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JOHN SMITH + Special Guests – 1st Feb

JOHN SMITH makes his Sugarmill debut on 1st Feb.

John Smith has played to audiences all over the world in festival tents, living rooms and sold-out concert halls. He tours relentlessly with his guitars, looking to communicate through a song and to share something intangible with those willing to listen. His uniquely intimate take on love, loss or even a mythic murder ballad, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following.

John has opened shows for Iron and Wine, John Martyn, Tinariwen and Gil Scott-Heron, and has performed alongside the likes of Jackson Browne, Jerry Douglas, Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker and Rodney Crowell.

In his occasional role as session musician he has played electric guitar for David Gray, Lisa Hannigan, LeAnn Rimes and Lianne La Havas.

It’s all for the love of the guitar. John plays a rumbling acoustic fingerstyle but sometimes uses a slide or plays the guitar on his lap. His playing and honey-on-gravel vocals have brought crowds the world over to pin-drop silence and rapturous applause.

John has self-released five albums: “The Fox and the Monk” (2006), “Map Or Direction” (2009), “Eavesdropping” (2011) ”Great Lakes” (2013) and Headlong (2017).

“He’s a magician” – Ben Howard

“Spellbinding” – Time Out

Tickets on sale via The Sugarmill  Music Mania or Gigantic.

SPRING KING + Special Guests – 9th Feb

SPRING KING are returning to The Sugarmill on 9th Feb.

Spring King are one of the UK’s most exciting new bands, no question. But it’s not in their nature to take the easy route. From a bathroom-based de facto studio to their superb debut album ‘Tell Me If You Like To’, their story is a victory for any band plugging away endlessly in the hope of one day achieving their dreams.

Spring King have racked up hundreds of shows, some game-changing moments. Their first stateside trips to CMJ in 2014 and SXSW in 2015 playing the BBC Introducing showcase – marking the band out as British talent capable of taking the transatlantic jump. The summer prior, BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens picked them to play a slot on his Lake Stage at Latitude Festival. Plus tours with some of the country’s biggest names – from Wolf Alice to Slaves – gave them a platform to launch from.

While on the road, DJs like Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and Triple J’s Zan Rowe have fallen for the group’s in-your-face, enlivened force. They’ve been press darlings from the start, too. NME and DIY have been loyal fans, while The Guardian, Stereogum and The Line of Best Fit have also tracked their journey.

Tickets go on sale 10am Friday 20th Oct via The Sugarmill  Music Mania or Gigantic.

PULLED APART BY HORSES + Special Guests – 11th Dec

We’re very excited to welcome PULLED APART BY HORSES back to The Sugarmill on 11th December.

The Leeds outfit need very little introduction from us. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should be more than familiar with their particular brand of exhilarating live performance and brilliantly experimental sound.

They released their fourth album ‘The Haze’ back in March.

We can’t wait to witness them rip up our stage again!

Tickets go on general sale 10am Friday 6th Oct via The Sugarmill  Music Mania or Gigantic.

KING PARROT + Obey+ Special Guests – 10th Nov

KING PARROT headline The Sugarmill on Friday 10th November.

Like a pitch fork to the skull King Parrot are ready to tear through your eyes, ears and brain once again with their 3rd full length release Ugly Produce. A step-up in every sense, the reckless Aussies have topped themselves with another savagely brutal LP; a ten-track feast of distinctively punishing and powerful anthems veined deeply in the extreme underground sound.

Never the band to shy away from their roots and the scene that gave birth to them, King Parrot are forever on a mission to take this depraved, insidious wrecking machine to audiences around the globe. Their unique over the top sound is ever prevalent and honed further on ‘Ugly Produce’ while remaining true to the fundamental ideals the band started with; Angst, Aggression, Absurdity and Antics.

After recording 2015’s Dead Set in the US, 2017 saw the band head back home to where it all began – recording their third full-length album with Blood Duster’s Jason PC, at the enigmatic Goatsound Studios. Ugly Produce reaches new heights in abrasive song-writing and serves up an odious pile of repulsive flavours you wouldn’t want to find on your local fruit and vegetable shelves. A repugnant harvest of the band’s gnarled and nasty fusion of grind, death metal, thrash, and punk rock having become more caustic than ever.
King Parrot have evolved into a fully-fledged touring and creative force barely stopping for a breath since their inception on the international metal scene in 2013. Tour after tour with the likes of Soulfly, Obituary, Down, Cattle Decapitation, Exodus, Superjoint, Voivod and their own headlining tours in Australia, the band are now hardened road warriors. King Parrot possess a rare and deep hunger for the raucous and off the wall live shows that they’ve become revered for. These outings fuel the creative drive within the band to compose only the most angst-driven and vile expressions to ensure maximum involvement from audiences that lap up every frantic beat, chainsaw riff and psychotic scream. Ugly Produce is a testament to the blood, sweat and tears poured into everything King Parrot does.

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

AEG PRESENTS: MEGAN MCKENNA + Special Guests – 2nd Dec

Following the release of her single ‘Far Cry From Love’ which knocked Taylor Swift from the top of the iTunes chart, Megan McKenna will be going on her first ever tour this winter.

Fresh from showcasing her love of country music on her own ITVBe show ‘There’s Something About Megan’, Megan has released two country songs is currently back in the studio working on her debut album.

