Outpost artists head to The Great Escape

Summer is a’coming, and for Outpost that can only mean one thing: festival season. We’re kicking off the annual calendar with an action-packed trip to The Great Escape, where our clients will be representing from across the northern hemisphere. From the gritty realms of noise-rock to the enchanting world of chamber-infused post-punk, our artists have got something to float every boat. Give us a shout if you’re heading down!

Flow_FlyerFlow Festival 2014

Finland’s national festival Flow will be organising an exclusive event on Friday 9th May at the Brighton Dome restaurant for music professionals and the media in association with Music Finland, this year’s Great Escape lead international partner.

The event will include Nordic delicacies and drinks, an exclusive DJ set from flourishing Finnish act Jaakko Eino Kalevi, along with an exciting opportunity to win a ticket and travel package to the event this summer, which takes place from 8th-10th August.

Already confirmed on the bill are veteran hip-hop act Outkast, British shoegazers Slowdive, gloom-rock merchants The National, controversial South Africans Die Antwoord, Janelle Monáe, Darkside, Blood Orange, Charlie XCX, Mac DeMarco, Bonobo, Jon Hopkins, Jamie xx, Little Dragon, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson and Pusha T.



Championed by the likes of Drowned In Sound and Artrocker, both of whom requested the Oslo trio to perform on their Great Escape stages, indomitable Norwegian noise-rockers Deathcrush are set to take the Brighton fest by storm.

Having recently scooped ‘Best Music Video’ at the Atlanta Film Festival for their latest offering ‘Lesson #16 For Beatmaster V / Fun’, and already renowned for their enthralling live shows, Deathcrush show no signs of slowing down. Their two performances at The Great Escape will form a part of their impressive 17 date UK tour in May, which will see them share a gruelling schedule of energetic shows across Britain with critically acclaimed US act White Denim, as well as playing a number of headline gigs.



The_Beaches_Beach_Shoot8494The Beaches

Since signing to Three Six Zero Group, a partner of international superstar Jay Z and his US entertainment giant Roc Nation, all-female alt-rock outfit The Beaches have garnered significant attention abroad. The Canadian fem-rock quintet seduced fashion house French Connection UK with their soft electro-rock music and edgy lascivious style to become the soundtrack of FCUK’s Autumn/Winter campaign 2013.

The Beaches have also previously supported Kings of Leon and gained attention for their performance at this year’s SXSW. Currently embarking on a five date UK tour alongside the iconic Brody Dalle of The Distillers to celebrate the release of their 5th May EP ‘Heights’, their trip across the pond will culminate in an array of headline gigs in May, which includes a soon-to-be-announced appearance at The Great Escape. Watch this space!




London-based genre-defiers LazyTalk return to The Great Escape this year with their unique blend of Indie, Ska, Punk, and Drum ‘n’ Bass – a combination that has seen them tear up venues across the UK for the past two years, leaving a dedicated hometown following in their wake.

Having headlined London’s Scala, appeared at LeeFest and supported Babyshambles on their UK tour, as well as performed at Camden’s Roundhouse Rising Festival, the Lazytalkers have also released their latest single ‘Just A Ride’ – a rich, transitional tune that keeps on giving.



Human_Pyramids_Double_Exposure_Press_Shot_croppedHuman Pyramids

Harnessing the power of a 25-piece choir, a Glaswegian Balkan Brass Band, a classically-trained String Quartet and a veteran rhythm section blended with guitars and synthesizers (along with the occasional pot, pan and wine bottle) alternative orchestral ensemble Human Pyramids epitomize ‘stage presence’ in their unforgettable live performances.

Debut shows have included a magical appearance at London’s Union Chapel along with the headline slot at Manchester’s Carefully Planned festival, and their Great Escape performance promises an equally enchanting experience.

ST. MARY’S CHURCH – 10TH MAY – 9.30PM-10.15PM


Outpost March 2014 Newsletter

brent_danceThe UK music industry has been instrumental in breaking internationally-renowned artists, creating innovative genres and fostering burgeoning music ‘tribes’ for decades, and this year marks the 50th Anniversary of The British Invasion.

When The Beatles infamously touched down in New York City on February 7th 1964, there emerged with them a legacy that would shape not only the future of rock ‘n’ roll, culture and fashion, but also kick-start a new era of freestyle dance.

