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.
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.
The awesome BLACK PEAKS return to The Sugarmill on 5th July.
There are those bands who are content to fit neatly into pre-ordained boxes set for them, and then there are bands who take one look at those boxes, chuckle to themselves, and proceed to throw every preconception and narrow-minded assumption straight out of the window. Brighton’s Black Peaks are firmly and unapologetically the latter.
Influences are drawn from the most broad and varied wells imaginable: from the sprawling, wide-eyed prog-isms of The Mars Volta to the lead-fingered riffing of Mastodon to the deft melodicism of City And Colour and plenty more besides there are touches from almost every edge of the musical palette in Black Peaks’ remarkable offering.
That penchant for leaving heads spinning and jaws on the floor though is perhaps most ably demonstrated through a live show best described as frenetic to the point of exorcistic.
That unswerving dedication to carving out the most exquisitely euphoric onstage displays possible has led to appearances at virtually every festival the UK has to offer. From there, support from Radio 1’s Annie Mac and Daniel P Carter has followed alongside the enthusiastic patronage from Zane Lowe who described the band as “Exceptional”.
THE STRYPES return to The Sugarmill on Saturday 9th Sept, for the first time since their SELL-OUT show here back in 2013.
Hands down the most exciting rock ‘n’ roll band to emerge from the British Isles in the 2010’s, The Strypes are striking back with redoubled energy in 2017. After a whirlwind four years of non-stop touring and hyperbolic claims on their behalf, the four youngsters from rural Ireland came off the road to work on the defining album of their career so far.
As yet untitled, this fabulously diverse record effortlessly transcends The Strypes’ roots in adrenalized R&B, to present them as songwriters of skill and maturity beyond their tender years, influenced as much by New Wave heroes like Squeeze and Elvis Costello, as by their formative fascination with the blues. Producer Ethan Johns captured all of their fizzing chemistry onstage, while also helping them realise their own potential as songwriters.
RYAN MCMULLAN makes his Sugarmill debut on 15th September.
Hailing from Portaferry, a small seaside town in Northern Ireland, the 26 year old is a fresh new talent on the singer/songwriter scene. In a short space of 3 years has made his way from the small clubs in Ireland to playing in arenas to thousands of people.
He’s had multiple successful tours; opening a 31 date tour with Ed Sheeran in 2017, playing a handful of shows in NYC (one being a headline sold out show in the Rockwood Music Hall), and touring with the likes of Foy Vance in America, the UK and Europe.
Ryan’s future is certainly set to be a bright one.
BREAK STUFF : A NIGHT OF NU-METAL NOSTALGIA ‘RAGE AGAINST THE BIZKIT’ SPECIAL
1 HOUR OF RATM VS LIMP BIZKIT FROM MIDNIGHT
EXPECT TO HEAR:
Limp Bizkit | Linkin Park | Deftones | A Perfect Circle | Kid Rock | Alien Ant Farm | Puddle of Mudd | Spineshank | Creed | Amen | Coal Chamber | Slipknot | Korn | Godsmack | Bloodhound Gang | Incubus | Papa Roach | System Of A Down | Dry Kill Logic | Rage Againt The Machine | Crazy Town | Soulfly | Mushroomhead | Andrew WK | Soil | Hed P.E | Staind | Ill Nino | Autonomy | Sepultura | Static X | Rival Schools | 36 Crazyfists | Drowning Pool | Marilyn Manson | Avenged Sevenfold | Saliva | Static X | P.O.D | Fear Factory | Rob Zombie and many more
Classic ‘Attitude Era’ Wrestling Cinema
– Classic PPVs from the Attitude Era of wrestling on the big screen
Big Screen Mario Kart on N64
TWIN WILD hit The Sugarmill on 25th May, in support of their new EP release.
Hailed by Edith Bowman as “The love child of Bastille and Biffy Clyro” , the band have turned industry heads by stacking up plays on Spotify. They signed to PIAS in 2015 and have supported the likes of Nothing But Thieves, PVRIS and You Me At Six on tour.
We’re pleased to announce that we’ve been nominated for Music Week’s Grassroots Venue: Spirit Of The Scene honour at next month’s Music Week Awards.
In association with the Music Venue Trust, this new award will recognise the achievements of grassroots venues, as they struggle to survive in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Venues must have a capacity of less than 500 to qualify.
The shortlist is as follows:
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
The Joiners, Southampton
The Lexington, London
Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast
The Sugarmill, Stoke
We’re honoured to be on this list.
JUDAS return to The Sugarmill for their first ever headline show at the venue on Sat 13th May.
The four-piece hail from all over the UK, but are based in London. Their reputation as one of the best up-and-coming indie bands in the country is certainly justified by their live shows. Frontman John Clancy certainly knows how to command a stage, and has a hell of a band to back him up, as previous performances at The Sugarmill have proven.
In their two years as a band they’ve already played pretty much everywhere in the country, appeared at many big festivals and have appeared on Soccer AM.
It’s really only just beginning for these guys…