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Bury Fringe Festival All-Dayer 2019: Rock Against Racism Stage preview

This Saturday (4th May) is the annual All-Dayer of live music as part of the Bury Fringe Festival, and this year we’ve been honoured to co-run the Rock Against Racism Stage alongside our good friends at Toonteen Industries. We’ve selected some awesome acts to play this stage and here are the set-times and a little preview as to what you can expect from the acts from 2pm on Saturday:

2pm – Jess Kemp
3pm – Matt Hammond
4pm – Kim Jarvis & The BloodSuckers
5pm – A.N.G
6pm – Too Cool Kid
7pm – Vincent Vain
7:45pm – Influx of Insanity
8:30pm – Amethysts
9-15pm – ShaoDow

Jess Kemp opens the Rock Against Racism stage with her inimitable feminist-inspired poetry and spoken word. Jess is a well-known figure around the town having previously run a spoken-word night at Oakes Barn as well as having been championed by Radio1Xtra.

Having performed here last year, we were more than happy to welcome Matt Hammond back for another wonderful set. The ‘percussive guitarist’ released his latest single Skylines last year to much local acclaim so expect to hear that amongst his beautifully performed set of songs.

After headlining the festival last year with his band Gaffa Tape Sandy, frontman Kim Jarvis has decided to go it alone this year with his backing band The Bloodsuckers to perform some of his soon-to-be released solo material which EVERYONE is looking forward to hear.

A.N.G brings a different kind of performance to the RAR Stage with her influential grime and rap sound, which has made her a standout name in the ever-growing Suffolk rap scene. You may also recognise her from the BBC Introducing Suffolk team!

Following on from that, we’ve got the hotly-tipped trio Too Cool Kid who have recently wowed crowds at the Cambridge Band Competition. Their The Candidate EP is easily one of the best we’ve heard this year (expect a feature on that out very soon) having been inspired by the likes of Radiohead and The Strokes.

Alternative-rock duo Vincent Vain are another act to make their Bury St Edmunds debut on the night and they are well worth the watch. They’ve recently been teasing the release of their new music, and if their latest EP and recent live performances are anything to go by, we could be in for a real treat.

The awesome progressive-rockers Influx of Insanity are crowd favourites in Bury St Edmunds having won BurySOUND back in 2018. Since then the duo have gone from strength to strength having released an astonishing self-titled EP and have perfected their has-to-been live set. Expect awesomeness on Saturday.

Co-headliners Amethysts are one of the most recognisable acts from this region and their set on Saturday is going to be a real treat having previously played at Latitude Festival and several sold-out London shows. The electronic duo have also recently been championed by DIY Magazine and Radio 6Music.

Headlining the Rock Against Racism Stage is international rap star ShaoDow. The manga-influenced rapper has previously opened for well-known acts like Wiley and Stormzy, as well as having toured Europe, Asia and South America. ShaoDow is known for his unique sound which has been broadcast on popular radio show Fire In The Booth and on many commercial radio stations.

Elsewhere at The Hunter Club on Saturday will be performances from the likes of Sink Ya Teeth, KYANOS, Sam Eagle, The Glitter Shop, GABBY, History & Lore, Dusky Sunday and many many more! Doors open at 1pm so come down early for some awesome local live music! Tickets on the door are only £8.

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02/11 – Best In The East Spotify playlist

Every fortnight we round-up some of the hottest releases in the local area and shed light on some of the tracks we’ve missed out on over the past few months!

The Islas – Somewhere In Between
Fresh from playing our TMB42 night last month, The Islas are back with another instalment from their forthcoming EP A Generation To Forget. The band have made a lasting impression on the local scene over the past year with their unique 00’s indie-influenced sound, and Somewhere In Between really hits the spot with its passionate, warming vocals about anxieties and missing home.

