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One of our favourite breaking bands this year, check out their amazing single ‘Painkiller’.

Reading 5 piece Valeras are ready to make 2019 their own. The music this dynamic 5-piece produce belies their years with Rose Yagmur, Max Sealy, Katie King, Cat Beazley and George Parnell all being aged between 17-20. Live the band have paid their dues picking up a wild and devoted following. This year alone they have already toured with The Wombats, Yonaka, The Amazons, The Regrettes, Fickle Friends, Demob Happy and have appeared at Reading & Leeds Festivals, The Great Escape and Live At Leeds.

Already tipped by Radio 1, BBC Introducing, Radio X and Spotify, their single’s ‘Painkiller’ and ‘Louder’, produced by Larry Hibbitt (Sundara Karma, Nothing But Thieves) pack a punch with the band’s gorgeous vocal harmonies complimenting the raw guitars throughout. Latest single ‘Painkiller’ was added to the Radio 1 Daytime Playlist by BBC Introducing Berkshire.

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The ever-grafting son of the smith, Seán McGowan, is barrelling into 2019 via his favourite place: the road.

With 2018 an indelible highlight and highpoint of his decade of crafting songs, Seán is stepping up his already considerable efforts to bring his smart wordplay and clash of sad and riotous tunes to everyone he can muster.

As he prepares for his biggest headline show to date, a Christmas homecoming in Southampton at the 1865 supported by friend and labelmate Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. (last remaining tickets here) Seán has now announced an extensive UK tour to kick off the new year.

Following the release of his debut album Son of the Smith in May 2018 – available on vinyl, CD and download from Xtra Mile Recordings now – Seán has had opportunity after opportunity to show all sorts of crowds what he’s made of. His biggest show saw him performing main stage at the legendary Camden Roundhouse as one of the main supports at Frank Turner’s Lost Evenings II. He toured with more friends and Xtra Mile family Skinny Lister, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. and Will Varley, as well as fellow working-class hero Billy Bragg.

He skirted the fringes of the island with a set of dates in lesser-played Scottish towns. And he ended a year of touring with a UK and European jaunt with eternal folk travellers The Levellers, in somewhat of a dream support slot.

Now, as always, he’s thinking big and now’s the time to see Seán get his band in on the act for this full UK tour in February and March 2019, with 21 stops and hardly a day off in between.

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Turbo show for those who like their riffs chunky and their vocals screaming.

We love it when a band plays Sneaks as unknowns and come back as Big News. They played for us in 2015 in support of their debut album Dream Soda, and not long after went to their writing and rehearsal base at the Nowhere Man Cafe in Brighton, where they knuckled down for years to make their astonishing second album Holy Doom.

Word spread during the making of that record that they had a monster on their hands, and their live shows certainly fed that buzz. Having been out touring with Jack White for the last part of 2018, we’re hugely pleased to see Demob Happy return to the venue on the crest of a wave. Well earned.

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Forgetting the Future are an indie rock act from the most Northernly part of Scotland. Having released their E.P ‘Under the Influence’ in 2018, this year will hopefully hold big things for the band.

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Refuge Island

Speaking about their debut single, Refuge Island frontman Wullie O said: “It’s all about the sound. Refuge Island is our way to bring the swagger back into the music scene. There’s a tide of talent out there but we want you to take a ride on our wave. We want you to listen to our music and get lost in it.
It’s a no-nonsense big guitar sound with infectious melodies, that’s for everyone. Come out and see us, we’ll guarantee it’ll be a show you don’t forget.”

Influenced by The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Libertines, The Stooges, False Heads, Trampoline and Slaves among others. Refuge Island have a distinct sound and style they deliver a mesmerising, intriguing and unique performance a performance not to be missed.

The debut single Above Board is out now and available to stream or download on Itunes, Apple Music and Spotify.


Hailing out of Perth with an irrepressible energy and rock’n’roll vibe are Parliamo.

