noRthern soulthe future sound of northern england
This 22-year-old has already played the Electric Picnic, appeared on Later... with Jools Holland, toured with Ellie Goulding and features on the Annie Mac Presents tour that calls to the Olympia tomorrow. A singular blend of pop, dubstep and electronica, the Tanzanian-bred budding star now calls Newcastle home.
Natalie Findlay already has an absolutely cracking tune and eye-catching video in Off and On. Mick Jagger's partner, L'Wren Scott, invited her to play at the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party, where she proceeded to get absolutely smashed. "They said, 'You can't go outside because you're the surprise guest entertainer'," she reveals. "So they lock us in a room filled with alcohol for four hours. What the fuck do you expect us to do?"
No Ceremony/// were on the bill at the hottest ticket in town last week, supporting the Pixies in the Olympia. They sound nothing like the noisy alt-legends, despite having collaborated with guitarist Joey Santiago. They cite their influences as everything from folk music to Queens of the Stone Age.
Rather than being rampant capitalists, the Mancunians are an odd and beguiling hymnal pop outfit. Singer Jamie Lee post his phone number on Facebook and chats to whoever wants to phone him up.