Almost Famous March 2012

PRS for Music and Club Fandango present ‘Almost Famous’ on Wednesday 28th March 2012, a night showcasing the best new acts in the music industry.

Entry is free and based on a first come first served basis, but you must be on the guest list to attend the gig.

Doors open: 6.45pm
First band on: 7.30pm

Songwriters Jen and Rick met 2 years ago in a deserted music shop. The two shared a love of lost romanticism, soundtracks, 60’s girl groups, 80’s hooks, good footwear, attention to detail, and the darker side of classic British guitar pop. Seb Sternberg was later to be recruited on drums and the three piece was formed.
The album, due to drop this Summer, rests somewhere between Fleetwood Mac, Mazzy Star and The Pretenders, the bold soundscapes and thoughtful lyrics conjur up twilight tales of love and loss, with not a second wasted. The urgency that runs through all the tracks acts as a constant reminder that this is a band who should be very important…indeed. In 2012 watch the band bring electric 3-piece pop music into the mainstream.

The Reads
North Wales and Chester The Reads specialise in expansive, spaced out, electronic, folk rock.  Several years of writing, recording and performing together culminated in the release of their debut album ‘Stories From the Border’ in 2011. The album, features a number of string and brass arrangments by composer Joe Duddell (Elbow, James), was produced by Jim Spencer (The Charlatans, Jonny Marr, New Order).
The album has been played by Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Wales BBC Radio Merseyside, XFM and Amazing Radio.  Stories From the Border’ was awarded Alternative Album of the Year at the Ladylake Music Awards (USA) and The Reads were named as Shakenstir Online’s New UK Band of the Year 2011.  The success of their debut album has enabled The Reads to sign their first publishing deal with London based music publishers ASongs, home of Fatboy Slim and Stereo MCs.

Bianca Gerald
Bianca is a singer-songwriter, a free spirit inspired by the world around her. Using each and everything she happens upon, Bianca captures the true essence of life through her eyes and then, draws from inspiration, her song. With a combined figure of over 200,000 YouTube plays and rising, singer-songwriter Bianca Gerald is no stranger to the music scene. Bianca had underground hits such as ‘Come On Over & In Your Eyes’, both produced by Baseline’s leading producer TS7. Bianca’s songs have been played on shows BBC Radio 1, BBC 1Xtra and Kiss FM, championed by Ras Kwame, DJ Q & DJ EZ.    However most recently Bianca teamed up with underground heavy weight production team Mooqee & Pimpsoul of Bombstrikes Records. Their contemporary remake of jazz classic ‘Feeling Good’ has  Bianca’s vocals after they spotted her performing the song on Youtube. To be released 26th March, the song has been gaining speed with well over 120,000 youtube views in just 7 days and support from Annie Mac Radio One, Kiss and and BBC extra.

Mary Leay
A brand new artist, Mary’s story is an unusual one. While working in ad sales at BBC Worldwide, Mary collared SEG music CEO Marc Marot in the lifts and begged him for a meeting. Busy managing Yusuf Islam, Paul Oakenfold and Lemon Jelly at the time, he finally agreed and, after being ‘totally disarmed’ by her ‘exquisite, fragile songs’, signed her.
Her recent debut solo EP ‘Making My Move’ caught the attention of BBC South broadcaster Phil Jackson and lead track ‘Trying To Love You’ received rave reviews from his demo panel. Mary has also spent time in Nashville last autumn where she wrote with Roger Cook and performed in front of hit songwriter Benita Hill.