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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 14th Oct.

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 9am Fri 17th May via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

DECLAN WELSH AND THE DECADENT WEST + Pretty Feels + 2 Hour Overkill + Lysander – 19th June

Declan Welsh is a songwriter and poet from Glasgow. With his band, The Decadent West they create music that is unapologetic, direct and with a message of humanity. With performances in Palestine (as part of a Glaswegian cultural exchange), The Great Escape and London Fashion Week under their belt in the last year, Welsh and his band are ready to take the next by storm.

Out June 1st, the Glaswegian outfit’s debut EP ‘All My Dreams Are Dull’ offers a snapshot into the mind of the young poet as he he muses about the banality of modern living as his band charge through anthemic rock songs drenched in chorus and filled with youthful energy. From the nihilistic, festival ready lead single ‘Lull’ to the Serge Gainsbourg indebted ‘Do What You Want’, Welsh explores themes of sexual liberation and toxic masculinity, with anti-fascist live favourites ‘Nazi Boys’ and ‘No Pasaran’ seeing him at his most scathing, unapologetically expressing his intolerance of the intolerant.

They now embark on their first tour of the UK and Ireland, taking Welsh’s seething punk poetry and  anthemic indie rock on the road, winning over scores of fans in their native Glasgow, as well as receiving praise from the likes of BBC 6 Music, The Line Of Best Fit and BBC Radio Scotland. They also venture to the mainland where they will be playing shows across Germany and Austria.

Rare is it these days to find someone which you can foresee people actually making an emotional investment in. Declan Welsh is, by all accounts, one such individual.The Line Of Best Fit

‘Artists with genuine integrity and something relevant to say, Welsh and band are a must see.’The Scotsman

‘…theres an immense sense of pride for the musician whos become integral to the scene in Scotland using music to make the world a better place.’ Tenement TV

Support From: Pretty Feels + 2 Hour Overkill + Lysander

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

MICHAEL MONROE (Hanoi Rocks) + Special Guests – 8th Nov

Ex-Hanoi Rocks MICHAEL MONROE is at The Sugarmill on Friday 8thNov.

Former Hanoi Rocks Frontman Michael Monroe is excited to announce that he will be doing a full European tour at the end of this year in support of his band’s forthcoming and much anticipated new album ‘One Man Gang’, with the album being released to coincide with the tour. Label details to be announced shortly.

 

Michael Monroe says “I am very excited to announce that me and my band will be heading out for a full European tour this winter in support of our brilliant new album ”One Man Gang” which is going to be released this fall.  It’s an ”all killers, no fillers” album and I can’t wait for you to hear it.  I also can’t wait to see you down the road!”

 

The band’s all-star line-up features former Hanoi Rocks & New York Dolls bass player Sami Yaffa, who has played with Michael since the 80’s. Meanwhile, on guitar duties, the band now have Rich Jones (formerly of The Ginger Wildheart band) plus guitar legend Steve Conte (best known as the guitarist who filled the void left by Johnny Thunders in the New York Dolls, as well as playing guitar with many other name acts such as Suzi Quatro, Eric Burden & many more) and drummer Karl Rockfist (who has played with notable acts such as Danzig)

Tickets on sale Fri 10th May via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

SEA GIRLS + Special Guests – 19th Oct

With instantaneous, festival ready, euphoric guitar anthems in spades, Sea Girls have firmly set their sights on 2019 as theirs for the taking. Having met as teenagers, and dispersing for University, vocalist Henry Camamile headed south from studying in Newcastle to join the rest of the band in London, including guitarist Rory Young who had been studying Art at Goldsmiths. Ever since the four piece, consisting of vocalist and guitarist Henry, guitarist Rory, drummer Oli Khan and bassist Andrew Dawson, have consistently torn up the rule book, selling out venues up and down the country, their fanbase exploding all the while, as well as wreaking havoc at each and every one of the almost 25 festivals they played in 2018. Furthermore, Sea Girls were named as one of the BBC’s Sound Of… artists for 2019, the only band on the list. Fevered attention from DJs at Radio 1 greeted their last single All I Want To Hear You Say (it was Tune Of The Week with both Annie Mac and Jack Saunders) as well as strong support across Radio X and Amazing Radio, as well as a huge raft of support in to 2019 from the likes of NME, Metro and Time Out, with The Independent declaring “​a fresh, uplifting and bold guitar-based sound that captures the spirit of youth”​. With three EPs to their name, featuring the pneumatic, infectious punch of Too Much Fun, Eat Me Whole, What For, Call Me Out, All I Want To Hear You Say, as well as new single Open Up Your Head, these tracks have followed the trusty formula of being unrelenting guitar-fronted bangers that sound custom-made for the radio airwaves, festivals, headline shows and everything in between. With their debut album upcoming this year, Sea Girls are bringing things forward to the pure joy of what a band should be. Not only is the sky the limit for this incredibly talented young band, but this really is only just the beginning.