Jack Dailly (vocalist) gives a short insight to the band’s sound. “We started out writing tunes on acoustic guitars, inspired by 60s music. We wrote melodies in the vein of Motown and doo-wop, and that still shines through in our tunes.

“With the full band, each person brought something to the music. We started to incorporate Ben’s driving 80s drum beats and Fraser’s Peter Hook-esque bass lines. Also, Calum’s thrashing, distorted lead guitar parts have a punk energy inspired by bands like The Clash.”

“We write about our lives and our mates’ lives, from teenage girls to tonic wine.”

Secret Public

Hungry for it…Indie newbies from Edinburgh play their first hometown gig. This band are hungry for it and desperate to show the Scottish music scene what they have to offer. Believe me they will not disappoint this is a band with a great future.

Influences are Arctic Monkeys, Buzzcocks, The Clash, Franz Ferdinand, Idlewild, Oasis, Pixies, Radiohead, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Undertones, Weezer

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After selling out our final show in a week we thought we’d give you another.

Support TBA

Ages 14+

Tickets will be released 12/02/19 – 9AM. Again, there is very limited availability so be quick.

Ticket available at

WG x

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You didn’t think we’d leave without saying goodbye, did you? We’re coming back to the capital to one of our favourite venues for one last shindig.

Supports TBA.

Ages 14+

Tickets are very limited for this one and will be released 28/01/19 at 9AM over at

Come and have one last boogie with us.

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Amy Lou

Fiesty Indie Pop with a wee Scottish Growl , Amy Lou will have you singing for more after every chorus. From the musically historic town of Dunfermline , Amy Lou are breaking the waters and gaining industry attention with their debut single ‘Chania’ gaining the nod of approval from Scottish Muso Jim Gellatly after playing it several weeks in a row on his new music show after it’s October release.


The Plastic Mac
“Living, breathing rock ‘n’ roll” – Let it Happen Blog. Indie Rock ‘n’ Roll band from Fife.


Additional Support TBC

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Join us on International Women’s Day for an incredible night of music

All proceeds will be donated to Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre!

Entry // £6 – tickets on sale soon!

?? We have a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual harassment, racism, transphobia and ableism – this will be a safe space for all to boogie and dance and celebrate ??

Graphics by Thea Bryant

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Canary Gold is an indie rock band from Aberdeen Scotland. Fronted by founding brothers JP and Spencer O’Grady, the band have a knack for writing catchy indie rock tunes with a commercially marketable appeal. From the emotive soundscapes of The Streets Are Too Rough to the intense, stylish groove of Broken Soul, the band interweave a complex and highly dynamic sound to create something that feels both fresh and familiar. The band’s music and live performances have garnered praise from loyal fans and industry professionals alike, amongst which is Dusty Hill, the bassist for ZZ Top, who has provided considerable support for the band after hearing their music and getting to know them personally. The continued support provides motivation for the group to constantly further themselves musically and gain momentum wherever they are.

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“AggroCULTURAL PUNKtronica from AnaLOGe Dendrophilia Mediators. Woodland Agitators. The Agricultural Kraftwerk. A kind of uptempo Krautrocky dance, like mashing up Shangaan triple-time-Casio electro with a ‘70s groove.”

Snapped Ankles may be the most exciting band in the UK right now, like the sounds of Can, Health and Fat Whites shaken in a barrel with vinegar and bicarb. The are ferocious, wildly creative, and utterly enthralling.

This show is part of our New Waves programme made possible by PRS Foundation.

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Whitey are a 4 piece rock band from Perth. Fusing and experimenting with the sounds of grunge, indie, stoner and progressive rock.

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Frog Punk – the first studio album from Edinburgh speed funkers Junky Fam.

Join us with special guests Tulsa Doom and Stampeding Bison for a celebration of the emerging Edinburgh music scene.

Supported by DECAGRAM, at the iconic Sneaky Pete’s, this is the fruit of years of composing, performing, and scheming by Junky Fam.

