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  • EAST INDIE CLUB: MGM @93 Feet East

    Full Line Up: MGM, The Crooked Kings, Burly HerdThe Honey Smugglers, Toby Charles, Soph Retief, Jude Edwin-Scott

    We’re back at the newly refurbished, brand new and shiny 93 Feet East this February with a ton of great new bands and artists.

    South East London artist Michael G Moore will be there too with his band to headline the event. After impressing Absent Kelly playing with a solo set, at the start of the year, he was quickly invited back to play a beefed up version of his cinematic pop/rock, reminiscent of Coldplay in places, that has seen him gain spots at a number of well renowned venues and festivals.

    We’ll also be joined by The Crooked Kings, a quartet from London whose blues tinged indie rock is modern, unique and catchy as hell! This sound has seen the band championed by the likes of BBC Introducing and play big name venues including the Camden Assembly.

    London five piece Burly Herd will also be joining us. These guys are pros at creating atmospheric, clever indie/pop. The band formed a number of years ago, but have really kicked things up a gear of late, and are turning heads on the underground London scene!

    Joining us all the way from York for the show is The Honey Smugglers. These guys play upbeat, chirpy indie that has already seen them gain quite a name for themselves on their local scene, and now they’re ready to show the Capital what they can do.

    Singer-songwriter Toby Charles will be bringing his brand of modern blues to the stage for the evening. Toby’s voice is truly captivating and has seen him gain great reviews and airplay on renowned stations, such as Amazing Radio.

    Another act that has impressed us before is Soph Retief. Soph Retief is a singer-songwriter from London who specialises in crafting perfect catchy pop. This sound has seen her win MTV’s Project Aloft Star in 2016.

    Jude Edwin-Scott is a singer-songwriter and guitarist based in London. He has a laid-back, understated singing voice and writes memorable lyrics based in autobiography and storytelling which is charming, and refreshing.

    93 Feet East, Old Truman Brewery, 150 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

    7pm – Late

    £8 OTD / £6 ADV

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  • SONIC SKETCH: THE WOODVILLE @Notting Hill Arts Club

    Full Line Up: The Woodville, Bohdi RoseRuby & the Revelators, Rosie WhittleShakira AlleyneMeron T

    Absent Kelly are getting funky at Notting Hill Arts Club again this February!

    Topping the bill is The Woodville. This soul/funk/pop outfit are really making waves at the moment! The group have been asked to perform for BBC Radio 6 Music, as part of The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show and been championed by BBC Introducing, but since the release of their latest single, they’re really going from strength to strength!

    Support comes from Bohdi Rose, a pop sensation of tomorrow! Joined by her band for the evening, Bohdi is making waves right now playing at top venues, including Shoreditch House, and receiving airplay on BBC Introducing. We’re sure big things are on the horizon.

    Ruby & the Revelators are a Bognor Regis based outfit who play a fresh, yet nostalgic take on soulful funk. Topped by stunning vocals, the band’s sound has seen them bag numerous great reviews, with Blues in Britain calling them “the next big thing on the UK blues scene”.

    Rosie Whittle will be there too. Rosie is a singer songwriter from London who writes simple but infectious pop songs that has seen her championed by BBC Introducing. With Rosie’s distinctive and delicate vocals, we’re sure she’ll go far.

    Also providing support is Shakira Alleyne, a London songstress who will be joined by her band for the evening to play her brand of ambient alternative soul, reminiscent of the likes of Lapsley and James Blake, that has seen her feature on BBC Introducing.

    Opening the show is Meron T, a talented London based Neo soul artist with an absolutely sublime voice! Meron is turning heads wherever she plays at the moment, and once you hear her, you’ll see why!

    Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3JQ

    6pm – 10:30pm

    £8 OTD / £6 ADV

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  • INDIE BASEMENT: GABRIEL BYRD & THE AMBITIOUS BASTARDS @Hope & Anchor

    Full Line Up: Gabriel Byrd & the Ambitious Bastards, Thin-SkinnedReavenDirty Sister, Von CassidyJACK, Pilgrims’ Dream

    End a short month with a big bang thanks to Absent Kelly bringing yet more up and coming indie talent to the Hope & Anchor.