BaVard – Upside Down
Relative newcomers to the scene BaVard are slowly making a name for themselves after being shortlisted for an NMG Award and releasing some awesome new tracks this year. Upside Down is the latest addition to their back catalogue, with catchy instrumentals and a feel good chorus making this one of their best tracks yet.

Final Transmission – Dream Awake
After a lineup change and a short hiatus, Final Transmission are back with a crash and a bang with their enthralling new EP Samsara. Opening track Dream Awake is the perfect track to open up a new era for the band. The vocals from new frontman Alex are inch-perfect coupled with heavy rock instrumentals. 2019 looks to be an interesting year for the band.

Eeeyore – Heroine
Eeeyore have made a name for themselves around the region with their intense, unorthodox live performances and this really translates onto their debut EP RisingHeroine clocks in at just under two minutes packing in an in-your-face guitar riff which pulsates throughout and vocals that pack an almighty punch.

Stretch Soul Gang – Few Tricks
Arguably one of the best live bands in the East, the Stretch Soul Gang have been busy recording their debut EP which is set for release very soon. Few Tricks is just a snippet of what is to come from the six-piece funk heroes. The slow grooves, slick vocals and funky basslines makes us want a lot more music from the Gang.

The State – Human
After the departure of guitarist Will Goodey earlier in the year, The State are back with a new EP whetting the appetitive ahead of their third album releasing later on this year. Title track Human is a powerful industrial rock number with references to the rise of fascism, poverty and attacks on LGBTQ minorities.

Fightmilk – Summer Crush
The loveable Fightmilk unexpectedly brought forward their album release date a matter of days ago, meaning we got the pleasure of listening to the amazing Not With That Attitude early! Summer Crush is a track which brings out the best of Fightmilk with intriguing vocals and classic pop-punk instrumentals. Catch them at The Hunter Club on 17/11 supporting Gaffa Tape Sandy!

Amethysts – How It Is
A new release from Amethysts is always going to go down well with us here, and How It Is sees the duo crank it up a notch with beautiful atmospheric instrumentals and a flawless vocal performance which really shows why they won an NMG Award earlier on in the year and have had countless plays on national radio.

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The NMG Awards 2018

Cambridgeshire rockers Hollowstar were the big winners of this year’s NMG Awards held for the first time at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds.

The four-piece rockers from St Ives walked away with the Breakout and Rock awards, following on from an epic year of radio play and extensive live dates with a UK tour on the horizon.

The night kicked off with a memorable performance from newly-reformed band The Extons excellently clad in The Wizard of Oz costumes, followed by Deep City who premiered their soon-to-be released new single, folk duo Elizabeth & Jameson and heavy rock favourites False Hearts.

Fred’s House and Ellie Dixon both regained their awards from the year previous, winning in the Acoustic, Folk, Country category and Female Solo category respectively, whilst The Portland Arms won the Best Small Venue award once again.

As well as the Best Small Venue award, the public decided who won three other awards. The Audience Choice award went to new pop-punk trio Pink Lemonade, with North Acre Studios picking up Best Studio. Lauren Deakin-Davies picked up her first award of the night winning Best Producer.

In hotly-contested categories, Ffion Rebecca picked up the 18 & Under award, whilst Anthony Rubery walked away with the Male Solo award. Cambridge band Shyer not only won the Indie award, they were also inducted into the NMG Hall of Fame alongside Lunar Echoes and Saving Scarlett.

More live new music followed with stellar performances from dynamic indie group LUXURY and new solo sensations Ffion Rebecca and Gabby Rivers.

Local favourites Amethysts and Me & The Moon won their Electronic & Experimental and Pop categories respectively, whilst four-piece group Saltfen took home the Alternative award.

The last award of the evening was the Breakthrough award which was awarded for the first time ever to two recipients: Peterborough’s fast-rising indie stars Among The Citizens and art-pop soloist DIDI (who earlier won the Best Producer award).

Closing the night was 2016’s Male Solo winner Oscar Corney who got everyone off their seats with his gritty indie sounds.

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