From their very first live performance at Sneaky’s, 3 years ago, Junky Fam has created a sound of aggressive, progressive funk. Having made an impression on legendary Dutch prog-rockers FOCUS, Junky Fam was inspired to record their boundary-pushing material.

The unique acoustics of Leith’s The Sonic Lodge brings their music to life. And the unique atmosphere of Sneaky Pete’s will see it performed from start to finish, for this exclusive event.

Tickets ON SALE NOW:

£5 – advance

£7 – general admission

— In support will be two innovative duos —

Tulsa Doom – Experimental Expressionist String Duo

Bado Reti and Misha Doumnov bringing intense and engaging musical expression with Double bass and Violin. Driving grooves, quirky sound effects that tell tales of inner struggles and the beauty of being alive!”

Stampeding Bison

Bison Chief Misch and Voodoo Brother Ali bring to you blazing bass swirls, witch doctor spells and spirit songs, tribal drum rumbles from the deep, calls of the capuchin, witness the summoning of the Flamingo God.

The Bison are approaching. Join the Stampede.

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The Rah’s are a 4 piece Rock band from Prestonpans, Scotland

Over the past couple of years The Rah’s have been busy writing and recording and releasing original material at the highest level . Now beginning to turn heads in the music business from LA to London and beyond, its one review better than the other in music press right across the world, The Rah’s are not about following trends, they are about setting new ones.

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Funk tinged tunes from Edinburgh-based three-piece High Fade, New to the scene, these guys have been slowly making their way up the ranks.

From busking on Princes Street to headlining the Voodoo Rooms, High Fade play their debut show at Sneaky Pete’s.


INSTAGRAM: @highfademusic

The band takes its name from the psychedelic music of the ‘Jimi Hendrix Experience’, that influenced the music of many of the members. With psychedelic music in mind, the band set out to write their own version of psychedelic funk associated with acts such as Parliament, altered with the bands influence by jazz fusion artists such as Herbie Hancock. The band consists of two guitar players, two brass players, keys, bass, and drums, on top the entire band vocalising and improvising in turn.


Further support to be announced.
Tickets on the door-£7.

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£6 – DOOR

DOORS – 7:00PM


Singer songwriter Scott Candlish is preparing for the launch of his third EP, ‘A Little While, a Bit of Time’ at Sneaky Pete’s before embarking on his first European Tour.

After making the big move from his hometown of Melbourne to Scotland, Candlish has been refining his alt-folk style with regular shows in the vibrant city of Edinburgh.

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From the small Irish town of Carlow beams the light of joy that is Sarah Owens. Currently living in Edinburgh the singer songwriter performs at local bars frequently silencing large crowds with her hauntingly angelic voice. A blend of influences from her homeland help shape her pretty songs that capture the soul leaving listeners with an indelible bliss.


Unable to produce a decent sound with his voice, French-born Edinburgh based guitarist Vincent Gauchot takes acoustic guitar to a new level. Expect crazy melodies, insane percussive techniques, (too) honest talking, and hopefully great music.

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Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW

Holiday Ghosts is a 4 piece Rock ‘n’ Roll group, from the small town of Falmouth, UK.

Starting as a solo project of Sam Stacpoole, of the The Black Tambourines, it has existed and evolved in the space between that band and running his studio since 2012. It is now a full collaboration between Sam, his girlfriend Katja Rackin, Ryan Cleave and Charlie Fairbairn.

Not just another product of the burgeoning DIY and garage rock scene in Falmouth, Holiday Ghosts have self recorded all their own material, set up D.I.Y gigs and developed a sound of their own rooted in their love of bands such as The Velvet Underground, Modern Lovers, The Clean e.t.c.

Their debut album was released by the Swedish label PNKSLM records in September 2017 and another is in the works already.

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Temporary Band is putting together a wee gig to celebrate the release of their EP “Colours of Life” with support from
The Orange Tiles and Bad Protagonist Club.