    The super talented, multi-instrumentalist, Gabriel Byrd & the Ambitious Bastards will be headlining proceedings, helped by his band. Gabriel’s sound mixed elements of numerous genres, including classic rock, folk and blues to name just a few. Gabriel is currently relentlessly making his way round the London underground circuit, impressing crowds, promoters, bar staff, and pretty much anyone else in the vicinity wherever he plays. We’re expecting big things from the Frontier Music championed artist.

    Providing support is Thin-Skinned. Thin-Skinned are a Machester outfit who make an ambient use of delay and tremolo pedals alongside lyrics about social politics and everything from Rupert Murdoch to Oscar Wilde.

    Joining us all the way from France for the show is Reaven, a four piece electro indie rock powerhouse, whose huge sound is infectious as hell! With great reviews and airplay on the other side of the channel already, we can’t wait to see what they bring to the stage!

    East London indie lads, Dirty Sister will also be providing support. This double act create an awful lot of sublime noise for a duo. Expect upbeat, feel good, new age indie rock that you won’t be able to help but dance to.

    Local North London’s Von Cassidy is on the bill too. Von Cassidy’s sound combines elements of blues, pop, rock and folk to create a sound all his own. This feel good sound is sure to have you putting your dancing shoes on!

    Surrey singer-songwriter Jack will be bringing his brand of lo-fi indie, reminiscent of Jack Garratt to the stage. He may be relatively new to the scene, but we’re expecting big things based on his unique sound!

    Opening the show is Pilgrims’ Dream. This London based singer-songwriter is and official finalist in the 2017 American Songwriting Awards, and the Hollywood Songwriting Contest, with his new release ‘Ocean’. With this recognition already, we can’t wait to see what he does next!

    Hope & Anchor, 207 Upper Street, London, N1 1RL

    7pm – Late

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  • ABSENT KELLY EMERGING: DROP PINK @O2 Academy2 Islington

    Full Line Up: Drop Pink, Fake Swans, The Atoms, Cross, Isolated Islands

    We’re bringing a rare rock show to O2 Academy2 Islington this March, so prepare for things to get a little bit heavier as we crank it up to eleven!

    Headlining the event is Drop Pink. If you like new music, then this is the band for you! Drop Pink are a fledgling four piece from North London who play guitar driven, infectious alt/rock that, despite not being on the scene long, is already turning heads on the underground circuit.

    London four piece alternative rock band Fake Swans will the providing support. Their music has been described as ‘Adele trapped in a horror film’. The band are currently recording their second EP which is due to be released later this year, and we can’t wait to hear it!

    Joining us all the way from Leeds, after impressing promoters Absent Kelly at a previous show, is The Atoms. This quintet play “Grandiose, synthesised, heavy Rock”, that has seen them gain a name for themselves on their local scene, and play at Elland Road to over 2000 people!

    Cornish trio Cross will be there too. Having been described as a “magnificent fusion of Foo Fighters, Nirvana and Royal Blood” and, as a result of their strong sound, have played Bpardmasters Festival, gained radio airplay, and won a host of local awards.

    Hailing from Portsmouth is Isolated Islands, a grungy, fuzzy rock duo, who create a hell of a lot of noise for a two piece! We’re expecting big things from this fresh new band!

    O2 Academy2 Islington, N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street, London, N1 0PS

    6pm – 1opm

    £10 OTD / £8 ADV

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  • EAST INDIE CLUB: DREAMSYNDROM @93 Feet East

    Full Line Up: Dreamsyndröm, Evert Outen, Underneath the Lights, Fantastic Mr. Marcel, Sparrowhawk

    Promoters Absent Kelly are back to Brick Lane’s much loved 93 Feet East with some of the best alt/indie around!

    Topping the bill is Dreamsyndröm, an experimental outfit from Oxford with the aim to influence the creative world through deep, hard hitting ethereal ambience.

