There’s never been a better time to discover new music, whether you’re into your girl bands or your Indie bands – there’s a gig for everyone. Check out this weeks Gig Pic Guide to see who’s worth going to check out across different venues in the UK.
CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN
Catfish and the Bottlemen are arguably one of the biggest bands of the past year, and there’s no sign of their success stopping any time soon. The Llandudno boys – Van, Benji, Bondy and Bob formed back in 2007 and have steadily made their way up the ladder in the music industry by themselves, including a top ten album that was certified Gold, and top slots at festivals such as Glastonbury and T in the Park which gained stellar reviews from music critics around the country. Now they take on the UK to perform their debut album one more time, until the time comes for a much anticipated new release. Tickets can be bought from here.
Some of us partial to a sassy diva sing-a-long into our hairbrushes every now and then, and Fifth Harmony have the means to provide the tunes for that. The American girl group formed on the US version of X Factor back in 2012, finishing third and have been steadily on the rise ever since. Their third single was the clincher for their success, as ‘Worth It’ featuring rapper Kid Ink successfully charted across the globe in ten different countries. Ally, Normani, Lauren, Dina and Camila bring their girl power to the UK this November, playing two intimate shows at The Ritz in Manchester and Sheperds Bush in London. Get your tickets here before they run out!
Some say he might have come out of nowhere, but Jamie Lawson’s recent success has been a long time coming. The singer-songwriter from Plymouth and was the first artist to be signed to Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man label and has recently supported the man himself. But this isn’t first time he has been signed – Lawson has been making music since back in 2001, and despite a string of successes over in Ireland, nothing quite took off for him. Those days are a far cry for him now – his re-released single ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ hit the Top 5 in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. And now he embarks on his own headline tour, visiting London, Glasgow and Manchester at the beginning of November. You can buy tickets from here.
Born and raised in the seaside town of Southport, 19 year old Holly Lapsley Fletcher AKA Låpsley had a background in classical music, also playing around in bands in her younger years. But she then went on to win the ‘One To Watch’ prize in Merseyside, and her career progressively took off from there. BBC Radio 1 have backed her tremendously over the past year, gaining recognition from the likes of even Sam Smith with her hits such as Painter, Station, Falling Short and new hit Hurt Me. With electronic vibes and an almost ethereal voice, her haunting lyrics are guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine. She’s already sold out London and Manchester, so make sure you can catch her elsewhere. Tickets can be bought from here.
They’ve been prominent on the band circuit for a while now, starring on Communions ‘New Faces’ tour at the end of last year. But thanks to their ever-growing fan base, it’s safe to say they’re no longer a new face in the music industry. Amber Run have stated that they don’t want to be compared to anyone, yet they’d much rather have people down the line compared to them. But with melodies similar to those of Mumford and Sons, and a pop edge that can be resembled to Bastille; it’s hard not to make a comparison. That isn’t a bad thing though – their big chorused anthem rock songs and guitar riffs are destined to make a good sing-a-long at their gigs, and that is almost guaranteed as their tour is nearly sold out. To grab those last few tickets, click here.