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THE DUNWELLS + Special Guests – 23rd Oct

Leeds indie/pop outfit THE DUNWELLS headline The Sugarmill on 23rdOct.

The Dunwells’ songwriting has grown over the years since school, enriched by extensive US and UK touring in support of the band’s 2013 debut, Blind Sighted Faith. “There were so many euphoric moments on tour, and we’ve tried to capture those feelings in the new songs,” says Dave. Those memorable moments included an appearance on Late Night With Jay Leno and performances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Fest and the Bonnaroo Festival, as well as sold out shows across the UK.

Tickets on sale now via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

PRESS TO MECO + Chapter and Verse + Special Guests – 2nd Oct

PRESS TO MECO headline The Sugarmill on 2ndOct.

Support from: CHAPTER AND VERSE

Press to MECO’ are guitarist/vocalist Luke Caley, bassist/vocalist Adam Roffey and drummer/vocalist Lewis Williams, a trio on a relentless pursuit to harness their sound into a punchy, driving and visceral powerhouse.

Luke, Adam and Lewis have found creative inspiration in bands like ‘SikTh’, ‘The Dillinger Escape Plan’, ‘Rueben’, ‘Everything Everything’, ‘Manchester Orchestra’ and ‘Deftones’; to pop artists ‘ABBA’ and ‘Michael Jackson’.

‘Press to MECO’ are the perfect synthesis of technical proficiency and attention grabbing bursts of energy. They are a progressive hardcore rock metal pop band hailing from Crawley/Croydon; performing off-kilter, unreasonably catchy songs, full of twists and turns. Alternating vocals blending into 3-part harmonies, coming together with sometimes beautiful, sometimes forceful, always overwhelmingly powerful instrumental breakdowns. The ideal mix of technicality and catchiness delivered with pop sensibilities that are just plain fun.

Tickets on sale Weds 12th June via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

BRIX AND THE EXTRICATED + Special Guests – 31st Oct

Brix & The Extricated have announced a UK tour for autumn 2019 to promote their third studio album Super Blood Wolf Moon following on from their critically acclaimed albums Breaking State (2018) and Part 2 (2017).

Live the Extricated are multi dimensional with their hypnotic brutality conjoined with a delicate vulnerability. The band perform with a vital energy led by spellbinding front woman Brix Smith. They play with no restrictions and a sense of dangerous freedom in their live shows that is both boundary pushing and dimension smashing.

To experience the full dynamic spectrum of this incredible band seeing them live is a must.

Brix & The Extricated were formed in 2014 by iconic vocalist/ guitarist Brix Smith Start and legendary bass player Stephen Hanley. Stephen’s brother Paul joined on drums reigniting the Hanley Brothers powerhouse rhythm section. The inclusion of Steve Trafford (Fall Heads Roll) on guitar brought together these influential, former members of The Fall. The line up was completed with the addition of dynamic Irish guitarist Jason Brown.

Tickets on sale now via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania or Gigantic.

THE SNUTS + Special Guests – 21st Sept

THE SNUTS are back at The Sugarmill on 21st Sept.

This tour announcement follows the release last week of their explosive debut Parlophone single ‘All Your Friends’. Produced by Inflo (Karen O / Danger Mouse, Michael Kiwanuka, Little Simz), the track possesses an irresistibly catchy raw edge and a massive chorus.

The video, directed by Ronan Corrigan and Hope Kemp, has both the humour and charm of long gone classics as the band are literally caught up in a shopping channel TV advert fuelled by their much loved Buckfast.

Already garnering a massive following in Scotland and across the UK and with support from the likes of BBC 6 Music, Radio 1, Clash and Dork Magazine, The Snuts are set for a massive 2019. They have a big summer of festivals ahead of them followed by their own headline tour before joining Lewis Capaldi as special guests on his November UK tour.

Tickets on sale Fri 7th June via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

BOSTON MANOR + Modern Error + Special Guests – 11th Nov

BOSTON MANOR are at The Sugarmill on 11thNovember.