    Anthemic pop/rock will be provided by Evert Outen and his band. This Guildford outfit have been turning heads all over the South East thanks to their catchy, well written tunes.

    Scottish indie rockers, Underneath the Lights will be bringing brand of modern Britpop to the stage, that has already seen them play top venues, including Glasgow’s O2 Academy.

    London based singer/songwriter, Fantastic Mr. Marcel will also be there with his infectious indie pop that fuses elements of soul, blues, rock and funk to create something feel good and unique.

    Sparrowhawk is a singer/songwriter from Essex who will be sharing his mellow alt/indie inspired by the likes of Bon Iver, Ben Howard and Daughter.

    93 Feet East, Old Truman Brewery, 150 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

    7pm – Late

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  • ABSENT KELLY’S BRIXTON BEAT: THE RILLS @Brixton Jamm

    Full Line Up: The Rills, The Crazy Peace of Mind, The Beare Sisters, Phil Middleton

    Absent Kelly’s Brixton Beat, sees the promoters return to their spiritual home of Brixton Jamm with more great indie talent.

    Lincoln quartet, The Rills will be topping the bill. The anarchic indie outfit are making waves on the local scene, supporting big and emerging names including Space and Sheafs, as well as bagging themselves a slot at this year’s Kendal Calling alongside The Libertines and Catfish & the Bottlemen.

    The Crazy Peace Of Mind are a trio from Nottingham who will be bringing their brand of Grungy Indie Rock that is rough around the edges in a good way!

    Smooth acoustic pop comes courtesy of The Beare Sisters. This duo, hailing from Luton, will be showcasing a mixture of catchy melodies and impressive harmonies.

    Oldham based singer/songwriter, Phil Middleton will be there too. Phil’s sound mixes classic blues, country and rock elements to create a familiar yet distinctive sound.

    Brixton Jamm, 261 Brixton Road, London, SW9 6LH

    7pm – 11pm

    £10 OTD / £8 ADV

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  • ABSENT KELLY INTRODUCING: SLOW MOJO @Surya

    Full Line Up: Slow MojoChelsea Blues, CYMK

    For March, we’ve put together a bill of some of the hottest names on everyones’ lips on the underground soul, pop, funk and R&B scenes around the Capital right now!

    We’ll be joined by Slow Mojo, a six piece band from London whose soulful, 12 bar blues inspired funk is already turning the heads of audiences and promoters, despite them being relatively new to the scene. Expect an electrifying performance of blues for the modern era.

    Chelsea Blues is a London based artist with a one of a kind sound, mixing elements of soul, jazz, trap, R&B, and many more. She’s already impressed promoters Absent Kelly once and we can’t wait to see the show she puts on this time!

    CYMK will also be there. This Dorset based artist will be joining us with his band for the evening to play his unique brand of atmospheric electro pop, that has seen him bag airplay on BBC Introducing.

    Surya, 156 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JL

    7pm – 1o:30pm

    £8 OTD / £6 ADV

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  • CAFE INDIE: MONTRELL @Cafe 1001

    Full Line Up: Montrell, Joe Peace, The SaltJake FJ

    East London’s Café 1001 sees another night full of exciting new indie from promoters Absent Kelly this March.

    Following a sell out show at West London’s Notting Hill Arts Club and a Sofar Session, headlining is London four piece Montrell. These guys play delightfully laid back indie pop, with an undeniable groove that has seen them bag a ton of great reviews thus far. After spending the summer of 2017 on the grass roots festival circuit, we’re expecting even bigger and better things from these guys this year!

    Providing support is Joe Peace and his band. Joe’s catchy pop has seen him championed by BBC Introducing and play huge venues including the NEC in Birmingham. With so much under his belt already, we can’t wait to see what this promising artist is going to do next!

    West Country indie rockers, The Salt will be there too. Having played numerous festivals including Jurassic Fields and Anonymous Festival, and with members who have played alongside everyone from PJ Harvey to The Wurzels, you won’t want to miss this promising young band!

