On this year’s Letters EP, London based four-piece Lazy Day truly come into their own. From the force of grunge-infused opener Double j to the pained introspection of Mostly Me, the band have cemented their growth from Tilly Scantlebury’s original solo project to something altogether more sprawlingly powerful.
Lazy Day are vocalist Tilly Scantlebury, drummer Beni Evans, guitarist Liam Hoflay, and bassist Kris Lavin.
Dream-pop at its most raw, Lazy Day offer a beautiful blend of hushed vocals over ethereal guitar work that effortlessly propels the music towards the stars. Simultaneously whimsical and undeniably powerful, the four-piece deliver an ebb and flow of vocal crashes and drawn out soundscapes, indebted to indie but offering so much more.
Lazy Day began life in 2014 as the reflective solo bedroom project of vocalist Tilly Scantlebury, and quickly grew to where they are now. Their debut, 2017’s Ribbons was the product of the end of a five-year relationship, allowing Tilly to look back at the past with a mixture of sadness and understanding. This year’s follow-up EP Letters is equally as hopeful. Lead single Double j, the punchy grunge-tinged opener, is nothing short of a celebration of friendship.
“I wrote Double j about my best friend and how she gets me through a lot,” said Tilly earlier this year when unveiling the track. “It feels really good to talk about her strength and all that it does for me, especially shouting about it in the big choruses. These are the happiest lyrics I’ve ever written, and I wanted the music to properly reflect that – to be a fierce celebration of friendship.”
Lazy Day - Double j (official video) - YouTube
Having teamed up with Beni Evans, Liam Hoflay and Kris Lavin (the most recent addition to the band), Tilly has wrapped both these positive and negative emotions in a dream-like grunge package that perfectly portrays the contradictions of emotions.
Live, Lazy Day have already joined the likes of Jay Som, Alex Lahey and Amber Arcades on the road, with a fair share of headline shows under their belt too. Having played The Great Escape Festival at the start of May and Camden Rocks the following month, their summer also sees them appear at Community Festival and Kendal Calling, among others.
Their biggest shows to date are also on the horizon, joining indie veterans Bloc Party across the summer.
Lazy Day - Weird Cool (Official Video) - YouTube
Lazy Day - 'Hiccup' (Official Video) - YouTube
Lazy Day - 'Disappear' (Official Video) - YouTube
Where can I see Lazy Day live?
As well as a number of festival appearances and their time with Bloc Party, Lazy Day will hit the road for a headline tour later this year. They’ll also be performing at Glasgow’s Tenement Trail, offering music across various venues in the city.
Here are those dates:
12 October 2019 – Tenement Trail, Glasgow
31 October 2019 – The Boileroom, Guildford
1 November 2019 – Hope & Ruin, Brighton
2 November 2019 – The Cookie, Leicester
7 November 2019 – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
8 November 2019 – Jimmy’s, Manchester
9 November 2019 – Sound Basement, Liverpool
Brighton artist Salt Ashes has been making waves over the past few years with her atmospheric synthpop tunes.
The musician released her debut self-titled album in 2016, featuring the single Save It, which reached No.22 on the Billboard Dance Club Chart.
In February the artist dropped her latest single, the emotionally charged Don’t. Watch the official video for the tune below:
Salt Ashes - Don't | Official Video - YouTube
Salt Ashes is playing a huge show at London’s Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London on Friday 14 June 2019, and to celebrate, we got the musician to make us a playlist of some of her favourite tunes to listen to whilst on the road, and tell us a bit about them.
Take a listen below:
Grimes – We Appreciate Power
This track just makes me want to move, scream, writhe, feel. It’s so raw and industrial with a great message.
Grimes - We Appreciate Power (Lyric Video) - YouTube
LP – Lost On You
This track puts me in a state of calm and bliss. I adore LP’s voice and just think this is great songwriting. The chorus gets me every time. This live session is so awesome!!!
LP - Lost On You [Live Session] - YouTube
JYLDA – The Body
I’ve been working with JYLDA recently who’s a new artist that I’m so excited by. She has a Bjork and Lykke Li vibe to me. I love how free she is with her voice and producing style.
JYLDA - The Body (Official Video) - YouTube
Black Honey – Midnight
Black Honey are friends of mine and have been going from strength to strength. I’m addicted to Izzy’s lyrics and their visuals are insane. She shares my passion with putting as much effort into the visuals as the music.
Black Honey - Midnight - YouTube
Sevdaliza – Darkest Hour
The build in this song is delicious. It takes you on a journey through security and dreaminess until the drop which just makes you want to dance. Sevdaliza is a great artist who, in my opinion, is creating gold at the moment.
SEVDALIZA - DARKEST HOUR (Lyric Video) - YouTube
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sacrilege
It’s an old one but so, so good. The video for this is so captivating, I love the concept and how dark it is.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Sacrilege - YouTube
Salt Ashes plays Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London on Friday 14 June 2019. Tickets are available now through TicketWeb
Pride season is here! Whether you’re a member of the community or a supportive ally, there’s loads of great stuff happening over the next few months to help you celebrate it.
Here’s our guide to some of the best LGBTQ+ events happening across the UK.
LGSM: Planes and Perverts – Pride & Protest Edition
Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants are teaming up with African Rainbow Family, Micro Rainbow International, The Outside Project, Queefy Cabaret and The People’s Film Club to bring you their biggest party yet on the day of Pride in London. Get ready for Planes and Perverts: Pride and Protest Edition.
