BETH JEANS HOUGHTON (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Its a pleasure to present one of the success stories of this summer's festival season and a name we know you'll hear much, much more of in 2010.
Still just 19 years old, she has supported Tunng and Tinariwen on tour, collaborated with Vetiver, John Martyn, Bon Iver, Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom, and recorded the Golden/Nightswimmer single with Adem.
Tonight, BJH will be playing with a full band in a great bill of folk and experimentation.
'Mesmirising Psyche Folk' - The Independant
'Glam Folk Genius, A Legend in the Making'- NME
she could easily be dismissed as just another kooky songstress were it not for the quality of her music and voice, a light, airy instrument capable of conveying delight, astonishment and sorrow, often in a single song. The Guardian
ANIMAL HOSPITAL (Boston, MA)
...is Kevin Micka's one-man musical recording/performance entity. Formed at the tail-end of Micka's time with Boston band The Common Cold, Animal Hospital slowly began to take on a life of its own in 2004. Since then Animal Hospital's albums and live shows have won followers from all corners of the music world, earning himself spots on tours with bands as diverse as Beirut , Neptune, and the tech-grind metal group The Great Redneck Hope.
During performances, Micka buries himself in a pile of electronics-shelves of effects, mixing consoles, amps and delay units-while patiently constructing a layered nest of loops consisting of live drum beats, guitar chords, scrapes, chucks, chimes, and melodies resulting in anything from more conventional songs to meticulously crafted ambient movements on to full on improvisation.
Memory is pretty much the coolest experimental record I have heard, probably since that Fun Years record. Micka is a multi-instrumentalist of the highest quality and in the years proceeding Memory has honed his skills in a live setting by playing and looping his instruments into effervescent concoctions that sound like the work produced by a four piece band (and a talented one at that) Forest Gospel
IVAN INK + PEN (London)
Solo south Londoner playing atmopsheric sounds mixing up US alt icons like Smog and Polvo.