Five Harley alumni score Mercury Prize 2014 nominations

Huge congratulations to East India Youth, Jungle, Royal Blood, Nick Mulvey and Anna Calvi, all of whom have earned themselves well-deserved nominations for this year’s prestigious Mercury Prize.

Radio presenter and all-round champion of new music Steve Lamacq recently described the Mercury Prize shortlist announcement as being like “the music industry having their exam results read out in public”. It certainly feels like that at Harley Live this year, where we were really excited to spot five Harley alumni on this year’s list.

East India Youth, Nick Mulvey and Royal Blood have all played storming shows at our place this year, with East India Youth causing a roadblock for his show and Royal Blood’s Harley-filmed ‘Little Monster’ video having clocked up over 1.5 million views, and counting.

Meanwhile, Jungle brought the party care of Semi Detached in late 2013, and Anna Calvi played on for us in spite of a broken hand back in 2011, around the release of her first record.

Here’s dishing out a big high five to all nominees.

We look forward to bringing you loads more of the most exciting new music for the rest of this year and into 2015. Speaking of which, isn’t it time you got yourself paid up for The Wytches (6th October) and Allah-Las (2nd October). Both shows look likely to sell out, so don’t sleep.

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Finding Fela, The Punk Singer, Blessa, Débruit and more in the stunning Spiegeltent

Join us at the stunning Spiegeltent on Barkers Pool this September for a week-long takeover featuring live music, DJs, movie nights, cabaret, a live rescore of a cult classic film and more. Harley Live are teaming up with the likes of Sensoria Festival, Cabaret Boom Boom and, of course, the inimitable Festival of the Mind to bring you the best in arts and culture in the unique setting of the antique Spiegeltent.

Highlights include a screening of Finding Fela, a new documentary about the life of musical pioneer Fela Kuti and much more. Read on for the full listings.

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Friday 19th September
Cabaret Boom Boom
A night of jaw-dropping entertainment with comic violin virtuoso Sid Bowfin, daring beer balancer Matt Barnard, escapologist extraordinaire Gareth Jones and hosts Stewart Lodge, Mr Herbert and Maynard Flip Flap.
8.00pm – midnight
Advance tickets: Rocky Horrors

Saturday 20th September
Finding Fela plus Débruit (LIVE)
A screening of the documentary about the life and music of Afrobeat orginator, Fela Kuti. Plus French afrobeat surrealist artist / producer Débruit and Sheffield crate-diggers Boxjams.
8.00pm – 1.00am
Advance tickets available here or with no booking fee from The Harley

Tuesday 23rd September
The Punk Singer
Screening of the highly-acclaimed documentary about riot grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, The Julie Ruin)
8.00pm – 1.00am
Advance tickets available here or with no booking fee from The Harley

Wednesday 24th September
BLESSA (LIVE)
Fuzzed-up noise-pop from Sheffield. More acts to be announced
8.00pm – 11.00pm
Advance tickets available here or with no booking fee from The Harley

Thursday 25th September
Winston Hazel (DJ)
The Kabal resident plays a four-hour set, taking in the spectrum of soundsystem music.
9.00pm – 1.00am
Advance tickets available here or with no booking fee from The Harley

Friday 26th September
The Garden of Eden Cabaret & Variety Spectacular
Roll up, roll up for a real Bible belter, with burlesque, magic and mind-reading
8.00pm – midnight

Saturday 27th September
The Endless Summer live score by The Rumble-O’s
Sensoria presents the ultimate surfing adventure, soundtracked by a live performance from Bristol based instrumental surf band.
8.00pm – midnight

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She Keeps Bees at The Harley, 17.11.14

We are very happy to have Brooklyn blues-rock duo She Keeps Bees taking to the Harley stage this autumn. They have been compared to the likes of Patti Smith, the White Stripes, PJ Harvey and Cat Power and have recently released their superb second album Eight Houses.

Check out the wonderful ‘It Is What It Is’ below:

As for reception thus far… The Guardian said that “they’re like the White Stripes in reverse.”

The New York Times compared her to PJ Harvey, but added that “far from Ms. Harvey’s theatrical poise, Ms Larrabee is loose, vehement and unchoreographed, jittering around the stage.”

Drowned in Sound said of Larrabee that “she has amazing control over her vocals, able to simultaneously be fiery and reserved, seductive and vaguely crude.”

Fellow Brooklyn musician Sharon van Etten said “she has one of the best voices I have ever heard and she has more soul in one finger than most female singers have in our scene.”

Monday 17th November
The Harley
7.30pm
Advance tickets: £8.50 non-members, £8.00 members, more on the door
Tickets available in person with no booking fee from The Harley box office.
Over 18s only. No refunds will be issued for incorrectly booked tickets.

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Annie Eve at The Harley, 16.10.14

Trading in a brand of hushed, intense and powerfully atmospheric folk-inflected songwriting, 22 year-old North Londoner Annie Eve has earned praise through her layered, textured sound, haunting vocals and intimate, confessional lyrics.

With her début album Sunday 91 out now, Annie Eve will play at The Harley this October care of the folks at The Leadmill.

Thursday 16th October
The Harley Live
7.30pm
Advance tickets: £8.00 or with no booking fee from The Harley
Over 18s only. No refunds will be issued for incorrectly booked tickets. More on the door.

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Hookworms at Queens Social Club, 26.10.14

We’re very pleased to announce that Hookworms will stop off at Queens Social Club on 26th October prior to the release of their second record, The Hum.

The band have announced The Hum, a new studio album due for release on Monday 10th November 2014 via Domino imprint Weird World (also home to Peaking Lights, How To Dress Well and more). The Hum arrives eighteen months after the band’s début album Pearl Mystic, a record which went on to become one of 2013′s most impactful breakout statements.

Event more ferocious and uncompromising than it’s predecessor, The Hum is available for pre-order now and you can stream the first track to be taken from it via the Domino website.

Plus support:
Kogumaza
Kogumaza formed in Nottingham in 2009. They use primitive rhythms, patterns and riffs to create dense and mesmeric song-cycles. The band’s live sound is manipulated through dub delays and echoes, allowing what is basically a heavy rock trio to expand and willingly lose control of the sound they make as they make it.

The resulting music marries fuzzed-out psychedelia to an ambient aesthetic, placing the band somewhere between the infinite repetition of Moondog, the thick gloop of Master Of Reality-era Sabbath and the hypnotic pulse of Lungfish

Sunday 26th October
Queens Social Club
7.30pm
Advance tickets available online or with no booking fee from The Harley. More on the door.

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