Arch 1: Music
Since releasing her debut single ‘Pheonix’ in July 2014, Laura has been stunning audiences with a sound The Line of Best Fit describes as “ground-shakingly haunting”. The singer-songwriter has performed on Later with Jools Holland and toured with John Newman and Years and Years, with her third single ‘Old Faces’ featured in the trailer for the second series of hit TV drama Broadchurch. Laura performed alongside Taylor Swift during the latter’s performance at British Summertime in Hyde Park and was included in Spotify’s ‘Spotlight on 2015’. She has gone on to win the Songwriter/Composer Rising Star award at the London Music Awards and was recently included in the music section of the prestigious Evening Standards 1000 Influential Londoners, alongside Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Ben Cooper, controller of Radio One. Get a load of Laura at Hear No Evil this year as this young talent continues to shine.
This young singer-songwriter has had a ground-breaking year – from playing to tiny audiences in backrooms of pubs to a run of impressive festivals dates, including Bushstock, The Great Escape and Glastonbury. Having clocked up over 1500 shows to date, the Shrewsbury-native is now gearing up for a headline tour in April 2016. Dan has recently finished recording his debut EP with Cam Blackwood (George Ezra), was main support to Rae Morris on her UK tour, played on the Communion New Faces tour and headlined sold out nights in his home town and London. Now he goes on tour supporting Birdy in Europe. Time Out have named Dan as one of their Rising Stars for the year.
A band of childhood friends and cousins from south west London, The Shakers have been playing together since their uni days. Their sound takes the ethos of 70’s rock n’ roll and remoulds it with fun hooks and baselines that you can’t help but dance to. They spent 2015 playing sell out headlining nights in their all time favourite venues across London; from the The Half Moon and The Notting Hill Arts Club to The Underbelly, London Fields Brewery and Paradise By Way Of Kensal Rise – and soon, Hear No Evil.
With her hushed tones, Kate reveals matters of the heart alongside an introspective view on the state of the twenty-first century, backed by a band who add depth and groove to a music which stands the test of time. Audiences across London have been moved by her dulcet tones and we can’t wait to invite her onto the Hear No Evil stage – be warned, though, she will woo you.
A young 4-piece playing a unique brand of Celtic roots reggae unlike anything you’ve heard before. The band’s awareness of their surroundings, heritage and influences, both new and old, permeate through the sonics of their tracks. Informed by astute social and historical sensibility FeelGood Culture’s lyrics combine with their Celtic-reggae sound resulting in a truly unique and modern approach to British reggae. The band is currently recording their much-anticipated debut EP, are confirmed to play Boomtown this summer and have already performed at One Love Festival, O2 Academy Islington, The Garage, Barfly and The Borderline.
Protz has been writing music since the tender age of fifteen and began his journey into music writing heavy rock songs with soft orchestral bridge sections as a contrast, this developed into a desire to write for Hollywood movies. However, after listening to minimalistic meditative piano music, written by the likes of Ludovico Einaudi, Adam soon discovered that he was much more suited to creating emotive music in which he could incorporate his own personality and spirituality. His ‘Movements’ EP is proof that lyrics aren’t a necessity to provoke powerful sentimental thoughts. Protz aims to inspire relaxation and offers the perfect setting for escaping to through his music.
A former ballerina with a sackload of musical talent, Karmina has developed a unique sound in a short space of time, inspired by such heroines as Kate Bush and Cat Power but with a contemporary twist bringing to mind Swedish songstress Lykke Li. Within six months of leaving the Birmingham Royal Ballet, she was playing sold out shows at London venues like Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton, and the Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon, and attracting the attention of Andy Burrows, the much-loved solo artist and former Razorlight/ We Are Scientists drummer – who invited her to Amsterdam as his support act, where he introduced Karmina to her now live collaborator Stuart Wilkinson. Watch this space for her ﬁrst recordings – sure to be further evidence of a bright spark ready to burst.
Describing their sound as ‘unpretentious and summery’, the Reading-based duo have been developing their studio tracks and edits into live sets and have recently supported electronic giants Maribou State. The gig was described as ‘being inside a cartoon spaceship’ – whatever that means, sign us up! Twin Sun will soon be delighting audiences with their cosmic disco and live bass back in their home town, supporting the genre-transcending Bondax. The pair are attracting a lot of attention, with disco heavyweight Greg Wilson featuring one of their edits at a recent gig and house music blog SlothBoogie releasing a free download of another. We can’t wait to bring their tropical sound to Hear No Evil – perfect vibes for the bank holiday weekend.
Taking their inspiration from artists such as TEED, SBTRKT, Lil Silva, Joe Goddard, Jamie XX, Jungle, Bonobo and Koreless to name a few, SoulCircuit use these influences to throw serious spanners into electronical reworks. The duo’s debut EP gained support across the airways, being featured on Radio 1, Kiss 100 & Capital xtra to name but a few. This year has seen their trademark sound injected into remixes for Chvrches, D/C & Shivum Sharma; gaining them support from the likes of Mista Jam, Monki, B Traits and Scuba. With more exciting releases, remixes and collaborations hidden under their belt, SoulCircuit are sure to make an even bigger splash this summer.
