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THE GIG PIC GUIDE #14: This weeks must see artists and shows

We’re nearly at the end of February now, which can only mean one thing… We’re one month closer to festival season! To get us warmed up for the summer months, here at Gig Pic we have sourced the best gigs for you to get down to this week. Without further a do, here is this weeks Gig Pic Guide:

 

FOXES

Pop sensation Foxes has had quite the journey since starting out way back in 2011. The Southampton-born star caught the attention of Zedd back in 2012, which subsequently led to her starring on one of his tracks Clarity, which went onto be a massive hit in the US, reaching number eight on the Billboards Top 100. Fast forward from there, Louisa Allen, who goes by the stage name Foxes, wowed fans and critics alike with her ethereal vocals, showing just how good she was with her tracks including her earlier hit Holding Onto Heaven, Let It Go and also Youth. After a successful first album which debuted at an impressive number five in 2014, she has recently released a new album which goes by the title All I Need. To celebrate the new release, Foxes goes on tour this month with support act Izzy Bizu, and will be stopping off in Sheffield, Manchester and Birmingham. You can buy tickets from here.

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COASTS

If you enjoy dancing round your room and rocking out to anthemic songs in your pyjamas – then look no further than these five boys. Coasts – who are made up by: Chris Caines (Vocals), Liam Willford (Guitar), James Gamage (Bass), David Goulbourn (Keyboards) and Ben Street (Drums) all formed back in 2011 after meeting at Bath University. After being signed to Warner Music in the UK and Capitol Records over in the US, the five-piece have gained international attention with their tracks Oceans and A Rush Of Blood, and have built up a pretty huge legion of fans. Over the past couple of years, they’ve also been supported by pretty every Radio 1 DJ and have even had their tracks featured on Made In Chelsea. Impressive, right? Despite not having a great amount of media coverage over here in the UK, the indie-pop boys have sold out numerous shows across the country and have most recently released their debut album and announced a US tour. Tonight they play a special one-off show at the Roundhouse in London, before they move onto gigging across Europe. To get those last minute tickets, click here.

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ROO PANES

Over the past few years, the world of music has seen a resurgence in folk-pop – from Mumford and Sons to The Lumineers – it has paved the way for the genre’s new lease of life. Although saying that, Roo Panes isn’t reminiscent of any of these galloping, fast paced bands. The singer-songwriter gives the impression of someone beyond their 25 years –  with slow, wise words which create a warm feeling amongst the never-ending harmonies. He’s had a whirlwind of a journey so far, with copious amounts of BBC airplay, also becoming the face of a Burberry campaign and filling support slots for the likes of Rae Morris. He now heads across the UK to perform on his own headline tour, playing at venues in cities such as Bristol, London and Manchester. He also has a cracking support act from newcomer Jack Watts, who is definitely worth heading down early for. You can buy tickets from here.

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SUNDARA KARMA

Whether you love or hate indie music – there’s one thing for sure, you cannot deny the talent of newcomers Sundara Karma. Tipped for big things in 2016, the four-piece have faced the new year head on and gone straight in with a nationwide tour. The Reading-born band, who consist of  Oscar Lulu (vocals, guitar), Haydn Evans (drums), Ally Baty (guitar) and Dom Cordell (bass), have shown fans and critics that poetic lyrics and catchy choruses can make some bloody good tunes. Their tracks are usually always upbeat and infectious but tend to cast a shadow of something more deeper, an undertone which suggests there is a more of a meaning to the song than just poetic lyrics and great guitars riffs. The quartet have done their rounds of filling support slots, playing for the likes of Liverpudlians Circa Waves and old-school The Wombats. But now is there time to shine on their own headline tour, as they play a whopping 17 date tour across the UK. Next up, they’re heading towards Brighton and Glasgow as they reach the half-way point. If you fancy catching them at a show, you can buy your tickets from here. (Expect lots of stage invasions, of course.)

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TOR MILLER

If you don’t like the usual UK indie scene, how about something from across the pond? Introducing Tor Miller, Brooklyn born singer-songwriter who defied the university career path to pursue his career in singing. The twenty-something year old is the second youngest person to be signed to independent label Glassnote Records, which shows just how sought after he is at his young age. Tor released his first EP last year, which goes by the title of Headlights – full to the brim with beautiful piano playing and soulful vocals. He notes in interviews that his EP has been influenced by the likes of Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, and the late David Bowie. Not bad, hey? The talented piano-player is now over in the UK, playing at several venues across the country, including Manchester tonight. You can buy tickets from here.

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