Megan McKenna appeared on series 3 & 4 of MTV’s Ex on the Beach, where her hilarious and infectious personality left the public wanting more. This caused Megan to become an obvious choice when casting began for Celebrity Big Brother and she appeared on the Channel 5 show in January 2016. In the Celebrity Big Brother house, Megan’s infamous hunger rants were a massive talking point of the series. However, Megan was also remembered for showcasing her exceptional singing voice and she won the public vote in the housemate talent contest.

Megan honed her talent when she was younger by studying full time at The Arts Educational theatre school in London. Megan reached the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent at the tender age of 16 in the female singing duo Harmony and then reached the six chair challenge of the X Factor in 2014. Megan who is from Woodford, Essex previously appeared on ITV’s TOWIE where she auditioned for and was chosen to be a member of Jess Wright’s girl band Lola. Therefore, when the call came last year for Megan to make a cameo appearance on TOWIE’s 200th episode, Megan was thrilled and accepted. After an overwhelmingly positive response to her cameo by the viewers, Megan was asked by producers to become a full-time cast member.

Tickets go on sale Friday 29th Sept at 9am via AXS Ticketweb. The Sugarmill  Music Mania  Gigantic

 

TURBOWOLF + Vodun + Youyesyou – 26th Oct

TURBOWOLF are here at The Sugarmill on 26th October.

Not ones for fitting into any particular genre – although rock and roll, punk, psych and electronica are all fitting descriptions for them at some points – the Bristol four-piece are undoubtedly one of the finest British bands currently on the scene.

Since formation in 2011, they’ve toured with the likes of Death From Above 1979, The 80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Pulled Apart By Horses – and even Korn and Dimmu Borgir!

Tickets go on sale Friday 8th Sept at 9am via The Sugarmill  Music Mania or Gigantic.

THE BLINDERS + Special Guests – 10th Feb

We’re very pleased to welcome THE BLINDERS to The Sugarmill on 10th Feb.

With a naturally passionate and intense presence, this trio mean very much to a growing number of music fans, despite being unknown outside of the UK’s currently exploding underground rock and roll dimension.

Punky and psychaedelic, they are partly inspired by poetry and literature. Their live show is a charismatic, theatrical live experience of intensity, possessed by the spirits of musical greatness. Amidst a myriad of widely varying comparisons, their energy pulses with a unique punkadelic sound. In turn, the music is building a movement.

The Blinders bring with them a youthful, vibrant collective of friends and believers. Musical maverick peers, creators, performers and dreamers, outsiders and insiders united in support of something new and now. “a band that will make history, they have all the elements” (Northern Exposure)

Tickets go on sale Friday 1st Sept at 10am via The Sugarmill  Music Mania or Gigantic.

ARCANE ROOTS + Fizzy Blood + In The Cards – 21st Oct

ARCANE ROOTS are back at The Sugarmill on 21st October as part of their ‘Melancholia Hymns’ tour.

Since forming in 2011, the British three piece have made quite the reputation for themselves as one of the most formidable live bands on the scene. Alongside headline tours, and festival smashes, they’ve supported the likes of Muse, Biffy Clyro, Enter Shikari, Dry The River and Jimmy Eat World.

Their second full length album is much-anticpiated (it’s been four years since their debut album ‘Blood and Chemistry’), and the band have been largely missing for the last twelve months, having played no headline shows in 2016, just a few big support shows, to allow time in the studio.

Support – FIZZY BLOOD + SPECIAL GUESTS

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

LOUIS BERRY + Faraday + The Racket – 25th Oct

The supremely talented LOUIS BERRY returns to The Sugarmill on 25th October.

“Most music today is cheap. I don’t want to write a nursery rhyme which sounds like it’s being sung by a 14-year old. I found a strength in music which used to be a fear. Now I want to be an icon for people like me, from my background, from those communities, who feel like they’ve got no prospects” – Louis Berry.

When Louis Berry was growing up in a troubled household and heading into some more of his own, his grandfather took him to one side and gave him a banjo.

The banjo eventually gave way to the guitar – and Louis only returned to music after a long period of going seriously off the rails, but the likable lad from Liverpool’s Kirkby district has barely had a moment to look back. He signed a publishing deal at his first gig, a record deal at the second, and has since recorded in the country capital of Nashville and learned his craft in Hamburg, just like the Beatles 50 years before him. Along the way, there have been rapturously received shows and festival triumphs, while his debut EP, Rebel, received Radio 1’s Zane Lowe’s coveted honour, “the hottest record in the world today.”

Louis’s fiery, uptempo, social commentary-filled rock ‘n’ roll music is delivered in a Liverpudlian Dylan rasp and acknowledges his key influences – Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke and Tupac Shakur – without sounding one bit arch, knowing, stylised or retro.

His story isn’t a typical one of a modern rising star, either. It’s one of incredible hardship in Liverpool’s “Smack city”, drifts into criminality and high speed car chases – but one in which the self-confessed “lonely rebel with a revolutionary mind” has made it through and now intends to make a difference.

Tickets go on sale Friday 1st Sept at 10am via The Sugarmill  Music Mania or Gigantic.

ELECTRIC FRIDAYS AND JAGERMEISTER PRESENT: THE HALLOWEEN ALL-NIGHTER

It’s the biggest all-nighter of the year.

We’ve teamed up with our pals at Jagermeister again to bring you the best Halloween party in town.

As usual, we will have CASH PRIZES for fancy dress, so get working on you costumes asap.

1st Prize – £100

2nd Prize – £50

3rd Prize – £25

10pm – 6am

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