Whilst the Bank Holiday weekend's partying may have wiped you out to the extent that you feel like you never want to leave the house again, we reckon you should reconsider and check out some of the new music that's coming to a town near you soon.
We have another crop of Emerging Icons gigs to tell you about, and you really ought to add them to your personal gig calendar. Whether you like a bit of pop, electro or maybe some folk... our artists have their own unique talent to share with you and they'd love to see you down at one of their shows. To let them know you're going to make it, click on the links below and hit 'YES' to register your attendance on their gig listing. They're sure to appreciate it...
So here they are, ready and waiting to rock your socks off. Our Top Five Emerging Icons Live...
Monday 8th April
From the heart of a secret den of exquisite music hidden beneath a fish restaurant in Soho (exciting already, right?) tonight will see a fantastic showcasing of incredible voices and exceptional talent. Exactly a week since Raphaella's hotly anticipated 'Idiot' EP was finally released to the general public, she heads a strong line-up of fresh faces on the evening's bill, bringing her refreshing approach to pop songwriting to an intimate audience. Joining her are soulful duo Kit and fellow Emerging Icons artist, Ilona. Boasting an immensely striking voice, the gorgeous European pop-rock performer will compliment Raphaella perfectly in a show that provides an opportunity to get tantalisingly close to the international superstars of tomorrow. Seriously- these ladies will leave you stunned.
Wednesday 10th April
Scampish North-West twosome Seattle Yacht Club have got themselves some firm fans here at Emerging Icons HQ. Seriously...since including their infectious little number 'Same Old Questions' in our Emerging Icons Chart Show a couple of weeks ago we've not stopped getting our falsetto on. Definitely one for fans of Everything Everything; their playfully creative fusion of synth-electro and indie pop holds high mainstream appeal as well as an effervescent energy made to light up a dancefloor. If the charismatic nature of their music comes even more to life when introduced to the live stage, we can pretty much guarantee that the atmosphere in The Bedford is going to be incredible tonight.
Friday 12th April
Irish duo ODi are back in the UK and this time they're embarking on a minitour around the country at a variety of venues from cafes to bars... and even people's houses. Their performances in the Olympic Park last summer were positively spellbinding- making this series of dates a real must-see for anyone in need of some beautiful musical soundscapes and sweet folky vocals. Any performance of theirs is a true delight; so check out the other shows throughout April, and go along with the expectation of witnessing some real musical magic unfolding.
Saturday 13th April
Starring one of the most memorable Emerging Icons from the Olympic Park last summer, Battle of You's show at 333 Mother Live will provide a very appealing proposition for your Saturday night. Their bright, energetic performance was so impressive on one sunny afternoon of the Paralympics that they even attracted the attention of BBC News who came down to film them in action on our stage. While their sound is often described as 'pop', this is nothing like you'll have heard in the commercial charts before. It's loud, striking and pretty alternative- and combined with their strong image it's drawn many comparisons to acts like Gossip. Always full of attitude and something to say, the bold personalities of the quirky five-piece sparkles when put in front of an audience. If you can make it down you're in for a good night.
Saturday 13th April
Well tonight's going to be interesting... it's the London final of The Road To Blissfields competition and there are two of our Emerging Icons both hoping to win a slot on the main stage of this year's Blissfields Festival. With the likes of Bastille and Mystery Jets headlining the whole shebang this year, that's quite a prize- but where do our loyalties lie?? On one hand we've got Passport To Stockholm; those reinventors of acoustic tuneage armed with only a headful of ideas, a guitar loop, some and a cello. Oh, and Barny's mum's summerhouse. On the other hand, we have Jungle Doctors- those veritable rapscallions of indie cool with their Maccabees-style songwriting and the knack for an infectious riff? We just can't decide. We'll just have to go along and support both...
Don't forget to follow your favourite artists' profiles as you visit them. All you have to do is log in and click on the grey star at the top of their Emerging Icons page. It will add to the BUZZ that surrounds their profile- and helps move them closer to fantastic opportunities for press and exposure. How about you let them know what you think of their tunes too?