Bristol-based brothers Tom and Ian Griffiths have shared a long journey through the outer realms of electronic music. On the one hand Icarus can create a pure dance floor-orientated rush, but the core strength that’s innate throughout their emerging body of work is their ability to create songs with the immediacy to capture a wider audience without losing the essence of their grounding in club culture. Among their growing following of big name fans are Pete Tong, Mistajam and DJ Target, with Annie Mac recently making their new ‘Home feat. Aurora’ EP her hottest record back in February. Tong has spoken of the “huge buzz” around this duo, so make sure you catch their sleek sound at HNE 2016.
Hailing from East London, Debonair first caught people’s attention with funk and soul reworks such as ‘Why’, ‘Mellow Yellow’ and ‘Your Love’. Next up, Debonair made the transition into original production with his debut release on Kolour Recordings in 2012, followed by a string of remixes for artists such as Fantastic Man and Finnebassen. 2015 marked his return to the fore, with a new 4 track release on Apersonal Music. His first release of 2016, ‘Come Home’, has shades of boogie, funk and disco, and is part of a 12 track compilation penned for a Record Store Day release on April 16 with other artists such as M.ono, Four Walls and Cassara. We can’t wait to soak up a hefty dose of Debonair in our music arch this year.
SlothBoogie started out as an electronic music blog which, in founder Pat Perring’s own words, “was born out of intense boredom at an old job back in the day. I didn’t really think it was going to become anything originally and it was just a place to dump a load of tracks that I was into. Then slowly but surely people started coming to the site from all over the place and it became known as this niche little corner of the internet where people could come for a fix of Disco, House and Techno vibes”. After five years of blogging and spinning, the SlothBoogie team have been lucky enough to play at some of the world’s most amazing parties including London warehouses, Croatian boats and Ibizan super clubs –next up, Hear No Evil…
Arch 2: Comedy
The Hear No Evil favourites are back for another year of debauchery and we cannot wait. Time Out says they’re ‘London’s ultimate interactive club night’ and we would not disagree – this hilarious, fun-filled twist on the traditional bingo format is sure to have you on your feet, and even audience-participation nay-sayers will be converted by the end.
Tamar Broadbent is a comedian, singer, actor and award-winning songwriter. She was a finalist in this year’s Amused Moose Laugh Off and Funny Women comedy competitions and her song ‘Patrick’ was featured on BBC Radio 4’s Fresh From the Fringe 2014, a showcase of the best new comedy acts from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Now an international act, Tamar has toured her solo show All By My Selfie to Edinburgh, London and Lithuania in 2014, and to the Adelaide Fringe in the Spring. Definitely one to watch before she conquers the world!
Finalist in the 2015 Musical Comedy Awards and Amused Moose Laugh Off, Luke Courtier is a musical comedian who is most often found singing verbose, dextrous accounts of the travails of contemporary living. From adequate dog sizing to navigating Bodos Schloss; rarely is a stone left unturned. Luke has played at the Hospital Club, Bloomsbury Theatre, The Phoenix, Hackney Attic, The Ritzy, Wilderness Festival, The Big Noise Festival, The Bussey Building, Edinburgh Summer Hall and many other grand places. Most recently, Luke has been performing a series of musical comedy vignettes entitled ‘Lunch’ at Vault, London’s biggest arts festival.
Phil Wang, Jason Fourbes and George Fourarces, collectively but not constantly known as Daphne, had been writing comedy together, on and off, for nearly half a decade as lowly students before deciding to make a go of it professionally in 2014. Since then they’ve won numerous accolades, including: the “Best New Act” award from the London SketchFest competition 2015; a nomination for the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer; a Chortle nomination for Breakthrough Act; and another Chortle nomination for Best Character, Improv or Sketch Act.
With his ‘intuitive subversive humour… geeky self-assurance’ (Arts Award Voice) and ‘the sheer inventive strength of his writing’ (Chortle) George has won the Nando’s New Comedian of the Year Award, The Brighton Squawker Award, the Comedy Cafe New Act night, the Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of the Year, and he beat over seven hundred people to win the prestigious Amused Moose Laugh Off at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. Last year George was picked for the Best of the Fest showcase at the Brighton Festival and played to one and a half thousand people at the Brighton Dome. He’s also performed on BBC Radio 4 and regularly appears at comedy clubs up and down the country. Basically – he’ll knock your socks off.
Following in the footsteps of Johnny Vegas, Seann Walsh, Josh Widdicombe and Romesh Ranganathan, Off The Kerb’s youngest client Tom Lucy, was recently crowned Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year 2016. Dubbed ‘one to watch’ by none other than Harry Hill, he has also been awarded the prestigious The Comedy Store King Gong 2014 and Up The Creek The Blackout 2015. In the last six months he has supported some of his comedy heroes on tour including Jack Whitehall and Harry Hill. Catch this natural talent before he blossoms into a super star!
Sarah began performing comedy in 2010, quickly making her mark by becoming a Funny Women finalist the following year. In 2013 she won the Up The Creek ‘One To Watch’ award and was also a finalist in the Leicester Square Theatre New Act Competition. Sarah has since performed at some of the most prestigious comedy venues and festivals in the UK. In 2014 she was named as ‘One To Watch’ by Time Out Magazine and in 2015 she took her critically-acclaimed debut hour show Elephant to the Edinburgh Fringe.