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Bel Casino

Bel Casino are very much a product of the South Coast... Life and love by the sea has worked its influence into their music in an evocative way. Whether you view the music live or lock into a recording, the sights and sounds of the streets and beaches they walk are brimming out of the songs.

The band's sound is about melody and meaning. They are looking to connect with an audience's spirit through tales of love and adventure, locked up in stories and metaphors.

The band has enjoyed a number of successes since getting together in late 2008, notably being semi-finalists in 2010's Dorset Music Awards, receiving critical praise on BBC Introducing South's Demo Panel and subsequently appearing as the live session band on that show, securing a live interview and acoustic session on Wave 105, recording and releasing their début EP "Seventeen", not to mention playing numerous sell out shows across the south of England.

Bel Casino are proud of their reputation as an ambitious, professional young band looking to make the most of every opportunity that comes their way!

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Martin Roberts (frontman of south uk unsigned indie dream-pop band PowderedCows) is an unsigned musician from Christchurch UK who makes music influenced by animals, birds, the outdoors, and his voluntary conservation work he gets involved with, such as otter surveying and looking after rescued bats.,
All proceeds from sales of PowderedCows music go to various animal conservation charities. PowderedCows last album 'attack of pipastrelles' raised money for the uk's Bat Conservation Trust.

PowderedCows currently features Martin on guitar, casio sk100, and lead vocals, Deena on guitar and backing vocals, Amy on casiotone, glock, percussion, backing vocals, and Angus on Bass and backing vocals. Also occasional guest puppets from Sock World...

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Oscar's Trash Can

Originally formed in 2007 as a 4-piece indie rock band, Oscar's Trash Can have now been boiled down to just 2 core members: Founder, Ollie Mutter (Vocals, Bass, Guitar) and Multi-instrumentalist/producer Josh Green (Melodica, Keys, Guitar, Vocals). Their influences are many and varied. They include: Arcade Fire, The Velvet Undergound, Radiohead, Dinosaur Jr., Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Paul Simon, Jonathan Richman, Belle & Sebastian and The Beatles.

They have played a variety of local venues including Mr. Kyps, Champions, O'Neill's, The Cellar Bar, The Winchester and Southampton Solent University.

They are currently working on a debut EP

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After a decade of playing seperately in various failed bands and projects, Hostages formed together in the summer of 2009. Citing influences ranging from The Strokes and Radiohead to obscure 90s television, they're currently gigging across the south of England and writing/recording demo material.

Now, they dream again.

James Baker - Vox, David Robert Bridge - Guitar/Vocals, Robert Caple - Drums, Christopher Lee - Bass/Vocals, James Lee - Guitar. Tags: 
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The Douglas Firs

Back from their Canada tour record 'This Strange Embrace' to be released early 2012...

Bringing their music from the woods to the people of the towns, The Douglas Firs are an acoustic duo whose love of nature is reflected in their songwriting. With a name inspired by their love of cult TV series ‘Twin Peaks’, they are known for their beautifully sparse arrangements, combining a thought-provoking lyrical style with simple yet strong melodies. With their influences ranging from the classic songwriters of the 60s to contemporary nu-folk artists, the crystal clear and sometimes ethereal vocals from Suzy Douglas and delicate guitar work from Jimmy Douglas help weave the stories in their songs that creates their distinctive sound.

Since releasing two EPs to critical acclaim, The Firs have been spreading their roots on the live scene, playing to growing audiences around England, receiving radio play, and playing festivals such as Purbeck Folk Festival, Eastleigh Music Festival and Musicosity. As well as headlining many venues, the Firs have supported established acts such as Lanterns on the Lake, Eddi Reader, Megson and Rosie Doonan . They also won two awards for their live performance at the Dorset Music Awards and after finishing their latest EP, ‘This Strange Embrace’ in 2011 (to be released early 2012), the pair set off for a 6 month trip to Canada, playing a series of shows across Vancouver and Seattle whilst taking time out to travel and write material for a full length album, to be recorded on their return to the UK.

Suzy and Jimmy came back to the shores of England at the end of the summer 2011, with a rucksack full of new songs and a slightly battered guitar case. They made their return to the UK scene with a headline show at the legendary Troubadour Club, before playing a number of shows in London and around the South. The Firs will be recording some new songs in the upcoming months – news of 2012 album release and tour dates will be announced soon...

“simply beautiful” Sally Taylor , BBC Radio Solent

“Songs like 'Woman of Wood ' and 'Regrets and Cigarettes' illustrate this duo's ability to write remarkably original and inventive songs. The live performances are usually modest and understated - as is the 'Firs' ethos - yet always deeply powerful and emotive.”
- Paul Burke, Purbeck Folk Festival and Bournemouth Folk Club Director

"really lovely songs” Eddie Reader

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Not Made In China

NMIC recall the sound of The Smiths, Paul Simon, and Kirsty MacColl to name a few; but create a joyous noise all of their own.

Experienced around the local live circuit, playing pubs, clubs, festivals, and radio; Not Made In China’s interweaving guitar melodies, soaring harmonies, afrobeat drumming, and bouncing bass lines will surely get stuck in your skull..

NMIC have also recently recorded an EP, mixed by Digby Smith (Island Records), at Conversion Studios in Dorset, and on the strength of this are looking to expand their fanbase, and book gigs further afield.


'They are a real treasure of a band. And if there is indeed a God in Heaven; they’ll soon be too big for a town like Bournemouth. So catch them while you can' (BH One)

'Their debut EP is an all-round feelgood indie record, which is bound to have you clapping your hands, and stomping your pigeon-toed feet' (247 Magazine)

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Velvet Swans

Velvet Swans are an original guitar based Indie/Alternative band who play refreshing melodies with influences from Joy Division, New Order and The Stone Roses to name but a few. Velvet Swans are a well rehearsed band that are on their way to creating something fresh and relevant in the contemporary music scene.

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Streebeck are a 5 piece alt-country rock band from the south of England. It wasn’t always this way; it used to be the solo project of singer and guitarist Lawrence Mackrell, but has expanded further with each of their two album releases.

In 2006 after a successful solo performance at Manchester’s “In the City” music industry festival, Lawrence was invited by producers to record a live session at the famous BBC Maida Vale studios in West London. A three piece band was formed for this session adding bass and drums. Following this recording the three-piece went on to record their acclaimed 2006 debut “Without a Baedeker”, which included the single “Wasted Time”.

The release of “Without a Baedeker” was followed by extensive radio play on BBC Radio 2, amongst others, national radio sessions and a 50+ date national theatre tour. Following the tour, which yielded album sales in the thousands; the decision was made to turn the project into a fully fledged band. The addition of lead guitar, keyboards and backing vocals expanded their sound to create a fuller and warmer tone.

The release of second album, “Catch As Catch Can” sees rich and dynamic instrumentation add to the ‘melodic, raw and emotional song writing ‘that was the hallmark of the fantastic 2006 debut “Without a Baedeker”.

Drawing comparisons to artists such as Wilco, The Jayhawks and The Lemonheads, Streebeck continue to evolve. They will be playing a number of national dates this summer followed by a more extensive tour in Autumn 2010.

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