Alright, the Christmas decorations haven’t been put up yet and nobody’s had a chance to think about their album of the year, but it’s time to talk 2016.
Every year, DIY teams up with London’s The Old Blue Last to put up four free nights in January, featuring the best new bands ready to take the upcoming year by storm. Wolf Alice played one of their first ever gigs for Hello 2013. Honeyblood, Superfood and Jaws have taken similar steps. And this year we had Oscar, Demob Happy and Girl Band setting the agenda for 2015.
We’re very excited to announce the initial bill for Hello 2016, with loads more confirmed acts to be revealed soon.
Gigs run on the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th of January. London four-piece Beach Baby are in the first wave of acts. They’re joined by the very new, very exciting Pumarosa. There’s also Liverpool-based crooners Trudy, the ferocious force of Brighton’s Abattoir Blues, the fierce experimentalism of Cloud Castle Lake and the go-to new songwriter in the game, Willie J Healey.
For a full guide to the acts confirmed so far, see below our snazzy poster.
RSVP here to get January booked up. Please note: All shows are 18+. Bring ID.
These four are currently turning heads in the States, following impressive debut U.S. shows at New York’s CMJ. They’re taking on the world with pristine but unorthodox pop, backed by an impressive collection of Hawaiian shirts. There’s a sunny-side-up effect to their early material, but it’s not without a healthy dose of mystery.
Few debut singles come more fully-charged or inventive than Pumarosa’s ‘Priestess’. Spanning seven and a half minutes, there’s enough ambition here to last a band a lifetime - instead, Pumarosa are hogging it for themselves.
Liverpool / Leeds-based romantics Trudy have the charm of a serenading drunk who just means well. Too boozy for a quiet night in, too swooning for a rough-edged weekend on the town, their early tracks have a throwback vibe that’s dipped in gold dust.
A staple of the fledging Brighton scene, Abattoir Blues join the likes of The Magic Gang and Demob Happy in leading the charge from the seaside upwards. Led by the charismatic Harry Waugh, they have the boldness of Eagulls, backed by vibrant nods to new wave.
Cloud Castle Lake
Every time Dublin group Cloud Castle Lake sound like they’re on the verge of going too far into grandiose experimentalism, they just keep going - and somehow, everything falls into place. Signed to Happy Valley Records, they give hints of Sigur Ros in their promising first steps.
Willie J Healey
From day one, Oxford troubadour Willie J Healey has been bringing his own slant to pop. Early King Krule comparisons - the two share ginger locks, that’s about it - has been swiftly put aside as he’s enhanced his grip on playful, rock ’n roll-nodding delivery.
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