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Soundtown // Hubert's Friend // Genuine Panama

Friday 11th October 2019
Tickets £9.00


SOUNDTOWN is a year-old London based band with rock, country and soul credentials. Playing original tunes with a healthy dose of nostalgia.

A 4-piece band centered around the songwriting partnership of Callum Dearden & Orson Fry. They formed the band while living in Arles, France, playing open mic nights and putting on DIY shows. The band has now moved to hometown London, where they play regularly.


Blending grungy alt-rock with catchy hooks, Hubert’s Friend have been serving up dark earworms for nearly five years now. Formed in London in 2014, the band began when drummer Tom Sagar and guitarist Martyn Hannant realised their meandering desert-rock jams were almost resembling actual songs, and recruited bass guitarist Nayaab Anwer and singer and lyricist Elly Lock to join them. The resulting band have honed a unique sound over the years, fusing driving indie rock riffs with a deceptively funky rhythm section and soaring pop melodies written by Lock. Lyrically, Lock takes on everything from mental health to feminist and political frustrations, while still finding time for good old-fashioned love (and lust). A cluster of singles were put out by the band over 2017 and 2018, with more to come soon. They continue to gig regularly in and out of their London base.


Birmingham and Bristol based Genuine Panama make a wriggly, indie-soul type of business. Brass sections and bass solos meet pop-ready lyrical melodies, hitting some uncharted sweet spot between Bombay Bicycle Club and Lettuce.

Since forming in 2017, Genuine Panama's early gigs in art galleries, cramped cafes, and car park rooftops have given way to rambunctious headline slots at The Victoria and 02 Academy 3, Birmingham, The Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham, and The Louisiana, Bristol. Their debut EP 'Itchy Teeth' was recorded at a community creative arts venue on Cheltenham's lower high street.

With plenty of songs still reserved exclusively for small live music venues along the M5, Genuine Panama are preparing to release their second EP in 2020.

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