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Hot Vox presents: Hawks Monitor // Ben Foulston // Mad King Ludwig // ESSIE // Izabella Kerr

Friday 22nd February 2019
Tickets £9.00


Drawing inspiration from rockers like Tom Petty and Springsteen, to the upbeat driving rhythms of War on Drugs with a pinch of punk rock thrown in for good measure; rising from the ashes of the band's previous incarnations comes Hawks Monitor, ready to tell it like it is and have a blast while doing it.


Acoustic Funk/Latin Singer-Songwriter from London


A recovering former monarch of Bavaria, Mad King Ludwig is a musician, writer, performer and madman supreme. Currently residing in Southampton, UK, he has played around the UK with The Mojo Co., selling out venues across the South and playing at Isle of Wight, Victorious, Common People, How The Light Gets In and Rhythmtree festivals. He has worked with Grammy-winning producer Liam Watson (The White Stripes, Madness, The Kills, Tame Impala, James Hunter), and has been featured on Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 Music show.
Possessing the voice of a fired-up Tom Waits-esque Southern preacher and the physical frame of a Culture Club reject, Ludwig is a striking sight and sound to behold when performing. He has shared the stage with the likes of The Urban Voodoo Machine and Tankus the Henge, and has amassed many a mad story to tell on his musical travels.
His début album, Do What Makes You Happy, is due for release on 13th January 2019, and showcases Ludwig’s broad, eclectic and mad songwriting ability, as well as his octopus-esque musical talent – he sings, plays guitar, piano, double bass, saxophone and kitchen percussion on the record.
He works with some of the South's finest, maddest musician to bring his crazy musical creations to the stage for a show that your ears and eyes won't want you to forget.


ESSIE is an alt/rock guitar player and vocalist from Perth, Western Australia. Her signature sound is a confident mix of bluesy guitar chops and soaring vocals.“The proud owner of an awesome set of pipes”(Drunkenwerewolf.com). ESSIE's debut EP Run Red and single Sugar Rush drew on an earthy mix of influences from The Black Keys, U2, and Gin Wigmore, as well as Australian talents Little Birdy and Eskimo Joe. Hailed in press as “Alternative rock with a superb 70s twist”(Fireworks Magazine), the success of these DIY releases prompted ESSIE to relocate to London in 2015 to pursue a career in music. Performing with her trio, ESSIE is a regular in the capital's clubs, where she is building a devoted fan base enthralled with her raw, confessional songwriting and assertive blues guitar. Her mini EP titled "Not Easy" was released on The Animal Farm label on Sept 9th, 2016, and was followed by the release of her single 'Someone' in March of 2017. ESSIE is currently mixing her next single, set for release in April 2018.


Hi! I'm Izabella, I am a singer/songwriter, who, luckily enough enjoys singing and song writing.

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