Since Mumford & Sons rose to become one of the biggest bands in the UK, the folk-rock scene has exploded, with airwaves on our shores and beyond rocking to the pounding beats, produced by this new wave of talent.
At its crest, a host of the biggest & brightest new bands, will perform together at one very special show at Bush Hall, London on the 3rd April, to showcase their skills as they prepare to step onto the world stage.
With a line-up featuring Josh Kumra, Josh Flowers & The Wild, Lloyd Yates & In Their Thousands, Folk Rock fans are in for a real treat, from start to finish. Find out more about the event, and the new stars of the scene, below...
Josh Kumra has already tasted huge mainstream success, having co-written and featured on Wretch 32’s number one single 'Don't Go'. He has since toured throughout the UK and Europe with acts including Gabrielle Aplin, Nina Nesbitt, Lianne La Havas and One Republic. Likened to a young Ray LaMontagne, Josh is rapidly developing a name for himself as a gutsy and heartfelt young performer.
Josh Flowers & The Wild's high-energy live performances grip audiences with sumptuous vocal harmonies, powered by Josh’s transition from passive, opulent folk-inspired tones to a blues-ridden, blistering growl. Josh’s multi-faceted musicality is effortlessly complimented, and mirrored by the inspired musicianship alongside him. The result is a flawless performance that needs to be seen and heard to be believed - and that feels as fluently natural as it does scrupulously rehearsed.
"Amazing vocals, contagious beats and a mischievous set full of fun and enjoyment. Josh Flowers & The Wild clearly love what they do, and they aren’t the only ones. Josh Flowers & The Wild had the crowd in a folk induced frenzy." The Grapevine Music
Completely self-taught, and perhaps a little unorthodox, Lloyd Yates has grown an impressive fan base, and his popularity continues to spread. Yates moved to London in October 2012 and has since joined the likes of Ben Howard, Newton Faulkner and Van Morrison on huge festival line-ups, as well as a support slot with Jamie Cullum, live performances for BBC London and at Hyde Park for BBC Radio 2.
Oh, and he has also picked up national airplay on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2, with a Radio 1 live session recorded at Maida Vale aired in December. Not bad for a newcomer...
"This song is delicious" ('Runs Like Fire') - Fearne Cotton, BBC Radio 1
"What a phenomenally different voice he has" - Eddie Temple-Morris, XFM Radio London
In Their Thousands produce beautifully crafted songs with dynamic arrangements. The band's sound is diverse, with a live set that changes from stunning vocal harmony laced acoustic acapella folk, to edgy electric alternative rock.
"Their rustic tones and earthy rhythms are delivered with such precision that you find yourself hanging on every note, Spellbinding,.A class act" - BBC Across The Line