You can never have enough Ska music at a festival, well, says these festival bookers anyway…So we’re very happy to be able to announce Ska/Dub/Punk outfit Popes of Chillitown will be performing at this years Staycation Live Festival.
POPES OF CHILLITOWN have been rampaging through the UK scene for the last few years like an unstoppable grooving, skanking juggernaut. A straight-up ska-punk band they are not, expertly mashing the energy of upbeat ska, punk, 2-tone and drum & bass with the groove of reggae and dub, adding in the lyrical flow of hip hop and finishing it all off with a generous helping of catchy melodies and hooks. The result has been likened to artists such as Capdown, Skindred, The Beat, The Police and Jamie T.
After releasing their pledge-funded debut album ‘A Word To The Wise’ in 2013, the band have had a relentless touring schedule across the UK and into Europe, seeing them play banging headline shows, festivals and support slots with the likes of Reel Big Fish, The Selecter, The Skints, Imperial Leisure, [Spunge], Mouthwash, The Snare and many more.
May 2015 saw them release their sophomore album ‘To The Moon’, an explosive tour-de-force of groove and energy with a lifetime’s worth of lyrical hooks, melodies and bass lines.
“The sharpest, tightest Ska sound we have ever had on the show” – Tom Robinson BBC 6
“If you’re looking for a band who play the kind of ska punk that’s infused with a variety of styles and influences like Capdown and The King Blues were so great at, then get this second album from Popes Of Chillitown.” – Big Cheese (8/10)
“We all come across live acts that blow our minds enough that we need to tell the whole world about them, and recently for me London ska band Popes Of Chillitown became that band.” – RockFreaks (9/10)
“Without having left behind any of their fun and fury, Popes have matured their sound and packed their latest offering full of heart and intelligence.” – The Punk Archive
“It is a marvellous achievement from the other side of the pond.” – ReadJunk (4/5)
Bristol-based 4 piece, No Violet, powerfully retain your attention with their enthralling performances of their idiosyncratic blend of fuzz-infused grunge/alt rock and semi-contorted math rock. Ellie (vox), Pete (drums), Rhys (guitar), and Kerry (bass) captivate their audience through a manipulating dynamic range that echoes early Pixies with an added split personality disorder. The release of single ‘Be My Friend’ in June saw them feature regularly on BBC Intro radio play ahead of upcoming debut EP, Faces, release on September 14th 2018 via Leisure Records.
“With a whole lot of love from DIY, BBC Introducing and broadsheet heavyweight The Independent – No Violet are setting themselves up for a stonking few years ahead.” – PRS M Magazine
“The best thing around at the moment. Broke my mind, fixed it back again, much better – Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales
“Tasty, fuzzy goodness” – Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6
With various comparisons to “early Rolling Stones”, new Cornwall/London rockers, The Velvet Hands are, according to feedback so far; “a wonderful mess, a soundtrack for demolition.” (Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music) with “snarling vocals and intense riffs” (GigSlutz) that is “full of bolshy spirit.” (NME). Very much looking and sounding the part, they encompass elements of The Strokes, The Stones and the Clash in their Garage rock n roll story telling.
The Velvet Hands as mere 17 year olds, released their debut single Games/Who Care late 2015. In March 2016, ‘Habit’ was a Track Of The Week on influential music site Little Indie Blogs and Video Of The Day on another, God Is In The TV Zine. For 2016 April’s Record Store Day, they released ‘Trains’/’Curtains’ for classic alternative music label, Easy Action Records. The 300 white 7” vinyls sold out on the day.
Autumn 2016 saw the band heading off on tour, starting at Boardmasters Festival where BBC Introducing exclaimed their set as “frankly awesome” and calling in in at Tate Modern on the way, it was a genuine triumph. Spotted by guitar band promoters extraordinaire, This Feeling the band went on to support The Faers, Sheafs and Simon Mason. GigSlutz ran a Track Of The Day preview for ‘Trains’, saying “we could be witnessing the emergence of another great British band. Jaw droppingly good.”
2017 saw the band in Falmouth’s Troubadour studio with Lost Dawn and Golden Dregs’ Ben Woods working on their debut album. The album is scheduled for release in April 2018 through Easy Action Records. The band released I Don’t Mind on vinyl through Easy Action in February, followed by a Record Store Day 2017 limited edition red vinyl single, the high octane Sick of Living back in April. Sick of Living saw the band picking up radio support from BBC 6 Music, Radio 1, Radio X, Amazing Radio and more. A full schedule of festivals followed with the band releasing a new recording of Games late Sept 2017. Games went on to pick up plays from Radcliffe & Maconie, Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson, BBC Introducing, Huw Stephens at Radio 1, Gary Crowley at BBC London and was made BBC Introducing National’s Record of the Week. Huw Stephens also added the track to his Radio 1 Best of BBC Introducing playlist. The band recently completed a short stint as main support on the Vant tour.
“Everyone is dead is an ululating tribute to the hugely popular artists and influential performers lost during 2016 while commentating on the current sociopolitical climate “
2018 kicked off with the release of “Only Blame Myself” and a national co-headlining tour with Himalayas, 6 out of the 7 dates sold out. London guitar band promoters This Feeling included the band in their “Big in 2018” list, Radio support continued with the rerelease of “I Don’t Mind” which lead to a 4 track session with John Kennedy at Radio X broadcast in April. Record Store Day 2018 saw the release of the band’s debut album, “Party’s Over” on limited edition 12” blue vinyl signed by the band. The full release came on May 4th. In the same week Huw Stephens at Radio 1 made the album his “Radio 1 Album of the Week”. That week the band also commenced a series of dates with The Bluetones followed by headline dates of their own as part of a national tour.
The band are currently gigging and working on new material for their next album.
Autumn may well be truly upon us but here at Staycation Live headquarters we’re thinking ahead to 2019 and sunnier times, so ,it’s our first line up announcement for 2019 Staycationeers and it’s a smashing one indeed. We’re very happy to announce that CHILDCARE will be performing at Staycation Live 2019.
Their debut EP, Made Simple, released earlier this year, earned them all sorts of taste-maker acclaim and national radio play including Annie Mac’s future sounds show on Radio 1. Along with a sling of festivals, including the legendary Reading and Leeds, and a recent Radio 1 Maida Vale session tucked safely under their belts, the band’s vivid and visceral live show has gone from strength to strength.
Affirming this, the quartet set out on their first ever headline tour through November, finishing with a sold out show at the Lexington in an emphatic expression of their place as one of the most exciting new bands this country has to offer.
Childcare are currently touring the UK and if you’re very quick you might just be able to get tickets to one of their shows here. But if not, fear not, it’s only another 289 days until you can catch them in Godalming at Staycation Live Festival 🙂