    Opening the show is Jake FJ, a singer-songwriter who plays delightfully soulful acoustic blues with an incredibly gravelly and unique voice that is seeing him bag slots at some of the Capital’s best known grass roots venues.

    Cafe 1001, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

    7pm – 11pm

    £8 OTD / £6 ADV

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  • SONIC SKETCH: SCARLETTS @Notting Hill Arts Club

    Full Line Up: Scarletts, Decorum, Velvet Echoes, Napoleon’s Legitimate Lemons, Scarlett Randle

    Returning to Notting Hill Arts Club in March, is promoters, Absent Kelly, with another line up of fantastic up and coming indie artists.

    Headlining the evening is Scarletts. The London based trio play danceable jangly indie rock that has already seen them play all over the country. We’re expecting big things from the fledgling band and can’t wait to see what they’ve got live!

    Providing support is Decorum. Decorum is the new project of London based singer-songwriter, Peter Wiltschinsky, who already has quite a name for himself on the underground London circuit, so we’re sure his new project is destined for great things.

    Plymouth’s Velvet Echoes will be bringing their brand of catchy, driving indie rock and roll to the stage for the evening. Already favourites of their local BBC radio, promoters and crowds alike around the South West, now these guys are ready to show the Capital what they’re made of!

    Inspired by the Velvet Underground, John Lennon and Bob Dylan, Napoleon’s Legitimate Lemons is a four piece outfit who’s psychedelic folk/rock has already seen them gain a ton of airplay on numerous local radio stations.

    Opening the show is Glaswegian singer-songwriter, Scarlett Randle. This talented young artist’s soulful indie/folk has seen her bag slots at big name venues, including her local O2 Academy.

    Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3JQ

    6pm – 10pm

    £8 OTD / £6 ADV

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  • THE CAV CLUB: ADANNAY @The Cavendish Arms

    Full Line Up: Adannay, Francesca Louise, Dimaggio Jones, OMYO, Tanaka, Sipho

    Jewel of Stockwell, The Cavendish Arms plays host to a night of incredible soul, pop and R&B this March!

    London songstress Adannay will be joining us to headline the show. With her band, Adannay will be bringing her brand of soulful R&B to the evening, which she marries with her signature style of storytelling, which has seen her gain a ton of great reviews, airplay on internet radio and slots at some of London’s best loved venues like Brixton’s Hootenanny.

    Providing support is Francesca Louise & her band. This promising talent plays alternative jazzy pop that has impressed promoters and audiences alike, gaining her a spot at Islington’s O2 Academy as part of the Soundwaves Music Competition and airplay on BBC Introducing.

    Joining us all the way from Lincoln is Dimaggio Jones, an electro-pop outfit with catchy tunes and huge energy. Their funky, synth-driven sound has seen them get featured on BBC Introducing, and gain quite a name for themselves on their local scene.

    OMYO play a unique blend of infectious acoustic and synth-inspired urban-pop. The band has gone on to play the UK festival circuit including a set at Wireless Festival, and have been featured on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1 Xtra, The Sun, Sunday Mirror, Clash Music & more. We foresee big things!

    After impressing Absent Kelly before, Tanaka returns. Tanaka is a London based songstress who creates atmospheric, cinematic, soulful jazz, combined with elements of Trip Hop which is totally unique!

    Opening the show is Sipho, a multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer and rapper, who will be bringing his lo-fi hip-hop to the evening.

    The Cavendish Arms, 128 Hartington Road, London, SW8 2HJ

    7pm – Late

    £8 OTD / £6 ADV

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  • ROCK THE BASEMENT: THE MULTITUDE @Hope & Anchor

    Full Line Up: The Multitude, Todger, Reveal the Beast, Barrel Blend, Lit Like Vegas, Indya, Strike One

    This March we’re bringing a bill full of alt/rock to Islington’s famous Hope & Anchor. Expect a loud evening of fresh talent!

