The Rosie Taylor Project are a Leeds, United Kingdom based 6-piece who inhabit a world seen through the windows of cafes and from the corners of Charles Roka gypsy paintings. Think heartfelt, observational songs of love and loss built around beautiful melodies and infectious hooks. Their sound evokes the gentle qualities of Camera Obscura, Iron & Wine and Nick Drake, but it’s their delicate simplicity and self understanding which stands out and connects to the listener.
Kava Kava have notched up tours of the USA, China and all over Europe including Glastonbury Festival, Sziget Festival, SXSW Festival, Marktrock Festival, Trutnov Festival, Beijing Midi Festival and their music has been featured in a number of films and TV shows including Dirt (3 songs, series 2), Boys & Girls Guide To Getting Down, John From Cincinnati, LA Riding Club and Golden Globe award–winning TV series Weeds and played by tastemaker DJs such as Sat Bisla and Nic Harcourt from KCRW
Penny Broadhurst (born 1980 in Harrogate, UK) is a singer and songwriter, based in Leeds in West Yorkshire, UK. Penny is known for writing sharp lyrics, showcasing her unique voice and world view. She believes in hooks, harmonies and all-out pop music, and hates it when all the songs sound the same. Her Allons-y! EP was released in September 2007. She currently plays live with a band as Penny Broadhurst & The Maffickers.
Mojo 57 are a Leeds-based acoustic blues band with Sammy Thornton on acoustic guitar, sax and vocals, Matt Baxter on acoustic guitar and vocals and "Blind" Adam Richards in the double bass. Their influences range through blues, jazz, soul, blues-rock and rockabilly. www.myspace.com/mojo57blues
The Light Streams formed through 2008 through a series of late night conversations and suggestion, each member being invited into the fray well into the night, the band then sought to seek a daytime arrangement that worked as well. Towards the end of the year demos were made and in early 2009 dates were set to go put them down properly, the band was launched upon hearing the record back. Brought together through a camaraderie, an odd sense of humour and a love of a cross of music that sways between psychedelia, pop, rock and roll and back again.
Born in 1982 to an English father and a French mother, Fran Rodgers was raised with her twin sister in an old mining town in Nottinghamshire. Hours spent listening to her parents records inspired a love of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and, later, the likes of Nick Drake, Nick Cave and Jeff Buckley. Following a move to Leeds in 2000 Fran discovered a passion for singing and, self-taught on the guitar, she began to write. Like many of her influences she performs alone, transporting the listener into the fragile world she paints of love, loss and hope.
Hailing from Wakefield, The Humour are all just 20 years old, though they’re already making it out of their home town in a very big way. Indeed, their reputation of being the UK’s next big rock band is spreading throughout the country. Sell out shows in the larger room at the Leeds Cockpit are hard enough for big-name, major-label bands with huge marketing budgets to achieve. But for The Humour, it’s standard stuff.
Napoleon IIIrd is a highly original singer-songwriter from Leeds. His music is a tangle of sounds and melodies made from piles of antique organs and car-boot keyboards, strummed chords and driving glitch-beats. Many of his songs are world-weary comments on modern life, set against an expansive musical backdrop. Napoleon IIIrd has released two early EPs and an album, entitled "In Debt To:", which met with widespread critical acclaim.