INDY music awards - highlighting the very best in emerging live music


The INDY Music Awards Showcase Events

Over the coming months participating venues and promoters will be showcasing their nominated artists up and down the country. These promise to be some of the best gigs you will ever see!

If you are a participating venue or promoter and want your events listed here then please email details of the event (time, date, line up etc to [email protected])

Sun 24th Feb | 8.00pm | FREE

Smugglers Music Presents Dave Arcari

The Smuggler Hastings

SLIDE guitarist & songwriter Dave Arcari's National guitar-driven alt.blues owes as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as it does pre-war Delta blues. His solo EP Blue Country Steel was released on Buzz Records during a nine-date run of shows at Edinburgh Fringe. Arcari's subsequent solo releases are Something old, something borrowed (BRS012006 – release date 4 Sept 2006), Something new, something blue (BRS022006 – release date 6 Nov 2006) and Come With Me (BRS032006 – release date 5 Feb 2007). A series of shows with the mighty Alabama3 (by personal request from the band), gigs with Seasick Steve, Son of Dave and Jon Spencer and a tour in Estonia (including headline slots at the Augustibluus Festival) have helped establish Arcari as a formidable international solo performer and built a media reputation as a 'hell-raising National guitar madman.'

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Tue 26th Feb | 19.30 onwards | FREE

A Slice of Fried Gold Presents

Live at The Old Queen's Head, Angel, London

What began as a band has become an event. The members of Faulkner wanted an indie night in London that wasn't doing things in a 'different' or gimmicky way, but simply doing things in the right way. Because music is a part of us and how we see ourselves, because A Slice of Fried Gold is run like the nights we always wanted to attend; this is your indie luxury, indie as a boutique atmosphere of membership and society. All that's left is to come and join in. Be whoever you want to be: we're in this together.

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Wed 27th Feb | 19.30pm | £8 Door, £6 Adv

Feedme Music Presents

Live @ Punk in Soho, London

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Fri 29th Feb | 8.00pm to 1.00am | £5

The Five Families Present

Live at The 229, Great Portland Street, London

The Penny Black Remedy - www.myspace.com/thepennyblackremedy

Celtic, Country, Punk Superstars the Penny Black remedy are a powerhouse of a band, they remind you just how awesome live music can be in the right hands. Those hands are that of their lead man Keith Thomson, who along with Marijana Radcliffe take you on a vocal journey full of life’s darker twists and turns and drop you at the end of the night in a place called bloody good time!

Shabby Rogue www.myspace.com/shabbyrogue

A band variously described both as 'angst-fuelled alternative', 'lyrical and beautiful' and 'plain original'. The Rogue recall a gallant wardrobe of 1960s heroes from Arthur Lee to Bob Dylan, while imprinting their influences with fresh emotions and ideas. An outrageously good live act.

Plus support from

Duppy www.myspace.com/duppyband

Alexander Wolfe www.myspace.co./alexanderwolfe

FOLLOWED BY: Bloody Awful Poetry DJ's (also involved in the Indie Awards) 'That Perfect Fumble' and 'The Silent Poet'

ABOUT THE FIVE FAMILIES - "Bands for Bands"

THE FIVE FAMILIES is an organisation set up by a group of like minded musicians to offer decent, well conceived gigs in the Capital. Many of us work full time on the live circuit, playing, engineering and promoting. We all give our time for nothing to help promote live music, the excellent bands that feature on our website and at our live nights are among the best unsigned and self-signed acts currently playing in London and the wider UK.

To find out more, keep up on gig dates, single and album visit www.thefivefamilies.co.uk

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Fri 29th Feb | 10.30pm to 3.00am | £15, Res: 0845 345 6053, [email protected]

WAH WAH 45s Present

Live @ The Pigalle Club, London

A showcase from two incredible Indy Award nominated artists!!

JAMIE FINLAY

Jamie Finlay is a composer, producer, musician and DJ from Manchester. His releases have garnered rave reviews and established him as a burgeoning figure in the underground UK music scene selling as far a field as Japan, Australia, America and all over Europe racking up heavyweight DJ support from the likes of Mr Scruff and Gilles Peterson along the way.

Critics are hailing him as ‘a name to watch’ and have compared his sound to Prince, Plantlife, George Clinton and, legendary producers, the Mizell Brothers. After a couple of stunning single releases on Wah Wah 45s, and well received live shows at The Jazz Cafe and Cargo, he is currently writing his debut album due for release later this year.

http://www.myspace.com/jamiefinlay

ELOVA

Elova were formed in early 2006 and by the end of the Summer they were already playing sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Now their high energy live performances are fast getting a reputation on the London music scene. One beats a box, one rips riffs out of an acoustic guitar and she sings her heart out.