Macarena_post_3In 1964, this dance revolution was in its first stages of infancy. Traditional rules and restrictions were becoming blurred in favour of a progressive, freeing sense of spontaneity. For the first time, everyone was dancing solo. People embraced their own space, liberated from the limitations of having a partner dancing close to them in formalised moves – suddenly the steps weren’t as important as your own interpretation of the music. Men and women on dance-floors across the Western world were shimmying, hip-swinging, strutting and twisting in a way previously unprecedented: it was all about ‘letting go’.

MacarenaAnd the revolution hasn’t stopped there. Dance fads have come and gone, from the ‘Walk Like An Egyptian’ whim of the 80s, the ‘Macarena’ moves of the 90s, through to the noughties’ ‘Las Ketchup’ love and 2010’s ‘Gangnam Style’ craze, but the individuality of freelance dance remains strong. Today, the British music scene is still flourishing – and so is our ability to let loose and throw a shape or two.

Re-capturing the high spirits of the 60s are emerging British acts representing the sunfilled-soul of reggae and ska, including ‘Future-Ska’ quintet LazyTalk and The Skints. Then there’s the flamboyant ones who meld nostalgic sounds with indie rock and drum’n’bass to give us something completely new. Take ‘Gypstep’ six-piece Molotov Jukebox for example, or renowned live act The Correspondents, both of whom combine eclectic sounds with energetic performances in unique genre hybrids that defy what’s gone before.

Both LazyTalk and The Skints blitz a very British blend of Indie, Ska, Punk, and Drum ‘n’ Bass with distinctive ragga vocals. LazyTalk’s sound is inspired by frontman Piers Robinson’s experiences on the London Jungle scene, spitting sounds at raves across the capital. Their authentic approach and thumping beats has seen them headline Scala, appear at Leeds Festival and support Babyshambles on their UK tour – and they never fail to get a crowd on their feet. The Skints have built up similar repute on the live scene. Their unique blend of reggae and indie never fails to rouse an audience – an ability which has seen them sell out the iconic KOKO venue.

Chances are that anyone who has been to a festival over the past four years has stumbled across The Correspondents. They have been near-permanent fixtures on main stages across the globe, but they have left it until now to release their first LP. ‘Puppet Loosely Strung’ is set for release on 10th March, and is already eagerly anticipated by the charismatic duo’s legions of fans – fans that have been won through their dedication to putting on a jolly good show. Frontman Mr. Bruce has become known for his extravagant stage persona, his exquisite outfits and frenetic dance moves. With excitement building around their first album release – the question is: can an act renowned for their energetic performances translate their dance-inducing live sound onto record? While some acts struggle to do so, early critical praise suggests that all the wit, humour and energy of The Correspondents’ live show has been poured into a sublime debut release.

Watch The Correspondents’ Mr Bruce in a freestyle dance-off:

Molotov Jukebox, fronted by multi-talented singer and actress Natalia Tena (Harry Potter and Game of Thrones), have juxtaposed elements of Gypsy, Swing, Latin Soul, Calypso and Dubstep to build an inimitable reputation for their quirky style.
The dynamic group have also become internationally renowned for their sweat-filled, dance-inducing live shows, which have led to them supporting Kings of Convenience, Beirut and Skrillex. Their love of dance was highlighted in their accompanying video to 2011 single ‘I Need It’, which embraced the cultural fad of Chat Roulette by encouraging fans to show them their best moves. Holding up handmade signs to the camera saying ‘DANCE’, the band were filmed performing to dozens of online viewers in a variety of amusing outfits, perfectly capturing the fun nature of freestyle.

Watch Molotov Jukebox dancing on Chat Roulette:

Adam of Molotov Jukebox says of ‘Neon Lights’, an ode to ‘Mother London’ from their forthcoming album ‘Carnival Flower’:

“I wanted the drums to sound somewhere between a punchy dub step kick and a big old rock band sound – both being famous London exports, it just kinda rang true with the song!”

While all these groups display their own distinct take on alternative dance music today, it’s clear that their sounds remain proudly reflective of their British roots. In an increasingly creative society whose mode of musical expression is constantly evolving, this is truly the time to embrace freedom of form, genre and style – and break out some new moves in the process.

Flow Festival 2014 announces first headliners

flow2014Finland’s Flow Festival makes a welcome return this August with a broad selection of the moment’s most interesting music, stunning visual displays and unique festival diversions.

Outkast, will return to celebrate their 20th anniversary, and are one of over 30 artists included in the first line-up announcement for Flow 2014.