    The Multitude are a London-based prog rock band who are quickly establishing themselves on the Capital’s circuit. The band are already receiving radio airplay, lots of positive reviews and spots Camden Rocks festival.

    Bringing with them their brand of Classic inspired Rock, is Todger. This London outfit are reminiscent of the likes of Guns ‘N’ Roses and Thin Lizzy, with a fresh, modern twist. They’ve already impressed promoters Absent Kelly before, so they’re set to go down a treat.

    West London old school heavy rockers, Reveal the Beast have already been selected to play some high profile events including Bloodstock’s Metal for the Masses and the O2 Academy Islington.

    Barrel Blend are an outfit based in the Capital whose heavy blues rock which is both infectious and anthemic. They’re relatively new to the scene, but already making waves.

    Lit Like Vegas are explosive alt-rock party starters from Surrey UK. Expect catchy singalong choruses, fuelled by supercharged, high octane guitar hooks & fist pumping melodies.

    Glam rockers, Indya will also be on the bill. Having already supported big names like Republica and Space, and featured on Kerrang Radio and XFM, big things are on the horizon.

    Opening the show is Strike One. This trio from Reading are very proudly keeping punk alive with their feel good sound and high energy performances!

    Hope & Anchor, 207 Upper Street, London, N1 1RL

    7pm – Late

    £8 OTD / £6 ADV

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  • ABSENT KELLY EMERGING: NIGHTZONE @229

    Full Line Up: NightZero, Encoded, Moth, Hidden Palace

    Our first Alt/Rock emerging date at 229 promises to be a blinder, with new, up and coming talent from all over the South East.

    Our headliner for the evening is NightZero. Romford based alt/rock quartet blend soulful female lead vocals, with thumping drums and screeching guitars. It’s this distinctive sound that has seen the band gain momentum of late, playing many of the Capital’s best loved venues, including Holloway’s famous Nambucca.

    After impressing promoters Absent Kelly at a previous show, Encoded are back. This London trio play Progressive Alt/Rock that is both heavy and unique. This strong and confident sound has seen the band turn heads on the Capital’s scene.

    Grunge/punk powerhouse, Moth will be joining us from Reigate for the evening. This guys are pretty much brand new to the scene, but they’re anarchic sound is sure to see them go far!

    Another new band to the circuit is Hidden Palace, a math-rock quartet from Hertfordshire. Expect technical instrumental mixed with an upbeat vibe.

    229, 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN

    7pm – Late

    £10 OTD / £8 ADV

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  • ABSENT KELLY INTRODUCING: MARTIN RAFFERTY & THE NORTHERN
    CITY LIGHTS
    @229

    Full Line Up: Martin Rafferty And The Northern City Lights, Broken Lamps, Wyse, Velvet Echeos, Another Summer, Simon James, John Chapman

    For March, we’re bringing together a very special bill of indie rock talent, headlined by a very special guest.

    Hotly-tipped Irish rockers Martin Rafferty And The Northern City Lights will be topping the bill, to support the release of their brand new single, “The Way We Used To Be”. Born and raised in Northern Ireland on a diet of Bruce Springsteen, Oasis, Green Day, Foo Fighters and The Gaslight Anthem, Martin has already fulfilled a dream by recording in the historic Studio 3 at London’s Abbey Road Studios, and has seen a ton of success in the States obtaining airplay on over 200 radio stations and TV networks, including FOX, ESPN and National Geographic to name just a few. In the past two years, Martin Rafferty & The Northern City Lights have toured extensively across the UK and USA, including the MTV Festival in Belfast and Rock The Fort Festival in Texas in front of 20,000 fans, as well as headline slots at London’s O2 Islington Academy, Proud Galleries and Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club! Big things are certainly on the horizon for these guys!

    Bedfordshire five piece, Broken Lamps play indie-rock influenced by the likes of Pavement, Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana. The band formed in 2013, but have recently kicked things up a gear with their live shows and writing and are turning plenty of heads on their local scene. They’ve impressed Absent Kelly at 229 once before, so expectations are high.

