- First acts selected for City Showcase : Spotlight London 2011
- Category : Music
- Article Post Date: Tuesday 04.01.2011
City Showcase, the year-round music festival promoting the talent of the future, has today pre-announced the first five artists on the bill of its centre-piece event, Spotlight London, in the West End from 4 – 8 May 2011.
The early-bird five were selected from hundreds of applications to perform at the five day new music event that were made via the gig booking website www.sonicbids.com.
The five pre-announced artists are:
The Critical from Surrey
Chloe Jones from Nova Scotia
Katalina Kicks from London
Moon Visionaries from London
Tigers That Talked from Leeds
The Critical say they deliver ‘lyrically exposed stories of social politics, society’s taboos and human nature, combined with powerful vocals, exuberant guitar lines and heart pounding, adrenaline fuelled drum beats’. They launched their career by winning a local radio talent competition in Surrey. They released their debut album, Where Do We Go From Here in mid-2010.
Chloe describes her music as emotional and powerful, combining her unique and expressive voice with sounds and instrumentation that result in ‘something enchanting’ and contemporary. Chloe, from Nova Scotia, has just finished recording her first Ep called 'Old Palace'. .. ....
Hard hitting West London rock band Katalina Kicks cite the Clash, the Kinks and Nirvana as influences. Formed in late 2008, the band’s first single 145 was released to critical acclaim. Their second single, Me, has just been released and a debut album is due in March 2011. They have a track featured in the forthcoming US film The Ledge and they hope to spend some time in 2011 touring in the States.
Steve Lamacq’s Unsigned Band of the Week, a Track of the Day for Q Magazine and an NME Breakthrough Band of the Day, who described London-based Moon Visionaries’ music as ‘unashamed, feel-good, glossy groove-pop’.
Tigers That Talked
From across the UK and Europe, and currently Leeds based, Tigers That Talked have been described by NME as ‘Masters of the slow brood, ebbing and flowing with filmic elegance, swaying between maudlin melodrama and frenzied, multi-layered crescendos’. Since releasing their debut single Tigers That Talked have received accolades from influential UK press & radio, including from BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq who hailed them ‘my new favourite band’.
This doesn't mean that other early applicants are unsuccessful as we have a massive shortlist and will be listening to them all again!