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Support acts announced for New Order and The Specials

Later this month we present two international icons of music New Order and The Specials on consecutive nights on Bristol’s Harbourside. We’re incredibly excited to reveal the supporting artists who will warm the stage for these musical greats on two of the most anticipated – and now sold out – dates in Bristol’s musical calendar.

LoneLady

Supporting New Order, Thu 18 Jul 2019

Opening for one of Manchester’s most celebrated pioneers of the city’s golden age of music is LoneLady; a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer whose music weaves “a sonic story about her home city’s post-industrial landscape and mindset” (The Guardian) into brilliant danceable creations.

Influence heavily by postpunk and dance music, LoneLady has release two critically acclaimed albums on Warp Records. But far from simply imitating the iconic sound of her hometown heroes, LoneLady has instead married her classic influences with a sound packed with drum-machine grooves and playful funk to create a “profoundly new, dance music” (The Quietus).

Her second release ‘Hinterland’ (2015), with the ESG-tinged lead single ‘Groove It Out’,  was hailed as “a vibrant vision – a masterpiece” (The Quietus) and received a Sky Arts Nomination for Best Breakthrough Artist in addition to appearing on many of that year’s best album lists.

Now, with the imminent release of her third studio album, she warms the stage for one of her home city’s greatest musical icons. And with her alchemy of classic post-punk and modern dance we can’t think of a more fitting artist to so!

The Pop Group

Supporting The Specials, Fri 19 Jul 2019

The Pop Group formed in Bristol in 1977 out of a sense of disenchantment with the increasing conservatism of punk. Drawing on an eclectic range of influences from free jazz and conscious funk to heavyweight dub and avantgarde experimentalism, alongside contemporaries like Public Image Limited, This Heat and Throbbing Gristle, they were at the forefront of a musical period marked out by its ground-breaking innovation. With anthems including ‘Sheʼs Beyond Good & Evil’ and ‘We Are All Prostitutes’, both in 1979, as well as seminal albums including ‘Y’ in 1979 and ‘For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?’ in 1980, the band produced some of the most original and combative music of the post-punk era.

Since reforming for a specially curated ATP festival in 2010 – at the behest of Simpsons creator Matt Groening – the band have been industrious in their reactivation, releasing a brace of new albums and reissues, touring international festivals and playing numerous gigs across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. With 2015ʼs refined Paul Epworth-produced comeback Citizen Zombie and 2016ʼs audacious left-turn Honeymoon On Mars, produced by Public Enemy / Bomb Squad affiliate Hank Shocklee and dub pioneer Dennis ‘Blackbeardʼ Bovell, the group emphatically renewed their relevance, proving as incendiary as ever.

As part of the closing concerts of Banksyʼs ‘Dismaland’, the band inaugurated The Pop Group ‘Noise Setʼ in 2015, with Geoff Barrow (Portishead, Beak, Invada Records) at the controls. Appearances alongside Dennis ‘Blackbeardʼ Bovell at the BBC6 Music Festival and as a headlining act at the 2018 edition of Italyʼs Lars Rock Fest have continued in the same unpredictable and provocative vein, maintaining The Pop Groupʼs reputation as an unpredictable, subversionary live force.

This special appearance at Bristol Harbourside, in the bandʼs native city, follows The Pop Groupʼs recent ‘Blood Moneyʼ event; a collaboration between Mark Stewart, Gareth Sager and sound artist Matthew Shaw, performed to wide acclaim at this yearʼs Sea Change Festival.

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