July 3rd and 4th, Brighton Beach, Brighton
The build up to Paddle Round The Pier 2010 continues to grow. Word has just got in about the band confirmations for this years PRTP event ? Europe's largest free festival! Here's what you can look forward to:
Saturday 3rd July
Jo Harman Project
Having burst on to the Brighton scene last year as an emotion fuelled voice of rare distinction, Jo and her first class band of impressively CV'd musicians have already caused a very real stir with performances at prestigious venues and festivals as well as opening locally for legendary acts such as AWB and Marlena Shaw. Having now freed herself from a pop project with a grammy winning producer, Harman and her band seem determined to make music they truly believe in, with material which is hard to pigeon hole but which nods to, amongst other things, down home soul, gospel and even country blues.
'With music of true gravitas and quality, Harman and her band stand head and shoulders above the crowd' - Brighton Live
The Half Sisters
Sisters Isadora and Freya-rose together with their best friend Fifi, began busking across the streets of Brighton and London to create the free spirited world of the 'The Half Sisters'. Playing music with fun energy and celebration in mind, the girls play an electrifying show with face paints and games. Ukulele, flute and drums combined with three point harmonies create a lush and mesmerising chorus of catchy pop hooks and adorable honesty.
Los Albertos are a six-piece ensemble of trilby adorned ska-dance protagonists who've been transmitting their hi-energy melodies to the nation since their formation in 2002. Christened by the barmaid at their debut gig, their fistful of grinning 2-tone skank with a twist of Santana has drawn attention from far beyond the pebbled beaches of their hometown Brighton, leading to regular appearances at Glastonbury and Beautiful Days festivals.
BOY COM (short for BOY COMMUNICATION) is a 7 piece Kick-Ass-Party-Hip-Hop collective, whose aim is to make you groove till the end of the night ? even after you've left the venue. It's like the coolest house party you've ever been to: there's plenty of booze, beautiful girls, and BOY COM are providing your ideal soundtrack. With their new single 'Who needs 'Em Anyway?' dropping in May on Naim Records, you can expect the phatest beats, the smoothest basslines and the roaring-est brass section you've ever heard! There ain't a chance in hell you won't love them!
'One of my favourite bands at the moment...' Who Needs 'Em Anyway?' is a definite summer classic!' - The Guardian
'A glass and a half of solid fun-tertainment' - NME
'Seriously awesome! These guys are gonna blow some minds!' - Daniel Weetman (percussionist for The Black Seeds)
Wide Eyed Order
Rising from a cold winter in January 2008, Wide Eyed Order quickly formed a tight knit group of musicians determined to bring something new and original to the Brighton scene. Eclectic descriptions from reviewers range from mariachi gypsy ska to folk infused acoustic punk country. Now numbering ten in number, the Order have quickly gained a reputation for their rousing and lively live sets (as well as more intimate acoustic sets) in venues around the South Coast and festivals such as Small World and the Out Of The Ordinary.
Mean Poppa Lean
The band looks set to make waves in 2010 after a very successful 2009. As well as clocking up appearances at V festival (Stafford and Chelmsford), Isle of Wight festival and The Great Escape (which saw them nominated for an award besides artists like Thom Yorke, The Prodigy and ZZ Top amongst others), they also clocked up support for acts as diverse as Calvin Harris.
Currently the band are booking a second UK tour in May and June to coincide with the release of their second single 'Something, something', and leading up to the festival season. They are already booked into several festivals in the UK and Europe, with many more to be confirmed. Mean Poppa Lean are looking set to be one of the hardest-working bands on the underground scene this year, and are open to all offers.
The Railing Stains
Sunday 4th July
Rock Schools UK
Rock Schools UK is the south's largest music school for kids aged 8-16 years old. They help young musicians by putting them into bands and giving them the opportunity to play live in front of a real audience. Throughout the duration of the 6 Week Course, students are encouraged to develop as individual musicians, as well as learning everything there is to know about being part of a real, working rock band.
For those who aren't quite ready for the full course, can try it out at one of their one-off Jam Sessions!
The Beautiful Word
The Beautiful Word are a quintet set for the top in the world of mystery pop. And why not claim the throne of a genre they invented? Formed in January 2007 by front girls Emily and Megan, who began singing harmonies for each other's tunes - their twinkly pretty little songs hushed even the rowdiest of open mic nights. They have since grown into a big whack of beautiful sound with added punch from the noise boys ? Nelson on guitar joined first, followed by Gruff on the drums and then Scotty on bass in early 2008.