From the moment the title track kicks off ‘Welcome To The Neighbourhood’, Boston Manor’s second full-length, it’s clear that the Blackpool-based five-piece are not quite the same band they were before. That’s because – just like anyone and anything – they’ve changed with time. They’re still very much Boston Manor, but their musical and lyrical focus is shifting. That doesn’t mean they’re leaving their past behind, though. Rather, they’re building on the sound of 2016’s debut full-length, ‘Be Nothing’, as well as ‘Saudade’, their EP from the previous year, to understand and transition into who they are now.

Despite the new sounds that infiltrate this record – which was recorded by Mike Sapone (Taking Back Sunday, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Envy On The Coast) – Boston Manor are just as ferocious and immediate as ever. They may be embracing new elements in their sound but listen to the savage hooks of ‘Flower In Your Dustbin’ or the vicious vitriol of ‘Hate You’ and there’s no doubt who has made this record, and the band’s new album is just as emotionally charged and meaningful as ever. With that comes a hope that this album, by addressing the issues it does, can have a positive impact on the future.

Tickets on sale Weds 5th June via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS + Special Guests – 24th Oct

PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS headline The Sugarmill on 24thOct.

“Entrancing, mind altering, and a breath of fresh air. Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are revitalising the Psych Rock genre one riff at a time”

Renowned for their crowd surfing inducing, mosh pit embracing live show as best described by The Music “The bands overpowering energy fractures the boundaries of logic & sound”. The four piece have also created their own independent record label, What Reality? Records.

Tickets on sale Fri 31st May via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

JOHN NEWMAN + Special Guests – 11th July **SOLD OUT**

John Newman, owner of one of the most distinctive voices, writer and performer of some of the biggest anthems including 3 number 1 singles, has decided it’s time for a change. Since bursting onto the scene as the co-writer and voice on Rudimental’s classic “Feel The Love” John has travelled the world, headlining some of the most legendary venues and performing on some of the biggest stages. Now he wants to get back to where it all started, return to his performing roots in smaller, more intimate venues, venues where he can properly connect again with his fans.

 

The shows, with a stripped back band ,will see John performing a mixture of new/ unheard songs as well as all his classic hits. Fans will need to keep their eyes trained across John’s socials as he will be turning up, in a camper van, to perform and meet fans at various clubs and bars in towns and cities across the UK. These intimate evenings,  which will run alongside some of the previously announced major festival performances, will help bring the music back to the people.

 

Speaking about the scaled back tour, John says “I’ve really missed being in smaller venues; real, honest, up-close gigs like the ones I used to play when I first started out.  Thinking back to those days I decided to strip everything back to the core – voice, guitar and songs.  The thought of just turning up to venues in parts of the country off the beaten touring circuit, was very appealing to me. The big festival appearances and arena shows are amazing and I love doing them but there’s something incredible about performing in a small room where you can actually look the audience in the eye and feel that energy. The fans will also get to hear new songs that I’ve been saving up, as well as the ones they know. I’ve called it “The Out Of The Blue Tour” because I want that feeling of just turning up somewhere, setting up and playing a great show. I’m really excited about this and can’t wait to get out there. ”

Tickets on sale 10am Fri 31st May via  The Sugarmill or SEE Tickets.

JOHNNY LLOYD + Special Guests – 7th Nov

Former Tribes frontman JOHNNY LLOYD is at The Sugarmill on 7th November.

Johnny Lloyd has come a long way, along riskier roads, finding a plot of his own and starting to rebuild. In 2014, after two top 40 albums, world tours and support slots with Pixies and The Rolling Stones, Johnny disbanded the critically and commercially beloved Tribes. Taking the hazy pop sound he’d spearheaded with is bandmates, Johnny spent little in time taking it into darker, rougher territory. He founded a new musical home and friendships with Jamie T, Mike Crossey (The 1975, Hozier) and Hugo White (The Maccabees), who helped guide the recording of his first two solo EPs.

 

His debut EP ‘Dreamland’, released in 2016 by Xtra Mile Recordings and produced by Jamie T and Hugo White is a rousing but melancholic attempt to “find a new place in life” full of “new beginnings (and) realisations”. His journey continued on 2017’s EdenEP, which shows further depth to Johnny’s sound and intentions. But after almost 200 shows in support of his new songs, in the UK and Mexico, and with plans for a debut album well on their way, a new route presented itself.