This 'less-is-more' attitude, along with singer T-Bird's infectious energy brings a compelling rawness and honesty to their sound - hailed as "Erykah Badu meets Outkast".

2007 has seen them triple nominated for the London Indy Awards, touring the major UK festivals (Glastonbury, Electric Picnic..), featured artists on MusFlash TV 'Spotlight Sessions', supporting Omar and playing a sell-out show with the One Taste Collective at the Jazz Cafe, London.

www.myspace.com/elovamusic

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Sat 1st Mar | 5pm - late | £4

Broccoli Music Presents

Live at The Bullet Bar, Kentish Town

The first of Broccoli Music's 2 day events showcasing bands they have nominated for the INDY Music Awards 2008, plus guest DJs through out the day. This is a great chance to see the bands live then get on the Indy Awards website and start voting for your favourites.

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Wed 5th Mar | 7.00pm - 10.00pm | £5, £4 Guest List

Making It Live Presents

Live @ The Rock Garden, London

Making It Live Proudly Presents INDY Music Award 2008 Nominees

No Picasso
(nominated by Boozin N Bandin)
www.myspace.com/nopicassomusic

Fantastic performance from true entertainers - Gigsonair

Spades full of fractured cool - The London Particular

The Lightyears
INDY Music Awards Best Pop Rock Act 2007
(2008 nominatd by Clapham Grand)
www.myspace.com/thelightyears

The hottest unsigned band in London - ROB WRIGHT, THE TIMES

Widely touted as Next Big Things - LONDON METRO

PLUS ACOUSTIC SUPPORT FROM
Liam Cottrell & Dr Robert

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Sat 8th Mar | 8.30pm | £8/£6 advance http://www.wegottickets.com

The Halo Presents

Live @ The The Halo, Batteresea, London

High energy funk and pure soul... great vocals, percussion and rhythms that makes you want to get up and DANCE!!

Bijoumiyo

http://www.myspace.com/bijoumiyo

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Sat 8th Mar | 7.30pm | £5

Taurus, Manchester Presents

INDY Music Award Showcase

Jon Byrne’s quirky storytelling , passionate singing and Alex Harvey-like belting will blow your mind while ‘BBC New Talent finalist' Risa’s brings her special blend of alternative music consisting of all different genres from pop to country to Celtic to folk and rock to Taurus and will be premiering new songs to be featured on her new album which will be recorded in 2008.

The INDY Award nominees are in great company with performances from Paper Wives, simply stunning music and Sean Whittaker.

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Wed 12th Mar | 7.00pm - 10.00pm | £5, £4 Guest List

Making It Live Presents

Live @ The Rock Garden, London

This is where the INDYs all started as a fun awards for bands that played at The Rock Garden. We are delighted to present some of the very best emerging artists currently on the live circuit - all destined for great things!

Dawn Kinnard
http://www.myspace.com/dawnkinnard

"This gravel-voiced daughter of a preacher man is a big hit with BBC Radio 6 listeners, and understandably so. Given her strict Pennsylvanian upbringing it is perhaps unsurprising that she counts The Staple Singers and Sister Rosetta Tharpe among her influences, but songs such as "Devil's Flame" have a seductively noir flavour, Kinnard's backing band coming on like Nick Cave's Bad Seeds with Marc Ribot (Tom Waits) on guitar." The Independent, The Top 25 Indie Acts for 2008

"Sensational" The Sunday Times

"Clear the Way is a modern classic" Guardian Unlimited

"Next Big Thing" Q Magazine

Maxfield
http://www.myspace.com/maxfieldvalerie

The past year has been a non-stop rollercoaster ride for MAXFIELD: From a wildly sought-after slot at the 2006 In The City showcase and an appearance on Channel 4's Road To V 2007, to sharing the stage with the likes of The Guillemots, The Magic Numbers and Air Traffic, to name but a few. There were numerous radio appearances and airplay from BBC Radio 6, BBC Cambridge, Pulserated, Ison and ZEN Fm Australia, while tours of Italy and Prague, had great reviews and bought new fans to the fore… MAXFIELD are exploding onto the British music scene with off-the-wall charisma, ruthless ambition and killer tunes. Comparisons to Lamb, Portishead, Tina Turner, Janice Joplin and Red Hot Chilli's, are flattering, yet still do no justice to the dynamic, progressive electro rock sound that MAXFIELD have mastered.

Headpsace
http://www.myspace.com/headspacerocks

Headspace is a band, a unit, and what they play is the product of hard-work, while understanding instinctively what to discard has been a help too. Now with a stabilized line-up, David Page's plangent chords bring attack and power to Ross Towner's trenchant songs, while the rhythm section - Ross (bass) and Lee Verralls (drums) - is as muscular as anyone else around. Headspace have served time getting it right, doing the gigs and working the rehearsals. They are sharp, and getting sharper all the time. No Question.