They are releasing a brand new 6 track EP in June 2010, simply titled 'Mystery Pop'. Described as 'Dreamily sophisticated on one hand and endearingly juvenile on the other', their positive energy is infectious, and the performance they give will bring a smile to even the most miserable of faces! The Beautiful Word have undertaken a series of high-profile performances including storming sets at The Secret Garden Party and Brighton Live festivals. They have also taken on some prestigious support slots including Ellie Goulding and The Mojo Fins. The band have received the steady support of local and regional press and radio, and aim to continue this success through 2010 and beyond. Eighteen months of hard work has supplied the band with a dedicated fan base spread across the UK. Their proudest moment so far was being praised for one of 'the most memorable sets at Club NME [Brighton] of the year.'
The Swing Ninjas
From the ancient forests of New Orleans, the high mountain temples of Paris and an underground lair in Romania come a swing trio shedding light and Ninja Happiness wherever they go. Like a throwing star made of puff-pastry, these Three will sing you into heaven with sugared ballads, make you wiggle to back-room jive and get you swinging harder than a monkey overdosing on bananas.
On stage or in the street, The Swing Ninjas are comfortable in any setting. They excel at being fully mobile ? able to move around a group, serenading each and every person in the room as they go. Their acoustic sound and ability to roam freely makes them stand out from the crowd ? no need to be stuck and static attached to microphones ? their instruments will sing out loudly, their voices will break through. Their Musical Menu? Try a Manouche-guitar salad to start, Helicon sausage with a Sax and Clarinet jus for the main course, with some flambéed shaker eggs for dessert. Bon Appétit!
Dani is currently looking forward to the release of her second album for Ruf which was recorded in March 2010. The album has been produced by legendary British Blues Producer Mike Vernon. Dani expressed her excitement about the recording saying that 'Mike really is blues royalty and he has always been a huge hero of mine. He produced all of my favourite Peter Green recordings and has produced great albums for the likes of Freddie King, The Blues Breakers and even David Bowie. I am really excited about the release of my new album and will be touring it with my own band in Europe and the UK this summer and Autumn; also there are plans for me to do the Blues Caravan Tour 2011 in Europe and America with two other Ruf Records Artists... Bring it on!!!'
"In 33 years in the music business I have never heard a British female singer of such brilliant raw talent." - Kevin Nixon, Virgin V2 A&R Director
Red Jackson are a rootsy trio serving up classic Rhythm & Blues, stripping the genre down to its basics ? guitar, vocals, harmonica, drums and double bass ? and building it back up again with a unique Red Jackson twist: stirring in diverse flavours such as Sun Studio and Blue Note labels to create authentic retro grooves with upbeat contemporary appeal.
Since they formed in 2005 they've not only played regularly around the South, taking their show to bars, clubs, restaurants, festivals, functions and parties, but they are also professional street performers and have twice been booked for the main stage at Hair Fair (the UK's leading Celebration of Street Arts). Other festivals have included: Chichester Festivities, Winchester Water Festival, Reading Water Festival, Eastbourne Magnificent Motors vintage car show, Eastbourne Beer Festival, the Beer Rhythm 'n' Blues Festival, and in 2008 they were invited to play at Chateau de Lartigolle, near Toulouse ? listed in Harpes and Queen as one of the top 100 places in the world.
They have recorded three albums and have received airplay in the UK, the US, France and Spain.
Fat 45 formed in 2006, inspired by the dance music of the 1940's & 50's ? original R&B, jump jive, rock & roll and swing ? joining the ever increasing partner dance and music scene both in the UK and the rest of the world. Fat 45 give an authentic and exciting performance that is as much about the show as it is about the music, though above all it's about getting the crowd swinging and bouncing.
Blistering eleven piece big band bringing back the dance music of the 1940's & 50's with their slick quiffs, sharp suits, swingin hips & high heels. Fat 45 play jump jive, swing, rhythm & blues and rock & roll setting the dance floors alight wherever they go, guaranteed to make every party shake, rattle &roll.
All you juice hounds, hep cats, night hawks, jitterbug zooters and hop heads get your finest thread and cut some rug to the boogie woogie big beat sound of the Fat 45!
If anyone else would like to be a part of PRTP and either perform or get involved somehow then email firstname.lastname@example.org
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