all of those genres, contorting his varied influences – from Morrissey to Erykah Badu via the Maccabees and Maxwell – into the deeply personal songs that make up his first two EPs; The Middle Child and Black and Blue. “If I say ‘I’m an R&B artist’ there will be R&B fans that listen to my stuff and go ‘no you’re not, what’s going on’,” he laughs. “If I say I’m an alternative artist then there will be people who like the Maccabees who will go ‘what the fuck is this?’. I know what my kind of music is I just don’t know what to call it. I think I’m made up of all of the things I love, all the types of music I love.” Perhaps it’s this disregard for genre boundaries that caught the attention of hip-hop royalty Kendrick Lamar, who asked Ritchie to support him on his recent UK tour. Maybe it’s his way with a melody and his lyrical honesty that has seen the likes of Pitchfork, Fader and VICE sit up and take notice. Whatever that magic alchemy is, 2014 looks likely to be the year Raleigh Ritchie becomes your new favourite artist.

SATURDAY 25 OCTOBER

THEKLA BRISTOL
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7:00pm
Ages 14+

Advance tickets available from:
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
www.gigantic.com
Bristol Ticket Shop
0844 871 881


~ Friday, August 15 ~
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JONAH MATRANGAwww.jonahmatranga.comJonah Sonz Matranga (born Jonah Rzadzinski Matranga in Brookline, MA) is a singer/songwriter best known for fronting the band Far and recording solo under the name Onelinedrawing. Matranga left Massachusetts in 1987 to attend Pitzer College in California. After graduating, he moved to Sacramento and formed Far in 1991. The band cut four albums before disbanding in December 1998, after which Matranga began to play solo under the name Onelinedrawing, which had been the name of a cassette he had released via Kevin Seconds’ Pop Rockit label. He had released two EPs that year titled Sketchy EP #1 and Sketchy EP #2. Most of Matranga’s material has been self-released, though often distributed through labels such as Crank! His two Onelinedrawing LPs, Visitor (2002) and The Volunteers (2004), were released by Jade Tree. Matranga let go of the Onelinedrawing moniker in 2004, releasing subsequent solo efforts under his own name. In December 2004, he began offering custom-made recordings through his website. In addition to Far and the short-lived New End Original, another band project, Gratitude, released a record in March 2005, but was quickly abandoned. In 2005, Matranga put out Sketchy EP #3, as well as a DVD titled There’s a Lot in Here, which was re-released with a bonus CD in February 2006 through Equal Vision.SUNDAY 05 OCTOBERTHEKLA BRISTOLThe Grove, Bristol BS1 4RBDoors 7:30pmAges 14+Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 881

JONAH MATRANGA
www.jonahmatranga.com

Jonah Sonz Matranga (born Jonah Rzadzinski Matranga in Brookline, MA) is a singer/songwriter best known for fronting the band Far and recording solo under the name Onelinedrawing. Matranga left Massachusetts in 1987 to attend Pitzer College in California. After graduating, he moved to Sacramento and formed Far in 1991. The band cut four albums before disbanding in December 1998, after which Matranga began to play solo under the name Onelinedrawing, which had been the name of a cassette he had released via Kevin Seconds’ Pop Rockit label. He had released two EPs that year titled Sketchy EP #1 and Sketchy EP #2. Most of Matranga’s material has been self-released, though often distributed through labels such as Crank! His two Onelinedrawing LPs, Visitor (2002) and The Volunteers (2004), were released by Jade Tree. Matranga let go of the Onelinedrawing moniker in 2004, releasing subsequent solo efforts under his own name. In December 2004, he began offering custom-made recordings through his website. In addition to Far and the short-lived New End Original, another band project, Gratitude, released a record in March 2005, but was quickly abandoned. In 2005, Matranga put out Sketchy EP #3, as well as a DVD titled There’s a Lot in Here, which was re-released with a bonus CD in February 2006 through Equal Vision.

SUNDAY 05 OCTOBER

THEKLA BRISTOL
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7:30pm
Ages 14+

Advance tickets available from:
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
www.gigantic.com
Bristol Ticket Shop
0844 871 881