Firebug
http://www.myspace.com/firebug

Our other nominee Firebug are based in LA so can't make the showcase but we will be playing tracks from their new CD 'Season For Change'

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Thu 13th Mar | 7.00pm - 2.00am | £4/£3 flyer

Ravenous Promotions Presents

Live @ The Good Ship, Kilburn

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Bluebird Kid Clark

Bear Hug

Soapbox Story
Will Hunt is a one-man musical marvel and it is he who has materminded Soapbox Story. With his rag-tag bunch of musicians he has created a band with a sound that sits nicely on the floor between Jack Penate, the Kinks and Madness whilst holding it's own. Always guaranteed to get you dancing on any night of the week!

Olly The Octopus

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Fri 14th Mar | 8.30pm | FREE

BOX Presents

Live at BOX, Glasgow

4 live bands on stage including INDY Music Award Nominees Tempercalm

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Fri 14th Mar | 19.00pm | £8 Door, £6 Adv

Feedme Music Presents

Live @ The Clapham Grand, London

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Sat 15th Mar | 7.30pm - Late | £15, U/18 £6 inc Supper

The Drawing Room Presents

Live @ The MUSICIANS GALLERY, Chesham

That's right, both Glastonbury hardened both playing their own original music both nominated for the prestigious INDY MUSIC AWARDS 2008 both playing at The Drawingroom in the MUSICIANS GALLERY

!!HOWEVER!!
50 Tickets only

BYO - no corkage charge
Supper supplied RSVP-ASAP

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Sun 16th Mar | 7.30 pm | £5 advance/door Tickets from www.wegottickets.com

Electroacoustic Club Presents

Live @ The Cross Kings, London

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Tue 18th Mar | 7.30 pm | £4

The Cross, Moseley

INDY Music Award Showcase

This is a showcase event for The National Indy Awards 2008, we have been nominated in the awards. The full line up is The Filthy Habits, Old Ions, Copious & The Shackletons. That is a heavyweight line up if ever I saw one. Come and see all this wicked talent for only £4. It would be an strange waste of a night if you didnt !!

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Fri 21st Mar | 19.00pm | £8 Door, £6 Adv

Feedme Music Presents

Live @ The Clapham Grand, London

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Fri 21st Mar | 18.30pm | £8 Door, £6 Adv

Feedme Music Presents

Live @ The Astoria 2

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Sun 23rd Mar | 5.00pm - 10.30pm | £4

Broccoli Music Presents

Live at The Bullet Bar, Kentish Town

The second of Broccoli Music's 2 day events showcasing bands they have nominated for the INDY Music Awards 2008, including 2007 INDY Music Award Winners Joana & The Wolf. Another great chance to see some amazing nominees live - then get on the Indy Awards website and start voting for your favourites.

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Sun 23rd Mar | 7.30pm | £5

LONDON UNPLUGGED PRESENTS

Live @ GINGLIK, Shepherds Bush, London

An evening of London Unplugged's Indy Award Nominee's. Rare an occassion to have such a line up under one roof at the same time. With much pride, London Unplugged proudly presents their 1st showcase with selected artists all nominated for an Indy Award.


Naomi Roper - 8pm
www.myspace.com/naomiroper

Naomi Roper has had two singles releases on itunes and combines classic song writing with an emotional and modern edge. Her voice is truly unique. Naomi has just finished a tour supporting The Hoosiers and the success of her live performances have been mirrored in the number of hits on her myspace and you tube, where Naomi's unique cover of a Michael Jackson track has achieved air time and plaudits...and this is even before it's been officially released.


Rokhsan - 8:30pm
www.myspace.com/poundformytambourine

"Rokhsan has it all. Beautiful voice, amazing melodies and a very very good stage presence. Rokhsan Heydari is gonna take 2008 by surprise"- Giles (Zwoel, Sellaband) Rokhsan has had one her more bubbly songs (Bubble Bath) featured on the Aretha Franklin CD on the Sunday Express, of which 2.1 million copies were sold. With her band 'Little Things' she has a single being released, a double A side 7" record, available on iTunes from the 26th November 2007.


Christina Marie - 9:00pm
www.myspace.com/christinamariemusic

Christina is an 18 year old singer and cellist. Although classically trained in both, her songs are distinctly alternative. She writes and plays all her music and has an infectious passion for performing that is entirely unique.


