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Live report

Jessica Winter, Miss Tiny, Paper Dress Vintage, London

15th June 2023

The Spanish beermakers also kept guests fed and watered all night with a specially curated food and drink menu.

In the blazing hot rays of London’s early summer heatwave, there are a few things at the top of the to-do list: find somewhere with an outdoor beer garden to soak up the rays. Crack open a cold bottle of something frosty to toast your Thursday evening after-work feeling. And locate a banging soundtrack while you’re doing both of the above.

Thankfully, for the third night of their partnership, Spain’s finest beer purveyors SON Estrella Galicia and Hackney’s quirky musical mecca Paper Dress Vintage have people covered on all fronts - and it’s a buzzy night packed with Estrella Galicia premium beers, bands and specially paired bites from local restaurant Yellow Warbler Coffee that’s on offer for those lucky enough to snap up a ticket.

With DJs in the outdoor garden maintaining the party vibes all night, upstairs in Paper Dress’ live room it’s up to Barcelona’s own Playback Maracas to kick off the live entertainment. Don’t let their name fool you, however; with a line in bouncing synths and retro-futuristic electronic pop that comes on like a Catalonian Metronomy, the band are thinking far more expansively than mere hand-held, old school percussion.

Jessica Winter, Miss Tiny, Paper Dress Vintage, London Jessica Winter, Miss Tiny, Paper Dress Vintage, London

South London’s Miss Tiny - the new project from Speedy Wunderground producer Dan Carey and Ben Romans-Hopcraft of Warmduscher - may have only released two songs under the name, but their extensive playing experience means they sound far from fledgling. There’s always something uniquely impressive about a singing drummer, especially one with the multi-tasking capabilities of Romans-Hopcraft; intense yet loose and with an intrinsic swagger to his rhythms, he helms the likes of spidery debut single ‘The Beggar’, with Carey and their bassist knitting together like melodic bodyguards either side of him. ‘The Sound’, with its scratchy, muted fretwork, closes the set: a gnarly climax that suits the sweaty top room to a tee.

As bottles clink and the merriment continues, DIY Class of 2023 graduate Jessica Winter makes for a suitably effervescent headliner. Stripped down to her bra to combat the heat, her stage presence however is as cool as they come. In keeping with the forward-thinking pop of recent EP ‘Limerence’, she’s part infectious extrovert and part poised pop star in waiting - busting shapes while unleashing the buoyant explosion of ‘Choreograph’ or the skittish synths of ‘Funk This Up’.

With the aim of bringing British and Spanish culture together, it’s a night that shows the best of both: progressive, exciting new talents that leave the most refreshing of aftertastes.

Brought to you as part of our partnership with SON Estrella Galicia

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