hush in Association with Double Denim Records present Maria Minerva, Outfit, NZCA/LINES and Juk Juk
12 January, 2012
The popular hush event returns in early 2012 to the Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room on Wednesday 22 February. Following a successful run of shows in the room over the past two years including the Late Night Jazz gigs, Classical Coffee Mornings and Elgar Comedy series, the Royal Albert Hall has combined with record label Double Denim Records who have helped curate an eclectic line up that brings together the talent of Maria Minerva, Outfit, NZCA/LINES and Juk Juk for the next instalment of this popular series.
Continuing the Hall's commitment to supporting up and coming and breakthrough UK talent, hush in association with Double Denim Records offers new artists the opportunity to play the intimate 300 capacity Elgar Room whilst also introducing a wider and more diverse audience to the venue.
The psychedelic, avant-pop sound of Maria Minerva will top the bill on Wednesday 22 February. In 2011, Maria Minerva signed to the acclaimed Los Angeles based label Not Not Fun and released her debut record Tallinn At Dawn. In August, Not Not Fun released her highly anticipated LP Cabaret Cixous. She has been featured in the Guardian, Wire, NME, Uncut and countless other publications and has just completed her first European tour including a sell-out London show.
Also performing on the night will be the rising talent of Liverpool-based band Outfit who emerged in 2011 under a cloud of mystery. The band's dark, disenfranchised mini-narratives have led to them to be featured as NME’s ‘Radar Band of the Month’, Q’s 'Ones to Watch for 2012’ and tipped by The Guardian, The Times & Line of Best Fit. Debut single Two Islands is the bands calling card and mission statement, a near-seven minute euphoric pop song with soaring vocals and synths all underpinned by subtle electronics which is bound to keep Elgar Room audiences enthralled.
The creation of Your Twenties bassist Michael Lovett, NZCA/Lines, also feature on the bill. Featuring soft falsetto, sparkling melodies and an overriding sense of fun as well as R&B tinged electro-pop as featured on their new single Compass Points. Having recently signed to LOAF recordings, this hush performance coincides with the release of their debut album released on the 27th February.
Completing this stellar line up will be London producer Caleb Waterman, better known as Juk Juk. Having just released new single Winter Turn Spring on electronic pioneer, Four Tet's label the track was recently highlighted as part of Four Tet's Fabriclive 59 mix.
The hush series preserves the Royal Albert Hall's status as both an inclusive and accessible venue and one with the versatility to transcend the cultural generations. Having launched in February 2008, hush has seen a succession of emerging artists perform on its stage including Little Boots, Anna Calvi, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Johnny Flynn, Cocknbullkid, Factory Floor, Slow Club, Pete and the Pirates, Peggy Sue, O.Children and The Wave Pictures all to great success.
Tickets are now on sale and are priced at £7.50- available from www.royalalberthall.com / 020 7589 8212.
Doors- 7pm. Start time- 7.45pm. This is a standing event. Over 14s only.
For more information please contact: Sean Carrigan- 020 7959 0531 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Elgar Room
Built to support one of the Hall’s main purposes to promote the advancement of the Arts & Sciences, the West Theatre as this room was originally known, provided space for small theatricals and meetings of a scientific or literary nature. From 1906 until 1957 it was the home of the Central School of Speech and Drama where luminaries such as Laurence Olivier, Vanessa Redgrave, Judi Dench, Virginia McKenna and Harold Pinter received their training. In 2009 the room was renovated to provide a state of the art performance space and restaurant. The photographs by David Redfern that adorn the walls are images of some of the iconic performers who have graced the stage at the Royal Albert Hall.
Double Denim Records
Described by NME as 'major players in the league of little labels', Double Denim Records is a label formed by Jack Thomas and Hari Ashurst at the end of summer 2010. Starting life as a blog
Double Denim's challenge was to unearth only the newest, undiscovered talent - pretty soon that online pursuit morphed into a much more rewarding physical one, releasing Blackbird Blackbird,
Seapony and Star Slinger as their opening three limited edition 7" singles. Each of those early singles sold out on pre-release and the duo set their sights on finding some UK talent. That quest led to an exciting and mysterious trio of Stay +, Outfit and Zulu Winter, three artists that Double Denim believe are their strongest yet and are attracting praise from the likes of The Guardian, Pitchfork, Zane Lowe, NME, Huw Stephens, and many more. With the announcement of solo artist and comic Amateur Best for their tenth release, Double Denim looks set to continue their hameleon-like journey through the echo chamber of new music.