Ubunye

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A joyous celebration and proof, should it be needed, of the creative energy and unitypossible when cultures meet through the medium of music.” Steve Mead, Artistic Director, manchester jazz festival.

Ubunye is a vibrant seven piece Afro Jazz/dance band based in the UK, featuring threevocalists from Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa and a four piece rhythm section. The music isan inspirationalblend of jazz, Isigqi-traditional Zulu music-and Afro-pop. High energyAfrican beats and traditional sounds morph into more contemporary musical styles. Telling stories of human struggles with themes of universal resonance, Ubunye haverecently completed a successful tour across the North of England including sell out shows at jazz clubs and festivals.

Ubunye is currently in the studio and on the verge of releasing their debut album, which will showcase a blend of Jazz, Dance and Afro Beat blended uniquely with the soul of South Africa. Highlights of the recent tour included headlining the Manchester Jazz Festival showcase, Lancaster Jazz Festival and also a week long residency at Opera North for songwriters Thandanani Gumede and Dave Evans.

“In the moment, it seemed hard to believe that anything so propulsive and joyous could cometo a halt. The same could be said about the applause and shouts that followed.no one who hadn't heard them perform before could quite anticipate the ways in which Ubunye would be remarkable.” Wakefield Jazz

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Muriel & Blasquez

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Muriel & Blazquez are a genre infusing classical pop duo based in Leeds. Under thebackdrop of serene harmonies and intricate piano parts, Muriel & Blazquez challengesocial rituals and the world around them. Previous singles (Skin /Veil Me and Moonbeam)have been featured on Fresh On The Net, Tom Robinson’s MixTape on BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing West Yorkshire and Classical Classroom as well as other local radio stations.

They have been compared to the likes of Julia Holter and These New Puritans. Neil March (composer and moderator for Fresh On The Net) described their music as bringing, “...classical piano and voice into an ethereal, almost filmic pop setting”

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Magick Mountain

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Magick Mountain sees guitarist Lins Wilson step out of the sidelines of a plethora of bandsincluding Grammatics & Mother Vulpine, carving out a fuzz-laden, psychy garage-rock soundsound. Joining her are Tom Hudson (Pulled Apart By Horses) and Nestor Matthews (Sky Larkin,Menace Beach).

“A feral blast of playful proto-punk metal that rattles along at such a brutish breakneck speed whilstcheerfully capturing Magick Mountain’s collaborative spirit of freedom and fun.” -God is in theTV

Their debut single, 'Zodiac', was released via Come Play With Me, gaining airplay from Huw Stephens (Radio 1) and Gideon Coe (BBC6 Music) amongst others.

"A thunderous beginning for yet another brilliant band from Leeds." - DIY

Magick Mountain have been delivering face-melting shows around the UK, including support for Meatbodies, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Levitation Room, Death Valley Girls, Stonefield, Traams,My Vitriol and The Cribs.

“Fuzzed up gnarly garage punk rock. Gives me feels of Jesus lizard and Big Business with thesensibilities of Les Savy Fav and Mclusky. Big riffs, total fuzz, psycho banshees wail. More please." - Dirty Otter

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Knuckle

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Made up of Ben Wallbanks, Rob Crisp and Jonny Firth–a postman, a community musician and... Jonny Firth, Knuckle have been perfecting their blues inspired, rough andready garage rock for years now. Hard touring has seen the band play hundreds of showsin the UK and Europe, support shows with the likes of Idles, The Wave Pictures and Barrence Whitfield & The Savages. The release of their debut album 'Life is Hard When You're Soft Inside' on Philophobia Music has led to beaming reviews, sold out shows and packed festival venues around the country.

If I were a betting man, my money would be on these guys following the likes of Drahlaand The Cribs in breaking new territories beyond West Yorkshire.” - Gigwise

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Long Legged Creatures

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Long Legged Creatures are a 4-piece dance outfit that place themselves on a spectrum between post-rock and UK garage. Their unique blend of ever-twisting live electronica has shaped the band’s live set into a kind of hybrid between a groove laden DJ set and a hardcore punk gig.

With some heavy hitting showsunder their belt, playing alongside the likes of Necktr, NoyaRao, Slow Loris and Yussef Dayes, at venues such as Hyde ParkBook Club, Belgrave Music Hall and Brudenell Social Club, Creatures’ knack for getting it started has earned them ‘not-to-be-missed’ status in Leeds’ fruitful DIY scene." The impact was immediate, and with heavy grooves, infectious melodies and enough drum flair to make the most avant-gardemusician proud, the relatively new band impressed the crowd with a performance of pure creative dexterity." - Leeds Living

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Jasmine

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The band performs an interesting blend of Jazz and Hip-Hop which creates a unique and current sound. Jasmine is inspired by artists including MF Doom, MadVillain, Soweto Kinch, Karriem Riggins and more.

Since the band formed in September 2017, they have performed at some of Leeds' most popular Jazz venues such as The Wardrobe, SevenArts, and The Hyde Park Book Club.
They have also supported international jazz musicians Trish Clowes, Ross McHenry, and Nubya Garcia.

In July 2018, Jasmine was selected to take part in the 'Jazz North Introduces' scheme, which supports emerging artists in the north. This was a huge achievement for the band and since been awarded they began working on their debut EP, Bring to Light, which was released on the 5th of April 2019.

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Isaac Saierre

Isaac Saierre [“Sy-Air”] - a 22 year-old Pop/R&B singer from Leeds, currently studying at Huddersfield University and bringing summer vibes and smooth vocals to the north.

Isaac was a late comer to the vocals game, beginning at age 12, raised on classic R&B artists suchas Brian McKnight and Usher as well as vocal powerhouses like Whitney and Mariah. Nowadays, he takes inspiration from various artists–Miguel, Ariana Grande & Frank Ocean to name a few and most recently performed his first headline show at The Parish in Huddersfield.

An EP is currently underway (along with the completion of an MA at Huddersfield) but Isaac has collaborated & featured on a few local artists tracks, and there is still much more to come.

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Dead Naked Hippies

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Dead Naked Hippies are thrashing, screaming, art-rock outsiders. The trio, fronted by force-of-nature front woman Lucy Jowett, will lull you in with subtlety before unleashing their take-your-head-off wall of sound. They have received praise from DIY, BBC 6Music, The Independent, KCRW, Dork, Clash & Metro. The band aren't afraid to discuss confrontational topics, speaking about self-love, mental health, gender and many other things in an open and engaging way, both in their music and interviews. Despite consisting of only three members, they are a force to be reckoned with live with booming drums, huge guitars and Jowett's banshee-like approach hitting hard. They have shared stages with the likes of Dream Wife, DZ Deathrays and Queen Zee as well as playing Leeds Festival, 2Q Festival, Twisterella, Live at Leeds, Stockton Calling and more.

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