Fortuna POP! presents
The Beat Hotel
(A Special IndieTracks Festival Warm-Up)
Bearsuit + Persil + The Gresham Flyers + The Cut-Outs
plus Fortuna POP! DJs playing indiepop, punk rock, 60s psych, northern soul and anything else we damn well like
Advance: £5 from We Got Tickets/Door: £6
Stop-start boy-girl twee-rock cutie-killer six-piece with everything from cinematic waltzes to catchy electro disco and hard punk screaming riot grrl noise. A mix of Belle and Sebastian, Huggy Bear, and Sonic Youth with electronic twists and turns, and screamy art punk. Since playing their first gig in 2001, the band have notched up three Festive 50 top five hits and three Radio 1 sessions on the legendary John Peel show. The band released their debut album 'Cat Spectacular!' in America in March 2005, and in October 2005 they launched their 'long lost debut' album 'Team Ping Pong'. With six singles, an EP, two albums, and a variety of outlandish stage gear - blood soaked prom dresses, 'nurses of death' outfits and silver bear-bot wear to name but a few - Bearsuit are certainly a band to catch if you can. Their new single ‘More Soul Than Wigan Casino’ is released on Fantastic Plastic in August with an album to follow in September.
“Bearsuit don’t so much define the line between genius and insanity as master both sides of it. Amazing.” - Drowned In Sound
A boy and a girl who make fuzzy electropop. Recorded three sessions for the late John Peel, supported the Wedding Present on nine sold-out UK dates in 2005 and also supported Blondie in Holland. Persil's second CD 'Comfort Noise' was released in 2006 on the Dutch Transformed Dreams label. A live session for Huw Stephens' BBC Radio 1 show was broadcast in January 2007.
“Fantastically summery pop music… mixes the vigour of early Bis with the finesse of late St Etienne” (Diskant)
THE GRESHAM FLYERS
A sextet who are the hybrid of their diverse geographical backgrounds (north, midlands, south and Slough) and the best bits of your record collection, all sprinkled with a little sugar - David Gedge fronting an unruly combination of Sparks and Pulp. Classy, energetic pop, boy/ girl singers, handclaps, and hooks you can hang your duffel coat on.
"Proper infectious real classic simple indie pop for fans of Belle & Sebastian, Sparks, Smiths and mostly New Order and Wedding Present" (Organ)
The Cut-Outs feature members of Airport Girl and The Fat Tulips and play garage rock for pop kids with short, daft guitar solos and an unerring ear for a tune (often their own). Although bass player Mark Monnone of The Lucksmiths has recently abdicated his position, the equally-as-indie Mr Ian Cowan of Spiral Scratch fame is proving a more than adequate replacement. And with a member of London’s all girl 60s dance troupe The Actionettes on drums, there's always at least one band member on the beat.
“Popkids bringing us old-school thrills aplenty in the form of shamble beat with scritchy scratchy guitars, tootling fake-fur clad keyboards and fab rat-a-tat drums. Think Beat Happening or The Pastels in the olden days before they got all sophisticated like” (Kittenpainting)