Make sure to save the date as it is guaranteed to be a night filled with great music for everyone to enjoy!

Ticket link will be available soon.

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The Real Ink are embarking on their biggest UK tour yet going bringing the INK sound from south to north.
What is the INK sound? A mixture of Funk, Reggae, Jazz and Ska.
Its a momentum of sound. From when the first note of the saxophone hits to the last beat on the drum. Get ready for soulful vocals and funky bass and guitar. Get ready for something that you will be hard to comprehend but will hook you indefinitely.
Its a momentum of sound. From when the first note of the saxophone hits to the last beat on the drum. Get ready for soulful vocals and funky bass and guitar. Get ready for something that you will be hard to comprehend but will hook you indefinitely.

Supports come from the local and captivating five piece band – The VanderBlues. Expect upbeat, energetic… something very special.

Tickets on sale soon via Skiddle

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Scruff of the Neck presents

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“Majestic post-punk. Haunting and hypnotic.” – Louder Than War
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“a Super-cool imprint” – Manchester Evening News
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“A one-stop-shop for getting acts to the next level” – Ben Ryles, DHP Family
“Discovering and developing some great talent in Manchester and beyond, it’s exciting to be working with them” – Joe Vesayaporn, Music Glue




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Alex Rex is the solo project from Alex Neilson (Trembling Bells/ Bonnie “Prince” Billy) and friends. Singing songs of love, loss and loathing. This is their first UK tour promote new album OTTERBURN (Tin Angel Records). Misanthropy has never sounded so glorious.

Jill Lorean is the nom de guerre of Jill O’Sullivan – founding member of Sparrow & The Workshop and BDY PRTS – two of the most innovative and incendiary bands to come out of Glasgow in the past 15 years. Uptight and soulful with a smear of gut-bucket Blues, Lorean is the perfect culmination of Jill’s distinctive songwriting.

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Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW

See Moteh Parrott & Friends and Nicky Murray on their joint headline Scottish tour this April, with local support.

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On sale 9th November 10am

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Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW

Singer-songwriter Archie Faulks playing as part of his headline UK tour. As heard on Radio 1, Radio X and seen on tour with Isaac Gracie, Rhodes, and Asgier.

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EDINBURGH, Sneaky Pete’s

Walt Disco + Beta Waves + Zoe Graham + Lizzie Reid
Doors: 7pm
Age: 14+

Tickets on sale now >>

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Top drawer, hard hitting garage-punk from Australia.

Fiercely independent, their debut album – Late Teens – was mixed, recorded and produced entirely by the band during an intense six week period in the bassist’s house.

With current single ‘Headwreck’ being picked up by Radio One and Kerrang! radio, 2019 is looking to be a big one for Press Club.

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With influences ranging from traditional folk to the more rocky bands like Gogel Bordello, Cold War Kids and Jack White, HM&TC are a band on top of their game right now. They might just be one of the hardest working bands in the country, with constant touring that has included appearances at the likes of Glastonbury, Bestival and Boomtown festivals, as well as critical acclaim that has led to an ever growing fanbase across the world. Their music has recently been used in the Oceans 8 film as an added bonus for the band. A live show not to be missed!

14+ show

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Heads up this show is at Summerhall not Sneaks!

Free Love is the latest manifestation of Scottish duo Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook (FKA Happy Meals) – a continuation and progression of their utopian dance pop experiments released on Night School Records and Optimo which have seen them nominated for Scottish Album of the Year and performing across the globe. Touring across Europe supporting Liars and The Flaming Lips, and with festival shows as far as Austin, Moscow and Bangalore, the band have become notorious for their sensual live ceremonies.

Using a table of all-hardware electronics, Free Love harness a charismatic chaos and unpredictable energy that sets them apart as one of the most exciting artists of 2019.

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Fusing elements of Latin, funk, psychedelia, soul and hip-hop, hotly tipped trio Peluche are a troupe of intrepid troubadours, whose freewheeling artistry cemented their position as a standout force in London’s diverse music scene.