 

Johnny started to expand his songwriting abilities away from his own songs and instead producing music for television and film with over 1,000 uses of Johnny’s music on TV in 2017 alone. This included film trailers, the acclaimed serial-killer biopic My Friend Dahmerand even getting the chance to score his first full-length feature film, Rare Beasts, in 2018. As productive as he was in the last 12 months, and relishing his work, a lot had begun to change in Johnny’s life and his own music now needed to reflect that.

 

“I had all these songs by the end of 2018 that I’d been holding back from my film work. I knew there was something brewing but it all felt a little more personal than maybe I was used to in the past. A lot has changed in my life. I met someone special, and I’ve become a dad; my whole subject matter has changed. I wanted to make something more intimate and without the restraints of a band.”

 

Ensconced in a 10ft square bunker in north London, far from the bright lights of Hollywood, Johnny and producer Nathan Coen laid down just one law for the debut album.

“The only rule on the whole thing was: no more than three takes. I wanted it to be raw and have an element of risk to it. I love polished pop, but I’m not that.” For the finishing touches Johnny called in talented mates Frank Turner, Hugo White (The Maccabees) and Adam Prendergast of Harry Styles’s band. “It’s always great making music with friends and I wanted that unknown element to come from people I respect and trust.”

 

It was a mature and rewarding decision. You can hear the intimacy and desire to convey Johnny’s personal renovations and revelations on the album: the record tackles growth, getting sober and becoming a father. “I think the record is about accepting who I am, what I sound like and where I’m at. It’s been about accepting the mistakes I’ve made and looking forward to the future.” An artist and an album born within these times, as befits a new sense of responsibility, will sync with the political mess we’ve got ourselves into. It’s most evident on the self-explanatory ‘Mass Shooting’.

 

“I’ve spent a lot of time in America in the last two years. You just can’t go a day without a shooting. It feels frightening and confusing. I love America but I don’t agree with the politics and I felt like writing about it. It’s not a subject matter I would have gone near in the past.”

 

With the album set for release in early May 2019, and tours being booked for the UK, Europe and further afield, Johnny Lloyd is back with a renewed sense of direction, a sure and steadfast attitude that is echoed throughout the album. The blurred sonics are no longer part of his vision and a stark, solid monument to his future has been built.

 

When we rebuild, our foundations tend to be stronger than ever, and Johnny Lloyd’s groundwork means the sky is within reach, a better launchpad to go beyond expectations, of others’ and his own.

 

 

Tickets on sale now via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

MARTHA REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS – 24th Aug

We’re very please to announce that Motown legend MARTHA REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS are coming back to The Sugarmill on 24th Aug.

The group’s hits include “Nowhere To Run”, “Heatwave”, “Dancing In The Street”, “Jimmy Mack” and many more.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see some true legends on our stage!

Tickets on sale now via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

 

LARKINS + Special Guests – 14th Oct

We’re very pleased to welcome back LARKINS to The Sugarmill on 13th Nov.

This year has seen Larkins make a huge statement as one of the most exciting and in-demand bands to emerge from Manchester in recent times.

The guitar-pop collective released their debut single ‘TV Dream’ on Good Soldier Records to an immense response from both fans and media, quickly clocking up over a million streams. The song proved a radio hit and featured on the playlists of Radio 1, BBC Introducing and Radio X, while the band have also received support from Zane Lowe on Beats 1.

The release led the band to sell out a landmark hometown show to 2000 rapturous fans at Manchester’s Albert Hall. Capturing the moment perfectly, Larkins release the live album Larkins: Live At The Albert Hall, Manchester. It is available to stream now and can be purchased physically from July 5th on CD, cassette and vinyl.

As an undeniable proven live force Larkins have sold out headline shows across the UK and Europe, and played their first US shows this year at SXSW Festival. The band are currently recording their debut album with producers Dan Nigro (A-Trak, Sky Ferreira, Lewis Capaldi) and Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, Fun, Kid Cudi) – a record which is sure to send Larkins even further into the stratosphere.

“Manchester’s next arena act” – Manchester Evening News

“Big bold anthems of the future” – Jo Good, Radio X

“Straight laced indie pop filled with anthemic choruses and heartfelt lyricisms” – The Line of Best Fit

Tickets on sale now via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

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