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GABBY RIVERS

Gabby Rivers is a 18 year old singer/songwriter performing upbeat indie/alternative originals with soulful and powerful vocals. She has a 4 piece band and so far in her musical journey she has performed at festivals and venues across East Anglia, including Latitude music festival, Sundown music festival, Wildpaths music festival, The Cambridge Junction and the Apex in Bury st Edmunds and more. She won the Bury sound competition in 2019. She has also released her debut EP in 2020 – ‘HEADACHE’ it has received support from BBC introducing and one of the tracks from the EP has been played on BBC 6 Music. She is currently working on brand new music which will be released at the start of 2022. Check her out on YouTube and Instagram

SUN CUTTER

The eponymous debut album from Sun Cutter was released on January 7th, 2022 on Bronzerat Records (Gemma Ray, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion). The first single ‘Daylight Star’ found love on BBC 6Music with Marc Riley, Mark Radcliffe, Tom Robinson, Absolute Radio, and US college radio. The album was preceded by the animated video for What Can I Do? (directed by Dutch artist Lotte Boots, also responsible for the album artwork), and the single Don’t Fail Me Now. Sun Cutter (real name Kevin Pearce) hails from Colchester. Three years ago, Kevin suffered a heart attack (on a golf course). As well as having to redress some lifestyle habits, his rehabilitation involved writing and recording the Sun Cutter project. It is an album of beautiful driving, harmony-drenched indie-soul folk-pop/rock that looks to the light for reflection. Sun Cutter’s songs of love and protest befit the man, and the album charted in the top ten in Germany as well as being Radio Eins album of the week in Berlin. His tone and delivery can invoke Alex Chilton, Richie Havens, Tim Buckley, or even John Grant on occasion. Co-produced with pal Dean Honer (The Moonlandingz, Eccentronic Research Council, Pins.), Honer is also one half of I Monster, and Kevin lent his voice and guitar to the acoustic version of “Daydream In Blue” which soundtracked the Magnum ice cream ads in 2020. Check them out on Youtube and Instagram

REIGNMAKER

Forming in 2018, Liverpool band REIGNMAKER consists of members Jude Williams, James Nickson, Linus Bell, Harry Fox and Jobe Owens. They have been making a name for themselves playing gigs throughout the city and building a following of their own. With their first single on the horizon, they have been working hard on creating their own sound and a diverse set list of songs. REIGNMAKER believe in everything they set out to achieve and are sure to make an impact on the Scene this year.

THREE YEARS YOUNGER

Hailing from the Suffolk and Cambridgeshire music scenes, Three Years Younger is a sister-duo (now turned trio) crossing the genre boundaries of pop, indie, folk and rock. Their harmonies, described as “spine-tingling”, earned them the under 18s Cambridge Band Competition win in 2019. In 2021 Three Years Younger reached new heights after being scouted by BBC Introducing Suffolk presenter Angelle Joseph to perform at the Cult Café in Ipswich before having their new release Just an Echo promoted on BBC Radio 1. She went on to describe them as “A really exciting band to watch for the future.” Check them out on YouTube and Instagram

FLEAS

Fleas are a 5 piece Alternative Punk band from Suffolk based in Bury St. Edmunds. All of the members met and became friends when studying music at West Suffolk College and started the band after a couple of the members covered Slaves’ “Where’s Your Car Debbie?” for a class assignment. Sharing similar tastes in music, the members of Fleas began toying around with ideas for their sound before landing on an aggressive yet versatile approach. The band is still searching for their unique sound. However, with every new release they become more comfortable experimenting with the different sounds, and ways of developing their music. Fleas’ first public gig was opening for the epic Dingus Khan! As part of a legendary sold out Washing Machine show. Since then, Fleas has continued to release increasingly impressive tracks with a range in styles and sounds. Check them out on YouTube and Instagram

NADIA KADEK

Nadia Kadek is an 18-year-old singer/song-writer who lives in Leeds and has the ability to silence a room with her warm, soulful voice. Influenced by the likes of Phoebe Bridgers, Holly Humberstone and Maisie Peters, her songs reveal a depth of wisdom and vulnerability through her lyrics. Nadia has been played on BBC Introducing East and supported Eliza Shaddad on her recent The Women You Want tour. Check her out on YouTube and Instagram

