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Preview: This Feeling – #BigIn2018

January 12, 2018

Music | by Elspeth Pierce

If you like your music gritty, your dance floor buzzing and your pint always half full then This Feeling is for you.

Pioneers in the rebirth of proper rock and roll music and the first open door for musical greats, from Catfish and The Bottlemen to Blossoms – both now with number one albums under their belts – This Feeling is a one-stop-shop for predicting, supporting and championing the future of music.

And we should all be taking note now, more than ever, of this highly respected music establishment fronted by Mikey Jonns, the most passionate and hardworking man on the scene and backed by the likes of Noel Gallagher and Kasabian’s Serge. He says, ‘This Feeling is flying the flag for British guitar music”.

And he’s got a good point.

Newly in association with Red Stripe and Pirate Studios as well as long term partner Radio X, This Feeling is now operating in more than thirty-five cities/ towns around the UK and this weekend, they are kicking off 2018 with a bang.

#BigIn2018 is a campaign that sees the likes of the hottest new bands on the scene taking to the road to showcase their goods. And trust us when we say with a stellar line-up like this, this might be the only time we will get a chance to see them playing in a venue small enough that you can taste their sweat. They are going places.

Some of the bands hotly-tipped for success and joining the campaign are:


This London four-piece offer a fresh sonic experience primarily of the ‘bitter dreams pop’ genre. Packing a punch with their electric live shows, the band is led by Laura Hayden, a trilingual beauty, raised in Barcelona and previously of MTV Spain fame. She was most definitely fed a nutritious diet of Blondie and Pretenders in her upbringing, with a side of Stevie Nicks and Gwen Stefani.

The other members of the band (Joshua Rumble, Jackson Couzens and Harry Balazs) inject inspiration from Blur and Oasis, making this a heady guitar/ pop cocktail with an egde.

Having toured with the likes of Two Door Cinema Club and White Lies in their short time together, this is their year to take to the spotlight.

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 If you’re on the search for wall-to-wall indie anthems, look no further. This Killers-esque London quartet have already hit astonishing heights since forming less than two years ago, playing the main stage at Reading and Leeds last year and winning over a mob of new fans with their catchy riffs.

After completing a headlining UK tour at the end 0f 2017, the pace is only set to speed up as this year is the year for this band who put melodies at the forefront. We guarantee you will be hooked and singing along after the first listen. Check out their latest release, Ceasefire to see what we mean.

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Himalayas are an indie/ garage band from Cardiff, forming in 2015.

Sonically the band offer seductive guitar lines and hip bass parts that will groove you to the core, all driven by an avalanche of drums. The songs are fresh with a dark undercurrent and the overall sound is slick and melodic with lyrics that defy the age of the songwriters.

These young boys are already masters of the performance, full of energy and rich in banter with the audience.

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Lucie Barat

Hailing from the Barat dynasty (her brother is Carl Barat of The Libertines) this is one talented lady indeed. Like nothing you have heard before, creativity is in her blood and her music is a heady combination of spoken word, beats, synth and punk guitars – a live experience not to be missed.

Oh and she loves a can of Red Stripe and Marmite. But not together. She also enjoys to listen and take influence from the bands she plays alongside, and playing as part of This Feelings #BigIn2018, she’s in pretty good company.

Remember her name as this year is going to be big for her.

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This Feeling #BigIn2018 kicks off this Saturday 13th January at Nambucca, London, then heads on tour:

All shows are £6 adv
Manchester Jimmy’s – January 20
w/ Proletariat, Mint, Matter Of Mind + Voodoos
Manchester Jimmy’s – January 21
w/ Wulfman Fury, The Jade Assembly, Generation + The Racket
London The Monarch – January 25
w/ The Velvet Hands, The Scruff, Ulysses Wells, Nadia Sheikh, Sleeptalking + Sons
Glasgow Broadcast – February 9
w/ Heavy Rapids, Rituals, Carousel + The Capollos
Tickets + info can be found here: This Feeling.
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