Leeds promotor Super Friendz presents an all-dayer at Belgrave Music Hall, featuring an eclectic mix of great acts.
Top of the bill is Gruff Rhys, lead singer of Welsh space rock outfit Super Furry Animals and one half of trans-Atlantic electronic duo Neon Neon. He’s also got seven solo albums under his belt, the latest being Seeking New Gods, a concept album about an ancient volcano on the China-North Korea border said to hold mystical properties. Recorded partly in the Mojave desert and mixed by legendary Beastie Boys producer Mario Caldato, the album features some of Rhys’ most imaginative solo writing to date, coated in his signature candy-sweet psychedelia.
Joining Rhys on the line-up are Japanese psych/noise rock outfit Bo Ningen, electro-pop trio Stealing Sheep and feminist punk band Big Joanie. Some of our top picks, though, come earlier in the day. Jerskin Fendrix, svengali of the London DIY scene, will be playing one of his first live sets since the release of his 2020 album Winterreise. Abrasive, banging and beautiful, it was one of our favourite records of last year; we can’t wait to hear it performed live.
Deathcrash – who, like Fendrix, are signed to London tastemaker label Untitled (recs) – are also high on our list. A refreshing break from the twitchy post-punk trend, their slowcore tunes flit between beauty and horror; thunderous reverie and haunting desolation. Deep Tan, meanwhile, make dark and driving music with psych textures and German experimental elements. Leaning heavily into the lo-fi gloom of early Joy Division, their latest EP Creeping Speedwells is turning heads in the capital and beyond. Finally, if angular, satirical post-punk is your jam, you’ll be all over Home Counties, whose raucously danceable tunes stir up the wonkiest bits of Shame, Squid and Sports Team.
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