PINK LEMONADE

Norfolk pop-punk sister duo bringing bundles of fun to the stage with their catchy tunes and contagious energy. Drawing influences from pop-rock icon Avril Lavigne, Pink Lemonade have developed their sound by exploring the close vocal harmonies heard in popular music paired with raunchy overdriven guitar riffs, punchy bass grooves and steady rock drumbeats. The band have had success at recent local band competitions and are excited about upcoming gigs. On 11th February 2022 Pink Lemonade released a single ‘First Date’ available on all major streaming platforms, the bands first post-lockdown project. Check them out on YouTube and Instagram

AMY MILNER

With her 2021 debut album spell_hope, Suffolk-born Amy welcomed listeners into her world of irresistible, spine-tingling alt pop. Following a string of releases on indie label Aesop, in 2018 Amy partnered with producer Tim Larcombe to build and release an immersive cinematic soundscape that blurs the lines between the electronic and organic, modern and classic, the understated to the overtly dynamic and powerful. Amy’s releases have received wide critical acclaim from the likes of Clash, EARMILK and Wonderland, as well as support over the airwaves from BBC Introducing, Elton John, Tom Robinson and Zane Lowe. Check her out on YouTube and Instagram

THY LAST DROP

There were, once, two vagabonds who plied their trade upon the old road. They met a traveler from an eastern isle who showed them his magik. They traveled on until they met a man from the west of Alba who brought rhythm to their story. Further on they met a purveyor of brass and drum. Now they follow the old track, the Circle; Tellers of old tales, beaters of old drums, weavers of old magik… They are: Thy Last Drop. Come Danse to their tune… Check them out on YouTube and Instagram

AMETHYSTS

Working with acclaimed producer Shuta Shinoda (Hot Chip, Ghostpoet, Daughter), Dream Pop duo Amethysts use airy synthesizers, biting guitars and deep electronic bass to build emotional soundscapes underneath Clarice & Simon’s delicate vocal harmonies. Renowned for their uniquely crafted brand of atmospheric indie-electronica-come-alt-pop, the pair have built a glittering catalog of tracks showcased across their recently released self-titled debut album. Having gained features in the likes of Clash, 1883 Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, DIY, The Telegraph, Earmilk, Atwood Magazine and PopMatters, Amethysts have racked up over 1.5 million plays on Apple Music, hundreds of thousands of plays on Spotify, gained radio play across the likes of BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music, Amazing Radio, Kerrang Radio and BBC Introducing. No strangers to the festival circuit, the duo have also played sets at Latitude Festival, Secret Garden Party and BBC Introducing Live as well as opening for Mercury Prize Nominee Anna Meredith, Bessie Turner and Nothing But Thieves. Check them out on YouTube and Instagram

ALFIE INDRA

Ipswich-born, Norwich-based Alfie Indra combines raw, melancholy lyrics with contrasting upbeat indie/hip hop vibes, described by Clash Magazine as, “Gloriously upbeat, fantastically involved pop music”. His first recording experience came through sneaking into Ed Sheeran’s recording studio at the age of 17, but has since continued in a more proper (and less risky) fashion after meeting close friend and producer George Fitzgibbon (from the band Fuzzy Sun) while living in Manchester. His most recent releases have received support from BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing in Suffolk, BBC 6 Music and BBC Asian Network. Alfie made the Final 5 of BBC Radio 1 ’s Live Lounge Introducing competition and received high praise from the judging panel consisting of the likes of Clara Amfo, Arlo Parks and YUNGBLUD. Fresh from supporting Tom Grennan, Alfie is gearing up for an exciting 2022 with big plans for live shows and new music. It is certainly going to be a defining year for Alfie as an artist. Check him out on YouTube and Instagram