The festival features gloom-rock merchants The National, R&B soul artist Janelle Monáe and hip-hop from South Africa’s controversial Die Antwoord. Alongside Darkside, the joint project of Nicolas Jaar and multi­ instrumentalist Dave Harrington, U.S.­ based Blood Orange and the inimitable Charlie XCX. The event will also offer the return of shoegazers Slowdive, promising guitar­-driven indie rock from Mac DeMarco

, as well as a performance from Nina Persson, former singer of The Cardigans, who released her solo debut early this year. Electronic music will be a prominent fixture, featuring popular German export Paul Kalkbrenner and French producer Kavinsky (Outrun Live), as well as a frontline of Britsincluding Bonobo, Mercury Award nominee Jon Hopkins, techno sorcerer James Holden and Jamie xx – of The xxfame – all joining Flow. There will also be soulful electro from British duo Jungle, and trip-hop from Sweden’s Little Dragon, who will release their fourth studio album in May. Meanwhile, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson and Pusha T will all bring a quality dose of U.S. hip-hop to the table. African rhythms will be served up by Malian Sahara-­blues outfit Tinariwen, Senegalese Mark Ernestus presents Jeri­Jeri and Les Ambassadeurs, a Malian super group includingSalif Keita, Amadou & Mariam’s Amadou Bagayoko, and Cheick Tidiane Seck. Flourishing Finnish artists Iisa, Death Hawks, Risto, Noah Kin, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Eurocrack and Sound & Fury will all provide performances on home soil. In addition, Tuomo will perform his only Helsinki gig of the summer at Flow, while Magenta Skycode plays its only gig in Finland all year.

For more information check out the Flow Festival website.

Deathcrush will teach you a lesson

deathcrushThe Norwegian noise-rockers Deathcrush have been causing a storm with the release of their new single ‘Lesson #16 for Beatmaster V/Fun’, which came out 17th March.

The music video has built up a great deal of acclaim, being shown at the SXSW Film Festival, as well as the Berlin Independent Film Festival and the Atlanta Film Festival, where it was nominated for ‘Best Music Video’. The video is available to view below and on Noisey.

The band will be playing on the Drowned in Sound stage at The Great Escape Festival as well as at the Shacklewell Arms in East London on 2nd May.

The Skints prep ‘Short Change’

skintsEast London Reggae starters The Skints introduce their latest EP ‘Short Change’ out on their own label Penny Drop Recordings

The lead single, ‘The Cost Of Living Is Killing Me’, is a seemingly bittersweet ode to the current economic climate, played out over an infectious rhythm influenced by the thumping soundsystem reggae of Jah Shaka. With Josh Waters Rudge casting a gritty Cockney spell with his credible rap style, complemented by the rich tones of the multi-talented Marcia Richards (keys, saxophone, flute and melodica) and vocal talents of drummer Jamie Kyriakides, the track delivers topical lyrics that will appeal to listeners across the spectrums of pop, ska and grime. Second track ‘Break Me Down’ is more nostalgic in feel, with vintage/’69 reggae vibes tinged with the raw tones of UK hip-hop. A collaboration with London-based rapper and guitarist Jovel aka Random Impulse, the uplifting harmonies epitomize the sunny sound of summer. ‘Broken Hearted’, the third and final track, is best described as ‘Jamaican dancehall-influenced party pop’, with an undeniably feel-good vibe that perfectly showcases The Skints’ ability to transcend genres.

Watch the video for The Skints ‘The Cost Of Living Is Killing Me’ below.

Molotov Jukebox shine their ‘Neon Lights’

molotov-jukeboxWith the Game of Thrones heading into a new season excitement is at fever pitch, with that in mind – we have two of the stars Oona Chaplin (as a stripper) and Natalia Tena moonlighting in Molotov Jukebox’s music video for their latest single ‘Neon Lights’. Natalia Tena – a full time actress, who’s previously starred in Harry Potter, About A Boy and has three Hollywood feature films coming out this year also manages to front Molotov Jukebox – a band that blend an eclectic mix of genres, from calypso and reggae to jazz and pop. The ‘gyp-step’ six-piece will be performing at London’s iconic Heaven venue on 4th April with Oona and a few Game of Thrones co-stars supporting Natalia and her band.

Watch the video for Molotov Jukebox ‘Neon Lights’ featuring Game of Thrones stars Oona Chaplin and Natalia Tena below.