High praise has been heaped on them from Noisey, i-D, Q, NME and The Guardian, describing their sound as “dub spaciousness and pop sensibility, one that John Peel might have played on his show circa 1981”.

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The story of Ten Fé is a love story, of sorts. For the songwriters at the centre of it – Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncan – the band is the eventual realisation of two respective careers spent navigating the bumpy terrain of the music industry. Both have been in bands before, some successful, some less so, until in each-other they finally found a musical partnership built on a deeper understanding.
Leo Duncan is from the Black country – the ‘armpit of England’, he jokes – raised in an Irish household, steeped in a tradition of folk singing. Ben Moorhouse is from East London and found his musical feet at school  – picking up a guitar, and moving through Britpop into psychedelia and then jazz as he progressed through his teenage years and onto a Royal Academy music degree. They met around the time Ben was enjoying success playing bass in indie outfit Golden Silvers and the pair began working together on the side-lines. Between busking on the London underground, they wrote songs in each-other’s bedrooms, and eventually in 2015 started releasing music in their own right. Ten Fé was formed. Their debut album Hit the Light arrived in early-2017 and received widespread acclaim, with comparisons to Britain’s Madchester scene of the late 80s and early 90s and Springsteen-esque Americana. It struck a chord, enjoying in excess of 30 million streams on Spotify and inspiring sold out shows in the UK, America, and Europe.
They felt a renewed sense of confidence when it came to writing the ever-daunting follow up. They set up shop in a vacant driving licence office in Walthamstow where the majority of the writing has been done. As they neared the end of the process, they took their collection of songs and the rest of the expanded Ten Fé band – Rob Shipley, Johnny Drain and Alex Hammond – to Oslo where they tracked the record before returning to London to finish it off with producer Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode, Petite Noir, Anna of the North) and have it mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Florence & The Machine, Amen Dunes).

Finding a sweet spot somewhere between the woozy drawl of War on Drugs and the taut melodrama of Fleetwood Mac, they focused their sound into something distinctively Ten Fé.  The duo’s songwriting has matured since their debut to become something more subtle, evocative and emotionally compelling.

All attention is now focused on the resultant record – ‘Future Perfect, Present Tense’ – which is due for release on 8 March 2019 via Some Kinda Love/PIAS. It is a poignant, uplifting meditation on everything that’s brought them to this point, and all they’ve left behind in getting there. Already introduced by first single ‘Not Tonight, and now brand-new offering ‘Won’t Happen’; an early standout which bounces with a lithe groove while Leo Duncan, on vocals, laments and repents for his past indiscretions. 

What ‘Future Perfect, Present Tense’ adds up to is a record about time – the time it takes, the time you’ll never get back, and the times still to come – from a band with a deep appreciation of taking the rough with the smooth. The journey to its completion has been about stripping away the distractions and being truthful to themselves. 

After everything, Ben and Leo have finally stopped chasing other people’s dreams and brought it back to a simple connection that is unique to the two of them. Translated into English, Ten Fé is the Spanish for “have faith”. New album title “Future Perfect, Present Tense” conveys further their commitment to the cause and a reminder of their unwavering optimism. Both of these mottos are apt for the pair of songwriters – a band who’ve learnt to trust each-other, and know the rest will follow.

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Amber Cross released her debut album “You Can Come In” in March of 2013. Country Music People Magazine/UK, discovered the album and gave it a 5 Star Review and CD Of The Month, saying “Every now and again a debut CD arrives and you know about 30 seconds in that you are experiencing something a bit special… it’s appeal is likely to be broad, from bluegrass, rootsy Appalachian, to country or honky-tonk.”

