On the last Friday of every month we're going to be having some pretty exciting bands coming to the ballroom. So exciting, we're christening this new regular feature "Bands in the Ballroom". Our first night includes Autopilot, Secluded Sea and one more act still to be announced. Read below to find out all about the line-up.
Date: Friday 28th June
Tickets: £6 advance, £8 on the door from Bay Tree Books, Dukes Coffee Shop, Double 4 Records or online.
Please call 07493408726 for more information
Listen on Spotify Indie-Pop-Rock trio (including Andy Hopkins, formerly The Enemy), from the midlands. They blend huge synth hooks seamlessly with distorted guitars, and combine them with anthemic vocals to create instantly contagious choruses guaranteed to have the audience singing along after the first listen. With a sound designed to fill stadiums, and a live performance packed with energy AutoPilot are rapidly building a name for themselves both locally and across the UK. With big support slots (Pigeon Detectives, White Lies, We are Scientists and Neville Staple) and notable festival appearances (Godiva, Tramlines and Wheels & Fins Festival) under their belts, they are no strangers to a large stage and have big plans for 2019. Their latest single “Brain Cell” was made track of the week on BBC introducing Coventry and Warwickshire and is due to be released later in the year.
“Bass player Andy Hopkins enjoyed huge success with previous band The Enemy. On this evidence you wouldn’t bet against it happening again with new band Autopilot. New single ‘Invincible’ is an anthemic, soaring, catchy indie rock banger of real quality.” – Gigslutz
A collaboration between Halifax born multi-instrumentalist, Blair Murray and actor - come-vocalist Angela Hazeldine, who initially met when the latter was performing in a band at The Deaf Institute in Manchester. Having played in several local bands himself and also having done a variety of session work, Blair began writing his own solo material.
Blair’s influences transcend a range of genres which all contribute to his song-writing style and help to create a wide sonic pallet, consciously glancing back to the halcyon days of cinematic style studio productions, thus swimming against the tide in this compressed modern world. The results are songs best described as shimmering dream pop, where experimentation with repetition, texture and tone rule over conventional song structures. Blair soon realised that for him to re-create his burgeoning ideas, he would need a band to back Angela and himself, and they are now augmented by James Newson on drums, Dave Murray on bass, Adam Russ, on rhythm guitar, Tom Fripp guitar & keys.
Final act still to be confirmed.