Expect workshops, stalls, film screenings, live music, spoken word, drag performances, DJs and so much more. This party will be a safe, political and meaningful space to celebrate the diversity in our community and what pride really means to us – freedom, equality, and justice.
ESDR proudly present Manila Luzon from RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4: Bristol Pride Special.
Manila Luzon came 2nd place in the 3rd season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and has since been a contestant on All Stars 1 and most recently All Stars 4, where she’s slaying the game with her polished yet outlandish costumes and killer lipsyncs. Her name is a play on words of the capital city (Manila) and the largest island (Luzon) of the Philippines, where her mother was born.
Years & Years - If You're Over Me (Official video) - YouTube
Manchester Pride Festival is an annual 4-day celebration of LGBT+ life, taking place in August.
With a brand new format for 2019, stretching from Mayfield to Deansgate with the hub of the festival in The Gay Village, the city will come alive with celebration and colour! Grab a ticket for Pride Live at Mayfield to see the likes of Ariana Grande + Years & Years!
When is it? Friday 23 – Monday 26 August 2019.
Where is it? Various venues across Manchester City Centre.
Mae’s back at Soho Theatre for her fourth run of the Experiment: a free-flowing, experimental hour where every night will be unique.
Mae’s hit Netflix special, Mae Martin: Dope, was released in January on the back of a 2018 Chortle Award win and a 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Award best show nomination.
She’s also the star of two award-nominated series for BBC Radio Four, has previously taped another stand-up special for Comedy Central, and releases her first book, Can Everyone Please Calm Down? in May.
Shura makes a stunning return with brand new track BKLYNLDN, the first taste of Shura’s much-anticipated second album, which she is currently working on in the wake of 2016’s celebrated debut, Nothing’s Real.
BKLYNLDN marks the start of a new chapter (musically, geographically, emotionally) for Shura. That timeless look at long-distance romantic longing – if told through the modern lens of apps, texts, and anxiety-inducing silences – it’s a cinematic, exquisitely intimate examination of what presence and absence means in modern relationships; a passionate, tactile record about connection in volatile times; and, despite its cleansed sonic palette, still the unmistakable sound of Shura.
Ezra Furman - Calm Down AKA I Should Not Be Alone - YouTube
Ezra Furman has announced a new tour in support of his upcoming album, Twelve Nudes.
“This is our punk record,” says Ezra. “We made it in Oakland, quickly. We drank and smoked. Then we made the loud parts louder. I hurt my voice screaming. This was back in 2018 when things were bad in the world. The songs are naked with nothing to hide.”
When is it? Tuesday 12 & Thursday 14 November 2019
Tash Sultana will play her biggest UK show to date at the iconic Ally Pally as a part of the ‘Flow State World Tour’.
The one-person powerhouse started out playing open-mic nights on a fake id and busking on the streets of Australia. Now Tash is selling out every headline show, from theatres to arenas across multiple countries and playing dozens of high-profile festivals around the world. Tash’s homemade videos have been viewed online over 150M times.
Recent accolades include over 200M streams of the Notion EP, hit single ‘Jungle’ coming in at #3 in triple j’s Hottest 100, achieving gold sales for the Notion EP and platinum sales for single ‘Jungle’ which also featured in FIFA 18, winning the prestigious unearthed j award, and most recently playing a stand out set at Coachella & Lollapalooza.
The craft beer scene has exploded in the UK over the past decade, with more than 2,000 breweries now plying their trade everywhere from Plymouth to Aberdeen.
Alongside the explosion of people making beer, there’s also been a rise in demand for people attending beer festivals, to meet the makers and fellow enthusiasts of their favourite hop-based beverages.
Whether an expert or enthusiastic beginner, there’s probably a beer festival near you to get involved in.
Here’s our guide to some of the best beer festivals, happening all across the UK.
Bristol Craft Beer Festival
When is it? Friday 7 – Saturday 8 June 2019
Where it is? Lloyds Amphitheatre, Bristol.
What can you expect? Brewdog, Northern Monk, Bristol Beer Factory, Pressure Drop, Verdant and loads more will be serving their tasty creations in the Bristol sunshine. There’s also live music and epic street food. The ticket price includes all your beer for the session.
What can you expect? 34 invited brewers descend on Huddersfield’s favourite brewery as they host their very own festival. Each ticket includes a souvenir glass and four beer tokens. The afternoon session is sold out and limited tickets for the evening session are on sale now.
What can you expect? Brought to thirsty Mancunians by the team behind Indy Man Beer Con, Summer Beer Thing, now in its third year, is a 3-day celebration of Summer where you enjoy cherry picked craft beers, cocktails, prosecco and street food in the sunshine.
What can you expect? DJ Yoda and Kaiser Chiefs will be spinning tunes as breweries such as Cloudwater, Mikeller, Wild Beer Co and more serve up their latest creations. Your ticket price includes all your beer for the session.
What can you expect? The not for profit festival brings over 60 ales to the Cumbrian seaside alongside a full music programme. There’s also plenty of cider, soft drinks and over beverages on other for the non-beer drinkers.
What can you expect? The hugely popular festival will see thousands of punters walk through the doors of Manchester’s historic Victoria Baths to sample some of the worlds’ finest craft beers. Hurry though. There are only tickets left for Thursday and Sunday.
When is it? Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 October 2019
Where it is? Wylam Brewery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
What can you expect? Newcastle’s picturesque Wylam Brewery opens its doors for the weekend, inviting over 30 breweries from all across the world into toon. There’s also street food from Gateshead’s By The River Co shipping container markets.