Authenticity is a difficult thing to measure in American roots music. It’s not in the hat you wear, or the twang in your voice. It’s in how well you understand that the music comes from the land, and that its roots run deep. Americana songwriter Amber Cross understands this, and on her new album, Savage on the Downhill, she makes music as beholden to the landscapes of Northern and Pacific California, where she lives and travels, as to the visually-rich songwriting she crafts around it. Her songs hang heavy with the yellow dust of dirt roads, plunge deep into the soft loam of the forest. Cross connected with other great American songwriters, Gurf Morlix and Tim O’Brien, who both came onboard for the album, with O’Brien complimenting her “no bullshit style of singing.” If there’s a rawness to Cross’ voice, a plainness to the words, it comes from the fact that Cross knows the roots of this music aren’t fancy. They’re built by hand and filled with honest words and hard-won truths.

The songs on Savage on the Downhill are deeply visual and inextricably tied to nature, whether the California forests that Cross roams through, or the high deserts outside Austin, Texas, where she recorded the album. Throughout, Cross moves easily through different styles of country and folk songwriting, from Bakersfield outlaw attitude to Woody Guthrie plain-spoken folk.

“Every once in a while music comes along that you just know instantly that you are going to like. Amber’s melodies are more than complemented by thoughtful, interesting and honest lyrics, along with fine, understated musicianship that proves the old adage that “less is more”. The result is a set of superbly crafted, well-rounded, addictive songs that stay with you long after the last notes have ended, and make you hungry for more.” -Duncan Warwick, Country Music People Magazine, UK

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Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW

EYRE LLEW will be touring the UK, playing a string of intimate shows to celebrate the release of a new Split EP collaboration they recorded with their South Korean tour exchange friends.

The split began in 2018 between Asia tour dates when both bands went into the studio together during their time in Seoul. It marks the end of an international tour exchange and an incredible time on the road together. We can’t wait for you to hear it. Learn more at

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Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW

Tom Speight is making up for lost time. Laid low by illness, beset by problems both personal and professional, the songwriter returned to what he does best: writing songs.

Using his convalescence as a musical break, Tom found that music simply tumbled forth, a torrent of ideas, a flood of melody. “I wanted to do it,” he says. “I came out of a big relationship – four or five years – and then I was pretty low. I’d just come out of two major operations, so it was a good, cathartic way of getting on with things.”

“You have to live life, don’t you? Get your heart broken, meet someone and start something new. Experience things.”

Armed with some of his finest songs to date, when Tom Speight finally decided to push the button he did so in remarkable style. Four Eps were released across 12 months, racking up more than 12 million Spotify plays, earning support from Radio 2 and a high profile session on Jo Whiley’s show. Desperate to play live, he chalked up more than 80 shows in less than 12 months, from London to Poland, from the Scottish Highlands to the continent.

“It’s amazing, yeah,” he admits with a smile. “We went to number one in Brazil. We were number seven in the global viral chart, and number one in their viral chart. Nothing’s changed, really. I always thought the songs were good, otherwise I wouldn’t have put them out there.”

Supremely confident in his own work, Tom has developed a close relationship to producer Chris Bond. Working at Bond’s barnyard studio – “No phone signal, no internet… there’s not even running water!” – the pair focus purely on music, getting as close to the songs as they possibly can.

“We did all the foundations live,” he explains. “And then strings, cello, and piano we’d put over it afterwards as overdubs. I think you can hear it in the songs, that it’s not polished. It’s a human thing, which I think is missing in music.”

“I could give him a dozen songs and he knew pretty much exactly what he was going to do with them. And that was a great feeling, as well. He had a real vision for them.”

As a kid, Tom Speight listened endlessly to those early Leonard Cohen albums, even going as far as to borrow his older sister’s classical guitar. That element of simplicity remains in his music, but his recent work feels more inclined towards Ryan Adams’ Autumnal romanticism, or even the simple yet affecting Celtic soul of Damian Rice, where each note has its own place driven by a deeply personal connection to the music.

