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ANDREW O’NEILL’S HISTORY OF HEAVY METAL – 22nd Sept

We’re very pleased to present ANDREW O’NEILL’S HISTORY OF HEAVY METAL to the Sugarmill on Friday 22nd Sept.

(Oc)cult comedian/ writer/ musician Andrew O’Neill will be performing a show, part stand-up, part gig based on his upcoming book of the same title.

The history of heavy metal brings brings us extraordinary stories of larger-than-life characters living to excess, from the household names of Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Iron Maiden and Metallica, to the brutal notoriety of the underground Norwegian black metal scene and the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. It is the story of a worldwide network of rabid fans escaping everyday mundanity through music, of cut-throat corporate arseholes ripping off those fans and the bands they worship to line their pockets. The expansive pantheon of heavy metal musicians includes junkies, Satanists and murderers, born-again Christians and teetotallers, stadium-touring billionaires and toilet-circuit journeymen.

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

TOSELAND + Special Guests – 15th Nov

The UK rockers TOSELAND return to The Sugarmill.
 
James Toseland began taking piano lessons at the age of eight years old — taught by a professional pianist; and he also started riding motocross bikes on the coal slag heaps close to his home. He would go on to become two-time World Superbike Champion.
 
Throughout his career as a motorcycle racer, music has been central to James’ life – so when forced to retire due to an injury a journey into music came very natural. His full-time music career began by collaborating with Little Angels legend Toby Jepson to write an album packed with hard/classic rock and power ballads. He’s used the grit, determination and will to succeed that made him a double World Superbike Champion to focus on pursuing his first passion in life: music.

KING NO-ONE + Special Guests – 7th Oct

KING NO-ONE return to The Sugarmill on Saturday 7th October.

Following on from a hugely successful headline tour earlier this year, King No-One have been conquering the stage, gaining bigger and bigger audiences with each show and blowing away crowds across the UK with their explosive live performances.

The band have clocked up memorable appearances at festivals such as Reading and Leeds, The Great Escape (BBC Introducing Showcase), Live At Leeds, Dot-To-Dot and a headlining Club NME show at the iconic KOKO in Camden.

Making an undeniable mark as one of the exciting, ‘must see’ bands for 2017, King No-One are set to be exploding across the musical landscape again this year.

Tickets on sale Wednesday 14th June at 9am via The Sugarmill,  Music Mania or Gigantic.

CLEAN CUT KID + Special Guests – Oct 19th

Thrilling fuzz-pop quartet CLEAN CUT KID are coming to The Sugarmill. The four piece are one of the most exciting breakthrough bands in the UK, their inventive take on anthemic guitar-pop the product of intense writing and rehearsal sessions at the band’s practice space in Liverpool. They released their debut album ‘Felt’ back in April. Come and catch them here before they move their sound onto bigger stages.

Tickets on sale Friday 9th June at 10am via The Sugarmill,  Music Mania or Gigantic.

THE BIG MOON + Special Guests – Oct 9th

Following their fantastic set supporting Spring King here last year The Big Moon return to headline The Sugarmill. The Big Moon are an all-girl four-piece out of London. They released their debut album‘Love In The 4th Dimension’ back in April to critical acclaim. Catch them here in October to see what all the (well deserved) fuss is about.

Tickets on sale Friday 2nd June at 9am via The Sugarmill Music Mania or Gigantic.

INHEAVEN + Otherkin + Paris Youth Foundation – Oct 5th

Fusing elements of 90s US indie to an innate British sensibility has seen INHEAVEN build a rapidly growing fanbase. Described by NME as “One of the UK’s most exciting new bands” they return to The Sugarmill this October, following on from high-profile support slots with Circa Waves, Blossoms, Jamie T and Sundara Karma.

Tickets on sale Friday 2nd June at 10am via The Sugarmill Music Mania or Gigantic.

AS LIONS + Dream State + Special Guests – 23rd Sept

AS LIONS play The Sugarmill on Saturday 23rd September.

When As Lions came together in 2015, singer Austin Dickinson recalls, “we had a mission statement to each other and to the music. And that was to create the biggest, baddest hard rock we could, and on an almost cinematic scale.” Hardly the most modest of goals, but one the London-based five-piece go a long way toward realizing on their debut album, Selfish Age, the follow-up to their EP Aftermath released in October 2016. The effort’s 11 dynamic tracks are a study in contrasts, mixing thick, grinding riffs and rhythms with majestically sweeping strings, stately piano tinklings and a hefty dose of atmospheric electronics, all of it shot through with Dickinson’s soaring vocals and introspective lyrics.