Tickets on sale on the 3rd May via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

 

MAD DOG MCREA + Special Guests – 23rd Nov

Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea are, in every sense of the word, a live, band.

Matched with the unshakable dedication of their massive and “loyal-to-the-hilt”, fan base – Mad Dog Mcrea are more than just a very popular, festival act – with five albums under their belts, they are serious and acclaimed recording artists too. During 2019 Mad Dog Mcrea will be in the studio recording a new album.

The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard!

Tickets on sale on the 26th of April via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

AIRWAYS + Special Guests – 25th Oct

Airways have been described as “a young, refreshing and exciting indie rock band with hints of Arctic Monkeys, Cage The Elephant, Gorillaz and Twenty One Pilots”.

The band from Peterborough via Chicago, consist of Jake (singer/guitarist), Alex (guitarist), Jamie (bass) and Brian (drums). Having played Reading and Leeds before their one-year anniversary as a band in 2016, their story is an unusual one. Singer Jake ran into Brian in LA by chance when spending some time there writing music, and upon finding out he was a drummer asked him to join his up until then non-existing band on the spot. 2 months later Brian stood on Jake’s doorstep in Peterborough and Airways was born. Still short of a guitarist and bassist, Jake recruited lifelong friend Alex and Birmingham based Jamie to join their newly founded band.

Along the way, they’ve supported a diverse mix of artists on sold out UK tours like Nothing But Thieves, Sunset Sons and The Hunna. Airways also managed to enlist Nothing But Thieves guitarist Dom Craik as co-producer for their debut EP as well as Julian Emery, who is best known for his work with Nothing But Thieves and Lissie.

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

LIGHT THE TORCH + Vulgore + I Am Pariah – 27th April

The winds of change most definitely fanned the flame for LIGHT THE TORCH. On their 2018 full-length debut »Revival«[Nuclear Blast], the Los Angeles, CA trio—Howard Jones[vocals], Francesco Artusato[guitar], and Ryan Wombacher[bass]—drew from five years together as DEVIL YOU KNOWonly to forge a wholly distinct path. Amidst myriad struggles, they returned from the brink under a new banner.

The musicians quietly struck the match for LIGHT THE TORCHduring 2017. Without so much as telling either the label or management, they wrote the 12 anthems comprising »Revival«and recorded them in Los Angeles with the help of WOVENWAR and AS I LAY DYINGbassist and producer Josh Gilbert[BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, SUICIDE SILENCE] behind the board. Joined by EXTINCTION A.D.drummer Mike “Scuzz” Sciularabehind the kit, the guys put their heads down and really focused on making an album as a whole, placing more emphasis on the songs flowing cohesively from one to the next.

As far as“where they’ve been”goes, LIGHT THE TORCHmaintains one of the most esteemed pedigrees in modern heavy music. From Howard’s decade at the helm of GRAMMY®Award-nominated and gold-selling titans KILLSWITCH ENGAGEand Francesco’s much-lauded stint in ALL SHALL PERISHand status as a shred virtuoso to Ryan’s tenure in BLEEDING THROUGH, there’s no shortage of experience. Still, »Revival«marks an important moment for all three men.

“It was a long road to get here,”reveals the singer. “We reworked everything. Once we started this, things snowballed. It was like, ‘Wow, we can breathe again.’ »Revival«felt like the appropriate name.”

Ultimately,LIGHT THE TORCHignites the future for not only its members but metal at large.

Tickets go on sale Fri 12th April at 10am via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

RASCALTON + Feedbacc + 2 Hour Overkill

Rascalton are Jack, Steve, Mark and Grieg. A project born in a garage between four friends. In 2017 their debut single ‘This Is It’ introduced to the world their no-nonsense aggro punk sound. In a short space of time they leapt fully formed from the basements of Glasgow’s flourishing Punk/Garage scene to selling out shows around the country and touring Europe with Benjamin Booker. The band have taken 2018 by storm with their debut EP & supported bands such as Idles, Cabbage, and Marmozets along with multiple festival appearances. The band are set to close out the year with new releases & their biggest headline show at 500 cap Saint Luke’s, Glasgow.

Rascalton, A 4-piece indie rock outfit from Glasgow, are part of a new wave of Scottish acts who are reclaiming the word “band”, bringing it back to its roots of self-expression within a community, of like-minded individuals sharing art as not only a means of enjoyment but of survival.

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

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