    Wyse is a singer-songwriter based in London whose distinct sound has already seen her championed by the likes of BBC Radio. Wyse and her band will be showcasing their uplifting, anthemic and criminally infectious sound, and we can’t wait to hear it live.

    Plymouth’s Velvet Echoes will be bringing their brand of catchy, driving indie rock and roll to the stage for the evening. Already favourites of their local BBC radio, promoters and crowds alike around the South West, now these guys are ready to show the Capital what they’re made of!

    We’ll also be joined by Another Summer. The local London trio will be bringing with them their brand of Pop/Rock overlaid with distinctive, New Romantic-esque vocals.

    Joining us from Preston is Simon James. This Americana singer-songwriter is a staple on his home circuit already  and now he’s ready to show the Capital his craft.

    John Chapman is a Camden singer-songwriter who has previously fronted bands including Atlantic Rising, The Tally and The Voice. He’s currently working on new material which we can’t wait to hear.

    229, 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN

    7pm – Late

    £8 OTD / £6 ADV

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  • SONIC SKETCH: TALK SLOW @Notting Hill Arts Club

    Full Line Up: Talk Slow, Swilly Chill, Jetstream, Lunar Bird, The Flood In Our Heads

    Fill yourself with the joys of Spring this March at Notting Hill Arts Club with some fantastic indie rock ‘n’ roll.

    London based quartet Talk Slow will be topping the evening’s bill. These guys have impressed Absent Kelly before in their previous incarnation. They’re big, upbeat indie pop/rock sound has seen them gain momentum on the underground scene in the Capital with numerous gigs at well-loved venues and radio airplay.

    Swilly Chill is a quartet from Teeside who blend Indie, Pop and Rock sounds with smooth vocals and vibrant live shows that have connected with the audiences around the North of England. The band have already impressed the promoters with their sound that’s reminiscent of Kings of Leon.

    Joining us all the way from Gibraltar for the show is Jetstream. Jetstream are stars back in Gib, and have played MTV’s Gibraltar Calling Festival, as well as playing the legendary 100 Club in London as part of the festival also.

    Cardiff’s Lunar Bird will be there too. The group play dark alt/dream pop with elements of folk, psychedelia and electronica, they’re totally unique and distinctive, and we implore you to see them on this rare trip to the Capital.

    Opening the show is The Flood in Our Heads. This singer-songwriter specialises in crafting sublime, mellow folk that has seen the artist championed by BBC Introducing.

    Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3JQ

    6pm – 10pm

    £8 OTD / £6 ADV

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  • ON THE RADAR: SOUTHCHURCH @Cargo

    Full Line Up: Southchurch, FRESCO, Isaac K, Armada Named Sound, Michael King

    Our first ever On the Radar show at Cargo is set to start as we mean to go on, with some of our favourite, R&B, soul, pop and funk acts that we’ve come across on the underground circuit.

    After impressing promoters Absent Kelly at numerous shows before, Southchurch return to headline the show. Essex quartet Southchurch play a fresh take on electronic garage! Their exciting sound has earnt them spots on numerous festival line up, awards and a spot on the shortlist for BBC Introducing’s Sound of 2017! This promising young band are going places!

    FRESCO is a band based in Manchester who blend older funk and soul music with a contemporary pop sound. With choruses to sing to, grooves to dance to and an energetic stage presence, this 5-piece is putting the soul back into pop music.

    Isaac K and his band will also be joining us for the evening. Isaac creates smooth soulful R&B that has seen him play at some of London’s best venues, including the Roundhouse in Camden as part of the London Music Awards.

    Armada Named Sound is back with a new and improved line up. This electronic music project combines elements of everything from trip hop to trance creating something totally unique, with their trippy music videos bagging awards.

    Opening the show is Kent’s Michael King! He may be young, but he already knows how to craft a perfect pop song and has received radio airplay on both side of the Atlantic, including on BBC Introducing.

    Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY

    6pm – 10pm

    £8 OTD / £6 ADV

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  • INDIE BASEMENT: DON’T FORGET RUPERT @Hope & Anchor

    Full Line Up: Don’t Forget Rupert, Elefantasy, Swan Kings, Tell Me I’m Pretty, Unicorn Hunters, Yearn, Ann-Marie Cross

    Make Good Friday a great Friday with Absent Kelly at the Hope & Anchor.

    Coming all the way from Nottingham to headline the show is Don’t Forget Rupert. Indie rockers Don’t Forget Rupert come at you with catchy hooks and feel good vibes that nod towards Panic! at the Disco and The 1975; the result is distinctly contagious and altogether captivating! This signature sound has seen them championed by BBC Introducing!

    Elefantasy are a London outfit who play lazy, punky indie that has seen them impress many an audience member, soundman and promoters alike. With tons of great reviews for their latest EP, we can’t wait to see what they’re going to pull out of the bag!

    Local North London six piece Swan Kings will be bringing their brand of alt/indie to the stage. Reminiscent of Arcade Fire and Radiohead, these guys play complex, yet catchy rock.

    Packed full of catchy riffs and upbeat fun, Tell Me I’m Pretty are a Coventry outfit who have been featured on BBC Introducing and get great reviews for their latest single.

    Doncaster trio, Unicorn Hunters will be there too. These guys already have quite a name for themselves on their local scene and now they’re ready to show the Capital what they’ve got.

    Yearn are a Manchester five piece who play grungy, shoegazeish, atmospheric indie rock. Their sound is totally unique and truly compelling!

    Opening the show is Oxford singer-songwriter Ann-Marie Cross. With her delicate sound and captivating vocals, Ann-Marie has bagged radio airplay thanks for her truly beautiful sound!

    Hope & Anchor, 207 Upper Street, London, N1 1RL

    7pm – Late

    £8 OTD / £6 ADV

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  • SONIC SKETCH: GHOSTS OF OUR FORMER SELVES @Notting Hill Arts Club

    Full Line Up: Ghosts of Our Former Selves, Amorie, Valentina Keys

    Don’t be a fool this April! Get yourself down to Notting Hill Arts Club for a night of incredible R&B, soul and funk.

    Our headliners for the evening are Ghosts of Our Former Selves. This London five piece play smooth and soulful R&B/funk that is truly infectious and impossible not to get into the groove of. The stunning music that these guys create has seen them tour with the likes of Beverly Knight and play a slot at Secret Garden Party, not to mention mastering their album at the legendary Abbey Road studios. With all this already under their belt, we’re expecting big things from this exciting band.

    East London’s Amorie and her band will be there too. Expect modern, atmospheric and cinematic lo-fi R&B that is too cool for school! Amorie may be relatively new to the scene, but she’s already turning heads with her unique sound!

    Ukrainian songstress Valentina Keys will be bringing something a little different to the evening with her brand of Russian soul/jazz/pop that has impressed promoters Absent Kelly before. This sound has gained her slots on some of the best stages in the Capital, including Islington’s O2 Academy.

    Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3JQ

    6pm – 10pm

    £8 OTD / £6 ADV

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  • ABSENT KELLY EMERGING: STORY73LLER @229

    Full Line Up: Story73ller, Anneli, PRVNA, Lana & J

    Our April Emerging show at the West End’s 229 sees some of the most promising new soul, funk, pop and R&B talents grace the stage.

    We’ll be joined by Story73ller, a band from Oxford who bring the party to any stage with their hybrid of funk, soul and jazz. They’ve impressed promoters Absent Kelly before and are known on their home circuit for putting on high energy live shows.

    Cambridgeshire songstress Anneli will be bringing her brand of chart ready pop to the stage. Her sound has seen her featured in local press and on BBC Introducing.

    PRVNA is a singer/songwriter from South London whose smooth, soulful R&B is gaining her numerous fantastic reviews from the underground music press.

    West Midlands sister duo Lana & J will play beautiful and understated jazz/pop that has gained them airplay on their local BBC Introducing.

    229, 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN

    7pm – 11pm

    £10 OTD / £8 ADV

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