KYANOS

KYANOS are an alternative 5-piece originating from the heart of Suffolk but now based in Brighton. Taking influence from artists such as Crumb and Harvey Sutherland, KYANOS have crafted their identity in the psych-sphere with a unique blend of experimental, jazz-inspired soundscapes. Whilst their fan base across the UK and the rest of the world continues to grow at pace, KYANOS have received strong support and extensive airplay from BBC 6Music and BBC Suffolk. Through this continue support, KYANOS were given the opportunity to record a live session at BBC MAIDA VALE, before supporting acts such as Melt Yourself Down and Lucy Lu at packed out shows in London and venues across the South-East. The band played their last live show before the national lockdown in 2020 to a crowded Hope and Ruin in Brighton, before writing and recording ‘THE ISOLATION TAPE’ remotely, raising a substantial amount of money for the NHS and receiving support from NME and BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson in the process. Through the support of the band’s single ‘FOOL’S BLUE’ from BBC Introducing, KYANOS were invited to perform at LATITUDE Festival 2021 on the Alcove Stage not long after being added to the line-ups of new city-wide industry facing showcase festivals WILD PATHS and SOUND CITY in Norwich and Ipswich respectively. The band spent the end of 2021 in the studio working on their next project. Check him out on YouTube and Instagram

ELLIE DIXON

Labelled as an “indie pop wunderkind” by Avro Telvanni, Cambridge-born 22-year-old Ellie Dixon creates self-produced, punchy bops with groove and a sense of humour. Producing from her bedroom studio, she has created her own brand of self-aware alt-pop described by She Wolf as “pop music with brains”. Dixon fuses her bespoke blend of indie pop, rap, jazz and R&B as she expresses life lessons and frustrations through witty lyrics and earworm melodies. Influences include; Easy Life, Still Woozy, BENEE and Anderson. Paak while oozing with her own personality, creativity and a love for the unconventional. Both her musical versatility and self-made, joyous visuals have been catching the ears and eyes of many, landing her Spotify editorial play-listing, radio play on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music, and backing from distributor CD Baby. In the last year, Dixon has taken the online world by storm. Dedicating her time towards growing her online platform has seen her following skyrocket – in the last 3 months alone she has increased her following by 250k on Tik Tok and 15k on Instagram. She has been attracting attention for her highly engaging and personality-fuelled videos ranging from harmony layering to production challenges. She released her single ‘Space Out!’ in July 2020 which received overwhelming support and has now reached 300k Spotify streams. She then released her single ‘Sucker’ in February 2021 which has already had airplay from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and featured on Spotify’s ‘New Pop UK’ playlist. This is her second single in the run-up to an EP dropping this summer. Check her out on YouTube, Instagram and TikTok

AS DECEMBER FALLS

Formed in 2014, As December Falls are a long way from their beginnings. The band achieved self-sufficiency early on as a matter of survival after being told they were ‘too this’ and ‘too that’ from the industry gatekeepers when looking to release their self-titled debut album in 2019 (which has received over 4 million streams to date). Their DIY attitude and business know-how resulted in the band selling out 90% of shows on their most recent headline tour around the UK and appearing at Slam Dunk Festival, Tramlines Festival, Camden Rocks and more. Fiercely independent and striving for something more cinematic, more dynamic and more emotional than their previous work, the quartet recorded their highly-anticipated follow up album “Happier” (out 6th August 2021) with John Mitchell (Architects, You Me At Six, Enter Shikari) at Outhouse Studios. Gambling on themselves once more, the band took financial matters into their own hands to make their dream come true and secured a bank loan to fund “Happier” (all of which has been paid off due to an overwhelming amount of pre-orders from their highly dedicated fanbase). Alongside the lead vocals of Bethany Hunter, As December Falls is composed of Ande (guitar), Timmy (guitar) and Luke (drums). Their musical influences of the entire rock cache can be heard throughout “Happier”;  classic rock idolisation of legends such as Jimi Hendrix and Slash, vintage pop-punk admiration of Blink-182, Sum-41 and Fall Out Boy, the emo effects of Basement, Turnover and Citizen. Having never been in a band previously, Bethany turned to strong female rock stars for her inspiration. Hours were spent watching videos of Joan Jett and Marmozets to name but a few, studying their body language, attitude, and confidence until she had her unique style all sussed out. Check them out out on YouTube and Instagram