Songwriter Misty Miller is fast-gaining attention for her raw, emotive intensity. She’s the kind of take-no-shit heroine this generation needs, hewn from the same deep passions and musical lineage as PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry and Chrissie Hynde. Misty has impressed fans far and wide, including Radio 1 DJ and Bestival founder Rob Da Bank, who declared, “She has a voice that will slay us all.”
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Blending influences from Africa and Electronica Owiny Sigoma Band come in with their third album Nyanza. This project, made up of band Elmore Judd and Kenyan musicians, is a complex, constantly evolving, musical relationship now in its fifth year.
Their previous releases have been recorded in Kenya, for their self-titled 2009 album, and in London with the second Power Punch LP. The group features Nyatiti master Joseph Nyamungu and Lou percussionist Charles Owoko, both from the Nyanza Province in Western Kenya, as well as London-based musicians Tom Skinner (drums), Jesse Hackett (vox/keys) and Louis Hackett (bass).
The band travelled to the Nyanza Province of Western Kenya – home of their two members Joseph Nyamungu and Charles Owoko – to explore the birthplace of Luo music. This inspired their new album Nyanza, which also takes influences from dub and techno. Arresting electronic grooves fit side by side with soft Lou singing and traditional Nyatiti music to create yet another pivotal moment in the turning cogs of this intoxicating, often surprising, soundclash.
Sunderland siblings Peter and David Brewis’ Field Music have always been a unique proposition; a band that stand apart from tired rock and roll tropes, who consistently question what it is to be a band, who plough a furrow that – since their 2005 debut – has been theirs and theirs alone.
The space that Field Music vacated still appears to be empty. No one else really does what Field Music do: the interweaving vocals, the rhythmic gear changes, the slightly off-chords, the obvious lack of bombast, the songs which end abruptly or merge into others.
On new album Commontime – the first album from the band since 2012’s Plumb – vignettes of North East lives are set to an ever shifting backdrop of anxious funk, sumptuous strings and intricate rock that is always unmistakably Brewis-esque.
Now more than ever, Field Music are something to be truly treasured.
Influential post-punk band Gang of Four, electronica artist Shura and psychedelic pop band Pumarosa are among the latest acts to be added the bill for the first Outlines Festival, which will come to Sheffield City Centre on Saturday 27th February 2016.
The new additions join a bill which showcases both established and emerging talent, with a headline set from UK hip-hop pioneer Roots Manuva and a number of exciting new artists including the likes of Georgia, The Big Moon, Loyle Carner, NZCA Lines, PINS, Oscar and Kagoule.
Widely acclaimed for their ground-breaking debut album Entertainment! and incendiary live performances, Leeds’ Gang of Four have been hugely influential. Since they formed in 1977, the band have created a legacy which can still be heard today, having left their mark on R.E.M. and the Minutemen; Rage Against the Machine, Nirvana and Massive Attack; Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party and LCD Soundsystem, and many more.
In Gang of Four, we’re delighted to have added a group of genuine musical masters to the bill. Alongside headliner Roots Manuva, we’re bringing two of the most vital British artists of all time to Outlines.
Outlines Festival has announced its first wave of headliners including UK hip hop and bass pioneer Roots Manuva.
He’ll be joining Georgia, Loyle Carner, Kagoule, Oscar, NZCA/LINES and plenty of others. Check the full line up and all event info here.
Super early bird tickets are available until Sunday, so quickly grab them before they’re gone! Alternatively, tickets are available from the Harley, Plug Box-office and o2 Academy.
The next wave of acts will be released this Monday so keep an eye on this event page to get full updates. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for everything Outlines related!