Fortuna POP! presents
The Beat Hotel
Left With Pictures + The Vatican Cellars + Bonne Idee + The Middle Ones
plus DJs playing indiepop, soul, punk and 60s till late
Advance: £5 from We Got Tickets/Door: £6
LEFT WITH PICTURES
Left With Pictures is made up of three men who can really sing together. It is a wonderful sound to hear. When this happens whilst these same three men draw splendid music from drums, a violin, a melodica, a piano and a guitar then it is really a sight to behold… When they go on to add great stories and then wrap those in intricate yet memorable melodies the whole thing can get rather dizzying… in a good way. They’ll have you nodding your head, tapping your toes and humming along contentedly until they suddenly get you - your heart breaks and your tongue rolls out to the floor… at least that’s what happened to me when I saw them at the End of the Road Festival last year. Their new E.P ‘Secretly’ is out now.
"Like early Belle & Sebastian, fronted by Euros Childs, and gently exposed to jazz" (Time Out)
THE VATICAN CELLARS
When Mr S. Hughes Esq., (guitarist with Piney Gir), and The Birthday Girl (The Schla La Las) decided to combine the former's love of folk and the latter's love of high heels and harmonium, something truly unique was born. Picking from the cream of the crop of Oxford's thriving music scene they soon had a drummer called Russell who could understand 9/18 time AND shuffle and a double bassist called Tom who channels pure chaos into walking lines of dastardly brilliance. Et voila, The Vatican Cellars. Some call it heartbreak in a glass. Some call it "night-folk". But why don't we all just agree on "excellent" for now.
"...this is gorgeous. Its acoustic, part-folky backing (all filigree guitar lines and chunky double bass, with lonely melodica on ‘Lost At The End Of The Line’) supports the sweetest melodies. There’s a wistful 60s Albion-ness about it; you could easily hear Doherty or Albarn or even Ray Davies singing ‘My Black Pearl’ in that evocative-of-olde-England way." (SoundsXP)
Brilliant new (mostly) female five-piece from Gothenburg, Sweden, whose gorgeous accordion, organ and post-punk guitar songs sound like a twentysomething Those Dancing Days or an art house-loving Dolly Mixtures. This is only their second UK show and we're very excited to be putting them on. ?
THE MIDDLE ONES
This girl duo have been spending their days in Norwich gathering up enthusiastic friends, strange instruments, dance trios and themed costumes, all in the name of super-harmonised folky-pop. Anna writes the songs, sings and plays guitar, while Grace harmonises, re-arranges and plays melodica, glock’n’roll and musical eggs. This summer they appeared at the Holmfirth Folk Festival, and were one of the surprise highlights at the Indietracks festival.
“We’re blown away by the way their vocal harmonies suit the now par-for-the-course instrumentation (melodica, accordion etc) to such an extent we rush to the merchandise stall straight after and purchase a CD.” (Drowned In Sound)