Solko are a 7 piece band with brass, bass, guitars & percussion blending an eclectic mix of reggae/dub rhythms with soulful vocals and melodic jazz horns. 2013 saw the band appear at festivals such as Secret Garden Party, Kendal Calling and were deemed one of the ‘Hidden Gems’ of the Soundwave festival in Croatia. Solko are currently recording a new record which is due for release in April/May 2014 win an accompanied UK tour.
Chris Hardman www.bandapp.com/chrishardman
Lil’ Chris (Chris Hardman) rose to fame during the 2005 Channel 4 series, ‘Gene Simmons’ Rock School’; where he fronted a band Simmons had prepared to play to 13,500 people, supporting Judas Priest & Anthrax in California’s Long Beach Arena. Chris then signed a record deal where he released 2 albums and 4 singles; the highest charting single, ‘Checkin It Out’, hitting #3 in the UK Charts. He’s also presented programmes for Channel 4 and appeared in the musical, ‘Loserville’, in London’s West End. Lil’ Chris is back with a brand new track and is gunning for a No.1 this Christmas with ‘Christmas Number One (#FeedEmYellowSnow).’
Narrow Plains www.bandapp.com/narrowplains
Narrow Plains are a three piece, acoustic-based, folk/rock band based in London. Having self produced their debut EP, ‘Somewhere In Between’ and a number of videos and songs since, the band are gaining a fast growing online following. The boys believe passionately in live music and over the last 18 months or so have performed at a number of prestigious venues, including the 100 Club, Barfly and the Cavern Club, to name a few. Narrow Plains highly anticipated debut album is due out in 2014.
Diamonds Are Forever www.bandapp.com/diamondsareforever
Diamonds Are Forever are a metalcore band from Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Having formed in September 2011, the band released their first EP, ‘Whom Shall I Fear’, in December and won Best Romanian Metal Newcomer at the Metalhead Awards 2011. The band have played alongside the likes of Suicide Silence, Veil of Maya, Cancer Bats & many more across Eastern Europe. Early 2013 saw the band release a 2 disc DVD entitled ‘Bridges Are Born’ and they have recently released their latest EP, ‘Momaentum’.
Paradise Fears www.bandapp.com/paradisefears
Paradise Fears is self-described ‘passion rock’ – honest passion expressed in an original and energetic rock style, whilst infused with elements of pop, alternative and even spoken word. The 6-piece from South Dakota display honest lyricism and an extraordinary work ethic, and with an ever growing fan base are sure to help propel them towards future successes.
Empty Pools www.bandapp.com/emptypools
Hailing from the harbour city of Bristol, Empty Pools formed in the halcyon days of fading summer 2011. They artfully combine elements of noise rock with teen dream melodies, late ‘70s CBGB’s angularity and the jazzy world-pop sophistication of the Thrill Jockey set.
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