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The Music Blog 42 EP Of The Year

2019 has been a strong year for the local scene and the EPs released this year shows the local scene is in a good place for the years ahead.

Below is a very condensed round of this year’s Top 10 EPs as voted for by you! The votes were very very close on this one!

10. Too Cool Kid – The Candidate
Cambridgeshire’s Too Cool Kid released an ambitious effort this year with an EP based around a fictional political, inspired by the sounds of Bowie and Radiohead.

9. GrassRoof – GUYAKA
Cambridge Band Competition winners GrassRoof blew everyone away with their mind-bending psych-rock EP GUYAKA, their finest work to date.

8. WRECK – Dusty Knees
Emerging from a growing Norwich scene, surf-punk heroes WRECK released one of the best debut EPs this year with Lost My Weed and Six Hours In becoming instant favourites.

7. Deep City – CIRCUIT
Indie-pop quartet Deep City released the cohesive CIRCUIT which features some of their most technical tracks to date including The 1975-inspired thoughtofmind. and indie-dance hit The Box.

6. Caswell – Blindside
Breakout star Caswell has had a stormer of a year after winning a national competition to support Ed Sheeran in Ipswich in August. Blindside is further proof she is a star in the making.

5. Gaffa Tape Sandy – Family Mammal
The long-awaited second EP from Gaffa Tape Sandy earned national praise on release for their memorable garage-rock hits like Headlights, Kill The Chord and new single My Desperate House.

4. The Daze – Stares Like Stone
Newcomers to the local scene, punk foursome The Daze released their awesome debut EP under the stewardship of Queens Road Studio. The band are ones to watch in 2020.

3. KYANOS – Lost In Blue
The follow-up to 2017’s Elevator to Japan, KYANOS fused jazz, psychedelia and alternative rock together to create one of the most ambitious and successful EPs of 2019.

2. SubStation – The Yellow One
Another band from the Queens Road Studio, SubStation’s debut EP made a lasting impression on the local scene with deep, thoughtful lyrics and interesting instrumentation.

The Music Blog 42 EP of the Year is…
1. Salvador – Salvador

The self-titled debut EP from Framlingham’s Salvador propelled the indie-pop band to be known names within the local scene within a matter of months. Tracks like Ordinary Love and Gum Disease shows the band at their best, making intense and emotive tracks. Having had extensive radio play on BBC Introducing Suffolk, the band were picked to support Ed Sheeran in August at Chantry Park. Salvador will be looking to build on this 2020 with more new music and live performances.

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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.