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Kissed By Kate

Kissed By Kate was formed in April 2011 by brothers Jack & Brendan. Through mutual friends singer Steve and guitarist Tom were found. Pete completed the line up in September joining as full time drummer.

KBK are currently in the process of recording their debut E.P. ‘He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named’ for release in Spring 2012. Tags: 
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Momo:tempo is independent creative, composer, producer and arty blighter, Timo Peach. And for Momo, music is a bit of traveling theatre.


From art college student to apparently creative professional, Momo:tempo's chief protagonist has spent far too long mucking about with all manner of creative things sooner than knuckling down and getting a proper job. From boobing about on stage with an old Moog and some old TVs, to boring strangers in pubs about the merits of the typeface Helvetica – Timo Peach has spent some twenty years filling a very thick sketchbook with different creative explorations – wandering around, anonymously picking up emotional souvenirs and recording a hundred qualifying albums in a number of different garden sheds.


Today, Momo can still be found mucking about creatively – much of which musically could be described as a little alternative, usually electrically powered, involving beats and brass and sumptuous strings and a few baritone karaoke choruses and a bit of word verbiage over the top. And a very fair amount of theatre. Whatever that genre is. Some sort of electro-funk filmscore. It's dance music, just.


To get a vague idea of a comparable sound, you could try packing gloriously cooky 80s Swiss musical stuntists Yello into a sturdy travel case with charming, romantic wit, The Divine Comedy. Chuck in a bit of grumpy young upstart Calvin Harris' clubby confidence, and a friendly amount of Lemon Jelly, sit on the damned thing until it closes and toss it about on a luggage carousel for a while and you might just be getting somewhere.


Live, Momo means a noisy horn section, a bit of energetic skins-beating over the beats, with live percussion and drums, and a lot of pulling faces at the front. Plus groovy big tunes that will stay in your head. And a spot of almost half decent entertainment.


Mr Peach lives by the seaside with the lovely first lady of Momo, in Bournemouth.

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Wide Awake

Wide Awake were formed in the late summer of 2010, and since then, have played many gigs in and around Southampton in venues such as The Joiners, the Hamptons, and The Talking Heads, making a name for themselves by supporting big names such as Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Yashin. They are currently in the recording studio working on their debut 5 track EP which will be up on the internet for free download in Summer 2011.

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Willowen are a three piece alternative folk band from Bournemouth who play snazzy, original and unique acoustic songs with catchy choruses and deep structures.. A small band with big ambitions.

'You guys had some strong songs with a great connection to the crowd.'
-The OtherHalf

'Awesome all round performance. A young group of lads with huge potential.'
Alex Marle (The Winchester, Bournemouth)

‘Fantastic. I feel very summery now’
(It’s Own Sound)
‘Very anthemic that one, very sweet lyrics’
(The Bear & The Octopus)
-Addie Jay, Thunder FM

'Willowen sound promising, definitely part of the Bournemouth Surf Sea sound – upbeat, punchy and positive, evocative of long Summers and so on. 'The Story' instantly brings a smile to my face, simply because of the chord progressions, and the soulful chorus. Well worth trying to get to see these guys.'- Tim Heywood (Hope FM)

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Hot Vamp Club

Co-produced by Mick Whitnall (Babyshambles & future producer of Amy Winehouse, The Horrors), their long-awaited debut EP is being re-recorded in February for a mid-year release. Previews have already drawn comparisons to the ‘more sombre, beautiful end of The Maccabees catalogue.’ With fans ranging from Everything Everything to Flashguns, its no wonder its highly anticipated.

Indie-disco quartet Hot Vamp Club formed in early 2009 and have since been interviewed and featured on Radio One (BBC Switch), BBC Introducing (BBC 6) as well as included on the Best of Myspace Music and IndieFeed playlists.

Described by BBC Introducing as 'lovingly crafted, sincere Indie Pop,' their third demo was picked up by Topman US and 'Young Hearts, Slow Shoes' is now part of the Topman and Topshop UK in-store playlist, including the largest fashion store in the world on Oxford Street. Live, they've headlined the best venues across the South as well as having supported the likes of Flashguns and The Kabeedies on the way.

You can hear sketches of the new EP here: Join the mailing list to keep up to date:

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The Dark Lights

“Get ready kids – indie is modern again…with the sound of music.” Independent Music News

“For people who just love a driving beat and a cool lyric… remind me a bit of Talking Heads – so you know you’ll love them too.” APRA/AMCOS

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The Boy Who Saw Through Walls EP by The Dark Lights

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An Alternative Art Rock Band

5 piece with an uncommon sound comparable to very few. Drawing influences from a variety of artists into fresh perceptive compositions; since April 2010, Hessian have been itching to project their lively, distinctive textures upon you.

Hessian are: Richard White, Sam Chapman, Tilly Thompson, Alex Bragg and Bertie Meyer

"A celebration of youth and noise" - Ollie Mutter (bhone)

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Forever Can Wait

Forever Can Wait are a 5 piece female fronted pop punk/alternative band from Southampton who formed in October 2009.
After over a year of gigging, the young quintet have definitely managed to make their mark on the Southampton scene by landing support slots with bands like Twenty Twenty, Burn The Fleet, Don Broco, Yashin, MiMi Soya and Kids Can't Fly, along with out of town shows with Fireworks and Save Your Breath. They also managed to land a headline slot at the Joiners back in January 2011 as part of their EP release but also to mark a year since their first show as a band and at their favourite hometown venue. Back at the start of July the band went on their first tour, managing to land shows in places as far as Newcastle and Dundee.
The young 5 piece are known for their upbeat and exciting shows, always keeping the crowds attention with lead singer Tash’s impressive vocals which are complimented well with catchy riffs and punchy backing from the rest of the band. Forever Can Wait are definitely ones to watch in 2011.

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Mutant Vinyl

Mutant Vinyl is a musical journey through John Coltrane, Massive Attack, and Prince via Dave Grohl, wrapped up in big rhythms and addictive hooks. Unashamedly influenced but not copying, my music is original and emotive.

Based in the deep south of Dorset, I set about jamming as a solo act, writing and playing everything myself, with my Guitar, black Sax and a Mac onstage: the response at every gig has been beyond expectation, and many more dates have followed. Local promoter Conrad Barr said after my debut: “One of the most exciting debuts I’ve seen…”.

My songs have been featured on Recharged Radio, Amazing Tunes, Hits of the Near Future and local radio. With my newly formed band I reached the final of the Dorset Music Awards, and we’ve recently won our place in the semi-finals of the Wedgewood Rooms’Unsigned Showcase. Our most recent gigs in London and Endorse It festival have extended our experience and our audience.

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