Fortuna POP! presents
The Beat Hotel
Speedmarket Avenue + Minotaurs + The Lovely Eggs
plus DJs playing indiepop, soul, punk and 60s till late
Advance: £5 from We Got Tickets/Door: £6
Let us all bow down before the great god of budget?air travel for once again delivering us the very best in Swedish pop ?music in the shape of the fabulous Speedmarket Avenue. Sensitivity, ?melodies and well-crafted pop songs, Speedmarket Avenue have it all in abundance, along with an obvious joy at having the opportunity of performing them. Their second album, “Way Better Now” was produced by Jari Haapalainen (Concretes, Camera Obscura) and has just been released on the much respected Spanish indie label Elefant. A single from the album was made Steve Lamacq’s Single Of The Week on BBC 6music.
"Guitar and horn drive heaven in an anorak... Fuzzy, ?frothy, fun and frenzy." (Tangents)
Perhaps it’s because they exist outside of the London-centric music and media sc(r)um, but there’s a brilliant band from the North-East that no-one has heard of called Minotaurs. The Guardian partly put that right in a piece a few weeks ago which I shall now quote from liberally: “A sextet from South Shields, with no record deal, who play sumptuous, melodic, understated folk-pop. They formed three years ago, trying to sound like Mercury Rev or Flaming Lips, but have given up on the American space-rock and now sound undeniably and delightfully English, but not in a maypoles-and-morris dancing way.” To which they added, “They also write “they have got full-time jobs, and they haven't got a van. So touring presents some problems, though they hope to get out on the road this autumn.” Well, hey, the leaves are about to fall, and we’re putting them on.
THE LOVELY EGGS
The Lovely Eggs are a brilliantly messy 2 piece indie band from Lancaster influenced by The Velvet Underground, Bikini Kill, strongbow, books and cine light shows. Singer Holly was formerly the lead singer and guitarist in the popular all-girl band Angelica. Their records, on Filthy Little Angels and Cherryade Records, have been played by Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq and they recently recorded a session for Marc Riley’s show on BBC 6music.
“Fuzz guitar, an assortment of percussion and sometimes a recorder and bird noise thing… kind of sounds like a minimised version of Angelica and The Loves... Ooh, crikey, it is the girl from Angelica“ (Last Night From Glasgow blog)