Playing sold-out shows in their native England, they garnered plenty of positive press and a growing and devoted fan base.

As Lions are ready to roar, bringing Selfish Age and their incendiary live show to fans everywhere. As for any modest goals they may have in this regard? “Just complete and utter world domination,” Dickinson says with a laugh. “But we don’t talk about that.”

Tickets on sale Monday 22nd May at 10am via The Sugarmill  Music Mania or Gigantic.

LUCY SPRAGGAN + Special Guests – 25th Sept

LUCY SPRAGGAN is back at The Sugarmill on 25th Sept.

For Lucy Spraggan, 2017 has already been a year to remember. The singer-songwriter has already netted her fourth top 40 album and followed that success with a huge tour across the UK and Europe.

Described as ‘a triumph’ by The Sun, I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing was released in January 2017, charting at number 12 in the Official Top 40 Album Chart. It was the second release under her own label, CTRL Records.

Frequently recognized as one of the leading lights in the LGBT community, Spraggan has managed to build her fanbase to a new high, with more than 12,000 tickets sold for her recent Dear You tour. Lucy’s festival season is looking equally busy with shows confirmed at some of the UK’s leading festivals.

Lucy appeared on the X Factor in 2012, since then her audition video has been viewed more than 40 million times. She achieved the unprecedented success of securing a top 20 single (Last Night) and top 40 album (Top Room at the Zoo) while still competing on the TV show. She was also the most Googled musician of 2012,

Lucy immediately signed to Columbia and her debut album Join the Club was a top-ten success. Her next record We Are was released on her own label, after Spraggan opted to take the independent route. The album just missed out on a top twenty position.

Tickets on sale Friday 19th May at 10am via The Sugarmill  Music Mania or Gigantic.

HOLDING ABSENCE + Junior + The Hiding Place – 20th July

Up-and-coming Cardiff rock band HOLDING ABSENCE make their Sugarmill debut on 20th July.

Formed in 2016, the band cite a wide range of influences in their music, from Radiohead to Thy Art Is Murder. Initially their sound was closer to melodic death metal, but they’ve honed their sound, drawing from wider influences to create a sound uniquely their own.

Despite only forming last year, the band have scores of gigs under their belt, and an upcoming slot at this year’s Download Festival. They’ve already achieved so much in such a short space of time, and are one of the hardest working new bands on the scene. Certainly ones to keep an eye on, make sure you check them out.

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

JANE WEAVER + Special Guests – 1st Nov

After first appearing here supporting Black Rivers, JANE WEAVER is returning to The Sugarmill for her first headline show here on 1st November.

Abusing, evading and obliterating 20 years of whimsical pop trends, Jane Weaver’s experience as a truly independent and resilient female experimental songwriter / sound-carrier commands respect and inspiration in equal measures.

Dashing through northern pastures unsaddled and un-blinkered Jane’s journey so-far, from teenage Liverpudlian shoe-gazer to conceptual-pop mistress, has seen her graze with pocket-punk, Synth-pop, acid folk, indie-schmindie, dark-ambient drones, Hollywood soundtracks and girl-group psych.

Raised on the enthusiasm and inspiration of Factory records founder Rob Gretton and counting Doves and Elbow as her early backing bands Jane’s desire to cultivate and promote Manchester’s lesser-documented Female musicians lead to her long-running Bird records imprint (releasing the earliest recordings of Cate Le Bon, Beth Jeans Houghton and Maxine Peake) housed in the anti-office of Andy Votel’s Twisted Nerve label.

Meanwhile her presence as a live performer has been requested by the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Guy Garvey (Meltdown), Laetitia Sadier, Richard Hawley, Josephine Foster and Gruff Rhys. Jane’s music has appeared in fashion campaigns for Chanel and Chloe plus a wide-range of TV and Cinematic productions.

2017 will see the release of new music, yet to be announced, with a busy live schedule expected later in the year through 2018.

Tickets go on sale Friday 28th April via The Sugarmill  Music Mania or Gigantic.

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