Join Mr Ben & the Bens at The Cluny in Newcastle. Born as a recording project in a barn in Northern Lancashire in 2012, Ben Hall recorded and self released 7 albums under the guise of a naively drawn character 'Mr Ben'. After releasing a split EP on Bingo Records in 2017 the side project turned to a live outfit with their first gig actually happening live on BBC Radio 6 Music. After releasing two more records and numerous UK tours the 4 piece are known for their captivating, costume clad, joyous, pop performances. Mr Ben & the Bens sound like they were baptised in water from the church of indie classics, the songs of the Lancaster Polymath echo Belle & Sebastian, Teleman, Gorkys Zygotic Mynci and a bit of Bill Ryder-Jones his genuinely great modern songwriting.
'An intoxicating mix of perfectly fitting melodies and vocal strafes' Clash Magazine
'Perfect pop, record of the week' Marc Riley BBC 6 music
'Shimmering with jangling optimism' Picadilly Records
Seazoo is a noisy indie-pop group, influenced by Yo La Tengo, Courtney Barnett and Grandaddy.
2018 saw the band release their first studio album, ‘TRUNKS’, to much critical media acclaim and also shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize. The band has enjoyed significant support from BBC Radio. Plays by Huw Stephens (R1), Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Radcliffe and Maconie, Cerys Matthews (6Music), and also 3 prestigious live Marc Riley sessions at BBC Media City and Maida Vale.
The track ‘Roy’s World’ featured in ‘Best of Recommends’ - records of the year by BBC 6 Music (2017). It will be used through 2019 by the BBC 6 Music early breakfast show as its primary ‘bed-track’. Alt J’s Gus Unger-Hamilton played Seazoo on BBC Radio 1 as a future breakthrough band.
Seazoo has a reputation for being an exceptional live act, appearing at Green Man, Festival No.6, The Great Escape, FOCUS Wales, Swn, Truck and Indietracks. They have toured during 2017/18 as a headline act in the UK, and were also main tour-support to The Lovely Eggs, and also played alongside Circa Waves, Peace and Idles.
Seazoo is currently finishing their second album at Big Jelly Studios with producer Mike Collins (Girl Ray, Pip Blom).
Lady Di will be supporting Seazoo. Royal rock from the makers of Bearsuit - inspired by Dinosaur Junior, Urusei Yatsura, The Breeders and Sonic Youth. Norwich trio Lady Di promises dumb-ass slacker rock, drunk summer nights, chaotic noise, cherry lip balm & hearts on fire.
It's a massive Prancey Dog "welcome back" to Mush, the Leeds band that specialises in wryly-observational, exquisite lo-fi guitar pop. Now signed to Memphis Industries, MUSH's debut album "3D Routine" arrives in Febuary. Following on from their Induction Party EP, Mush is circulating their own sonic mythology, blurring the lines between abstract surrealism, existentialism and social commentary. Like its predecessor 3D Routine is a sensory overload of clattering, hooky, guitar work. However, this time space emerges between the onslaughts and in this respite, room is found for new emotional depth. More expansive than ever before, 3D Routine manages to maintain the rawness of a classic debut but it's experimentation and variety portray a band unlikely to rest on their 'guitar band' chops.