Kal Lavelle-9:30pm
www.myspace.com/kallavellemusic

Kal Lavelle grew up in the beautiful Dublin Mts. Kal gigged in Dublin supporting James Brown, The Beach Boys, Paddy Casey, Won the 2FM(Irelands National radio station) Song contest at 20 then went on tour in America with Michael Flatleys Feet Of Flames as a musician. After returning she felt like a move was on the cards and as her foreign language skills weren’t up to scratch London seemed like the natural step! Listening to Kal Lavelle’s set will make you feel like you’ve just met, fell in love and had your heart broken all in the space of one night.


Tara London - 10:00pm
www.myspace.com/taralondon

Trained in Acting, Musical Theatre and Technical Theatre, Tara produces music that provokes and emotive response, and performances that have proven to move audiences across the city...Her songs are beautifully crafted and delivered with an intense honesy that doesn't fail to captivate.

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Tue 25th Mar | 8.00pm | FREE

Phil Phamous presents

Live @ New Cross Inn, London

Catch The Veez at their special USA send-off show!

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Wed 26th Mar | 19.30pm | £8 Door, £6 Adv

Feedme Music Presents

Live @ Punk in Soho, London

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Fri 28th Mar | 8.00pm | £10/£8 (adv/NUS).

Bed Springs Music Presents

Live @ The White Hart, Whitechapel

Katie Skilling, who we have nominated for an indy award, will be performing in a showcase line-up which also features Josh Weller and the Availables and a secret headline act who has played Glastonbury, Shepherds Bush Empire, Latitude Festival, Koko, Oak Room in NYC...

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Fri 28th Mar | 11.00pm | £3

The Brickyard, Carlisle

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Wed 2nd Apr | 6.30pm - 10.pm | Public 7.00pm £5

The INDY Music Awards Present

MEDIA LAUNCH & SHORTLIST ANNOUNCEMENT @ The Rock Garden, Covent Garden, London

The INDY Music Awards 2008 Media Launch Party to announce this years Short Listed Artists, Venues, Festivals & Promoters with featured performances from a selection of nominated artists. get down to The Rock Garden and be the first to find out who has made the finals!

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Thu 3rd Apr | 7.00pm | £6 adv/ list via band

Monto Water Rats presents

Live @ Monto Water Rats, London

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Thu 3rd Apr | 7.00pm - 2.00am | £5 / £7 OTD

Rock Riot Promotions

Live @ The Camden Barfly, London

Rock Riot Presents it's nominees over two stages at The Camden Barfly Line Up: Upstairs: Mannequins The Tunics Shortwave Set General Paulus Downstairs Stage: The Culture Stayaways Chop Chop Bear Touch? Mescadets

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Sat 5th Apr | 8.00pm | FREE

LMP Presents in association with Gallery Bistro Music

Live @ The Gallery Bistro Fakenham Norfolk

Gallery Bistro Music is proud to showcase the talents of indy award's nominated Birminghams Prospect Lane in the last few month's we have strived to bring the cream of up and coming talent to our little corner of the world.None have impressed us as much as Prospect Lane with recent sessions for BBC WM introducing and National airplay by Huw Stephen's on Radio1 and a debut single under their belt the band look set for big things in 2008.A killer live act we anticipate another sellout crowd for the boys.Catch them in this intamate venue while you still can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thu 10th Apr | 7.00pm - 2.00am | £2 for all

Ravenous Promotions Presents

Live @ The Good Ship, Kilburn

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6 Day Riot
With influences taking in the Arcade Fire, Belle & Sebastian and the Decemberists, 6 Day Riot are a breath of fresh air in the music scene. Their debut album produced by Steve Levine is an angelic delight but it is live that this lot shine - and shine they do!

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Cris Tanzi

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Fri 11th Apr | 8.00pm | n/a

Kirk Barclay

Live @ The Halfmoon Putney

King Mob and The Morning Side. Two of The Halfmoon Putney's nominations for this years Indy Music Awards take to the stage.

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Fri 11th Apr | 7.30pm - 2am live from 8 pm to 11.30pm | £8 or £6 advance

The SEB Collective Presents

Live @ MY Place, 1-3 Trebovir rd (off earls crt rd), London

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Sat 12th Apr | 7.30pm - 2am live from 8 pm to 11.30pm | £8 or £6 advance

The SEB Collective Presents

Live @ MY Place, 1-3 Trebovir rd (off earls crt rd), London

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Wed 16th Apr | 8.00pm | £4

Songwriters Anonymous Presents

Live @ The New Vibe Lounge, London

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Sat 19th Apr | 8.00pm | £3 after 9pm

Rocklands presents

Live @ New Cross Inn, London

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Tue 1st Jul | 8.00pm | £5 adv (01603 660352)- £7 door

The Winelight Club

Live @ Norwich Arts Centre

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