That connection is something that fans feel, too. An entirely organic success story, Tom Speight has returned from the brink to find success in the only way he knows how – great songwriting, delivered on each and every gig. “Fans call me ‘friend’ – they think I’m their friend!” he exclaims. “I write messages for them when they buy the deluxe CD. You feel like you get to know people. I know what some of them do for jobs or how their wife is or something like that. It’s that nice feeling of having personal interactions with the fans. It’s important.”

With four more Eps planned for 2017 – and countless international shows on the books – Tom Speight is able to relax a little, to breathe a little easier. “I think there’s been months where I haven’t written a song,” he shrugs. “I don’t think that’s a bad thing, though. I don’t think you should force them out.”

Wholly natural and completely organic, Tom Speight is able to find success at his own pace. Time to get caught up.

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Connor Clark and the Matador Kings
The Bright Skies
The Social

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Join Full Fat, Dixie Fried and The Violent Mood Swings at Sneaky Pete’s for a night of Rhythm and Blues.

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We love New Zealand four-piece The Beths. They channel their longtime friendship into high-energy guitar pop with a smart lyrical bite.

Their debut EP, 2016’s Warm Blood, overflows with explosive guitar riffs and infectious indie-rock hooks. Produced by the band and featuring all members on joyful vocal harmonies that recall the best ‘60s pop, tracks like ace lead single “Whatever” and impossibly catchy standout “Idea/Intent” earned the all-killer, no-filler release rave reviews from the New Zealand music press.

2019 promises to be a breakout year for The Beths. A beloved live act across Australia and New Zealand, the band will tour the U.S. and Europe. Their freshman album, Future Me Hates Me, also produced by Pearce, arrived in August 2018 on Carpark Records; fans of artists like Sleater-Kinney and Best Coast should remain on high alert.

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Crocodiles are a psychedelic noise-pop band hailing from San Diego. They were formed by guitarist Charles Rowell and singer Brandon Welchez after times in groups like The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower, Some Girls and Dum Dum Girls.

Since then, they’ve released seven studio albums and have been compared to bands like The Jesus And Mary Chain and Tommy James And The Shondells. Their new album, Love is Here, has just been released and is ace.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
Sonars are a two-piece Electro-Psych outfit from the UK and Italy. The band consists of Brighton-born Frederick Paysden and Serena Oldrati from Bergamo.

Their live performance revolves around their loop stations which they use to recreate their songs layer by layer, drawing inspiration from Alt Rock, Psych Rock and Trip Hop.In 2018 they released a new single which was played on several UK radio stations, followed by official showcases at SXSW (Austin, TX), Canadian Music Week (Toronto, ON) and an extensive UK tour. After a busy festival season, they went on to support Thirty Seconds To Mars and Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) at the open-air Milano Rocks festival in September, performing before a crowd of thousands of people.
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW

Australian group Retiree return to Bradley Zero’s Rhythm Section INTL in 2018 with a new record ‘House Or Home’.

Retiree ??is the musical project of three Sydney/ Melbourne mammals: ?Matt Crowley, Tori Holleman?? & ?Marco Vella??. Retiree have steadily congealed their broad influences into a unique emulsion of strongly rhythmic and emotional music. From two releases, they’ve been described as “pared back 1980s comfort pop for all occasions” by NOISEY, having “a whole lot of criss-crossing rhythm” by The FADER and containing “swirling synth flourishes, languid wistful vocals and strutting drum machine funk” by The 405.

House Or Home’s songs explore the theme of “house or home” and what that means in present day Australia for different people. They journey from an aboriginal tent embassy on the south coast of New South Wales, a retirement village, a one room flat in Ringwood and a sleepless 17 hour stop over in Malaysia. Their live set throws all their keyboards, guitar pedals and woodblocks on stage, resulting in long-legged convulsing to a drum machine under honest lyrics.

Retiree have teamed up with director Joey Knox and cinematographer Jesse Gohier-Fleet to create a series of interconnected film clips. Unraveling an intricate web of stories, the visuals pair seamlessly with the songs.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW

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